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316 tabeag 05/15/2021 View full report 0
315 tabeag 05/15/2021

All dogs off leash.

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184 simmonsk 05/12/2021

It was a windy day on Ocean Beach.  Since my previous visit, the sand banks are forming and the rock fields present during the winter are almost completely covered.  The stairs from Oregon Homes that had been destroyed in the King Tides have been replaced.  The concrete footings are still on the beach, not sure about their removal.  The debris line had very few plastics but lots of broken sand dollars, more than I have previously observed.  The only driftwood present is on the north end of the beach.  

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339 edjoyce 05/12/2021

Nothing unusual except for the lack of marine debris especially noticeable was the lack of plastics.

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183 millermorgan 05/08/2021

Beach had few visitors. Quiet day. Small amouts of broken clam, mussel and dungeness crab shells on the beach. Major observation was significant amounts of graffiti at the Rock Creek beach access, along the trail and on some large rocks on the beach. Large face carved into the bluff face.

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324 angela whitlock 05/05/2021

The tide was very low this morning and there was a lot of beach. I didn't find any marine debris/litter, the beach was in a gorgeous natural state. I wonder if there has been a clean up recently? The tsunami siren test happened promptly at 11:00 am. Today was a great bird watching day! I saw Canada geese, a flock of terns, adult and juvenile seagulls, whimbrels, mergansers, and killdeer. There weren't a lot of people/dogs out. Peaceful beach walk with the sun showing itself now and then. 

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214 PCTronquet 05/02/2021

We have a roped Snowy Plover nest just 20 feet south of the South Jetty access point.  The beach was very crowded on a cold, breezy morning, most of whom accessed at the S. Jetty.  I counted 55 cars parked by the jetty, and more were coming in as I left.

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26 hobbins 05/02/2021

Very cool day with the strong wind. This kept human activity to a minimum. There was a large flock of sea birds flowing something in the water out about 300 yards. We never saw what it was.

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220 Hillsideshack 04/30/2021

Not as many sea stars as I would have liked to see on the minus tide but they are definitely there. Only one sea star looked like it might have wasting disease (see photo)

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194 tietjenl 04/30/2021

A beautiful, peaceful morning on Mile 194 at a negative tide. Less marine litter collected than a few months ago. People were enjoying the trail, pebble shoreline and tidepools respectfully. No shoreline wildlife in apparent distress. No physical changes noted. 

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245 TerryH 04/29/2021

Clean beach.  No dead birds.  Nice to see a trash receptacle at the 73rd St beach access.  It was provided by Lincoln City Parks and Recreation.  The Emergency beach access at 64th St was recently graded/graveled.

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147 Lyndell 04/27/2021

Beach did not display any abnormalities as far as erosion or die offs of sealife.  One bag of trash mostly sandwich bags, plastic bags, bottles and bits of blue rope.

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183 Sandy Watch 04/26/2021

Except for myself there were people and vehicles only on the north side of Rock Creek which is called Ocean Picnic Beach. Rock creek was void of humans, pets and vehicles. Nice to see 22 curlews.

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202 Jon French 04/25/2021

At the Bayshore Beach Club beach access, I posted a "Snowy Plovers Are Here!" sign, then walked down to where two plover nests had recently been discovered and roped off. There were no birds at either nest, and later in the day another Plover Patrol volunteer confirmed that both nests had failed--one from unknown causes, the other, based on the condition of an egg at the nest, probably a victim of predation, most likely crows. A few plovers were hanging around near the two roped enclosures, and that afternoon a new nest was discovered with two eggs. Later in the week we'll help Doug Sestrich the Beach Ranger remove the enclosures around the failed nests and rope off the new nest. Last year at this time, the forty or so plovers that wintered here were dispersing to nest elsewhere, but many of the nearby beaches are flat and bare after winter storms, without the sparse vegetation and small driftwood favorable for nesting, so some nesting pairs are apparently trying their luck here, which unfortunately hasn't been very lucky so far.

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212 PhilBSB 04/21/2021

A few new drainage pipes and a new cement walkway onto the beach at the south end of the Surfland development.  A 1.4 acre ocean-front parcel was recently sold along the northern section of the Pacific Shores development.

