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100 Cynthia and Kevin 06/24/2020

A lovely day on the beach. Arriving at the tail end of Circles in the Sand, many folks enjoying the beach after going to the Circles. Four horseback riders also riding along the beach. Only 1 dog on leash today. Lot's of children with their parents, and 2 kids running sprints on the sand. Looked to be highschool age. Due to such a low tide, many starfish and tidepooling to enjoy.

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281 krallfamily@comcast.net 06/24/2020 DISPATCH

Graffiti at shallow cave entrance at north end of beach (past Maxwell point but before Lost Boy Beach).

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204 Jon French 06/24/2020

I walked Mile 204 today for CoastWatch along with Miles 203-205 looking for snowy plover nests.  Three chicks have hatched this nesting season on Miles 203/205, and beach ranger Doug Sestrich roped off a new nest on the northern border of 203 this morning, but no nests have been found so far on Mile 204. I began walking at a minus tide, and the flat Driftwood beach seemed to go out to sea forever. The beach was misty and almost deserted, just a few people walking along the shore, a couple of people on those new fat tire electric bicycles, and one intrepid surf fisherman.

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307 Bald Eagle 06/24/2020

Twenty five people spent their time looking at the animals on Arch Cape or on the rocks near Arch Cape.  Four sea stars were found on one rock (see pictures).  The beach was very clean.   There was no land or ocean based debris.

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203 Nancy Thomas 06/24/2020

Nesting Snowy Plover, firecracker debris and signs of campfire activity.  

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109 ksvineyard2012 06/22/2020

Calm and warm day. No clouds. Gentle breeze from NW. Beach was very clean. Did find a golf ball from Sheep Ranch. Observed golfers on bluff. Low tide. ATVs observed on north end of beach (off-loaded from trailer/truck on beach). Trash was gathered, bagged, and left at parking lot entrance to beach. 

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226 gsmeyer 06/22/2020

The only human activity noted was one couple fishing off the rocks - the only shoreline access point - at the extreme north end of the mile.  Only common wildlife was observed: a few gulls and comorants.  No physical changes have occurred to the mile in the last three months, a situation quite common with the erosion-resistant basalts of the mile.  The inaccessibility of the cliffed coastline of the mile also severely limits potential for any human modifications.  The gift shop area at the Lookout is blocked off, so the observation point for observing driftline content was not accessible.

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239 mlbutowitsch 06/21/2020

It was a quiet day on the spit, but very busy on the Mo's part of mile (probably due to it being Father's Day.  Last week we did see horses on the beach for the first time.  Weather was comfortable with blue sky streaking along the clouds.

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220 Hillsideshack 06/21/2020

Hard to see the second needle and syringe (in the past 2 weeks!!) on our beach, lots of dogs and kids who easily could have stepped on it. The sea grass amount was notable. Eagles and turkey viltures abound...esp near the carcass of the Juv sea lion. Still quite a bit of small plastics in the wrackline for this time of year. The paved road has brought a lot more traffic to this beach.

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14 artist 06/20/2020 DISPATCH

Mattress dumped alongside trail near Highway 101 turnout just north of Whaleshead Trailhead.

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290 Foxglove290 06/19/2020

This was my 1st time back on my mile since February.  Lack of trash was surprising to me(see the photo of what I picked up)  Driftwood on the shore was minimal.  We have had a lot of windy days with abundant sand movement which may have buried trash and driftwood.  I believe lack of human traffic has allowed for the plants to expand out into the sand a good 20-30 feet (see 3 photos of plants)  There were a lot of dead crab shells, probably the most I have observed on my mile.

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331 alkarbeck 06/19/2020

Cosidering the phase 2 of the covid-19 for Clatsop Co., there were not that many people here on the beach and what few were here were socially distancing.

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307 cadonofrio 06/18/2020

Beautiful day; exceptionally clean driftline; only a few shorebirds.

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254 Neskowin254 06/16/2020

This is the first mile report I have filed since the re-opening of the Neskowin Beach State Recreation Area following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. There were more people on the beach than is normal for a weekday at this time of year, perhaps because people are not at work because of Covid-19 social distancing guidelines.

