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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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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263 ShelbyG 09/01/2022

3 drivers in trucks doing donuts in the sand. 2 motorcyclists flying a drone. One van of 5 adults & 7 children. Kids ran into the surf then to large rocks to climb. Lots of crab and clam shells. 

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238 Cathy238 09/01/2022 DISPATCH

Some accesses are usable again, like the one near lot 281. The staging area for work crews and equipment near Beach Grass Lane should be avoided during the week. When work is stopped, the rough ramp from the beach is usable. 

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196 Pardiatthebeach 09/01/2022

Sand has built back to a high level on the beach. Wrack line content consists of seaweed, some kelp but very little man-made debris. 

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220 Hillsideshack 08/31/2022

A foggy start to a beautiful walk, saw 8 Turkey vultures. Plovers (Snowy?) and whimbrel. Lots of summer sand on the beach allowing for entry through the south "cave" to the beach beyond (always fun when that happens).

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262 BlueSand831 08/27/2022

About 30 people and six dogs. 

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130 [email protected] 08/24/2022

Shark (see photo) seen roiling in the shoreline, in inches of water, seemingly buffeted by small wave action. Self-righted and swam into deeper surf. Non seen beyond.

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146 Mike Mueller 08/24/2022 DISPATCH

Observed a what looked to be a young Stellar Sea Lion resting on the sand inside the triangle where they raise & harvest Pacific Oysters.

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146 Mike Mueller 08/23/2022 DISPATCH

The firefighters from  the Oregon Forest Association were busy putting out a beach driftwood fire, caused by human activity.There were a crew of 14 firefighters and 5 engines and two water tenders vehicles at the scene of Sough Jetty Beach. The crew were busy with chain saws & water hoses, wetting the smoldering logs and then cutting them up with their chain saws.

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119 GasiorowskiM 08/22/2022

The hike along the northern coastal part of Shore Acres State Park is quite beautiful, with more coastal vistas and fewer visitors than the southern part.  30-40 harbor seals were lounging on the rocks at the northern part of the Park, probably comprising a resident colony.

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1 mmcdowell 08/22/2022

Human activity: 23 people, 6 dogs. Most walking, 4 playing in surf, 2 surf fishing. All dogs on leash. Surf fishing seems too close to pelican fishing due to potential for entanglement. Beach is very clean but I did not walk north side of Winchuck River. Shoreline wildlife: Mostly continuous wrackline of dried up seaweed. 100 Brown pelicans diving at mouth of Winchuck River, roosting on offshore rocks and large squadrons flying in from the south.

 

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118 GasiorowskiM 08/22/2022

Shore Acres State Park is a lovely place, with beautiful vistas and hiking trails, hundreds of marine mammals visible at Simpson Reef Overlook, and a wonderful botanical garden.  Afternoon fog often reduces visibility at the Overlook.  It is a popular destination, with many visitors especially at the Overlook and Simpson Beach.

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307 patecobb 08/21/2022

Very nice day out there and a few people were all enjoing the surf.  The large number of pelicans has been very cool to watch. The large number of crab shells washing up has been a bit strange as well.  Smell from the whale that washed up seems to have lessened, and it is now half burried in the sand. 

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49 Skip-Jane-Legacy 08/20/2022

It was a gorgeous day to be on the beach. Not much going on, wind went from light to moderate in the course of our visit. The beach looked quite clean and people were behaving themselves.

Of note, the information gathering and survey only took about 45 minutes, but posting this report took another 30 minutes, mostly to upload and identify the pictures. Then I got an error message about the photo file size being too large, and the only option was to submit the report, not knowing whether the photos I had uploaded previously were still there. Had to submit, and will come back and add photos.

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48 Skip-Jane-Legacy 08/20/2022

Beach was looking pretty clean of trash at the surf line and above in the dry sand. Hubbard Creek has "drifted" very far south/east, exiting much farther away than typical. 

Beautiful day to be on the beach. Wind started out light, but by the time we got back to the wayside it was up to moderate. We only counted people on our way out from the parking lot, not on the way back.

 

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246 gianna70 08/18/2022

Usually large amount of broken mussel shells, concentrated on the north end of the mile. Small amount of trash picked up - mostly fishing line. Four dead birds observed. 

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185 Lfleming 08/18/2022

The day was very foggy so we didn't expect to see many birds but were very surprised to see 18 species, which has only happened two other times since 2003.   A group of 5 turkey vultures sitting on the rocks waiting for better weather,  and 14 sitting band-tailed pigeons.  One new bird, a yellow throated warbler.   Several flocks flying by, surfbirds, sanderlings as well as 4 pelicans headed north.  There weren't any people on the rest of the beach so it was very quiet and peaceful.    Most people didn't stay long in the main part.  It was nice without any wind.

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193 SKMacK 08/18/2022

The coast along mile 193 looked about the same. North of the Yachats River, the beach below the overlook had a fair amount of log debris. Further north a couple of sandstone blocks looked to have dislodged from the bluff, one near the riprap around the level of 6th street. 