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219 YHONA 04/21/2021

Walked the length of Quarry Cove beach as well Cobble Beach, and did not observe anything irregular. I observed multiple visitors recreating on the beaches, but few were staying in such spaces for long due to cold and overcast weather. 

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261 beattieb 04/20/2021 View full report 1
239 ORbeach 04/18/2021

A cool but calm day in a streak of very dry weather.  The harbor seals have returned to their favorite hang-out at the tip of the Salishan Spit and evidently have produced a few pups this season.  Very little trash - we only collected a few small items.

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238 Cathy238 04/18/2021

Rip-rap projects are winding down. The presence of additional rip-rap on the beach reduces the width of the beach so walking the complete Mile 238 is often impossible. 

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48 Skip-Jane-Legacy 04/18/2021

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

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110 skimmer 04/18/2021 View full report 0
49 Skip-Jane-Legacy 04/17/2021

Tide was just coming in, and the wet sand area was very clean, but up higher there were a lot of plastics in the process of breaking down - smaller pieces and broken things. Lots of driftwood up high, old wood, likely driven in during winter storms. 

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246 gianna70 04/17/2021

Dense fog burned off with increasing warm sunshine. There was a SOLVE beach clean up event at Roads End, but that didn't seem to be the driving factor for the large number of people visiting mile 246. Mile 246 did contain more manmade debris in the wrack line than is typical. Small plastics were in abundance as were bottle caps, several small straws and a few pieces of rope. With the exceptionally low tide it was easy to scramble over rocks around the north bluff to access the small cove that's typically only visible from the god's thumb hike.

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54 rtempesta 04/16/2021

Elk River backed up by sand bank and not flowing into ocean. Access to this streach of beach just opened back up March 1st.

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93 rtempesta 04/15/2021 View full report 0
339 edjoyce 04/15/2021

Nothing unusual.

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10 Lavenne22 04/14/2021

I walked north from Lone Ranch beach, crossing over, I believe, into mile 11/ Cape Ferrelo. All of the people and dogs I observed were clustered in mile 10. Most were on the beach. Two couples sat on rocks, ocean-gazing. A group of three people with two dogs had the dogs off leash near tidepools. Once the beach gave way to rocks, I saw no more people. There were footprints along the trail above the rocky shore. This area had many, many more turban shells on the beach and in the pools. There were dozens of hermit crabs, some tiny and one as large as a silver dollar. They were very active, zooming around. The tide was dropping (low tide would be in about 3 hours). There was a gentle current flowing through most of the pools. I was surprised not to see any small fish or sea stars. I did not venture far out into the tidepool zone due to safety concerns, but there were enough wet, exposed rocks with crevices and kelp that I would have expected to see at least one. 

I observed a small flock of surfbirds feeding on the kelp-topped tidepool rocks. I had never seen this bird before. They are chunkier than sandpipers and behave like backyard chickens, chasing each other off from feeding spots, vocalizing. They were vigorously mowing through the kelp, plunging their heads into it.

In one of the small rocky coves I saw what looks like a truck axle. It appears to have been there for a long time. 

Litter was not notable. I picked up one (clearly abandoned) plastic turret mold for building sandcastles, and some random bits of plastic cup.

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203 Nancy Thomas 04/14/2021

Very windy with blowing sand.  Sighting of 1 Dunlin and 4 Whimbrels probably migrating.  They were feeding in the surf. Overall Mile 203/Driftwood beach is very flat and stretches from the surf to the shoreline vegetation.  There are a few areas where dunes are rebuilding due to wind changes.  Quite warm at 60 degrees. Picked up 1/2 grocery bag of trash.  Less trash is being found, but micro-plastics in driftline. Need to be sifted out, hard to pick up. 

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243 garretta 04/14/2021

Mid-week calm, quiet day without disturbances or concerns. 

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26 hobbins 04/14/2021

Beach looked clean and the waves were not reaching the bluff anymore. 

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184 simmonsk 04/13/2021

Unusually warm weather today on Ocean Beach.  Although most of the rock fields visible just a few weeks ago are gone, there were still quite a few rock hounds on the beach.  Lots of exposed rocks on both ends of the beach made for some great tide pooling.  Huge amount of plastics and fishing line in the drift line at both ends of the beach.  I collected bottles and large pieces of plastic and removed them from the beach.  I saw lots of unidentified squishy ball like clumps on all parts of the beach.  I also saw a rock crab (deceased) on the north end.  Most of the driftwood is now concentrated on the north end of the beach by the cave.  Several sea stars were visible from the beach.  

