Mile 204 Report

August 1, 2021
by Jon French

Location:
Lincoln
Driftwood Beach Wayside, Buckley Creek
Conditions:
Sunday 10:00 AM
Sunny
56° F
Wind:
Moderate from the N
Tide Level:
3.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
8
Dogs:
4
Activities:
Walking / Running:
6
2 people on electric bicycles
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Just a few gulls and crows today. On July 23rd, I encountered a flock of about 115 mixed Semipalmated Plovers and Western Sandpipers, migrating south from their breeding grounds on the Arctic tundra. See attached photo, part of flock.
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Very little driftline content. No debris of any sort.
New Development:
Modifications:
See attached photos and Summary regarding PacWave South construction. Something about Buckley Creek inspires people to leave behind a bit of themselves, whether it's their names etched into the sand bluff, remembrance stones with names of departed loved ones, an enduring (for a time) leanto beside the creek, or the pretty driftwood and rock grouping in the attached photo where the leanto once stood.
Natural Changes:
The seasonal summer beach dunes have reappeared, to be washed away this winter and reappear again next summer. The three attached photos looking from Driftwood Beach to the Driftwood Wayside access path show the seasonal changes from last summer to last winter to now. I once thought the red discoloration and oily looking film like in the attached photo at Buckley Creek was pollution, but I learned it's a natural process resulting from oxidation of iron in the water.
Comments:
Summary:

With the closure of the Driftwood Wayside parking area for construction of OSU's PacWave South wave energy testing project, hardly anyone was on the beach despite this being a beautiful summer weekend. In the Driftwood parking area (and unseen about 120 feet below the seafloor), work continues on the PacWave project. See attached photos, and for details and construction updates see:

http://pacwaveenergy.org/constructionupdates/

  • Entrance to PacWave construction site, Driftwood Wayside
    Entrance to PacWave construction site, Driftwood Wayside
    Mile 204, Driftwood Wayside parking area
    August 1, 2021
  • PacWave construction
    PacWave construction
    Mile 204, Driftwood Wayside parking area
    August 1, 2021
  • PacWave construction
    PacWave construction
    Mile 204, Driftwood Wayside parking area
    August 1, 2021
  • Seasonal summer beach dunes
    Seasonal summer beach dunes
    Looking north, southern portion of Mile 204
    August 1, 2021
  • Looking from beach to Driftwood Wayside access path 6/6/2020
    Looking from beach to Driftwood Wayside access path 6/6/2020
    Mile 204, Driftwood Beach access point
    June 20, 2020
  • Looking from beach to Driftwood Wayside access path, 2/13/2021
    Looking from beach to Driftwood Wayside access path, 2/13/2021
    Mile 204, Driftwood Beach access point
    February 13, 2021
  • Looking from beach to Driftwood Wayside access path, 8/1/2021
    Looking from beach to Driftwood Wayside access path, 8/1/2021
    Mile 204, Driftwood Beach access point
    August 1, 2021
  • Oxidation of iron in water, Buckley Creek
    Oxidation of iron in water, Buckley Creek
    Mile 204, Buckley Creek
    August 1, 2021
  • Driftwood and rocks, Buckley Creek
    Driftwood and rocks, Buckley Creek
    Mile 204, Buckley Creek
    August 1, 2021
  • Semipalmated Plovers and Western Sandpipers
    Semipalmated Plovers and Western Sandpipers
    Mile 204
    July 23, 2021
Other Mile 204 Reports (40)

2021

June 2, 2021 - Jon French
Construction has begun on OSU's PacWave South wave energy testing project at Driftwood Beach State Recreation Site (see my previous reports). The Driftwood parking lot is closed to vehicles, however...
  • Driftwood Beach looking towards Driftwood wayside parking lot
  • Shipping containers bordering Driftwood parking area
  • PacWave workers and construction cranes
  • Beach access path for local residents
  • Kinnikinnick flagged by PacWave
  • PacWave workers in fog flagging Driftwood Beach
  • Driftwood Wayside parking area
May 18, 2021 - Jon French
The Driftwood Wayside parking area is scheduled to close soon for construction of onshore infrastructure for PacWave South's long-planned wave energy testing project.  Driftwood Beach will still be...
  • Driftwood Beach from Driftwood Wayside, 1.25' tide level
  • PacWave South in-ground marker
  • Big log supporting Buckley Creek leanto 6-6-2020
  • Big log tossed up on dunes 5-18-2021
  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Semipalmated Plover
  • Kinnikinnick and Scotch Broom
March 4, 2021 - Jon French
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved PacWave South, OSU's long-planned wave energy collection project. As I reported in June of last year, the project will install and test wave...
  • Driftwood Beach From Driftwood Beach State Wayside
  • Parking Lot, Driftwood Beach State Wayside
February 13, 2021 - Jon French
Months of winter storms and King Tides have transformed last summer's welcoming Driftwood Beach. The smooth sand entrance onto the beach from Driftwood Wayside has been scoured out, and foredunes...
  • Entrance to beach from Driftwood Wayside
  • Looking from beach to Driftwood Wayside, June 2020
  • Looking from beach to Driftwood Wayside, February 2021
  • Foredune erosion and shearing
  • Foredune erosion and shearing
  • New location of 100 year old big driftwood log
  • New sloughing off at Buckley Creek sand bluff
  • Site of former Buckley Creek lean-to
  • Incoming tidal surge meeting Buckley Creek
  • Rocky driftline
  • Pyrosomes in driftline -- "sea pickles" but not edible
  • Pyrosome colony -- each little bump is an individual zooid.

