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247 jayenhollytag 03/04/2020

Another calm day on a beautiful beach.  Aside from pieces of plastic, an ever present problem on many Oregon beaches, no reason to be concerned about the beach at Mile 247.

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202 Jon French 03/04/2020

The 12-14 Plovers were seen in approximate area as on my 2-14-2020 walk, in the dry sand south of 67D beach entrance and landmark driftwood, located now precisely with Polaris navigation app and Bing map.  Plovers are standing, appearing to be pairing up.

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34 tayloreandc 03/04/2020

Was too rocky for me to walk very far south starting at roughly the halfway point, sand moves out in October and November. Walked north to promontory where sand build up was evident. Most debris, plastic and rubber strips, was near the northern promontory.  Only saw oyster catchers and seagulls.

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314 FOHRAP1 03/04/2020

I began at the far north (Chapman Beach).  Almost entirely deserted (photo attached).  Like a sand-packed moonscape.  Understandable why some people like to come here to get away from it all, at least for an hour or two.  Going south, Ecola creek was unpassable due to heavy runoff, so it was necessary to go the long way around (sigh).  Light activity near 2nd Street, though later in the season this will clearly be a major chokepoint for human traffic, based on my past few year's experience.  Further south to Gower, little to no sign of disturbance, light traffic. A pleasant, if chilly, walk. 

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184 bluemoonjoanie 03/02/2020

This later winter day, we observed changes in the bluffs, with new rock slides. Some of the large bolders looked like mussels were removed in small patches.  No sea stars were observed this time.  Large flocks of black sea birds off shore fishing...not able to ID. Micro plastics in the upper shore line. Picked up small pieces of old rope and old plastic bottle. 

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325 dicknfamily 03/02/2020

Windy, rainy day in Gearhart. Spotted three bald eagles sitting together on the beach, an adult and two juveniles.  See photos.

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245 lvoelker 03/01/2020

Beautiful day, every parking spot taken. Very few shorebirds. The end of the beach, near the basalt outcropping, continues to erode.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 03/01/2020

No significant changes to beach despite winter tides. Lots of small and medium plastic debris in wrack line. 

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182 mj6dolphin 02/27/2020

More micro plastics in the wrack line, continued erosion of dune bluffs on Roosevelt beach exposing large boulders that could fall.

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313 FOHRAP1 02/27/2020

Concerned about bluff erosion.  Recent King Tides seem to have chipped away at the bluffline and i dont know why anyone would buy a home that close anymore.

Our first entry so will try to expand notes as we go along

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101 GarrettSEA 02/26/2020

Nothing of note.

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222 222Tender 02/25/2020 DISPATCH

New cliff erosion, fallen trees/bushes on beach.  Large Velella Velella wash-up.  Sea Foam.  Micro Plastic.  12-14 plastic bottles

Tide still too high to walk entire mile.  

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196 Pardiatthebeach 02/25/2020 DISPATCH

Dead bird we found on a walk was a Nazca Booby whose range is near the Galapagos Islands.

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217 digincommunity 02/20/2020

This is our first winter in Newport. Our Mile 217 is a dynamic area constantly changing due to King Tides, Winter Storm and heavy rainfall.

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310 Jesse Narens 02/18/2020 DISPATCH

Observed at least 12 fulmar, 1 horned puffin, 1 rhinoceros auklet, 1 cassins auklet and 1 seal. all dead.

The mile north of 310 is not part of our Coastwatch mile, but we observe it for Coasst, and discovered 3 more fulmar and 1 seal. also all dead.

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237 bksouthwick1 02/18/2020

Pleasant day, moderate number of people. Small/moderate amount of trash predominantly of plastics, especially bottles, also numerous small chunks of styro foam.

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287 C Nelson 02/17/2020

A quiet afternoon on mile 287; only a few folks out enjoying walks on the sand. The resident pair of bald eagles were at play, soaring above the shoreline with an additional juvenile bald eagle; the resident herd of elk were grazing peacefully behind the foredune. The only unusual sighting was the substantial number of velella velella stranded in the driftline. Otherwise all was well on a lovely day.

Some kind person or group had done an extensive beach clean-up over the President's Day weekend, and there were numerous stacks of trash piled above the high tide line at intervals along the mile as well as along the entire BayOcean spit. We picked up another two bags of additional items, mostly plastic water bottles, and added them to the stacks. To make sure that they were aware of it, I notified the Parks Dept about the trash; they responded that they knew about the clean-up and had already scheduled a pick-up.  