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337 huisee 04/13/2021

One person was laying down on the sand just past the wet, packed area and a truck drove by fairly close to him. It does have the feeling of a section of road rather than beach.

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22 Lavenne22 04/12/2021

Flock of Buffleheads on the river. Observed approximately 15 Caspian Terns in flight. ( I saw two standing at the river mouth 3 days ago). Many gulls, one seal, and one dead bird-- wings only. Matching wings,three feet apart. Dark brown feathers. About the size of crow wings.

Party of 5 horseback riders. One windsurfer in water, 2 in parking lot.

Some human footprints, light traffic, through dunes and back towards river bend and main channel of river. High tide, not much beach to walk on. 

Observed what looked like possible current or former animal dens dug into the mud bank along the east shore of the river bend that parallels the highway. I viewed with binoculars. One appeared to be about 1foot tall at the opening, tapering back. The other was about 1/3 that size. 

The landmark rock is oozing water and growing moss, slime, ferns, grass, weeds, rock plants, and flowers that look like yellow snapdragons. 

When I arrived at the parking area I scanned the east side of the rock with binoculars, to look for nests or birds. I saw neither. ( I am not a skilled birder, so I could have overlooked something). 

(Will add photos after publication. Poor connectivity where I am.)

 

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197 mudslide 04/12/2021 A cloudless, breezy morning on the mile. Most folks in the campground & nbsp were still having breakfast, but there were a few people on the beach: 18 adults, 6 children, and 6 dogs, four of them leashed. A fisherman was scouting the surf for a good place to cast, and one adult was flying a kite. The bluffs were unusually free of people's initials and artwork. The sand was as low as I've ever seen it -- rock slabs were showing at the base of the bluffs, a novelty for me. I'm not good at estimating, but I'd guess that in places the top of the bluffs is 20 or 25 feet high. About 2/3rds of the way south on the mile, what looked like a newly graveled vehicle access to the beach had been truncated by the waves. View full report 2
22 Lavenne22 04/09/2021

Overall clean, windswept beach with lots of massive driftwood and notable dune erosion. Observed Buffleheads on river as well as two Caspian Terns at the mouth of the river. Saw two seals at mouth of river. Given the freshwater access and the shelter of dunes and driftwood, I find myself curious about all the wildlife I did not see in this rich habitat.  There were lots of animal tracks but they were indistinct and windblown. 

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23 Lavenne22 04/09/2021 DISPATCH

Parked here to walk Mile 22. There is an animal carcass in the parking lot. It has been there at least a week. (I was not on CW last week). When I first saw it, it appeared to have horns like a goat. It looked like all skin and bones, no flesh. It still smelled terrible. This week it has deteriorated considerably, been further nibbled, and lost the strong smell. At the south end of the parking area, there is a bird wing. Along the path to the beach, there is toilet paper, socks, a maxi pad. I foolishly forgot to bring gloves, so I did not pick these items up. On the beach, heading south, I found bird remains wedged in the large rock formation with the pointy top.

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24 Lavenne22 04/08/2021 DISPATCH

Extremely low tide. Saw two orange sea stars on different rocks/different pools. One looked sick: pale orange and shriveled. The other appeared healthier: plumper and brighter. 

Saw a lone goose at the mouth of Meyer's Creek, dipping its beak into the sand shorebird-style. I looked at it form a distance with binocluars. Definitely Canada Goose. Noteable becasue I observed a lone goose two days ago at Ophir State beach. 

Very windy. Did not observe any wildlife except gulls.

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195 WetWabbit 04/08/2021

Walking mile 195 has resumed, now that steps from the 804 trail to the beach, in the middle of the mile, are back up. I visited with my dog Westly on a sunny, brisk day with fewer visitors than usual for the nice weather. The beach was mostly clean of natural and human debris. It was a very pleasant walk.

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36 Lavenne22 04/07/2021 DISPATCH

Made a quick stop and saw 16 whale spouts! With binoculars. They were moving towards the horizon.

4 cars with people in them in the parking lot. No one on the beach. Noted lots of human and canine footprints. Picked up one burned beer can off the beach near a very small pile of charred driftwood.

Rest stop garbage cans were full but not overflowing. 