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204 Jon French 08/17/2022

After the morning fog lifted and before the marine layer moved in, I walked from Seal Rock on Mile 205 to Beach Access 66C on Mile 203. My wife, Trish, and our dog, Sweetie, met me, Sweetie wearing her spiked Coyote jacket because we know they're here (see my recent Dispatch from Mile 203). I was looking for late nesting Snowy Plovers, but it appears they're all down on Mile 202, where they've enjoyed a relatively successful season, with four of twenty-four nests hatching chicks. I was also scouting for a new NOAA marine debris survey site to replace the site I  had selected earlier this year just south of Buckley Creek, where the creek's increasing southerly meander, the seasonal summer dunes, and water seeps at the back barrier have made debris surveying not so great. I'm still looking for a new site, but it was another beautiful walk on the beach.

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220 DKPowell 08/16/2022

It was a nice clear day, with a slight breeze. In general the sand didn't erode/scour as much during the winter, so there is more sand on the beach.

I normally go on the beach around 8AM--I waited until 10AM to catch low tide.

There was extra glare of being on the beach later, so going back to 8AM.

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219 YHONA 08/15/2022

Very sunny and warm weather, walked the length of quarry cove and cobble beach and saw nothing out of the ordinary - a standard amount of visitors enjoying the pleasant conditions. 

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176 GasiorowskiM 08/15/2022

Mile 176 is quite pretty, with a wide beach, wind-sculpted dunes, and few visitors.  The high point of this visit was two gray whales swimming 50-80 yards offshore, spouting and often breaking the surface.  I also saw various gulls, pelicans, semi-palmated plovers, two hawks, and a bald eagle (flying just overhead).  The beach is mostly empty, though some mussel and clam shells, crab fragments, sand dollars, and driftwood are visible, mainly at the north end.  The easiest access to Mile 176 is via a short trail running from a parking area on highway 101 located about 10 yards below mile marker 181 down to the beach, right next to the florescent green beach marker 95.  

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299 cpendergrass 08/14/2022

After many months without any dead birds on Manzanita's beach, 13 dead birds were found. Common murres were the most plentiful with 10 casualties followed by 2 northern fulmars and 1 herring gull. Beautiful weather and realtively warm ocean temperatures resulted in 78 people and 19 dogs on the beach in addition to 14 playing in the surf and 3 windsurfers. 

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311 sultanym 08/14/2022 DISPATCH

Today, we observed a total of 896 Ochre sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) at the northern rocky outcroppings exposed by the low tides at Silver Point. We had 10 team members participate for 1.4 hours for a total survey effort of 14 hours. These efforts involved visually inspecting the stars for signs of sea star wasting syndrome (SSWS) as part of our observational study. A total of 765 stars were healthy (85.4%), 112 individuals had one white lesion on the ray or central disk (mild SSWS; 12.5%), while 19 individuals had more than one lesion, arm curling, body disintegration, or organs emerging from body cavity (severe SSWS; 2.12%). We sent images to MARINe who confirmed our correct designations of mild vs. severe disease category symptoms. Size class measurements ranged from the minute 5mm to a dinner plate sized 270mm, measured from the center of the central disk to the longest ray. No stars were touched in this observation (visual inspection only). Of the healthy individuals counted, 718 individuals measured between 30-170mm in terms of size class designations, which is 80% of all healthy Pisaster measured. Many juvenile stars were observed, especially in the crevices of California mussels along the rock wall of Silver Point rock. Additional tidepool invertebrates seen today included two tar-spot sea cucumbers associating with California Mussels and on an Ochre sea star, green spongy cushion (Codium setchellii), Hairy chiton, Hind's chiton, Monterey Dorid nudibranch, and Striped dogwinkle eggs. Inside of, and in the tidepools in the immediate vicinity of, the sea cave at Silver Point at extreme low tide, we observed a Pile worm, Button Shell, Common rock louse, Striped shore crab, Flat porcelain crab, and Pacific Hairy Hermit crab. Many curious visitors were delighted to be able to walk through the sea cave given the high level of sand deposited and save access at low tide. 

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303 jessejones 08/14/2022

This morning CoastWatch hosted an educational walk with Stewart Schultz - 18 people were a part of the walk, but others joined as the session went on (for about 3 hours). Low tide morning, super weather. We started at the north end tide pools to view the sea star survey site, but those boulders were pretty engulfed in sand, so we moved to the south end tide pools. We were able to enter into the cave and observe a lot of intertidal rocky habitat life - dorids, sea stars, sponge and more. Notable to Schultz especially were the amount of razor clams beneath the surface of the sand, which he says is more than he has ever seen. 

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262 BlueSand831 08/13/2022

Lots of people. Great warm weather. Water was warm too.

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310 gmfindley 08/12/2022

Beach was very clean.  More dead birds than previously seen at one time.  Found wooden pallet (perhaps remains of one previously reported).

