Mile 201 Report

January 10, 2008
by VKnox2

Location:
Lincoln
Patterson Memorial SP, Patterson Cr, Yaquina John Pt
Conditions:
Thursday 9:30 AM
Rain
45° F
Wind:
Strong from the SW
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
1
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Western Gull mob feeding on dead Harbor Seal. Crows waiting for their turn to feast.
Dead Birds:
Total:
2
Species/names:
1 Western Grebe1 Common Murre
Stranded:
Total:
1
1 decomposing Harbor Seal in the driftwood stacks below the housing area on the State Park side of the mile.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Shells·Small rocks·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Evidence of wave overtopping
Comments:
Natural driftline content: Butter Clam c, Razor Clam c, Nuttall's Cockle o, Bull Kelp o, Small Perennial Kelp r, European Beachgrass c, driftwood a. a=abundant, c=common, o=occasional, r=rare.Human related driftline content: Science and Industry A, Household E, Parks/Protection/Land Management 0. L=low <5, A=average 6-15, H=high 16-30, E=extreme 30+.
Summary:
The deserted beach and bay areas were covered with debris: impressive driftwood flows interspersed with human trash and European beach grass. Plastic, plastic, plastic!! Western Gulls staggered along both the shore and their dining table- full of rotting Harbor Seal. Wind driven hail, high waves, and rain. Lovely.
Other Mile 201 Reports (11)

2018

July 15, 2018 - kalninsp
Nice sunny day. Ive never seen so much of the beach. The tide was so low we could walk out for 1/2 a mile or so where it is usually under water. Small plane flying over head, a few driftwood forts...
  • lots of sand!
  • smug
April 29, 2018 - kalninsp
Was a very calm morning, we walked on the south side of the Alsea Bay first entering at the Wyziata access point at the stairs. It was raining on and off, about 48 degrees. No other vehicles were...
  • Run off.
  • Dead bird.

2015

March 26, 2015 - Batthecat
Minus tide a good time to explore. I walked from Patterson State Park north to the Alsea bay. Found a huge amount of wood debris as well as part of a cliff face eroded. Also noted the blobs of yellow...
  • This stretch of wood debris ran from about a 1/4 mile from the edge of the bay around to the S.W.
  • More cliff erosion farther south of other photos

2013

September 14, 2013 - annathat1lady
I noticed six different driftwood logs had been set on fire. Five of them were out but one was still on fire. I made a phone call and the Park Ranger was there within 10 minutes.He was very nice....
  • When arriving at Governor Patterson state Park.I walked down to the beach and to the left there was a piece of Drift wood on fire. A park ranger was called to come put it out!
  • Lots of water needed to get the fire out.The Ranger made many trips to the water and back.
September 14, 2013 - annathat1lady
I started out at the KOA campground, and walked over the Alsea Bridge. It was nice to see all of the boats, people fishing and enjoying the beach! There were many pelicans and seagulls playing on...
  • People fishing by The Interpretative Center in waldport
  • As I walked by I noticed he was fishing but not with a pole.Instead a stick stuck in the sand with a string attached?
  • Looking from The Alsea Bridge.Just look at all of the boats!The people fishing, the birds.What a sight!
  • I see this has been here for a while.
  • Looks like it has been here for a while.But what is itandwhat is living on it?
  • Birds enjoying the afternoon
  • Just off shore some fun stuff to look at
  • Two Pelicans enjoying the day
  • A Seagull who chose to hang out around meI enjoyed taking his picture and video of him eating off of the rocks.
  • He was So well minded.Just watching the Ocean while his friend/owner was fishing!

2011

September 18, 2011 - Sanderling
There has been a lot of beach buildup over the summer, and most of the large driftwood is partially covered.The dune vegetation has reached far from the dunes, especially the searockets. There is...
March 12, 2011 - gjport
Being a Monday at 2:15 PM, it wouldn't be unusual for there to be very few people on the beach, given that this is a work hour. So, the 5 people that were seen is small but not unexpected for March....

2009

December 19, 2009 - VKnox2
A nearly windless day accompanied by sunbreaks, sanderlings, fulmars, and California gulls. The beach was scoured so clean that even the harbor seals bobbing in the channel were amazed!! Simply...
January 29, 2009 - gjport
Lovely day that brought out many folks and their pooches. Beach was remarkably clean. Picked up just 1 can and 1 plastic bottle. There is a considerable amount of wood (trees, logs, branches, etc)...

2008

December 20, 2008 - VKnox2
A relatively calm day on the beach with brisk temperatures and light rain. There were harbor seals swimming in the channel, with gulls and pelicans walking in the surf. Very little trash. Sublime.
February 9, 2008 - VKnox2
Large driftwood flows interspersed with human trash covered most of the beach. Additional plastic and styrofoam were visible bobbing in the waves during my survey. A nearly windless, balmy, early...