Mile 107 Report

March 3, 2007
by sunsmith

Location:
Coos
Bullards Beach, Cut Creek, Chrome Lake, Round Lake
Conditions:
Saturday 12:30 PM
Sunny
58° F
Wind:
Moderate from the N
Humans / Pets:
People:
13
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Playing in sand:
1
Windsurfing:
4
1 Cutting Wood/Others in Vehicles Driving
Concerns:
Driftwood removal·Litter
Apparent Violations:
Digging out drifwood & cutting for firewood
Disturbances:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
0
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
5
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Pick up vehicle for windsurfers (blue Chevy van in photos) driving 40-50 mph at waterline frantically disturbing feeding shorebirds and posing a hazard to others along the beach.
Notable Wildlife:
Most noteable wildlife encounter this day wasn't on the beach. Rather, it was on my mile walk from the beach on a trail back to my vehicle. A scruffy old porcupine and myself had a standoff. But he won as I waited for him to finish his gourmet feast of fresh flowering gorse! After a final puff up and show of quills, he wandered off through the underbrush and I finally made it back to my car!
Dead Birds:
Total:
4
Species/names:
Please see attached photos
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Shells·Small rocks·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
2 wood pallets
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Evidence of wave overtopping·Landslides/major boulder falls
Comments:
Bandon Dunes was made aware of slipage and minor slides along bluffs of Bandon Dunes and Pacific Dunes golf courses. They are anticipating more in the future and staying on top of it.Erosion at wave overtopping on foredune just north of Cut Creek is apparent. See attached photo.
Summary:
Another interesting day on the beach! Shells, animal casings, kelp, small rocks, wood, plastic, styrofoam, wood pallet and land- and ocean-based debris in driftline. Foraging shorebirds moving in response to humans. Dead birds: 2 Rhinoceros Auklets, 1 Black-legged Kittiwake and 1 Cassin's Auklet. Land slumps on the headland. Erosion and wave overtopping of vegetated foredune. Moderate human impact (13)-1 playing in sand, 4 wind-surfing, 1 cutting drift wood, 7 driving in vehicles in allowed area. Again, the firewood cutting was obvious and documented with photos. New observations: a frame of an old vehicle in the middle of the Cut Creek drainage and the old timbers of a beached or wrecked vessel embedded in the foredune on the north side of Cut Creek. I also observed a different type of wind surfing that was new to me!While I was attempting to photograph the car frame in Cut Creek, a sneaker wave came up on me. What a surprise as I was looking through the viewfinder and then all of a sudden there was lots of water! Usually I am quite careful in these situations, but this one really caught me off guard. The reason I mention this is because the fella that was "cutting firewood" had a very young child with him, maybe four years old. Well, he was busy doing his thing and she was playing in the sand and running around. But her running around included running down to the water and wet sand area. What if another sneaker wave came in and swallowed her up. Her dad had no idea she was down there or where she was at all. This was scary and that doesn't even include the guy who was driving down along the waterline between 40-50 MPH!Please see attached photos for other info.
  • Evidence of wood cutting began at the south end of my mile.
    Evidence of wood cutting began at the south end of my mile.
    South of Cut Creek - south end of Mile 107
    March 3, 2007
  • Had watched this fella dig out the sand away from the log.
    Had watched this fella dig out the sand away from the log.
    North of Cut Creek 43 11 40.4
    March 3, 2007
  • shot from waterline
    shot from waterline
    Same
    March 3, 2007
  • shot from north backside
    shot from north backside
    same
    March 3, 2007
  • The real concern ended up being the little girl who kept running down to water, the father totally oblivious it.
    The real concern ended up being the little girl who kept running down to water, the father totally oblivious it.
    same
    March 3, 2007
  • This was new to me........
    This was new to me........
    From Whiskey Run to Cut Creek
    March 3, 2007
  • Had never seen this before.  Another old tire is further up the creek and a large peice of rusted metal body also.
    Had never seen this before. Another old tire is further up the creek and a large peice of rusted metal body also.
    Cut Creek Drainage
    March 3, 2007
  • Will have to research this.  Unknown beached or wrecked vessel skeleton embedded in foredune.
    Will have to research this. Unknown beached or wrecked vessel skeleton embedded in foredune.
    North side of Cut Creek
    March 3, 2007
  • Another look.
    Another look.
    North side of Cut Creek
    March 3, 2007
  • 43 11 49.7
    March 3, 2007
  • 43 11 17.0
    March 3, 2007
  • 43 11 27.2
    March 3, 2007
  • This was the blue Chevy Van that was speeding on the beach, disturbing feeding seabirds, and endangering lives.  The license was RUZ 031 if anyone sees it out there again!
    This was the blue Chevy Van that was speeding on the beach, disturbing feeding seabirds, and endangering lives. The license was RUZ 031 if anyone sees it out there again!
    Mile 107
    March 3, 2007
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2012

June 18, 2012 - wbailey
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2011

July 25, 2011 - wbailey
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February 9, 2011 - wbailey
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2010

July 7, 2010 - wbailey
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February 22, 2010 - wbailey
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2009

December 2, 2009 - wbailey
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July 13, 2009 - wbailey
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2007

August 15, 2007 - sunsmith
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June 8, 2007 - sunsmith
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2006

December 30, 2006 - sunsmith
Shorebirds foraging in surfline. 3 dead Western Grebe, 1 dead large squid. Wood pieces in driftline. Foredune north of Cut Creek washed away. Bunches of rope, broken crab pots and bait containers...