Mile 295 Report

July 11, 2020
by Koptiuch

Location:
Tillamook
Nedonna Beach
Conditions:
Saturday 12:15 PM
Party cloudy
55° F
Wind:
Strong from the NW
Tide Level:
1.7 ft
Humans / Pets:
Activities:
Walking / Running:
15
Playing in surf:
3
Playing in sand:
8
Sitting:
10
Surfing:
3
It had rained this morning, so people were just starting to come out to the beach. The tide was nearly out to low, and seemed much lower than 1.7. The tide had created a sand bar forming a large shallow “lake” just at the shore south of the jetty. It was windy, dry sand was blowing, but the sea was fairly calm. The upper beach showed covered remnants of lots of bonfire pits from the Fourth of July holiday. A couple of new signs are posted at the Nadonna Beach parking area entrance, explaining how to properly deal with bonfires. But aside from two tires that has evidently been dumped in the parking lot, I saw no trash on the beach--a SOLVE beach cleanup on July 7 in Rockaway must have picked up the fireworks remnants and bonfire trash. When I started my walk I counted 21 people on the beach and five on the jetty, and five dogs. Three teenage boys were peeling off their wet suits after surfing. When I returned to the jetty from walking mile 295 south, I counted about 40 people on the beach and 3 or 4 different dogs. Kids were flying five kites, taking advantage of the strong winds. A small boy was swimming, wearing a life jacket and watched by his mom. Earlier a young girl had been playing in the waves but nobody was visible watching over her, which worried me a bit. A family grouping set up a wind tent, others brought beach chairs and sat in groups up near the dunes. Most people were just walking on the beach near the water. A couple of runners strode by, and one cyclist on a fat-tired bike rode up from the south to the jetty, then turned around and rode back south along the hard-packed beach. I walked south to the marker that says 25 in big black letters on a yellow background. I’m not sure if this is the end of my mile, but I could see all the way up to the first little stream crossing the beach and there was nothing else happening except for one black bird waddling along until it flew off. Saw only one seagull. By the time I left at 1:30, two of the surfers were now dressed and starting a small bonfire at one of the 'fort' shelters up by the dunes.
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
One still-alive small 4-inch fish was flapping its last flaps at the edge of the water.
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
About 3/4 of a mile south of the jetty I found a small 4-inch fish still barely alive at the edge of the water. I put my sandal near it and it started to flap around. I nudged it back into the water but it could not swim for some reason and just was laying on its side. I guessed it would perish. A little further on I found another fish just like it, also about 4 inches, this time dead. It's rare that I find ANY fish on the beach, and first time I found one still (barely) alive.
Driftline:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
Not much had been washed up on the beach. A mix of small stones, shell parts, some foam and a little sea weed here and there. The sand is smooth and hard packed since the last high tide. A few crab bodies and legs were scattered here in there, and an occasional jellyfish. I found a whole tiny sandollar less than 1 inch in diameter up on the high tide wrack. No human trash was visible aside from a wooden pallet is stranded at the high tide mark about half a mile south of the jetty.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
The jetty has a new big tree added since I was here last. It's weathered white and located at the tip of the jetty. It must’ve taken a huge wave to put that up that high on the rocks. My neighbor had mentioned this to me as noteworthy, and I could see she was right.
Comments:
Summary:

After a rainy morning people were just starting to come out to Nadonna Beach. The tide seemed much lower than 1.7, and had created a sand bar forming a large shallow “lake” just at the shore south of the jetty. The NW wind was strong but the sea was fairly calm. The upper beach showed covered remnants of lots of bonfire pits from the Fourth of July holiday. Aside from two tires that had evidently been dumped in the parking lot and a wooden pallet stranded at the high tide mark about half a mile south of the jetty, I saw no human trash on the beach--the SOLVE beach cleanup on July 7 must have picked up all the fireworks remnants and bonfire trash. The jetty tip sports a new big driftwood tree, weathered white. It must’ve taken a huge wave to put it up that high on the rocks. The lower sand is smooth and hard-packed since the last high tide.

When I started the mile walk south from the jetty at 12:15, about 21 people were on the beach and five on the south jetty, and five dogs. Three teenage boys were peeling off their wet suits after surfing. When I returned north to the jetty, I counted some 40 people on the beach and 3 or 4 different dogs. Kids flying five kites took advantage of the strong winds. A couple of children played in the waves, a family grouping set up a wind tent, others brought beach chairs and sat in groups up near the dunes. Most people just walked on the beach near the water. A couple of runners strode by, and one cyclist on a fat-tired bike rode up from the south to the jetty, then turned around and rode back south along the hard-packed beach. By the time I left at 1:30, two of the surfers were now dressed and starting a small bonfire at one of the many 'fort' shelters up by the dunes.

The highlight of my walk was finding two small 4-inch fish at the edge of the water, one dead, one flopping its last flops, about 3/4 of a mile south of the jetty.  First time I found a fish still (barely) alive. Not much else had been washed up. The wrack contained a mix of small stones, shell parts, some foam and a little seaweed here and there, as well as a few crab bodies and legs and an occasional jellyfish.

