Mile 203 Report

August 1, 2021
by JLcoasties

Driftwood Beach south, Hidden Lake
Sunday 11:30 PM
Party cloudy
59° F
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
3.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Kite flying - 3, Bicycle - 3
Apparent Violations:
There was a small amount of debris left by people on the beach.
Activity Comments:
No Concerns
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Found 1 Mermaid's Purse (skate egg case). It was fairly dried out.
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Plastic pellets·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Found ribbons of micro plastics. Also picked up 30 to 40 pieces of plastic larger than 7 or 8 mm. For the most part the rack line was normal for mile 203.
New Development:
No concerns
No concerns.
Natural Changes:
The dunes on the north half of mile 203 have grown in the last month. On the north half of mile 203 the dunes have doubled in size and are extending further south on the beach from the north edge of mile 203. On the south end of mile 203 the dunes have developed blown out areas exposing old branches and natural debris. The south half of the mile did not lose big areas of sand in the storms of last winter as the north half did. The loss of the dunes on the north half seemed to remove areas for bird nesting that were uses in the past.

Some of the sand has been sculptured by the wind and it is rather beautiful.


Large number of people on the beach today.   The dunes are growing and the wind has pushed back a lot of the sand areas that were lost in the storms or last winter.

  • Dune formation
    Dune formation in areas lost in the storms last winter
    The northern one 1/4 of mile 203.
    August 1, 2021
  • Dune formation
    Dune formation in areas lost to the storms of last winter
    On the northern 1/4 of mile 203.
    August 1, 2021
  • Sand Sculptured by the wind
    The wind has sculptures some sand areas into amazing shapes.
    The northern 1/4 of mile 102
    August 1, 2021
  • Micro Plastics
    Micro plastic ribbon on mile 203
    The micro plastics are located in ribbons in spots along the entire length of mile 203. This is most visible in areas where the wind has blown bare spots on the beach. Unfortunately these spots move around as the wind changes.
    August 1, 2021
Other Mile 203 Reports (54)


August 1, 2021 - Nancy Thomas
Flock of 100 + shorebirds, cliff soil graffiti, building of large sand dunes, and interesting ocean lakes seen due to low tide. 
July 12, 2021 - Nancy Thomas
There were a lot of crow tracks, the sand has been shaped into many new dunes. One vulture hanging out near Sandpiper Shores beach entrance. Could hear the Driftwood Project in the distance. A lot of...
  • Vulture Hanging out
  • American Crow inside Snowy Plover Enclosure
  • Micro plastics
  • Dunes Mile 203
  • Firework Trash left on beach
  • Fire pit
  • Wrack Small Stones
  • Foggy Beach
June 14, 2021 - JLcoasties
There are four Snowy Plover nesting sites roped off on Mile 203.Parts of the beach lost a large quanity of sand over the winter and the sand has not come back.
May 23, 2021 - Nancy Thomas
Beach is very flat in most areas and not suitable for Snowy Plover nesting.  Snowy Plover signs have been placed at beach access points. Dogs are not being leashed. Poles being placed vertical is not...
April 14, 2021 - Nancy Thomas
Very windy with blowing sand.  Sighting of 1 Dunlin and 4 Whimbrels probably migrating.  They were feeding in the surf. Overall Mile 203/Driftwood beach is very flat and stretches from the surf to...
March 23, 2021 - JLcoasties
Possible Japanese fishing boat washed up on Mile 203 with various species of marine life on board.
March 11, 2021 - Nancy Thomas
The most noticable change was the fact that the dunes are almost washed away from wave action.  There are many cut out areas and logs thrown into vegetation.  Vegetation near shore is uprooted and...
February 17, 2021 - Nancy Thomas
The most noticible change was the retreat of the dunes toward the shore.  The beach has become very flat and many of the dunes are gone or deeply cut.  The rack line rests on the remaining dunes and...
February 9, 2021 - JLcoasties
The beach area north of Beach Access 66c had erosion of the foredunes and grassy areas eroded and flooded away by storm surges - see photos.  We found one unidentified dead bird - see photo.
January 23, 2021 - Nancy Thomas
The change in the beach was the most obvious change.  There is alot more open beach.  Wrack was washed to dune area with some overflow.  Sand was carved out and channels made in dunes.  Most debris...
January 23, 2021 - Nancy Thomas
The change in the beach was the most obvious change.  There is alot more open beach.  Wrack was washed to dune area with some overflow.  Sand was carved out and channels made in dunes.  Most debris...
January 10, 2021 - Nancy Thomas
It was the day before official King Tide Weekend.  Waves were quite high in places and had alot of power.  Sneaker waves were present and would move into shore quickly.  Large logs and stumps were...
  • Kelp Mile 203 Wrack Line
  • Wrack pushed to dune line
  • Umbrella with people in Dunes
  • Large Stump
  • Flooding Sandpiper Shores entrance boardwalk
  • Tide Foam


