Mile 93 Report

May 7, 2009
by John Hull

Location:
Coos
Mouth of New River, Fourmile Creek
Conditions:
Thursday 10:00 AM
Sunny
50° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Humans / Pets:
People:
1
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
1
1-Snowy Plover Biologist
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
0
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
2
Activity Comments:
I found one set of foot prints on the west shore of the New River and two sets of ATV tracks. I saw one of the ATVs, it appeared to be operated by a biologist.
Notable Wildlife:
One white bird flying just out beyond the surf line and possibly one seal also just beyond the surf line. Crustaceans (probably California Beach Hoppers).
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
NA
Fish & Invertebrates:
Some clam and mussel shells, very few crab shells.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells·Small rocks
Two plastic bottles, an aluminum can (beer or soda), one brown glass bottle, one fishing float (small) and one plastic object.
New Development:
Modifications:
None
Natural Changes:
None
Comments:
I took the fishing float and brown glass bottle.For the Beach walk on May 7th, 2009, I rowed down the Lower Four Mile Creek and across the New River shortly after ten in the morning. I walked over the dunes which, my wife and I have observed, seem taller than they were when we bought our place in 2000. (The result of the European beach grass?) I did notice that there was more beach grass and less open sand on the west shore of the New River than there was on my last visit during the final quarter of 2008.The weather was sunny and the breeze mild, the sand was warm under my bare feet. Visibility was eight to ten miles horizontally. There were clouds over the coastal hills inland and some far out to sea but none above the beach.There were two (fishing?) boats visible off shore. There had been five or six during the previous night judging from the lights.I don’t have a current tide table, but I think it was coming in as the sun was approaching its zenith and the moon is nearly full (and therefore opposite the sun).When I crossed over the dunes and reached the beach, I found clumps of kelp, some ten to twenty feet across and a foot to two feet tall on the beach, but they were concentrated at the point where I crossed the dunes and were less frequent as I jogged north. They had lots of little jumping crustaceans on them (probably California Beach Hoppers), but I also saw similar creatures on the open sand. Except for the bird mentioned below (and the tracks of two ATVs, my dog’s paw prints and my own footprints, there were no other signs or sights of animals save the possible marine mammal mentioned later, the footprints I found at the end of my visit on the west bank of the New River, and the shells. On earlier visits I have seen, on occasion, the tracks of deer and elk and raccoons on one or the other bank of the New River.)I was struck by the lack of birds. In the thirty-five minutes I was on the beach I saw only one, flying south over or just beyond the furthest line of surf, a white bird the size of a gull. Three hundred and fifty yards inland, from our house, there have been plenty of birds visible, hummingbirds, hawks, swans, egrets, gold finches, crows, a Red Wing Black Bird and swallows among others, so this dearth of birds was unusual so nearby.Where I reached the beach (almost directly west of the mouth of the Lower Fourmile Creek) the waves were only one to two feet high from crest-to-trough. And they were approaching the beach at right angles altho’ a day or so earlier I had seen them (from my house) approaching the beach at what looked like a thirty degree angle coming out of the south.However, as I jogged north the sand, which had been as fine as children’s play sand, turned more course, nearly the size of grains of white rice for a stretch of perhaps three hundred yards. There the sand also contained rocks around the size of golf balls. There the waves were bigger, about three foot from crest-to-trough. I wonder if there is a connection between the courser sand and the size of the waves.When I first approached the waterline I found one set of ATV tracks. Later, as I was returning to my starting point I saw a second ATV driven by a single male. We did not interact. He dismounted and took what I think was some sort of scientific instrument on a tripod up into the dunes. I am guessing he was a biologist. The first set of RV tracks may have belonged to the fellow in charge of predator control but that is speculation. (Last year I saw such a guy on an ATV with a long gun and a big black bird riding on the handlebars.)I did see an object out just beyond the furthest part of the surf which I think might have been a seal. It appeared and disappeared several times while I watched, but it was far enough away that it might have been a floating log or something else. (Old tenants of our house told us about surfing with the seals in front of this beach and on beach walks a few years ago I did find a dead adult sea mammal and a little one, both possibly elephant seals.)In addition to the big kelp, I did see two small clumps of other types of seaweeds, one rather bushy and fluffy and very green.There were very few mussel and clam shells and crab casings compared with my previous visits. But I have never been to this beach during May before.I found the following flotsam and jetsam: 2 plastic bottles, one plastic sieve, one brown glass bottle, one small yellow foam fishing float and one aluminum can. I retrieved the float and the glass bottle. All of these were up on the dry sand.At the end of our visit, when my dog and I crossed over the dunes and back to our dingy on the west bank of the New River, I found footprints of what I suspect was a woman wearing sneakers near the river’s edge.
Summary:
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 and float removed. California Beach Hoppers on beach. Harbor Seal seen offshore. Sand varied from very fine to course with patches of rocks the size of golf balls. More beach grass and less open sand on west shore of New River. Snowy Plover biologist on ATV seen on beach. Low human impact (1)-biologist.
Other Mile 93 Reports (38)

2014

April 30, 2014 - John Hull
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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...
May 3, 2011 - John Hull
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...

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...

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).