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213 hancherclan 02/17/2020

Walked the beach at low tide. Beach appears very smooth, no potholes or undulations that I've observed last year. Evidence of the king tides was clear; sand soaked the beach grass higher than I've seen before, and driftwood was threatening a number of beachfront homes. Noticed a broken up dock washed ashore. Mostly sunny day, temp just below 50, light breeze. Did notice surfers north of my mile. Average number of beach walkers given the conditions.

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297 NehalemBay 02/16/2020

This was a brisk day with big clouds on the long holiday weekend.  The beach is very long, sloping gently from above where the large amount of wood sits.  The sand has covered most of that wood.  There was little debris, natural or human on the mile.  12 people were out walking, fishing, photographing and running. No bird carcasses were seen, and only a few shorebirds and gulls were present.  What was notable was four ATV tracks that ran down the beach, and then multiple circles of tracks up where the dunes were leveled to encourage snowy plover nesting. Somebody, or somebodies seemed to be having a good time driving around in the sand. 

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220 Hillsideshack 02/16/2020

A large amount of debris on the beach, more than 15 pieces that were over 50cm in length. Lots of rope from crab/fishing, an intact Pacific Seafoods white tote, 2 pieces of possible tsunami debris: 1 fridge or freezer (47cm square) with Asian characters on inside and biofouled as well as a red plastic gas can with Asian characters on it as well (see photos). I carried off 2 full bags of trash/debris as well as one of the conglomerations of rope. Alerted Fawn and Jesse about the above-listed items. 

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220 DKPowell 02/15/2020

It was not a good day. It was cloudy, and during the 1.5 hours I was scrambling along the rocks, taking photos, etc. it rained 0.03 inches according to Hatfield. The wind was 8-12 miles/hour. Wave height was 11-15 feet according to Weather Service Surf forecast.

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202 Jon French 02/14/2020

Fewer Western Snowy Plovers this walk than on 1/30/2020, approximately 20 total today (30-40 last visit) in two clusters south of beach access 67D (beyond the landmark driftwood in the attached photo and before the steep sand bluffs).  On my previous walk, the plovers were about a quarter of a mile further north, but that section of beach has been smoothed over by new sand/wind, and the plovers seem to prefer some roughness/undulations in the sand.

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243 garretta 02/11/2020

Bright, sunny Tuesday right after King Tides. Beach was scoured clean, logs rearranged and a few new ones deposited. Velella Velella were uniform in size, 3"-3.5", clear, and fairly fresh. Some erosion at MW 15th Street vehicle access but not enough to keep all cars from the beach. Maybe bette luck next time. Sand level noticibly lower, photo attached. 

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293 stu and barb 02/11/2020

A lightly travelled beach today with less than 20 people and 5 dogs.  Lots of debris left at the high tide line mostly due to the recent King Tides.  Besides the logs,  tree branches and other wooden debris, found lots of plastic rope, chunks of styrofoam, and plastic bottles that were obviously at sea for many months or years.  Gathered 1 1/2 garbage bags of trash, including a personal best 3 tooth brushes...go figure!  Noted some minor sand and vegitation erosion along the bank.

 

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220 DKPowell 02/10/2020 DISPATCH

King Tides. 10-14 feet waves meant I could get down to 25 feet mark from normal beach access to SAFELY take photos.

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197 mudslide 02/09/2020 DISPATCH

Since spotting the big chunk of bluff that's become detached from the wall, back at the end of December, I've been returning to check on it every few weeks. Would have thought the combination of heavy rain, big waves, and king tides would have brought it down by now, but it's persisting. (See photos.) On my last visit I walked the whole length of the mile and observed two houses that were in an increasingly precarious position on the bluff's edge. (See photos.) Driftwood of all sizes was plentiful; the beach was otherwise clean except for several yards of rope, one end of which was pinned by a piece of riprap so I couldn't take it out.

 

 

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286 kunkelwa 02/09/2020

Two days ago we had very strong west winds for an extended period. The Velella were back in the driftline. A lot of water bottle caps and small platic garbage as well. The sand and dunes have been eroding from wind over the winter.