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287 C Nelson 04/07/2021

A cool, blustery day with intermittent squalls - lovely to watch the storms move in off the water, but damp! Not many folks on the mile, and those that came did not linger. Good to see the natural sand deposition process at work, filling in the previously eroded foredune area. The beach was remarkably free of human-caused debris. 

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36 Lavenne22 04/06/2021 DISPATCH

As I walked the path down to the beach, just to the north of the rest stop, a Canada Goose stepped out of the dunes and followed me. We walked about 3/4 mile south. I sat on the beach and it came within 10 feet of me, then flew in an arc, calling. It returned to the same spot, then came closer. It settled down about 4 feet from me, with its back to me. It settled down like a broody hen, tucked into the sand. When I stood and walked back, it followed. I thought maybe it is living here, maybe people are feeding it? (I returned the next day; it was gone.)

Sitting slightly to the south of the rest stop I saw two seals in the waves, close to shore.

The portion of beach I walked was clean/ trash -free. The beach is shaped in hills and valleys perpendicular to the water, and the drop to the water is steep. Sand bars are visible; the water is fairly clear at this location.

Driftwood is pushed up against the dunes, which show tidemarks up to maybe 6 feet, and some matted grass. The (January?) high tides look to have been very high. Today's high tide marks all end on beach, not dunes. 

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262 Linda Fink 04/05/2021

very low tide so much broader beach than usual.

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29 Sparks29 04/05/2021 View full report 2
315 tabeag 04/03/2021

Hauled a couple wood pallets to the bottom of the northern set of stairs to combine with large trash others have hauled there previously.

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275 highamm 04/02/2021 DISPATCH

I observed Large and small debris mostly from crabbing spread from mile 275 - 279 

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232 kbayans 04/01/2021

Windy and sunny day. 2-3 boats (fishing and whale watching?). People milling about -- walking and watching the waves. I assume those that had cameras and binoculars were there, like me, looking for the migrating and "resident" Gray whales. One person out of a pair was flying a drone around and over Gov't Point. Others sat in their vehicles, eating, talking, and, or looking out at the water. Some ate separately, outside of their vehicles. All vehicles except one had OR or WA plates; the former had ID plates. The spot was popular for its public restrooms, lots of coming and going. There is a significant increase in plastic wrapper, paper (napkins/toilet?), paper/cloth face masks, and cigarette trash since my February 2021 visit. Upon my arrival, I noticed at least one person having difficulty disposing of their items in the trash/recycling cans.

A squabble of Gulls (maybe Western) was out in force, huddled on the rocks, and lined up neatly on the fence close to the picnic tables. 2 Black Oystercatchers rested on Gov't Point, while a sunning of Cormorants (maybe Brandt's) searched for food in the water below.

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111 TRBishop 03/31/2021

The first warm day of spring after a long winter made for a great day for people to get out of the house and come for a walk... COVID restrictions are beginning to lift, but a few people are still wearing masks at the beach.... most are not .... Nothing unusal to report... just a beautiful day!

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254 Carpenters 03/31/2021

Calm, beautiful day on the beach; people walking dogs or just strolling.  Debris consisted of shells and small rocks, plastic and styrofoam pieces, small amount of driftwood and an intact light bulb, and pieces of fishing boat netting.  Most notable was the erosion causing root exposure and dying shore pine trees.  Several dead shore pine trees along beach.  

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101 GarrettSEA 03/31/2021

Increasing numbers of ochre sea stars, one visitor climbing on stack,  see actions & comments

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325 jayredbt 03/30/2021

Beautiful evening. Saw one bald eagle at the estuary. Side of estuary has eroded significantly this year and now you have to scramble up the sandy bluff to walk around the edge of the estuary. Sadly, lots of trash found today. 

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26 hobbins 03/30/2021

There was some erosion of the sand wall since we were there last but only about a foot. There was very little litter on the beach this time. Nice to see. Most of the activity was near the river mouth.

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160 mbbsmile 03/29/2021

Very windy day and only saw one person on the beach. No birds or other animals on or in the surf that I could see.

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244 Victoria 03/29/2021

It's apparent the unofficial oregon coast crab farm fleet is contributing to loose fishing gear in the no harvest zone of the cascade head marine reserve.

Drone flying on the beach is a nuisance and not safe.

