Mile 314 Report

September 16, 2016
by cheeseguy

Cannon Beach, Ecola Creek, Chapman Beach south
Friday 2:30 PM
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
1 kite, 1 horseback, 5 beach bikes.
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 1
Activity Comments:
Winds were too light for kiting or there would have been more.
Notable Wildlife:
Lots of gulls on the beach north of Ecola Creek where there were fewer than 10 people.
Dead Birds:
No banded birds. 2 cormorants, 1 Rhinoceros Auklet, and 4 Common Murres
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam
New Development:
Dune Modification The dune modification plans for Breaker's Point Condo continue to garner public attention in local newspapers. No work has begun as of this survey.
Natural Changes:
Curious as to why the Monroe drain was running water in this dry season and none of the other drains showed any sign of water????

The dead birds were all found in approximately the southern 3/8 of the mile. This is consistent with the fact that more dead birds are found closer to Haystack Rock in other surveys. No change seen in any of the drains but I was curious why one was running water in this dry time. The battle over dune removal at Breaker's Point condos continues at city hall and in local papers. No grading other than manual documented in June report has occurred.

  • Man on Horseback: Man was observed riding horse and visiting with walkers on the beach.
    Beach between 1st and 2nd streets.
    September 16, 2016
  • Jackson St. drain, this established storm? drain is coming onto the beach near the end of Jacksono St. Photo is for monitoring.
    Off Jackson Street
    September 16, 2016
  • Monroe St. drain, This established storm? drain is coming onto the beach near the end of Monroe St. Photo is for monitoring.
    On beach near the end of Monroe St.
    September 16, 2016
  • Jefferson Street Drain: This established storm? drain is coming onto the beach near the end of Jefferson St. Photo is for monitoring.
    On the beach near the end of Jefferson St.
    September 16, 2016
  • Adams Street Drain: This established storm? drain is coming onto the beach near the end of Adams St. Photo is for monitoring.
    On the beach near the end of Adams St.
    September 16, 2016
  • Taft Street Pipes: These extablished storm? drains are coming onto the beach near the end of Taft St. Photo is for monitoring.
    On the beach near the end of Taft St.
    September 16, 2016
  • Example of Plastic Trash: bottle cap likely from a land source because is is not worn.
    S 1/8 of the mile near wrack.
    September 16, 2016
  • Grass with Trash: Seagrass wads with plastic and other trash within.
    S 1/8 of the mile in wrack.
    September 16, 2016
  • Dead Bird Wing: Cormorant wing.
    S 1/8 of the mile in wrack.
    September 16, 2016
  • Dead Common Murre: Likely Brandt's or Pelagic.
    S 1/8 - 1/4 mile in wrack.
    September 16, 2016
  • Rhino Auklet: Dead Rhinoceros Auklet.
    S 1/4 - 1/8 mile in wrack.
    September 16, 2016
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March 4, 2020 - FOHRAP1
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December 9, 2017 - cheeseguy
Beautiful Dec. morning on the beach. Very low counts for both humans and vehicles. Beach was generally free from human trash. No dead birds noted. There had been a lot of pyrosomes about two weeks...
  • Dune protection.
  • Drift fence 1.
  • Drift fence 2.
  • Storm Drain off Jackson St.
  • Storm Drain.
September 18, 2017 - cheeseguy
A sunny fall day at the beach. Lots of people walking for the most part. Only new observation was the application of ground cloth to the base of the dune at Breaker PT. condos and Ecola Creek. Some...
  • Ground cloth applied to dune base
  • Kite flying day at the beach
  • Pelican beach, ecola creek
June 24, 2017 - cheeseguy
It was a gorgeous day on the beach. Probably a record day for people because of the warm temperatures. 
  • Drainpipe outfall from Jackson st.
  • Drainpipe outfall from Monroe St.
  • Drainpipe outfall from Madison St.
  • Drainpipe outfall from Jefferson St.
  • Drainpipe outfall from Adams St.
  • Drainpipe outfall from Washington St.
  • Dune Stabilization project at Breaker's Pt Condo/Ecola Creek.
  • Mid mile 314 looking S towards Haystack rock.
  • Mid mile 314 looking N towards Breaker's Pt.
March 20, 2017 - cheeseguy
It was a cloudy day(a few rain drops) with moderate NE Wind. People count was up likely because of some visitors being on Spring Break. Otherwise would not have had so many on a Monday in March....


December 13, 2016 - cheeseguy
The day was a bright sunny day. Beach was narrow due to King tide. I walked in the hour prior to high of 10.6. Lots of kelp strands and huge bundles. Fair amount of rope both alone and in kelp...
  • Beachgrass planting
  • Cassin's Aucklet
  • Tree with roots
  • Jefferson St outflow/storm drain
  • Kelp bundle
  • kelp bundle w/ rope
  • Madison St. outflow/storm drain
  • Monroe St outflow/storm drain
  • Northern Fulmar #1
  • partial wooden pallet
  • coil of rope
  • Taft St outflow
  • Western Gull
  • New Construction
  • Jackson St outflow/storm drain
April 18, 2016 - Volunteer Trainer
Submission from Diane and Rex Amos. Diane and Rex Amos photographed these at 6:50 a.m. just north of Margo Visher’s near the dunes. There were about 8 of them. Learned from Joe Liebezeit, Avian...
  • Semipalmated plover on the shoreline north of Ecola Creek
  • Semipalmated plovers
  • Semipalmated plover, Clatsop County, Cannon Beach, Ecola Creek, Chapman Beach south


September 27, 2014 - skylaar
A very nice, sunny fall day and a lot of people enjoying the day. Many people walking or sitting in the sand. Happily did not see a lot of trash (was also SOLV beach clean-up day).
  • Jellyfish, about 8" diameter
May 12, 2014 - skylaar
Considerable amount of manmade debris in the driftline along with dozens of molted crabs.
January 31, 2014 - skylaar
Visited mile just as the king tide was receding. The tide came up pretty high but did not reach the small sea wall or the bluffs. The visible tide line was littered with seagrass and a lot of razor...
  • Tide was too high to visit northern edge of mile at Chapman Beach.
  • Sand removal from high tide


October 26, 2013 - skylaar
There were easily 100 people on the beach today. Lots of people just enjoying the nice weather, and there were a few people still on the beach from the SOLV beach cleanup that morning. The tide was...
  • Concentration of gulls
  • There were five dead jellyfish near or in the tideline.