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327 sultanym 06/16/2020

Mid-morning walk on mile 327 with no wind and sunny weather. Observed 6 people recreating on the beach close to the Del Rey entrance road. One dead pinniped eared seal family Otariidae (photographed below) and one dead bird (too far gone to identify) and a mystery pinniped skull). I collected 15 lbs of trash along wrackline including 3 lighters, cigarette butts, food trash from campfires, McDonalds and Subway cups, plastic bags, bottles, and bottle caps. Found large tangle of fishing line, four abadoned socks, a flipflop, and a glove. Multiple discarded dog poop bags were found on the beach (3 bags full) and dog poop along along the Del Rey entrance road. 

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214 AnnaB 06/15/2020

Overall not much new at South Beach mile 214. The gradient from teh water to the dunes seem a little less steep and the dunes a little shorter but 

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338 Randy and Beth 06/15/2020

We missed our spring beach walk due to the closures of state parks so were happy to experience the wonder of the beach today. People were enjoying clam digging, hang gliding, picnicing, walking and one wheeling. We had never seen this on our mile. A skateboard that runs similar to a Segway.

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238 Cathy238 06/14/2020

There was very little on the beach today - very few logs, some dried seaweed but not much, a few people walking and agate-hunting, calm sea. A few accesses are usable, but not 50A or Circle Road. 

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247 jayenhollytag 06/13/2020

Mile 247, at the Salmon River Estuary, continues to be a very clean and pristine beach, likely owing to its remote location.  One difference on this inspection was the total lack of dead seabirds, which we had documented previously.  There were also very few live birds, perhaps due to bald eagles that live near the mouth of the Salmon River.

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203 Nancy Thomas 06/12/2020

bonefire and campfire set ups

SAND202001 Snowy Plover Nest Failed

Driftwood Snowy Plover nest still ok.

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291 JGarcia 06/12/2020

A cloudy day at the beach.  Not many people in my mile. About a dozen in all.  4 dogs, all off-leash.  I found just a few pieces of marine debris in the wrack, small plastic pieces.  Lots of shell fragments, seaweed, crab molts, and a couple feathers.  It was a pretty low tide, about 0.4 feet.  A half dozen seagulls were working the area where a small creek emptied onto the beach, and some crows on the wet sand swash area eating mole crabs (?)   I enclosed a couple photos of them.  I also put up a photo of a plant that grows right out of the sand, up near the bluffy edges or the beach.  Anyone?   

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211 Chad101 06/11/2020

More than 10 previously unobserved drainage pipes in places with already existing pipes.  Relatively large number of people on beach, presumably seeking respite from sheltering in place.  Weather was sunny but with low fog over beach, low tide so that beach was very wide, mild temperature and little wind, so that beach was an inviting place to visit.  

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339 edjoyce 06/10/2020 DISPATCH

Everything looked stable and little change since last month.

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243 garretta 06/09/2020

Misty, overcast cloudy day, light wind mid week but noted singificant increase in people and dogs on the beach. Lincoln City is supposed to be in Coronavirus Phase 1 with only essential travel but parks and beach access has opened. The signs the NW 34th access limiting vehicles to specific area have been repositions... were taken down all winter. 

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210 mrkopplin 06/07/2020

A windy and rainy day so not many people out on the beach. I was not able to take photos since the weather was so poor.

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220 DKPowell 06/07/2020 DISPATCH

NW 68th street is open. The city has moved its pumping station closer to HWY 101 and sealed off the former gravel parking with a paved lot with 5 slots.

A total of 4 walkers and a dog.

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204 Jon French 06/06/2020

I've walked this mile for Plover Patrol; this is my first time for CoastWatch. The photos show the future landfall site of PacWave South, OSU's project to install and test wave energy collection devices six miles off the coast between Waldport and Newport, with seafloor transmission cables coming ashore at Driftwood Beach. In the wayside's parking area, the seafloor cables will connect to terrestrial cables which will proceed underground 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, it's primary purpose is to test different wave energy collection devices along with the infrastructure necessary for such a project. OSU has prepared a detailed environmental assessment plan, and it doesn't appear that there will be adverse impact to the shore. All terrestrial drilling will occur underground through "horizontal directional drilling," although in the Driftwood parking lot underground concrete vaults will be installed for transitioning between seafloor and terrestrial cables. The project is to begin later this year, with the first phase scheduled to last six to eight months. Information, maps, photos, and schematics, can be found by Googling PacWave South

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186 dbpcar 06/05/2020

Met with Tara DuBois from Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and received public education material regarding the reserve that I could give out to beach goers.

 

Day started out with ocean fog, air temp was 53 degrees F, Wind speed 10-12 mph.

Surveyed North Stonefield Beach first.

