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314 tabeag 12/02/2022

Chilly winter day with few visitors on the beach. Common mergansers, buffleheads, and mallards swimming in the river. A female bufflehead swimming in the ocean in the sand bridge between Chapman Point and Bird Rock 1.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 12/01/2022

King tides have washed up to the bluffs but no erosion. Sand is still built up high on the beach, several feet at least. Very little man made debris. 

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179 ThomasK 11/29/2022

It was a cold, windy, day with chance of rain at any moment. Not many people ventured out to watch the ocean or walk up the trail past the Heceta Assistant Keepers dueplex (now a B&B and interpretive center), past the gift shop, and up to the lighthouse. Beach still covered with sand and not much debris on the wrack line. Two people fishing in the surf. One dead gull. 

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182 Dale Lee 11/26/2022 DISPATCH

No issue to report, but a recently deceased sturgeon was near the top of the wrack line. Google images says it was a green sturgeon, but ID was closer to a white. The fish was grey, and approximately 7.5 feet long. Not sure what happened, although gut was damaged. High swell say 10-12 feet.

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201 kalninsp 11/26/2022

North side looked pretty clean very minor trash and evidence of erosion. South side showed more trash and erosion of bluffs.

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120 mgiles@wavecrestdiscoveries.com 11/25/2022

In addition to the 6 kayaks in the water, 5 other boats and 4 surfboards on cars in the (3) lots. The swash line from the highest tide, about an hour earlier, had lapped the foredune and up the cliff-face a couple of feet, hiding the drift; However, large knots of wrack, mostly land-sourced (tree twigs and needles and such), collected in nooks and eddies at the water/shore interface.

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217 IsraelK 11/21/2022 DISPATCH

Quick walk during mid-afternoon hours. Noticed a fairly fresh sea lion washed to shore lying near Jump off Joe. Conditions were calm and tide was out with sun and wispy clouds in the sky.

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116 alaingamerica 11/20/2022

The weather had very light cloud cover, but I logged it as Sunny. The kelp in the wrack line looked old to me, but it was very crusted with salt, which may have fooled me. I found lots and lots of sea stars. One individual caused me concern and I am going to submit a report to MARINe. It is very gratifying to find so many sea stars.

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274 rogans 11/20/2022

Another mostly sunny day on the beach - In November!

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254 heidenreichh 11/20/2022

One dead sea lion which I understand is all too common at this time  on the Oregon Coast.

Erosion continues on dunes north of the end of the rip rap.

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239 ORbeach 11/20/2022

Sunny, calm day.  Only a few beach walkers.  We picked up a very few small pieces of trash.  The harbor seals were not at their usual resting spot at the north end of the Salishan Spit, but there were a few in the water.  There appeared to be a few on a sand bar offshore.

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286 WelchHV 11/20/2022

Tide ebbing. Beach looked scoured. Driftwod pieces high up in dune line edge. No birds seen on shore. One dead bird. Mid size, dark colored feathers on wings otherwise unrecognizable. No jellyfish or fragments. 

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256 RossW 11/19/2022

Nice day walking on beach. Beach was clean. More logs and wood than previous visits.

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184 simmonsk 11/19/2022

It was a warm, sunny day on Ocean Beach.  The recent high tides have moved a lot of summer sand off the beach exposing rock fields up and down the beach.  There were a few people rock hunting.  A sign is posted warning pet owners about the current outbreak of leptospirosis.  A distressed sea lion was observed on the southern end of the beach.  I reported it to ODFW.  I also warned two dog owners in the parking lots advising them to leash their dogs as directed by the warning sign. They appreciated the warning and left the beach.  There was a large concentration of white, rod shaped organisms about one inch in length all along the beach in the drift line.  I was not able to identify them.  The first king tides of the season are next week. I have filed a report with COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team).

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219 YHONA 11/19/2022

It was a brilliantly sunny day although the stiff east wind was very chilly. Nothing unusual to report apart from the dead owl on the beach. The driftline was less dense than one would expect (less, wood and kelp and ocean-based debris) possibly because there havent been any storms for a week or so. 

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49 JaneSkipLegacy 11/18/2022

A quiet, sunny day on the beach. The guy sitting in a lawn chair reading next to Battle Rock had the right idea.

