Mile 93 Report

May 3, 2011
by John Hull

Location:
Coos
Mouth of New River, Fourmile Creek
Conditions:
Tuesday 9:30 AM
Sunny
50° F
Wind:
Moderate from the NW
Humans / Pets:
People:
1
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
1
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
None
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
0
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 walk Tuesday, May 3rd, 20119:30 AMMile 93 South from where Lower Fourmile Creek enters New River. The wind as I rowed down Lower Four Mile Creek was about 15 miles per hour from the west. The creek’s channel runs east to west so perhaps the local effect of the high bank on the south side controlled the direction of flow. As I rowed across the New River, a couple of fast moving flocks of small birds, each flock numbering somewhere between thirty and fifty, flew past a few feet above the water and into the wind as they headed north. I don’t know what they were but were about the size of wrens. They were grey on top and white underneath. There were similar flocks of birds on my return across the New River forty-five minutes later. When I reached the west bank of the New River, I was disappointed to find two gorse plants, each over three feet across, growing in the sand. Perhaps I should have pulled the smaller ones I saw this past Fall . . . (I was further disappointed to see about half a dozen gorse plants along the south bank on the Lower Fourmile Creek as I rowed back upstream. I don’t think they were there last Fall.) As is usually the case, there were no human footprints or vehicle tracks in the sand on the beach for the whole mile south. The shape of the sand on the beach, running from the dunes to the surf was concave where I started my walk. Unusual. The slope was very flat, less than 15 degrees. As I proceeded south to the southern end of mile 93 (as I understand it) the sand did resume its more normal convex shape with a little hump between the dunes and the surf, but only at the south end of the mile. The sand was fine with only a few areas, down near the surf, where small gravel was found, most of it still smaller than grains of rice. For one of the few times I have been on the beach over the years (since 2000), there was a fine run of blowing sand, not as high as my ankles, carried by the wind, carrying the dry granules south across the beach, looking a lot like blowing snow. As my half hour or so on the beach elapsed, the wind picked up to more like twenty-miles an hour and came out of the north. When I returned northward after my jog, I found that the wind had pretty much obliterated my tracks leaving only the mark where my big toes had hit the sand in many places. Small wonder there were no other persons’ tracks. The waves were very small, the largest less than three feet crest to trough and most closer to a foot or eighteen inches high. The waves were coming in pretty much directly from the west. The dry sand was warm under foot and the sea water cool but not frigid. I imagine the air temperature was in the high forties or around fifty. The sky was clear overhead with small puffy clouds over the coastal hills and other, larger ones out to sea. A couple of flocks of birds the size of wrens numbering thirty to fifty each flew north along the beach. There was one larger white bird with dark markings on its back feeding in the shallow water of the receding waves. I saw just three sea gulls flying over the surf. I saw seven little birds with bright white undersides and light brown tops running on the sand. They were about the size of chickadees, and I wonder if they were snowy plovers. There were about a dozen small crab carapaces and a few crab legs and pinchers on the wet sand. I found one skeleton of a bird partly buried. Looked like it may have been a sea gull. I saw about half a dozen broken sand dollars and a small number of mussel shells. There were no jellies. There were less than a half a dozen isolated lengths of bull kelp but no other types of kelp on the wet sand. I found one seat that probably came from a boat and two crab floats. I brought the latter back with me. The post erected by the BLM years ago about midway along mile 93 was still there sanding amongst the dunes. At the south end of the mile there were two places were the dunes were breached, Not sure if by waves, more likely by a bulldozer. There was a series of wood fence posts some with a yellow rope running between them. There were signs warning to stay out of a snowy plover nesting area. I did not see any of the fencing or cages I have seen in these places in past years. There were also signs warning to keep dogs out as there were cyanide poison there for the coyotes. I was surprised as I have never seen a coyote around here (altho’ we do see them at Lake Tahoe, even in our back yard on occasion).
Notable Wildlife:
Three sea gulls over surf, one white bird with dark markings on back in receeding water (size of quail), seven running on sand I think were snow plovers, two flocks of thirty to fifty the size of wrens flying north above the sand.
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Species/names:
Skeleton about the size of a sea gull. It was picked clean and more than half buried in the sand.
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Half dozen crab carapaces, some legs and pinchers, half a dozen broken sand dollars, mussel shells.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells
New Development:
Modifications:
See above.
Natural Changes:
Two gorse on dunes.
Comments:
I removed two crab floats.
Summary:
Beach had no visitors but me. Wet sand was clean with very few individual bull kelp, shells, crab carapaces and sand dollars. One dead bird Western Gull)on the beach. Flocks of seabirds migrating over New River and the beach. Snowy Plover nesting area at south end of mile where dunes probably bulldozed. Signs warning of cyanide for the coyotes.
Other Mile 93 Reports (38)

2014

April 30, 2014 - John Hull
We set out at eleven in the morning with me rowing the Second Sea Sprite, our eight-foot Walker Bay dinghy, down the Lower Fourmile Creek and across the New River to its West Bank.  With me were...

