Report Details

A very nice winter day on the beach. A good deal of the summer sand remains on this beach. Noted that on the Cape the large sea cave continues to increase in size and a large rock on the very north end of our mile has lost some top and side in addition to a crack opening which allows the waves to crash through.A one time footings for either an observation tower or gun placement were placed on top of Cape Kiawada. all signs of the tower/gun emplacement have long disappeared but the footings remain. The footing are slowing sliding down a steep sand bowl as the sand moves away from them. One footing is now almost at the bottom of the sand bowl while one is just starting its slide. It has moved about 6 feet in the last year.

Conditions

Temperature: 40 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: SE. Tide Level: 6.5 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 30. Number of dogs: 5. Walking or running: 24. Sitting: 6. Photography: 1. Tidepooling: 4. Surfing: 12. Other Activities: driving 3 autos.

Concerns

People/dogs/vehicles in closure areas

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 24. RVs/Buses parking: 1. Cars/trucks on beach, allowed: 3.

Notable Wildlife

6 surf scooters 12 California gulls

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 3. 2 Brown Pelicans 1 Norther fulmar

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Shells, Styrofoam, Wood pieces. one wood pallet in good condition

Natural Changes

Major cracks appearing in bluffs.

Actions & Comments

No. Just comment that a sea cave on the north side of Cape Kiawanda is increasing in size. There is a rock on the very North side of our mile which has had a major crack open and the waves are rushing through.

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Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

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Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

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Nice 58 degree mild winds.

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Mile 261

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

October 3, 2023

Weather: Cloudy and Wintery, High tide today 3.

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Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

September 4, 2023

Really a great day!

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Mile 261

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

August 2, 2023

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