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48 JaneSkipLegacy 11/18/2022

On a mild, sunny Friday in November we found the beach pretty quiet. We saw 15 people on the beach, most walking. There were 2 kayaks or in the bay. We have not seen them there before, though there is a kayak rental business at the Port. This was also the first time we saw seals (3 of them) sunning themselves on small rocks out in the bay. They might have been young as their fur was pretty light in color.

Someone cut up a driftwood log into field firewood lengths and hauled the pieces to the access road. (note from CoastWatch Coordinator: Cutting up driftwood on the beach is a violation. Carrying driftwood to your vehicle is allowed.)

We checked out the abandoned campsite I noticed on a previous visit and the rotting tent is still there, draped over a branch. We didn't go all the way up to it because it was too creepy.

There's a few healthy clumps of Pampas grass on the hillside just west of Hubbard Creek.

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183 Sandy Watch 11/17/2022

Yesterday started out as a bright sunny cold day with light wind, changing to a dark cloudy day. No wind at all on ocean picnic beach. The beaches had little to no gravel. Tide pools were filled with sand. Approximately 15 surf scooters in the waves. It was a gorgeous day!

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339 edjoyce 11/16/2022

Nothing unusual except for essentially no marine debris at all found.

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203 Nancy Thomas 11/16/2022

It was a beautiful sunny day.  Few people or dogs.  Few shorebirds, single Western and California Gull.  Did see a "murder" of American crows (23).  Beach is primarily flat.  Very little dune development visable in beach area.  Wrack primarily stones.  No debris collected. There were two beached (dead) Northern Fulmar still intact.  I reported these to the Beached Bird Network (COASST).  Did notice a human path has been created behind the large bluff at Buckley Creek.  This will more likely lead to increased erosion. 

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291 BerrieC 11/15/2022

Gorgeous, sunny day with very calm surf. Nothing unusual or of note, other than the dead skate on the beach. 

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101 SEAgroup 11/15/2022

A large crane has been stationed on top of the bluff just south of Coquille Point for several weeks, doing some sort of construction or restoration work above one of the houses that sits just above the beach. About 10 harbor seals were resting on the rocks at Coquille Point.  An osprey was seen flying overhead also at Coquille Point.

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174 GasiorowskiM 11/14/2022

Mile 174 is largely deserted, mainly because it is easily accessible only from the northern part of Mile 175.  There was some litter on the beach, together with various shells and seaweed.  A few shore birds were scurrying about at the southern end of Mile 174.

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261 beattieb 11/13/2022

Overall general continued erosion of sandstone bluff, new cracks in bluff seen.  Continued sluffing of dune edge just below condominiums north of the parking lot.  White paint line on riprap.

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179 ThomasK 11/09/2022 DISPATCH

A quick trip to check the Heceta Lighthouse Beach.  2 dead gulls oberved.  What looked to be the remains of a seal or sea lion with a large ball of wire inside.  Strange rocks were all over the beach.  I don't think rocks like these are usually seen on this beach. I'm curious as to where they came from. I kept one and have a picture of it if anyone is interested.  No humans on the beach while I was there. 

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245 TerryH 11/09/2022 DISPATCH

Dead raptor on the beach, an unusual sight.  About 15 inches in length, yellow talons, feathers were grey/black/white.  Best guess is a young peregrine falcon.  

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255 bballentine 11/09/2022

We have been monitoring this section of beach for over 10 years now. In that time we have seen a great reduction in the amount of trash on the beach. In the early years we would fill large trash bags with styrofoam, glass and plastic bottles, shoes and flip-flops, fishing net and rope segments, and other debris. In recent years we have rarely filled a small garbage bag with trash. On this visit the most common item picked up was the cap from plastic water bottles. 

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214 MatthewsE 11/03/2022

Had a nice day with the Beach Walk. Slightly cool, but warmed up by walking.

Physical: Beach is really smoothing out. No evidence of temporary streams or built up spots in the surf zone. Angles in Dunes at the edge of the wood zone have really softened, no sharp edges. Grass has grown up in the wood zones.

Trash: Mile 214 has always been really clean at the most I've only seen 3 pieces in one day. I have surveyed this beach once a month for a year now.

Re-find: California Sea Lion male juvenile found in almost exactly the same spot, although moved up in the Bare Zone.

New Find: For COASST... bird wings attached to partial breastbone...confirmed by COASST as Northern Fulmar.

