Mile 215 Report

August 26, 2011
by R Bayer

Location:
Lincoln
Yaquina Bay SP, North Jetty Yaquina River
Conditions:
Friday 9:42 AM
Humans / Pets:
People:
2
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
2
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
1 beach walker with her unleashed dog disturbed 3 adult Turkey Vultures and 2 nearby American Crows that were feeding on the carcass of an adult Common Murre.
Notable Wildlife:
3 adult Turkey Vultures, 2 American Crows, 91 gulls
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Species/names:
Common Murre
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:
The weather was not comfortable for people to be on the beach, so there were fewer than usual. On the North Jetty was a triangular bright yellow waxed cardboard sign that folds underneath with a rock on top of the fold to hold it in place in the wind that I did not see there during my walk of this beach on July 30. The sign was just to the north side of top of jetty between the 4 huge boulders across the top of the jetty and the metal gate to the east that is also across the road. The sign: "Wildlife Protection Area beyond this sign. Closed. All public entry prohibited." It had a BLM triangular logo. Sign 12 inches wide and 18 inches long (not including the slightly longer feet at the corners). Has oval "handle" at top. This sign looks exactly like signs I had seen put out by BLM staff at Cobble Beach at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. People coming up directly from the beach to the north might not see this sign if they come up west of the sign, but people walking along the top of the jetty from the east would see it. This sign is noteworthy because gulls, cormorants, and sometimes Brown Pelicans roost on the western end of the North Jetty, but beachwalkers and fishers, sometimes with dogs, regularly walk west of the 4 huge boulders; I have sometimes seen them disturb resting birds, so maybe the sign will discourage this. There were no people west of the sign during my walk today (August 26).
Other Mile 215 Reports (20)

2019

February 16, 2019 - JuliaAndLuna
Had hail for part of the walk. I think that kept a lot of people indoors.

2018

October 20, 2018 - JuliaAndLuna
The beach was very clean, I only found a single old toothbrush. Weather was comfortable on the walk south, but wind picked up severely on our way back up the beach.
  • newport jetty yaquina beach bay rocks
  • dead ray beach sand

2014

May 19, 2014 - B Pope
Nothing of significance. Notable fishing debris. Broken shells. Lots of wood washed up. A bit of kelp. Saw nothing with Japanese writing on it or anything that couldn't have come off one of our...

2013

November 23, 2013 - R Bayer
Nothing of special note. People and dog presence may be reason why I saw only one bird (a gull) on the beach. There was a very strong wind from the east, especially near the Yaquina Bay North Jetty...
September 7, 2013 - B Pope
Although this is my first posting, I've walked this mile for the last year. There are no significant changes. Tide was high so could not document rocky intertidal life on the north jetty. No...

2012

August 25, 2012 - R Bayer
There were more and a greater variety of shorebirds than usual. I was surprised to see the 2 Ruddy Turnstones, but had good long looks of them at close distance. Shorebird migration seems to be...
May 5, 2012 - R Bayer
A fair amount of woody and vegetative debris on beach, but no large human-made objects. Continuing small (<20 mm) plastic particles are present in some high tide drift lines.
  • Western Gull attending Bull Kelp pile and pecking at food items in it.
  • The gooseneck barnacles as well as some other invertebrates shows that this pile of bull kelp had been floating in the ocean for an extended period of time, even though the kelp looked fresh.

2011

August 28, 2011 - Beachbum
Just so you know, those signs are fairly common on the stretch from Yaquina Head to the North Jetty. They're "floaters" that have come from the Cobble Beach tidepool area at Yaquina Head Oustanding...
March 25, 2011 - R Bayer
Fewer people and birds than usual. Numerous small (<20 mm) plastic particles intermittently along 1-2 high tide drift lines; hard to quantify number and concentration of small particles that...

2010

October 16, 2010 - R Bayer
Much of the sand along the upper beach has gone since my Sept. 5, 2010 walk, apparently from wave erosion. Flotsam now occurred higher on the beach that it had since last spring. I saw less than 1...
August 6, 2010 - R Bayer
Along the driftline, there were very few plastic particles less than 20 mm long (<1 per square meter) and very few larger plastics, so few if any plastics have washed ashore recently. However, I...
June 12, 2010 - R Bayer
In the drift line on wet sand closest to the water, I found only 0-3 small (20 mm or less) plastic particles per square foot, so few small particles appear to be currently being washed up. However,...
April 11, 2010 - R Bayer
Lots of plastic particles less than 20 mm long in wrack line along the mid-beach as well as a fair amount of larger plastics as well as glass bottles, many of which had a cap. There were fewer...
March 7, 2010 - R Bayer
The 4 oystercatchers on the sand beach were a surprise. They may be resident on the North Jetty.
January 9, 2010 - R Bayer
Four dead birds: 3 Northern Fulmars (each had colored ties on wing, combinations: red-white-yellow, red-white-red, purple-white-red), 1 Pigeon Guillemot (no ties). The one significant bit of litter:...

2008

September 16, 2008 - NewportNancy
It was a foggy, quiet day along Mile 215. Moderate sand hills (1-2 feet) have formed on the southern end of the beach near the north jetty, but the beach was flat further north. It was clear that all...
January 11, 2008 - NewportNancy
Access via Yaquina Bay State Park was a small challenge today, as the path at the bottom of the southern staircase was flooded (the seasonal/weather-dependent "pond" behind the dunes had expanded...

2007

September 7, 2007 - NewportNancy
Beautiful day, not much activity post-summer tourist season, few interesting birds but not many people.
  • Caves and erosion of cliff face, mile 215 near Hallmark Resort
  • There is always water at the base of the cliff here in the residential/hotel stretch of the beach. Groundwater? Septic? Both?
March 16, 2007 - NewportNancy
This was our very first observation of Mile 215. It was a gorgeous day all day, clear, warm, and still, but by the time we got down to the beach the coastal fog had rolled in and the temperature had...
February 1, 2007 - [email protected]
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