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116 alaingamerica 03/28/2021

I did walk my complete mile (as much as can be walked) this time. I paid special attention to the tidepools on the Northern edge of South Cove and around the point. Many people came to enjoy the pleasant weather and the minus tide. I found one ochre sea star with wasting disease and sent an observation to MARINe. I saw markers, so I know my walk around the point was into a routinely monitored area. I found 25 ochre sea stars, the majority healthy seeming. Also found two healthy seeming blood sea stars. I was astounded by how many gumboot chitons I saw. I've found them before in the tide pools on the Northern edge of South Cove, but they were super numerous out toward the point. Most seemed healthy, but a few looked in distress. There is also an abundance of purple sea urchins. They carpet the low intertidal area. Most are well established, drilled down into the rock, but I saw juveniles and others that hadn't drilled out their own home yet. There does seem to be more abundance out at the point compared to the pools in the cove.

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265 aricatierradelmar 03/27/2021

Not a lot of people out for a saturday during spring break. People seemed to be keeping to themselves and dogs were on leash or stayed with their group. I was surprised that I didn't see more microplastic like we see in Pacific City but it seems that the currents only bring larger items to this stretch like giant trees that had washed up. 

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297 NehalemBay 03/27/2021

This was a lovely day, warm and sunny with a light wind.  At this early hours there were only 17 people walking the beach, one with a dog.  However, there were 28 cars in the parking lot as it got closer to noon which meant many more people were coming down to the beach for spring break.  The king tides have cut into the dunes leaving a long flat beach, with few logs showing and some steep climbs to get out. The signs to protect the Snowy Plover nesting are up encouraging most of the people to head north on the beach instead of south onto this mile.  There were actually some plovers nestled in the sand where the dunes have been flattened which is exciting. One bird carcass, of a Northern Fulmar, dark morph was found.  But there were no shorebird flocks or even gulls, and nothing in the driftline.  While there was more human debris than usual, the only physical disturbance in the nesting area was what looked like Elk hoofs at the far end. 

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202 Jon French 03/26/2021

My wife and I joined our neighbor Nancy Thomas and her husband for today's walk. Nancy is a fellow CoastWatch (Mile 203) and Plover Patrol volunteer and today was doing a survey for beached birds for COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team), the 20 year old citizen science project housed at the University of Washington.  We didn't find any intact remains but came across a half-buried wing and partial skeleton, the excavation, cleaning, measuring, and documentation of which is shown in the attached photos. Nancy will submit a report to COASST, which will attempt to identify the remains. If anyone is interested in doing beached bird surveys, there are many available stretches of beach.

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203 JLcoasties 03/23/2021 DISPATCH

Possible Japanese fishing boat washed up on Mile 203 with various species of marine life on board.

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100 Cynthia and Kevin 03/23/2021

Lots of people on the beach due to spring break....kites were flying and dogs playing. Several sand castles noted on the beach. Once the wind kicked up, everyone left. Nice to see folks horseback riding again. Just a few shorebirds feeding at the driftline.

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331 alkarbeck 03/21/2021

This was the start of Spring Break but there were very few people on the beach. It was only 45 degrees around noon which may have been why the beach was almost vacant.

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219 YHONA 03/21/2021

Walked the Quarry Cove and Cobble Beach stretches of coastline within the park, and observed various park visitors interacting with the resource safely and respectfully. Observed various different types of trash washing up on both beaches, and while no singal piece was large, there was a large quantity today (shards of plastic, plastic bottles, pieces of cloth, etc.). 

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226 gsmeyer 03/20/2021

As in other reports, the primary human activity on or near mile 226 was people stopping at the Lookout area to observe the ocean from several hundred feet above sea level.  There were probably several people fishing off the rocks just beyond the north end of the mile.  (Note that the shoreline of mile 226 is essentially inaccessible from the landward side except for the extreme south end at very low tide.)  Nothing notable was observed in that very small amount of driftline that was visible with the tide at plus three feet on this cliffed shoreline.  No man-made or natural physical changes were observed to the shoreline, not even in the rockfall deposit just north of the Lookout that I have been observing for a number of years.