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200 KFunk 11/03/2022

There were a few cars in the parking lot in Patterson State Park this cool non-windy Thursday morning. Patterson Creek was easy to cross to start my mile. The first thing I noticed was this very long log that was perpendicular to the shore line. I stepped it off and measured it to be between 65-70 feet long! The tide line closest to the ocean contained kelp, lots of feathers, crab body parts, wood pieces and sticks, and some kind of short string-like vegetation.  As I walked south, I counted about 30 gulls near the shoreline and saw a seal swimming close to the shore. There were a few groups of walkers and their dogs, but overall pretty quiet. As I turned around near the Big Stump to head north by the dunes, I noticed that the water pipe had no water coming out of it. As I walked north, I could see where the ocean tides had deposited lots of debris and dead birds close to the dunes. I counted a total of 11 dead birds. I inspected a path that leads to 101 just south of the Mile Post 158 sign. It had nicely built stairs and winds through the sandstone bluffs. Continuing to walk north,  I noticed more graffiti than usual on the sandstone bluffs. I snapped photos and compared with previous ones and there is definitely a lot of new graffiti. The trash on the beach was a little less than previous times - candy wrappers, plastic bag, tennis shoes, used band aid, some pieces of rope and netting and of course, pieces of styrofoam.
 

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52 FinsUp 10/31/2022 DISPATCH

Large bundles of kelp along the south side of Agate Beach.

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340 edjoyce 10/26/2022

Have not done this walk in a long time due to work being done on south jetty.  Looks the same.

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219 YHONA 10/25/2022

It was a chilly, cloudy/foggy Monday morning so there were only a handful of visitors in the park, none of whom were on the beach. The swell was large, so the harbor seals were unable to convalesce on the rocks. I did spot a few of them in the water as well as the usual gulls and pelicans plus a lone blue heron in the tidepools. The driftline was mostly comprised of natural debris - kelp, driftwood, shells and a portion of a gull carcass - but there were some bits of plastic that looked to be fishing related. It was nice to be on the beach all by myself.  

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204 Jon French 10/23/2022

This was probably the last dependably dry Mile 204 walk before the rains begin in earnest. The incoming tide covered most of the normally wide beach, the tides now beginning to erode the seasonal summer dunes. I walked from Driftwood Wayside to Fox Creek on the north, then south to Buckley Creek and back, tracking a little north of Mile 204's boundaries in order to keep my feet dry. Despite Driftwood Wayside being so accessible just off Highway 101, there were only a few people and their dogs, mine included, enjoying a beautiful Sunday morning on Driftwood Beach.

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293 Mary and Zio 10/22/2022 DISPATCH View full report 1
339 edjoyce 10/19/2022

Nothing unusual.

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197 mudslide 10/19/2022

Clean beach, mostly sunny day, although toward the end of my visit a chilly fog enveloped us. Twenty-one people, 4 dogs off leash; 2 bicyclists, 2 sitting, 16 walking, and 1 ranger patrolling on an ATV. A few gulls, a few crows. The drift line consisted of tiny unidentifiable bits, except for tiny transparent exoskeletons no more than 1/4" long (see photo). There were also intriguing patterns that seemed to have been made by something tunneling through the sand. I don't remember seeing this particular kind of trail before (see photo). 

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3 FionaDC 10/18/2022

People walking, playing in the sand, rockhunting, surfing and fishing, debris from picnicing, and fires noted. Metal ramps removed down to beach, improvements to Beachfront RV Park noted. 2 Common ravens on beach, 2 juvenile Double-crested cormorants swimming and diving, 1 Pelagic Cormorant flying.

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220 Hillsideshack 10/17/2022 DISPATCH

Very cool jelly on Schooner South today...like an iceberg!

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185 Lfleming 10/17/2022

A lovely, mainly sunny day without wind. Very few people on the beach, mostly in the first areas.  The sand was very high, covering the tide pools and rocks. Without any big storms the summer sand is still there, more than in August. The seals were jumping out of the water as they moved along the ocean. Also playing in the waves.   The beach was very clean and not much in the driftlines.  A rare day at the coast.    

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188 GasiorowskiM 10/17/2022

It was a beautiful day at Strawberry Hill.  40-50 seals were lounging on the rocky islands just offshore.  Many gulls and cormorants were there, as well as a few pelicans.  A few seastars were visible despite the high tide, with many more undoubtedly present below the waterline.  Erosion of the bluffs remains a serious problem.  New graffiti north of the parking area indicates people continue to climb on the bluffs, contributing to erosion.

