Mile 140 Report

June 30, 2014
by MetzmanJoe

Location:
Coos
Oregon Dunes NRA, W of Eel Campgrounds
Conditions:
Monday 8:00 AM
Sunny
55° F
Wind:
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
1.2 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
2
Dogs:
2
Activities:
Walking / Running:
2
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
3
Activity Comments:
People just enjoying the beach!
Notable Wildlife:
Western sandpipers, 400+ Heermann's gulls, snowy plovers with fledglings!
Dead Birds:
Total:
2
Species/names:
2 Common Murres
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Vellella Jellyfish wash ashore in large numbers.
Driftline:
Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:
My patrol area is mile 140 for my USDA/APHIS job so I am coving this stretch of beach at least 3 times a week. Today was notable due to the large quantities of Vellella jellyfish washed ashore. The Snowy Plovers are doing exceptionally well this year, the best nesting season ever for Tenmile Creek. I am happy to be a part of their success!
  • Mile 140 photo of float with gooseneck barnacles and large amounts of Velella jellyfish washed ashore.
    Mile 140 photo of float with gooseneck barnacles and large amounts of Velella jellyfish washed ashore.
    Mile 140
    June 30, 2014
Other Mile 140 Reports (8)

2014

March 1, 2014 - MetzmanJoe
Low human activity due to the remote characteristic of this area. Some hikers tracks from Umpqua river and Umpqua dunes trail.Many sanderling shorebirds and a peregrine falcon plus 30+ snowy plovers...
  • Large redwood or cedar log that get covered and exposed at mile 140.
  • Mile 140 typical beach sceen.

2009

October 18, 2009 - Foggy
Just passing through 140 on a hike/geocache in the Dellenback Dunes and along Tenmile Creek. There were no other people or dogs anywhere on 9 miles over firm sand, and few human footprints on the...
  • A flock of about 90 honking Canada geese headed south for the winter. There were two flocks of these, skating just above the fog in late afternoon; this one was actually on Mile 141, over the Umpqua Dunes Trail.
  • Jim Rice says this is a CSL, clearly a young one, about 4' long. Note obvious ear flaps, which help identify it as a sea lion (or fur seal).
  • Bicolor <em>Lotus formosissimus</em>, very happy in sand/mud alongside a seep flowing into Tenmile Creek. The 1 cm yellow and purple blossom is easy to spot; also the compound leaves of five leaflets.
January 19, 2009 - 10mile2
Beautiful, isolated section of the coastline where you can walk for miles without seeing another soul. Generally swept clear of most human and natural debris by the winter storms. Shells and some...

2008

October 11, 2008 - 10mile2
Recent storm had deposited numerous dead seabirds, crab and razor clam shells, and plastic and styrofoam debris (including fishing boat floats) and also brought in a significant amount of 'bullwhip'...
March 2, 2008 - 10mile2
Clean, windswept beach. Remote location with little human visitation. Very little wildlife present. Found few "whole" sand dollars. No shipwrecks. Shells in driftline. Low human impact (2)-beach...

2007

August 24, 2007 - 10mile2
Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks, wood pieces, debris, plastic pellets and Styrofoam in driftline. Numerous molted crab carapaces. One dead 3-foot shark (probably a Salmon Shark)....
May 10, 2007 - 10mile2
Few shells, driftwood and some rope and floats in driftline. More litter than in March on Mile 140. Foraging shorebirds in surf. Wind swept beach. Fences around Snow Plover nesting area. Low...
March 11, 2007 - 10mile2
Beach very clean of trash, driftwood, and other debris.