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261 beattieb 03/20/2021 View full report 2
116 alaingamerica 03/20/2021

I didn't do a complete survey today. But wanted to say more than I could in a dispatch.  I was at the Southern tidepools 3 days ago for Sea Star Observation Survey Training and we found 24 stars, one Mottled Star and one Ochre Star that seemed to have a lesion. I  returned today to see if I could find any in a worse condition. I  did not. Rain and hunger chased me away before I walked the whole mile. I spent an hour and a half in the tidepools and though the water level was higher,  I went further than on Wednesday.  Out of 29 Ochre Stars observed,  none had lesions and only one looked suspicious to me. I saw some interesting things and have learned how much gets overlooked if you don't slow down. 

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116 alaingamerica 03/20/2021

I didn't do a complete survey today. But wanted to say more than I could in a dispatch.  I was at the Southern tidepools 3 days ago for Sea Star Observation Survey Training and we found 24 stars, one Mottled Star and one Ochre Star that seemed to have a lesion. I  returned today to see if I could find any in a worse condition. I  did not. Rain and hunger chased me away before I walked the whole mile. I spent an hour and a half in the tidepools and though the water level was higher,  I went further than on Wednesday.  Out of 29 Ochre Stars observed,  none had lesions and only one looked suspicious to me. I saw some interesting things and have learned how much gets overlooked if you don't slow down. 

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338 Randy and Beth 03/19/2021

We experienced a very windy walk on our mile. Looking it up later at home, winds were predicted at 35 mph gusts coming from the south. The beach was pretty clean from debris and only saw very few sandpipers at the water line.

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239 mlbutowitsch 03/17/2021

Very lovely day.  All people seen were at the Mo's section of our mile.  None on the Salishan spit during our walk.

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262 Linda Fink 03/17/2021

Beautiful sunny day with few people enjoying the weather and the beach. Most significant change was the natural sinking of the north side of the big dune creating access to vehicles (judging by the tracks). No signs prohibiting such activity.

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339 edjoyce 03/17/2021 DISPATCH

Nothing unusual.  

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184 simmonsk 03/17/2021

A great almost springlike, sunny day at Ocean Beach.  There were quite a few rock hunters out combing through the giant rock fields that are covering most of the beach.  The debris line contained much more plastic than I observed on my last visit.  Also noted more driftwood again present along the bluff up and down the beach.  Because the tide was so low, I was able to see many sea stars at the north end of the beach.  They were large and looked healthy.  There are stil more rocks present than I have observed in years past at this time.  The cave at the north end of the beach was filled with large pieces of driftwood on this visit.  The sand shrimp are also out and about creating great designs in the sand.  The trash I noted last month has been removed and the trashcans emptied.  Thanks Park Service!  Please remember to pack out your trash if the trashcan is full.  

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182 mj6dolphin 03/16/2021

Nothing unusual in drift line. Damage of dunes is still apparent from the King Tides .There is still  more larger logs on the beach than usual. See photos. People walking and rock collecting on the beach. Dogs on leashes.

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199 seagazer 03/14/2021 DISPATCH

This is a late report. This year's King Tides have had major effects on our beaches this year. Wakonda Beach is no exception. My last dispatch showed some of these significant changes on parts of mile 199. The subject of dispatch the remnants of a vehicle that was exposed by the scouring actions of the waves during King Tides. The history of it is that it is a 1954 Chevy panel-delivery that got there in 1975. The driver was wreckless eventually oversteering causing it to roll throwing out the driver and another while two were still in it. It landed on its top. The last time it was observed only the tires/wheels were visible. It was surprising to see it exposed again - especially when it was some time and somehow turned back upright. The following images are from February 9/10. An inspection of the beach on March 13th found no evidence of the vehicle.

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211 Chad101 03/13/2021

My last previous report was at the end of 2019, but the changes over the last year are typical of Mile 211, including rockslides or boulder falls, rockfields covering parts of the beach, and a new drainage pipe.  A fairly large number of people were enjoying the beach on a nice rain-free Saturday afternoon, engaging in typical Mile 211 activities such as dog-walking, playing in the sand, fishing, and rock hunting.

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293 stu and barb 03/12/2021

A lot of people and dogs as it was a warm and calm afternoon.  Shoreline modifications were the result of strong winds and high tides in mid Jan.  Some riprap (1 1/2 to 1) will require repairs. The 2 to 1 riprap held up well, but a lot of the accumulated sand and dune grass was eroded. Picked up a wide variety of human derived drift line debris including plastic rope, toys, kites, styrofoam, shoes, a broken clam shovel, a few cans, and one mask.  Dropped off a cardboard box, a sheet of hard plastic, and a galley counter from a boat at the wayside...the rest went in our garbage.  Overall, we've seen a lot worse.

