August 1, 2019 - oceanwalker842
Beautiful near windless day at he beach. Felt much warmer than the 66 degrees noted.
Big surprise of the day was two turkey vultures dining on a dead crab. Plus, a colony of 19 seagulls...usually there are between 0 and 4 birds total on this stretch of beach.
All the people debris was...read more
April 18, 2019 - oceanwalker842
Great day at the beach. Unusually large amount of driftwood due to recent storms inland. Also much more kelp than I've ever seen on this mile. Very few shells, rocks and likewise very little crab casings. One lady was walking her 7 well behaved basset hounds.
No birds on the beach (not...read more
December 1, 2018 - oceanwalker842
Cool, beautiful day at the beach. A light to moderate wind coming from the north wasn't hard enough to create blowing sand even though the beach looked as though the wind had recently smoothed it. Most trash was either blown away or covered. Only the largest driftwood remained close to...read more
March 31, 2018 - oceanwalker842
Beautiful, sunny, windy Easter weekend day at the coast. Birds couldn't compete with the wind...didn't see one bird on this walk. Human generated debris also couldn't compete with the wind...didn't notice any trash...it evidently was all blown away. There was less than normal small rocks and broken clam shells plus a...read more
November 29, 2017 - oceanwalker842
Another beautiful winter day at the beach. Very little wind plus a lot of sunshine. Once again, very little human activity. Scattering of sanderings..perhaps in the 100 range. Just six gulls. More than usual jellyfish in the 9-10 inch diameter range washed ashore plus more kelp. Most noticeable was the...read more
July 27, 2017 - oceanwalker842
The 8 people on this mile included 4 other people plus the four of us enjoying a beautiful, clear day walk on the beach. Two of my friends (from Hawaii) were completing a coast to coast trip...toes in the Atlantic and toes in the Oregon Pacific. A photo of them...read more
June 12, 2017 - oceanwalker842
Walk started out 100% cloud cover. By the time we got out of the car the sun decided to show itself and the remainder of the walk was absolutely beautiful. Typical small bits of broken clam shells and an occasional crab casing. one clump of seaweed and one gull that...read more
October 10, 2016 - oceanwalker842
Tide was going out. Started out with heavy mist but cleared by the end of the walk. Fog lifted slightly. Lots of molts and sand fleas (not sure what the "fleas" were).
Almost unnoticeable breeze which was great for eliminating the chill factor with the slightly wet clothes.
Many fresh...read more
July 20, 2016 - oceanwalker842
Busy day for this mile for being in the middle of the week. Beautiful beach appreciation day brought out visitors to an otherwise forgotten area.
Few birds as usual.
Very little man-made trash. One piece of rope, two very small chunks of Styrofoam and a small, unrecognizable piece of plastic.
June 18, 2016 - Treehugger1
The only issue of concern today was the group camping near the foredune on the beach close to the beach access area. Estimate a total of 30 to 40 people using the beach for fun, playing in the sand and in the water close to shore. Two surfers in the...read more
April 1, 2016 - oceanwalker842
Beautiful day at the beach even with the cloud cover. Filtered sun warmed the body and felt warmer than 57. As usual for this mile, there were very few people. Signs of construction (see photo). Also evidence of driftwood cutting and removal near the north end of mile. Wind was...read more
September 7, 2015 - oceanwalker842
After camping overnight on the beach, a couple of visitors from Dubai returned to find their rental car with a smashed window and one slashed tire. Not a good impression of Oregon.Then I was greeted to a dead sea lion and a sick appearing gull. Couldn't get close to the...read more
June 12, 2015 - oceanwalker842
Didn't walk the entire mile due to sand being blown into my mouth and eyes. The dry sand shoreline was changing minute by minute with new small rocks and shells being exposed and then covered as I watched.The only things I noticed in the sky (seems that birds were much...read more
April 9, 2015 - oceanwalker842
Light breeze from the north on a sunny, almost warm day. A few clouds on the northern horizon.More people on the beach than previously observed. Still not too much activity in this mile. There were more people with one surfer beyond my mile near the jetty.Sparse Small rocks and broken...read more
January 21, 2015 - oceanwalker842
The effect of the King tide wasn't noticeable on this mile (however, it was noticed on the nearby almost overflowing Siuslaw River east of Florence).The high tides along with recent rain upriver brought down an abundance of all size of driftwood as seen in the attached photos.Three lonely gulls were...read more
September 13, 2014 - oceanwalker842
Beautiful day just after low tide but not many enjoying it. A couple plus their three dogs had their tent nestled in the dunes surrounded by dune grass.At the high tide line there were scattered small pebbles and scattered broken clam shells. I noticed only three small pieces of man...read more
January 25, 2014 - Treehugger1
Beautiful day, so many people enjoying the beach and surf. The only dead bird was half covered in sand, evidence of strong winds. Beach flat to foredunes. Very little human trash. Some very large logs washed to high tide line.read more
April 12, 2013 - Treehugger1
Recent winds appear to have covered a lot of what might have been observed, i.e. dead birds, debris. The beach was scoured flat which made walking in drift line easy. The weather was beautiful, calm, and unusually free of shore birds and other marine life.read more
January 18, 2013 - Treehugger1
Beautiful day with little to no wind. No shorebirds noted on shore and few animal casings. Unusual absence of trash, i.e. bottles, food wrappers or containers. Noted large wooden block, approximately 6'x4'x3' coated in opaque plastic, apparently the remains of a dock, which according to a passerby had been noted...read more
May 6, 2008 - gGates
Extremely low tide today, pretty quiet morning. Found a few agates, unfortunately no razor clams.read more
March 21, 2008 - bwholler
Areas of sand erosion from winter storms have softened somewhat. Still lots of driftwood of all sizes, some large tree stumps with fantastic root structures. Most notable finding was a dead, well-decomposed deer, identified by its hooves and a small amount of remaining deer-colored hair.read more
February 2, 2008 - oldMGguy
First visit to Mile 169. This section of the South Jetty beach is open to vehicles, but just one set of tracks observed. Other than occasional plastic flotsom, very little human debris. Extensive wood flood debris on the upper beach. The beachgrass-caused foredune on this mile is close to the...read more
Beach sand shifting with undulations above high tide exposing snags and logs previously covered with summer sand. Many Gulls scavenging crab remains, small scattering of white jingle shells, and very little trash as per usual at this site.read more
Evidence of annual Northerly winds of summer now depositing and shaping sand and foredune. Some accumulation of white shells at waterline, also typical of a summer pattern. Otherwise this mile 169 was quite pristine and serine.read more
March 3, 2007 - bwholler
Sand sloping to foredune, no steep vertical walls of sand, driftline primarily small wood fragments, small plant type beach grass fragments. Loose goups of sanderlings at the water's edge, more spread out than closely clumped. Two Surf Scoters in the water.read more
December 7, 2006 - bwholler
Huge amount of Bull Kelp and wood pieces in wide driftline, quite dramatic. Sand has disappeared from in front of foredune. Sanderlings foraging at waterline, several groups of 8-30. Surf scoters in water. Many wood pieces with beaver teeth markings, obviously cut by beavers and have now washed down.read more