Mile 141 Report

August 5, 2019
by KerrieP

Location:
Coos
Oregon Dunes NRA
Conditions:
Monday 9:00 AM
Cloudy
63° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
-0.4 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
No concerns, no apparent violations
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
0
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
No-one on the beach from third beach parking lot on to to Mile 141 when we began walking at 0900. There were 7 people on the beach adjacent to the parking area upon our return at noon.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Trash debris was less than expected (light amount).
New Development:
None
Modifications:
None. Temporary signage and ropes for plover nesting areas was in place.
Natural Changes:
A ledge (on avg. 2 feet high) was present between high and low tide areas. The ledge began south of the third beach parking area and continued into Mile 141 were it became more intermittent
Comments:

Pleased to note that the Oregon Dunes NRA staff are managing the beach well by maintaining signage and blocked entrances to keep OHVs off the beach.  Additionally, plover signs and roping are effective and maintained.

Summary:

Miles 141 and 142 provide nice solitude and good wildlife viewing.  Noted several snowy plovers near marked nesting areas, 11 brown pelicans, a Caspian tern, along with the usual sanderlings (~75 total), Western gulls (~20 total), cormorants (7), and a few western sandpipers (7) were noted along the waterline. Two large harbor seals noted (one in mile 141 and one in mile 142) were sitting in the shallow low surf zone and appeared to be waiting fish or other morsels to come their way.  They only moved when we passed close by. 

  • The gray mass is a seal foraging in the surf
    unkown
    August 5, 2019
Other Mile 141 Reports (6)

2008

December 23, 2008 - oldMGguy
This mile is typical of the Oregon Dunes beaches - grassed foredune, vegetated deflation plain, and large parabolic dunes inland. A classic large "tree island" with mature spruce, pine, and rhodies...
  • South view on Mile 141 from John Dellenback beach trail
  • Looking north on Mile 141 from the John Dellenback beach trail
  • Foredune Erosion due to winter storm, winds, and high tide
  • Many 3-6" reddish Sea Nettle jellies washed up the beach today
  • Large 12" diameter Moon Jelly upended in the surf
October 12, 2008 - KerrieP
More large kelp piles than usual. Less ocean trash than usual. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Three dead Common Murres and one dead Surf Scoter. Low...
June 8, 2008 - KerrieP
Pleasant day, notable erosion of foredune - not unexpected after the winter and spring storms this year. Forest Service has placed new "Share the Beach" sign at beach entrance point. Shells, animal...

2007

December 30, 2007 - KerrieP
The weather was crazy; as we hiked across the two mile expanse of dunes to access our mile, the weather went from somewhat sunny to hail and wind, to rain and back to sunny. The deflation plain was...
October 28, 2007 - KerrieP
Gorgeous day for a beach walk. Forest Service seems to be staying on top of blocking OHV access to the closed beach. I observed two recent tracks around MP143. The violators accessed from an...
February 17, 2007 - KerrieP
This beach mile is difficult to access. This last trip I accessed from the Umpqua Third Beach parking lot. I was amazed and sadden to see what is happening to this section of the coast. those of...