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203 Nancy Thomas 03/11/2021

The most noticable change was the fact that the dunes are almost washed away from wave action.  There are many cut out areas and logs thrown into vegetation.  Vegetation near shore is uprooted and the wrack is pressed up against the remaining dunes. Some very large kelp was washed up to the beach. The beaches are flattened. No sure how it will affect Snowy Plover nesting this season.  The areas nearest the vegetation are flooded from rain water more this season as well.  There was some beach ar

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200 bluemoonjoanie 03/11/2021

Calm sunny morning with an incoming tide.  The sand dunes were noticibly eroded. 

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129 mzlzee15@gmail.com 03/10/2021

Foredune erosion.  Ocean action is carving "cliffed" areas out of the foredunes, at times as much as 6' tall, 90 degrees to the beach.

Increased bird life - young/small turkey vultures and sandpipers.  1 Pacific Red-tailed Perch caught.

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171 oldMGguy 03/09/2021

Stunningly beautiful sunny morning for a beach stroll.  Light east wind has pushed the usual sea/beach haze well offshore, making for unusually clear views north to the Heceta Head Lighthouse.  There is a heavily scavanaged harbour porpoise (I think) carcass on the high beach about halfway between the Siuslaw River North Jetty and the Driftwood Shores resort complex.  On earlier beach walks over the past two weeks, there have been surges of Moon and Pacific sea nettles washed up, along with a few days of finger-sized pyrosoma strandings.

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294 dmachuca 03/06/2021

Quiet day at the beach. Most people seemed to arrive by walking up from Rockaway/Nedonna. Harsh appearing step to the bluff that looked new (maybe from King tide earlier this year) but I will check again next visit. Plenty of driftwood driven high up on the shoreline.

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234 dwhite 03/04/2021 DISPATCH

A large concrete retaining wall collapsed last weekend (~Feb 27) endangering the stability of one home with others also vulnerable to further erosion. See photos.

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204 Jon French 03/04/2021 DISPATCH

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved PacWave South, OSU's long-planned wave energy collection project. As I reported in June of last year, the project will install and test wave energy collection devices six miles off the coast between Waldport and Newport, with seafloor transmission cables coming ashore underneath Driftwood Beach. In the Driftwood Wayside parking area, the seafloor cables will connect underground to terrestrial cables which will proceed underground via "horizontal directional drilling" to an OSU facility just east of Highway 101, where the electricity generated will be transmitted to Central Lincoln PUD. Although the project will generate electricity, its primary purpose is to test different wave energy collection devices along with the infrastructure necessary for such a project. Construction in the Driftwood Wayside parking area should begin later this year. Details can be found by searching "PacWave South"

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315 tabeag 03/04/2021

A rare rainy, windy winter day with no activity on the beach.  Unsuccessfully attempted to clean up wet sand microplastics with a strainer, but the strainer grid was too small.  It is difficult to clean wet sand.

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194 tietjenl 03/04/2021

A blustery day on the beach today. No concerns or significant changes noted, but as I'm new to CoastWatch, I'm still taking note of the normal baselines. I spotted one Black Oystercatcher on the south end of the mile. Also noted a pair of Killdeer at the north end. Picked up a small bag of litter, notably marine versus land debris. Finished the mile watch just before the rain started to fall; thank you for the accurate prediction, NOAA!

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283 CherieE53 03/03/2021 DISPATCH

Some of the trees were damaged. Lighthouse was closed. I saw some Horned Puffins (2 pairs), 3 pairs of Common Murres, many Western Gulls  and Mew Gulls. There was also Pelagic Cormonant and Double Crested Cormonants. I did not see any stranded animals.

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184 simmonsk 03/03/2021

It was a quiet day on Ocean Beach.  Unfortunately, today I observed more trash in the parking lot and on the beach than I ever have.  I documented this and reported it according to the guidelines provided by CoastWatch.  I'd like to note that when visiting a beach, if you find the trash receptacle full, please pack your trash out and dispose of it at the next available trash can.  I also found two abandoned crab traps.  I found no markings or tags on them.  The extensive rock fields that I observed in February are still present.  Lots of agates and jasper.  I also noted driftwood embedded in the bluff close by the waterfall.  