2020

December 27, 2020 - Shema
One of the things that I surprisingly did not find, was litter. I normally pick up litter along the beach, either washed ashore or dropped by people on the beach, but there was not any observed today
  • jelly fish on beach
  • logs at king high tide lie all the way up to the brush at base of sandstone cliff
December 4, 2020 - Jon French
My first sneaker wave. My wife and I sat in the dunes watching today's heavy surf as two children, maybe 6 and 8, played too close to the water. A man, their father presumably, watched them with a...
  • Looking normal after sneaker wave
November 23, 2020 - Jon French
The recent King Tides and storms have washed away the low sand dunes that formed over the summer seaward of the vegetated dunes south of Buckley Creek, which now flows onto the beach like a real...
  • Buckley Creek flowing onto beach
  • Driftwood log with memorial stones
  • Memorial stones on driftwood log
  • Buckley Creek lean-to in ruins
  • New driftwood log looking toward surf
  • New driftwood log with sea gunk
  • Dead Cassin's Auklet face up
  • Dead Cassin's Auklet face down
October 16, 2020 - Jon French
The woman ahead of me on the path down to the beach from the Driftwood Wayside parking lot cried out "Yes! Yes! The beach!!!"  I don't know where she was from, but that's how beautiful it was today....
  • Driftwood Beach
  • Surf Fishing, Driftwood Beach
  • Driftwood in dunes
  • Driftwood log and rusted spikes
  • Driftwood, 45 tree rings
  • Driftwood, 100 tree rings
  • Driftwood, 110 tree rings
  • Houses at edge of sand cliff
  • In Memoriam log, Buckley Creek
  • New entranceway, Buckley Creek leanto
September 12, 2020 - Jon French
Today's weather forecast called for areas of fog with a Dense Smoke Advisory because of the wildfires, but I didn't smell any smoke, just dense fog all along the beach, with hardly anyone to be seen...
  • Aliens and spaceship, Buckley Creek sand cliff
  • Buckley Creek entering beach
  • Rebuilt Buckley Creek leanto
  • Gulls in fog
  • Dunes in fog
  • Walkers in fog
  • Small shell particles
  • Very small shell particles
  • PacWave worker
July 29, 2020 - Jon French
Driftwood Wayside is open again after remaining closed beyond the COVID restriction period due to construction scheduled to begin on the PacWave South wave energy project (see my report for 6/6/2020...
  • Driftwood dunes
  • Driftwood dunes closeup
  • Driftwood Wayside warning sign
  • Survey equipment
June 24, 2020 - Jon French
I walked Mile 204 today for CoastWatch along with Miles 203-205 looking for snowy plover nests.  Three chicks have hatched this nesting season on Miles 203/205, and beach ranger Doug Sestrich roped...
  • Time Is Important
  • Buckley Creek petroglyphs
  • Bluff collapse, Buckley Creek
  • Driftwood leanto, before
  • Driftwood leanto, after
  • Kinnikinnick
  • Dunes, forest, houses, Mile 204
June 6, 2020 - Jon French
I've walked this mile for Plover Patrol; this is my first time for CoastWatch. The photos show the future landfall site of PacWave South, OSU's project to install and test wave energy collection...
  • Driftwood Beach, from Driftwood Beach State Wayside
  • Driftwood Beach State Wayside entrance from beach
  • Parking area, Driftwood Beach State Wayside

2018

May 18, 2018 - Shema
5-18-18 mile 204 Driftwood beach wayside north to south end of Seal Rocks beach8:30 am,  1.7 minus tide, went with 1 other person, cloudy morning, no rain, very little windonly other people on the...

2016

March 16, 2016 - Volunteer Trainer
They're Back...They are in even earlier than last year. Along with the larger Velella velella was a purple mass of tiny substance. I collected it an took it into the Hatfield Marine Science Center....
  • Purple mass high in wrack line at Driftwood State Park
  • Zoomed in on the purple mass
  • took the sample to HMSC, under dissection scope, shows development of polyps from medusae to polyps
  • medusa
  • the purple mass close up showing metamorphosis
February 8, 2016 - malachite
I walked from the Driftwood State Park access north to the rocks/point. I saw a dead seal on the beach. It had either been there for awhile (and dead) or had been in the water for awhile after death...
  • Dead seal observed on north end of Mile 204, possibly near the line between miles 204 and 205.
  • This photo provided to aid in location if anyone wants to retrieve the body (if it's still there) to determine cause of death. Unfortunately, I was delayed in posting this dispatch.

