Report Details

Most notable sighting was of the many live and dead winged carpenter ants which might've been the reason for the unusual number of crows & gulls I saw on the beach today. Usually I see very few birds, today I saw 30+ gulls (some near where Johnson Creek flows into the ocean, others further south on the mile) and 10-15 crows (estimate) and 2 vultures (soaring). Observed crow harass vulture & persuade vulture to fly away from crows and gain altitude. Beach was surprisingly clean given how many people might've been on the beach this weekend (2 day heatwave, HMSC weather station listed high of 84+ on Saturday, 87+ on Sunday). I saw evidence of a fire in an area w/driftwood (near the base of the bluff) but otherwise beach looked very clean. Wonderful, beautiful walk on the beach. Started out sunny, fog bank moved in during the course of my walk. Report form needs to be revised so that people can enter the time they arrived on mile and time departed. I arrived about 4:30-4:40pm and left beach about 5:30pm, back at parking lot about 5:40pm.

Conditions

Temperature: 55 F. Cloud Cover: Foggy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: SW. Tide Level: 2.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 7. Number of dogs: 3. Walking or running: 5. Sitting: 2. No vehicles on Lincoln county beaches w/out permit. Tide height and temperature are estimates only, low tide at Yaquina Bay was listed as 1.5' at 4:35pm today. Tide appeared to be pretty far out but had started to come in. It was sunny when I arrived but a fog bank moved in during the time I was on the beach (about 50 minutes). It never completely blocked the sun. Very few people on beach. All dogs under control.

Concerns

Apparent violations: no violations observed.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 5.

Notable Wildlife

Saw about 30 gulls, some crows & a couple of vultures (the last in the air and towards the south end of the mile). Also what looked like many live and dead (in driftline) carpenter ants in winged phase (or flying ants, large)

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Small invertebrates in drift line, perhaps 2-3" at widest part of the shell, might've been molts.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt). Dead winged carpenter ants or other ant in winged phase

Man-made Modifications

Nothing new observed

Natural Changes

Newly exposed roots/trees falling, Landslides/major boulder falls. usual slow erosion of bluffs, primarily south 1/2 of mile today

Actions & Comments

No action to be taken. Erosion is ongoing.

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July 22, 2023

Lovely day on the beach.

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July 22, 2023

Very low tide this am, I have no idea what the exact tide level was so I didn't enter a number.

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April 3, 2023

Pleasant if chilly walk on the beach.

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March 11, 2023

Quite a dynamic winter on this mile, more erosion noted, and a moderate sized slide seen on the mile.

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October 6, 2022

Nice day for a walk on the beach, clean beach, saw 6 cyclists (one solo, I think the rest were more or less together), first time I've seen cyclists on this beach, have seen them off & on from the south jetty north to Lucky Gap access.

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September 11, 2021

Pretty day on the beach,  I was on the beach when the tide was going out, my South Beach tide table indicates the low tide in SB was at 9:43 am & 1.

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February 7, 2021

Pleasant day at the beach at a low low tide (not a minus tide though.

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May 31, 2019

Very pleasant day & time for a walk on the beach, very few people.

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