Mile 307 Dispatch

October 25, 2017
by Frankie

Location:
Clatsop
Cove Beach north, Arch Cape, Arch Cape Creek
Conditions:
Wednesday 10:00 AM
Party cloudy
60° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the S
Tide Level:
2.0 ft
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On our way to conduct a NOAA marine debris survey at the north end of Cove Beach, we saw a peregrine falcon cruise by, an adult bald eagle on the eagle tree, and a sea lion. While the birds were treats to see, the sea lion unfortunately was ill. Perhaps it had leptospirosis which has been reported all along the Oregon coast. The sea lion (female perhaps because of size) had hauled out on the sand, avoiding the incoming waves as much as possible. Two other people were on the beach but luckily they had their dog on leash. We reported the sea lion situation to Jim Rice with the marine mammal stranding network. 

Summary:
  • Sea Lion
    Sea Lion
    North access to Cove Beach.
    October 25, 2017
Other Mile 307 Reports (78)

2017

December 10, 2017 - Bald Eagle
A beautiful sunny day on mile 307.  No wind, a clean beach with a few shells.  Six people were walking on the beach.  A bald eagle flew along the beach in the morning.There was a new rock slide on...
September 10, 2017 - Bald Eagle
On this beautiful morning there were a lot of people around Arch Cape looking at the muscles, barnacles and sea anemones on the rocks.  There were no sea stars. Gull Rock had at least 45 pelicans and...
June 28, 2017 - spinger
June 11, 2017 - Bald Eagle
A very nice morning on the beach.  There was a large piece of debris on the rocks (picture attached).  It measures about 10 feet by 7 feet and is made of fiberglass.  There were no sea stars on the...
  • debris
March 10, 2017 - Bald Eagle
It was a nice dry afternoon on the beach.  The beach was very clean.  The dock pieces have not moved since February.  The dock has been reported to OPRD to see if there is some way to remove the dock...
  • dock

2016

December 10, 2016 - Bald Eagle
Four people walking on the beach.Some kelp in on the shoreline.  A bald eagle was trying to take an immature seagull, but the adult chased the eagle away.  I was about 100 feet from this activity....
November 26, 2016 - elsecobb
Heavy rains have caused serious slippage of the bluff. Waves hitting the bluff. No beach access anymore due to slides in the central area of Cove Beach.  
September 9, 2016 - Bald Eagle
There were 16 people enjoying the nice day on the beach.This was the first day that I saw Brown Pelicans on Gull Rock this year.  I counted about 80 pelicans.  There were no sea stars on the rocks at...
June 16, 2016 - Bald Eagle
There were 15 people enjoying the beautiful afternoon on Cove Beach. There were a few sand dollars and crab casings in the driftline. There were murres nesting on Gull Rock. The ocean has been moving...
March 26, 2016 - Bald Eagle
There was a family of 5 people and 1 dog walking on the beach. There was no wind. The sandy beach had no debris. Very clean. The rocks on the rock berm have been shifted by the ocean. The rocks are...
January 1, 2016 - elsecobb
A lot of driftwood piled high on rocky berm Sand visible even at a 3.1 low tide, continued up to the Arch Cape. A slide between Grewe and Auel, about 150 ft wide. see photo exposed near the top in...
  • slide in Cove Beach between properties of Grewe and Auel about 150 ft wide, exposing roots, vegetation slipped down to the beach.

2015

December 13, 2015 - Bald Eagle
My observation was one and one half hours after low tide. With the rough sea and strong waves it was not safe to go on the little area of beach that was available on the outgoing waves. The rough sea...
  • sea foam, Clatsop County, Cove Beach north, Arch Cape, Arch Cape Creek
November 24, 2015 - elsecobb
KING-TIDE! But the drift line indicated that the waves had been considerably higher the week before during a big storm leaving a lot of large driftwood. Noticeable changes in the rock berm: severe...
  • The King Tide eroded the mouth of a small stream coming out onto Cove Beach
September 13, 2015 - Bald Eagle
Thirteen people and their dogs were enjoying the beach. Their were two dead murres on the beach.There were no sea stars at Arch Cape.The was nothing unusual to see on the beach.
  • Mile 307
August 30, 2015 - elsecobb
This report is mainly to illustrate the sand accumulation over the past 2 years. At a minus tide one can walk on sand around the outer Arch Cape rocks. These photos were taken at a 2.0 tide (as seen...
  • Looking North from Cove Beach towards the Arch Cape at +2.0 tide.More sand accumulated than in years. Recent storm added to sand deposits on the rocks.
  • The Arch Cape rock masses as seen from the Arch Cape beach, looking South, towards Cove Beach.
August 13, 2015 - elsecobb
Clean healthy beach.Happy to report @ 50 healthy starfish (orange and purple) at low tide clinging to the rocks.More sand than I have seen in 45 years!Hundreds of young murres on Gull Rocks
June 13, 2015 - Bald Eagle
Ocean debris surveys were being conducted on mile 307. Other people were enjoying the sunny and windy weather.About 50 pelicans were on or near Gull Rock.This is the third year that the sand levels...
March 13, 2015 - Bald Eagle
Ten people on the mile. Eight walking and two surfing. Strong SW wind. This is the second winter in a row where the sand has not been washed out into the ocean. One dead bird. The mile looked...

