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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.

Conditions

Temperature: 70 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: W. Tide Level: -1.0 feet.

Human Activities

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.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 1.

Notable Wildlife

seagulls, 2 birds that looked like greater yellow legs (wrong time of year?), one small clump of bull kelp

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1. cormorant, no bands or tags

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

some crab legs/pieces (Dungeness)

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Shells, Small rocks. one plastic gunny sack, otherwise no debris

Natural Changes

major shift in position of Sutton Creek

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Mile 173

October 5, 2017

Hundreds of resting gulls, 8 humans 12 dogs-No humans encountered beyond the north of the creek mouth.

Ariana172

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Mile 173

November 16, 2012

It has been a couple of months since I have had time to visit my mile.

cheshire

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Mile 173

July 29, 2012

This is the first chance that I have had to walk this mile in several weeks.

cheshire

Mile 173

June 24, 2012

Walked miles 172-174 from south to north, then cut across the dunes inland and followed Sutton Creek back out to the ocean.

cheshire

Mile 173

June 7, 2012

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.

cheshire

Mile 173

May 10, 2012

Went back to Baker Beach, walking miles 172-176.

cheshire

Mile 173

May 8, 2012

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.

cheshire

Mile 173

April 23, 2012

Sutton Creek continues to migrate north, and the mouth of the creek has widened considerably.

cheshire