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220 Hillsideshack 10/16/2022

Bummer of a day walking onto our beach and seeing the bluffs spray painted. Lots of bull kelp and sea palm washed up along with mole crab shells. Lots of beached birds including 3 tagged for COASST. 2 large Big skate egg cases.

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253 Kim Noreen Anderson 10/16/2022

A beautiful day ~ more people than we expected enjoying this amazing part of the planet. Beach was clean. 

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222 FlaningamM 10/15/2022

Peaceful, unsettlingly warm (for time of year) morning. Relatively high concentration of fresh bull kelp, and increased concentrations of various jellyfish, compared to the last at least six months. Less moon jellies, so far, than I saw here last fall. Seeing crystal jellies this year, as opposed to last fall. More washed up cigarette butts today than I've seen in the last year, with the usual high amount in the parking lot. 

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7 SmithB 10/13/2022

New channel developement noted in Natural Changes section.

 

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310 gmfindley 10/13/2022

Gorgeous warm, sunny day with little wind.  Quiet day; only 20 or so people on the beach. Very little trash to be found other than six bags of dog poop, a diaper and a couple pair of child's underwear. Almost no picnic trash. Found a dead ray, a large dead fish (maybe a dolphin), and a wooden pallet on the beach (see attached photos).

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243 garretta 10/12/2022

Bright, sunny day after last week's pea soup-fog. Friends visiting and could not see sand from ocean front third floor balcony. This week is crystal clear. Our secret.  

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286 WelchHV 10/12/2022

Glorious October day. Beach empty at start of walk. Increasing human numbers on return. Large flock gulls feeding on shoreline. One dog off leash running into gulls feeding on shoreline. Remaining dogs seen well controlled. Large sea nettle (Chrysaora fuscenscens). Multiple areas of crystal jelly (?) at low tide line. North/south view  approximately mid way (close to marker number)

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202 Jon French 10/12/2022

This was my first Mile 202 walk since the end of Snowy Plover nesting season in September. Of twenty-six documented Snowy Plover nesting attempts in Lincoln County this year, seven chicks were known to fledge after surviving their first month after hatching. Last winter's storms scoured out much potential nesting habitat, leaving Mile 202 as one of the few sandy beaches along the central coast suitable for nesting. All of this year's known fledglings in Lincoln County came from Mile 202, the most successful nesting attempts recorded in one season on the central coast in recent decades. Mile 202 is also an important wintering site for Snowy Plovers, which are now beginning to flock together. On this walk I encountered twenty-three Snowy Plovers resting in the sand, along with two Sanderlings, larger shorebirds which sometimes associate with Snowy Plovers, whose numbers here should increase during the winter months.

 

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224 malachite 10/06/2022

Nice day for a walk on the beach, clean beach, saw 6 cyclists (one solo, I think the rest were more or less together), first time I've seen cyclists on this beach, have seen them off & on from the south jetty north to Lucky Gap access.   Continued erosion, perhaps increased by the almost normal rainfall of last winter/spring.  

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180 lectricriderone 10/06/2022 DISPATCH

Natural evolution has changed the appearance of the sand cliffs just south of Hobbit Beach.   Cliff faces are now getting larger as excess sand is being swept away by the tide. I saw two dead harbor seals just north of the Hobbit beach trail about half way between the ocean and the ridge back from the water. One looked freshly deposited by the tide, and the other seal had been there about 2 weeks I suspect. Birds and crabs had been eating the older remains.     The beach was clean and flat and I couldn't find any trash or litter. There was dry soft sand on the eastern side of the beach where the tide had not reached and a few small dunes. I saw no man made changes.

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181 lectricriderone 10/05/2022

The beach at mile 181 appears natural and free of changes.  There are very few areas of dry sand or dunes.   The tide comes almost to the cliff and path to the entrance.  A few logs are visible at the high tide line.  The beach is very flat and sand is firmly packed. The cool and foggy weather seems to limit the length of public visits on the sand.     Errosion is minimal.  

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254 MatthewsE 10/04/2022

This is my first observation for mile 254.  It is intended to be a one off ( in that I'm doing this to fill in photos for Oregon Shores and it's been quite a lot of years for COASST submissions in this area.  I can't get too technical with what has been happening erosion wise as I am not the regular Coastwatcher for this mile. But to say the least a lot of the photos will show what has been happening. I suggest you read the previous Coastwathers material.

