Mile 295 Report

September 30, 2022
by Koptiuch

Location:
Tillamook
Nedonna Beach
Conditions:
Friday 5:15 PM
Wind:
Moderate from the NW
Humans / Pets:
People:
36
Dogs:
7
Activities:
Walking / Running:
23
Playing in sand:
9
four people were flying kites
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Lots of seagulls were sitting on the beach and flying by. A double-crested cormorant was sitting on a rock on the south jetty. It appeared to be ill because did not move away from that spot, even when I took photos from a couple of different angles and walked around it. A few minutes later it was still there. It must have been sick. Poor thing.
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)
The rack line is pretty high on the beach and contains mostly vegetation, kelp, see lettuces etc. Also broken shells, occasional bodies of little creatures or parts thereof, and one or two pieces of trash. Close to the shore or a jellyfish parts.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Nothing new. Steep bluff edges from last winter's king tides have worn down quite a bit, and beach access thru dues is gradual and easy.
Comments:
Summary:

9/30/22 5:15 PM, high tide was about 3:30 PM. A beautiful sunny day, a little windy from the northwest. I started walking north from the south end of the mile. Lots of seagulls were sitting on the beach and flying by. Quite a lot of people and dogs on the beach this evening.

The rack line was pretty high on the beach and contained mostly vegetation, kelp, see lettuces etc. Also broken shells, occasional bodies of little creatures or parts thereof, and one or two pieces of trash. Close to the shore are jellyfish parts.

The big driftwood fort up by the jetty has been remodeled since I was heere two days ago. Several other forts have acquired new handwritten 'signage.'

The biggest discovery of this visit: a cormorant sat on a rock on the jetty, possibly it was ill because it’s not moving away from that spot, even when I took photos from a couple of different angles. And a few minutes later when I turned to walk back to the south end of my mile, the cormorant was still there.

I also did the bioblitz on my walk today, looking for live plants and animals preferably, but finding some dead ones worth mentioning as well. There was not a lot of species to draw on in the wrack line and up by the dunes but it was mostly just grasses.

  • View looking south from the south jetty at Nedonna Beach
    View looking south from the south jetty at Nedonna Beach
    September 30, 2022
  • Nehalem Bay channel from south jetty toward the north jetty
    View looking over Nehalem Bay channel from south jetty toward the north jetty
    September 30, 2022
  • Drift-log "fort" at north end of Nedonna Beach
    Drift-log "fort" at north end of Nedonna Beach, with hand-written "signage"
    September 30, 2022
  • Double crested cormorant on rock at south jetty
    Double crested cormorant on rock at south jetty, Nedonna Beach. Possibly ill because did not fly away when approached (sorry this uploaded sideways; I can't see any way to rotate the image)
    September 30, 2022
  • Double crested cormorant on rock at south jetty, Nedonna Beach
    Double crested cormorant on rock at south jetty, Nedonna Beach (closeup). (sorry this uploaded sideways; I can't see any way to rotate the image)
    September 30, 2022
  • Elaborate "fort" made of drift logs
    Elaborate "fort" made of drift logs, built into rocks at south jetty at Nedonna Beach; it keeps getting modified over time.
    September 30, 2022
  • Sea gulls enjoying sunset at Nedonna Beach
    Sea gulls enjoying sunset at Nedonna Beach
    September 30, 2022
Other Mile 295 Reports (34)

2022

September 7, 2022 - ALawson
One dead cormorant was observed. Several man made driftwood structures were built near the jetty at the northern end of Nedonna beach.
July 16, 2022 - nedonnaman
Very high tides in the last week have swept the beach clean of usual debris in wrack line.  Sand has built up nicely since winter storms and the beach as a whole is in very good shape. 
March 9, 2022 - nedonnaman
North half of mile has more driftwood than usual; south half has significant erosion of foredune.

2021

September 11, 2021 - allison
  • nedonna marsh
July 18, 2021 - nedonnaman
February 8, 2021 - Koptiuch
Stunning to see the enormous number of logs washed onto the beach through this winter's season of King Tides and storm surge! This was my first visit to Nadona Beach since the king tides and I couldn...
  • Piles of logs cover the high beach south of the jetty
  • Piles of logs cover the high beach looking south from the jetty
  • Minimal wrack line looking north from one mile south of the jetty
  • Driftwood fort built atop the dunes' sharp 3' vertical edge
  • Steep 7-10 foot vertical edge cut into the dunes by the king tides
  • Sharp, three-foot vertical edge to the dunes, with giant log pitched over it
  • Steep drop at south entrance to mile 295
  • Minus tide view of shore from water's edge
  • South jetty explorations at low minus-tide
  • Tide pool on the south jetty
  • Harvesting mussels for dinner
  • King tide dune erosion threatens homes at Nadona Beach
  • Kids play at one of many driftwood forts on Nadona Beach
  • King tide logs, a new fort, and a roof of a home now closer to the sea's edge
  • Lots more to Nadona beach at a minus-tide low, just before dusk

2020

December 14, 2020 - Koptiuch
It was the height of the king tides. About 50°, mild breeze, intermittent sunshine. No real beach to walk on safely. When the waves ebbed they left a little beach space up near the dunes, but...
November 8, 2020 - Koptiuch
Beautiful sunny Sunday at low tide, breezy and chilly at about 48°. Pretty big surf. Saw 25 people and 4 dogs upon entering at north end of Nadonna Beach, and saw 38 people and six dogs walking back...
  • Nadonna Beach looking south
  • Nadonna Beach looking north
  • Man on jetty
  • Pretty big surf at Nadonna Beach
  • People hanging out at the driftwood forts on Nadonna Beach
  • People hanging out at the driftwood forts on Nadonna Beach
  • People hanging out at the driftwood forts on Nadonna Beach
  • Sea drift
  • Crescent Creek
  • Between the jetties at Nehalem River
July 11, 2020 - Koptiuch
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...
  • Nadonna beach entrance signage
  • lake by south jetty
  • dead fish
  • kids flying kites
  • Pallet on beach
  • View north toward the jetty
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 - Neah-Kah-Nie HS
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.