Mile 94 Report

August 22, 2008
by John Hull

Location:
Coos
West of Laurel Lake, Lost Lake
Conditions:
Friday 9:15 AM
Sunny
60° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
2.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
1
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
1
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
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:
Notable Wildlife:
No mammals save me. Several types of gulls and little birds, perhaps sanderlings? Lots of jellies. Lots of kelp where I started.
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Species/names:
No bands. Species unknown, type of gull?
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small amounts of crab parts, lots of jellies, no fish.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells
two plastic containers and one glass (all well above the surf line at the time).
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
I rowed across the New River from Lower Fourmile Creek and then jogged north for a little over fifteen minutes which I think is a mile. I was surprised to see large clumps or piles of kelp, about two feet high and as wide and up to ten feet long. I hadn't previously seen so much, but it turned out it was all concentrated where I happened to start my beach walk, and there was just the usual individual pieces the rest of the mile. I wonder if the big clumps had been torn up by a fishing net or ships anchor.Unlike in June there were birds. Several types of gulls and little birds (sanderlings?) bigger than hummingbirds but smaller than sparrows, around the size of a chickadee with white ventral and dark dorsal sides. They were in a flock and kept perhaps twenty-five yards ahead of me. I also passed a place where there was a large number of jellies, perhaps a thousand, on the sand just above the water, and saw jellies pretty much all along the mile.I found one dead bird, eleven inches long, dark grey dorsal and white ventral, with webbed feet. It appeared to be recently deceased but I couldn't tell why. Insects had not yet found out about it.The only insects I could identify were what looked like common house flies on the clumps of kelp.There were just a few crab shells or parts, less than ten I think. No sand dollars at all. Just a few shells of what I think are oyster (blue and white and rough) and some sort bivalve long and pale (razor clam?).There were no other people or animals and not even the ATV tracks (left by the biologists watching the plovers and the predetor control guy).There was little flotsom, I picked up on small plastic bottle (juice?)and one glass bottle (booze?) and one crab float and saw only small pieces of plastic and one other plastic bottle at a distance.The sand was fairly coarse at the waterline where I jog, perhaps because it was nearly low tide.It was a beautiful morning, and I appeared to have the entire beach for as far as I could see in both directions to myself. However, later in the day two men attired like police officers in blue uniforms and driving an Oregon State Police truck walked on the BLM path to the east bank of the New River and later a family of four or five with young children did the same. I don't think either group cross the river to the beach.
Summary:
Large clumps of Bull Kelp at beginning of mile. More kelp than June, also birds this time (gulls and Sanderlings?), one dead bird (small gull?), very little litter. Jellies found along mile but also concentrated at one location. Small number of crab carapaces and other shells. Small amount of ocean-based debris (plastic and glass bottles, crab float and small pieces of plastic). Course sand at the waterline. No people or domestic animals.
Other Mile 94 Reports (26)

2016

May 1, 2016 - John Hull
Accessed mile by rowing down Fourmile Creek and beaching on west side of New River. Saw no gorse on this side. Human activities included five fishermen and a person flying a kite. Sandy beach gently...

2014

March 13, 2014 - Volunteer Trainer
Dead lamb and salmon on the beach.Photos by Rod Cink
  • Thursday, 3-13, ~10:00am43.07.04.49 N124.25.57.53 W - (both of them)

2013

November 23, 2013 - John Hull
More people than we have ever seen on a beach walk before, two fishermen in small powered boat on new River, one fisherman walking, and what appeared to be a family of three walking South along the...
June 19, 2013 - John Hull
Warm day, beach wide and fairly flat, pretty clean with occasional kelp, few jellies, dozens of crab carapaces, a few broken Sand Dollars, feathers, and some other crab parts. A Bald Eagle resting...

2012

November 4, 2012 - John Hull
Saw pelican with injured wing walking on beach and a dead baby sealion and three dead birds (just partial carcasses). Only we and our dog were on the beach with no signs of anyone else and no foot...
  • What looked to me like a dead little seal, possibly entangled.
April 5, 2012 - John Hull
Once again no people nor signs of people. Wet sand and sand below driftline quite clean and relatively narrow (fifty to one hundred yards wide). One large dead sea mammal, too decomposed to see if...

