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Our biggest observations were two-fold. The huge number of small feathers in the tide lines and the total change in the surface of the beach from many wind rippled mounds to just the opposite: many large, wide shallow depressions filled with water.


Temperature: 58 F. Cloud Cover: Rain. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: S. Tide Level: 1.5 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 2. Number of dogs: 3. Walking or running: 2. The other 2 persons we saw were just like us: Well bundled and ready for the weather and giving our dog an outing.


Apparent violations: non.

Disturbances: Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs


Cars/trucks parking: 2.

Notable Wildlife

All along the coast from the bay at Waldport to Seal Rock, there were large flocks of birds sitting on the shoreline (tide line) We did not go close to them as we did not want the dog to disturb them. So, could not identify them, but, assume they were gulls.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1. no leg band. badly decayed

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Shells, Small rocks, Wood pieces. many, many, many small feathers - all along the tideline.

Man-made Modifications

Dune modification/removal. In August we saw rippled mounds -- windblown like millions of mini steps. This time no mounds, but many wide shallow depressions filled with water (rain?)

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Mile 204

November 19, 2023

Today marked my latest sighting of the old growth driftwood log that I've admired and whose comings and goings from Driftwood Beach I've documented since June 2020, when I first photographed it high on the beach south of Buckley Creek.

Jon French

Mile 204

August 11, 2023

I had read that the 265-foot vessel Seacor Lee would be anchoring a mile off Driftwood Beach in support of OSU's PacWave South wave energy testing project, positioned so that divers from the ship could perform work on previously installed seafloor conduits.

Jon French

Mile 204

June 17, 2023

I haven't walked Driftwood Beach regularly since the PacWave South wave energy project completed work underground in the Driftwood parking lot.

Jon French

Mile 204

January 1, 2023

By the time I got to Driftwood Wayside, a lot of people had already arrived for their New Years Day beach walks, some 30 vehicles in the parking lot and 30 - 40 people down on the beach, accompanied by at least half as many dogs, almost all leashed.

Jon French

Mile 204

October 23, 2022

This was probably the last dependably dry Mile 204 walk before the rains begin in earnest.

Jon French

Mile 204

August 17, 2022

After the morning fog lifted and before the marine layer moved in, I walked from Seal Rock on Mile 205 to Beach Access 66C on Mile 203.

Jon French

Mile 204

June 3, 2022

Driftwood Wayside is open again after PacWave's departure, but I was the only visitor on this breezy, drizzly day.

Jon French

Mile 204

May 10, 2022

The PacWave South wave energy project hosted a BBQ today at Driftwood Wayside for staff and neighbors to celebrate the completion of construction work here and the reopening of the Wayside later this month.

Jon French