November 23, 2020 - Nancy Thomas
Mile 203 was almost free from human debris.  Thanks for that. Only a couple of gulls seen. The Wrack line had minimal deposits.  Saw people walking and walking their dogs.  There was some interesting...
  • Dune Surfing with Sled
  • Wrack Line
  • Beach Art Town
  • Feather
September 26, 2020 - JLcoasties
The beach was fairly clean on the 26th. Many people were using the beach for recreation. There were lots of Burrowing Sea Cucumbers along the whole mile and a dead seal skeleton on the beach (...
  • Seal skeleton
  • Burrowing Sea Cucumbers
  • Close up of a Burrowing Sea Cucumber
August 27, 2020 - Nancy Thomas
  • Wrack Line Mile 203
  • Wrack Line MIle 203
  • Sand Lobster
July 22, 2020 - Nancy Thomas
Snowy Plover nest Mile 202 (this was reported to Plover Patrol), Plover on mile 203, Skeleton of Seal Pub
  • Snowy Plover nest Bayshore Mile 202
  • Seal Pup Skeleton ?
  • Snowy Plover Mile 203 with Wrack Line
July 1, 2020 - Nancy Thomas
sighting of 4 Snowy Plovers flying and foraging
July 1, 2020 - Nancy Thomas
sighting of 4 Snowy Plovers flying and foraging
June 24, 2020 - Nancy Thomas
Nesting Snowy Plover, firecracker debris and signs of campfire activity.  
  • Vegetation
  • Wrack Line Contents
  • Low Tide Beach
  • Bikers and Dog
  • Campfire Remains on Beach
  • Firewood Scattered on Beach
  • Snowy Plover nest/eggs
  • Snowy Plover on Nest
June 12, 2020 - Nancy Thomas
bonefire and campfire set upsSAND202001 Snowy Plover Nest FailedDriftwood Snowy Plover nest still ok.
  • Driftwood bonfire setup
  • Children too close to Snowy Plover Nest
  • Campfire
  • Group of People no masks
  • Mammal Track
  • Snowy Plover Track?  maybe
  • SAND202001 empty nest fail?
  • Driftwood Plover on Nest
June 4, 2020 - Nancy Thomas
Discovery of New Snowy Plover nest labelled SAND202001 on beach near Sandpiper Shores and being attended by Snowy Plover Patrol.  Unbanded bird.
  • Snowy Plover Nest
  • Beach Wrack
  • Snowy Plover on Nest
May 25, 2020 - JLcoasties
Shoreline Wildlife - We found, we believe, a dead sturgeon on the shore without its head.  We have included a picture with a penny for size reference.We picked up two 2.5 gallon buckets of ocean...
  • Ocean Debris
  • Ocean Debris
  • Dead Sturgeon
May 21, 2020 - Jon French
I met with Oregon Parks & Recreation Dept Beach Ranger Doug Sestrich on the beach to show him a Western Snowy Plover nest I had discovered 5/15 so that he could install a pole and rope buffer...
  • OPRD Beach Ranger Doug Sestrich beginning nest buffer
  • Ranger Doug pounding poles in sand
  • Job finished
  • Do Not Enter sign
  • Active Western Snowy Plover nest with three eggs
May 15, 2020 - Jon French
I feel guilty being able to walk my miles, 202 and 203, within walking distance from my home, when others aren't able to because of COVID-19 restrictions.  I apologize for so many reports, but when I...
  • Bald Eagle with prey
  • Bald Eagle feeding on prey
  • Plover nest
  • Plover nest location looking East
April 27, 2020 - Jon French
My neighbor in Bayshore came upon and photographed this rare Western Snowy Plover nest approx 4/23/2020.  My neighbor didn't notice any birds incubating the eggs, but snowy plovers are very...
  • Western Snowy Plover nest
  • Approximate location Western Snowy Plover nest
  • Map of Western Snowy Plover nest location
March 11, 2020 - JLcoasties
Human Activity - 10 people and 1 dogShore Wildlife - Possible 2 Plovers (photo attached), 7 dead birds, Quanities of plastic and wood chips.
  • Possible Plovers


December 9, 2019 - JLcoasties
There were no items to report on. 
October 13, 2019 - JLcoasties
Human activity - 24 people and 7 dogs.  15 people walking, 4 playing in the sand, 2 sitting and 3 surfing.Shoreline wildlife - 5 dead birds. 4 birds can not be identified due to the condition of the...
  • Unidentified dead bird
  • New plant growth
July 19, 2019 - JLcoasties
The major concerns are the number of fires involving the logs that are piled high up on the beach and the quanity of jelly pieces on the beach was much above anything we have ever seen.
May 22, 2019 - JLcoasties
Today was a bit chilly with the cloud cover but is was a great day on the beach.  The natural change processes of the beach were evident from the last two months.  We do not have any concerns about...
March 17, 2019 - JLcoasties
It was a nice day, but windy, with  many people walking or playing with dogs.  We monitered the dogs to see if there was any disturbance of sea birds and we did not see any.  The number of large...
  • Dead Marine animal
March 10, 2019 - Beachwalker203
The beach was unusually clean of debris.
January 18, 2019 - JLcoasties
The beach had a lot of marine debris such as polypropelene rope, fuel lines, expended shot gun/ fire works shells and other items that had washed in.  We filled two 3-gallon buckets with debris.