2011

October 18, 2011 - John Hull
Beach sand and wet sand very clean. One nine by twelve by three foot concrete dock or pier on dry sand. Flock of over a hundred gulls of two species together on wet sand. Flock of about thirty...
September 19, 2011 - H Witschi
Beach was very clean. Shells and animal casings in the driftline. One dead Steller's Sea Lion. One Great White Egret, flocks of Sanderlings and sea gulls. Five people on the beach - two walking and...
July 7, 2011 - H Witschi
Shells, animal casings and small rocks in the driftline. Practically no trash. No human impact. ATV tracks going north and south on the beach. The mouth of New River is quite narrow (10-20 feet) and...
May 22, 2011 - John Hull
Animals were three Sanderlings, seven cormorants, less than ten pelicans, and one bald eagle over the New River. Four people on beach with one dog (our party). Beach and driftline very clean, no...
April 3, 2011 - John Hull
There were only three of us, my wife and I and our dog on the beach. Very clean driftline. We saw three flocks of small shore birds foraging in the wet send, chasing the receding waves- Sanderlings...

2010

September 25, 2010 - John Hull
One set of human footprints (besides mine) and one set of dog tracks. Lots of small feathers at water's edge for first time. Unusual number of jellies on wet sand, very few shells or crab parts....
June 8, 2010 - John Hull
No signs of recent human activity. Lots of plastic shards on the dry sand. Two jellies, nearly a dozen whole sand dollars and many pieces of crab shell in driftline. Ten or more floats per mile....

2009

October 9, 2009 - John Hull
Except for one old set of boot prints no signs of people or their debris. One dead male California Sea Lion,and a few birds. Little jetsam except for shells, small rocks, a few sand dollars and two...
  • It appears that this carcass was male as the head has a sagittal crest that is prominent in male California Sea Lions.
September 15, 2009 - [email protected]
Accessed Mile 95 From the North end of Mile 94. I had a beautiful day on my mile. Animal casings and kelp/algae in the driftline. One dead California Sea Lion (reported to Marine Mammal Stranding...
  • Found dead on the North quarter mile of Mile 94.
September 8, 2009 - H Witschi
Very quiet, very clean beach; Snowy Plover crew quickly passing through. Shells and animal casings in driftline on a remarkably clean beach. One dead California Sea Lion reported to Diane and Dave...
September 3, 2009 - [email protected]
Parked at the Lower Four Mile BLM parking area and took the trail to New River. There were about a dozen geese and a couple of swans feeding in the river. Waded the river, there must be a breech down...
June 2, 2009 - H Witschi
Practically no human impact; vehicles tracks/footprints most likely from Snowy Plover observers/predator control.Along miles 94 and 95 dry sand (dunes) marked and declared Snowy Plover nesting...
January 12, 2009 - H Witschi
No human activities, except for a few old footprints along New River, no noteable wildlife, no noticeable physical changes to shoreline - looks as it always did for the last few years. Kelp/algae and...

2008

November 14, 2008 - John Hull
Lots of kelp but very little else. Several types of shore birds on sand, flying, or in water. Only other visible animals were sand fleas. Very little in terms of shells or crab parts.Limited...
September 9, 2008 - H Witschi
Untouched beach - only a few (old) human footprints. Remarkably clean beach, practically no litter. Dead birds were 2 Common Murre, 1 large immature gull and 2 unidentified birds. Low human impact (...
June 27, 2008 - H Witschi
Easy crossing of New River at access point; river not even knee deep. No human impact. Beach remarkably clean, but massive sand build-up. A few snowy plovers seen, one blue heron flying along east...
June 2, 2008 - John Hull
Looked good to me, clean and unoccupied. Thought it odd that there were no small shore birds. Shells, mole crab casings, 2 black fishing floats, one crab float with line but no seaweed in driftline...

2007

July 7, 2007 - [email protected]
I crossed New River from the BLM trail at the end of Lower Four Mile Lane. New River seems to still be flowing south at Four Mile Creek. There was a little mud, but not bad, not even knee deep. I saw...
May 21, 2007 - [email protected]
I waded the New River mud at the BLM Trail north of Lower Four Mile Road. Shells, animal casings and small rocks in driftline. Low human impact (0).
March 11, 2007 - [email protected]
As long as I was in the area, I walked Mile 94. Shells, animal casings, small rocks, wood pieces, ocean-based debris in driftline. shore birds foraging in surfline. I took a picture of some tracks...