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There were a few cars in the parking lot in Patterson State Park this cool non-windy Thursday morning. Patterson Creek was easy to cross to start my mile. The first thing I noticed was this very long log that was perpendicular to the shore line. I stepped it off and measured it to be between 65-70 feet long! The tide line closest to the ocean contained kelp, lots of feathers, crab body parts, wood pieces and sticks, and some kind of short string-like vegetation.  As I walked south, I counted about 30 gulls near the shoreline and saw a seal swimming close to the shore. There were a few groups of walkers and their dogs, but overall pretty quiet. As I turned around near the Big Stump to head north by the dunes, I noticed that the water pipe had no water coming out of it. As I walked north, I could see where the ocean tides had deposited lots of debris and dead birds close to the dunes. I counted a total of 11 dead birds. I inspected a path that leads to 101 just south of the Mile Post 158 sign. It had nicely built stairs and winds through the sandstone bluffs. Continuing to walk north,  I noticed more graffiti than usual on the sandstone bluffs. I snapped photos and compared with previous ones and there is definitely a lot of new graffiti. The trash on the beach was a little less than previous times - candy wrappers, plastic bag, tennis shoes, used band aid, some pieces of rope and netting and of course, pieces of styrofoam.

Conditions

Temperature: 37 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: SE. Tide Level: 6.9 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 8. Number of dogs: 3. Walking or running: 8.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 6.

Notable Wildlife

About 30 gulls. 1 seal swimming close to shore

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 11. Not sure what kind of birds

Driftline Content

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

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Looking south at start of mile. 65-70 foot log.
Wrack Line Debris
Looking south toward the Big Stump
Protruding log that I am watching over time
Dead bird near dunes
Dead bird near dunes
Dead bird near dunes
Graffiti
Graffiti
Graffiti
Path from 101 to beach near Mile Post 158
Path from 101 to beach near Mile Post 158
Trash
Trash - netting

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Big Stump Beach, south Patterson SP

November 3, 2022

There were a few cars in the parking lot in Patterson State Park this cool non-windy Thursday morning.

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