Mile 128 Report

November 26, 2007
by rubygoes

Location:
Coos
North Beach on North Spit Coos Bay 4
Conditions:
Monday 5:00 AM
Sunny
70° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
0.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
30
Dogs:
2
Activities:
Walking / Running:
0
Playing in surf:
0
Playing in sand:
0
Sitting:
0
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
0
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Fishing:
0
horsebackriding
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
vehicles in restricted area
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
6
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
20
Activity Comments:
The trucks that bring in the ATV's etc.must have been parked at Horsfall on this date.
Notable Wildlife:
Pelicans were abundant, and were seenin three distinct flocks. Perhaps 50in all, and breathtaking, as always.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Green netting entangled with kelp.
New Development:
Modifications:
The beach was swept unually clean by high tides.
Natural Changes:
Comments:
I contacted a camp host at Horsfall regarding theunusual number of vehicles on a restricted (well posted)area of beach between the Horsfall campground and thenorth jetty on the North Spit. I contacted the Bilder-backs who, in turn, contacted State Parks Dept. to inquire about enforcement there. Good networking likethis may bring about change.
Summary:
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 North Jetty to Horsfall, an area posted as "No Vehicles" due tothe Snowy Plover nesting reserve. A cleansing high tide was in evidence: the beach was sweptvery clean of debris, except for the largest logs and timbers. Vehicle activity in the area wasunusually high. ATV, dune buggy, sand bike ridersare also attracted to low tides. It is not unusual to see half a dozen vehicles on any givenday, but most are aware that they may frightenthe horses and slow down when they approach fromfront or rear. Surprisingly, these operators were extremely reckless around the horses, as if their high numbers negated the rules of common courtesy. I later asked a camp host about theunusual number of vehicles in the restricted area.He said that after Labor Day local riders "take back their beach" and let their enthusiasm spoil their good judgement. He added that the response time of enforcement officers from BLM, State Parksor the Sheriff's office is too slow, and thepriority is too low. We hope this "invasion" is a brief one. I pulled approximately 30 lbs. of nylon netting that was hung up on a log over the dune and well up the sand road thanks to my horse, Ruby, who is learning that she has an important job as a seahorse with CoastWatch. Fifty pelicans in three flocks. Heavy human impact (30) horseback riding and riding in beach vehicles.
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...
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 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...