Found 1 beached (dead) bird. Common Murre  reported to COASST.                                                                                                                                                                  Found 1 beached (dead) sub adult male California Sea Lion reported to Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network

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146 SmithRiver 10/03/2022

Just a mild beautiful day for being cloudy.  Only picked up enough garbage to fit in a coat pocket, surprisingly clean today.  Not used to seeing so many crows on this beach.

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214 MatthewsE 10/03/2022

No evidence of tempary streams and berms created in the surf zone from previous months...all smooth surf zone. Barrier dunes smooth and slop gradually. Plant growth more evident at base of dunes.

I beached (dead) sub adult California Sea Lion. No evidence of injury. Backed was stripped (evenly) of fur, suggesting it may not have been an animal that did it. Reported the find to the Oregon Marine Mammal Network.

For COASST Found 2 beached (dead) birds. Common Murre.

 

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262 Linda Fink 10/03/2022

Mostly I took photos for the CoastWatch Fall Challenge project on iNaturalist

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129 mzlzee15@gmail.com 10/02/2022

Spick n span clean from human debris.  Large piles of bull-whip kelp.

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203 Nancy Thomas 10/02/2022

The ocean never disappoints me.  It is constantly changing the beach and foredunes.  It is always beautiful.The amount in the wrack line on this trip was more than I usually see.  There was a lot of Seaweed.  The wrack was a good source of food for about 500 gull (various species), one gull was banded and there were 20 American Crows.  No other birds were seen.  The sand dunes that had been created were greatly diminished and the tide is reaching up to the foredune in many places.  There were more people than I usually see on such a foggy day.  Dogs were unleashed for the most part.  The gulls and crows would move as they approached.  There was a lot of graffiti on the walls of the dunes by Buckley Creek.  The creek has carved a new path.  It seems to be every changing.   There is a new home being build in Sandpiper Shores.  The Ranger shared that a coyote had taken what was left of a harbor seal pup and dragged it off.   

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253 Kim Noreen Anderson 10/02/2022 DISPATCH

We are just learning the beach so can't compare it to anything yet. Today the sand was a gentle slope to the rip rap. Hawk Creek was almost dry in places. Places of smooth rocks every 20 yards or so. Some crab shells but not much. Lots of gulls. Beach is really clean today. Learning a lot about what to look for and report from Heidi. 

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309 spinger 10/01/2022

Beautiful unusually warm day with strong offshore breeze. Unusual number of clusters of 6"+ mussels in wrackline, some moon jellies, eel grass. 

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295 Koptiuch 09/30/2022

9/30/22 5:15 PM, high tide was about 3:30 PM. A beautiful sunny day, a little windy from the northwest. I started walking north from the south end of the mile. Lots of seagulls were sitting on the beach and flying by. Quite a lot of people and dogs on the beach this evening.

The rack line was pretty high on the beach and contained mostly vegetation, kelp, see lettuces etc. Also broken shells, occasional bodies of little creatures or parts thereof, and one or two pieces of trash. Close to the shore are jellyfish parts.

The big driftwood fort up by the jetty has been remodeled since I was heere two days ago. Several other forts have acquired new handwritten 'signage.'

The biggest discovery of this visit: a cormorant sat on a rock on the jetty, possibly it was ill because it’s not moving away from that spot, even when I took photos from a couple of different angles. And a few minutes later when I turned to walk back to the south end of my mile, the cormorant was still there.

I also did the bioblitz on my walk today, looking for live plants and animals preferably, but finding some dead ones worth mentioning as well. There was not a lot of species to draw on in the wrack line and up by the dunes but it was mostly just grasses.

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306 Fire Mountain School 09/30/2022

Today was our first CoastWatch beach survey. We found seven skate egg cases on the beach, all dead. Lots and lots of small silver fish; they all had tiny holes in their body. There were two dead birds. We only saw one seagull and there's usually tons.

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245 TerryH 09/30/2022

Two dead sea lions, Marine Mammal report submitted.  Dangerous caves dug into sandstone cliff at Roads End State Park.  One cave was about 3 ft deep and 10 ft wide and could accomodate several children.  Only one warning sign at south end of cliff.  Sent email, with photos, to Park Ranger Ryan Parker asking what's being done to fix the problem with a "cc" to North Lincoln Fire and Rescue.

