Mile 303 Report

July 22, 2021
by shattuckf

Location:
Tillamook
Oswald West SP, Smuggler Cove, Short Sand Beach
Conditions:
Thursday 1:00 PM
Sunny
64° F
Wind:
Moderate from the N
Tide Level:
5.7 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
203
Dogs:
15
Activities:
Walking / Running:
32
Playing in surf:
25
Playing in sand:
12
Sitting:
71
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
10
Surfing:
54
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Fishing:
0
Concerns:
Fire
Apparent Violations:
One woman with wood-burning fire. Burnt charcoal could be found strewn across the beach in various places.
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
22
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Beach was extremely busy today, mostly with surfers.
Notable Wildlife:
The only vertebrate on the mile was a single gull on the beach that was loitering around a man-made mound of sand and rocks, from which the smell of death emanated. The gull stayed in that spot the entire three hours we were there and did not fly away when humans approached. We were only able to make a tentative species identification - an Iceland gull. Pictures included and we contacted the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Services about the rotting smell coming from the burial mound.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Species/names:
n/a
Stranded:
Total:
0
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
0
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Quite a few bird feathers in the driftline. On the northern part of the beach, the driftline was mainly composed of barnacles.
New Development:
Modifications:
Several medium sized man-made wood structures and many cairns.
Natural Changes:
Major cracks appearing in bluffs·Newly exposed roots/trees falling
Comments:
Summary:
  • Short Sand Beach from South Beach Access Trail
    A picture of Short Sand Beach from South Beach Access Trail
    Short Sand Beach from South Beach Access Trail
    July 22, 2021
  • Gull in the sand
    A gull in the sand on Short Sand Beach, possibly an Iceland Gull, though they are not native to Oregon.
    Short Sand Beach from South Beach Access Trail
    July 22, 2021
  • Eroding bluff
    Eroding bluff on the northern half of Short Sand Beach. Bluff was eroding into piles of small, easily breakable rocks.
    Eroding bluff on the northern half of Short Sand Beach. Bluff was eroding into piles of small, easily breakable rocks.
    July 22, 2021
  • Up close shot of the bluff erosion
    A better look at the erosion of the bluff in the previous picture. A couple bluffs on the beach were eroding in this manner.
    Eroding bluff on the northern half of Short Sand Beach. Bluff was eroding into piles of small, easily breakable rocks.
    July 22, 2021
  • 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.
    We came across this burial mound after being hit with a very strong smell of rot and death. After trying to look for what was decaying, we figured out it was coming from this mound that is around 5-6 feet in length. Gull was loitering around it.
    July 22, 2021
  • Trees in the process of falling over due to bluff erosion.
    Trees in the process of falling over due to bluff erosion.
    July 22, 2021
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