There was less of a quantity of small debris on the beach, but the debris was not as concentrated as it usually is. Debris at driftline was seen throughout the mile but most of it was on the beach west of Sea Perch RV Resort north to where there is an outlet from a spring crossing the beach. (approx. 1/3 mile)

 

I usually see quite a few seagulls on the beach but today there were none on the beach.

 

Found a 45”x45” insulated lid that appears to be from a container that fish or crabs are carried in. The writing on top was:

DYNO

Made in Canada

Ph: (604) 444-3500

Message has been left with a Beach Ranger for removal.

 

There was a lady that told me she had been collecting “seaweed” from the beach to use in her garden at home. I gave her some information on the Marine Reserve and said that she should check to make sure what she was doing was legal.

 

The pathway from the parking lot at State Location #86 has a lot of vegetation encroaching over the path.

 

Observed 13 people walking on the beach and 1-person rock hunting.

Observed 1 dog on the beach.

 

The large deposit of stones that was at the outlet on Tenmile Creek last year and which changed the course of the outlet has disappeared. The outlet for the creek has straighten out.

 

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184 bluemoonjoanie 06/05/2020

A very nice day for this mile, with a minus tide. Only 2 sea stars observed on the exposed rocks. Land slides seem more prominent than last time observed. First time on mile since early March, with the COVID 19 virus and stay home orders.  

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203 Nancy Thomas 06/04/2020

Discovery of New Snowy Plover nest labelled SAND202001 on beach near Sandpiper Shores and being attended by Snowy Plover Patrol.  Unbanded bird.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 06/01/2020

Sunny quiet morning. No dogs on beach, and virtually no birds either. Only a minimal amount of plastic debris in wrackline. Some molted crab shells on sand.

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245 TerryH 05/31/2020 DISPATCH

Dead harbor seal.  No head.  About 200 ft north of the 72nd/73rd St beach access.  Submitted Marine Mammal Report.

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184 simmonsk 05/31/2020

Lots of people out enjoying the beach.  Noted numerous sea stars on many exposed rocks.  Didn't note any plastics in the debris line.  

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101 GarrettSEA 05/29/2020

Normal bird and seal (including several pups) activitie, strong north wind, nothing of note.

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286 krallfamily@comcast.net 05/27/2020 DISPATCH

Dead whale on beach. Intact. 

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246 gianna70 05/25/2020

Arrived at mile 246 at 2:35 pm and ended the mile walk at 3:22 pm. During that time we saw 11 people and 1 dog not including the two of us and the 1 dog we brought. Saw what appeared to be two new streams coming down the side of the cliffs on the eastern edge of the mile. One was fairly active, cutting a channel to the ocean. The other was very small and not very active. There was evidence along the east cliffs of rock fall with numerous pieces of broken rock on the sand. The north end of the cliff had a tide pool area and the water was too high to get around into the cove on the north end of god's thumb. The tree at the top of the north cliff is still clinging to the rocks above. There was more debris than usual on the mile, especially bagged dog poop and bits of plastic in the wrack line. The most surprising garbage was a retirement plan's worth of toilet paper. As we walked south across part of mile 245 to the parking area we picked up more garbage such as Starbuck's cups, a Mike's Hard Lemonade can and food wrappers.

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203 JLcoasties 05/25/2020

Shoreline Wildlife - 

We found, we believe, a dead sturgeon on the shore without its head.  We have included a picture with a penny for size reference.

We picked up two 2.5 gallon buckets of ocean debris.  Pictures show bucket and examples of the debris

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109 stonephotos 05/24/2020

I saw a blue heron looking for fish. 
There was a dead sea lion on the South end of the beach. Still intact.

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111 whiskeydevil 05/24/2020

A lot less garbage than last time.  Am curious if driving on this portion of the beach is legal, seems like you shouldn't be allowed to drive north of Five mile point.  

