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THERE WERE 27 REPORTS PUBLISHED FOR SPRING 2010 IN LANE COUNTY:
MILE 160 Wed, Apr 14, 2010
Many floats from boats and lots of bottles, both plastic and glass, on beach. A great time for watching birds.
MILE 166 Thu, Jun 10, 2010
The beach was busy, 10 people walking or riding ORVs.
Cool, cloudy and windy for this time of year. Nothing unusual to report.
MILE 167 Sat, Mar 27, 2010
Spring break so lots of people were on the beach. Two days after this visit to the South Jetty of the Siuslaw, I visited the North Jetty and was surprised at the contrast... on the North Jetty much erosion and dead trees; lots of driftwood exposed. South Jetty so clean and pristine.
MILE 167 Sun, Apr 18, 2010
Picked up 5 large bags of trash as noted under 'concerns'.
MILE 168 Wed, Mar 31, 2010
Quiet day at the beach. Lots of wood, plastic, and glass. The large, old tree stump with a notch for a logger's platform has moved slightly northward along the beach and is nearly at the northern end of mile 168 currently. The shipwreck "Bella" is still visible at low tide, although sand is continuing to cover her up again. I've seen raccoon tracks coming from the foredune and meandering along the beach on multiple occasions recently; does s/he enjoy a stroll on the beach as much as the humans do?
MILE 171 Tue, Jun 15, 2010
Beach very clean at high tide. Concentration of paper and plastic trash near southern side of North Jetty parking area. Winter storms have moved sand over much of Jetty prohibiting vehicles access to Jetty. Hooray!
MILE 171 Wed, Apr 7, 2010
Five turkey vultures were busy feasting on a fairly fresh dead Steller sea lion (female?) 1/3 mile south of the Driftwood Shores hotel complex well up in the dry sand area of the upper beach. Osprey and brown pelicans were feeding offshore, with western grebes and cormorants feeding in the Siuslaw River outlet.
The near shore surf was heavily colored brown with attendant greenish-brown sea foam - must be a fresh algae bloom going on. The discoloration formed a narrow parallel band at the shallow breaking surf area of the beach, with some staining on the wet sand regions.
There has been significantly more upper beach sand removed along the south end of Mile 171, forming benches and exposing old driftwood logs, then I have observed over the past 3 years.
MILE 171 Wed, May 5, 2010
A very pleasent evening on Heceta Beach. Observed one out-of-control dog chasing feeding sanderlings up the beach for a considerable distance. Lots of migrating shorebirds heading north. Brown pelicans were plunge-feeding off-shore, with a pair of lesser terns cruising the near surf. Common loons, western grebes, and cormorants were feeding in the Siuslaw River, and a mixed group of sanderlings, semi-palmated plovers, dunlins, and dowitchers were feeding on the springtail bugs on the river estuary shoreline.
A dead juvenile sea lion (about 6' long) has washed ashore about 1/3 mile north of the Siuslaw river North Jetty. No obvious injuries, but the scavengers have already removed a lot of soft tissue.
MILE 172 Fri, Apr 23, 2010
Shorebird migration in progress with 1000-1200 shorebirds seen feeding on the beach in large flocks at one time. These feeding birds were predominately Western Sandpiper with some Dunlin, and a few Dowichers and Semi-Palmated Plovers. Fly-bys included Whimbrels and Brown Pelicans.
MILE 172 Wed, May 26, 2010
Unusually high amount of small plastic and crab shells in driftline. Lack of migrating shorebirds, only 1 Whimbrel present.
MILE 174 Mon, Jun 7, 2010
Lots of litter washed in from the ocean, mostly bottles and jars. One dead seal. No roped-off areas for snowy plover protection.
MILE 175 Sat, Apr 3, 2010
Two days of storms and strong west winds have covered the beach with debri from the Pacific garbage patch and people. People were collecting floats both glass and plastic.
The debri was incrediable. The driftline had beautiful blue jewels, Velella velella, mixed with small pieces of plastic. There was fishing gear, flip flops, shoes, and wiskey bottles all carried to shore on the west wind. It was hard to believe that so much could come to shore in one storm.
MILE 176 Tue, Jun 15, 2010
Some quads recently crossed over Berry Creek from the south, not Forest Service and the Forest Service had a pickup truck north of Berry Creek during the past three months as well.
MILE 177 Fri, Apr 9, 2010
On April 9th @ 4:30 PM, mile 177 experienced a sunny afternoon with a steady wind from the Northwest @ 12 mph. It was near low tide but still receding. A total of four individuals were walking in the area. No dogs,horses,or vehicles on the beach. A significant amount of human trash, i.e. bottles/cans and crab pot debris. I removed what I could, will return for the remainder. One crab vessel could be seen only thru binoculars.
