Mile 106 Report

October 13, 2007
by Doug C

Bullards Beach, west of Fahys Lake
Saturday 11:30 AM
60° F
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
4.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Driving on beach
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
Truck (Ford F-250 2-tone gray, OR Lic # OMB001 or DMB001) with 2 people driving on surf line disturbed feeding birds. 25 MPH speed limit was observed. Other evidence of 2-3 vehicles previously traversing the area, all within allowed boundaries.
Notable Wildlife:
60-70 Sanderlings in a group huddled preening and resting; numerous other groups of 15-30 actively feeding a surfline; one Snowy Plover took off from mid-beach; only a few 12" Moon jellies; a few seaweed piles were present from a storm 3 days earlier.
Dead Birds:
Immature Western Gull?
Fish & Invertebrates:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Small rocks
New Development:
No evidence
Natural Changes:
No evidence
No actions taken on vehicle. Driftwood shelter was observed at the south end of the mile. Concentration of trash was greater there. Horse tracks were observed coming from the dunes; access is apparently from the Bullard's Horse camp 2 miles south.
This was our inaugural trip on our adopted mile. Since no reports had previously been filed, we came with camera, notepad, trash bags and provisions. We approached from the south at Bullard's beach, still nearly a 2-mile trek before getting to our mile and stopped within sight of Cut Creek which is in Mile 107. Wonderful day, clear, calm. Sanderlings were in the hundreds. Gulls flew over the area to congregate at Cut Creek where there were several hundred drinking and rinsing in the fresh water. Seaweed piles were on the beach from storms 3 days before, but they were not as numerous as miles 104 and 105. Only two people were seen, driving legally but in the surfline disturbing the Sanderlings. One Snowy Plover was seen. One Northern Fulmar was dead at the surfline. The beach and dunes appeared natural. Plants other than beach grass were very rare. Two areas of the dunes were lower and collected large amounts of driftwood. In one of these areas at the southern end of the mile, a 10x10 structure had been built out of the wood. Trash was more prevalent in that area. We hauled out about 30 pounds from the mile, mostly plastic bottles washed in from the ocean. More waste remains. Interestingly, we found an intact 12-inch, 500-watt light bulb from the Ushio company and an empty rusted tin of crackers (both with Japanese markings).
  • Approximately slightly north of the mile midpoint
    October 13, 2007
  • Approximately at the mile midpoint
    October 13, 2007
  • Approximate 10x10 shelter with door, interior shelf, and roof ribbing for tarp.
    Approximate 10x10 shelter with door, interior shelf, and roof ribbing for tarp.
    At southern end of Mile 106
    October 13, 2007
  • Rear of shelter is at the top of the photo, rusted water heater-sized cylinder at the bottom.
    Rear of shelter is at the top of the photo, rusted water heater-sized cylinder at the bottom.
    At southern end of Mile 106
    October 13, 2007
  • Dead Northern Fulmar at the surfline.  Only dead bird observed.
    Dead Northern Fulmar at the surfline. Only dead bird observed.
    October 13, 2007
  • Possibly Yellow Sand Verbena, but this was about the only one of these seen besides the beachgrass.
    Possibly Yellow Sand Verbena, but this was about the only one of these seen besides the beachgrass.
    October 13, 2007
Other Mile 106 Reports (20)


January 15, 2016 - amyfra
Although there are signs of some erosion of dune, it is not bad. There is significantly less erosion than the miles south of Mile 106. There is a tremendous amount of driftwood and logs up against...


April 12, 2015 - amyfra
Very little debris of any kind on the beach. A young sea lion(1 yr. oldish) lying on beach at surf. Appeared a bit thin and lethargic. At 145 post north of Bullards Beach parking area. Will check...
January 13, 2015 - amyfra
There was a good deal of trash this time. Mostly plastic bottles, some styrofoam and a couple of glass bottles. Nice flat beach. Evidence of wood removal, chainsawing, and truck tire tracks and spot...