2014

December 21, 2014 - Bald Eagle
It was a nice afternoon on the beach. There were ten people walking on the beach.I saw 5 dead birds on the beach. I only walked about 1/4 mile on mile 307. I learned later that the birds were...
September 6, 2014 - Bald Eagle
There were 50 people and 9 dogs that were enjoying the nice afternoon. Most of the people were around or near Arch Cape looking at the sea life on the rocks. I counted 60 sea stars which was good...
July 8, 2014 - elsecobb
More sand than I have seen in 30 years, clean beach, small dried up jelly fish all along the drift line.One vey large rock slide South of the Arch, and a smaller one 200 yards further south.A few...
  • Large rockslide south of the Arch Cape
  • Dried up dead "sail by the winds" (velella-velella) all along the drift line of my mile.
  • large rock slide (60 yards  x 30 yards deep, x @ 20ft high
June 14, 2014 - Bald Eagle
The minus tides brought out more people to walk, fish and dig clams. This year there is a lot more clam diggers. There was more sand this year than there has been for several years. The winter...
  • sea stars by Arch Cape
April 27, 2014 - elsecobb
Much new sand (more than we have seen in years!)Lots of drift wood, large and small.A fishing float, and several Japanese drink bottles. Perhaps Tsunami related?
  • 3 japanese beverage bottles
March 2, 2014 - Bald Eagle
It was a very windy and rainy day. Winds were 25-35 mph. There was nothing unusual to report.In December there was a rock slide about 200 yards south of Arch Cape, see picture.

2013

November 30, 2013 - Bald Eagle
Nothing unusual was observed this day. There were 20 people and 2 dogs on the beach. Four were clam digging. There was a little drizzle and the wind was blowing from the south at about 10 mph....
  • View to the north with Arch Cape in the distance.
November 29, 2013 - elsecobb
very much sand in Cove Beach at this 0.3 low tide. Trying for razor clams, I mistook the little bubble when I tapped the dimple in the wet sand and scooped up a large female crab with bright red egg...
November 23, 2013 - elsecobb
Much sand, clean beach.A seal or sea-lion in the surf. off the Gull Rocks.A few families walking with kids and dogs.No new noticeable erosion of the bluffs.very calm ocean.
September 2, 2013 - Bald Eagle
The 20 surfbirds and 2 snowy plovers were the most interesting to see. I have not seen these birds for awhile. There were about 50 pelicans on the beach and around Gull Rock. There were more...
  • Surfbird south of Arch Cape
August 13, 2013 - elsecobb
Clean beach, much new sand.Large deposits of crab casings amid bundles of tangled seaweed and fine (shrimp?) casings along the drift line.
  • large deposits of small (@ 2 inch) translucent casings
June 22, 2013 - elsecobb
In my last report I reported seeing curious large root systems in the newly exposed eroded bluff above the beach.The University of Washington Botany department informed me that these roots are...
June 20, 2013 - elsecobb
much more sand since last report, both in Cove Beach as well as North of the Arch Cape.Clean beach, some more erosion below previous erosion sites, exposing unusual root systems.
  • Unusual root system in newly exposed bluff above Cove Beach. size approximately 3 ft across.
May 25, 2013 - Bald Eagle
Three of the six people digging for clams were involved in digging, the others were watching.The beach was clean. There were some clam shells on the beach along with several sand dollars.The low...
March 15, 2013 - elsecobb
More sand than usual this time of year. Clean beach.Much more sand also North of the Arch Cape.Increased erosion below 79544 Ray Brown Road, as well as below 31849 Clatsop Lane stretching South to...
March 3, 2013 - Bald Eagle
A different looking float has washed on shore. It is about six feet by three feet by two and one half feet. The corners are broken off exposing the styrofoam core. It has a smooth cement coating...

