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339 edjoyce 06/16/2021

Everything looked normal.  The only thing unusual was the lack of marine debris.  Typically, there's lots of plastic.

Heavy-duty work continued on the So. Columbia River Jetty (see photo).

 

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291 BerrieC 06/12/2021 DISPATCH View full report 2
293 stu and barb 06/10/2021

A fair number of people and dogs, but just 10-12 seagulls.  Debris collected was typical...beach toys,pieces of plastic, cans and bottles, plastic bags and wrappers, small pieces of rope, and way too many poop bags.  Also found a large tangle of crabbing rope that had been at sea for a very long time based on the rotting sea life on it.  We collected the smaller items in garbage bags, but we were only able to drag the rope pile up to a beach access for later pick up.

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290 BerrieC 06/09/2021

I walked for 2 hours from our home at the north end of Ocean Blvd to the Jetty and through Barview Jetty Campground. Only one hour (combined observation and reporting) was spent on Mile 290. Beach condition was typical, with no concerns noted. 

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316 tabeag 06/09/2021 DISPATCH

We carried out a fair amount of trash left behind by visitors.

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219 YHONA 06/08/2021

Walked along Quarry Cove and Cobble Beach at Yaquina Head. In addition to seeing live common murres, harbor seals, and cormorants, remains of a dead seal pup and 2 dead murres along with cracked murre egg at Cobble Beach were also located. 

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314 FOHRAP1 06/07/2021

A beautiful day on the beach, with lots of visitors for a Monday.  The beach was clean, very little litter.  The tide line had brown foam (diatoms, algae).  Only other remarkable observation was the erosion noted in 2 adjacent backyards. See photos.

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313 FOHRAP1 06/07/2021

Beautiful day on the beach, cloudy and pleasant. There were a surprising number of people on the beach, especially at the Tolovana walk on.  The tideline included brown foam (diatoms/phytoplankton) and algae. 

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210 mrkopplin 06/06/2021

A quiet day on the beach. Not many people and calm surf.

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204 Jon French 06/02/2021

Construction has begun on OSU's PacWave South wave energy testing project at Driftwood Beach State Recreation Site (see my previous reports). The Driftwood parking lot is closed to vehicles, however PacWave has created a walking path through the woods to provide beach access for local residents. Shipping containers line the western and northern edges of the construction site to reduce noise. The wayside's native Kinnikinnick plant, on which the threatened Seaside Hoary Elfin butterfly depends, has been protectively flagged, and a PacWave biologist monitors Driftwood Beach to insure that no threatened Western Snowy Plovers are negatively impacted by the project. It's an odd sight, walking the beach and looking up at a row of shipping containers, but it's nice to see that this long-planned project is finally underway.

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26 hobbins 06/01/2021

Warm windy day. The insects were out on the sand. One beautiful bug was blown over on its back. Its belly was bright irridescent red. When I went to flip it over the back was a bright irridescent green. Amazing colors on this bug. There were a couple ravens looking for a meal and a couple gulls. The sand was being blown hard so for the most part people were on the other side of the rock at the parking lot playing in the stream. The black flying insect that was 3 cm long looked like a termite of flying black ant or wasp. There were thousands of them there. I would have taken pictures of them but the battery went dead on the phone.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 06/01/2021

Sand is building back up on the beach. Virtually no debris even after the holiday weekend. Wrackline of empty crab shells, algae, and some sand crabs. 

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271 yakinsea 05/30/2021

The pigeon guillemot population here is by far the highest that I have ever seen.

Ladder that is at the tip, south side, may have impacted nesting common murres, none nested on the long ledge near the ladder. This is usually packed with nesting birds. I reported this to a Oregon State Parks ranger.

A motorized para-sailor skimmed the south side above the nesting murres. I reported this to Oregon Fish and Wildlife.

We picked up four kayak load's of trash from a shallow cave just north of where the cape begins. This is usually a tough landing, but reasonable on this day. 

 

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294 dmachuca 05/30/2021

Not much change from last report. Maybe an extra inch or two of rootline, but that could also just have been the wind moving loose sand below.

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297 NehalemBay 05/29/2021

This was a sunny day over the Memorial day holiday which meant lots of people around.  However, only 22 with one dog wandered down where the beach is marked to protect Snowy Plover nesting. One large group of horses from the rental went a short way along the wet sand, and two other riders leading a third horse came up from the jetty.  The sand was high up on the foredune with no steep cuts as has been the case in past years.  The beach was very long because of the low tides.  There was little wrack or human debris.  No dead birds were found, and only a few crows and gulls were fighting the blustery wind. 

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291 JGarcia 05/28/2021 View full report 2
245 TerryH 05/28/2021

The calm before the holiday weekend.  This report focuses on the new riprap added to several properties just south of Roads End State Park.  Update 6/15:  per Jay Sennewald with Oregon Parks "the “new” riprap you kindly sent photos of is actually the result of a recently completed riprap repair project across two properties.  Riprap structures tend to become damaged over time from wave attack during storms, and these two properties had been previously armored, but the structure was in poor condition.  OPRD has a record of the original  riprap permit (Permit # BA-285-85), issued in 1985 for the structure.The property owners hired a contractor to restore the riprap and the contractor obtained the necessary permit from OPRD to repair the structure.  Unlike new riprap projects, repair permits are issued without a public notice.  In fact, owners are responsible for maintaining and repairing their riprap as needed over time, and repair permits are commonly issued up and down the coast."  Thanks Jay!

