Mile 144 Report

September 14, 2021
by mruggiero

Location:
Douglas
West of central Umpqua Lighthouse SP
Conditions:
Tuesday 11:15 AM
62° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
3.7 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
17
Dogs:
8
Activities:
Walking / Running:
10
Playing in surf:
1
Playing in sand:
1
Sitting:
4
birdwatching 1
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
4 of 8 dogs off leash entire time on beach or let off leash once near the water. Signs in parking areas indicate that dogs should be leashed. Dog feces not picked up by owner.
Disturbances:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
11
ATVs/OHVs parking:
7
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 6
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:
Notable Wildlife:
4 turkey vultures feeding on dead common murre carcasses near surf line
Dead Birds:
Total:
3
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Species/names:
2 common murre(fresh), 1 unknown larus species gull (very tattered/old)
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Small rocks·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
very little wrack, shells from mussels and clams (most well worn fragments + a few fresh mussels), a couple large crab shells, a fair number of scattered clear jellyfish about 3 to 4 inches in diameter.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:

A couple fresh dead common murres being fed on by turkey vultures. People with off leash dogs on the beach, some of which disturbed gulls and peep sp.. Snowy plovers on the upper beach. Most beach visitors walking or sitting.

  • dorsal view dead common murre
    dead common murre
    Lat 43.64647, Long -124.21132
    September 14, 2021
  • person walking on sandy beach with dead common murre in foreground and three turkey vultures on beach int eh distance
    person walking on sandy beach with dead common murre in foreground and three turkey vultures on beach int eh distance
    Lat 43.64530, Long -124.21152
    September 14, 2021
Other Mile 144 Reports (10)

2016

February 17, 2016 - Mike Mueller
There were various kinds of plastic located at the high wrack line. Most of the continuous upper line of wrack consisted of huge logs of different sizes. The high wrack line was located another 30 to...

2015

July 17, 2015 - Mike Mueller
I thought it was unusual to find a shark carcass, since I have never observed any other fish besides a Lamprey.
  • Shark body had been washed up and landed on the high tide line.
April 1, 2015 - Mike Mueller
The mile of beach looked normal except with less sand buildup because of less winter storm activity. I have never seen so many Valella-Valella. Lots more than last summer, 2014.
January 20, 2015 - Mike Mueller
Lot and lots of wood debris of all sizes washed up on the shore from recent storms.

2014

September 14, 2014 - Mike Mueller
Nice autumn day. 16 people on the beach No concerns4 dead birds 2 Western Gulls and 2 Common Murrespretty mellow survey. Very Balmy.
July 9, 2014 - Mike Mueller
Only 3 people walking on the beach. Dead birds--2 Western gulls and 1 Common murre. Dune modification- possibly due to calm summer
June 4, 2014 - Mike Mueller
No concerns or people on the beach today.
January 18, 2014 - Mike Mueller
Nice day on the beach. 15 people walking Only concern is the thousands of BB and larger sized styrofoam pellets. Probably most were from the dock that broke apart in the Bastendorff Beach area.

2013

September 24, 2013 - Mike Mueller
Rather nice day on the beach. Many dead birds though. Tried to rescue one that was still alive by taking it home and calling the bird rescue in Bandon, was going to take it there in the morning, but...

2007

July 5, 2007 - mcasiano
Heavy (14) vehicle use. Big metal tank on the beach between 145 & 144.