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261 beattieb 09/28/2022 DISPATCH

Surf much higher today with large waves and wind.  Pond drainage eroding sand ramp built for dory launching. 

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102 beachnut 09/28/2022

Observations taken over 2 days because of river. Both early morning at 6 and 6:30 at low tides of 0.2 and calm. 5 people plus a child in a stroller and 4 dogs. Most of the adults were rock hunting.

Flocks of gulls, a few crows and one black oyster catcher were the other live notables. One dead western gull and Dungeness crabs. Small stones, shells, kelp in the wrack line. No litter seen.

No new erosion since the winter storms.

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261 beattieb 09/27/2022

Shore line berm continues to grow and the pool of water on the dune side still exists.  All rocks almost completely covered with water near high tide, evidence of some new erosion on cape.

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203 Jon French 09/27/2022 DISPATCH

This dispatch provides details, photos, and my follow ups regarding a house fire on the evening of July 2nd that extensively damaged a vacation home near me on Mile 203. The fire was caused by the use and improper disposal of illegal fireworks by the homeowners, vacationing Boise residents. I requested and recently received the Oregon State Fire Marshal's investigative report for the fire, with my follow ups taking some additional time before submitting this.

 

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3 FionaDC 09/27/2022

8 Western Gulls, 2 Cormorants on sea rocks possibly Pelagic, 8 Cormorants flying together appeared to be Double-crested. 29 people, 6 dogs, 2 people picking up recycling. 

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299 cpendergrass 09/26/2022

33 people and 10 dogs were enjoying the beach on this early fall day in Manzanita. Tourist activity included the giving in to the urge to carry bull kelp...one person leading with the skinny end that originally had the holdfast feature that attached to a rock on the ocean bottom and the follower grasping the wider end that previously supported the large bulbous top supporting long blades that drifted back and forth with wave action.   

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26 hobbins 09/25/2022

Beautiful day with pelicans fishing the surf , seagulls on the beach , little trash compared to same time last year. First starfish found dead on the beach. 

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331 alkarbeck 09/25/2022

What a beautiful, sunny day on the beach! It was very quiet and very clean. It is always nice to see the beach as clean as it was today.

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237 Walden 09/25/2022

The amount of armoring activity was significant. In one section, the beach was disturbed for .30 miles, from construction sign to construction sign.  I did not feel safe walking mile 237 in the spring and early summer as the construction activity went below the high tide line. Even during lower tide times, it was definitely not safe to attempt to pass the construction activity.  

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222 FlaningamM 09/25/2022

Relatively high amount of people, mainly dogwalkers, out early for a pleasant Sunday morning trip to the beach. Illegally placed bonfire noted. Very little trash on the beach, but no shortage of trash at the parking lot, including 18 cigarette butts.  A very enthusiastic thank you to those involved with the highway trash pickup done yesterday, organized by the Newport chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and the Oregon Hang Gliders Association. Their hard (volunteer) work covered most of the highway on miles 221 and 222, and maybe even part of 220. 

 

 

 

 

 

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338 Randy and Beth 09/24/2022

More people than we have experienced on mile 338 on this sunny autumn day with a bank of cirrhus clouds on the horizon. We watched three small seals playing in the surf, sand crabs (mole crabs) being eaten by gulls and two surfers trying to catch waves, as we walked along the surf edge. Tire ruts in the sand were deeper than we have seen before. Not much driftwood or garbage. 

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103 beachnut 09/24/2022

Rock beds are the main attraction here, as 4 seekers with a dog at 6:30 a.m. could attest. But the beds were not as thick as in years past. It was a calm low-tide morning. Gulls were the only other life forms.

Stones, of course; crab molts; shell fragments; and horse puckies marked the drift line. No litter, probably blown who knows where by our winds. Tire treads from the north were visible.

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330 LEWI 09/21/2022

There were many birds, living and dead (9), seen on the mile of beach. Several people (8) and cars (9) as well, along with a few dogs (3). It was strange/interesting to see so many caterpillars on the beach. There was a lot of string-like plastic scattered all along the beach that may be from a shredded tarp.

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226 gsmeyer 09/21/2022

It was a nice day to be observing the coast, what with the moderate temperature, light wind, and clouds that covered the sky thinly.  Views of the calm sea were extensive and dramatic.  A few gulls and comorants were observed on nearshore rocks and whales were seen several hundred yards offshore.  There were numerous pelicans on Gull Rock.  No physical changes were observed along the shoreline, as is usual with the resistant basalt of this area. 

