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This was the first sunny and warm day of spring, and lots of visitors filled the beach; almost like a summer day!! Lots of happy people and playful dogs were enjoying the 70 weather! Significant sand erosion had recently occurred and many logs have been moved higher onto the beach.

Conditions

Temperature: 70 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Tide Level: 2 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 200. Number of dogs: 45. Walking or running: 80. Sitting: 65. Tidepooling: 25. Surfing: 3. Kayaking: 3. Fishing: 5. Other Activities: Many people were collecting agates, shells and rocks. Several different groups were playing soccer and frisbee. Many were sitting on the many logs or walking the beach enjoying the spring sunny day.. Most dogs were off leash and several dog interactions had to be broken up by people. Two dogs were barking at or running to the seals that were swimming / fishing in the Siletz River; chasing the seals away from shore.

Concerns

Disturbances: Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs, Disturbance/harassment of marine mammals

Notable Wildlife

~15 seals were swimming / fishing in the Siletz River. 100 seals were sunning on the beach across the Siletz River, and away from people and dogs. Five people were feeding the gulls, which drew in dozens more gulls. One (marsh?) wren was flying around some beach grasses. Would not hold still for a picture. Dozens of gulls were sunning on the rocks with one cormorant. Many unidentified ducks or water fowl were feeding in the breakers.

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Unusual concentration. Thousands of dead and stinking Vellella Vellella jellyfish were washed up in the wrack line and logs.

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). Thousands of dead and stinking Vellella Vellella jellyfish were washed up in the wrack line and logs. Due to recent high tides and waves, the wrack line was very high and mostly mixed in with the logs.

New Development

Steps down bluff, Bluff development. North of Ester Lee motel, a new house is being built into the side of the sand dune / bluff. Erosion is occurring despite erosion fencing. The on site construction track hoe had driven down onto the beach, damaging the vegetation all the way to the beach. New steps have been built at Ocean Terrace Condos all the way down to the beach.

Natural Changes

Landslides/major boulder falls, Newly exposed roots/trees falling, Erosion of vegetated foredune, Visible retreat of solid bluff, Evidence of wave overtopping. High sand bluff eroding closer to foundation of the Ester Lee motel. Lots of sand, sandstone and vegetation falling all the way down to wrack line; and being washed away. Sometime in the last 2 weeks (last visit), 3 to 5 foot of sand has eroded from entire length of the beach. It has left a long flatter beach and lots of exposed cobblestones. Below Ocean Terrace Condos and south of Inn at Spanish Head, some of the dunes, dune grasses and shrubs have eroded away leaving a 6 foot tall shelf or cliff of roots and logs. More bed rock and large rocks are exposed than in many years. The logs are tossed up very high onto the rocks, grasses and shrubs. Beach grasses are growing back where there was a several acre wild fire last year.

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Taft, Nelscott south, Baldy Creek

March 16, 2024

This was the first sunny and warm day of spring, and lots of visitors filled the beach; almost like a summer day! Significant sand erosion had recently occurred and many logs have been moved higher onto the beach.

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Taft, Nelscott south, Baldy Creek

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Taft, Nelscott south, Baldy Creek

July 30, 2023

It was a beautiful day with a lot of people out playing and enjoying the beach.

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Taft, Nelscott south, Baldy Creek

February 15, 2023

It was a nice day; lots of people out on the beach.

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Taft, Nelscott south, Baldy Creek

December 3, 2022

Nothing unusual or concerning noted.

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Taft, Nelscott south, Baldy Creek

June 18, 2022

Beautiful day; no issues noted at all.

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Taft, Nelscott south, Baldy Creek

December 27, 2021

This was the day we had snow in Lincoln City so it was cold.

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Taft, Nelscott south, Baldy Creek

October 2, 2021

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