Mile 292 Report

November 1, 2008
by [email protected]

Location:
Tillamook
Twin Rocks, Heitmiller Creek
Conditions:
Saturday 11:40 AM
Cloudy
60° F
Wind:
Strong from the SE
Humans / Pets:
People:
10
Dogs:
3
Activities:
Walking / Running:
10
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
none
Disturbances:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Pelicans. Apparently migrating. Approximately 300. Other smaller birds and gulls mixed in
Dead Birds:
Total:
300
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Species/names:
None observed.
Stranded:
Brown pelicans. Approximately 300.
Fish & Invertebrates:
1 small dead seal.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells·Small rocks·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
New riprap or shoreline protection structures
House immeadiately north of trailer park at Mile 291
Natural Changes:
Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Visible retreat of solid bluff
House immeadiately north of trailer park at Mile 291
Comments:
No. There is a posted application for permanent riprap repair
Summary:
Approximately 300 brown pelicans on the beach on a windy cloudy day. New riprap/shoreline protection below house immediately north of trailer park at Mile 291, with application posted for permanent riprap repair.
  • Mile 292.   I've never seen this many pelicans.
    Mile 292. I've never seen this many pelicans.
    November 1, 2008
  • November 1, 2008
Other Mile 292 Reports (24)

2021

February 24, 2021 - highamm
Large amount of errosion to the coastline, logs and trees have been moved around due to our recent King Tides and High surf.
  • Mile 292
  • Mile 292 North end looking South
  • Mile 292 North End erosion and deck
  • Mile 292 erosion asphalt sidewalk slab erosion
  • Mile 292 runoff  27F erosion

2020

December 6, 2020 - highamm
Overall good conditions no violations.  Groups of people and dogs on the beach.   Noted a couple dead fish and 1 bird.   Photo's attached.
  • dead fish
  • dead bird
November 2, 2020 - highamm
Beach and shoreline were clean with little activity.  No apparent violations to report.

2019

September 19, 2019 - andiburck

2018

May 4, 2018 - wilsonriverhs
April 23, 2018 - wilsonriverhs
Groups of people were playing ball and picnicking. This was the spring break for some schools.
March 19, 2018 - wilsonriverhs
There is a beach front house at 6th street that has a back deck sliding down the grass dune due to dune erosion.

2015

December 14, 2015 - Shalom
Villa vacation rental after storm of December 2015
  • More erosion of vacation rental property after a week of storm waves and high winds and tons of rain.
October 28, 2015 - Shalom
King Tide at Saltair Creek.
  • Saltair Creek and Villa vacation rental, Twin Rocks, Heitmiller Creek
  • King tide high tide, showing the property next to Saltair Creek that requested riprap installation back in March 2015. Request was denied and is currently being appealed.
May 14, 2015 - Shalom
Longnose Lancetfish beached near Saltair creek, discovered near high tide line, about 2 hours after low tide.
  • Lancetfish is about 4.5' long, shown here next to 5' walking stick.
  • Looks like one bite had been taken out of the lancetfish (left side of photo). A seagull waited nearby for us to leave.
April 9, 2015 - Shalom
A couple of hours before high tide, between Saltair Creek and the Rockaway wayside. Clear sunny day. Millions of Velella velella. Also a lot of things on the beach that had been out at sea for quite...
  • All sizes, from tiny to about 3-1/2 inches.
  • Bottom of the shoe sole had Japanese characters on it. The pellagic barnacles were very active.
March 14, 2015 - [email protected]
Salmon on the beach at Twin Rocks at Heitmiller Creek 45.594989, -123.948490.One dead. One alive in a few inches of water struggling upstream towards a logjam.
March 8, 2015 - Shalom
An application has been filed to construct riprap at a property where the house should never have been allowed to be built in 2008.I hope we can get a hearing and stop the installation of riprap for...
  • Public Notice
  • This is the beach access adjacent to the house. Just a few months ago it was a functioning gravel driveway that the Rockaway police used when they needed to patrol the beach.
  • This is where Saltair Creek enters the beach, on the north side of the property. The vertical logs held piles of horizontal logs until a couple of storms this winter washed them away.

2014

December 3, 2014 - Shalom
Two hours after high tide -- there are DOZENS of dead birds on the beach today. I lost count. (See photos.)The wrack line contained lots of tiny bits of plastic, as well as larger, more-recent...
  • One of dozens of dead birds on the beach today.
  • Among the dozens of dead birds were several of this type.
  • This piece of plastic was in the wrack line.
November 5, 2014 - Shalom
Dead starfish
  • Dead starfish on sandy beach at low tide line, negative tide. Wasting disease?
February 7, 2014 - Shalom
Outgoing tide (2.5 hrs before low tide). No breeze, ocean sounds muffled. About 5" snow on the beach above tide line. More snow on its way.
February 6, 2014 - Shalom
During snowstorm. About 5" snow on the beach. Slush where waves met the snow.
  • Slush chunks formed where waves hit the snow.
  • Slush chunks where waves met the snow.
January 13, 2014 - Shalom
About an hour before high tide this morning, lots of storm debris mostly included logs and twigs, eel grass, some bull kelp, a few jellyfish, one dying fish. One big jumble of rope with 3 floats with...
  • Dozens of these lying around at surf line among storm debris. Didn't have camera with me, had to collect these two to identify.

2013

July 4, 2013 - Shalom
Egg case, I think from a "big skate," just after high tide, about a foot long.
  • "Big Skate" egg case (probably), about one foot long.
July 1, 2013 - Shalom
Barnacle tree update, one day later, at high tide: Witnessed gulls picking at remains of barnacles on tree. It's entirely stripped of barnacles. Broken barnacle shells along tide line.
  • All the gooseneck barnacles are are gone. Tree is partially buried by sand at high tide.
June 30, 2013 - Shalom
One hour before low tide, near Twin Rocks. Near tideline was a 45-foot-long tree, branches and roots long-since cut off. It was covered on one side, top to bottom, with live gooseneck barnacles. The...
  • Barnacles as big as 3" with active creatures, attached to length of 45-foot tree.
  • Entire length of tree (on one side) covered with gooseneck barnacles. The barnacles were huge at the root end of the tree, and got smaller towards the top of the tree.
  • Sorry lo-quality photo -- please see the feathery creatures emerging from the shells
  • This one's shell is 3" and stalk at least 9"

2009

January 3, 2009 - [email protected]
First sunny day in a while. Nice kite flying weather. 9 people and 5 dogs on the beach. A few people sorting through the exposed stones. Lots of seaweed and kelp at the driftline. Lots of new...
January 2, 2009 - [email protected]
Bull Whip kelp on the beach. Lots of exposed shells and stones at the beach. New timber washed up here and there. A lonely looking pelican standing watch over a dead pelican.

2008

November 23, 2008 - [email protected]
A beautiful day at the coast in November. Lots of new timber has drifted in and been exposed.Sandpipers at the surf line.One dead pelican and a few jellyfish.
  • This Creek runs under Highway 101 close to mile 52.
  • Lots of new timber has been exposed by erosion and some has drifted in.