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295 Koptiuch 05/23/2020

Lots of commotion near the jetty on the north end of Nedonna Beach on this overcast morning! Earlier today a small rental boat had capsized, a man and a dog fell into the water. Both swam to the jetty safely, but the capsized boat could still be seen overturned in the water not far from shore just south of the jetty. Several vehicles (2 Sheriffs Dept, 2 Fire Dept, 1 truck from boat rental co) were parked by the jetty and several men and one woman were figuring out how to retrieve the boat. Several people were sitting/standing around watching whatever would unfold. I watched two men walk out in the surf to the boat, one climbed onto the overturned boat to assess the situation. They said the engines were stuck in the sand so the tide was unlikely to push the boat to shore. The men left in their truck to get rope and a winch, but almost immediately two Fire Department vehicles arrived with a big winch on a heavy duty pickup. I had to go before they retrieved the boat, but the incident will probably be in the newspaper next week! The beach was quite clean, not much debris in the driftline, a bit of foam and natural debris but no noticeable human debris. Two dead sea birds had washed up. About 55 people were walking, sitting, playing, or watching the boat incident. Despite what sounds like a lot of people, the beach remained quite empty, plenty of social distancing to go around. Nobody was wearing a mask.

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110 skimmer 05/23/2020

Looking forward to the day no vehicles are allowed to drive on the beach.

The one good thing about the new Sheep Ranch golf course is the abatement of some gorse on the bluff.

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182 mj6dolphin 05/22/2020

People with several dogs walking and rock hounding around China creek and Big creek.Lots of dead baby crabs in the wrack line. Much less or hardly any trash or plastic seen today. Continued erosion of sand dunes an d cliff walls on Muriel Ponsler.

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325 dicknfamily 05/21/2020 DISPATCH

In addition to the usual dungeness crab and razor clam shells, I spotted a clutch of squid eggs (see photos) towards the northern end of Mile 325.

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203 Jon French 05/21/2020

I met with Oregon Parks & Recreation Dept Beach Ranger Doug Sestrich on the beach to show him a Western Snowy Plover nest I had discovered 5/15 so that he could install a pole and rope buffer around the nest, which had contained one egg on 5/15, two eggs on 5/19, and the optimum clutch size of three eggs this date with two birds at the nest. The male ran off, with the female skittish and moving away from the nest and back while Doug installed poles, rope, and signs. The female was back on the nest by the time we left.  Incubation period is 28 days after the last egg laid.

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212 PhilBSB 05/20/2020

Two new bluff-top houses currently under construction.

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339 edjoyce 05/20/2020 DISPATCH

More plastics than usual.

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171 oldMGguy 05/18/2020

Whimbrels and sanderlings were feeding in the surf wash zone.  A recently deceased harbour porpoise, about 1/3 mile north of the Siuslaw River North Jetty, appears to have washed ashore with today's high tide (photos).  Little scavanger damage indicates this creature recently died.

I was out on Heceta Beach several times this weekend,  There were a lot of people out enjoying the nice weather, but everyone (including family groups) was doing a good job with the recommended social distancing.

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214 AnnaB 05/17/2020

It was a beautiful, sunny day and a lot of phase 1 visitors hit the beach. Lots of families playing in the sand/surf and just enjoying the sun. 

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220 DKPowell 05/16/2020

A rainy day--Hatfield had 0.05 inches in the hour I was on beach, while my backyard rain gauge had 0.08 inch (my daily total was 0.24 miles).

On the walk down from 57th street--there are now some trail markings. There are more surfers using this way to access Sea Star Beach.


I was rather surprised that there was anyone on the beach with the rain--but I guess some people needed to get out, suffering from cabin fever.

 

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286 kunkelwa 05/16/2020

This beach walk was done during the COVID beach closure. 3 local and 2 nonlocal people on the beach. Someone had an overnight tent perched on the dunes in a noncamping closed area. 

There were several pairs of Willets in the surf. There was a 25 foot dead Pacific Gray whale, male at the beginning of the mile. The whale had been reported 24 hours earlier and authorities had already been out and had taken samples. The rest of the beach seemed quite clean.

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245 TerryH 05/15/2020

Quite the stranding of squid egg sacs all along Roads End beach.  A wedding was taking place at the north end.

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282 krallfamily@comcast.net 05/15/2020

Beach quite clean despite being popular. No porta-potty as usual; I anticipate human sanitation issues. 

Staircase in poor shape, and missing handrails have been draped in yellow danger tape. 

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203 Jon French 05/15/2020

I feel guilty being able to walk my miles, 202 and 203, within walking distance from my home, when others aren't able to because of COVID-19 restrictions.  I apologize for so many reports, but when I walk my miles I always find something that I think others might find interesting and which I think should be reported on. In addition to the eagle I watched this day, I came upon two Western Snowy Plovers, a male and female I think, just south of Beach Access 66C.  Further north, I found a new plover nest (see photos) in the same approximate location as the plover nest which had been photographed by my neighbor a few weeks ago but which had then vanished. Just one egg in this new nest.  Oregon Parks will install an approximately 50 meter radius (165 feet) roped buffer around the nest if and when there are two eggs in the nest, which would more clearly indicate an active nest.  I will continue to check the nest (still only one egg as of May 16th).