August 13, 2018 - Beachwalker203
May 30, 2018 - Beachwalker203
A very quiet day on the beach.


August 25, 2017 - Beachwalker203
Quiet day on the beach, quiet ocean.  Did see fairly fresh bear scat near the wrack though. That was unusual.
June 24, 2017 - Beachwalker203
Found burned out campfire log, also area littered with cans, etc.
May 19, 2017 - unbound
I am including photos of each direction of the beach as well as the minimal trash found this round, a setup someone created with chairs & drift wood as well as dead seal with turkey vultures.
  • Bayshore
  • Bayshore
  • Dead seal.


August 4, 2015 - nanumoore
6 dead Common murres found between Buckley Creek and north beach access of Sandpiper Village. I had noted 3 last week.
July 5, 2015 - nanumoore
Two significant fireworks hot spots with sporadic other ares. Multiple (about 80) small red rubbery plastic tubes, thin plastic streamers, and firecrackers. People on the beach were walking, looking...
  • Found many of these small tubes made with a plastic rubber type of material
  • Looking south toward Cape Perpetua
  • From previous night 3 people did come to remove and clean debris from beach
  • Numerous piles of twigs with clear long strands that could be vegetation or plastic?
April 1, 2015 - nanumoore
The storms blowing in from the west over the last few days left much debris covered with pelagic barnacles. Some of which are confirmed by Fawn Custer to be Tsunami debris. Velella velella covered...
  • Yellow plastic crate covered with pelagic barnacles, sea weed and sand
  • container covered with pelagic barnacles
  • Majority of wrack line.  Also included snail egg cases, plastic debris with pelagic barnacles and hydroids (fuzz)
  • Brass Buttons.  full bloom on the beach
March 21, 2015 - nanumoore
Spring break brings greater numbers of people to play and walk on the beach. During March rafts of California Seal Lions have been spotted and heard in the near waters. One mostly decomposed Sea Lion...
February 18, 2015 - nanumoore
Large California sea lion cluster seen and heard in ocean on Mile 203 west of Sandpiper Village 2/17/15. According to Nancy Edwards who provided telescope viewing they formed a "Pacific Sea Lion Raft...
January 27, 2015 - nanumoore
This was a quiet day on the beach with little human activity. Very little trash noted. New boards placed at South Beach access. There did not appear to be any new bird deaths, although the salmon and...
  • House side of dunes
  • Found on dune between houses and beach.


December 22, 2014 - nanumoore
This was the second King Tide day with much debris on the beach. I only went a short distance yet noted at lease 5 dead partially decomposed birds. No people or animals were noted.
  • One of may dead birds found on the beach.
June 11, 2014 - Wcharland
Not too much going on, three people walking the beach and one dog. In the tide line was mostly shell bits and a few molted crabs / crustacean remains. Also, some stones. Way higher up was two beams...
May 30, 2014 - unbound
Picked up mostly plastic pieces. Very windy on beach. Did not see any other people out.


March 1, 2010 - Sandpiper
The drift line is full of tiny bits of plastic.


November 15, 2008 - Sandpiper
This was a perfect morning for beach walking, no wind, warm and sunny. It appears that the recent storms have washed some of the sand from the beach. The beach was wet sand entirely up to the fore...
  • There were hundreds of birds on the beach today, I had watched them on the water in the morning and they came onto the beach apparently to rest in the afternoon
  • There was quite a mixture of birds on the beach this day.
August 7, 2008 - Sandpiper
Lots of sandpipers have been scouring the sand, I've uploaded some pictures of some unusual sand formations from recent wind, and some streams of water leaving rust colored stains on the sand. This...
  • There are four streams coming from underground that are staining the sand a rust color, though the water appears to be clear.
June 27, 2008 - Sandpiper
There is nothing unusual to report, the beach is very clean with little debris and there have been no problems with erosion. The sand has shifted somewhat from the northern end of the beach to the...
March 10, 2008 - Sandpiper
Walking this mile everyday, I notice that the sand is constantly shifting. By March the sand has nearly covered the driftwood, which includes large tree trunks that were exposed and visible all...


November 7, 2007 - Sandpiper
A large number of pelicans were flying both north and south and sitting on the water beyond the breakers. Surf scoters were visible close to the shore. Many groups of sandpipers were feeding along...
July 15, 2007 - Sandpiper
This was my first report for Coastwatch so I was locating the end points of the mile and taking note of the terrain. The weather was very warm so there were a lot of people on the beach enjoying the...