Mile 215 Report

January 11, 2008
by NewportNancy

Yaquina Bay SP, North Jetty Yaquina River
Friday 9:00 AM
45° F
Calm/Light from the S
Tide Level:
0.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Some of the cars contained people just sitting and looking at the water, rather than using the beach. The beach-goers seemed to come from access points further north.Access was limited at YBSP because the northern staircase, which I usually use, dead-ended in a larger than usual "pond" - a seasonal/weather-dependent high water area behind the dunes. I used the northern staircase instead.
Notable Wildlife:
Regular assortment of gulls, crows, starlings. About 10 buffleheads (? - I forgot my binocs) in the Bay. One large raptor when I first got there but didn't get a good look before it flew off.
Dead Birds:
3 were too decomposed to identify.5 were Western grebes1 was a small shorebird but I can never tell those apart (too large to be a plover - see photo). Really, I need to become a much better birder.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Small rocks·Wood pieces
Lots of wood, lots of larger pieces of debris.
New Development:
fencing at northern end of Yaquina Bay SP has been repaired.
Natural Changes:
The wrackline was high on the beach today, due to recent storm surges. There seemed to be much more large pieces of debris than in previous visits, and a lot of wood, both natural driftwood (trees, stumps, branches) and lumber. One small dock or float that broke free of wherever it was moored had washed up. Due to recent rains (frequent, and sometimes heavy) there were lots of little rivulets along the cliff. Many pipes were discharging through the cliffs too.
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 quite a bit!). Access was possible via the northern staircase. I noted no campfires this time, probably because of the recent poor weather.Lots of rivulets of water were coming off the cliffs, due to recent heavy rains. The rivulets did not seem to be causing any new erosion, but did contribute to some interesting sand formations down on the beach. Some rocks were exposed that I don't remember having been exposed before. The most notable trend was a good number(probably 8)of dead Western grebes on the beach, and one dead small shorebird. No sign of the "bag of bones" Terry Morse spotted recently - maybe I just missed it?
  • January 11, 2008
  • January 11, 2008
  • southern end, Yaquina Bay State Park
    January 11, 2008
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October 20, 2018 - JuliaAndLuna
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May 19, 2014 - B Pope
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November 23, 2013 - R Bayer
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August 25, 2012 - R Bayer
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May 5, 2012 - R Bayer
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August 28, 2011 - Beachbum
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August 26, 2011 - R Bayer
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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...


October 16, 2010 - R Bayer
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August 6, 2010 - R Bayer
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June 12, 2010 - R Bayer
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April 11, 2010 - R Bayer
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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
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September 16, 2008 - NewportNancy
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September 7, 2007 - NewportNancy
Beautiful day, not much activity post-summer tourist season, few interesting birds but not many people.
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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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