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237 Walden 02/09/2020

I noticed that debris from the recent King Tide event was concentrated at the southern end of mile 237, with little to none in the northern 1/3-1/2.  The appearance of the high water mark indicated that the highest tides reached the cliffs on the southern end, and not all to the north where it is low dune topography.

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220 DKPowell 02/09/2020 DISPATCH

King Tides. Note that first two pictures show the 75 feet mark log shown by last month's King Tides picture is no longer present. Waves are 17-22 feet. A lot less foam.

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327 sultanym 02/09/2020

Chilly, clear (37 degrees F) early morning walk with visible frost covering the beach sand on mile 327. The weekend's impressive King Tides revealed an abundance of debris. I removed 45lbs of trash (3 SOLV bags full of hard plastic, marine-based debris, large styrofoam pieces, including floats and water bottle with Japanese writing-see photo below), especially concentrated around Del Rey Beach access road entrance. Observed human feces and toilet paper in the dunes along the dunes access trail. Observed 7 dead sea birds, and was able to identify 1 dead bird as Northern Fulmar. Someone sawed part of a large tree limb washed up on the beach, leaving sawdust on the sand. Observed 5 Bald Eagles, two of which were feeding on a gull on the beach. 

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220 DKPowell 02/08/2020 DISPATCH

Another King Tides day. Weather has 47F, winds of 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Waves are 19-23 feet.

Foam was past the 75 feet mark from normal beach access. Last month erosion was up to the 75 feet mark--so I made a new 100 feet mark.

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193 SKMacK 02/07/2020

Cloudy day with no people along beach because of high tide. More logs washed up on south side of Yachats River by its mouth. Continued erosion along Ocean View Drive. 

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220 lacyajane 02/06/2020 DISPATCH

There are erosion, slides and new rock deposited.   Lots of larger debris on beach   Difficult to access, trail issues may need to be addressed after the last king tide

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310 Jesse Narens 02/03/2020

Arrived today around mid tide as it was on its way out. The large fallen tree that usually greets people near the base of the parking lot steps is now gone. Not sure if it was removed by people; my guess is that the recent king tides pulled it out as most of the large pieces of wood that had been around for most of last year are now gone as well. Very little driftwood in general today, and no tidewrack or birds that we could find. Only saw 3 other people and their dogs.

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280 CharmerDale 02/02/2020

There was quite a lot of erosion of the cliffs and sand dunes near THE CAPES gated community.

Otherwise, the beach was clean with little debris following our recent KING TIDES!

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236 Streets 02/02/2020

Storm damage for this mile seems mostly at Laurel/Sijota; Morris Excavation has built a roadbed parallel to the bluff for equipment access; some erosion at World Mark, north of state park. Sand dune from Schoolhouse Creek (at Wallace Street) extends north so that the creek runs nearly to the state park. I can't seem to send you more than one photo. If you want others, let me know and how to do that.

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246 TerryH 02/02/2020 DISPATCH

A large piece of electronics, in the cove, just north of the Roads End headland (the Point).  Weighs about 15-20 lbs.  Maybe from a boat?  Also, more little wire bundles in the same location.  Re-posted a photo of the wire bundles from this time last year.  Same wire junk.  Huge piece of styrofoam in same cove.  My son did this walk and he came back with a piece of beaver wood.  see photos

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198 bahngarten 02/02/2020

Cloudy day, slight SW breeze. 4 people walking along beach.  Notable were larger beached pebbles, 1-3" size along shoreline, along with notable decrease in shells as seen last  month. 1  decomposed carcass, ID from beak and foot was a Northern fulmar.Two plastic bottles and several pieces of plastic collected and removed from beach.  

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129 mzlzee15@gmail.com 02/02/2020

FV showing itself near 128/129.

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14 artist 02/02/2020

Nothing significant to report.

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23 Bob Harvey 02/01/2020

Lots of plastic ocean deposited plastic this time of year.  Foredunes continue to lose sand and grass esp N end of mile.

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202 Jon French 01/30/2020

Another beautiful walk on Mile 202, highlighted by seeing 30-40 Western Snowy Plovers scattered along the upper portions of the sand perhaps 100 yards North and South of Beach Access 67C (Bayshore South), a stretch of sandy beach and rolling dunes a half mile or so north of the tip of Alsea spit (see photos, one bird with orange leg bands).  These small shorebirds live and nest on sandy beaches and were listed in 1993 as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act because of loss of habitat, predators, and human disturbance.  Portland Audubon estimates the current number of individuals along the Oregon coast at 500.  The beach here is managed as an Oregon Shore State Recreation Area by the Oregon State Department of Parks and Recreation.  Nesting season is March-September, and if any active nests are discovered, they will be protected by Parks and Recreation.  On my previous walk, the plovers were further south on the beach but perhaps have moved north because of the new smooth sand deposits to the south.  I will continue to monitor and will be attending a Plover Patrol workshop in April for training.

