Mile 122 Report

September 6, 2010
by [email protected]

Location:
Coos
Bastendorff Beach west half
Conditions:
Monday 4:00 PM
Humans / Pets:
People:
10
Dogs:
6
Activities:
Walking / Running:
5
Playing in surf:
2
Sitting:
2
Tidepooling:
1
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
1
Activity Comments:
New well-constructed staircase down eroded foredune, permitting entry to beach without passing through trailer park property (see photo). Surfers did not install it; perhaps trailer park put it in. The first big storm of winter may take it out.
Notable Wildlife:
Approximately 75 gulls, 4 Pigeon Guillemots, resting along and in Miner Creek; 15-20 gulls flying during the hour of walking. Considerable Nereocystis and Postelsia at high tide line
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
4
Old sea lion carcass near Miner Creek with sign asking not to disturb experiment; old harbor seal carcass with orange X painted on back half way between Miner Creek and Mussel Reef; fresh sea lion carcass near Mussel Reef; fresh harbor seal carcass 50 feet further on toward Mussel Reef.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae
New Development:
Steps down bluff
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Sand infilling of intertidal zone about 2 feet since last visit
Comments:
Stairs down eroded foredune are convenient where access to beach is blocked by trailer park, but they are probably quite temporary, being anchored with light chains to shrubby trees which are in danger of toppling with just a bit more erosion, likely this winter (foredune has eroded back several 10s of feet in the past two winters.
Summary:
Winter sand infilling of low beach is evident as low reefs begin disappearing; a recent dead sea lion and harbor seal; new stairs installed at eroded foredune; otherwise not much change since last report. About 75 gulls and 4 Pigeon Guillemonts resting along Miner Creek. Considerable Nereocystis and Postelsia in driftline. Ten people on beach with six dogs. activities included walking, sitting, playing in surf and tidepooling.
  • Access to the beach has been closed by trailer park, but the path these stairs end at is on public land along a cliff face of Mussel Reef, reached by a rather harrowing pathway up the cliff.
    Access to the beach has been closed by trailer park, but the path these stairs end at is on public land along a cliff face of Mussel Reef, reached by a rather harrowing pathway up the cliff.
    southwest end of mile 122 at Mussel Reef
    September 6, 2010
  • One recently deposited seal; sea lion not shown
    One recently deposited seal; sea lion not shown
    southwest end of mile 122 at Mussel Reef
    September 6, 2010
  • Intertidal area showing emergent rocks about 6 feet above sand on April 18, 2010. Normally, the rocks are buried by sand after winter storms
    Intertidal area showing emergent rocks about 6 feet above sand on April 18, 2010. Normally, the rocks are buried by sand after winter storms
    SW end of Bastendorff Beach
    September 6, 2010
  • The match for April 18, 2010, showing intertidal area of emergent rocks now 3 feet above sand.
    The match for April 18, 2010, showing intertidal area of emergent rocks now 3 feet above sand.
    SW end of Bastendorff Beach
    September 6, 2010
Other Mile 122 Reports (10)

2017

January 29, 2017 - JohnnyCN
The waves/surf wasn't nearly as high today as it was the last time I walked the beach just a couple of days ago.  The weather was also better and there was no wind.  Due to this calmness, I think,...
January 21, 2017 - JohnnyCN
Mile 122, Bastendorf Beach, is a beach I've walked many times for pleasure so I am well acquainted with it; therefore, I was very surprised to see what was happening to it due to weather and...

2012

October 18, 2012 - [email protected]
No significant changes in erosion or deposition of fore dune since my last report, though some foredune erosion is indicated near Miner Creek where a 20 foot log tossed completely up on the foredune...
  • Seal with hindquarters missing, entrails protruding. Also note large (3-5 inch diameter) areas of missing skin, one with entrails also emerging.

2011

September 29, 2011 - Magicalsnakeman
It was a beautiful day to walk the beach. The tide was a bit high for complete tide-pool viewing. THe interesting part of the walk was finding the dead Murre. I hiked up to the mile North of this...

2010

December 22, 2010 - [email protected]
Very little change from last report. 18 people, 2 dogs using the beach. No stranded mammals, few gulls and crows, otherwise little wildlife. Driftline was relatively clean, probably from recent high...
  • In center of mile, a short distance of beach sand erosion left a slight ridge, size measureable by german shepherd as "yardstick"
  • The ridge formed by erosion is no deeper, but now extends for a couple of hundred yards in the center of the mile.
  • By December 22, the ridge of sand has been eroded back almost to the foredune, with removal of 5 -5.5 feet of sand (note german shepherd yardstick). Surfers report the cove is increasingly shallow.
June 5, 2010 - [email protected]
Physical Changes: A rockfall has spalled off the 35 foot cliff at the southwest end of Bastendorff Beach. In addition, erosion of the foredune may have progressed since March, 2010, as suggested...
  • Seal or sea lion, with green X painted on torso, with human foot for scale.
  • Rock has spalled off 35 foot high cliff face at southwest end of mile 122, including forest floor vegetation. Person in picture for scale.
March 13, 2010 - [email protected]
Since we were last there in January, the foredune has eroded markedly, resulting in the loss of numerous shrubby Englemann spruces and a shore pine growing on the dunes. As the dune erodes, a lot of...
  • The small forest (Englemann spruce) on top of the foredune is collapsing onto the beach as the foredune is being washed away.
  • Due to extensive erosion of the foredune, forming a "cliff", the campers from the adjacent RV park have cut a new path for beach access. Note the "no tresspassing" sign about to be washed away.

2008

November 16, 2008 - bbrown
Found possible California sea lion, hard to identify due to the severity of its decomposition. Head and fin seem to be missing, measurements couldn't be conducted. Dead pelican was also spotted,...
  • Found just south of first parking lot, body very decomposed, missing both its head and tail
  • Found in high tide line: a bundle of bones, very long and easily recognized as a pelican.
  • Pacific Sand Lance (Ammodytes hexapterus)washed up at the surf line.
  • California Grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, also found washed up in the surf.
May 23, 2008 - Magicalsnakeman
It was a nice cloudy day on the mile. No huge changes accept the snag falls on the southern end of the mile. Of course, the sand has started its migration back onto the beach. Many sea stars,...
February 10, 2008 - Magicalsnakeman
Ctenophores, kelp, shells, plastic pellets and ocean-based debris in driftline. Many anemones on tidal outcropping. Two dead Western Grebes. Erosion of the vegetated foredune. Vehicle tracks in...
  • from southern end on tidal outcroppings