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202 Jon French 05/09/2020 DISPATCH

Ospreys atop nest platform, Bayshore Beach Club parking lot.  Osprey couple settling in atop a very exposed nest platform I didn't think would be occupied.  Now for a little work on that nest!

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214 PCTronquet 05/09/2020

High tide surge appears to have cleaned the beach of debris, and took out at least two snowy plover nests that were high on the beach.  Small woody debris and some large logs were moved up to the high tide line.

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21 PaulSherman 05/08/2020

All was well on Mile 21 in the early morning of 8 May on a very low tide (-1.5).  An apparently orphaned Harbor Seal pup was observed on the beach in the cove at the southernmost end of Mile 21.  It crawled safely back to the ocean.

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314 FOHRAP1 05/07/2020

A beautiful day on the beach, with little human activity on the beach, around Haystack Rock and Ecola Creek.  Limited beach activity is due to Covid-19 social distancing and the fact that Cannon Beach continues to be closed to visitors.  The weather was amazing, sunny and 60's. It has been fun to watch, through these reports, how the location of the mouth of Ecola Creek continues to change in location, the mouth moving farther north over time.  Overall it was a quiet, beautiful day.

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313 FOHRAP1 05/07/2020

Another beautiful day on the beach.  Human activity was very limited, covid-19 social distancing restrictions continue and Cannon Beach continues to be closed to visitors.  Winds were NNE 10-20 MPH, and the weather was sunny, warm, and beautiful.

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208 Batthecat 05/07/2020

(This is part two of my report as I divided up the mile into two trips.  This represents Mile 208 .5 to 208.9). observed more cliff erosion and noted that the house I have reported on several times because it was "hanging" off the cliff is now gone.  I drove up to the housing site and it has certainly been removed.  There are two other houses, as noted in my previous report, that are in jeaprody. About mid-mile I observed a small group of Ploves and 4 Whimbrels along the shore line. 

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220 Hillsideshack 05/03/2020

What a fabulous day on 220! I am pretty sure I found a Laysan Albatross, what a majestic bird, the wings so long but incredibly light. We had quite a storm last night with hail and wind...perhaps what blew the bird onto the shore? He was a recent arrival as only his eyes and breast were eaten. The tide was low and the sand was expansive, not nearly the rockiness that is off and on on our beach. Lots of small plastics, nurdles, one large piece of rope with a buoy attached. 

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295 Koptiuch 05/03/2020

Beach looks like it was swept clean by the tides. Left deposits of seaweed and bits of wood and stuff high up on near dunes. Scattered razor clam and blue muscle shells, crab body shells of small crabs, broken sand dollars. Small bits of wood from trees, black and brown stones. I see no trash washed up. 15 or so people and several dogs out enjoying the sunshine on a Sunday, which was quite busy for during COVID-19 shelter-at-home times. A short rain shower chased most of them away.

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30 Bob Ivey 05/03/2020 DISPATCH

Never been to this beach, but will be back.  The weather was great, warm, and dry.  Ocean was low tide, plenty of beaches to walk.  No dead marine mammals or birds to report.  Island off the bluff, with common murres, pelagic cormorants, and gulls.  Plenty of social distancing, maybe 12 people on the beach.  

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193 SKMacK 05/03/2020

It was a beautiful day. I saw more people walking/jogging the road than usual but fewer people on the beach. Social distancing was observed, but most people weren't wearing masks. The parking areas closest to the beach access at both State Parks were cordoned off areas, but people were able to park at other turn-outs to get to the beach. 

I did not appreciate any significant changes in the erosion along Yachats Ocean Road or Ocean View Drive, although the fences along Ocean View Drive seem to be slipping down the bluff.   

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238 Cathy238 05/02/2020 DISPATCH

Tide was low. Beach was smoothed over from last night's high tide, all the way in to the grass line. Accesses are still hard to maneuver, except 50B and an unmarked one near house #281. No debris (marine or otherwise), few logs. No birds.

