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Mile 219 Report
June 21, 2022
Today's observations indicate that the location surveyed is experiencing high levels of human activity.
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.
Temperature: 55 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: SE. Tide Level: 2.0 feet.
Number of people: 93. Number of dogs: 3. Walking or running: 23. Sitting: 11. Tidepooling: 59.
People/dogs/vehicles in closure areasApparent violations: A few people were walking on the California mussel beds which are off limits..
Cars/trucks parking: 34.
Harbor seals, oystercatchers, juvenile bald eagle, crows, gulls, songbirds, seabirds, murres, cormorants, tidepool animals.
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
Dead Fish or Invertebrates
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.
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.
All Mile 219 Reports
Report finds no unusual developments or observations at this location and no new causes for concern were identified.
It has been a beautiful, calm morning at Yaquina Head with low wind and one visitor.
It was a brilliantly sunny day although the stiff east wind was very chilly.
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.