Mile 179 Report

August 28, 2008
by oystercatcher

Location:
Lane
Heceta Head Lighthouse, Devils Elbow SP, Cape Creek
Conditions:
Thursday
Sunny
70° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the S
Tide Level:
2.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Activities:
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
0
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Activity Comments:
There was a fog bank about off shore.
Notable Wildlife:
A couple of hundred very vocal gulls at cape creek.
Dead Birds:
Total:
2
Species/names:
Two unidentified dead birds. Took photos of head and feet one.
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Wood pieces
large logs
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:
It was a sunny calm morning with no one in the parking lot when I arrived. A fog bank sat just off shore beyond the breakers. The beach sand appears to have started moving off shore revealing loads of baseball size rocks. There were a couple of decomposed birds and dog like foot prints on the sand, perhaps from an early morning coyote visit. Numerous pelicans were resting on the off shore rocks.
  • fog bank off shore on a sunny calm day
    fog bank off shore on a sunny calm day
    Looking toward the South end of the beach.
    August 28, 2008
  • Cobbles being revealed as the sand has started washing out to sea.
    Cobbles being revealed as the sand has started washing out to sea.
    Looking toward the North end of the beach taken from the south. end.
    August 28, 2008
  • Pelican resting with seagulls on Heceta Head rocks.
    Pelican resting with seagulls on Heceta Head rocks.
    Taken from the light house.
    August 28, 2008
  • Footprints in the early morning sand may be those of a coyote making an early morning visit to the beach.
    Footprints in the early morning sand may be those of a coyote making an early morning visit to the beach.
    Photo taken from center of the beach.
    August 28, 2008
  • Postelsia
    Postelsia
    center of beach below drift line
    August 28, 2008
  • unidentified dead bird showing head and beak
    unidentified dead bird showing head and beak
    located center of beach
    August 28, 2008
  • unidentified dead bird foot
    unidentified dead bird foot
    center of beach
    August 28, 2008
Other Mile 179 Reports (6)

2009

June 29, 2009 - oystercatcher
It was a beautiful clear morning. The tide was the lowest I have observed with exposed sand almost out the rocks where the nesting birds were. The Elder Hostel tour was busy photographing...
  • Low tide looking out to the rocks off Heceta Head.
  • Gulls, cormorants and murres on the rocks.
  • A pair of oyster catchers were observed off the point on the right side of the photo.
  • View of the sand to the rocks from Cape Creek
April 10, 2009 - FriendofStrawberry
Immature Gray Whale reported dead on Carl G. Washburne State Park beach just north of Heceta Head Lighthouse Thursday night. Scientists took samples at that time. When we were there Friday morning...
March 9, 2009 - oystercatcher
The 40 foot long juvenile male fin whale which was washed up on Sunday the 8th was being buried in an 11 foot deep trench by a local Florence excavating company. Emanating from the carcass was an...
  • Dead Fin Whale on Heceta Lighthouse beach
  • Closer look at dead Fin Whale from Cape Creek Bridge
  • Showing  whale's blood left after it was moved to the burial site located further to the south end of beach below parking lot.
  • Park ranger throwing lime on the fin whale while it is being buried.
  • Covering the fin whale body with sand
  • Observers of the whale burial.
March 8, 2009 - FriendofStrawberry
Juvenile, 40-foot-long male Fin Whale washed up on beach at Heceta Head.A deep water juvenile male Fin Whale washed up on the beach at Heceta Head Lighthouse. On Friday it was seen at the mouth of...
  • Open mouth - Top baleen visible and tongue on lower jaw.
  • Open mouth.  Visible where mammal research samples were taken earlier in the day.

2008

August 3, 2008 - oystercatcher
It was a beautiful calm morning with only one car from Montana with a couple photographing tide pools which they had never seen before. Most of the rocky beach found in spring was now covered with...
  • green anemone in tide pool
  • large rocks at North end of beach at low tide
  • snails on rock
  • Cormorants and Gulls on  rocks off Heceta Head
April 13, 2008 - oystercatcher
It was a pleasant day for beach goers, alternating sun and overcast with moderate wind. Lots of cars coming and going from the parking lot. People tide pooling, climbing on the rocks, beachcombing...
  • View of Heceta Head, the lighthouse, lighthouse  keepers residence (bed and breakfast), beach  and Devils Elbow.
  • Juvenile mussels with noticeable patches of missing barnacles.
  • Rocks at low tide with seaweed or algae growth.
  • sea stars and anemones
  • beach at low tide near water line looking north to caves which are below the bluff