Mile 179 Report

June 29, 2009
by oystercatcher

Heceta Head Lighthouse, Devils Elbow SP, Cape Creek
Monday 7:45 AM
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
2 people with dogs off leash
Cars/Trucks parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 2
Activity Comments:
There was a group of 20+ people who came by bus on a photograph tour who were very actively photographing everyting in sight. Also 2 men walking in the surf with buckets who seemed to be occasionally spearing something in the nearshore waves.
Notable Wildlife:
There where were hundreds of bird on the rocks including gulls sheltering chicks, nesting Brant's cormorants with their blue breeding throat patches as well as common murres.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Shells·Small rocks·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
New Development:
On the path up to the light house there was plenty of himalayan black berry as well as canary grass.
Natural Changes:
I think there should be recycling bins as the garbage cans were full of aluminum cans and plastic bottles every time I have visited. Also why are there not bags provided for dog waste?
It was a beautiful clear morning. The tide was the lowest I have observed with exposed sand almost out the rocks where the nesting birds were. The Elder Hostel tour was busy photographing everything from the extreme low tide exposing sand all the way to the rocks as well as all the nesting birds and creatures in the tide pools. The two dogs were playing on the beach but seemed to be under the control of their owners. The the rocks off the point were covered in nesting gulls, Brandt's cormorants and common murres. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely.
  • Low tide looking out to the rocks off Heceta Head.
    Low tide looking out to the rocks off Heceta Head.
    Norht end of Heceta Head Lighthouse beach below clifts
    June 29, 2009
  • Gulls, cormorants and murres on the rocks.
    Gulls, cormorants and murres on the rocks.
    Taken form North end of beach.
    June 29, 2009
  • A pair of oyster catchers were observed off the point on the right side of the photo.
    A pair of oyster catchers were observed off the point on the right side of the photo.
    Taken from half way up to the light house, from the obervation place below the light keepers house.
    June 29, 2009
  • View of the sand to the rocks from Cape Creek
    View of the sand to the rocks from Cape Creek
    Taken from the edge of Cape Creek at the South end of the parking lot.
    June 29, 2009
Other Mile 179 Reports (6)


April 10, 2009 - FriendofStrawberry
Immature Gray Whale reported dead on Carl G. Washburne State Park beach just north of Heceta Head Lighthouse Thursday night. Scientists took samples at that time. When we were there Friday morning...
March 9, 2009 - oystercatcher
The 40 foot long juvenile male fin whale which was washed up on Sunday the 8th was being buried in an 11 foot deep trench by a local Florence excavating company. Emanating from the carcass was an...
  • Dead Fin Whale on Heceta Lighthouse beach
  • Closer look at dead Fin Whale from Cape Creek Bridge
  • Showing  whale's blood left after it was moved to the burial site located further to the south end of beach below parking lot.
  • Park ranger throwing lime on the fin whale while it is being buried.
  • Covering the fin whale body with sand
  • Observers of the whale burial.
March 8, 2009 - FriendofStrawberry
Juvenile, 40-foot-long male Fin Whale washed up on beach at Heceta Head.A deep water juvenile male Fin Whale washed up on the beach at Heceta Head Lighthouse. On Friday it was seen at the mouth of...
  • Open mouth - Top baleen visible and tongue on lower jaw.
  • Open mouth.  Visible where mammal research samples were taken earlier in the day.


August 28, 2008 - oystercatcher
It was a sunny calm morning with no one in the parking lot when I arrived. A fog bank sat just off shore beyond the breakers. The beach sand appears to have started moving off shore revealing loads...
  • fog bank off shore on a sunny calm day
  • Cobbles being revealed as the sand has started washing out to sea.
  • Pelican resting with seagulls on Heceta Head rocks.
  • Footprints in the early morning sand may be those of a coyote making an early morning visit to the beach.
  • Postelsia
  • unidentified dead bird showing head and beak
  • unidentified dead bird foot
August 3, 2008 - oystercatcher
It was a beautiful calm morning with only one car from Montana with a couple photographing tide pools which they had never seen before. Most of the rocky beach found in spring was now covered with...
  • green anemone in tide pool
  • large rocks at North end of beach at low tide
  • snails on rock
  • Cormorants and Gulls on  rocks off Heceta Head
April 13, 2008 - oystercatcher
It was a pleasant day for beach goers, alternating sun and overcast with moderate wind. Lots of cars coming and going from the parking lot. People tide pooling, climbing on the rocks, beachcombing...
  • View of Heceta Head, the lighthouse, lighthouse  keepers residence (bed and breakfast), beach  and Devils Elbow.
  • Juvenile mussels with noticeable patches of missing barnacles.
  • Rocks at low tide with seaweed or algae growth.
  • sea stars and anemones
  • beach at low tide near water line looking north to caves which are below the bluff