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323 MatthewsE 09/20/2022

My first observation at Seaside (323). This will be a one off survey, as the last time it was surveyed was in Feb. of 2021. Also conducted a COASST beached bird survey during this mile walk. 

Very wide beach from Surf to Wood! Lots of sand dollars in the surf and wrack, along with crab shells in the bare. Only two occcasions of litter observed and five fire pits in the bare. Pretty clean beach. Tire tracks observerable along the mile, that belong to a large backhoe. Two beached birds a common murre and a Herring gull.

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254 heidenreichh 09/18/2022

About 1/2 of my mile, north of the rip rap,  is experiencing significant erosion.  I would estimate the loss of about 10 feet of dune in the last two months. 

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219 YHONA 09/18/2022

It was an entirely typical day at Yaquina Head on cobble beach and quarry cove. All visitors (average amount for a weekend this time of year) were recreating appropriately. The conditons were pleasant. The birds and harbor seals were loitering on the nearby offshore rocks as per usual. The driftline consisted mostly of kelp, seaweed, wood, and crab remains. I found one small piece of fishing net and otherwise no trash.

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340 edjoyce 09/16/2022

There's a tree stump that is gradually being progressively exposed (see photo).  I marked this with red paint.  This should be an excellent opportunity to measure the rate of dune retreat.  Wish I had thought about this a year or so ago when I first saw it.  I've been monitoring it for the last months and have taking photos.

Also, somthing else I will start doing and should've started years ago, that is, measuring dune profiles using an Abney level.  I'll begin this next month.  This is valuable data, easily acquired, and something we could ask CW'ers to do.

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184 simmonsk 09/16/2022

It was a warm, sunny day on Ocean Beach. There were lots of people and dogs out enjoying the beach. The sand drifts continue to be present all along the beach. There are no rock fields visible.  I noted many piles of kelp along the beach, bull, boa and palm. I also conducted a NOAA marine debris survey, the designated site is currently covered by sand so no debris was collected.  

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147 Lyndell 09/13/2022

Beach appeared to be normal.  The Sparrow Park road leading to the beach access is in terrible condition.  I may have to cut back my trips to the late summer early fall before rains begin in the future.  Working on talking with the Forest Service to take care of the giant ruts and pot holes.  More brown pelicans then I have every seen along mile 147 and the preceding miles hiked to get there off of Sparrow Road.

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21 PaulSherman 09/11/2022

I saw 2 coyotes, 1 grey fox, and 5 brown pelicans, in addition to many western gulls.

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182 mj6dolphin 09/10/2022

Lots of people walking dogs today. Feathers, sand dollars, kelp, sea grass , mussel shells, crab legs in the wrack line.

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99 tbowspencer 09/09/2022

A quiet morning after the summer season. The dunes are lower than during the summer. Both Johnson and Crooked Creeks are running very low with a depth of less than one inch at the tideline. 

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311 browneyed 09/09/2022

What a beautiful morning at mile 311! Our biggest new observation was the amount of open, empty mussels. It was like the seagulls had just finished a huge buffet party everywhere on the beach. I have also never seen mussels hanging by their beards the way they were. They acted like windchimes in the breeze. There also seemed to be a lot more empty gooseneck barnacle clusters. Something seasonal? Something unhealthy? We don't know, but we did meet a youtuber who goes by "asthecrowwalks" who mentioned that he had been to mile 311 a couple days before and felt that the color of the sealife looked different than the last time he was there - maybe a little more brown than green...We hope it's just a natural shift. The birds (primarily gulls, and lots of young ones) seemed happy.

As always we had a great time on the beach, picked up a few pieces of trash (not enough to fill a bag, it's a quite clean mile) and took lots pf pictures.

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293 Mary and Zio 09/07/2022

For the day after a holiday weekend the beach was exceptionally clean. One small bucket of trash that included spent fireworks, kid sand toys, a shoe, net metal stakes, and some picnic trash. 
 

only item of note is the new signs at the base of the rip rap indicating private property and surveillance video cameras. They are installed on the beach. 

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295 ALawson 09/07/2022

One dead cormorant was observed. Several man made driftwood structures were built near the jetty at the northern end of Nedonna beach.

