Mile 303 Report

August 19, 2019
by jessejones

Location:
Tillamook
Oswald West SP, Smuggler Cove, Short Sand Beach
Conditions:
Monday 11:30 AM
Sunny
68° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
6.4 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
51
Dogs:
7
Activities:
Walking / Running:
11
Playing in surf:
7
Playing in sand:
5
Sitting:
9
Tidepooling:
5
Surfing:
14
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
19
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 2
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:

Sunny, warm day at Shorties with a mild crowd of families and surfers. Most notable as always is marine debris including microplastics in the sand and in the wrackline.  Large log covered with pelagic gooseneck barnacles was a cool sight. 

  • From bottom of stairs looking north toward Cape Falcon
    N 45.7626 W 123.9674
    August 19, 2019
  • From stair looking toward mouth of Short Sand Creek
    N 45.7626 W 123.9674
    August 19, 2019
  • Short Sand Beach and Short Sand Creek
    N 45.7626 W 123.9674
    August 19, 2019
  • Short Sand Beach and Cape Falcon
    N 45.7626 W 123.9674
    August 19, 2019
  • Short Sand Beach at Oswald West State Park
    N 45.7626 W 123.9674
    August 19, 2019
  • Surfers and families at Oswald West State Park with Cape Falcon in the background
    N 45.7626 W 123.9674
    August 19, 2019
  • Hillside toward northern end of Short Sand Beach with historic erosion
    N 45.7626 W 123.9674
    August 19, 2019
  • Plastic debris in the sand
    N 45.7626 W 123.9674
    August 19, 2019
  • Exposed rocks at low tide on the south end of Short Sand Beach
    N 45.7626 W 123.9674
    August 19, 2019
  • Pelagic barnacles on large driftwood log toward north end of Short Sand Beach
    N 45.7626 W 123.9674
    August 19, 2019
Other Mile 303 Reports (10)

2021

August 23, 2021 - angela whitlock
  • Wednesday August 11th, morning
  • Wednesday August 11th, morning
July 22, 2021 - shattuckf
  • Short Sand Beach from South Beach Access Trail
  • Gull in the sand
  • Eroding bluff
  • Up close shot of the bluff erosion
  • A 5-6 feet long burial mound of sand and rocks, with a cairn tombstone at the southern end of the mound on Short Sand Beach.
  • Trees in the process of falling over due to bluff erosion.

2012

March 4, 2012 - LisaL
A plastic wrapper with Japanese writing was in the drift line. The south cliff looks look there has been some erosion over winter. Fallen trees were present along the side of the cliff. Morphology of...

2011

December 4, 2011 - LisaL
Large number of people; signficant marine debris.
December 1, 2011 - LisaL
Observed nothing but ordinary recreational activities.
October 23, 2011 - LisaL
It was a fairly typical day at Oswald. Overcast, people surfing, and people with their dogs. The afternoon was busy with tourists, but as it got later in the day, there were mostly surfers left at...
June 5, 2011 - LisaL
It was warm and calm. It was very cloudy with a little fog. The air was still. Several tiny fish, about an inch long were in the water in the swash zone. The beach looked clean, I did not see the...
April 8, 2011 - LisaL
Deceased young 40-45lbs harbor seal on beach near high tide line at south end.
March 19, 2011 - LisaL
Trail up to Devils Cauldron was in good condition, but muddy. Suspension bridge showed some sign of wear and graffiti was present at the bridge. Several plastic water bottles were on the rocks off...

2009

October 9, 2009 - beachmike
I didn't see any signs of man-made or major natural changes to this section of the coast. Despite the fact that this is such a heavily used beach, I didn't find any garbage. The people seemed...
  • Lots of feathers!