Mile 314 Report

April 16, 2020
by FOHRAP1

Location:
Clatsop
Cannon Beach, Ecola Creek, Chapman Beach south
Conditions:
Thursday 1:15 PM
Party cloudy
55° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
1.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
49
Dogs:
10
Activities:
Walking / Running:
33
Playing in surf:
4
Tidepooling:
8
4 bicyclists
Concerns:
Climbing bluffs/seastacks·People/dogs in closure areas
Apparent Violations:
Two dogs off leash in Marine Garden, 2 people were approaching saddle on Haystack Rock. Covid -19 social distancing measures are still in place. Haystack Rock Awareness Program had 1 person monitoring the Marine Garden, and they were addressing the issues.
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
1
Activity Comments:
Covid-19 social distancing is still in place. More activity on the beach was observed today, than during the last report (Covid-19 was also in place during that report).
Notable Wildlife:
2 Black Oystercatchers were observed in Ecola Creek where it meets the ocean.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Species/names:
None noted
Stranded:
Total:
0
None Noted
Fish & Invertebrates:
None Noted
Driftline:
Small rocks·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
New Development:
None Noted
Modifications:
None Noted
Natural Changes:
None Noted
Comments:

None noted

Summary:

A beautiful day on the coast; sunny, partly cloudy.  Survery was done near low tide.  There were a number of sand bars and tide pools that had formed. Ecola creek output, where it connects to the ocean, had spread across a wide area.  Gulls and Black Oystercatchers were enjoying the freshwater of Ecola Creek.  The beach was very clean; little human debris noted.  Human activity was higher than expected on the beach overall, and at Haystack Rock, considering Covid-19 restrictions.

  • Looking south on Champman Point, sandbars/tidepools
    Looking south on Champman POint, sandbars/tidepools
    April 15, 2020
  • Ecola Creek turns to head towards the ocean
    April 15, 2020
  • Haystack Rock from Chapman Point
    April 15, 2020
  • Ochre Sea Stars and Anemones at Haystack Rock
    Haystack Rock, North East
    April 15, 2020
Other Mile 314 Reports (14)

2020

May 7, 2020 - FOHRAP1
A beautiful day on the beach, with little human activity on the beach, around Haystack Rock and Ecola Creek.  Limited beach activity is due to Covid-19 social distancing and the fact that Cannon...
  • Quiet Beach
  • Tide Line, Cannon Beach
  • Chapman Point
  • A quiet day on the beach
  • Seagulls hanging out in Ecola Creek
  • Mouth of Ecola Creek
March 25, 2020 - FOHRAP1
 A beautiful day on the beach. The beach, tide line were relatively clean. The day was most noteworthy for the lack of human activity, corona virus precaution related. 
March 4, 2020 - FOHRAP1
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...

2017

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....

2016

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
September 16, 2016 - cheeseguy
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...
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

2014

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

2013

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.