Through the fall, Ogunquit beach can be very much like our summer beach. Of course we have fewer swimmers and more walkers and those who just like to sit on the beach and watch the ocean. We have fewer summer birds and more migrating species.
As winter sets in, storms and wave heights increase, along with a general change in wave and wind direction during the fall and winter months. The beach and sometimes the dunes erode with storm waves packing six tons of power to each linear foot of beach, lowering the beach, pulling sand offshore from the upper portions of the beach and depositing it in offshore sandbars, resulting in a flatter beach shape.
And those sandbars that form offshore in winter? They actually help protect the beach by causing waves to break farther offshore, so although our beach might have less sand in the winter, the sandbars are nature’s way of protecting our beach.
Dogs are back on the beach during fall, winter and spring; many run free and are not always under voice control, polluting the beach and posing a possible danger to those who just want to walk their beach and not wanting dogs jumping on them and knock them down. A beach walker might have to walk then with some caution.
Yet the late fall, winter, and spring beach can be a safe and peaceful place to walk despite all of this – our sandy beach can be easier to walk rather than icy sidewalks and snowy streets, and can be quiet and gorgeous as well.