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Mile 173 Report
November 20, 2007
It was a cool, sunny morning.
It was a cool, sunny morning. There was a slight breeze of about 5-6 miles per hour. The tide was high and had washed up quite a bit of kelp and seagrass. A lot of the kelp had been washed up in large tangled clumps. There was also a greater than usual number of razor clam shells. There were relatively few people out on the beach. They were all walking on Heceta Beach. There was no-one on Baker Beach. Sutton Creek was running rapidly. It is cutting steep banks on the north side. It also is a little deeper and narrower than it was this summer. Both beaches had very little trash, at most, a few scattered plastic water bottles. The sand was clean and soft. There were about 3 newly washed up dead birds, the few others that were on the beach had been there for several days. There were three large groups of plovers feeding along the shore. Several seals/sea lions were swimming in the waves. There were relatively few gulls. I only saw one scoter among the waves.
Temperature: 35 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Tide Level: 0.0 feet.
Number of people: 12. Number of dogs: 9. Walking or running: 12.
seals, sea lions, plovers, gulls, scouters, kelp, seawed
Total dead birds: 6.
Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells.
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Hundreds of resting gulls, 8 humans 12 dogs-No humans encountered beyond the north of the creek mouth.
It has been a couple of months since I have had time to visit my mile.
This is the first chance that I have had to walk this mile in several weeks.
Walked miles 172-174 from south to north, then cut across the dunes inland and followed Sutton Creek back out to the ocean.
The beach itself is cleaner than it has been, but there is quite a bit of debris that has blown into the dunes and into the area between the dunes and the brush on the north and west sides of Sutton Creek.
I was able to cross the creek and check out the part of miles 173-174 North of Sutton Creek for the first time this year.