Mile 48 Report

February 11, 2008
by cprince

Location:
Curry
Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek
Conditions:
Monday 1:30 PM
Party cloudy
Wind:
Moderate from the NE
Tide Level:
5.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
8
Dogs:
6
Activities:
Walking / Running:
5
Fishing:
1
watching surf - 1 driving -1
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
1
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
1
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
some bullkelp up on high tide line among the rocks; a few black birds flying
Dead Birds:
Total:
5
Species/names:
black with white belly, some kind of sea bird by the webbed feet, but i do not know the name.
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
one huge fish head, probably from a fisherman
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Small rocks·Wood pieces
not much human-based debris. huge piles of mango to melon-sized rocks where i have never seen them before, abput 1/2 mile down
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
erosion of sandstone cliffs, further exposure of roots
Comments:
Summary:
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 cliff base all the way into the waterline. usually there is a good sandy strip at all but very high tide.there were a few dead birds, not unusual lately, but it seems like there are more than there used to be a few years back. these were like a mud hen, with black head, back and wings, white underbelly, black webbed feet. about the size of a small duck. maybe a western grebe? the fisherman i spoke with said the sandcrabs are back, including the large females, tho there are no eggs on them at this time of the year.
Other Mile 48 Reports (10)

2021

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.