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It was a beautiful, sunny evening with some strong gusts from the north. I walked big creek north along the ocean side to where it flows in front of Yaquina head, then back along the beach. There were few people along the creek and only one interesting shore bird I was able to get a picture of, but don't know my birds. Two structures built of driftwood and a tarp on one toward the middle and end of the creek. Two access of logs across Big Creek. Big Creek has rerouted since last year and is wider and shallower in the middle so it is posssible to walk over easily and find trail remnants to the east bank and back to the parking lot. On the way back along the shore there were scattered seagulls in tidepools, a bicyclist, and as I got to the end before heading to the parking lot, there were lots of people. One family group around a campfire, lots of families, one photographer beside myself. Dunes so high and changing with the wind that walking across them is a challenge.

Conditions

Temperature: 68 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 0.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 30. Number of dogs: 6. Walking or running: 23. Sitting: 6. Photography: 2. Surfing: 2. Other Activities: bicycling 1. One family group around a bonfire. Leftover watermelon rind, leftover children's toys, two structures built of driftwood, one with a blue tarp. Tire in big creek. Two access structures, temporary along big creek. One access between parking and dunes.

Concerns

Fire, Litter

Apparent violations: Tire in creek.

Disturbances: Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 12.

Notable Wildlife

One seabird at Big Creek. I don't know my birds. Scattered gulls in tidepools from low tide. Two kinds of seaweed.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Small rocks, Styrofoam, Wood pieces.

Man-made Modifications

one tire in stream

Natural Changes

Large sandblown dunes, changes in course of Big Creek

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Mile 218

June 23, 2023

*** Watch Note *** This is my first documentation of Mile 218 (Agate Beach) and I will use today's report as a baseline for reporting future changes.

Darlynd

Mile 218

June 22, 2019

I first attempted this survey on June 17.

dderickson

Mile 218

March 16, 2019

The beach is flat, i.

dderickson

Mile 218

December 6, 2018

Very few people on the beach; most of them arrived just prior to sunset (which was beautiful).

dderickson

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Mile 218

November 12, 2018

Beautiful clear afternoon with no problems noticed.

Peacecoaster

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Mile 218

September 11, 2018

Most of the people were at the north end of the beach.

dderickson

Mile 218

June 21, 2018

A lot of people on the beach this evening -- hard to keep count!

dderickson

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Mile 218

April 29, 2018

Better late than never -- I missed reporting in March!

dderickson