Mile 128 Report

September 17, 2008
by rubygoes

North Beach on North Spit Coos Bay 4
Wednesday 10:30 AM
62° F
Tide Level:
6.3 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
1 horseback rider
Apparent Violations:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 2
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
Evidence of 3 or 4 horseback riders onbeach earlier in a.m. They no doubt hadridden down from the Wild Mare Campground to take advantage of the early low tide. They properly used thesigned horse trail over seawall for exit and egress.
Notable Wildlife:
One sea lion enjoying the surf.Large flock of Brown Pelicans disturbedby my approach, took off in two formations. One flock of 39, one of42. So easy to count those beauties!Crab carapaces, thousands of broken sand dollars. Clam shells. A littlebull kelp, no other types.
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
No bands.13 young pelicans, average wingspan 22",identifiable by skull and cervical vertebrae.10 gulls.1 cormorant1 tern4 ID. The number ofvery young pelicans was distressing.
Fish & Invertebrates:
9 small jellies
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·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
water bottles, plywood/w nails, plank w/bolts,styrofoam floats & helmet, top,fishing line,1 pallet
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
High tides up to foredune continue winter's erosion process. Much sand returned to beach over summer.
The beach was heavily littered with human trash today.The SOLV beach cleanup will take place 9/20.The volunteers should get a good haul. I removed tangled fishing line and rope on this visit. Vehicles will be needed to remove lumber; I alerted State Parks so thatany vehicles they send out can locate these nail-studdedpieces.
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 the foredune. On 8/24 I was amazed by a huge brown mass covering the beach ahead--Brown Pelicans! Easily 100, possibly many more. I have never seen such a congregation of thesegraceful, prehistoric looking creatures. On myCoastWatch check of 9-17, that sight stayed in mymemory as I counted 13 dead juvenile pelicans which never had their chance to soar. But thecontinuation of life and the good health of ourOregon coast was reaffirmed by those adults, soonto migrate, and one sea lion surfing the waves. Other identifiable dead birds were 10 gulls, one cormorant and one tern. Dune beach grass which lost its hold over the winter and was covered over by sand has sprung up and seems to be thriving some 30 ft. out from the base of the foredune in many places. The SOLV beach cleanup on 9/20 will bring out many volunteers who join us CoastWatchers in being so grateful to live near this beautiful Pacific Ocean. I will be participating, along with two canine friends who will be carrying backpacks. They specialize in plastics and cans, while I go for all the rest. We're a great team! Clam shells, thousands of broken sand dollars, a few Bull Kelp, small rocks, wood pieces and ocean- and land-based debris in the driftline. Low human impact (2)-1 walking and 1 horseback riding.
Other Mile 128 Reports (19)


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.


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...


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...


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-...
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...


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...


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...