Mile 128 Report

June 22, 2008
by Sarita

Location:
Coos
North Beach on North Spit Coos Bay 4
Conditions:
Sunday 9:30 AM
Party cloudy
60° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Humans / Pets:
People:
9
Dogs:
2
Activities:
Walking / Running:
4
Sitting:
0
horseback riding/ 5
Concerns:
Litter
Apparent Violations:
low flying personal aircraft (1)
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
5
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
2
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Many Brown Pelicans,2 Turkey Vultures, 1 Crow, 2 Barn Swallows, 1 Bald Eagle, several cormorants flying low, Cystosiera
Dead Birds:
Total:
2
Species/names:
Sooty Shearwater partially buried in lee of large log, and juvenile gull
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Shells·Small rocks·Wood pieces
eel grass, sand dollars, large area of broken shells including many sand dollar fragments above riptide embayment
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Evidence of wave overtopping
Large diameter (2-21/2 ft) logs, parallel to beach exposed in dunes in from riptide embayment, large area of shells in riptide driftline
Comments:
In sand exposed by low tide in the riptide area,brownish/reddish, clear water pooled in our footsteps, and also sloshed in the incoming and outgoing surf. Dave collected some in a baggie, thinking it might have cellular life, but found none. Possibly tannin from old Weyerhauser site inland from foredune?
Summary:
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 formation as sand moves onshore. Erosion of the foredune found the full length of mile. Two areas of pines had eroded from foredune. Large logs exposed in eroded foredune. Brown-red water pooled in footsteps near a riptide embayment at the north end of the mile. Shells, animal casings, sand dollars and eel grass in driftline. Large areas of broken shells. Many sand dollar fragments above riptide embayment. Many Brown Pelicans, 2 Turkey Vultures, 1 Crow, 2 Barn Swallows, 1 Bald Eagle and several flying cormorants. Two dead birds: Sooty Shearwater and juvenile gull. Moderate human impact (9)-4 walking, 5 horseback riding. Two dogs. Two ATV's in prohibited area. Low flying private aircraft. Small amount of litter.
  • South part of Mile 128
    June 22, 2008
  • The removal of the New Carissa can be seen in the distance from the parts of this older shipwreck.
    The removal of the New Carissa can be seen in the distance from the parts of this older shipwreck.
    South part of Mile 128.
    June 22, 2008
  • 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.
    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.
    North end of Mile 128.
    June 22, 2008
  • These logs have been eroded out of the foredune this previous winter.
    These logs have been eroded out of the foredune this previous winter.
    North end of Mile 128.
    June 22, 2008
  • This ATV was on the beach immeadiately west of the large sign that clearly indicated that this was illegal.
    This ATV was on the beach immeadiately west of the large sign that clearly indicated that this was illegal.
    Straight out from the sand road, where it curves to the south.
    June 22, 2008
  • Dorsal (back side) of a Sooty Shearwater.
    Dorsal (back side) of a Sooty Shearwater.
    Middle of Mile 128.
    June 22, 2008
  • Ventral or belly side of a Sooty Shearwater
    Ventral or belly side of a Sooty Shearwater
    Middle of Mile 128.
    June 22, 2008
  • 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.
    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.
    Middle of Mile 128.
    June 22, 2008
  • Middle of Mile 128.
    June 22, 2008
  • South part of Mile 128
    June 22, 2008
  • South end of Mile 128
    June 22, 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...
August 24, 2008 - wowunupo
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...
  • 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.
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...
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...