Mile 123 Report

August 16, 2011
by Sarita

Bastendorff Beach east half, South Jetty Coos Bay
Tuesday 9:15 AM
70° F
Calm/Light from the W
Tide Level:
0.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
gazing about 4
Apparent Violations:
drving on beach, unattended fire, fireremains with trash
Cars/Trucks parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 1
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
The usual remains from fires with trash in and around them. Driving on the beach appears to be increasing, from the number of tire track sets, and new roads to beach over the dunes.
Notable Wildlife:
2 Osprey,22 Double-crested Cormorants (adults and juveniles), 12 gulls and 6 crows, one Cliff Swallow
Dead Birds:
One banded gull, one too decomposed to identify, one juvenile gull, one Common Murre
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Shells
New Development:
Dune Modification
Due to vehicular traffic
Natural Changes:
Configuration of beach is changed in northern 1/3, just south of jetty
The beach south of the jetty is reconfigured with a steep slope down from much higher sand accumulation than previously seen. There is also a moon-shaped bay that has emerged in this area, probably about 200 feet across. Medium (5-10 inch diameter) rocks, that were in abundance when beach last observed, are now completely covered.
On this beautiful, warm, calm day, the beach was amazingly free of debris. Only a smattering of shell fragments, crab shells, and patches of dried eel grass. A couple of dessicated sea palms, and a couple of seasonal bull kelp were in the driftline. One feather duster was being washed ashore by the incoming tide along with occasional patches of eel grass. Most noticeable is the significant increase in sand high on the northern portion of the beach. The tide pools, normally seen at the base of the jetty at low tide, are covered, except for 3 forlorn anemones. The sand at the uppermost portion of the beach has covered all but the highest jetty rocks. This sand slopes steeply to the water which now, in this area, forms a moon shaped bay. Two Osprey, 22 Double-crested Cormorants, a Cliff Swallow, 12 gulls and 6 crows seen. Several dead gulls and one dead Common Murre on the beach. Dunes modified by vehicular traffic. Remains of fires and associated trash. Tire tracks on a closed beach.
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May 18, 2010 - Sarita
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February 25, 2010 - Sarita
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September 2, 2009 - Sarita
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July 20, 2009 - Sarita
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June 1, 2009 - Sarita
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January 19, 2009 - Sarita
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December 23, 2008 - Sarita
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October 30, 2008 - Sarita
The high tide water mark was at base of foredune, and driftline was higher than we've ever seen. The amount of sea weed and kelp was also notable, large piles up and down the beach. Shells, animal...
June 17, 2008 - Pat&RobertaSmit
June 17 We walked Bastendorff beach around 7pm and saw hundreds of brown pelicans sitting on the spit at the southern end of the beach. There were many more in the air, most diving for fish. June 10...
  • Cormorant was found on Bastendorff beach on Jul 6 at round about 7 pm.Breeding plumage: white patches on the bird's flanks and the red patch at the base of its bill.
  • Hundreds of brown pelicans on the spit at the southern end of Bastendorff beach, Coos Bay. There were many more birds in the air mostly diving for fish. We have not seen this kind of activity before on Bastendorff beach.
  • Before diving the pelicans more or less hover in the air as they peer into the water below before they actually dive.
  • This is the second of two shots. The first shows this bird getting ready to dive. This was taken moments later as he headed for the water.


November 22, 2007 - JoAnne
Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, wood pieces and small amounts of sea grass in driftline. Shore birds moving in response to humans/dogs. Gulls and crows in and around shoreline. High tides...
August 5, 2007 - JoAnne
Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Stream bed was dry. Bed-spring lodged in rocks below road. Heavy human impact (89)- 31 walking, 20 playing in surf, 35...
July 15, 2007 - JoAnne
Animal casings in the driftline. One dead Harbor Seal and one dead bird. Increased tire tracks on beach. Fireworks on beach and prohibited vehicle on beach. High human impact (86)- 35 walking, 16...
June 30, 2007 - JoAnne
Light driftline of kelp/algae, small rocks, wood pieces and shells. Three bags of land-based debris. Fewer than usual tire tracks on beach. Very heavy human impact (120)- 54 walking, 28 playing in...
April 18, 2007 - JoAnne
Little in the driftline. Two decomposed pinnipeds were washed ashore during the storm. One carcass was larger, and I at first thought it was a sea lion, but it would have had to been a young one....
April 10, 2007 - JoAnne
Kelp/algae and small rocks in driftline. Shorebirds moving in response to people and dogs. Badly decomposed Rhinoceros Auklet,Sea Gull and Sea Lion on beach. There was an obvious decrease in tire...
February 4, 2007 - JoAnne
Kelp/algae and wood pieces in driftline. One unknown dead bird. Dune modification. Removed two bags of litter. Heavy human impact (43)-30 walking, 3 playing in surf, 4 sitting, 5 surfing, 1...
  • This map details where the surfers tent and pallets are located.
January 27, 2007 - JoAnne
Kelp/algae and logs in driftline. One unknown dead bird. Foraging shorebirds moving in response to people and dogs. Heavy human impact (52)-41 walking and 11 sitting, 15 dogs. Dune modification...
  • Map of Mile 123 showing where the tire tracks from wheelies were in the sand.
January 20, 2007 - JoAnne
Kelp/algae, shells, small rocks, wood pieces. Land-and ocean-based debris and styrofoam block in driftline. Foraging shorebirds moving in response to dogs. Dune nodification due to recent storms...
  • Map detailing where the pickup was on the sand and where the 4-wheel drive treads were erroding the sand dunes.


October 8, 2006 - JoAnne
Bull kelp knots and large amounts of eelgrass on the beach. Three dead Common Murre. High human impact (55)-28 walking, 5 playing in surf, 9 playing in sand, 8 sitting, 1 surfing and 4 boogy...
  • Lots of evidence people are driving on the sand.  I spotted one dune buggy driving above the dunes between the parking lots and the beach.
July 30, 2006 - JoAnne
Small amount of seaweed and kelp in driftline. Large amount of broken shells and small rocks near South Jetty of the Coos. Moderate amount of broken shells and rocks to the south of the stream. 2...
  • Rough map of Mile 123, showing 5 parking areas, jetty, bluffs