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307 Bald Eagle 03/03/2021

I was the only person on the beach.  There was one bald eagle flying south and one flying north.

Some kelp was washed up on the rocks.  The sand area was very clean.

There was a landslide with a few trees on the north end of Mile 306.

 

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247 jayenhollytag 03/03/2021

We surveyed Mile 247 over two days, March 3 an4 4, 2021.  Although this beach receives very little activity, since there is no easy access, it still has considerable plastic and other trash that probably comes from boats or from upstream on the Salmon River.  There was also evidence of King Tides affecting the dunes. 

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213 PaulJulia 03/02/2021

We usually access the beach via an entry at Surfland which hasn't been easy in the past.  Now it's taped off.  Went to South Shore to see if could access the mile that way; now gated.  Went to South Beach Park and worked our way down to at least half of mile 213.  High sand dune reported by another miler made accessing the beach difficult and especially difficult in return.  Will have to explore area south of the mile to see if another access can be found.  Due to the pandemic and our living in the Mid-Valley, we haven't been able to monitor the mile until now.  We were unable to go too far beyond Henderson Creek to the previous beach entry now closed.  Could see lots of trees/logs in that area plus the tide was beginning to come in.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 03/01/2021

No significant changes in the bluffs this winter.  Some sand has moved off the beach as is common this time of year and exposed some gravel patches.  The recent high tides have washed much of the debris off the beach.

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239 ORbeach 02/28/2021

A cool, mostly sunny day, with a chilly wind from the southwest.  Lots of driftwood on the beach - not surprising considering the stormy weather and high tides the last couple months.  No significant erosion in this section of the Salishan Spit, but further south houses are threatened and a restoration rip-rap project is ongoing. Spotted a group of sandpipers running along the edge of the waves.  No harbor seals in their regular resting place at the tip of the spit, but several were spotted in the water.  Not a lot of trash; we collected about 1/2 bag, mostly bottles, caps and plastic pieces of various sizes.

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245 lvoelker 02/28/2021

Gorgeous day.  The ocean currents have brought the sand back.  Continued erosion of the upraised cliffs near the end of the mile; the face has been washed by the recent storms.  The roots of the snag atop the basalt outcropping (bald eagle perch) have a tenuous hold.

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234 jessejones 02/28/2021 DISPATCH

These photos were taken by Fran Recht, CoastWatch volunteer. The site is one of intense erosion. 

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214 AnnaB 02/27/2021

A busy day at mile 214! Low wind and a little sunshine brought families out to play in the sand. Recent storms/ high tides pulled in large wood as well as marine debris (styrofoam, ropes, etc). 

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292 highamm 02/24/2021

Large amount of errosion to the coastline, logs and trees have been moved around due to our recent King Tides and High surf.

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129 mzlzee15@gmail.com 02/24/2021

Unusual quantity of amber (Sea Nettles?) jellyfish.

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182 mj6dolphin 02/23/2021

The King tide had left a lot of debris in the picnic area. The path to the beach has been filled in with rocks to stabilize the path and make it more safe. A few pieces of a sand dune had fallen onto the beach but nothing significant to report. There continues to be erosion of the dunes during the king tides.

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210 mrkopplin 02/20/2021

Recent storms and high surf have removed a lot of sand from the beach, especially the southern end of mile 210. This has exposed a lot of rock and pebbles. Consequently, we have been seeing a lot of "rock pickers" looking for agates, etc on the beach. All friendly, by the way. 

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315 tabeag 02/18/2021

Quiet on Crescent Beach today, no one else there but me.  Picked up trash - 34 bottle caps, 19 tube ends, 6 plastic ?, 1 plastic bottle, and 1 intact light bulb.

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203 Nancy Thomas 02/17/2021

The most noticible change was the retreat of the dunes toward the shore.  The beach has become very flat and many of the dunes are gone or deeply cut.  The rack line rests on the remaining dunes and against the vegetated banks.  The debris has also collected against these banks.  Plastics, ropes, 2 buoys, and a large container of blue fluid that the Ranger, Doug Sestrich picked up for disposal.  Thank you Doug!!

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