Caspian Terns

Clear skies. Light variable winds. Force 1-2. The barometer has been on the rise today. Although the forecast for today called from strong West winds, the barometer does not lie, and it was a lovely calm day. The forecast for tomorrow is for the usual strong West winds in the afternoon. 1 tour boat I saw two Caspian Terns (Hydroprogne caspia) today. They briefly flew over the island in the morning, and then came back in the late afternoon while I was washing my dive gear. They stayed up pretty high, coming maybe as low as the top of the tower, and are really hard to photograph. But their loud croak and dark heads gave them away. I also saw a Heermans Gull (Larus heermanni ) while I was taking my dive kit apart. It’s the first one I’ve seen, but as far as gulls go, it is one of the easiest species to identify because of it’s dusky grey colour. According to the Cornell Bird lab, the Heermans Gull is “unmistakable; [it is the] only North American gull with a sooty gray body and a white head.” Erik came out today at low slack and we went for a dive. We cleaned the camera, checked some camera connections, and cleared the path through the kelp to the jetty. Ok visibility, but it is always awesome to get underwater.