Mile 194 Report

August 3, 2022
by tietjenl

Location:
Lincoln
Yachats, Adobe Inn, Smelt Sands Wayside
Conditions:
Wednesday 10:30 AM
63° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
0.8 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
55
Dogs:
6
Activities:
Walking / Running:
31
Playing in surf:
0
Playing in sand:
6
Sitting:
6
Rockhunting:
4
Tidepooling:
4
Surfing:
0
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Fishing:
0
One person was operating a ham radio on the picnic table at Smelt Sands State park.
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
8
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:
Notable Wildlife:
Brown pelicans [6], pelagic cormorants [15], oyster catchers [2], killdeer [1], ochre sea stars, giant green anenomes, chiton - Black Katy? [1], snails [Northern Striped Dogwinkle], limpets [Keyhole], striped shore crabs, gulls
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Species/names:
No bands detected, floating upside down in tidepool at Agency Creek drainage [44°19'07.4"N 124°06'30.6"W] - see photo
Stranded:
Total:
0
n/a
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
One small bite of marine rope [about 10"long'
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:

My Coastwatch began with a flyover by six brown pelicans just above the surf at the southern border of Mile 194! A warm, calm day. Enjoyed observing the usual tidepool animals as listed above. Also interesting to note was what I thought was a chiton and it's track in the sand in a shallow tidepool [see photo]. Some concave depressions in the  rocks above the tide line showed crystallization [of perhaps salt] and a significant amount of vegetation on the rocks was bleach white. No abherrant human behavior with the highest poplulation of people on the 804 trail in front of the hotels on the north end of Mile 194. Two unattended small dogs [dachsunds ?], without tags, were observed at the midpoint of Mile 194, but I was unable to reach them before they ran off. They looked to be in good health. One dead seabird floating upside down in a tidepool at the Agency Creek drainage 44°19'07.4"N 124°06'30.6"W [see photo]. There is also a sign posted, "BIRDS ONLY BEYOND THIS POINT," at the boundary between the south end of Smelt Sands State Park and the north border of the Adobe. 

  • Dead seabird floating upside down in a tidepool at the Agency Creek drainage
    44°19'07.4"N 124°06'30.6"W
    August 3, 2022
  • Chiton in a shallow tidepool and it's track in the sand near the southern border of Mile 194
    southern border of Mile 194
    August 3, 2022
Other Mile 194 Reports (13)

2022

May 17, 2022 - tietjenl
This Coastwatch walk started out with a fly by of 8 brown pelicans in line just above the surface of the water! Loved it! Gorgeous, sunny morning with almost no wind. Spent some time watching two...
April 13, 2022 - tietjenl
A welcome calm, partly sunny hour on Mile 194 amid what has been several days of hail, high winds and rain. Observed a group of 5 black oystercatchers and 2 additional single ones; a small feeding...
March 7, 2022 - tietjenl
Fun to see the spout of a whale just beyond the surf at the southern border of Mile 194 this morning! Enjoyed observing a group of striped shore crabs as they were feeding and dancing/hiding. A group...

2021

December 3, 2021 - tietjenl
Notably warmer weather this December than last year [no gloves or knit hat necessary]! Clear, mostly sunny afternoon after a 9.6ft high tide this morning around 11a. No obvious cliff/bluff erosion. ...
  • Dead Western Gull
  • Dead Western Gull
  • Gulls bathing in the run off from Agency Creek
September 15, 2021 - tietjenl
A wonderfully blustery, but sunny day! The waves looked enticing if you enjoy surfing! Walked the mile from south to north and didn't see any people until the Adobe. Found one dead bird just south of...
  • Dead bird Adobe
  • Dead seabird relative size to a size 9.5 shoe
  • Closer view of the dead bird
  • Purple asters looking out from the Adobe
  • Color contrast of pool and ocean
July 29, 2021 - tietjenl
It was cool and breezy and the fog bank limited visibility of the ocean much past the surf. But many people were out enjoying this special environment! Happy 50th Birthday Oregon Shores Conservation...
April 30, 2021 - tietjenl
A beautiful, peaceful morning on Mile 194 at a negative tide. Less marine litter collected than a few months ago. People were enjoying the trail, pebble shoreline and tidepools respectfully. No...
March 4, 2021 - tietjenl
A blustery day on the beach today. No concerns or significant changes noted, but as I'm new to CoastWatch, I'm still taking note of the normal baselines. I spotted one Black Oystercatcher on the...
February 13, 2021 - tietjenl
  • Styrofoam debris
  • Adobe frontage
  • North toward Adobe
  • South from Adobe

2017

May 23, 2017 - DepoeRena
I walked this mile in the early morning hours and only saw two people.  Tide was low, but incoming.  Light breeze and moderate inversion layer.  This shoreline is surprisingly free of litter.  Micro...
  • Dead sea lion
  • Bluff erosion near 2nd St
  • Bluff Erosion

2016

November 28, 2016 - Volunteer Trainer
28 Nov 2016 Smelt Sands Beach, Yachats Oregon. NOT JTMD. Polystyrene filled concrete float washed onto beach in late morning. Broken on impact of beaching.  Remaining surfaces that had been below...

2009

February 2, 2009 - PhelpsPham
Beautiful, calm day a day after a very windy day. Saw some crows eating two dead fish, another rocky cove filled with foam, and found an unusual egg sac - most likely fish eggs. Very little human...
  • Found near Adobe Inn on rocks.
  • not sure what this is?
  • Foam-filled rocky cove

2008

October 19, 2008 - wallytina
Will try and send a photo next time......it was a beautiful day with a nice group of people enjoying our coast trails and beaches.Everything was awesome.!!!