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CoastWatch Mile 103
Bullards Beach just north of the Lighthouse
N 43° 8.548', W 124° 25.098' to N 43° 7.707', W 124° 25.387'
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Whisky Run Beach to Coquille River (2)
• Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the northerly beach access parking area at Bullards Beach State Park (43° 08.9484', Mile 104), southerly to north of China Creek (43° 04.3938', Mile 98), except as follows: Motor vehicles are allowed at any time on the ocean shore at the south jetty of the Coquille River between (43° 07.3566', Mile 102) and (43° 07.3398', Mile 102).
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Foredune Plant Sea Rocket (Cakile maritima) 9/20/08
Plant on the fore-dune. Found only 2 on the mile.
8 REPORTS FOR MILE 103:
May 5, 2013 6:15 AM
A perfect morning for our coastline: sunny at 6 a.m., little wind, a balmy 65 degrees. No one else was on this stretch, though I could see a couple of surf fishermen further north. Wildlife was abundant: numerous sanderlings feeding and dodging waves, some gulls and crows, several raptors scoping out the foredune for easy prey. The dead sea lion reported earlier is now just a smelly pile of skin and bones. Fierce northerly winds of recent days have buried logs and litter, as well as creating interesting mounds here and there. Only litter found was a light-truck tire coated with marine life (at northern end), and I moved it above the high line. Many baby dungeness molts in the drift line, also shell fragments, small stones, some seaweed.
Apr 27, 2013 6:00 AM
At 6 a.m. on a chilly, cloudy morning, we were not alone. A rock hunter with an unleashed dog was there, and later four others each with dogs materialized. Beach was mostly clean of litter. A significant chunk north of the street pullouts showed severe erosion by the winter storm tides. A few trees are on their way down, in fact. Gulls and Sanderlings were present. One gull pecking away drew my attention to a dead sea mammal (sea lion, I think) at the stinky stage. It's at the northern edge of this mile segment. Otherwise, there were bull kelp and other kelp, shell fragments and stones in the driftline.
Nov 6, 2010 9:00 AM
Stormy seas over the last few days have brought in enough logs at the upper Coquille River Lighthouse parking lot to make it difficult to walk there or even get down to the beach. This is an annual happening, but I suspect it's early this year.
Dec 6, 2008 12:30 PM
One dead seagull, several jellyfish, several large drifts of kelp from storm surges. No noticeable erosion since last report. Litter minimal. Shells, kelp/algae and small rocks in driftline. Moderate human impact (2)-6 walking, 12 rockhunting and 2 horseback riding. Four dogs.
Sep 30, 2008 9:30 AM
The only change from the last quarterly report is an increase in the sand build up over the summer. Also, the SOLV beach clean up was very helpful in collecting accumulated litter. Shells, animal casings, small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. One dead pelican. Moderate human impact (5)-rockhunting. One dog.
Sep 20, 2008 11:00 AM
This report was generated as part of the SOLV Beach Clean-up. About 8 pounds of debris, largely styrofoam and plastic, were removed from this mile. Some plastic and glass bottles were found. The number of dead birds (1 Common Murre, 1 Western Gull, 1 immature Western Gull and one unidentifiable bird) found (4) seemed to be above normal. Shells, animal casings and small rocks in driftline. ATV tracks were observed in a disallowed area and reported. Human impact was light (7)-3 walking and 4 rock hunting. Reported fresh ATV tracks in wet sand on prohibited beach.
Foredune Plant Sea Rocket (Cakile maritima)
Plant on the fore-dune. Found only 2 on the mile.
Mile 103, south end and mid-mile
Immature Western Gull
Immature Western Gull. Down chest feathers were all over the beach which is a sign that it was probably eaten by a raptor.
Southern end of Mile 103, near high-tide line
Jul 30, 2008 7:00 AM
Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks, wood pieces, land-based debris and Styrofoam in driftline. Collected one bag of trash, plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bags and wrappers and Styrofoam cups. One badly decomposed pelican being eaten by a turkey vulture. Moderate human impact (7)- 2 walking and 5 rockhunting.
Sep 16, 2006 12:00 AM
Kelp and crab castings in driftline. Foraging shorebirds in driftline. One dead Common Murre. Removed crab pot buoys and rope in driftline. Many transverse dunes on beach. Fresh water creeks flowing because of golf-course watering. Heavy human use (33+)- 13 walking, 20+ in vehicles, many dogs not on leash, 7 vehicles within allowed area.