Mile 110 Report

March 22, 2008
by BH

Location:
Coos
Merchants Beach, Seven Devils State Wayside
Conditions:
Saturday
Party cloudy
50° F
Wind:
Moderate from the SW
Tide Level:
6.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
11
Dogs:
5
Activities:
Walking / Running:
4
Playing in surf:
3
Playing in sand:
2
Sitting:
2
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
0
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Fishing:
0
Concerns:
Litter
Apparent Violations:
Very little litter; no other concerns noted
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
5
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
During the entire mile, I did not observe a single bird of any species on the shore or in the water. I thought this to be somewhat strange.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
None noted
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Small rocks·Wood pieces
Please See Comment Section
New Development:
Modifications:
None noted
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Major cracks appearing in bluffs·Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Evidence of wave overtopping·Visible retreat of solid bluff·Landslides/major boulder falls
Very noticeable severe erosion to bluffs from winter storms; many small rocks eroding into ocean; sand depletion.
Comments:
Comment on Driftline: Noted 6'x8' piece of broken fishing vessel: 3 commerical crab rings on beach; several large kelp masses with fishng rope and twine.Beach is clean and shows signs of severe winter erosion from winter storms and wave action. Many water streams on the beach from upland creeks. Seven Devil Wayside State Park recieving excellent care with grass mowed and landscape clean. Kudos to the State Parks!
Summary:
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. Noticed severe erosion on beach bluffs and many rocks being swept into the ocean. Obviously, the winter storms have had a great effect on this beach. Appears to have lost a lot of sand as the beach seems to drop off more sharply than in the past. Many streams on the beach from upland creeks. Shells, kelp (Bull Kelp entwined with fishing rope), small rocks, wood and some ocean-based debris in driftline. Portion of boat and crab rings on beach. Moderate human impact (11)- 4 walking, 3 playing in surf, 2 playing in sand and 2 sitting. Five dogs. Seven Devils Wayside State Park well maintained--Kudos to State Parks!
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March 16, 2019 - skimmer
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January 1, 2019 - billberg
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2018

December 19, 2018 - skimmer
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November 10, 2018 - billberg
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2017

October 24, 2017 - RebeccaMC
June 18, 2017 - TRBishop
Quite a few out enjoying the beautiful Father's Day. Nothing out of the ordinary to report, except the coast trail at the southern section of the mile is now overgrown and unpassable about half way...
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.

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

December 16, 2006 - BH
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...
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.