2012

November 10, 2012 - John Hull
Beach sand wide and clean with a few jellies on the wet sand. Found a dead perch. Single large crow/raven on sand (first time I've seen such a thing). Deep widely spaced tire tracks in sand,...
September 21, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Two Japanese bottles, otherwise the beach is quite clean. Three people on the beach.
September 19, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: SOLV bag still against the boat dock. On mile 94 a small, dead shark, approximately 3 ft. from snout to tip of tail, black-gray back and white underbelly....
September 10, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Placed against the washed -up boat dock a large yellow SOLV bag filled with plastic material and several large Styrofoam pieces; altogether too much debris to...
September 7, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report:North end of mile 92/south end mile 93 - on a length of about 1/5 to 1/10 of a mile, approximately 10 plastic bottles, half of which have clearly identifiable...
August 31, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather.
August 24, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather.
August 20, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather.
August 19, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather.
August 12, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather.
August 8, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather.
July 29, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: One metal drum (10 gallons?) with Japanese letters on EAST side of the dune, i.e. towards New River.
July 22, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Not more trash than before. Footprints on the beach but no people seen.
July 15, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Slightly more unidentifiable trash on beach. One dead sea lion pup (2 feet long).
June 29, 2012 - H Witschi
The first of a series of short reports to provide baseline information concerning the possible impact of Japanese tsunami debris on mile 93-95 of the Oregon coast: a floating dock was found on the...
June 7, 2012 - John Hull
Beach was pretty clean and narrow (due to high tide). One dead sea bird of unknown species (no head or chest present - do have photo). No signs of snowy plover protection areas. Shells on the dry...

2011

November 11, 2011 - John Hull
Perfect weather, sunny and still. Coarse sand with pebbles. Largest waves, about five feet trough to crest. Mist over the water. Large clumps of bull kelp, a few gulls, a large flock of ducks over...
June 24, 2011 - H Witschi
Beach was remarkably clean with only crab carapaces and few rocks. To see people with dogs at the north end of Mile 93 was actually unusual for this isolated beach. Most of the time, this beach has...
June 1, 2011 - John Hull
Driftline had pieces of bull kelp every few yards. Plenty of small crab carapaces. Two gulls over an hours walk, both flying over the surf. Nine to twelve small birds that I think may have been...

2010

September 27, 2010 - John Hull
The wet sand was pretty clean. There were numerous jellies and feathers, many small and white as well as larger one in darker colors. There were clumps of bull kelp here and there on the dry sand...
June 12, 2010 - John Hull
No people or signs of recent visits by them save ourselves. Driftline very clean. Found a glass float. Only about eight birds (gulls), one jelly. Plastic shards on dry sand and round plastic...
April 18, 2010 - John Hull
Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks,ocean-based debris, Styrofoam and about 50 round, plastic fishing floats in the driftline. One stretch of beach had a lot of crab parts. Three...
April 9, 2010 - John Hull
Broken shells, animal casings, small rocks, Styrofoam, ocean-based debris including three large incondescent light bulbs and two (linear and round) florescent bulbs and 20-50 plastic fishing floats...

2009

November 1, 2009 - John Hull
Unexpected ATV tracks. A few shells, crab carapaces and an occasional kelp/algae in driftline. Only two plastic bottles, one piece of styrofoam, one small car tire half buried in wet sand and no...
October 22, 2009 - John Hull
Lots of driftwood at base of dunes. Four pieces of plastic (two retrieved) on dry sand. One piece of wood (two feet by four)and small auto tire on wet sand. Twenty to thirty gulls and an equal...
July 13, 2009 - John Hull
Very little on beach where water met the sand, no seaweed at all, few crab carapaces or clam shells, no flotsom or jetsom. Only signs of human activity there (besides the three of us and my dog)...
July 6, 2009 - John Hull
Beach very clean and except for short ATV tracks (probably predator control) and snowy plover nesting site postings. Very few shells and crab carapaces and four crab floats in driftline. No signs of...
May 26, 2009 - John Hull
Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks, wood pieces, one small live fish and ocean-based debris (glass bottle, 6 fishing floats and plastic one-gallon containers) in driftline. Removed 4...
May 7, 2009 - John Hull
Few shells (clam and mussels), animal casings and clumps (crab) and clumps of kelp in driftline. Small amount of debris (plastic bottles, aluminum can, 4 glass bottles and fishing float). Bottle...

2008

November 21, 2008 - John Hull
This is my first report on what I think might be mile 93, jogging south from the entrance of the Lower Fourmile Creek into the New River for fifteen minutes.Very little litter or shells, some kelp....

2007

December 12, 2007 - H Witschi
No driftline or stranded or dead animals on beach. Low human impact (0).
November 5, 2007 - H Witschi
Very clean and untouched beach. Driftline rare and spotty and very thin. Two unidentifiable old bird carcasses. No human impact whatever.
September 16, 2007 - H Witschi
New River begins to fill up again, in places 100 to 150 feet wide and up to 4 feet deep (where it could be crossed without getting wet at time of last report). People seen crossed river by kayak or...
June 25, 2007 - H Witschi
New River at its lowest since winter 2000, can be crossed in several places without getting feet wet (between access point and river mouth to the north).Place looks the same as it did 12 years ago,...
March 21, 2007 - H Witschi
Road from parking lot to access point still flooded in places (see mile 94/95 from 3/17).New River can be forded with "ease", but water reaches at deepest point up to three to four feet. Driftline...

2006

December 2, 2006 - H Witschi
Kelp, algae and animal castings in driftline. Dead birds: 1 Western Grebe and 2 Common Murre. 1 entangled dead Northern Fur Seal, reported to Marine Mammal Stranding Network and they collected the...
September 9, 2006 - H Witschi
No wrack line. 5 dead birds (2 Common Murre). Fewcrab shells. Very little trash. Low human impact (0).