Report Details

Weather: Cloudy and Wintery, High tide today 3.2 feetHigh consentrations of seaweed and kelp continuous through the mile. Have not experienced it like this. Large sized river like pebbles found in surf zone along the entire mile, again I have not experienced it like this. All small and large wood either buried or completely gone, from the south and central sections of the beach. The north section which usually has a large accomulation of large and small wood, was noticably lacking, wood quite sparse. Dunes were soft and continuous. Surf through High Zones on entire length was smooth and gradual, no berms formed in the surf.  Wrack Zone is very High and Wide.Found beached Common Murres and 1 California Sea Lion.  Reported beached birds to COASST and California Sea Lion to the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Institiute.A COASST beached bird survey was conducted during this CoastWatch mile walk.

Conditions

Temperature: 59 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 3.2 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 41. Number of dogs: 3. Walking or running: 18. Playing in surf: 3. Playing in sand: 3. Sitting: 7. Surfing: 4. Other Activities: 6 people riding bikes.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 26.

Notable Wildlife

2 gulls flying

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 4. 4 Common Murres Juveniles

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 1. California Sea Lion

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells.

Report Images

Beach Zones
Boat Ramp
sea grass high and wide wrack zone
sea grass in high wrack zone
clumps of kelp
Tree marking unofficial sand deposition throughout the year
large amounts of kelp scattered all along the mile
90 foot remains of a tree
showing another view of 90 foot tree
south end of mile
Common Murre #2
California Sea Lion

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Mile 261

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

May 27, 2024

Tide very low 1.

MatthewsE

Mile 261

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

May 27, 2024

Tide very low at 1.

MatthewsE

Mile 261

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

March 9, 2024

Wow what a change from last month! State Parking lot is closed for a couple of months while construction on the new parking lot and restroom continues. The tree ( object I show as a measure of sand deposition ) is really getting uncovered! Survey also for COASST, no beached birds or mammals found. The beach access point at the north end of Bob Straub State Park is still unusable for vehicles, due to a massive erosion event and 5 foot sharp edges to the beach.

Eric Matthews

Mile 261

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

February 7, 2024

A lot of winter damage to the foredunes noted. Construction workers working on the new boat ramp and replacing and relocating some drainage pipes. Photos showing bulldozer shift sand by residence. 1 dory and 3 fishermen getting picked up

Eric Matthews

Mile 261

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

November 3, 2023

Nice 58 degree mild winds.

MatthewsE

Mile 261

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

October 3, 2023

Weather: Cloudy and Wintery, High tide today 3.

MatthewsE

Mile 261

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

September 4, 2023

Really a great day!

MatthewsE

Mile 261

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

August 2, 2023

Drift- Wrack and Surf Zones seem to differ along the beach.

MatthewsE