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99 tbowspencer 01/30/2020

Mile 99 is showing the effects of the winter storms, with a lot of plastic debris, and erosion of foredunes and bluffs along the creeks. 

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143 kmwifish 01/26/2020

The biggest thing I found was the water heater tank.  There were only 3 seagulls and a small flock of sandpipers  Quite windy, lovely to have the beach to myself (I walk farther than my mile).

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327 sultanym 01/25/2020

Late afternoon walk on mile 327 during an outgoing tide. Observed a recently dead fully intact beaver (Castor canadensis) about 0.25 south of Del Rey Beach access at Highlands Ln. Two people moved the beaver up into the foredune area near a large two-pronged stick, out of the way of beach car traffic. Observed a partially intact dead sea lion 0.1 miles south of Del Rey Beach access. 

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244 Victoria 01/25/2020

Erosion, drainage pipe blight effecting this mile with recent storms.

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183 Sandy Watch 01/20/2020

A considerable amount of driftwood/logs on ocean picnic. Rock or gravel exposed on rock Creek beach and ocean picnic beach. I have never seen the rock and gravel on ocean picnic beach before. Many people were agate/rock hunting.

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310 Jesse Narens 01/20/2020

The beach was more stoney than sandy today, the tidewrack made up of mostly small plastics and wood.  Live bald eagle, freshly dead Cassin's Auklet observed.  People watching waves near parking lot, fanned out as tide went out. 

 

 

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195 WetWabbit 01/19/2020

It was the best day in quite a while for trail and beach walking--warm and dry. Most of the hikers were on the 804 trail, which is closed at stairs above the beach at Starr Creek. Some hikers were walking down the rocks along the side of the stairs, but this route is steep, slippery and unsafe. Karen and Westly walked the mile in two segments: from Overlook Lodge north to the closure above Starr Creek and from Silver Surf Motel south to Starr Creek. 

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116 alaingamerica 01/19/2020

Fairly low tide during daylight hours on a dry day brought only a few visitors. Muddy trail access inspired creative entry points. Seasonal waterfalls flowing heavily. Observed a breeding pair of Harlequins out in the surf. I believe I saw an emerged nudibranch.

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338 Randy and Beth 01/19/2020

On this warm day many people were enjoying the beach with their dogs. There was an absence of kelp bundles which we would have expected after our stormy weather. Sawdust showed where several beach logs had been cut for firewood. The most notable thing were stones, weighing a pound or less, dotting the entire mile like raisins on cinnamon dough. On our return walk we picked up about 25 pounds of debris, mostly plastic.

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208 Batthecat 01/19/2020 DISPATCH

Photos show how high the surf got. The top is likely 12-14' up from the beach. Lots of debris 

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45 humbug45 01/19/2020

No unusual events or observations to report. 

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325 sultanym 01/18/2020

Today, I spent one hour walking mile 325 with the primary purpose of birdwatching. I observed 6 Western Snowy Plovers foraging along the low-tide line near a large group of Sanderlings. The official status of the Western Snowy Plover is listed as threatened. A Peregrine Falcon fly low over the high tide line and then out over the beach. Weather was cloudy with moderate to strong winds. Found large plastic debris near the mouth of the Necanicum River Estuary and photographed below. 

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340 edjoyce 01/18/2020 DISPATCH

Nothing unusual.

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238 Cathy238 01/17/2020 DISPATCH

Beware the sneaker waves. Observe all warning signs. Dress appropriately for the season, climate, and quick weather fluctuations. 

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254 Neskowin254 01/17/2020

Nothing unusual to report. There was a king tide a couple of days prior to this report, so there was some debris left at a hgher water line than normal, but otherwise nothing out of the ordinary.

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245 TerryH 01/16/2020

A lot of big logs and signs of velella that had lost its blue color.  No dead birds.  Pleasant winter day with no wind.

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339 edjoyce 01/15/2020 DISPATCH

Nothing unusual.  Typical winter erosion of dunes.

