Mile 215 Report

September 7, 2007
by NewportNancy

Yaquina Bay SP, North Jetty Yaquina River
Friday 11:00 AM
60° F
Moderate from the N
Tide Level:
8.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
fishers were in boats in Bay
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 3
Activity Comments:
Light day at YBSP - many of the people associated with the cars must have been at the lighthouse because there was hardly anyone on the beach.
Notable Wildlife:
A few gulls, 1 brown pelican over Bay, 1 or 2 double-crested cormorants in Bay, about 15 unidentifiable (at least by me, not a great birder) water birds in the Bay, 3 shorebirds (long-billed dowitcher juveniles?), 1 sea lion in Bay. Few crab tests on beach, typical pieces of kelp. Two or three bunches of sea palm washed up.
Dead Birds:
Near bay - sandpiper? Headless and hard to identify.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Shells·Small rocks·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Sunny, breezy day at the beach. End of tourist season means it was pretty quiet there. Fog bank sat offshore but it was sunny when I was there. Sand hills built up to 1-4 feet (it's been a bit windy lately). Fresh sand over even the wrack line (plus it was high tide) so not even much of a wrack line to comment on. Since I am still new to this mile, I don't know if the cliff erosion has changed at all. I will take photos and document it through time starting with this trip. Always a lot of water at the base of the cliff near the residential and hotel area (not in the state park). Is this just groundwater seepage? Is some of it from septic? There was a good amount of water there today, enough for my dog to stand in up to her back. I'll watch for this in future trips. We tried to stay out of the water due to yesterday's beach advisory at Nye Beach to the north.Like last trip, same erosion all the way up to the road blocked off with orange fencing at the north end of the state park parking area - will document photographically in the future (my camera battery died before I could take photos of it this time).One flight tour helicopter made a pass or two while I was there and we saw one small plane.
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
    Caves and erosion of cliff face, mile 215 near Hallmark Resort
    northern end of mile 215, in front of Hallmark Resort
    September 7, 2007
  • There is always water at the base of the cliff here in the residential/hotel stretch of the beach. Groundwater? Septic? Both?
    There is always water at the base of the cliff here in the residential/hotel stretch of the beach. Groundwater? Septic? Both?
    northern half of mile 215
    September 7, 2007
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February 16, 2019 - JuliaAndLuna
Had hail for part of the walk. I think that kept a lot of people indoors.


October 20, 2018 - JuliaAndLuna
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May 19, 2014 - B Pope
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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...


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.


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...
August 26, 2011 - R Bayer
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...
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
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:...


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...


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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