2012

December 14, 2012 - Bald Eagle
I observed the King tide. It was windy and cool with some sun breaks. The high tide did not reach the high levels I have seen when there is a storm surge at high tide. The shoreline looked normal...
September 20, 2012 - Bald Eagle
Most of the beach looked normal. The only change I saw was dark streaks on the sand at the south end of mile 307. There were streaks and dark areas over an area about 100 yards long north to south...
August 21, 2012 - elsecobb
I have not seen so much sand in and around the Arch Cape in decades.At a +0.4 tide one can easily walk around the outside (west) side of the Cape.The Cove beach side has much sand deposited as well,...
June 13, 2012 - elsecobb
Noticed considerably more cliff erosion below the residences from 31841 to 31849 Clatsop lane.Several young bald eagles cavorting in the sky.
  • Continued bluff erosion/slide
June 9, 2012 - Bald Eagle
There was a lot of styrofoam and plastic bottles on the rocks. The beach was in good condition. It was a nice day on mile 307.
March 9, 2012 - Bald Eagle
The shoreline rock berm has been reshaped by the ocean. Two areas had rocks removed allowing the high tide waves to erode the soil bluffs. Bluff erosion was mininal. Some styrofoam, misc. plastic...

2011

December 17, 2011 - Bald Eagle
There were no birds on the beach or Gull Rock. Nothing unusual on the beach. There continues to be small slides of soil from the high bluffs.One house foundation is about 12 feet from the edge of...
December 7, 2011 - elsecobb
More erosion of bluff in front of 31841 and 31849 Clatsop Lane.4 Brown pelicans diving for fishOne Bald Eagle (immature)
August 4, 2011 - elsecobb
Two large (16" and 10") underground masses, exposed in eroded bluff. Cream colored, one funnel shaped, one oval ball shaped, @ 3" below ground, no visible plant growth out of them.
July 1, 2011 - elsecobb
Healthy beach at minus tide. More sand washed in.I could walk around as well as through the Arch [email protected] pelicans sitting on and circling Castle Rock,Noted: Absence of the Common Murres which in...
March 20, 2011 - Bald Eagle
A little breezy. Nice morning. 7 seagulls. The small shoreline rocks have been rearanged as usual. The high banks have lost a little soil to the ocean. Everything was normal for the first day of...
March 12, 2011 - elsecobb
No noticeable Tsunami damage.Considerable wash-out of bluff below 79885 and 79554 Ray Brown Road.Rock berm washed away, exposing orange and gray clay in the hillside. Muddy surf eating away soil and...

2010

December 31, 2010 - elsecobb
Still a lot of sand all along this mile, at a -0.5 tide, "reef' exposed.People clambering over rocks through the Arch Cape Arch.Increasing erosion of the bluff below 31845 and 31841 Clatsop Lane.
December 12, 2010 - Bald Eagle
Today was very windy (20-25 mph) with about an inch of rain. There was no sand at low tide. There were about 20 seagulls on the rocks. The shoreline looked normal.
September 12, 2010 - Bald Eagle
There were between 1,000 and 1,500 sea gulls on or near the beach. Some of the gulls were feeding on something in the water 50 to 150 feet from the shoreline.
August 27, 2010 - elsecobb
August 9, 2010 - elsecobb
Low sand, fewer brown pelicans that last year, (@ 5-15 this morning, either fishing or resting on Bird Rocks.Healthy tide pools.One tufted puffin in the surf around the rocks surrounding the Arch...
June 5, 2010 - Bald Eagle
A nice day on the beach. I saw one bald eagle perched on a spruce tree near the shoreline. Some bluff slides were observed just north of Cedar Creek. The ocean continues to move the rocks of the...
April 8, 2010 - Bald Eagle
The beach and shoreline looked normal. The only unusual item was a large amount of plastic bottles and plastic floats that had washed up onto the rocks. A strong west wind during the previous 24...
March 7, 2010 - elsecobb
Clean beach, no pelicans anymore, lagoon now 3/4 filled with drift wood tossed over the rock berm.Much brown algae in surf. Further serious erosion of bluff below 31841 and 31845 Ray Brown Road.Whale...