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261 MatthewsE 09/06/2022

My First Report for this Area

This seemed like a long stretch of mile, but nice and smooth. About a 3rd into the mile the beach seemed to split into two levels...what I mean is it wasn't completely flat from bare to surf, but had two levels, shown in photos. This stretch of mile has houses all along the upper beach. I did not go over tthe top of the dune with the fence on the north end of the mile, my mistake. In January when I officially start will make sure and do that.

  • 4 instances of cups and clothes, but since this my first observation period for this beach it will be interesting to keep watch.
  • 3 beached (dead birds) found. 2 Common Murres and a Surf Scoter.   The Surf Scoter was a new find for me. Submitted report to COASST.
  • Directly out from the yellow marker 34A I found a Beached (dead) adult male California Sea Lion. Submitted report to OMMSN.
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297 NehalemBay 09/06/2022

This was a sunny calm day with few people on the beach.  The sand is very long now.  Only 5 cars were in the parking lot and 7 people walking on the beach. The restrictions for the Snowy Plover are still in effect until September 15 with two groups of plovers enjoying the quiet.  There was little human debris and no disturbances.  8 bird carcasses were found with 4 Murres, 2 Brandt Cormorants, one Pelagic Cormorant (?) and a Pigeon Guillamot. 

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214 MatthewsE 09/05/2022

The photos show no more "Islands" surrounded by water, where the surf hits the bare. Also photos of the gradual sloping of the dunes, none have sharp edges along the bottom.  One RE-find from last month a Common Murre. 2 people riding horses at the south end of the mile.  NO litter found!

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210 mrkopplin 09/05/2022

It was a sunny morning on Labor Day. People were there to enjoy the day. We saw no violations.

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120 mgiles@wavecrestdiscoveries.com 09/04/2022

Very busy "day at the beach"--not surprising for Sunday of Labor Day Weekend; what did surprise me was the relatively low number of out-of-state license plates.

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53 SchoenL 09/04/2022

This was my first coast watch walk for the full 3 miles. I don't know what is allowed on the sand banks, etc. in regards to the public or private roads. It looked like a couple new  motorized vehicles trails were going up and over the bluffs eastward and potentially causing erosion and destruction of the bank. There lots of scattered plastic strips all along the shoreline. I believe a feed sack decomposing. Only one water bottle. The beach was very clean otherwise. I am not sure of the rules. I did not confront anyone. 2 tents were pitched next to the bank just before the Elk River comes out to the beach. It appeared that they had a campfire on the beach as I saw smoke drifting in front of tents. No sight of people or pets. About 1/4 mile north I came upon a fairly recently deceased Sea Lion. I reported it and texted photos. I received a response in kind.

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101 beachnut 09/04/2022 DISPATCH

A great number -- 75 -- jellies were washed up from Coquille Point south. Most of them were dinner plate in diameter and all were clear in body.  

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263 ShelbyG 09/03/2022

Got to the beach at 750 p. m. expecting to see the last sunset after 8 p. m. for 2022 but fog had rolled in and it was to foggy to see much of anything. Could make out a few cars about 1/4 mile from the north end of Mile 263. At the access from the parking at McPhillips Beach there was a truck parked just to the south. Could make out other vehicles to the south and north but it was to foggy to actually see how many. 

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52 raptorousduo@gmail.com 09/02/2022

Overcast and cool day with light wind. Seventeen people on beach and three leashed dogs, with 11 visitors searching for agates. No vehicles on beach during survey, but multiple tracks evident. Large gull flock on beach and four osprey active over Lake Garrison. Nine western snowy plovers observed with 1 adult having unusual partially leucistic plumage and 3 juveniles present, possibly representing fledglings from previously reported nests. High numbers of Dungeness crab carapaces and leg parts continue along driftline. One adjacent property appears to be constructing a new staircase or retaining wall at bluff.

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307 Bald Eagle 09/01/2022

12 sea stars were on the large rock 100 feet south of Arch Cape.  No wasting was observed. There were over 100 crab casings in a 200 foot section of the driftline.  Most of the casings measured 3 to 5 inches across the back.  There were some casings smaller and a few larger than the others.  There over 100 brown pelicans moving from Gull Rock to the beach at low tides and to Castle Rock this week.  See pics.  

One picture of the beach looking north showing some of the area east of the beach and one picture of the beach looking south including some of the area east of the beach on mile 307. 

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