2015

January 6, 2015 - Janets
The day started with a beautiful sunrise and then.... at 8:15 a.m. the full moon setting into the horizon. Will add that photo.Clouds were high and thin with the sun breaking thru. The tides had...

2013

December 3, 2013 - Janets
On the day before...the day of the high tides, we had a series of very violent hail storms. It was fun to see that the hail had left dimples in the clean smooth sand. Rather like really rough...
January 7, 2013 - Janets
The wind was strong.... perhaps 30 mph. We walked south to begin our mile, walking from Drift Creek to Bayshore. There were many waterways to ford. The sand was wet from high tide all the way to...

2012

August 21, 2012 - Janets
The sun was out, the blue sky was decorated with a few fluffy white clouds. The temperature was mile with no wind.We were just enjoying ourselves! As were the other 30 people we saw, the most we...
July 20, 2012 - waterwitch
This is a very stable beach. I find the usual woody debris and not much else. Good vegetation on the hillsides and not alot of visible changes.9 people strolling the beach, a few playing with a dog...
May 21, 2012 - Janets
Cold, rainy and windy. Beach laden with debris, from big trees to pebbles.
February 3, 2012 - waterwitch
Driftwood Beach lived up to its name. Considerable wood debris but surprisingly no trash.

2011

October 17, 2011 - Janets
It was a most interesting walk. The sun was out, but the wind a bit strong to be comfortable.The large number of birds was fascinating. And the gal photographing the stranded seal pup was very...
July 18, 2011 - Janets
My friend and I really enjoyed being able to get out onto the beach for a very refreshing walk.
March 23, 2011 - Janets
This was a gorgeous walk on an early spring morning. The sun came in and out of the clouds and the wind was minimal. The beach was wide, flat, and extremely clean. Notably devoid of logs, kelp...

2010

November 2, 2010 - Janets
We were excited to walk our mile on this day of wonderful weather following yesterday's storm. The surf was fluffy and white with large balls of white foam on the shore that were drifting south....
August 20, 2010 - waterwitch
Clear, breezy day, hard-packed sand, beach looks good with a dozen people enjoying a variety of activities including horseback riding.
July 18, 2010 - waterwitch
a clean windswept beach at low tide with little or no debris.
June 21, 2010 - Janets
It was a wonderful sunny lst day of summer. A bit too chilly to sit on the beach. The beach was especially wide, flat, and clean.The high tide had recently been all the way to the bluff so the...
June 16, 2010 - waterwitch
The beach was calm and clean of debris. No seabirds present. The only birds were vultures eating two, apparently headless, dead, baby seals that had washed up appx. 1/2 mile apart.
March 7, 2010 - waterwitch
A calm day with broad expanse of clean beach, no duning, not much driftwood, nothing major to report.
February 15, 2010 - Janets
Doug and I enjoyed watching more people on this beach than we have ever seen before. All ages and all enjoying the beautiful day!No unusual animal or environmental issues.We were enjoying it as well!

2009

November 1, 2009 - waterwitch
No visible issues with cliffs, a large flock of gulls, no debris but a large piece of rope, a clear wind-swept beach with tide receding.
October 27, 2009 - Janets
A cold and windy day. Sand was clear and clean. Only a bit of driftwood and it was way at the back edge of the sand.
August 2, 2009 - waterwitch
Beach very clean, very little debris, no dead animals, or birds. 25-30 people (adults and children) enjoying the beach, 5 leashed dogs. A flock of gulls and 3 wimbrels or curlews on the shore. Both...
June 15, 2009 - waterwitch
Sunny day, low tide, not much wind. About a dozen people and 3 dogs observed. No seabirds present, only crows. 3 large plastic bags picked up. A cruise ship passed heading north - seemed close to...
June 1, 2009 - waterwitch
This was the first time I had seen or walked Mile 204. The beach was clean and wind swept. I saw 3 people, each with a leashed dog, and picked up one 8" round piece of plastic.

2008

November 5, 2008 - Janets
Our biggest observations were two-fold. The huge number of small feathers in the tide lines and the total change in the surface of the beach from many wind rippled mounds to just the opposite: many...
July 23, 2008 - Janets
On this, our first "official" CoastWatch walk, the bluffs seem well covered with healthy vegetation - trees shrubs, beach grass.

2007

August 19, 2007 - [email protected]
An ailing sea lion was on the beach. OSP were called -- final disposition unknown.