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Saw a cement culvert in the water near one of the sea stacks. Found a piece of coral that still had pink on it - not sure if that means it's fresh or not. Did not see any others. Sand was still high enough to cover the shipwreck pieces that I know are on the beach in a few places, one of those being between two mid-point rocks that have arch-tunnels in them. Anemones looked fat and happy. A Canada goose was sitting on a sea stack, almost looking like it was nesting. 

Conditions

Temperature: 46 F. Cloud Cover: Foggy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 0.3 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 26. Number of dogs: 5. Walking or running: 26. Tidepooling: 3. Fishing: 1. Other Activities: Saw guy who drove out in a pickup, scratching around in the sand. Don't know what he was picking up, but he had a small plastic sack. Another guy was picking up trash he said he planned to use the interesting stuff in his "art.". Several families. There was a rather elaborate driftwood structure near Hubbard Creek. (See photos.) Some painted graffiti on driftwood by the structure. The beach was quite clean - we saw a man who was cleaning up, he said he was using the more interesting items for his art. My sister did two sea star surveys.

Concerns

Apparent violations: None I could see..

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 8. Cars/trucks on beach, allowed: 1.

Notable Wildlife

There were kelp crabs in the rocks, two blood stars in the rocks leading out to one of the sea stacks - one was upside down and didn't look so well. There were only one or two seagulls for most of the beach, but there was a small flock of them by the outlet of Hubbard Creek.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1. Bird appeared to be a fresh kill, and it seemed to be a cormorant. A seagull had been scavenging on the body, and probably created the hole that had fresh blood on it.

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Several tiny crabs in the tide line. Fish head from a large fish - looked like a rock fish or something, but it was very large. (See photo.) Just the head, so don't know if it came off a fishing boat or something.

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.). At the driftwood structure we found some socks, and a small amount of trash.

New Development

Steps down bluff. I don't remember seeing the handrails before, but the steps from the north side of the parking lot to the trail down to the sand.

Natural Changes

There was a fresh landslide noted in the winter report, and judging from the photos of the other report it hasn't gotten any larger.

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Ochre Sea Stars on Battle Rock
Foggy day among the sea stacks on Battle Rock Beach
Foggy day at low tide - Battle Rock Beach
Anemones look fat and happy.
Landslide - for comparison to photo from last (winter) report
Fish head found on beach - no body, just the head. Not sure of the species, but it looked like what I imagine/remember a rock fish looks like.
Elaborate driftwood structure near Hubbard Creek. This had twine holding trusses in place - took some time and effort to build it. Some spray-painted graffiti on nearby logs.

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Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek

July 4, 2024

I was astounded by the mass of humans on the beach, so I thought I'd report it. Port Orford made plans for beach cleanups of both the dock beach and the Battle Rock beach for July 5th.

Elaine Cramer

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Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek

May 15, 2024

The beach looked good today.

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Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek

March 16, 2024

Seems like cheating to call this a winter report, with the weather conditions being so lovely.

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Mile 48

Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek

November 24, 2023

Holiday weekend with good weather brought out a lot of people.

JaneSkipLegacy

Mile 48

Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek

August 19, 2023

Beach was remarkably clean.

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Mile 48

Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek

May 13, 2023

This was an exceptionally warm Saturday so there were more people on the beach than I usually see but everyone was well behaved and loving the rare chance to be on the beach (and even a few brave souls in the water) without multiple layers of coats.

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Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek

February 10, 2023

Driftwood 5th graders had a wonderful day at their first observation of their adopted mile.

Curry County Schools

Mile 48

Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek

November 18, 2022

On a mild, sunny Friday in November we found the beach pretty quiet.

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