Mile 140 Report

March 1, 2014
by MetzmanJoe

Location:
Coos
Oregon Dunes NRA, W of Eel Campgrounds
Conditions:
Saturday 8:00 AM
Cloudy
53° F
Wind:
Moderate from the SW
Tide Level:
6.8 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
Activity Comments:
Only a few old footprints from hikers.
Notable Wildlife:
6 Harbor seals at mouth of Tenmile Creek. many sanderlings, dunlin and 35 snowy plovers near Tenmile North Nesting area.
Dead Birds:
Total:
2
Species/names:
1 common murre, and one pelagic cormorant.
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Shells·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Visible retreat of solid bluff
Large log exposed, see photo.
Comments:
I have been walking this area since January of last year regularly. Sand covers and exposes a large redwood or cedar log and give a good indication of winter wave action. I will be monitoring the snowy plover nesting areas for USDA in this area from February to August 2014.
Summary:
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 seen. No unusual marine debris or tsunami debris observed. Just the usual water bottles and fishing gear. There were 4 large oranges washed up in good condition, still edible and one Pepsi still sealed and drinkable.
  • Large redwood or cedar log that get covered and exposed at mile 140.
    Large redwood or cedar log that get covered and exposed at mile 140.
    March 1, 2014
  • Mile 140 typical beach sceen.
    Mile 140 typical beach sceen.
    February 28, 2014
Other Mile 140 Reports (8)

2014

June 30, 2014 - MetzmanJoe
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...
  • Mile 140 photo of float with gooseneck barnacles and large amounts of Velella jellyfish washed ashore.

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.