Mile 110 Report

November 10, 2018
by billberg

Merchants Beach, Seven Devils State Wayside
Saturday 2:30 PM
55° F
Moderate from the N
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
All of the folks on the beach were walking - all I saw were not out long because of cold wind and blowing sand. Dogs were all off-leash. They were not harassing any wildlife.
Notable Wildlife:
Gulls and a few sandpipers.
Dead Birds:
A sea lion was dead along drift line about 1/3 of way South in mile 110. Looked to have been dead for quite a long time. Fur had been eaten off visible fin and flippers. A large opening of about 2 ft. X 1 ft. was on right shoulder near head. Looked like this could have been cause of death. All meat in this cavity was gone and rib cage was bare and dry. I also came across an unknown mammal carcass low on the sand. Photos of both are attached.
Fish & Invertebrates:
I found a jelly fish on sand. Photo attached.
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Since this was my first mile walk, I can't compare to any previous visits.

I was pleasantly suprised to see no human material whatsoever on beach or in drift piles. Would love to see this continue, but expect garbage will be coming with the winter storms.

Except for the wind, it was a gorgeous day.


Since this is my first mile report, please tell me what more I can write that will be significant. I have added photos of the sea lion and the starfish.

  • Beached jelly fish
    Jelly fish found high on sand.
    Oregon coast mile 110
    November 10, 2018
  • Long Dead Sea lion
    Mile 110
    November 10, 2018
  • Apparent bite on sea lion shoulder
    Mile 110
    November 10, 2018
  • carcass of unknown mammal
    unknown mammal carcass I found on my mile 110 walk
    Mile 110
    November 10, 2018
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March 17, 2022 - skimmer
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June 26, 2021 - skimmer
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May 23, 2020 - skimmer
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March 16, 2020 - skimmer
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March 16, 2019 - skimmer
Quite a few people and dogs enjoying the beach even though it wasn't a particularly warm sunny day.Unusual things I noticed were:  One headless pinniped carcass.  New gorse slide from the top of the...
January 1, 2019 - billberg
It was a beautiful 1st day of the New Year!!! Collected about 1/3 bag of trash (water bottles, small pieces of styrofoam, small broken plastic pieces, plastic bags, rope, mesh bag, canvas tote bag...
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December 19, 2018 - skimmer
No humans or dogs were on the beach while I was there.  Only a few sanderlings and gulls -visibility was pretty limited.  Plenty of cut gorse at the base of the bluff.  Big storms of late left the...


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


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...


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...


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.


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...


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
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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....


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...


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.