Mile 192 Report

March 13, 2009
by mcrobbins

Location:
Lincoln
Cape Perpetua north
Conditions:
Friday 10:00 AM
Sunny
50° F
Wind:
Moderate from the SW
Tide Level:
1.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
4
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
3
Fishing:
1
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
2
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
some slumping of bluffs and soft hillsides at southern end of mile
Comments:
Summary:
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, particularly adjacent to bluffs. Sea thrift is starting to bloom and there are a few other wildflowers. There is little erosion to report, although there is minor slumping of bluffs and some slopes close to the southern end of the mile. We did notice some differences from the same time last year, after reviewing our March 2008 report. The level of marine bird activity this year seemed much lower. We saw surf scoters and a grebe on the water, oystercatchers flying, a few cormorants and of course gulls, but the general level of activity viewed with binoculars over the water was lower than we expected. We saw sea stars at the north end of the mile, but not many elsewhere. Last year we noted that the rocks even fairly far from the water's edge were covered with new barnacles, but this year the barnacle population seemed smaller and less widespread. Also some areas that were crowded with mussels last year are this year much less so, with more open areas. There are still large colonies of mussels at waterline in most places, and fresh shell deposits show that gulls and other birds are feeding here. Anemones seemed plentiful at waterline in most areas. We saw 2 or 3 dozen sea lions sunning themselves on the rocks at the very south end of the mile. We collected quite a bit of garbage on this walk, mostly plastic pieces, bottles and styrofoam pieces of marine origin, doubtless washed in by winter storms.
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

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...

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...