Mile 94 Report

May 1, 2016
by John Hull

Location:
Coos
West of Laurel Lake, Lost Lake
Conditions:
Sunday 12:00 PM
Sunny
70° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Humans / Pets:
People:
10
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
2
Sitting:
2
Fishing:
4
1 Flying kite, one State Park Ranger on ATV
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
Two sunbathers up next to the dunes
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:
1
Activity Comments:
The ATV was driven by a State Park Ranger.
Notable Wildlife:
A pinneped in the surf, a lone gull, then about a dozen little shore birds, then flocks of gulls, little shore birds, and sandpipers.
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Species/names:
Probably a raven on the west back on the New River which we found in the sand. It was pretty desiccated.
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Pieces of crab, shellfish and sand dollars.
Driftline:
Small rocks·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam
Lady bugs
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:

No action aside from taking out some litter. We rowed our dinghy down Fourmile Creek before noon under sunny skies, in warm weather and a light breeze. When we rowed across the New River and north, downstream, to find a suitably hospitable beaching point on the west bank of the New River, we noted a blue skiff already docked on the side, which we think belongs to Farmer Gibbs. We beached our craft and crossed the dunes. Saw no gorse, although there was LOTS of it on the south bank of Fourmile Creek on Bandon Biota's land. We made our way over the dunes and I was stuck by how green (as opposed to blue) the ocean water was). The waves were about three feet from trough to crest, maximum, a few a bit taller. We spotted a person fishing the surf and assumed it was Farmer Gibbs. We did not engage him and he was unaware of our presence. We proceeded north into a moderate breeze (estimate 10 to 15 mph) from the NNW and within a few hundred yards passed four male adult fisherman also fishing the surf. I took a photo of one of their fish, apparently perch. One commented that there weren't many but they had already retained at least three. Another few hundred yards and we passed a man flying a kite and two people, apparently a dipolar couple, lounging on the sand at the base of the dunes, sunning themselves. I wondered if I would have been better advised to bring a bottle of wine . . . Anyways we plodded on. Round the first mile mark, so now probably Mile 95, we spotted some sort of pinniped in the surf quite close to shore. He was very curious about us as we were about him or her. We studied each other for about five minutes. We continued on, the beach itself was broad the entire way, a hundred yards wide, of sand, gently sloping toward the surf, with a slight hump between the dunes and the water. And it was pretty clear. Occasionally we would come across areas where little stones (up to the size of silver dollars on occasion) or pieces of marine shells would cover the wet sand. We walked where the sand was hard, down near the water. There was virtually no driftwood. But there were lady bugs walking around on the sand. Never seen them before. Not swarms but occasionally one every square yard or so. Go figure . . .

Summary:

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 sloping, ocean water unusually green, waves about three feet high. Observed one pinniped in the water. Virtually no driftwood, but a lot of lady bugs on the beach, something we had not observed before.

Other Mile 94 Reports (26)

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 (...
August 22, 2008 - John Hull
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...
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...