December 7, 2014 - amyfra
Very quiet and clean beach today. One large group of sanderlings feeding where seasonal creek runs into ocean, along with a few gulls. Garbage had been collected in ocean debris bags and set at dunes...
October 27, 2014 - amyfra
There were a greater number of dead birds on the beach after Saturday's storm. Unfortunately a large number of dead pelicans at the high tide line. From the 3 mile walk from Bullards parking area I...
June 23, 2014 - amyfra
There was avery high concentration of by the wind sailor jellyfish at the high tide driftline. Also a good number of baby shrimp. See photos
  • By-the-wind sailors in driftline
May 18, 2014 - amyfra
This stretch of beach was quiet as always. I saw no animals or birds along this mile today. The beach has built up considerably with sand. Quite a bit more garbage than last month.
April 1, 2014 - amyfra
Very quiet. Large expanse of flat beach. High tide has reached dune but no signs of erosion. More garbage than last month. My gas tank was broken into and gas cap removed while car was parked at...
February 23, 2014 - amyfra
I went back to mile 106 this morning to check out the status of ill sea lion. Again I saw no evidence of an injury. The animal was in the same location, no evidence in the sand that it had attempted...
February 22, 2014 - amyfra
It was a beautiful day at Mile 106. The beach was very clear of litter. An average amount of driftwood. Very little evidence of any human activity. Sad to see the young sea lion perishing. I stayed a...
January 13, 2014 - amyfra
Very quiet and secluded. Tide was high but still exposed beach for walking. Evidence of high tides last week reaching dunes but no erosion. Moderate amount of driftwood and kelp piles. Flocks of...


November 7, 2013 - amyfra
It was a very overcast, calm day. A very high tide had the driftline about 30 feet from dunes. There was a great deal of decomposing kelp, now lightly covered with sand in most areas. Also, a great...
June 22, 2013 - amyfra
There was very little change or activity along this mile. Only one person was seen. There was a very high concentration of small dead crabs, possibly they were casings. Kelp/algae, plastic pellets...
May 20, 2013 - amyfra
I encountered no human activity during my walk on mile 106. There were tire tracks in the sand that looked to be a couple of days old, washed out in places by the tide. There was less litter and...
  • A very high concentration all along the driftline of mile 106.
  • Considerably less driftwood against dunes than last month
April 14, 2013 - amyfra
This is a flat mile of shoreline with a short rise into the dunes. There is very little evidence of activity, tire tracks or footprints. A great deal of driftwood at the high tide line. The creek at...


September 22, 2010 - Foggy
The carcass of a humpback whale washed up here, September 1. According to a 9/3 Coos Bay World article, it "may be the same one that became tangled in commercial crab pot lines off the Washington...
  • There's not much to see, or even much to smell -- just a big pile of blubber. It'll be interesting to check here in a year or so to see what's left.


February 15, 2009 - Doug C
Cool calm day in the middle of President's weekend. Human activity seemed high for this mile, six in four active vehicles. Other vehicle tracks indicated heavy prior usage. Two vehicles disturbed...


October 13, 2008 - Doug C
Beautiful day, 10 mph northerly winds and sunshine. There were numerous piles of Bull Kelp, probably from the early October storms. Sanderlings, Dunlins, Black Turnstones and Short-billed...
  • This structure had been partially disassembled in our last visit, but has been rebuilt.  Fire evidence was greater and trash was more extensive.
  • 2006-07 Permit #96210, Tier #500, Tag #425
May 26, 2008 - Doug C
Cloudy day and calm winds. Beach was relatively clean. A few individual kelp were at the tide line along with the usual shells, crabs bits, small rocks and wood pieces. Wildlife absent except for...
  • From the northern half of the mile.  Most of the dunes were unaffected.
  • Driftwood structure on the southern end of the mile previously shown in a mile report was demolished sometime after Jan. 1, 2008 and a fire was started in the driftwood pile as shown in the foreground of the photo.
January 1, 2008 - Doug C
Great way to start the New Year. After the recent severe storms, the beach was relatively clean. Logs and debris were high near the foredune but not much different in quantity from our earlier...