Mile 203 Report

November 20, 2021
by Nancy Thomas

Driftwood Beach south, Hidden Lake
Saturday 8:00 AM
48° F
Tide Level:
3.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
writing in sand
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
two lonely short-billed/Mew Gull
Dead Birds:
could not id, no band seen
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
a lot of rain runoff coming in from Buckley Creek. Some standing water near foredunes

Most obvious was the change in the beach due to wave removal of the dunes.  The erosion of the foredune by Buckley Creek was significant. Lack of much sea plant material, mostly rocks in wrack.  One bird carcass and two short-billed/mew gulls.  Only a couple Western Gulls seen as well.

  • Beach at 66C
    Beach at 66C
    November 20, 2021
  • Bank Erosion at Buckley Creek
    Bank Erosion at Buckley Creek
    November 20, 2021
  • Beach View toward Ocean
    Beach View toward Ocean
    November 20, 2021
  • Bird Carcass
    Bird Carcass
    November 20, 2021
  • Buckley Creek Naturally Created Art in Sand
    Buckley Creek Naturally Created Art in Sand
    November 20, 2021
  • Jelly Close-up
    Jelly Close-up
    November 20, 2021
  • Bull Kelp and Wood Stick
    Bull Kelp and Wood Stick
    November 20, 2021
  • ? Maybe some type of Seed Pod from the Kelp
    ? Maybe some type of Seed Pod from the Kelp
    November 20, 2021
  • Western Gull Juvenile
    Western Gull Juvenile
    November 20, 2021
  • Wrack Short Kelp
    Wrack Short Kelp
    November 20, 2021
  • Wrack Stone
    Wrack Stone
    November 20, 2021
  • Mew or Short-Billed Gull
    Mew or Short-Billed Gull
    November 20, 2021
  • Human Beach Hello
    Human Beach Hello
    November 20, 2021
  • PAC Wave Box Cars beyond Mile 203 at Driftwood Park
    PAC Wave Box Cars beyond Mile 203 at Driftwood Park
    November 20, 2021
  • Large Log, one of few, on Beach
    Large Log, one of few, on Beach
    November 20, 2021
Other Mile 203 Reports (72)


January 24, 2023 - KFunk
After observing 8 snowy plovers on Mile 200 yesterday, I wanted to check up on the plovers on Mile 203. I frequently see them on the beach in this area and was curious about where they go when the...
  • Snowy Plovers
  • Snowy Plovers
  • Snowy Plovers
  • Snowy Plovers
  • Snowy Plovers


December 6, 2022 - JLcoasties
New beach access point, 66B, has been installed on mile 203. 
  • New beach access point
November 16, 2022 - Nancy Thomas
It was a beautiful sunny day.  Few people or dogs.  Few shorebirds, single Western and California Gull.  Did see a "murder" of American crows (23).  Beach is primarily flat.  Very little dune...
October 2, 2022 - Nancy Thomas
The ocean never disappoints me.  It is constantly changing the beach and foredunes.  It is always beautiful.The amount in the wrack line on this trip was more than I usually see.  There was a lot of...
September 27, 2022 - Jon French
This dispatch provides details, photos, and my follow ups regarding a house fire on the evening of July 2nd that extensively damaged a vacation home near me on Mile 203. The fire was caused by the...
  • House Fire, 2509 NW Oceania Dr
  • House Fire, 2509 NW Oceania Dr
  • Fire damage, 2509 NW Oceania Dr
  • Fire damage, 2509 NW Oceania Dr
  • Fire damage and neighboring homes, 2509 NW Oceania Dr
  • Pyro Castle fireworks at fire scene, 2509 NW Oceania Dr
  • Fireworks at fire scene, 2509 NW Oceania Dr
  • Fireworks at fire scene, 2509 NW Oceania Dr
July 30, 2022 - Nancy Thomas
Dense fog, 62 degrees and minimal wind. Major change was dune development due to the NW wind.  No Snowy Plover tracks or Plovers seen.  Quite of few gulls seen in the wet sand at the end of Buckley...
July 18, 2022 - Jon French
I walked Sandpiper Beach to Buckley Creek this morning looking for Snowy Plovers, but I saw no sign of plovers or even tracks. As I came onto the beach, I saw vultures feeding on something which, as...
  • Young Harbor Seal carcass with coordinates
  • Carcass before coyote
  • Carcass with vultures and Bald Eagle
  • Coyote and vultures at carcass
  • Coyote at carcass facing me
  • Carcass after coyote
June 19, 2022 - Jon French
At 10:02 p.m. last night, someone on Bayshore Beach, two houses west of me, began shooting off fireworks, loud sky rocket types with big bang star bursts at the top. I jumped out of bed, our dog ran...
  • #SilentFireworks digital poster
  • Fireworks Prohibited street poster
  • OAR (Oregon Administrative Rule) 736-021-0100 excerpt
  • Beach Access Sign 66C
May 19, 2022 - Nancy Thomas
There was not a lot of activity on the beach.  The tides continue to flow all the way to the foredunes.  There is little to no nesting area for Snowy Plovers.  I found the discovery of tadpoles and...
May 16, 2022 - JLcoasties
Good day on the beach. We picked up two full 2.5 gallon buckets of marine debris, much of it small styrofoam. There were patches of micro plastice pieces in places on the beach. Found a 200 ft....
  • Traveling tree stump
  • Traveling tree stump
April 28, 2022 - Nancy Thomas
Walked Mile 203.  Quiet morning.  Temperature was 45 degrees with minimal wind.  Did see dogs off lease that caused the gulls to be alerted and move.  Saw a couple gulls and my first Whimbrels of the...
April 28, 2022 - Nancy Thomas
Beautiful day to walk the beach.  Only 4 people and 3 dogs.  Found interesting Beached bird, a Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel.  Knew it was unusal due to its bill shape. Erosion continues to occur by...
April 9, 2022 - Nancy Thomas
Jesse Jones our contact and coordinator for Coast Watch, Jon French, Dawn Pavitt-Ryan and myself met at the Sandpiper Shores Entrance and walked to Buckley Creek to train for a new NOAA Marine Debris...
March 21, 2022 - Nancy Thomas
It was a cloudy, drizzly, overcast day with a very strong South Wind that was blowing the sand. Humans had erected numerous wood poles in beach by foredunes by Sandpiper Village.  These should be...
February 17, 2022 - Nancy Thomas
It was a beautiful sunny day. Not a lot of people walking due to high tide timing. There was very little sand dune build up. The beach was mostly flat. There was one flock of gulls near the outflow...
January 17, 2022 - Nancy Thomas
It was a sunny day. No beach dunes, likely to King Tide activity and waves due to volcanic eruption.  Erosion noted on foredunes. One dead sea lion that I reported to the Stranded Mammal Network. 3...
  • Western Gull in Surf
  • Trash Picture - a lot of caps and small pieces of styrofoam
  • Trash Picture with a lot of Rope
  • Bull Kelp
  • Human and Dog Tracks
January 15, 2022 - Jon French
My cell phone beeped this morning with a Lincoln County emergency advisory for a distant origin tsunami, not The Big One but a tsunami nevertheless. I went to a neighbor's house, near the beach but...
  • Tsunami watcher and young child
  • Tsunami watchers
  • Tsunami watchers and dogs


August 1, 2021 - JLcoasties
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
  • Sand Sculptured by the wind
  • Micro Plastics
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...