Mile 213 Report

May 23, 2019
by PaulJulia

Henderson Creek, South Beach SP south
Thursday 10:00 PM
56° F
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
-0.6 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
The number of dogs is high due to one woman with 4 beagles walking and carrying one.
Apparent Violations:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
There were tire tracks which looks like a truck and not a jeep. Had the South Beach ranger been there? Took a photo. An area near the northern end of Soutshore Beach Houses was roped off with 2 people protecting the area with a warning sign. Inquired on why resulted in being told it was for snowy plover nesting although no such birds were seen. Took photo of sign.
Notable Wildlife:
45 birds observed, mostly small shortebirds in the surf.
Dead Birds:
One bird missing its head/feet. There were yellow/green bands. Wings had been separated. Perhaps an adult gull?
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Wood pieces
Lots of wood pieces scattered all long the old/new drift lines. Logs/whole trees included with some very close to the top of the sand dunes protecting houses at Southshore housing development.
New Development:
Construction was occurring in the Southshore residential area. Another house being built?
Natural Changes:
Henderson Creek area erosion is continuing.

Little human activity on the beach.  Beach relatively clean with very little litter.  Snowy plover study occurring.  One beached bird with green/yellow bands but only its upper wings found.  Truck tracks -- ranger?

  • Beach littered with wood pieces
    Beach littered with wood pieces
    May 23, 2019
  • Snowy Plover study underway -- near South Shore housing development
    Snowy Plover study underway -- near South Shore housing development
    May 23, 2019
  • Erosion continuing at Henderson Creek
    Erosion continuing at Henderson Creek
    May 23, 2019
  • Truck? tire tracks
    Truck? tire tracks
    May 23, 2019
  • Logs near the top of sand dune protecting houses at South Shore housing development
    Logs near the top of sand dune protecting houses at South Shore housing development
    May 23, 2019
  • Beached bird with green/yellow tags.  Exposed tarsus measured 4".  A gull?
    Beached bird with green/yellow tags. Exposed tarsus measured 4". A gull?
    South of Henderson Creek and enmeshed in misc. drift line materials.
    May 23, 2019
Other Mile 213 Reports (49)


November 18, 2018 - PaulJulia
A sunny day with little wind and low tide.  People were out mostly walking the beach.  Found one beached bird south of Henderson Creek.  Not much broken sheels/crab moltings/etc.  No further erosion. 
  • Jellyfish or something discharged by an animal?
  • Beached bird showing banding tags on a wing
  • Photo of beached bird -- 1' long with black on upper wing, straight bill
  • New house built this year -- shows natural path to beach
June 5, 2018 - PaulJulia
A very pleasant day with sun and light wind.  Not many people out.  there were 2 helicopters, one being Coast Guard.  No bird activity except for the 4 vultures at the 5' dead seal.  Litter not bad...
January 28, 2018 - PaulJulia
Lots of activity on the mile this time with people with dogs, people riding on horses, a cyclist, and 5 helicopters.  It was very mild with some sun.  Storm evidence more apparent in the area south...
  • Evidence of higher tides on sand dune?


July 7, 2017 - PaulJulia
Cloudy day with practically no wind.  South Beach Park Ranger's truck tracks along the mile?  Beach essentially clean which was good to see after 4th of July celebrations.  Many flowering plants in...
April 2, 2017 - PaulJulia
A pleasant day at the coast with families flying kites.  No shorebirds except one beached bird (grebe?).  Strong smell of decomposing at first but no evidence of dead fish/birds/etc except for...


December 25, 2016 - PhilBSB
Nice, sunny day for a beach walk.  No major changes to this mile since the last report several years ago.  Lots of large drifwood has collected just south of the South Shore development including...
  • Beach access through dune.
October 7, 2016 - PCTronquet
On October 5th, we found a blue plastic pallet that had washed in at high tide.  It had marine life attached.  On October 7th, John Chapman, HMSC, came to check it out to see if it could be Japanese...
October 5, 2016 - Volunteer Coordinator
 It is important to note that with the original first look, it was assumed to be local, so it is very important to take a closer look at the marine debris washing up on our beaches.  Kudos to Cathy...
October 1, 2016 - PaulJulia
Very windy, cloudy day.  Lots of crab molt throughout the mile.  Wind-made small dunes going from south to north especially in the area south of Henderson Creek which made walking even harder.  Haven...
May 9, 2016 - PaulJulia
Very low tide which presented an uncluttered beach. Very little activity on the beach by people. Several large groups of shorebirds. Driftline in one area had lots of trees which seemed to have been...
  • Erosion in sand dune
  • Seafoam prevalent in parts of the beach; sometimes in thick masses
  • One of the groups of shorebirds
  • Log area right up to the boundary fence
  • Permit states that the previous wooden steps were destroyed during winter storms.
  • New concrete stairway
  • Erosion under vegetated sand dune
  • Erosion area worse after winter storms


