Mile 219 Report

March 12, 2016
by driscolke

Location:
Lincoln
North end of Agate Beach, Yaquina Head south
Conditions:
Saturday 8:45 AM
Rain
39° F
Wind:
Storm from the SW
Tide Level:
0.2 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
13
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Tidepooling:
13
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
9
Activity Comments:
In spite of thunder, lightening and gale force winds people were observing the sights at Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
Notable Wildlife:
Several large(8-10 inch)sea stars, no immature sea stars observed, 2 Oyster Catchers observed, other sea birds not yet arrived, normal populations seashore plants, anemones, mollusks, barnacles.
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Decaying sea lion carcass previously seen at Nye Beach and D.Davis Memorial Park a month ago.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:

Yaquina Head Lighthouse is always interesting, there is an abundance of marine observation available to the casual observer: tidepools, seabirds, mammals. This day there was hail, thunder, lightning and gale force winds.There was increased amount of small driftwood in most tidepools not observed on previous visits. Other than decaying sea lion and 2 Oystercatchers, the normal populations of algae, mollusks, urchins,anemones and barnacles were observed. Few seals and no seabird arrival on offshore rocks.

Other Mile 219 Reports (29)

2019

February 11, 2019 - YHONA
During the survey there were 8 total people and 1 dog recorded on the beach. Wind speeds were averaging in the mid to high 20's and about half way through this survey we had the onset of rain showers...

2018

September 25, 2018 - YHONA
During the survey there were 105 people and two dogs on the beach. 38 cars, 10 SUVs, 4 Pickups, and 2 RVs were recorded in the parking area at the end of the survey. There was a great deal of algae...
June 15, 2018 - YHONA
We discovered a black oystercatcher nest at the far east side of our beach along the cliff side. Once chick has since hatched.

2017

July 16, 2017 - m219walker
Sunny day, moderate wind from NW. 3 surfers, 12 runner/walkers, 2 playing in sand. Two dead Common Murres. Construction going on for Ernest Block Wayside.

2016

December 25, 2016 - m219walker
Cloudy day after major rain event. Only one couple walking. Sandstone and basalt boulders on beach. Lucky Gap Trail stairs (south end) awash. Nice stairs being built north end of beach.
June 3, 2016 - m219walker
Beautiful sunny day, ~65F with light wind from the NNW. Noon visit at high tide at ~7'. Saw 13 people on the shore/in the water, mostly surfers. The summer sand buildup is in place with only larger...
April 14, 2016 - driscolke
Arrival of ocean seabirds which nest on the rocks at this site is significant; usually seals are evident along with pups; this is a popular site for tidal pools. Usually sighted are eagles and Black...
February 11, 2016 - m219walker
Winter storms have pushed sizable wood up above the average high tide mark. Flooding has generated additional seeps and overloaded the Agate Beach sewage facility prompting hazard notices on Lucky...
February 2, 2016 - driscolke
A lovely day at Yaquina Lighthouse tidal area. The geologic collection of offshore rocks permitted a wonderful view of the many exciting marine wildlife. Although there were a few 8-10 yr. old sea...

