Mile 128 Report

March 13, 2009
by rubygoes

Location:
Coos
North Beach on North Spit Coos Bay 4
Conditions:
Friday 11:00 AM
Sunny
58° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
0.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
12
Dogs:
5
Activities:
Walking / Running:
5
Playing in surf:
0
Playing in sand:
1
Sitting:
0
Fishing:
6
OHV w/ loose dog
Concerns:
Litter
Apparent Violations:
G. Shep off leash, but heeling perfectly with OHV
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
15
ATVs/OHVs parking:
8
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 2
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
1
Activity Comments:
It was nice to see six fishermen out enjoying the day,hoping for a bite. A father and son team brought a litle girl of about 4 years with them. I saw the younger man place her on a log, give her a "sit, stay",and turn his back on her to pursue his fishing. Shewas immediately off the log and skipping backwardstoward the water. Both men were oblivious. So Ihollered and pointed. With GREAT reluctance the younger man retrieved her and put her back on thelog. Guess he never heard about those sneaker waves.
Notable Wildlife:
surprising absence of any birds;much bull kelp
Dead Birds:
Total:
3
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Species/names:
decomposed mass of feathers...could notidentify
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
normal appearing number of crab carapaces; a few mussle shells
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Small rocks·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
1 pallet
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Visible retreat of solid bluff·Landslides/major boulder falls
beach access newly signed " Caution: drop off"
Comments:
yes...litter pick up
Summary:
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 mile before. Large clumps of beach grass that have been "calving" for the last 2 winterslie half way down the foredune and on the beach.The staggering amount of trash may be due to the timber and grass clumps trapping and tangling it at the foot of the foredune. Bottles,glass, styrofoam, lumber and, most upsetting, netting and rope. The SOLV beach clean-up comingon March 28 should be very helpful in removing alot of the mess. I dragged off a sack o' plastic, about 15 lbs., and the other hand dragged the netting for a pretty even balance. I must be a strange sight doing this. The two equestrian access points have been shearedoff so stepply as to be very long jumps, if someone moseys down them expecting an easy entry to the beach. Surprise!...and not so easy to getback up. Brown, frothy surf. I had expected moredead birds after the February sewage spill, butonly found three. Glorious day for walkingmy interesting mile. Shells, animal casings, kelp, and small rocks in driftline. Moderate human impact (12)-6 walking, 1 playing in sand and 6 fishing. 5 dogs.
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...

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...
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...