October 16, 2015 - PaulJulia
Foggy day with very little wind from the SW. Lots of gulls just sitting. Bull kelp scattered all over the beach. Several millipedes seen which hadn't been seen before. Wondering if there were sand...
  • This much kelp hasn't been seen on previous visits. Winter die-offs?
  • Perhaps around 10 seen in one particular area, all crawling towards the ocean. Haven't seen them before.
  • Worst erosion stabilizing?
April 19, 2015 - PaulJulia
The beach was essentially clean but driftline area was full of dead Velella velella and logs. 4 logs had goose barnacles on them. More human activity this time with surfriders and riding horses.
  • One surfrider seemed to be 1/4 mile off the coast.
  • Haven't seen such logs before.  Another CoastWatch report helped me to identify them.
  • Found at trash barrel at Surfland parking lot.
January 15, 2015 - PaulJulia
Quiet day on the coast. No concerns. Lots of small litter (plastic/styrofoam) in the driftline.4 dead birds. This mile is just south of South Beach Park and the ranger often cleans this stretch of...


September 14, 2014 - PaulJulia
A beautiful day at the coast -- sunny with no wind. 4 people on bicycles riding on the beach was new as well as a long/wide/deep channel of water coming from Henderson Creek with movement traveling...
  • Looks like this channel wasn't created temporarily as a tidal pool.
  • The riders rode close to the water and came back further up halfway to driftline.  Hadn't seen cyclists before.
  • Longest feather measured 12" in length.
  • Channel of water is in foreground.  Gulls in between it & the tide.
  • Didn't see any of these snails but saw evidence of their trackings.
July 25, 2014 - PaulJulia
Discovery of 5 dead birds (possibly 3 species) was unusual. COASST has identified the larger one as Large Immature Gull; waiting for their identification of the other birds' photos. Sent photos of...
  • Sent photos to South Beach Park Ranger for identification & pick-up.  Some invertebrates on either end so the object probably had been in water for some time.
  • COASST identified this bird as a juvenile Common Murre (chick)
  • COASST identified this bird as adult Common Murre in its summer (breeding) plumage.
  • COASST has identified this bird as a Common Murre chick.
  • Identified by COASST from this photo & another photo.
  • COASST identified this bird as an adult Common Murre in breeding plumage.
April 7, 2014 - PaulJulia
Forgot to take a camera which would have documented some fallen trees/shrubs from the seriously eroded area south of Henderson Creek. South Beach Park Ranger said Japanese tsunami debris is still...
January 17, 2014 - PaulJulia
Pebbles/jellies more visible this time. Found one dead sea nettle. More rubbish to be picked up, especially styrofoam. Ocean waves more rigorous in area south of Henderson Creek & calmer as...
  • Found near tide level south of Henderson Creek.
  • Many pebbles on beach.
  • Sea foam example.  Found similar patterns early last year.
  • In the Henderson Creek area where erosion is the worst.
  • Jelly fish evident in area south of Henderson Creek


October 5, 2013 - PaulJulia
A much different scene than what we saw in April.Presumably the multiple piles of kelp are a result of the recent storm. Purple sand dollar and 2 dead birds (gull & murre). Erosion in one area...
  • No markings on block.  We picked it up and put it in the garbage can.
  • One of several seen which we discarded, thinking it was cloth on the wood.
  • Beach "cluttered" with kelp piles/green plants in eroded beach areas.
  • Murre carcass in very good condition at water edge.
  • Sand dollars haven't been seen before.  Did find one "white" one not intact.
  • Fallen plants now floating in water (see beach photo).
April 28, 2013 - PaulJulia
Very calm day at the coast. Very low tide. No birds observed. More wood pieces this time but less litter.
January 19, 2013 - PaulJulia
The beach was quite clean. No tsunami debris noticed. New erosion area with shrubs/vegetation still green. We hadn't seen motorplane gliders before.
  • Area between Henderson Creek and the parking lot of Surfland housing area.


September 23, 2012 - PaulJulia
No trace of Japanese tsunami debris but observation took place one day after SOLVE clean-up day. Heavy seafoam area in southern part of mile. Erosion in dunes in southern area getting worse.
  • We felt this was new.
  • Seafoam in area around Surfland parking lot which extended northward to just below South Beach Park.
July 7, 2012 - PaulJulia
Human activities: total of 35 people seen walking, walking 5 dogs, 2 riding bicycles and 6riding horses.Shoreline: Wood pieces not as large as seen in March. Couldn't tell if an item we saw...
  • 3 photos show the parts we found.  Is this a sea lion or seal?
  • Another photo of skeleton
  • Last photo of skeleton
  • 3 photos -- wording not fully visible
  • #2 photo
  • #3 photo
  • We wondered what this is.  Closeup photo out of focus.  Hopefully this shows enough.
March 26, 2012 - PaulJulia
We were impressed by how clean the beach looked. Nothing of major concern.
March 25, 2012 - PaulJulia
This area is the part of the mile definitely needing observations since it seems it is less visited by humans. The erosion needs to be monitored/photographed.Photos should have been taken of the...
  • The photos are in order from south to north.#17 -- downed trees from winter storms?
  • #19 - further north - shows some erosion
  • This fenced in area was observed in Sept. 2011 but there seems to be more damage now.