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291 BerrieC 08/11/2022

3 groups of Snowy Plovers feeding a the water's edge, approx 120 birds between Twin Rocks and Watseco. Other items: Small bag of dog poop. Buoy Beer label. Large amounts of seaweed in which debris and dead birds were tangled. Also, there was a service vehicle on the beach. 

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339 edjoyce 08/10/2022

Nothing out of the ordinary.  Dunes have taken on a typical summer profile being less steep than winter.

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239 ORbeach 08/06/2022 DISPATCH

Found a dead sea lion on the beach at beach access #50.  It was not here a week ago when we did our coast walk.  It was pretty badly decomposed so may have died at sea and been washed up.  Hard to determine if there was any trauma involved.  There was also a dead bird not far away - possibly a common murre; no leg bands.

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225 CherieE53 08/05/2022 DISPATCH

The visitors and their dogs were just enjoying the views. The wind was strong so most visitors were walking fast along the beach. The wildlife appeared to be relaxed. There did not appear to be any interaction between visitors and the wildlife.

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214 MatthewsE 08/04/2022

 

Sunny Day!

Beach: Pretty clean beach with 2 exceptions (2 tennis balls on a log and a can, close to north end of mile) otherwise very clean of human debris.  

Terrain:  Gradual sloping of dunes next to beach almost complete no sign of sharp edges to dunes meeting the wood or bare as in previous months.  Any logs there are are sitting on top or buried in the sand. 

Sand Bar:  water separating bar getting longer and wider.

Beached Birds:  2 Adult Common Murres, measured and assigned tags #16 and#17. #17 had no neck or head and breastbone was exposed.

Found one leg of a Common Murre  separate from body (no sign of body)

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243 garretta 08/04/2022

Mid week summer day: people with dogs running loose. Calm, weather app said 61 but could easily have been 70 or above. It was cooler in the Willamette Valley so winds were less here. Beach access at NW 34 and NW 15th in Lincoln City is currently blocked. Clusters of California blue mussels scattered on the beach. 

 

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184 simmonsk 08/04/2022

It was a warm sunny day on Ocean Beach.  Lots of people out enjoying the sand, sun and tide pools.  The summer sand drifts have arrived on Ocean Beach, most notably the drifts are high near the caves and around the north end of the beach.  The sand drifts extend the entire length of the beach obsuring even the rocks and driftwood normally visible along the bluffs.  There was unusual concentration of mussel shells present in the driftline.  I also noted several juvenile sea gulls.  The rock formation mid beach, visible at low tide, was covered with sea stars.  

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324 SeagerG 08/04/2022

My morning walk began gloriously with the sun peaking through the clouds and chirping birds flitting through the dune grasses. Several Osprey fished in the estuary, tangling with Caspian Terns and Seagulls, and Semipalmated Plovers ran along the shoreline. I was rewarded with my third sighting of the Snowy Plover family amongst the grasses of the Necanicum Spit. I also heard, but did not see, a drone over the north end of the dunes and sighted a possible driver on the balconey of one of the houses. But as I rounded the corner with the river and began to walk south along the beach, dead birds and debris began to appear. In total, I found ten dead Common Murres and two seagulls. I also found a condom (on the trail in the dunes), a dirty diaper (on the beach), an assortment of beer cans, glass bottles, broken plastic sand-toys, cigarette butts and dog poop. I don't know why, but the only kind of beer bottle label I've ever found is Buoy Beer, and in the last month I've come across about ten.

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101 Garrett101 08/03/2022

A typical summer morning at low tide with many visitors walking along the beach. USFW volunteers were present at Coquille Point.  Two resting seals on the rocks. Most people were taking photos and checking out the tidepools.  Dogs were either leashed or under control. The majority of nesting sea birds seem to have moved on from the area. Light winds allowed more people to sit on the beach in chairs. 4 dead sea birds were seen. 2 murres and 2 gulls. The driftline had small wood pieces and shells. No trash or plastic was noted. 

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194 tietjenl 08/03/2022

My Coastwatch began with a flyover by six brown pelicans just above the surf at the southern border of Mile 194! A warm, calm day. Enjoyed observing the usual tidepool animals as listed above. Also interesting to note was what I thought was a chiton and it's track in the sand in a shallow tidepool [see photo]. Some concave depressions in the  rocks above the tide line showed crystallization [of perhaps salt] and a significant amount of vegetation on the rocks was bleach white. No abherrant human behavior with the highest poplulation of people on the 804 trail in front of the hotels on the north end of Mile 194. Two unattended small dogs [dachsunds ?], without tags, were observed at the midpoint of Mile 194, but I was unable to reach them before they ran off. They looked to be in good health. One dead seabird floating upside down in a tidepool at the Agency Creek drainage 44°19'07.4"N 124°06'30.6"W [see photo]. There is also a sign posted, "BIRDS ONLY BEYOND THIS POINT," at the boundary between the south end of Smelt Sands State Park and the north border of the Adobe. 

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