Report Details

It was a beautiful day, and many people were enjoying the beach. Children played in the water and the sand. Dogs ran free on the beach. The sun was warm and there was little wind. There were thin cirrus clouds, a helicopter flying over, a boat or two out in the water. There was very little plastic or styrofoam litter of any kind. I especially noticed that the small pieces of plastic so in evidence in March in the wrack line were nowhere to be seen. The tide was low, and a few people were climbing on the exposed rocks. There were many small pieces of driftwood along with a number of 4" by 4" pieces of used lumber with (6" or 8" long, 1/2" thick) iron fasteners protruding. Note: This report covers a little more than a mile: it runs from Agate Beach Waysdie to Nye Beach Turnaround.

Human Activities

Number of people: 97. Number of dogs: 17. Walking or running: 80. Playing in surf: 8. Playing in sand: 7. Sitting: 6. Other Activities: on exposed rocks 6. It was a beautiful day on the beach, sunny with high cirrus clouds and no wind to speak of. There were a lot of people and dogs, but the birds didn't seem to be disturbed. There were 10 cars on the Agate Beach end and 30 on the Nye Beach end.

Concerns

Climbing bluffs/seastacks

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 40.

Notable Wildlife

There were only about 25 gulls visible, but there was also a small flock of birds with decurved bills that I believe were whimbrels, wading in the shallow water left behind by the receding tide.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1. This bird carcass was in bad condition. It could have been the dead Northern fulmar I noticed last time I was on the beach (it was in the same location). There was no head and I couldn't identify it for sure.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Shells, Small rocks, Styrofoam, Wood pieces. Several pieces of 4" by 4" lumber with protruding fasteners (huge iron nails or brads)

Natural Changes

Where the bluff consists of sand, the sand was coming down onto the beach a little.

Actions & Comments

The tide was very low and rocks encrusted with barnacles, with a growth of algae, were exposed. There was water pooling around the base of the rocks. The beach was dry near the top at Agate Beach Wayside, but it was wet all the way to the bluffs or near to the bluffs along most of my mile. Freshwater streams crossing the beach cut a wider swath than last time I walked this mile.

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This is our first winter in Newport.

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November 15, 2019

I took more photos of underside & tail of Pacific Ray (tentative ID) then I uploaded.

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decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

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Tentative ID of a pacific ray on the beach lying in run off stream that, according to linked Google map segment, that is located a little north of NW 20th in Newport, OR.

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Mile 217

June 4, 2019

Last month we had contacted State Parks regarding the need for a Doggie Poop Station.

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Mile 217

June 4, 2019

Last month we had contacted State Parks regarding the need for a Doggie Poop Station.

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April 19, 2019

A large swath of the bluff is well vegetated with shore pines, willow and native shrubs like silverweed, and black twinberry.

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