Mile 128 Report

August 24, 2008
by wowunupo

Location:
Coos
North Beach on North Spit Coos Bay 4
Conditions:
Sunday 12:00 PM
Foggy
60° F
Wind:
Moderate from the N
Humans / Pets:
People:
3
Activities:
2horseback; 1 driving
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
3
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
1
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
1
Activity Comments:
ATV drove on to beach and immediately left
Notable Wildlife:
pelicans, shorebirds, gulls
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Total:
1
Dead California Sea Lion
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae
plankton?
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
After heavy bluff erosion last winter, upper beach has stablized for summer. good habitat at upper end of beach for pink sand verbena. Plover habitat in this mile destroyed last winter. Some areas of sand removal last Spring appear to have filled in again. [ship wreck not visible today]
Summary:
Kelp and plankton in the driftline. Pelicans, shorebirds and gulls flying over water and beach or foraging. After heavy bluff erosion last winter, upper beach has stabilized. Areas of sand removal last spring have infilled. One dead California Sea Lion found at the south end of the mile. Low human impact (3)-2 on horseback, 1 on ATV. ATV in prohibited area but immediately left.
  • This photo was of the CSL on it's back and shows how thin this animal was as you can see that the shoulders were the widest part of the animal.
    This photo was of the CSL on it's back and shows how thin this animal was as you can see that the shoulders were the widest part of the animal.
    South end of Mile 128
    August 24, 2008
Other Mile 128 Reports (19)

2017

March 10, 2017 - [email protected]
Just reporting the re-exposes wreck, Sara Jo, at South end of Mile 128.
  • Re-exposed wreck, Sara Jo, at south end of Mile 128.  Looking from the sterm.

2010

February 21, 2010 - SCUUFmile
Shells in the driftline. One dead bird probably a Phalarope. Heavy erosion this winter has eliminated "benches" used by Snowy Plover (and Abronia umbellata?). Fourteen people on the beach in...

2009

November 15, 2009 - wowunupo
Kelp/algae in the driftline. Four dead birds. Erosion of the foredune. Low human impact (2)- driving on beach.
August 9, 2009 - wowunupo
Limited activity of any kind. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. One Gull and a small flock of shorebirds. Low human impact (0).
May 17, 2009 - SCUUFmile
Nothing unusual with only a few people present (5) and 2 dogs. Foredune winter erosion was substantial but no change since last report. Shells in the dritline. A small number of shorebirds. One...
March 13, 2009 - rubygoes
Continued high tides, carrying a prodigous amount of sizable timber, have battereed the foredune so badly that it appears sculpted in places. I have never seen so much timber lying scattered in this...

2008

December 16, 2008 - rubygoes
I learned a good lesson today about MAKING timefor a good report, rather than taking time when I can find it. I also will return to my habit of exploring my mile at the lowest of low tides. I have...
November 30, 2008 - D Phillips
Quiet, undisturbed. West-facing benches at base of foredunes re-building in some areas. Possible habitat for Snowy Plover and Pink Sand Verbena. Shells, animal casings, kelp, wood pieces and ocean-...
September 17, 2008 - rubygoes
There is much beautiful driftwood on the beach, dark and gnarly. What can be seen are only the tops of much larger pieces covered over this summer as strong winds drove waves and sand to the base of...
June 25, 2008 - rubygoes
Mile 128 sits just north of the New Carissa, andher dismantling is clearly visible. It is very interesting to watch. She always seemed huge, but the barge holding the work crew dwarfs her. I was on...
June 22, 2008 - Sarita
On this beautiful day we also saw the shipwreck remains, previously seen by Jerry Chadwick and Dennis Phillips, now buried deeper in the sand.There also were at least two areas of ridge and runnel...
  • The removal of the New Carissa can be seen in the distance from the parts of this older shipwreck.
  • This brown water did not have any cells (Dave Bilderback's observation of a sample) and so it does not appear to be an algae bloom.
  • These logs have been eroded out of the foredune this previous winter.
  • This ATV was on the beach immeadiately west of the large sign that clearly indicated that this was illegal.
  • Dorsal (back side) of a Sooty Shearwater.
  • Ventral or belly side of a Sooty Shearwater
  • Sooty Shearwaters have a tubenose.  This nose adaptation allows them to excrete salt and so they can get their water from the fish that they eat and they normally do not come to land.
May 25, 2008 - wowunupo
A lot of human activity (14)-2 walking, 2 fishing, 10 other activities, this visit (Memorial Day weekend). Much beach erosion including way off shore. Sand cliff of 1.5 m west of the foredune. Ship...
March 16, 2008 - rubygoes
I enjoy experiencing "my" mile in the CoastWatchway, and trying to take in every single thing thatNature has left there for me. Her deep carving ofthe foredunes over the winter with what must...
February 3, 2008 - wowunupo
Quiet day. No visitors. Found a solid black chunk of "wax" probably "oil" or perhaps "coal". Kelp, shells, animal casings and small rocks in driftline. Section of a wrecked ship exposed on the beach...

2007

November 26, 2007 - rubygoes
I am a new member of CoastWatch, and look forwardto improving my reporting skills as my coast-eyesbecome better educated. Exceptionally low tides in November saw lots ofequestrians riding from the...
November 18, 2007 - SCUUFmile
Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks and wood pieces in the driftline. Recent beach erosion has exposed a wreck (keel and ribs) of an old boat,ninety feet long or more and located about...
August 19, 2007 - SCUUFmile
Not much happening. Shells, animal casings, rocks, wood pieces and ocean-based debris in driftline. Two dead birds. Base of foredunes getting usual undermining by high tides, but sand building up in...
May 6, 2007 - SCUUFmile
Upper beach re-building after major winter erosion. Small Vellela vellela stranded in the millions. Shells, animal casing and wood pieces in driftline. Moderate human impact (8)-3 walking, 2 on...

2006

July 23, 2006 - D Phillips
Kelp, shells, crab castings, small rocks, wood and ocean-based debris in driftline. One dead gull, moderate human impact (12)- 8 walking (4 with dogs), 1 playing in surf, 1 playing in sand, 2...