Report Details

Today's observations indicate that the location surveyed is experiencing high levels of human activity. Many people were observed recreating at the site, tidepooling, strolling or sitting quietly to observe the scenery. The location is also an important habitat area for seabirds and shorebirds. Several species are currently nesting and breeding in the area (mostly on the offshore islands and cliffs), and numerous predator birds were observed attempting to hunt adults or steal eggs. The resident harbor seal colony at Yaquina Head remains a significant presence, and dozens of seals could be seen on the rocks offshore or on the far end of Cobble Beach.Very little trash was present on the beaches today, and erosion, though present, seemed minimally concerning.

Conditions

Temperature: 55 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: SE. Tide Level: 2.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 93. Number of dogs: 3. Walking or running: 23. Sitting: 11. Tidepooling: 59.

Concerns

People/dogs/vehicles in closure areas

Apparent violations: A few people were walking on the California mussel beds which are off limits..

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 34.

Notable Wildlife

Harbor seals, oystercatchers, juvenile bald eagle, crows, gulls, songbirds, seabirds, murres, cormorants, tidepool animals.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 4. Four dead birds on Cobble Beach were observed. They all appeared to have died of natural causes. There was one common murre and one cormorant, but the other two specimens were too decomposed to identify.

Stranded Marine Mammals

None

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

None

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces, Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.). Very little human-caused marine debris. I found one bit of nautical rope and a few pieces of thin plastic, likely from a single-use water bottle.

New Development

None

Man-made Modifications

None

Natural Changes

Landslides/major boulder falls. One large boulder was observed to have detached from the lower section of the cliffside behind Cobble Beach. It does not appear problematic at this time, so no action will be taking.

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August 30, 2023

Foggy uneventful morning.

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July 19, 2023

Report finds no unusual developments or observations at this location and no new causes for concern were identified.

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March 17, 2023

It was a calm, quiet morning at Yaquina Head.

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January 20, 2023

It is a beautiful, quiet day.

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December 12, 2022

It has been a beautiful, calm morning at Yaquina Head with low wind and one visitor.

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November 19, 2022

It was a brilliantly sunny day although the stiff east wind was very chilly.

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October 25, 2022

It was a chilly, cloudy/foggy Monday morning so there were only a handful of visitors in the park, none of whom were on the beach.

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September 18, 2022

It was an entirely typical day at Yaquina Head on cobble beach and quarry cove.

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