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202 Jon French 05/01/2020

Another beautiful day on Mile 202.  I watched a flock of 18 whimbrels feeding along the shoreline, probably migrants headed north to breed on the tundra.  Someone in the past attached an osprey nest platform atop a utility pole in a parking lot across from the Bayshore Beach Club.  I've seen an osprey there once this Spring, and a little work has been done on constructing a flimsy nest, but the location is very exposed to the wind.  I've seen ospreys flying along the shoreline on Mile 203 and over Alsea Bay, but I can't imagine this exposed Beach Club nest platform will be successful.

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197 mudslide 04/30/2020

Because of the pandemic-related closure of the state parks, I accessed the beach via the steps at Deane's Lodging, by the kind permission of the owner. It was a mild, sunny afternoon. More visitors were out than I would have expected, given the current restrictions and closures -- a total of 22 people, 5 children and 17 adults, with 8 dogs accompanying them, 6 off leash. There were 1 bicyclist and 3 surfers. 

The drift line was well delineated by dried foam. (See photo.) There were numerous crab carapaces and legs as well as many dead sand fleas. I saw 4 whimbrels and a few gulls; also a couple of dead birds, which I couldn't identify. I'll attach a photo of the better preserved one. 

The large chunk of bluff that's been threatening to come down since December was still standing, although even more battered-looking. A little farther south, some bluff-top vegetation had collapsed, taking some of the Tillicum campground's fencing with it. (See photos.) Additional large chunks of bluff had fallen at a couple of other spots as well. 

 

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245 TerryH 04/30/2020 DISPATCH

Some kelp piles scattered about and evidence of upwelling.  Tire tracks suggest the park ranger had been by recently.   73rd St beach access closed to vehicle parking only, people OK.

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239 ORbeach 04/30/2020

Pleasant day with a southerly wind.  Normally there would be more visitors on the Taft side of the Siletz River, but tourism has been curtailed by coronavirus restrictions.  The harbor seals were difficult to count due to their position on the Spit, but we estimated there were at least 100 in the group.  Did not readily spot any pups.  Very little trash on the beach; we only picked up a few small items (plus a piece of plastic tubing). 

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15 artist 04/30/2020 DISPATCH

Occupants of RV camped on Highway 101 at North Isle Trailhead are dumping trash down hillside above Coast Trail.

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213 hancherclan 04/29/2020 DISPATCH

Noticed a dead sea lion washed ashore.

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208 Batthecat 04/28/2020

The cliff erosion is significant.  One in particular is almost up to the house.  

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203 Jon French 04/27/2020

My neighbor in Bayshore came upon and photographed this rare Western Snowy Plover nest approx 4/23/2020.  My neighbor didn't notice any birds incubating the eggs, but snowy plovers are very inconspicuous (see the plover photographs in my Mile 202 reports), and the incubating plover probably ran off without being seen. The photo shows a classic Western Snowy Plover nest, 3 speckled eggs in a shallow depression or scrape in the sand, this nest in a debris field of small rocks safely above the high tide line.  Western Snowy Plovers are the only birds, except Killdeers rarely, that nest like this on Oregon's sandy beaches, and no Killdeers, which are highly visible and vocal and usually lay more than 3 eggs, have been seen in the area.  When my neighbor told me about the nest, I went out and with her help tried to locate and document it, but the nest was gone without a trace.  There are coyotes in the dunes, and Bald Eagles in the area, but no indication of what happened to this nest.  A few days later, heavy winds and blowing sand almost covered the rocky debris field, which is now more exposed again after recent rains.  Even though the nest was no longer there, I named it DRI202001and reported it to Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, which administers a Western Snowy Plover protection program in cooperation with Portland Audubon and for which I volunteer as a Plover Patrol member. Miles 202 and 203 are not part of an area managed for Western Snowy Plovers, but if active plover nests are located here they are to be protected by OPRD.

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220 Hillsideshack 04/26/2020 DISPATCH

A first for me (and sadly not alive), an octopus in the rocky area. Still beautiful, even in death. Large plastic/rubber mat was on top of one leg but I doubt that is why it died.

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328 tsunami 04/26/2020

Beautiful calm sunny day on the beach. We spent most of the time down at the wrack line at low tide and saw very little non-natural debris and no dead birds or sea life other than shells and some crabs. This is the third or fourth weekend with gates closed and cars disallowed due to COVID-19, and what's most notable is not what is there, but what isn't. I.e. diesel fumes, cars speeding and doing cookies, trash piles, beer cans, yard debris, old furniture, fireworks, tire tracks over the clam beds. Clearly people are able to enjoy the beach without driving on it, as there were plenty of people but spread out and not crowded (it's a biiiig beach especially at low tide). This is my first mile report in a long time since we simply stopped coming to this beach as it's not enjoyable having to dodge cars and see the extra abuse it has to endure as a result of vehicle access. Now we've walked it more than half a dozen times in the last three weeks, and it's heavenly. If only it could last.