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202 Jon French 01/14/2020

A chilly north wind but still beautiful on Mile 202, which I had virtually all to myself.  I previously walked 202 on 12/30/19 and wanted to view any changes after a weekend of storms and King Tides.  Sand appeared to have been deposited on the rolling dunes along the northern half of the mile, but I saw new erosion on the southern half (see photos).  There was a little more large driftwood but not appreciable.  One of the two sand dumps I had previously seen is sloughing off, and areas of the sheer southern sand bluffs have eroded.  I also saw erosion of the sand bank below one of the more vunerable houses on the bay side of the beach near the tip of Alsea Spit.  More pollution than before, mostly chunks of styrofoam and plastic bottles, probably marine-origin from the storms and which I collected and carried out.

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220 DKPowell 01/12/2020 DISPATCH

Another day of King Tides--the waves didn't come as far up, but the "foam" came further.

The waves were 17-21 feet.

Wind was 20mph --gusts to 30 mph.

Another note: with the erosion near the cliff wall, I will probably be moving this point further inland because of cliff undercut.

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220 DKPowell 01/11/2020 DISPATCH

Arrived 1 1/2 hours late of King Tide maximum--I had another appointment. And it was a good thing--as waves eroded up to my 75 foot mark from normal beach access!

Waves were 30-35 feet.

Wind was 15 mph--with gusts of 20 mph.

 

 

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116 alaingamerica 01/11/2020 DISPATCH

Though Cape Arago was receiving possibly record number of visitors, no one was trying to surf or otherwise visit South Cove. The tidepools were completely submerged, numerous driftwood were tossed by the waves.

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300 mccannavc 01/11/2020

These observations were recorded during a King High Tide.  12:00PM on 1/11/2020.

The Cape Elizabeth Buoy reported 9.5 high tide, 16 kts WNW, 21 kts gusts, and significant wave heights of 29 feet.  It was partly cloudy with a temperature of 44 degrees.

The beach access road at Treasure Cove Lane and Beach Street experienced sea foam to the gate.

The beach face on mile 300 was compromised and in most locations non existent.  

The majority of people noted in this report were watching the ocean from the vantage point of dunes. 

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120 alaingamerica 01/11/2020 DISPATCH

Sunset Bay was overwhelmed by visitors presumably drawn by the "High Surf" warnings on their weather apps or, I suspect, by awareness of the "King Tide" phenomenon. Sunset Bay State Park day use area took heavy damage from the King Tide. I have to question the intelligence of those wanting to put their surfboards in on such a day. Most people were trying to get into Shore Acres, but the entire Cape was recieving well above usage. 

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220 DKPowell 01/10/2020 DISPATCH

Catching some photos during King Tides.

Winds were 20 mpg--with gusts to 30mpg

Waves at 13-17 feet.

I was able to get to the point which was only 25 feet from "normal" beach access and take some photos.

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211 Chad101 01/09/2020

I tried to pick up and carry back to trash collection area all plastic pieces I found larger than 1 square inch, but for every piece I picked up there were at least 100 smaller pieces, a great increase over the amount of plastic just a few years ago.  Beach was relatively deserted late on a cloudy Thursday afternoon in January.

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111 whiskeydevil 01/09/2020

Nobody else on the beach.  Found lots of plastic bottles and other trash.  Two dead gulls and one salmon.

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323 photosbyboothe 01/08/2020

Very few people on the beach. A lot of fun invertibrates including sea gooseberries, red eyed medusa, and sea cherubs. 

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198 bahngarten 01/05/2020

Cloudy day with mod SW winds, 48'. Of note, mod. amts of razor clam shells, lack of usual small pebbles, many small ( less than 1/4") plastic pieces along driftline, otherwise clean beach.  7 people walking,5 dogs. Usual winter overtopping of winter tides into areas of closed Beachside park campground- leaving some sand deposits.

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337 Lisa Heigh 01/04/2020

Lots of large pieces of woody debris. However, it appears human removal of wood is common.

There was enough trash to take some time and collect the larger pieces. 

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245 TerryH 01/03/2020 DISPATCH

Walked the northern half of Roads End beach (into Mile 246).  Clean, windswept beach with only a scattering of tiny plastic and styrofoam.  No dead birds.  I counted 30 people and a couple of dogs.

