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Although there were only 6 cars parked at Patterson Creek State Park this early Monday morning, I saw quite a few walkers and off leash dogs on the beach. I crossed the heavily flowing creek to start my mile and headed south close to the ocean.  The latest tide line had a little kelp or grass, sticks, a few large branches, a 3 foot piece of a 2x4, lots of rocks (more than normal), a few mussels and crab bodies and some small pieces of rope. There were not many gulls out this morning but one was eating something near the ocean and it turned out to be a dead bird. This was the only dead bird I saw this time. As I turned around near the Big Stump to head north by the dunes, I noticed that the water pipe had a good stream of water flowing out of it. As I walked north, I could see where the tide had reached the dunes, toppling some of them and depositing logs, debris and trash. There are a few sets of stairs that lead from the cottages and beach houses to the beach. A few of them had debris and logs pushed up close to them.  One of the places I check every walk is the path from 101 to the beach (across from the SW Sea Way Loop on 101). This path comes to the dune height and previously you could climb down the dune to the beach. Today, I was unable to even see where the path was. The dunes were so high (10-12 feet) and I was not able to get access to the top of them. The most exciting part of the walk was stumbling upon 8 snowy plovers feeding near the ocean. This was the first time I've seen them at this location. I did observe 3 unleashed dogs heading toward the plovers and mentioned to the owner that they were there. He was interested to hear about the plovers and said he saw them in the same location a few weeks ago. He also said he would leash his dogs when he got close to them.  There was quite a bit of trash near the dunes - plastic water bottle, coffee lid, toy shovel, rope, plastic shotgun shells and lots of microplastics and styrofoam. I've noticed the plastic shotgun shells washed up on another beach nearby. I haven't seen those before this winter.

Conditions

Temperature: 37 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: E. Tide Level: 3.7 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 16. Number of dogs: 12. Walking or running: 16.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 6.

Notable Wildlife

Snowy Plovers - 8 Seal in water - 1

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1. unknown

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Styrofoam, Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.).

Natural Changes

Erosion of vegetated foredune, Evidence of wave overtopping.

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Tide Line
Piece of wood near the ocean
Dead bird
Big Stump
Logs and debris left by high tide
Logs and debris left by high tide
Debris deposited by high tides
Logs piled up near the bridge on 101 over the creek
Dune Collapsing
Path to beach from 101 not accessible because the dunes are so high
Snowy Plovers
Protruding log that I photograph every walk to observe the dune erosion
Trash - Water Bottle
toy shovel
Coffee cup top
Rope
Microplastics all along the tide line by the dunes
Microplastics and shotgun shell

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Big Stump Beach, south Patterson SP

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Big Stump Beach, south Patterson SP

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Mile 200

Big Stump Beach, south Patterson SP

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Mile 200

Big Stump Beach, south Patterson SP

January 23, 2023

Although there were only 6 cars parked at Patterson Creek State Park this early Monday morning, I saw quite a few walkers and off leash dogs on the beach.

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