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285 Charyl285 04/25/2020

The beach is quiet although the samenumber of folks are there as there usually are!  Noone in parking lot but along the street.  The erosion on the northern part of the mile is new.  We hear - but didn't see it - that there have been some unpleasant interactions with Cape Meares residents with those they deem to be "outsiders disobeying the beach closed injunction"  The community has rallied asking folks to calm down and be kind.  Very few birds.....

 

This report is a month late due to COVID19.....

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264 rbourke 04/20/2020

The large sign on the sand at marker 34B of Sitka Sedge Park warning against driving any further north on the beach has been pushed down.

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202 Jon French 04/20/2020

No Western Snowy Plovers were seen this visit, but extensive plover tracks were seen in the dry sand near the sloping dunes when walking south down the beach.  See attached photos.  The plover tracks are blurry in the soft sand, but they are a little "pigeon toed," not quite straight, and the tracks  zig-zag as the hunting plover finds a little edible morsel in the sand then abruptly changes direction. Although the wind was not strong (no blowing sand was seen), almost all the tracks had been obliterated by the time I walked back up the beach.  This is snowy plover nesting season, so hopefully there is a nest or nests somewhere in the dry sand area.

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219 YHONA 04/19/2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the park has been closed to all traffic (vehicle and non-vehicle). Despite this closure, there were 2 non-compliant walkers who were observed walking on paved roads through the park. With minimal human activity on the headland due to the park's closure, there has been a noticable increase in the number and variation of wildlife spotted at the park. Notable wildlife sightings include Harbor Seals, Bald Eagles, Brown Pelicans, Brandt's and Pelagic Cormaorants, Pigeon Guillemots, and Common Murres. Common Murres have begun to consistantly colonize on the rocks just off the coast of the headland. 

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314 FOHRAP1 04/16/2020

A beautiful day on the coast; sunny, partly cloudy.  Survery was done near low tide.  There were a number of sand bars and tide pools that had formed. Ecola creek output, where it connects to the ocean, had spread across a wide area.  Gulls and Black Oystercatchers were enjoying the freshwater of Ecola Creek.  The beach was very clean; little human debris noted.  Human activity was higher than expected on the beach overall, and at Haystack Rock, considering Covid-19 restrictions.

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214 AnnaB 04/16/2020

I was pleasantly surprised with how many people were out on the beach given the shelter-in-place mandate. I think the weather was too good to miss. I had seen signs indicating snowy plovers are back but didn't see any birds or protective fencing for their nesting grounds as I have in the past. Overall, the beach was clean and clear.

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312 FOHRAP1 04/15/2020

A beautiful day on the beach, sunny and partly cloudy with little wind.  Covid -19 social distancing restrictions are still in place.  Activity on mile 313 was very light, looking south there were few people on the beach.  High tide line had little debris - cellophane worm casings, dead moe crabs, small sticks, shell pieces.  Overall the beach was clean.  Some sand bars and tide pools had formed. 

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213 hancherclan 04/13/2020 DISPATCH

Spotted what appeared to be a beached Lancetfish, which appears unusual for this area.

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202 Jon French 04/13/2020

No snowy plovers today, and very few birds at all.  Plover sightings have declined from 30-40 individuals during my walk on 1/30/2020, to approx 20 on 2/14, to 12-14 on 3/4, to 10 on 3/22, to 6 on 3/31, to none today.  Continuing sand accumulation and smoothing out of beach may result in poor nesting habitat.  I live midway on Mile 203 and regularly walk 203 and southern portion of 204 as well, and I've only seen one pair of plovers once along that entire stretch of sandy beach.

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101 GarrettSEA 04/13/2020

Nice morning on the beach, cleanest I've seen the beach in some time.  Face Rock SP wayside closed, exited beach at marker 152, about 1/2 mi south of FR

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244 garretta 04/10/2020 DISPATCH

One place "Social Distancing" does not apply. Since 2013, the Sea Star Wasting Disease has been severely affecting the Pacific Ocean Sea Stars causing them to almost disappear. Low tide and low sand level revealed my favorite rocks and the first photo this year I have been able to take and I am delighted with the number and apparent health of these very plump sea stars and their food sources. 

