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Mile 173 Report
September 3, 2009
Since our last visit, Sutton Creek has shifted dramatically.
Since our last visit, Sutton Creek has shifted dramatically. The creek has retreated from the riprap, curving north in a crescent and forming a small lake-like area before turning back toward the south and joining the sea. The creek depth near the ocean was only 5-6 inches today, making it easy to cross without special equipment or preparation. Unfortunately, this means that the area is now more accessible to casual beachcombers, and more apt to be sullied by their presence. Six humans and two dogs were observed on the beach. In spite of this, the section of the beach north of Sutton Creek on mile 173 remains remarkably free of litter and debris, especially when compared to the beach just south.Numerous seabirds were observed, including one dead cormorant. Horse tracks were also present—two horses traveling from north to south had been on the beach earlier in the morning.
Temperature: 70 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: W. Tide Level: -1.0 feet.
Number of people: 6. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 6. Since the creek has moved and become easier to ford, the number of people on this formerly empty stretch of beach has increased markedly.
Cars/trucks parking: 1.
seagulls, 2 birds that looked like greater yellow legs (wrong time of year?), one small clump of bull kelp
Total dead birds: 1. cormorant, no bands or tags
Dead Fish or Invertebrates
some crab legs/pieces (Dungeness)
Seaweeds and seagrass, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Shells, Small rocks. one plastic gunny sack, otherwise no debris
major shift in position of Sutton Creek
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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.