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I was anxious to visit Mile 200 this week to see if there were tar deposits or any struggling birds due to the reported tar substance washing up on Oregon beaches. I did not see any tar deposits. I did see vehicle tracks in the sand which I suspect were from the beach ranger. This past Monday, I saw the beach ranger (and two other vehicles) combing the beach on Mile 203 for tar deposits. As I walked south from Patterson Creek, the usual twigs, rocks, shells and crab pieces were along the wrack line and I stumbled across an Ochre sea star. I also saw and smelled a very decomposed animal that I suspect was a sea lion. A juvenile bald eagle flew along the beach close to the ocean a few times and eventually landed near the water. There were three abandoned beach fires near the cottages on Big Stump beach. The burnt area from last July's brush fire was harder to reach this time due to the steepness of the sand dune. The north end provided access and I could see the grasses growing nicely. Dried up Velella velella were deposited at the base of the sand dunes. Sand is continuing to build up near the dunes toward the north of the mile providing an easier access to the beach on the paths from 101. I did not see any dead birds and very little trash.

Conditions

Temperature: 52 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Tide Level: 3.94 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 9. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 9.

Notable Wildlife

Ochre sea star, juvenile bald eagle, crows, robin

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces.

New Development

Steps down bluff.

Natural Changes

Erosion of vegetated foredune, Visible retreat of solid bluff.

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Mile 200

Big Stump Beach, south Patterson SP

May 30, 2024

I was anxious to visit Mile 200 this week to see if there were tar deposits or any struggling birds due to the reported tar substance washing up on Oregon beaches.

Karen Funk

Mile 200

Big Stump Beach, south Patterson SP

March 5, 2024

Theme for today - Trash, Trash and more Trash.

Karen Funk

Mile 200

Big Stump Beach, south Patterson SP

December 13, 2023

Patterson creek had a heavy flow of water coming down to the ocean this afternoon.

Karen Funk

Mile 200

Big Stump Beach, south Patterson SP

September 19, 2023

Patterson creek was gently flowing and easy to cross near the ocean.

KFunk

Mile 200

Big Stump Beach, south Patterson SP

July 8, 2023

A beach brush fire occurred on July 2 around 3 p.

KFunk

Mile 200

Big Stump Beach, south Patterson SP

June 22, 2023

Beautiful sunny Thursday morning - perfect for walking Mile 200.

KFunk

Mile 200

Big Stump Beach, south Patterson SP

May 1, 2023

On Saturday, Apr 29, there was a volunteer cleanup event organized for a Girl Scout Gold Award with SOLVE starting a Patterson State Park.

KFunk

Mile 200

Big Stump Beach, south Patterson SP

January 23, 2023

Although there were only 6 cars parked at Patterson Creek State Park this early Monday morning, I saw quite a few walkers and off leash dogs on the beach.

KFunk