2009

December 31, 2009 - elsecobb
This is not my mile (I cover mile #307).But it is a serious situation where a house is ready to fall down the bluff in a matter of days, weeks at the most. #306 mile watcher might take note of this.
  • After years of bluff erosion a house is now almost falling to the beach
December 12, 2009 - Bald Eagle
It was a nice day on the beach. I saw 5 seals playing near Gull Rock. One bald eagle flew over head. I counted 11 brown pelicans on Gull Rock. On the following day I counted 160 pelicans flying...
November 27, 2009 - elsecobb
Large amounts of "spume" along the tideline delivered by the waves north of the Arch Cape;none South of the Cape.Loss of @ 4-5 vertical feet of sand North as well as south of the Arch Cape.Further...
October 24, 2009 - Bald Eagle
There was no foam on the shoreline of mile 307. No dead birds. There were about 30 brown pelicans on Gull Rock (South end of mile 307).In the afternoon I walked from the Arcadia Wayside to Hug...
September 11, 2009 - Bald Eagle
There were two other people on the beach and they each had two dogs. There were a few crab shells. It was a beautiful day on the beach. There was more sand along the shoreline then I have seen for...
September 1, 2009 - elsecobb
Still very much sand, however @ 3 vertical feet lower than in July by the Arch Cape.The razor clams have returned to Cove Beach after an absence of @ 20-25 years!Mussels are off limits along the...
June 7, 2009 - Bald Eagle
It was a beautiful morning on the beach. The two bald eagles perched in the spruce tree were exciting to see. The sand levels seem to be higher than usual for this early in the year. I saw two...
March 16, 2009 - Bald Eagle
A dead harbor porpoise was found on the south end of the rocks on mile 307.The high bank near the Clatsop lane access continues to erode in small chunks after heavy rain and high tides. The ocean...
March 6, 2009 - elsecobb
There is more sand South of the Arch Cape. (not North).The bluff erosion areas are below 31845 and 31841 Clatsop Lane.Several large jelly fish (11-12" diam) beached North of the Arch Cape.

2008

December 31, 2008 - Bald Eagle
There is nothing unusual to report about mile 307. I saw one bald eagle and 10 pelicans on 12-31-08.
November 23, 2008 - elsecobb
Many brown pelicans, and continued erosion of bluffs.
September 6, 2008 - Bald Eagle
The high number of pelicans observed is normal for August. The low sand level on the North end of mile 307 is not normal. I continue to see one or two bald eagles in the area on a frequent basis.
August 20, 2008 - elsecobb
Sand level very low compared to last year this time. Clean beach when sand is exposed at minus tides. More bluff erosion, exposing ancient tree trunks and roots.
July 4, 2008 - Bald Eagle
The beach looks normal for this time of year.I have observed dozens of brown pelicans recently. About two weeks ago, I saw three mature bald eagles. One of them picked up a live seagull and took it...
May 6, 2008 - elsecobb
Thanks to the very low minus tide, some "reefs" became visible on the beach at about the middle of mile 307.Great tide pools.Seeing the Harlequin ducks at the Arch Cape was a treat! Much sea weed...
March 16, 2008 - Bald Eagle
Ocean erosion continues on high banks near access point, and Bald Eagles continue to be observed.
February 26, 2008 - elsecobb
Continued serious erosion of hill side in several places and considerable sand loss. Clean beach.
January 10, 2008 - Bald Eagle
The erosion/movement of the small rocks on the shore line was more severe than normal. This action was caused by the large swells, large waves and high tides.

2007

September 13, 2007 - Bald Eagle
Looks very good today, with no activity.
August 24, 2007 - elsecobb
Very low sand levels, especially south of Arch Cape.Healthy beach and tidepools at low tides. Exceptional large # of Brown Pelicans on and close to shore and on the large Gull Rock.*Outside my mile...
June 10, 2007 - elsecobb
Beach looks clean, brownish surf due to algae in June.Eagle flies by frequently. Some pelicans.Very low tides and low sand level in May exposed reef-like structures with tide pools filled with sea...
June 7, 2007 - Bald Eagle
The sand level is a little lower than last year at this time and the rocks in the rock berm continue to be moved around by the ocean. One bald eagle landed in a spruce tree high on the hillside.
March 18, 2007 - Bald Eagle
Nothing unusual. Some sand coming back in. One bald eagle flying north to Arch Cape.
February 24, 2007 - elsecobb
Erosion of the bluff seems main concern. Clearcutting of large tracts of land almost directly in back ( to the East) of these slides may or may not have contributed to this. The bluffs are unstable...