Mile 105 Report

October 13, 2008
by Doug C

Location:
Coos
Bullards Beach, northwest of the Campground
Conditions:
Monday 12:30 PM
Sunny
59° F
Wind:
Moderate from the N
Tide Level:
7.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
4
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
2
Rockhunting:
2
Concerns:
Litter
Disturbances:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
2
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Hundreds of Sanderlings, dozens of Black Turnstones and Dunlins, and a few Short-Billed Dowitchers feeding on insects in the numerous Bull kelp piles. Birds & kelp piles were more numerous than on Mile 106.
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Species/names:
Common Murre, intact except that the breast meat had been exposed and eaten.
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Shells·Styrofoam
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Reported structure and trash to Robin Sears, South Coast Beach Ranger for Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
Summary:
Beautiful day, 10 mph northerly winds and sunshine. There were numerous piles of Bull Kelp more dense than Mile 106, probably from the early October storms. Sanderlings, Dunlins, Black Turnstones and Short-billed Dowitchers virtually eliminated the insect populations near the kelp piles. A driftwood structure was enhanced. Collected about 10 pounds of trash. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, Styrofoam and land-based debris in driftline. One dead Common Murre. Shorebirds moving in response to humans. Low human impact (4)-2 walking and 2 rockhunting. Two vehicles on allowed beach.
  • Mid-mile 105 at foredune
    October 13, 2008
  • Bull Kelp, about 30-36 inches deep
    Bull Kelp, about 30-36 inches deep
    Southern end of Mile 105 at mid-tide line
    October 13, 2008
  • Bull Kelp
    Bull Kelp
    Typical of mile 105 at mid-tide line
    October 13, 2008
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2010

April 25, 2010 - Doug C
Calm sunny day. Fourteen people out, 6 in vehicles, 3 on horseback, the rest walking. Brown Pelicans were skimming waves. Heavy erosion of foredune noted. Driftwood structure from a year ago was...
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2009

February 15, 2009 - Doug C
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2008

May 26, 2008 - Doug C
Nice cloudy day with calm winds. Shells, animal casings, small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Wildlife absent. Beaches were relatively clean compared to other trips. Foredune erosion was...
  • Typical dune erosion in Mile 105.
  • Typical dune erosion on southern quarter of Mile 105

2007

September 15, 2007 - Doug C
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