Maybe there will be hope for us, too, in the future.

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299 cpendergrass 04/10/2020

There were only 24 people walking, 1 bicyclist and 6 dogs on the beach. This is notably far fewer than usual due to covid-19 bans on lodging/accomodations and restrictions on oceanside parking (now blocked with gravel berms) and associated beach access. Nothing at all in the driftline. However an unusual beached bird find was a Black-Legged Kittiwake tagged with COASST (Coastal Observation Seabird and Survey Team) zipties on the right wing. This species is distinguished by relatively small black feet and solid black wingtips and joins gulls and terns in the Larid family of birds.    

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244 Victoria 04/04/2020

Marine mammal migration in progress.

fishing trawler put out net possibly in marine zone.

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202 Jon French 03/31/2020

Very little human activity today.  Short-term vacation rentals at Bayshore have now been banned due to COVID-19.

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238 Cathy238 03/28/2020

Either rainy day or Corona virus scare is keeping people off the beach. Still necessary to be completely vigilant when on the beach. No whale sightings here during this whalewatching week. Just 1 seal swimming in the ocean. 

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313 FOHRAP1 03/26/2020

Most notable today was the lack of human activity. The beach was quiet, sunny, and beautiful .

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308 John Markham 03/26/2020

An overcast day with occasional light sprinkles, but overall pleasant. A few people in small separate groups. Everything appears fine on my 1.8 km-long stretch of beach.

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314 FOHRAP1 03/25/2020

 A beautiful day on the beach. The beach, tide line were relatively clean. The day was most noteworthy for the lack of human activity, corona virus precaution related. 

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171 oldMGguy 03/25/2020

A nice morning walk today in the sunshine to practice my social distancing skills.  Nothing of significance to report - some surf grass, white squid/octopus egg clusters, and a few "cat's eye" comb jellies washed up at the high water line.

This, however, did get my attention.  Every gull on Mile 171 was standing in the running water of a small unnamed stream flowing to the surf (photo).  Does anyone know why gulls do this?  I haven't really noticed this behaviour before.

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202 Jon French 03/22/2020

Spring Break Sunday on Mile 202.  I saw only 25 people on my walk south beginning at 11:15 a.m., but more were arriving by the time I ended my walk back at the Bayshore Beach Club beach entrance at 12:45 p.m.  Except for two groups of four people each (children and adults, sitting close to each other, not the 6 foot social distancing recommended for COVID-19), people were in singles or pairs, keeping to themselves on the beach as they usually do.

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239 mlbutowitsch 03/21/2020

Very nice day.  Most of people noted were on the Mo's side.  On the Spit itself, only 5 people were seen.  More people coming to the beach area as we were leaving.  Little owl was sitting on log, believed to be nesting.  

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337 Lisa Heigh 03/21/2020

Primary difference from last visit: because of winter high tides and storm surge there was considerable over topping of the dunes and lots of wood on the beach , much of it with a diameter over 14".  

 

This week was the beginning of the Covid -19 social distancing response. The beach parking lot was still open but soon to be closed in a couple/few days.  

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188 Bill Watson 03/21/2020

This mile of Coast was very busy at the access points on what was to be the first weekend of Spring Break. The hard to get to stretches remained quiet and magnificent, as always. People were for the most part respectful of each other and the setting. I was surprised at how little plastic, styrofoam, and other evidence of human produced litter was evident on this visit. 

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331 alkarbeck 03/21/2020

My husband and I were shocked seeing so many people what with the fear of spreading the virus. There was even a wedding group or a memorial group totally ignoring social distancing. There were more people on our mile than on the 4th of July. This was very disturbing seeing people ignoring requests to STAY HOME. I gave up counting the number of vehicles and people and simply estimated the number on our mile. It was like this all along the beach.

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289 ollikainen 03/20/2020

Mile 289 is again restricted due to bird nesting.  The family dog by definition is part of the family.  We will not walk the entire length of the spit leaving part of the family at home.  We stopped at the sign and tape that marks the start of the restriction.  The bird area must be a kilometer in length since about a 1/3 of mile 289 is still open to dogs.  High human usage was the story on this survey.  We have seldom seen campers at the far end of the spit but did today.   All along the spit from Cape Meares north,  humans and dogs were out enjoying the sun and getting away from Corona Virus isolation.  I cannot blame them.  But the crush of visitors is causing dismay among local leaders and residents.  Dogs may not be the only ones kept away.

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