Mile 192 Report

December 29, 2019
by [email protected]

Location:
Lincoln
Cape Perpetua north
Conditions:
Sunday 12:00 PM
Cloudy
43° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
11.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
1
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Sitting:
1
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
None
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
2
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:
This part of the coast is mostly inaccessible and rocky, so you never see many people. The person I saw was sitting on a bluff above the rocks.
Notable Wildlife:
This year all of the seagull babies born on the Cleft of the Rock sanctuary were killed by eagles or natural purposes. Only one baby made it to fledgling status, and then that was killed as well. Even some of the adults were killed this year. Every day the eagles would (mostly) work in pairs and jump from nest to nest destroying the eggs or killing the babies. First year that has happened in my 4 years here. Even the OSU researchers that monitor the colony are thinking of giving up on it. The oystercatchers also lost the two eggs they were sitting on. A dead seal washed up about 10ft away from their eggs, and that brought in 7 eagles (two adults and 5 still with brown feathers). Needless to say the eagles ate the eggs. The seals that give birth on the Cleft of the Rock colony were back this year, although I only counted 6 baby seals this year. One died when it was smashed against the rocks of the island. One of the adult females died as well. Its baby died the next day. It was heartbreaking to hear it wail for its mother. At its peak I counted 23 adults on the island and 6 babies. Definitely not as many as 2018 (I believe there were 11 last year).
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Species/names:
Brown pelican.
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
We had a dead porpoise wash up on the rocks on the north side of Cape Perpetua.
Driftline:
Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
With a seagull colony so close, they bring a lot of animal casings, shells, etc onto the rocks. I've also see two buoys (one white and one green) from boats. There are a lot more large logs as well. They are clearly noticeable due to the color.
New Development:
Nothing noticeable.
Modifications:
The only thing is the work ODOT is doing on the bridge/turnout on the west face of Cape Perpetua.
Natural Changes:
Visible retreat of solid bluff
The erosion on the north face of the cape if very noticeable.
Comments:

I would love to take some action, but it's not in a spot that is very accessible.  

Summary:

Very bad year for the seagulls and oystercatchers on the Cleft of the Rock sanctuary.  All of the seagulls hatchlings were killed by eagles or other natural reasons.  The eagles seem to be thriving on this mile.  I had 7 at one time on the rocks just east of the sanctuary.  Previously 5 is the most I had seen at one time.  The seals didn't have as many babies this year - 6 in 2019 compared with (if memory serves) 11 in 2018.  However, the number of adults living on the sanctuary is roughly the same - generally around 23.  A lot of new large logs.  All pictures were taken at high tide, which was 11ft.  

  • 63 Windy Way South
    Windy Way Facing South
    63 Windy Way, looking south.
    December 28, 2019
  • 93 Gender Drive
    Gender Drive Facing North
    93 Gender Drive, facing north
    December 28, 2019
  • 93 Gender Drive
    Gender Drive Facing South
    93 Gender Drive, facing south
    December 28, 2019
  • Gender Drive Facing West
    Gender Drive Facing West
    93 Gender Drive, facing west
    December 28, 2019
  • North Face of Cape Perpetua
    North Cape Perpetua
    1251 Hwy 101 S, facing south. Blowhole at the north side of the cape.
    December 28, 2019
  • Cape Perpetua
    North Cape Perpetua
    1251 Hwy 101 S, looking south.
    December 28, 2019
  • Cleft of the Rock sanctuary
    Cleft of the Rock sanctuary, facing north
    1251 Hwy 101 S, Yachats, OR, facing north
    December 28, 2019
Other Mile 192 Reports (12)

2018

December 31, 2018 - [email protected]
Since much of my mile is rocky with steep embankments, I can't really get down to view it from eye level.  As such, the most significant things I notice are a lot more large stumps and more debris. ...
  • North Cape Perpetua area, looking north during low tide.
  • North Cape Perpetua looking north at high tide
  • North Cape Perpetua area looking west low tide
  • North Cape Perpetua area looking west high tide
  • Windy Way, Yachats High Tide
  • Windy Way, Yachats OR, South

2017

November 10, 2017 - [email protected]
I can't get down to the water on much of my mile but I will try as soon as I get a dry day.  Most of these observations are from cliffs above the water.  Suprised by how much large wood and tree...
  • Calm day at gull colony
  • Next day at the gull colony

2010

February 21, 2010 - mcrobbins
Despite warmer than normal temperatures since December, the main sign of the coming change of seasons was the widespread growth of bright green algae around pools and runoff areas on all the rocky...

2009

August 29, 2009 - mcrobbins
The weekend was mild, but foggy and damp from the recent rain, and mile 192 was deserted except for a couple enjoying a walk on the rocks and a man walking two small dogs. There was quite a bit of...
June 15, 2009 - mcrobbins
The day was sunny and warm, with a light breeze, and only a few other people were out exploring. The tide was low, giving us opportunity to explore the edges of the rocky shore. Much sand has...
March 13, 2009 - mcrobbins
Spring is not very much in evidence on mile 192, although there are subtle signs of change. There is plentiful new algal growth in and around areas of seepage and runoff in the rocky areas,...

2008

September 21, 2008 - mcrobbins
Despite the mild weekend weather, we did not see much human activity during our walk, except at the beach access directly off Yachats Ocean Road. There was a house being remodelled at the north end...
June 8, 2008 - mcrobbins
The day was sunny, though cool and breezy. We saw 10 people walking on the rocks and sand close to public access points. There are many signs of the recent rainfall. Creeks and runoffs are quite full...
March 2, 2008 - mcrobbins
We observed no significant erosion or changes due to winter weather or human activity, hardly surprising considering the rocky nature of the shoreline on this mile. As happened last year there was...

2007

September 18, 2007 - mcrobbins
Like our last mile observation, today was uneventful. There were a few people taking in ocean views at Yachats Ocean Road, but elsewhere there was little evidence of human activity. The rental house...
June 18, 2007 - mcrobbins
This mile observation was pretty uneventful and there was little to observe other than normal seasonal changes. We noted no new development along the mile. There was quite a lot of new driftwood at...
March 11, 2007 - mcrobbins
We noticed remarkably little evidence of damage or erosion from winter storms. There was minor slumping of some bluff edges at the south end of mile 192, but nothing major or significant. There was a...