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286 krallfamily@comcast.net 05/26/2021 DISPATCH View full report 2
244 garretta 05/26/2021 DISPATCH

Did regular observation of Chinook Winds rocks, NW 44th, Lincoln City, at very low tide and population of sea stars was noticiablely less than in past years at same time of the year and tides. Sea Stars that were there were large and plump. Photos from today and from June and July 2019 for comparision. 

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199 seagazer 05/25/2021 DISPATCH

First of all, the Wakonda Beach access at mile marker 159, which was a 12' dropoff due to heavy wave errosion, has been repaired to accommodate trucks and heavy equipment access to the beach. It is once again passable although care must still be taken when going up and down. Pedestrians must be aware of the activities of the trucks and equipment going up and down the access and driving on the beach. The badly eroded property south of the access is not permitted to be armored.

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203 Nancy Thomas 05/23/2021

Beach is very flat in most areas and not suitable for Snowy Plover nesting.  Snowy Plover signs have been placed at beach access points. Dogs are not being leashed. Poles being placed vertical is not good for nesting birds.  Serve as perches for birds of prey or corvids to hunt from. Very little bird activity.  Did see 15 migrating whimbrels, the one Black-bellied Plover in winter plumage, a few Western Gulls and Common Crow.  Found tide pool areas interesting and the natural sand formations incredible. 

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316 tabeag 05/22/2021 DISPATCH

A visitor was waaayyy out on the rocks at Ecola Point, disturbing nesting seabirds.  Quite a few people walking, tidepooling and playing on the beach.  Five eagles, lots of harlequin ducks and cormorants, a few pelicans, two black oystercatcher pairs (one is nesting).  Some huge sea stars in this area.  

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315 tabeag 05/22/2021

Most of the people on Crescent Beach hiked over before low tide.  The sand bridge by Chapman Point was knee deep at low tide, so a few people crossed to Crescent Beach during that interval.

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311 browneyed 05/22/2021

Definitely a beach to visit for low tide! We walked up and down our mile and fell in love. So many cool tide pools, tons of awesome rocks, great collection of driftwood.

*Bonus scavenger hunt item: find the heavy piece of metal from Portland

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274 rogans 05/20/2021

A pleasant day to be on the beach. Conditions were good for paragliding, and a number were in the air above the Cape.

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299 cpendergrass 05/19/2021

Surprisingly few people on the beach given that Memorial Day weekend is almost here. Intrepid boogie boarders were braving the ocean's cold temperatures as a lone sand fortress stood guard. Soft foredunes are forming in the wake of the significant dune erosion from repeated severe winter storms and sand has swept up the access trails obscuring the trail posts from the beach.

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204 Jon French 05/18/2021

The Driftwood Wayside parking area is scheduled to close soon for construction of onshore infrastructure for PacWave South's long-planned wave energy testing project.  Driftwood Beach will still be accessible from Quail Street to the north and from Sandpiper accesses to the south. Construction hasn't begun yet in the parking lot, but there are now PacWave South in-ground markers at Buckley Creek and north of the Driftwood Beach access.

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248 Dr Kayak 05/17/2021

Three bald eagles at Cascade Head

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129 mzlzee15@gmail.com 05/17/2021

A surprisingly clean beach, given this low tide.  Generally very foggy with very pleasant warm sunny breaks.  Choppy ocean with 4 fishing boats in the denser fog offshore.

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186 dbpcar 05/16/2021

Sunny day. Temp-58 degrees F. Wind- 15-20 mph, Low tide at approximately 11 am.

20 people and 5 dogs observed on beach.

6 cars in the parking lots.

Very little driftline debris observed for the second time in a row this year.

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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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255 bballentine 05/13/2021 View full report 0
220 DKPowell 05/13/2021

Jesse Jones asked about the pipes along the beach. I was working a Covid clinic for Lincoln County at Waldport where I met a county property assessor. I mentioned the pipes along mile 220, and the erosion there (it is affecting several houses). He concurred with my idea that the large cement pipes where probably done at some point by Newport, and that they had been replaced/moved further inland from the pumping station at 68th Street.

 

   This is the largest number of people I have seen on the beach in a LONG time. Especially since I try to get there early enough, and bad weather enough to avoid contact. I did get to my usual "Keyhole" location, it was slippery.

   There continues to be cliff erosion. The change in pipes visible or not (depending on erosion to expose them or slippage which hides them.

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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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23 Bob Harvey 05/10/2021

Illegal ATV tracks recently made running from south to north and back again. Sand has been deposited against the formerly steep foredunes.  The low tide was too high to allow access of the marine gardens. The dune grass has not turned greener yet.

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283 CherieE53 05/10/2021 DISPATCH View full report 3
283 CherieE53 05/10/2021

The park appeared to be in good shape, the visitors were hiking and staying on the trails.

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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
129 mzlzee15@gmail.com 04/17/2021

Just a quiet foggy mid-day.  As usual on such days we had the place to ourselves.

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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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186 dbpcar 04/17/2021

This was a very foggy day on the beach. Temp-47 degrees F. Wind-2 mph

60 people and 18 dogs were observed on the beach which is the most that we have ever observed.

A large section of the bluff slid down onto the north end of the beach.

1 dead sea bird was observed (wing only) and this was reported to COASST.

There were only a few sea birds observed during the survey which is very unusual.

Driftline debris was non-existent which is very unusual.

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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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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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