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184 simmonsk 01/03/2020

Happy New Year Ocean Beach!  It was a very warm winter day so lots of people and dogs were enjoying the beach.  The rocks at the base of the stairs which are normally up against the bluff, were moved by the high tides down into the surf.  There are many more exposed large rocks mid beach.  More large driftwood logs are scattered all along the beach.  The wind gusts were quite strong and the sneaker waves were coming up past the high tide line.  I also noted some sort of egg like blobs in the drift line.  I don't know what they are.  The waterfall that is present at mid beach is roaring and flowing to the ocean.  

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327 sultanym 01/01/2020 DISPATCH

Windy, cloudy late afternoon beach walk covering 0.44 miles of mile 327. Significant amount of sea foam blowing across the sand and along the low tide line. Large woody debris and tree trunk washed ashore from winter storms. Observed 7 WEGU (western gulls) on the beach.

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214 AnnaB 01/01/2020

A lot of large wood has washed up with the recent tides and the driftline is almost up to the dunes in places.  

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299 cpendergrass 01/01/2020

A rare calm day after the heavy storms, blustery winds and high seas of late December. A sneaker wave alert caused the cancellation of the annual New Years Manzanita Polar Plunge where the intrepid annually venture into the 46 degree water. Only 2 kite flyers, 3 dogs and 15 folks walking on the beach were out and about. One female bufflehead was dead in the sand. Buffleheads are common in the bays but uncommonly seen in the ocean.  

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310 Jesse Narens 01/01/2020

First morning of the year, and our first report as Coast Watchers. Arrived to the beach, and were the only ones there for a while before people started to slowly show up. 27 people total, 4 dogs. Most were to there to walk the beach, 3 people were playing with a small drone near the base of the parking lot steps.

Lots of seafoam today. a few greater moon jellies in the tidewrack, but mostly small bits of wood, plastic, and some fresh bull kelp. Saw some gulls, one raven, and a couple steller's jays.

No noticeable changes to the physical environment since our last visit in December.

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243 garretta 12/30/2019

Holiday week with groups of people and way too many dogs running off leash. Beach scoured by King and high tides previous few days. 

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202 Jon French 12/30/2019

A beautiful morning on Mile 202.  A beach hazard/sneaker wave warning was in effect, and I anticipated few people on the beach, but I encountered at least 60 people and perhaps half as many dogs, people just walking, running their dogs, a few people jogging close to the surf, a few people fishing on the bay side of the spit, everyone just enjoying themselves and seemingly oblivious to any potential threat from sneaker waves.  No wildlife of note, just a few crows, a dozen or so gulls sitting on the bank near the people fishing, and one concentrated group of a few dozen crab molts.  The beach was pretty clean except for a few pieces of cellophane-like plastic, an old abandoned kite, and a length of plastic-ribbed matting, all of which I removed.  The only evidence of unusual human activity I saw were two areas of sand dumping over the edge of the steep sand bluffs towards the southern edge of the spit, which I had seen occuring on my previous visit on 12/23/2019, when I photographed a front end loader dumping sand over the edge of the bluff onto the beach.  After finishing my walk on 12/23/2019, I later drove down Oceania Drive, which parallels the beach, and saw the origin of this sand, a front end loader clearing sand from the driveway of a house on Oceania.  This appears to be an allowable activity, but I will continue to monitor.

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192 phillil60@gmail.com 12/29/2019

Very bad year for the seagulls and oystercatchers on the Cleft of the Rock sanctuary.  All of the seagulls hatchlings were killed by eagles or other natural reasons.  The eagles seem to be thriving on this mile.  I had 7 at one time on the rocks just east of the sanctuary.  Previously 5 is the most I had seen at one time.  The seals didn't have as many babies this year - 6 in 2019 compared with (if memory serves) 11 in 2018.  However, the number of adults living on the sanctuary is roughly the same - generally around 23.  A lot of new large logs.  All pictures were taken at high tide, which was 11ft.  

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226 gsmeyer 12/26/2019

No people were observed along the shoreline of mile 226.  There were three people at the Lookout near the south end observing the ocean, but the gift shop had closed, it was getting dark, and was somewhat cold, so the numbers were minimal.  The only notable wildlife observed were the cormorants previously mentioned.  No physical changes were observed since the last observation in September.

