Mile 192 Report

February 21, 2010
by mcrobbins

Location:
Lincoln
Cape Perpetua north
Conditions:
Sunday 11:30 AM
Sunny
51° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NE
Tide Level:
1.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
5
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
5
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
None
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
3
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Pelicans, surf scoters, 1 river otter, sealions
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Shells·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
None
Natural Changes:
Little erosion this year
Comments:
Summary:
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 shelves we explored. We saw only one or two wildflowers along the bluffs. There was little new erosion to report, although there was much new driftwood and a fair amount of garbage, some marine (particularly rope) and some land-based (mostly plastic pieces and styrofoam). We gathered as much as we could carry. We noted last year in March that many mussel colonies seemed patchy and smaller, and the same seemed true this year. Also there were fewer barnacles, unlike two years ago when even rocky areas far from low waterline were covered with new, small barnacles. On most of the rocky shelves there were areas of sand, much more than we have seen after previous winters. There were seastars at waterline in some areas, as well as plentiful concentrations of anemones. Not many birds to report --- there were a few pelicans, some surf scoters diving in the inlets, a few cormorants, and gulls. We were treated to a 10 minute viewing of a female (we think) river otter sunning and preening herself on a small rocky island at the mouth of an inlet. Since we could approach no closer, she was unafraid and curious about our presence there. That was the first otter viewing of all our mile walks.
Other Mile 192 Reports (12)

2019

December 29, 2019 - [email protected]
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...
  • 63 Windy Way South
  • 93 Gender Drive
  • 93 Gender Drive
  • Gender Drive Facing West
  • North Face of Cape Perpetua
  • Cape Perpetua
  • Cleft of the Rock sanctuary

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

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...