Mile 48 Report

December 31, 2021
by JaneSkipLegacy

Location:
Curry
Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek
Conditions:
Friday 12:15 PM
Party cloudy
42° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NE
Tide Level:
4.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
26
Dogs:
4
Activities:
Walking / Running:
16
Surfing:
1
8 in vehicles
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
6
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
3
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Stranded:
Total:
0
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.)
There were more oyster shells than I've noticed here before. Fewer dead birds, and less litter. The tide was very high 9.6 that morning. It seemed to have cleaned things out rather than depositing them.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
I don't think there were any new fallen trees, but several have been undercut and fallen to the beach over the last year and are still there. Last winter's landslide is still moving, judging by how little vegetation has grown over the soil.
Comments:
Summary:

The beach looked good today. Not much litter or storm debris. The previous high tide packed down the sand all the way to the boulders so it was easy walking. A few unique objects: an office chair at the foot of the dunes, a stuffed animal on a rock, and a wood pallet in Hubbard creek

  • micro pieces of plastic in the wrack line
    Near Battle Rock is the only area of the beach that I was a lot of small plastic pieces today
    On the beach between Battle Rock and the first little streamlet.
    December 31, 2021
  • Why bag the dog poop if you're not going to pick up the bag?
    My friends with dogs say some bags are biodegradable. Do folks think they will disappear if they throw it into the surf?
    Below the dunes south of Battle Rock wayside
    December 31, 2021
  • WTF??
    I don't think this came in on the tide... A dune sled?
    Just south of Battle Rock wayside.
    December 31, 2021
  • The wrack line was at the edge of the beach
    9.6' tide this morning brought the wrack line right up to the boulder line
    South of wayside
    December 31, 2021
  • Down tree that fell last summer or fall
    Down tree that fell last summer or fall
    December 31, 2021
  • Still no vegetation growing on last winter's landslide
    Still no vegetation growing on last winter's landslide. Doesn't that rock in the middle look like a cat woman's face?
    Next to the biggest sea stack.
    December 31, 2021
  • Some little kid must be sad to lose this guy
    Some little kid must be sad to lose this guy. From the look and smell of him, I think he did spend some time in the ocean, though I found him sitting on this rock. I did not have a trash bag so I left it there.
    Just north of Hubbard Creek
    December 31, 2021
  • Pallet in Hubbard Creek
    Pallet in Hubbard Creek
    Hubbard Creek
    December 31, 2021
Other Mile 48 Reports (13)

2021

November 6, 2021 - Skip-Jane-Legacy
Couldn't get to the south end of the mile due to the King Tide waves running up too high. Risked getting cut off from being able to get back to the parking lot. Took pix down the beach from the...
  • Muddy water from fresh fallen tree
  • Winter sand build-up washed away from rocks
  • View south from the center of the mile
  • Waves stacking up between the rocks at mid-mile
  • Don't remember seeing these two downed trees before
  • Dead bird - species unknown to me
  • View north from Hubbard Creek
July 31, 2021 - JaneSkipLegacy
Hubbard Creek has "drifted" pretty far north/northwest, but it appears to be natural.There were several groups of people on the beach and coming down while we did the report. I only counted the cars...
  • Landslide near Battle Rock Beach
  • Landslide at mid-point Battle Rock Beach
  • Landslide at mid-point Battle Rock Beach
  • Depth of Landslide at mid-point Battle Rock Beach
  • Carcass of some kind of marine mammal
  • Carcass of large dead marine mammal
  • Carcass of large dead marine mammal
  • more of the landslide
  • more of the landslide
  • Hubbard Creek
  • Fire ring at driftwood structure
  • Foundation of driftwood structure
  • remains of surfer's camp structure
  • signs of campfire that wasn't in a ring, or put out
  • Dead tree still hanging in there
April 18, 2021 - Skip-Jane-Legacy
Saw a cement culvert in the water near one of the sea stacks. Found a piece of coral that still had pink on it - not sure if that means it's fresh or not. Did not see any others. Sand was still high...
  • Ochre Sea Stars on Battle Rock
  • Foggy day among the sea stacks on Battle Rock Beach
  • Foggy day at low tide - Battle Rock Beach
  • Anemones look fat and happy.
  • Landslide - for comparison to photo from last (winter) report
  • Fish head found on beach
  • Elaborate driftwood structure near Hubbard Creek.
January 14, 2021 - JaneSkipLegacy
This visit was just a day after a series of king tides and heavy rain. More logs on the beach than usual and one massive new landslide. I asked a two of the few people I met on the beach about the "...
  • Sunrise over Port Orford Beach
  • Pyrosome
  • New Landslide
  • New Landslide
  • New Landslide
  • New Landslide

2020

October 16, 2020 - JaneSkipLegacy
The beach was quiet on this beautiful autumn day. We saw two people riding horses on the beach, which we had not seen here before and someone flying a kite. The ride was dropping toward a minus tide...
August 22, 2020 - alaingamerica
Very pleasant day. Many people enjoying the beach. Dead birds distributed throughout mile, at least 3 different species. Removed a grocery bag full of litter including firework leftovers and dog poop...
  • Spineless sea urchin
  • Sea stars
  • Litter conundrum
  •  tiny sea star
  • Camping?

2019

October 23, 2019 - alaingamerica
Took a short walk on the beach and found 10 "intact" beached birds, most likely Common Murres. (no gloves!)

2015

July 4, 2015 - alaingamerica
Just taking a walk on the beach, and noticed a large amount of immature sand crabs in the wrack line.
  • A remarkable wash up of little sand crabs, I believe they are immature.
  • A closer look at what I believe is called Emerita

2014

November 5, 2014 - [email protected]
First time ever walking this beach after many many times observing it from the public rest area on the bluff above. Surprised at the amount of people using the beach at this time of yearVery surprise...

2012

April 4, 2012 - Muriah
Finder of the huge float said that it looked like the one in the photo in the newspaper that was said to be possibly from the Japanese Tsunami. I sent this photo to meteorologist who sent it to NOAA...
  • Eanshin name embossed into huge float

2008

May 7, 2008 - cprince
eveything was relatively peaceful and clean! this will be my last report for this mile, as i am moving to portland.thanks everyone for caring for our beautiful coastline!
February 16, 2008 - cprince
another beautiful day, more than average human/dog/vehicle traffic on the beach. the small black and white birds i saw last week were gone, found a few dead seagulls and one black and white gull,...
  • this is one of many dead gulls i saw down near hubbard creek. that is their main hang out, right along the creek. i assume they perished in the bad weather. no oil or any obvious cause of death.
  • rock piles on beach 1/2 way down mile 48. very un-typical of this beach, at least in the 5 yrs. i have walked it.
February 11, 2008 - cprince
the most notable difference from the last time i visited, about a month ago, was that there were large piles of rocks 1/2 way down the mile. it was difficult walking over them, and they lay from the...