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190 LyndaC 12/26/2019

A beautiful day at the coast at Cape Perpetua, very strong winds, tide remains high 2 hours following high tide, Devils Churn full of water, foam whipped to consistency of whipped cream.   Cape Cove beach remained covered by water 2 hours after high tide.   Many people enjoying the day, cautiously negotiating the rocks.

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184 simmonsk 12/26/2019

Visited the beach during the high tide.  Waves were coming up over the stairs from the picnic area.  Large amounts of driftwood moving in tide.  Numerous large tree trunks crashing against the cliff walls. It appears that the driftwood piles normally seen on this beach have been moved out with the high tides. The rocks that normally are against the cliff area were spread down the beach and visible as waves receded.  None of the large rocks normally visible could be seen.  

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116 alaingamerica 12/25/2019 DISPATCH

I have always been curious what is happening at my mile during high tide. I generally go at low tide to access the most sand and tide pools I can.  Since Christmas day had a king tide, I did a brief survey. I was surprised to see the number of vehicles I did,  but I saw only 3 surfers in the cove.  A woman and her dog were running down the trail as I was walking up. I will return later this season to do a more thorough survey. 

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246 gianna70 12/25/2019

I went out to observe the King Tides. The access point to mile 246 is on 245 and the water was coming right up to the base of the walkway. Therefore I only took pictures of 246 from mile 245 and didn't access 246 directly.

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212 PhilBSB 12/24/2019

Relatively unchanged since the last walk.  Beach is clean and flat due to large tidal swings.

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290 Foxglove290 12/23/2019

There is a lot of debris washed a shore after this weeks storm.  I picked up trash Saturday and today monday.  Some from the fisheries(big tangles of rope-see photos)  a lot that washed down the rivers and out the bay.

I would love for someone to verify that I have ID'd the dead bird correctly.

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109 ksvineyard2012 12/23/2019 View full report 6
35 alcyonlord@gmail.com 12/23/2019

The beach was relatively clean of natural and organic material, driftwood included. Sand was piled fairly high. One area of uprooted pines pushed over the edge of the bluff was concerning. There is much piping, old cement structures (septic tanks and paving), primitive attempts at erosion control. These are not new concerns, we have seen them for years, but they need to be watched. I will send an inquiry to Calum Stevenson regarding the small house which is beginning to hang over the bluff edge, as well as the use of the beach as an apparent builder's dump. There are at least a half dozen homes within spitting distance of the bluff edge. 
On a happy note, the Powdery Dudleya seems to be making a comeback on our single stack at the south end, and in a few spots on shore in the conglomerate cliffs.

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331 alkarbeck 12/21/2019

It was the day after a major wind and rain storm so the beach was totally barren.

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239 mlbutowitsch 12/21/2019

Limited amount of debris on beach.  Several people but not crowded and no unusual activities noted.  Lots of large trees (some burned) seemed to have been washed up after big storm.  Found a sea star out of water and nowhere near water line, so I gently placed him back in water.  Not sure if he was still alive.  Found a large mass of thick rope and tried to pull it away from water line, but it was buried so deep in sand that it was not possible.

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339 edjoyce 12/18/2019

Except for dune erosion, everything looked normal.

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100 Cynthia and Kevin 12/17/2019

Nice day on the beach. Folks walking, and some walking their dogs. Only one seagull seen today. No dead birds or mammels. Dozens of moon jellyfish scattered all along shore.

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197 mudslide 12/16/2019

A pleasant afternoon on the mile, warm and almost windless. Only a few beachgoers out. The driftline was unremarkable except for some small invertebrates I'd never seen before (see photo). I noticed one large crack in the bluff, plus ongoing disintegration of a clayey layer. As the tide was coming in rather energetically, I turned around before reaching the end of the mile, with maybe an eighth of a mile to go. 

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182 mj6dolphin 12/16/2019

More people on the beach today. Two surf fishing.The waves are undercutting the dune wall at Muriel Ponsler.

logs and more gravel on the beach.

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147 Lyndell 12/16/2019

Coastline along Mile 147 and the preceding Mile 144-146 were clean of major garbage and trash.  No accumulation of dead sealife or birds.  The Sparrow Park Road leading from Hwy 1 down to to ocean is once again in very bad shape in one spot in particular.  There is a very deep depression that spans across the gravel road that fills with water.  It was almost impassable and we barely got through it with a Toyota 4 runner SUV.

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325 dicknfamily 12/09/2019 DISPATCH View full report 1