Witnessed an Eagle who remained in the area for about two minutes, one of which was on shore. Attempted to get a photo of the Eagle, but by the time I got my camera out of my back-pack and got close enough for a photo, he was airborne. In my designated area, I witnessed no dead wildlife. A couple shared with me their findings (two glass balls), they claimed originated in Japan.
In some areas, a small "sand wall" was created by a strong cross current/wind/waves. No man made changes were noted.
MILE 177 Fri, May 7, 2010
One Osprey feeding on one (probably a cod fish carcass).
Viewed several live Ochre Sea Stars adhered to rock formations in tide pools.
Two couples walking the beach, no pets. Two observing the tide pools.
Tire tracks (not previously noted) in this area.
Very little marine debris. Lot's of human trash (wine bottles, cans, etc). I removed what I could carry out.
No physical changes evident on my mile.
MILE 177 Thu, Jun 17, 2010
One lady walking the beach, no pets. Tide was low,incoming. Less human trash than normal.
Possible issue: Throughout my walk I experienced a few areas that had a foul odor. Not the normal
"low tide" odor. Smelt like "rotten eggs", but not overwhelming!! In this area, I have never experienced this odor before. There were no "obvious" signs of dead sea life or pollution. Possibly, directly related to the exceptionally low tide. Soon, I'll check area on high tide. If odor is still present, I'll notify the proper authorities.
MILE 180 Thu, May 6, 2010
More ocean-based plastics now. Loss of about 3 feet (depth) of sand south part, near Cape, newly-exposing stumps and rocks. River Otter running into surf.
MILE 181 Mon, Jun 7, 2010
Beautiful day, very sunny. Lots of dead crabs and shells, some ocean debris on beach and just a little litter left by visitors.
MILE 183 Wed, Apr 7, 2010
There was lots of debris on the beach. We were told that this was due to recent strong westerly winds. We picked up a couple sack fulls and more and put it all by the restroom door. Was this the right place to put it??
On Sunday, May 9th, there was a dead sea mammal,
mostly skeletal remains. It was either a seal or a sea lion.
MILE 183 Sat, Jun 19, 2010
South Beach: clean and sandy at low tide.
North Section: Plastic debris (9 water bottles and 6 "parts")
MILE 185 Thu, May 6, 2010
The parking lot is plowed, so busier. We found one new bird ( the 45th species since Dec. 02), a Northern Flicker. Also a Wandering Tattler which we only see in May when the birds are migrating through. May is the most active month on our bird list. We also saw a flock of 50 Pelagic Cormorants fly past. There was a lot of trash from the winter storms, mostly plastic and styrofoam. One car tire is still there as we were loaded with other trash.
MILE 186 Fri, Apr 9, 2010
Water springs abundant from cliff faces.
Cobble beach steep and high, nearly to top of cliff at some places between the creek and Sea Perch.
MILE 186 Sat, May 15, 2010
Sand has been coming back in but so has debris. North of our mile Bob Creek has car parts in it. There is a rusted propane tank against the bluff and a damaged crab pot. We saw 2 tires, one in front of the parking lot and one half way up the beach. The RV park has built 3 permanant-type dwellings in the parking lot close to the water.
Not a single bird was seen.
MILE 187 Sun, Apr 18, 2010
Very idyllic morning at the coast, no wind, warm and
minus tide. Tidepools fresh and clear. Seaweed starting to grow. A lot of bird activity.
Sand is starting to move back in to cover the cobble and rock.
MILE 187 Tue, Jun 15, 2010
100 Gulls on rocks at Bob Creek. 37 silver gray seals and sealions lying on rocks at Strawberry Hill. Clean sand and cobbles exposed. Big logs high on beach.
MILE 188 Mon, Jun 14, 2010
Lots of action in the tide pools for the minus 2 tide. Sea lemons laying their circular egg cases were good to see. Lots of plastic to collect on the beaches between Yachats and Florence. Bring a bag when you visit.
MILE 190 Thu, Jun 10, 2010
The trail to Cape Cove is so over grown the two sides are almost touching. Lots of ferns, horse tail and huge skunk cabbage. New wood signs with the names of trails or sites to see. Very black sky and occasional showers. The most litter I've ever seen on this mile. Good Fortune Cove had huge plastic containers, not sure how to get down there to pick it up. I was able to hike out most of the litter on the beach at Cape Cove