Mile 5 Report

August 26, 2008
by Berner

Location:
Curry
Chetco Point, Macklyn Cove, Mill Beach, Zwagg Island
Conditions:
Tuesday 7:30 AM
Foggy
56° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
3.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
0
Playing in surf:
0
Playing in sand:
0
Sitting:
0
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
0
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Fishing:
0
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
0
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
a very quiet early weekday morning
Notable Wildlife:
two noisy groups of oystercatchers-one north of Zwagg Is and the other off Chetco point. Many pelicans in the water in both coves
Dead Birds:
Total:
3
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Species/names:
no bands seenthree seagulls
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
New Development:
Modifications:
Stream modification
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls
Comments:

Note: the progressive crumbling of bluff across from Zwagg Island has been noted for each of the four years that I have been watching mile five. Two new large boulders have come down since March of 2008.

Summary:

Mile five seems to be generally stable except for the crumbling bluff noted above and constant shifting of the entry of Mill Creek into Macklyn Cove (an annual rearrangment). Unlike a year ago, there has been no evidence of beaching of mammals. The pelicans have been expecially evident and active this year, feeding off the waters near the beachline for the entire length of mile five.

Other Mile 5 Reports (10)

2015

June 10, 2015 - bkrause@sos.net
North towards Zwagg Island the tidepools were thick with the greatest diversity and quantity of sea weed I have ever encountered. The pools had appropriate concentrations of mollusks, crustaceans and...

2014

September 10, 2014 - bkrause@sos.net
A beautiful day at with a minus tide and fewer than expected people. I tried to get out to tide pools to look for evidence of wasting disease during a minus tide but was unable to do so because the...
May 24, 2014 - bkrause@sos.net
Beach is in good shape
  • Dead Bat or Leather sea star found on beach

2009

March 10, 2009 - Berner
mile 5 to the extent that it is accessible--from Chetco Point to 1/8 mile north of the little offshore projection just south of the condos--has changed very little since the last report....

2008

December 18, 2008 - Berner
Rather benign visit, given the storms of late with high wave action. No significant changes since last report
March 4, 2008 - Berner
Considering the winter storms we have experienced, there has been relatively little visible impact on the shore. The sand that recedes during the winter seems to be shifting back in; no apparent new...

2007

November 9, 2007 - Berner
see above; stable, no notable changes over the summer
August 30, 2007 - Berner
mild continuing slides on bank, same sites as noted on prior reports. Dead small whale on shore.
June 20, 2007 - Berner
Mile five, which I view/walk 2-3 times/week, remains stable. The erosion/bluff slides that I have noted (and sent pictures) over the past three years have changed very little. The beaches that...
February 25, 2007 - Berner
no significant changes from the Nov. 2006, trip. Winter storms have done nothing unusual this year on this stretch in so far as I can tell