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This is what I found significant in my walk this morning: 1) There were very few people on the beach because of beach access closures and driftwood debris. 2) The high surf scoured the beach, pounding beach bluffs and riprap. Much new driftwood near Canyon Drive, less to the north, 3) Saw only one dead bird and surprisingly little ocean debris. 4) D River was the biggest I've seen it, about 75 yards wide on the beach. Lots of water volume. I had to walk up to 101 and cross the bridge to continue my walk north. 5) Compared to Mile 241 (which I walk almost daily), there was little bluff erosion, probably because the bluffs in mile 242 are not as high or as steep.

Human Activities

Number of people: 6. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 5. Surfing: 1. Very few people on beach. Beach access difficult because of driftwood blocking Canyon Drive access. D River wayside still closed by Oregon State Parks because of recent storms and high surf.

Concerns

Apparent violations: none.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 3. Cars/trucks on beach, allowed: 1.

Notable Wildlife

Very little wildlife observed. That's what was notable. Just a flock of gulls at D River.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1. No band. About eight inches long. Black except for some white tail feathers on underside of tail and a few white feathers on underside of its wings.

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Unusual concentration.

Driftline Content

High surf scoured the beach and deposited driftwood all the way up to the bluff. Noticeably little beach debris.

New Development

None

Man-made Modifications

No modifications

Natural Changes

Evidence of wave overtopping. Landslides/major boulder falls; One small bluff slide that dislodged some pine trees. In sharp contrast to Mile 241 where there was alarming bluff erosion.

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Mile 242

February 2, 2024

We found some type of plant tuber, four total, North of D Sands. Graffiti was noted on a boulder north of D Sands. Of the dead birds, 51 were south of D Sands, and 10 were north. Our team collected a 3-gallon bag of marine debris.

Maureen Foelkl

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 242

March 8, 2020

Was a sunny day at the beach today.

Bluewater

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 242

July 21, 2019

I did not get any pictures as my camera is not working correctly at the moment.

Bluewater

Mile 242

February 17, 2019

It was a pretty calm day at the beach.

Bluewater

Mile 242

October 14, 2018

Today was perfect beach weather.

Bluewater

Mile 242

May 26, 2018

It was a nice sunny day even though it was fairly windy.

Bluewater

Mile 242

March 24, 2018

For it being a rainy first day of spring break the beaches were pretty busy.

Bluewater

Mile 242

January 14, 2018

It was very noticable since I surveyed in october that the "D" river was flowing straight into the ocean.

Bluewater