2015

December 25, 2015 - malachite
I reached this mile via the Lucky Gap Beach wayside access. As is usual in the past 3 or 4 years, the area just before you reach the stairs to the beach was flooded--usually the flooding lasts about...
November 21, 2015 - driscolke
This was a gorgeous sunny afternoon at Yaquina Lighthouse tidepool area. Absent and no sign of recovery were sea stars; BLM guides mentioned apparent distress with urchins. Few birds and one seal...
November 5, 2015 - m219walker
 SUMMARYTwo people on beach, one surfing, one enjoying a beer and the scenery. Small patchy wood in drift line. No birds or mammals observed. 'Little Creek' flowing close to bluff.
September 30, 2015 - Volunteer Coordinator
Eleanor Siebers called from the BLM Yaquina Head Interpretive Center to report a wood chunk with mussels found yesterday on Cobble Beach of Yaquina Head (30 Sept. 2015) by “Lucia." It is local - NOT...
  • Wood found by LuciaJohn Chapman inspected- appears to be local though has red flags
  • Importance of looking at the underside
  • two bolts on the piece of wood
  • number of small mussels on the piece of wood
June 17, 2015 - m219walker
Mostly sunny afternoon, two family groups plus 3 surfers using beach. No obvious drift line besides a small wooden pallet. Yellow blooms of Potentilla and pink Beach Pea made me observe the beach...
  • Monkey Flower on cliff above Cobble Beach, Yaquina Head17 June 2015
March 22, 2015 - m219walker
Very few people on the beach early Sunday morning: four, two of which came with me, and one sleeper.Wrack contained mostly small pieces of wood, no dead birds, fish, or mammals.Reference: Mile 219 is...
  • 20 jan 2015 sunset taken north Agate beach

2014

December 27, 2014 - m219walker
Day partly sunny, about 2 hrs before high tide, south face of headland inaccessible.  One extended family on beach; two photographers, mostly pics of each other.  Five dead birds, four likely Cassin'...

2010

August 1, 2010 - malachite
Yesterday around 5:30pm I walked down to the beach via the Lucky Gap access. That access places you near the south end of mile 219. When I arrived & later, when I left (about an hour later), a...
  • A fire on the beach was built yesterday evening using a fairly large driftwood stump for firewood.  Twenty four hours later, the people are gone, the stump is still burning.

2009

December 9, 2009 - yaquinalady
This year the depth of the stones on the beach is lower than last year and typical years, by several feet. The big erosion area above the tollbooth looks unchanged.

2008

November 25, 2008 - Jebousek
The main change I noticed was reported above regarding the cobbles on the beach. Their thickness in being piled up has dropped by several feet.
October 11, 2008 - cindyashy
Pelicans, pelicans, and more pelicans!!! Record numbers of pelicans in fact -- so this report is going to be pelican centric :-) I'm estimating there were 3600 Brown Pelicans roosting on the rocks...
June 13, 2008 - L Taylor
Bright sunny, windy day. Lots of people at the lighthouse. Lots of common murres, pelicans and some nesting oystercatchers. The beach was surprisingly clear of debris just the usual large logs.
March 8, 2008 - cindyashy
Unusual sighting of a Brown Pelican in March. See Wildlife list for more. I'm going to talk with BLM staff to see about get some permanent signage in the tidepool area to prevent people from getting...
March 4, 2008 - L Taylor
Beach appeared very clean- not even much driftwood. The Common Murres are back at Yaquina Head. The Hatfield Marine Science researchers were at Yaquina Head counting returning gray whales and...

2007

December 5, 2007 - cindyashy
2 days after a major coastal storm, I expected to see many dead birds but did not - found one injured American Wigeon. The storm did significant damage to the trees near Quarry Cove and I found...
November 24, 2007 - cindyashy
This was an afternoon minus tide on a holiday weekend so the tidepool critters took center stage at Yaquina Head. The tidepools off Cobble Beach were crawling with visitors - an average of around 65...
November 20, 2007 - L Taylor
There were NO live birds on the beach. No foraging, not even flying overhead. Very quiet. I did see what I believe to be 1 dead Western Grebe (see photo 1) with 2 zip ties on it's right wing, 1 blue...
July 28, 2007 - lighthouse
The beach was littered with birds. I can't ever remember seeing anything like that before. Every few feet another bird. Mostly murres; one gull.
June 8, 2007 - L Taylor
Lots of wildlife at the lighthouse. Seal pups, common murres, cormorants, black oystercatchers. Only 2 dead birds so decayed couldn't tell what they had been. Pretty normal for such a fine day.
March 13, 2007 - L Taylor
Lots of wildlife action from the Bald Eagle, Common Murres, and Double Crested Cormorant to the resting harbor seals. Quite a good day. I was a little surprised to see so many dead birds and each of...