Mile 110 Report

December 16, 2006
by BH

Location:
Coos
Merchants Beach, Seven Devils State Wayside
Conditions:
Saturday 4:00 PM
Sunny
Wind:
Strong from the S
Humans / Pets:
People:
8
Activities:
Walking / Running:
2
Sitting:
3
Rockhunting:
1
Concerns:
Litter
Disturbances:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Species/names:
1-Common Seagull
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Small rocks
See General Comment.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Evidence of wave overtopping·Visible retreat of solid bluff
Comments:
Driftline Content: 2 automobile tires, small amounts of crab pot gear and netting, very little driftwood.Storms of the week of December 9-15, 2006 created large ocean swells/waves that eroded beach cliffs moderately. Much gorse clumps now on beach. Beach swept clean of driftwood for all practical purposes. Appears beach has flatten cut-sand removal? Moderate erosion on bluffs and rock faces.
Summary:
Foraging shorebirds moving in reponse to humans. Kelp and small rocks in driftline. Very little driftwood. One dead Western Gull. Sand removed from beach and leveled. Moderate erosion on bluffs and rock faces. Foredune eroded. Clumps of gorse on beach. Evidence of wave overtopping. 2 auto tires, some crab pot gear and netting on beach. Moderate human impact (8)-2 walking, 3 sitting, 2 taking photographs, 1 rock-hunting.
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2017

October 24, 2017 - RebeccaMC
June 18, 2017 - TRBishop
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April 21, 2017 - skimmer

2016

September 25, 2016 - TRBishop
The Coast Trail access near the southern edge of Mile 110 is overgrown, and the trail is nearly inaccessible, and probably will be next year due to vegetation, gorse encroachment, and natural erosion...

2015

July 8, 2015 - TRBishop
Great summer day; was surprised by the total lack of birds; I'm guessing it might have been due to the Coast Guard helicopter that arrived about the same time I did, and was there doing their...

2014

October 11, 2014 - skimmer
High tides were keeping the beach fairly clean.
February 3, 2014 - skimmer
A beautiful February day. The driftline was really high after the recent King Tides. There were big piles of kelp, but a seemingly small amount of driftwood.

2013

November 13, 2013 - skimmer
A gorgeous fall day. Just four people walking on the shoreline. One dead gull observed.
September 1, 2013 - TRBishop
A beautiful Labor Day weekend late summer day - a put your feet in the water sort of day. Shorebirds moving in response to people. Seventeen people walking with eight dogs walking on the beach. White...
August 16, 2013 - whiskeydevil
Very nice afternoon. Very calm for a summer afternoon! Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks and wood pieces in the driftline. Two people walking with two dogs. No one driving on the beach.
August 16, 2013 - skimmer
Just a beautiful afternoon on the beach dampened only by a dead pelican and six other small shorebirds. Kelp/algae and small rocks in the driftline. Nine people on the beach, eight walking and one...
June 8, 2013 - skimmer
Just a gorgeous morning, and no one else on the beach yet. The Bald Eagle sunning at five mile point was awesome, and then a gull pestered it as it flew north. The beach was quite clean with very...
May 5, 2013 - TRBishop
I planned to access the mile from the Oregon Coast Trail access on Toyko Ln. A new locked gate and Private Property sign have been placed on the road, with no signage depicting the trail. Also, there...

2012

December 29, 2012 - skimmer
What a beautiful day, but the seas were rough and high. There was a lot of driftwood and other natural as well as unnatural debris. I also observed a small landslide, just enough to bury some gorse...
November 23, 2012 - skimmer
It was a beautiful and amazingly calm Thanksgiving day at the beach. Given the recent storm activity the beach was really clean. Shells, kelp/algae, small rocks and wood in the driftline. One dead...
September 8, 2012 - skimmer
This one mile stretch seemed particularly clean. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae in driftline. One small dead salmon shark and one dead gull. Three people walking on the beach with one seriously...
February 5, 2012 - TRBishop
A beautiful sunny, warm Super Bowl Sunday - way too nice to stay inside and watch the game. Eleven other people and five dogs joined me on the beach. Three people were panning for gold. Erosion of...

2008

September 1, 2008 - BH
Visited the mile on Labor Day morning and found many folks and dogs enjoying the beach and water. Weather was warm and sunny with little wind. People tend to cluster around Seven Devils Wayside and...
June 18, 2008 - BH
Beach was clean and almost litter free. Very few people (7)-5 walking and 2 sitting) on the beach at this time of day which is the most pleasant time as there is little wind. Noticed very few birds...
June 8, 2008 - TRBishop
I began with the intention to hike the Oregon Coast Trail at the access point on Tokyo Lane that borders on the line between mile 109 and 110. I found the access unaccessible due to a recently...
  • New fenced-in trail going west from Tokyo Ln., eventually joining the old trail that descends the bluff to Merchants beach.
March 22, 2008 - BH
A nice day to be on the beach between storms. Beach clean and almost litter free. Did not notice any gulls or other birds during my entire time on the beach. Thought this was a little strange....

2007

September 16, 2007 - BH
Great day to be on beach. Little wind and warm temperatures. Normal amount of kelp/algae, large number of crab casings and clam shells, small rocks and wood pieces. Many gulls roosting and feeding...
June 20, 2007 - BH
Kelp/algae, shells, small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Foraging shorebirds at surfline and moving in response to humans. Erosion of bluff and vegetated foredunes. Beach was at low tide...
March 17, 2007 - BH
A great way to spend Saturday afternoon on the southern Oregon Coast walking your Coastwatch mile. The beach was at almost low-tide and was uncommonly clean of debris and litter. Only observed very...
March 3, 2007 - TRBishop
Shells, animal casings and styrofoam in driftline. Erosion of vegetated foredune. Paved path and picnic fire ring removed and reseeded and new stairs constructed to creek and beach at Seven Devil's...

2006

October 4, 2006 - BH
Kelp, shells, crab castings, small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Foraging shorebirds moving in response to humans. 2 automobile tires and small amounts of litter on beach. 3 dead Common...
September 10, 2006 - TRBishop
Foraging shorebirds, carcass (bones only) of sea lion or seal in surf. Visible retreat of bluff. Moderate human impact (6)- walking, sitting and panning for gold. Concerned about litter.
June 24, 2006 - TRBishop
One dead California sea lion. Major retreat of bluff and headline at Mile 110.3. Foraging seabirds. Moderate human impact (6)- walking and playing in surf.