Mile 131 Report

March 31, 2010
by thunderhead

Location:
Coos
Horsfall Beach, Oregon Dunes NRA
Conditions:
Wednesday 6:30 PM
Sunny
48° F
Wind:
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
1.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
2
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
1
driving
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
1
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 1
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
2
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
One Western Gull close to water on sand, did not fly
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Total:
1
The beach caretaker asked me if I'd see the sea lion? Someone had told him earlier in the day that there was a sea lion on the beach about 1/4 mile south. I hiked back that way but no sign of it and darkness was approaching.
Fish & Invertebrates:
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
boat battery box, now in trash bin
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
Comments:
Many logs up and down the beach. One driftwood shelter.18" sand bench parallel to dunes, running south from Horsfall. No evidence of this to the north.More than the normal amount of debris, carried what I could to the Horsfall dumpster. Several vehicle tracks going south. Ok since beach is open to vehicles until May.
Summary:
Uneventful. No significant changes.
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2014

December 31, 2014 - thunderhead
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March 27, 2014 - thunderhead
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2013

January 2, 2013 - thunderhead
We saw the calm after the storm...there were many logs, kelp and wood debris on the beach against the foredune, which had collapsed in places. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks, wood,...

2012

September 21, 2012 - thunderhead
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2011

June 22, 2011 - thunderhead
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2010

September 10, 2010 - thunderhead
Lovely day on the beach. Low tides are the best! Shells, animal casings, small rocks, wood pieces, land- and ocean-based debris, Styrofoam, 3 ft. long plastic pipe and a tire on rim in the driftline...
June 22, 2010 - thunderhead
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January 19, 2010 - thunderhead
There was more sand on the beach than two months earlier as the iron ship at the Horsfall beach access point was buried again except for a 2 ft spike. Much groundwater moving out of the sand and...

2009

September 19, 2009 - thunderhead
With a minus tide, the beach view was spectacular.Due to Saturday morning rains, visible fresh water was flowing at the same elevation midway up the beach on a horizontal line several hundred feet in...
July 5, 2009 - thunderhead
The beach has more sand against the bluff.There were alot more people this trip (41-walking, 2 playing in sand and others driving on allowed beach), and I collected only two bags of trash. There...
March 21, 2009 - thunderhead
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January 3, 2009 - thunderhead
This visit was made shortly after a big storm.I expected to find more storm evidence on the beach but did not. I guess it all was washed away or just not captured on this beach.However, the...

2008

October 18, 2008 - thunderhead
This Coast Watch orientation hike was unusual in the discovery of a Bullseye Puffer fish, normally found in warmer waters, and an ailing California sea lion. The wreck of the Sajameco, a 324 foot...
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