Mile 196 Report

May 19, 2007
by bertjohnst

Location:
Lincoln
Vingie Creek, San Marine Beach south
Conditions:
Saturday
Sunny
54° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the W
Tide Level:
-2.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
24
Dogs:
4
Activities:
Walking / Running:
20
Tidepooling:
2
2 clam-digging
Concerns:
Climbing bluffs/seastacks
Apparent Violations:
initials carved in sandstone bluff
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
2
Activity Comments:
Recently added carvings included: "YOU SUCK," a heart followed by "YENCO Y," and "TM 4 EVER."
Notable Wildlife:
Exceptionally few birds. No gulls. Merely a few Beach Crows digging for sand-crabs, one Kildeer, and a long line of Brown Pelicans headed north.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Hundreds of sand crab casings and dead sand crabs at the high tide mark.
Driftline:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
8 of the 30-foot poles from the recent commercial spill
New Development:
Modifications:
New plantings of European beachgrass
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Evidence of wave overtopping
Comments:
Summary:
A mild, sunny morning over a beach swept clean of debris. A remarkable number of people present (24) mostly taking walks; exceptionally few birds: no gulls, one charadrius vociferus, and a few beach crows busily digging up sand-crabs. The low tide left uncovered the usually hidden ancient forest floor off Arizona Street. Most of the damage to steps and buffers from winter storms had been repaired, but bluff carvers were doing the work the waves had failed to accomplish.
Other Mile 196 Reports (17)

2019

November 30, 2019 - Pardiatthebeach
Recent king tides have swept in and left the beach relatively bare.  Not much wrack left behind and minimal debris on beach. Lots of people since it is the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
September 2, 2019 - Pardiatthebeach
Since this is Labor Day there was lot of activity on the beach.  Many people and dogs. We noticed the bluff had been excavated about a quarter mile north of Vingie Creek. Sand and vegetation had been...
June 2, 2019 - Pardiatthebeach
The last few months have brought in driftwood along the high tide line, including some large logs. Minimal plastic debris at this time. 
March 1, 2019 - Pardiatthebeach
Big winter waves pulled many feet of sand off the beach, exposing some rock and gravel beds. Sand is gradually filling back in. They also made an impact on the bluffs, creating some small erosion....

2018

December 1, 2018 - Pardiatthebeach
With the better weather lots of people and dogs were on the beach. Higher winter tides are washing up to the banks and the plants that colonized the sand over the summer are being washed away. Still...
August 31, 2018 - Pardiatthebeach
Since it is the Friday before Labor Day weekend 6 people and 4 dogs were out. A couple of wood "forts" are built on the upper sand. Since there have been no big tides vegetation and grass is growing...
August 23, 2018 - Pardiatthebeach
Found a small dead shark while walking the beach this morning. It is about 3-3.5 feet in length.
  • Salmon Shark-Lamna ditropis
May 27, 2018 - Pardiatthebeach
Today was the most people we have seen on this beach, but it is the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and it is sunny! 28 walkers, 3 runners, 8 dogs and a couple groups sitting and playing in the sand....
March 1, 2018 - Pardiatthebeach
Winter waves have been washing all the way up to the bluffs and vegetation zone. Some damage to stairs and railings. A dead porpoise or dolphin washed in 2/19 and now is mostly just a carcass due to...

2017

December 1, 2017 - Pardiatthebeach
High tides are now reaching all the way to the bluff in most places. All driftwood shelters have been knocked down by waves.  Found 15 pieces of large manmade debris over a meter in size, mostly wood...
September 1, 2017 - Pardiatthebeach
Only two pieces of large debris, both rope. No small and only slight medium debris. Some sand and vegatation building up above tideline, since tide has not been very high.  There are a couple of...
June 2, 2017 - Pardiatthebeach
We started surveying this beach for marine debris in December 2016 for COASST. This is our first report for Coast Watch. Many more people walking the beach this month, and more dogs. Much less debris...

2012

June 9, 2012 - oceanloonie
My COASST survey partner, Bert Johnstone, and I came across this seal while on our survey Saturday the 9th of June. It was on an open expanse of beach, ocean-side of the wrack, at low tide. It was...
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2009

October 8, 2009 - yhobbits
This is my first report of this mile. I am still learning about it. It appears to be an exceptionally clean mile with little or no noticeable litter or garbage. This time there were large sea gull...

2007

December 13, 2007 - bertjohnst
A cool drizzly day with surprisingly little animate life about apart from a little lady gathering shells and a bald eagle circling off shore. Except for the presence of numerous large logs, the beach...
September 19, 2007 - bertjohnst
A sunny day with a strong north wind carrying sand southwards. Thirteen people, all quite bundled up, were moving about on the beach, along with the usual sparse contingent of gulls, crows, and...
February 5, 2007 - bertjohnst
Beach unusually storm-swept, but otherwise its normal wild self.