  • Nadonna beach entrance signage
    Nadonna Beach entrance with two trashed tires and a new sign explaining how to safely handle beach bonfires
    Nadonna Beach parking lot
    July 11, 2020
  • lake by south jetty
    The low tide had created a sand bar forming a large shallow “lake” just at the shore south of the jetty.
    South of the Nehalem River south jetty
    July 11, 2020
  • Cyclist rides the packed sand with white driftwood tree piled on the tip of the south jetty
    South of the Nehalem River south jetty
    July 11, 2020
  • dead fish
    Small 4-inch fish flopping its last flop at the edge of the water
    3/4 mile south of the jetty
    July 11, 2020
  • kids flying kites
    Several kids took advantage of the strong winds to fly kites.
    South of the Nehalem River south jetty
    July 11, 2020
  • Pallet on beach
    A wooden pallet is the only human trash found on the beach this day
    Half mile south of the jetty
    July 11, 2020
  • View north toward the jetty
    View north toward the jetty shows clean low beach
    half mile south of the jetty
    July 11, 2020
Other Mile 295 Reports (25)

2020

May 23, 2020 - Koptiuch
Lots of commotion near the jetty on the north end of Nedonna Beach on this overcast morning! Earlier today a small rental boat had capsized, a man and a dog fell into the water. Both swam to the...
  • Capsized Boat Scene, Nedonna Beach
  • Assessing the Situation of capsized boat, Nedonna Beach
  • View of Capsized Boat, Nedonna Beach
  • Rescue Vehicle Tracks, Nedonna Beach
  • Fire Department to the Rescue, Nedonna Beach
  • Foam in Driftline, Nedonna Beach
  • Driftwood "Fort", Nedonna Beach
May 3, 2020 - Koptiuch
Beach looks like it was swept clean by the tides. Left deposits of seaweed and bits of wood and stuff high up on near dunes. Scattered razor clam and blue muscle shells, crab body shells of small...

2019

September 6, 2019 - martyandchuck
Normal beach.  As usual, typical movement of sand that change the slope of the beach to the waterline.
August 1, 2019 - Nedonnaman
Could have been most any day this summer  when tide is very low in morning ... less dune erosion  than usual last winter, more driftwood on beach.
March 4, 2019 - Paulissen
Very minimal activity noted today, likely as a result of the high tide and it being a Monday. We noticed a very high concentration of washed up moon jellies, unlike what we have seen in the past.

2018

December 22, 2018 - martyandchuck
Pleasant day at beach, comfortable winter weather, hardly any wind, with visible sand erosion, and loss of beach. King tides reaching far up beach.
July 14, 2018 - Nedonnaman
Very nice summer morning ... typical mid-summer beach

2017

October 12, 2017 - Nedonnaman
July 26, 2017 - Nedonnaman
Typical summer beach.  Most of the heavy drfitwood accumulation from the winter is gone ... up in smoke or used to make forts and shelters.  Unlike many past years, there has not been any mowing of...
January 23, 2017 - Nedonnaman
Effects of storms and high tides over last couple of weeks striking -- northern half mile shows major erosion of fore dune.  Lots of large logs high up on beach; relatively few smaller pieces.  Fair...

2016

August 15, 2016 - Nedonnaman
Pretty typical summer beach. Most notable feature is fact that there is substantially more driftwood on beach than in recent past ... result of last winter's storms.

2012

July 23, 2012 - martyandchuck
A very quiet time @ the beach, only a few people, with beach fairly clean. Sand has shifted, some drift wood is covered,although much remains. Have found some plastic bottles from Japan in the past,...

2011

September 3, 2011 - martyandchuck
Report for September

2010

August 10, 2010 - skyhar8000
An excellent hike. Very little trash found. We did encounter a gigantic bull sea lion -- we went one way, and he went the other. No seals seen, but plenty of evidence that they continue to use the...
August 2, 2010 - skyhar8000
Almost directly in front of our family beach cabin in North Rockaway Beach, I discovered a dead fish. Apparently an adult salmon of one species or another. Corpse is almost completely intact except...
June 21, 2010 - skyhar8000
Found the corpse of a ray or skate washed up. Very unusual for this area. Body was perhaps 18-24 inches front to back (not including the tail and 30-36 inches wide. No apparent cause of death, a...
June 17, 2010 - skyhar8000
Found seal pup on beach. Called local police station, and the volunteer at the desk notified the local wildlife network. As I returned from my walk, a state parks person was at the scene and an...

2009

December 6, 2009 - martyandchuck
The beach continues to have large logs/driftwood on it, making walking to shoreline difficult. Dead pelican noted among the driftwood.
  • sad to see but unsure if it was anything but a natural death.

2008

October 19, 2008 - martyandchuck
Beautiful day. Many areas where beach grasses have been 'mowed'. Not sure if this is appropriate or not; will try to find out. After seeing 2 dead Humboldt squid on our mile, we heard that this...
September 7, 2008 - martyandchuck
Owners of house on beach drive have mown down all the beach grasses in front of house (the dune area) to better see the ocean (!!??)
May 31, 2008 - martyandchuck
Some movement in driftwood. Two large pieces of a dock on shore as 'driftwood' from someplace else.
March 1, 2008 - martyandchuck
After rainy morning (with hail), afternoon was mostly sunny and warm.

2007

November 21, 2007 - martyandchuck
Beautiful weather. Lots of folks arriving for Thanksgiving weekend. About 1/2 dozen dead birds sighted in the sand. They aren't sea gulls but not sure what species.
October 27, 2007 - martyandchuck
Overall the beach looks much more like it did 4 years ago when we first began walking along it. The sand is more level and less debris on the shore with no sightings of any dead animals, the weather...
June 12, 2007 - martyandchuck
Quiet - saw bald eagle and also osprey flying over ocean. Very few seagulls - beach appears to be returning after sand loss this winter.