September 9, 2011 - PaulJulia
Nothing of significance was found in this observation except for the long twisted rope and the plywood crate. The reenforced area will be examined closely when we next observe Mile 213.
January 17, 2011 - PhilBSB
I actually walked miles 214, 213, 212 and 211. The heavy rains over the weekend (5.4 in. in 36 hours at HMSC) caused many slumps and sluffs along mile 212 and the southern portion of 213. Several...
  • Sluff along the bluff along mile 212. Most appear to have this same cone shape.
  • A large slump along the bluff.  This is a spot that experienced a large slump after a heavy rain storm in 1996 or so.


May 6, 2009 - [email protected]
A surprisingly calm and pleasant late afternoon to be on the beach. No birds at all except for one flock of small birds in low flight. Small bunches of bright seaweed spaced along the tide line and...
March 12, 2009 - vickiosis
Nothing to report of interest. The mile has a strange split. the northern 1/3 has plentiful woody debris and piles of kelp while the southern 2/3 is clean.
February 3, 2009 - [email protected]
A very straightforward walk on a scoured clean beach. A pleasant walk with nothing unusual noted.It was remarkable to have such a warm, calm afternoon in January.


December 26, 2008 - vickiosis
Evidence of the extreme high tides that typically happen this time of year. Woody debris up to the edge of the beach and extending 4 feet up on to the trail to the beach.
September 20, 2008 - skimmer
Finally a beautiful day for the fall beach clean-up. Not much litter on mile 213, but a horrific site of more development.
August 6, 2008 - [email protected]
Very pleasant to hear the fog horn while walking in such mild, calm conditions.
May 5, 2008 - [email protected]
Very quiet AM. Clean beach except for one area of numerous small seaweed pieces and one area of small driftwood pieces. Nice firm sand for walking. Wind increasing noticably as I walked back to...
May 2, 2008 - skimmer
Other than the 4x lumber the beach was quite clean.
February 29, 2008 - vickiosis
Nothing unusual to report. Very windy day, beaches pretty well swept clean by the last high tide. only a few kelp piles littered the beach. Usual gravel beds exposed by winters big waves.
January 12, 2008 - skimmer
The tide was pretty high, so I don't think I even covered my whole mile, but what I saw was surprisingly clean.


December 9, 2007 - [email protected]
It was surprising that there were no indications of the recent heavy storm. Did find a heavy plastic 5 gal. (?) container with a name and phone #. Phoned the owner to tell them where it had washed...
October 25, 2007 - vickiosis
Nothing unusual to report. Bull Whip kelp is finishing its annual growth cycle and is tearing loose and washing in on the beach. A few flocks of shore birds chasing the waves. very peaceful and nice.
October 5, 2007 - skimmer
A surprisingly beautiful day with very little activity.
July 13, 2007 - [email protected]
Warm, totally windless day, the first time I remember ever experiencing that at the Oregon coast. Very quiet on the mile.
June 22, 2007 - vickiosis
Reports from OSU researchers.. earliest ever start date for upwelling and evidence of great productivity offshore. large schools of bait fish, with large pod of dolphins and killer whales in the...
June 17, 2007 - skimmer
The beach looked unusually, and beautifully clean. I saw just one of the peeler logs.
May 17, 2007 - [email protected]
Beautiful morning for walking, with the air so calm.
April 20, 2007 - vickiosis
The length of Mile 213 is 70% high sand stone cliffs the bases of which have been scoured clean by big waves. 30% of the mile is vegetated cliffs with narrow low plateaus of flat areas that rise...
April 9, 2007 - PhilBSB
Cold day, lots of wind. Not many people out or changes.
April 5, 2007 - [email protected]
Clean beach, quiet activity. A nice walk on a calm day. The waterfall was full and beautiful. Rather a bland report, but I did enjoy the walk.
March 3, 2007 - skimmer
Only summary submitted: Dead birds included three sea birds, one small shore bird.
January 31, 2007 - [email protected]
Big balls of kelp were gone today, and even more wood was strewn on the beach. Several pieces of yellow rope, miscellaneous small plastic items, a large plastic tub-like item (almost bathtub size),...
January 24, 2007 - [email protected]
A friend mentioned that water flowing to the beach beneath a slanted grating that she climbed across was foul smelling.