Thursday, December 14, 2017

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 miles
  • Wind: 2-9 NE
  • Sky: sunny with cloudy periods
  • Water: mostly calm

Boats/Visitors

  • had the same whale watching boat cruise by again
  • no visitors today

Ecological

  • small group of canada geese stopped by
  • saw two seagulls fight over a fish
  • large elephant seal male was on the west rocks by himself today

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 miles
  • Wind: 6-10 NE throughout day
  • Sky: sunny with cloudy periods
  • Water: mostly calm

Boats/Visitors

  • had one whale watching boat cruise by
  • no visitors today

Ecological

  • saw a large brown raptor of some kind. I think it was a Red-tailed Hawk
  • lots of killdeer around
  • large elephant seal male is still on the island

Other

  • a lot of DND blasts today, very startling for the sea lions.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 miles
  • Wind: 5-13 NE throughout day
  • Sky: sunny with cloudy periods
  • Water: mostly calm

Boats/Visitors

  • didn’t see any eco tours today
  • lots of shipping vessels in the distance as usual
  • no visitors today

Ecological

  • number of sea lions hanging around seems to be going slightly down
  • consistent number of seagulls and cormorants

Other

  • lots of DND blasts today.
  • still figuring out the camera, will have some new photos soon!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 12-16 NE throughout the day
  • Sky: sunny, very few clouds
  • Water: mostly calm, a bit choppy

Boats/Visitors

  • Had one large eco tour boat full of passengers sneak up on me and yell “Hello” as a group. That was fun (:
  • lots of large shipping vessels passing by including two huge logging barges

Ecological

  • still a decent amount of sea lions around
  • there is another, smaller harbour seal pup hanging out now too
  • Bernard (the elephant seal) is back!
  • haven’t seen any canadian geese in a few days

Other

  • had more large DND blasts go off from Rocky Point that shook the house and startled birds today.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 12-15 NE
  • Sky: mostly sunny
  • Water: mostly calm, a bit choppy

Boats/Visitors

  • noticed one larger tour boat cruise by

Ecological

  • harbour seal pup is back
  • seemed to be more stellar sea lions around today than usual on the east rocks
  • saw an eagle snatch a crow chick and fight off it’s parents in flight. RIP lil crow.

Notes

  • the weather has been fantastic this week with lots of sun!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Weather

  • Visibility: Very foggy early morning but cleared right up by 8:30am
  • Wind: 11-16 NE throughout the day
  • Sky: sunny with cloudy periods
  • Water: mostly calm, a bit choppy

Boats/Visitors

  • Had about 7 boats cruise by in the last week
  • had a small tour come ashore last saturday morning of pearson college students

Ecological

  • had a young harbour seal that was on the island for a few days but is gone now
  • there are a pair of eagles hanging around for the last week
  • large male elephant seal was here for 6 days and left last night
  • caught a quick glimpse of what looked like a small sea otter running by the jetty yesterday morning

Other

  • had a very large blast go off from Rocky Point that shook the house and startled birds.

Notes

  • enjoyed my first week here at Race Rocks!

Census

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  0-10 NE
  • Sky: cloudy and rainy
  • Water: a bit choppy this morning, calm now

Boats/Visitors

  • Had a couple boats cruise by and a helicopter flew by a couple times

Census

  • California sea lions – 215
  • Stellar sea lions – 159
  • Harbour seals – 22
  • Elephant seals – 1 large male
  • Gulls – 307
  • Cormorants – 68
  • Geese – 14
  • Eagles – 4

Notes

  • well I am off tomorrow and Mikey will be the new ecoguardian until my return in 5 weeks

November 29th

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  15-25 NE
  • Sky: cloudy for the most part, bit of sun came through
  • Water: a bit choppy today

Boats/Visitors

  • Had a couple boats cruise by

Ecological

  • same amount of sea lions
  • one large male elephant seal
  • a couple eagles
  • there were also maybe 3 humpbacks and about 4 orcas around

Notes

  • it does still look like there are quite a few sea lions around, will do the census tomorrow

Killer Whales

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  5-15 SE
  • Sky: cloudy but got a good amount of sun
  • Water: calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Had a few boats cruise by

Ecological

  • same amount of sea lions
  • one large male elephant seal
  • plenty of harbour seals
  • and I finally saw a pod of maybe 8 orcas today

Notes

  • nice day overall