Eagles & Harbour Seals

Weather

  • Visibility: 10-15 Miles
  • Wind: 3-10 SW
  • Sky: Cloudy
  • Water: Calm

Boats/Visitors

  • a few eco tours went by today

Ecological

  • Large group of about 12 bald eagles on the south east rocks today, mostly juveniles without the white heads with 3 or 4 adults.
  • Around 10-12 harbour seals on the south east rocks as well with at least 1 small pup.

Other

  • Had a few small DND blasts go off today

Blasting and Pups

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 20-30 NW
  • Sky: Sunny with cloudy periods
  • Water: Very rough, 1-2 meter swells

Boats/Visitors

  • Very little boat traffic today

Ecological

  • The youngest elephant seal pup is doing well, staying close to mom with a large male sleeping close by for most of the day.
  • Saw a harbor lone seal on the east side of the island sunning itself.

Notes

  • I’m back at Race Rocks for the rest of this month. Very happy to be here again (:
  • A lot of DND blasting today. Every blast sends hundreds of birds into a frightened, flying frenzy and startles the sea lions off the rocks.

Census and Visitors

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 0-10 NE
  • Sky: Cloudy
  • Water: Calm

Boats/Visitors

  • a few ecotours went by today
  • I  had a couple visitors come from the college to take a little tour around the island

Ecological

  • Another mature female elephant seal showed up this morning, I am unsure if she is pregnant but I guess we will find out in a couple days

Census

  • Stellar Sea Lions – 92
  • California Sea Lions – 117
  • Harbour Seals – 22
  • Elephant Seals – 11 – 5 males, 4 female and 2 pups
  • Cormorants – 97
  • Gulls – 204
  • Eagles –12
  • Black Turnstones – 33
  • Black Oystercatchers – 34
  • Geese – 4
  • Harlequin Duck – 14

Jan 31st

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 0-10 NE
  • Sky: Cloudy
  • Water: Calm

Boats/Visitors

  • quite a few fishing boats went by

Ecological

  • Got a photo of the juvenile female on the east side of the island, her tail was tagged D-018, she seemed to be doing alright, no clear injuries
  • The younger pup seems to be cuddling up to both moms quite a bit, she tried to nurse off the other mom again, I didn’t catch her actually nursing off the other mom but included a photo of her trying
  • I suspect the new pup is female as well but I am not completely sure

Notes

  • quite a bit of the roofing came off the tank shed in the last big storm a couple days, I collected it and managed to get most of it in one spot

Surf Scoter

Weather

  • Visibility:10-15 Miles a fog bank came in for a bit this afternoon
  • Wind: 0-30 SW
  • Sky: Cloudy, foggy a bit of sun late afternoon
  • Water: Calm

Boats/Visitors

  • saw a helicopter go by, not many boats

Ecological

  • there is another female on the island, she looks very small, maybe a year old
  • the pups are interacting and the new pup is cozy with the other mom and thats fine with her but the moms get aggressive with each other sometimes
  • also there were some Surf Scoters in front of the jetty

Notes

  • DND was blasting  abit today, the fog horn was going for a bit, it was a sort of eventful day here

Census

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 10-15 SE
  • Sky: Cloudy
  • Water: Choppy under a metre

Boats/Visitors

  • Kyle and Mike came by today to finish setting up the new inverter, next week they set up the new battery bank

Ecological

  • noticed another large male elephant seal out on middle rock, he’s been there for a little while now but I don’t see any other elephant seals out there

Census

  • Stellar Sea Lions – 167
  • California Sea Lions – 94
  • Harbour Seals – 61
  • Elephant Seals – 5 males, 1 female and 1 pup
  • Cormorants – 84
  • Gulls – 260
  • Eagles – 16
  • Black Turnstones – 27
  • Black Oystercatchers – 12
  • Pigeon Guillemots – 12
  • Harlequinn Ducks- 14

January 25th, 2018

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-15 NW
  • Sky: Partly Cloudy
  • Water: Waves about 1 metre

Boats/Visitors

  • Kyle came by with electricians from Power to the People to set up the new inverters, next week they working on the new battery bank

Ecological

  • the elephant seals are all doing well
  • as are the sea lion
  • and the pigeon guillemots are back, will update the census with photos tomorrow

 

Guillemots are back

I just received this email from Pam Birley ” The Pigeon Guillemots are back !   They are even earlier this year.   It is usually February when I first see them.”     Thanks Pam for the observation from Leiscester England! Laas has also been out getting pictures of them.

 

It is also interesting to note that the elephant seal pup is doing very well this year. As Ecoguardian Laas Parnell has noted the one large male tends to keep the others on the island at bay. Hopefully this year the pup can survive once the mother leaves and it becomes a weaner. In most of the past years since pups first started being born on the island, aggressive males have led to a tragic end. I have requested BC Parks and DFO to produce a policy on what support can be offered in the event a pup is injured in the crucial period before it goes to the ocean after its month long weaning period. So far this has not been acted upon, so again this year it will be left up to chance, and hopefully the so-far protective bull will remain that way. The following pictures are from Camera1 at the top of the tower on Race Rocks.

Beautiful Day

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 0-10 SE
  • Sky: Some clouds, mostly sunny
  • Water: Flat calm for the most part

Boats/Visitors

  • Kyle, Jeff and Jack came by to deliver more batteries and help get that big log off the jetty
  • a couple ecotours and fishing boats went by

Ecological

  • the elephant seals are all doing well
  • as are the sea lions

Notes

  • Having some problems uploading the photos, will try fix it tomorrow

Census

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 0-10 NW
  • Sky: Cloudy
  • Water: Calm

Boats/Visitors

  • a couple ecotours went by today

Ecological

  • The pup is getting so big, elephant seal pups are supposed to gain about 10 pounds a day

Census

  • Stellar Sea Lions – 74
  • California Sea Lions – 107
  • Harbour Seals – 0
  • Elephant Seals – 5 – 3 males, 1 female and 1 pup
  • Cormorants – 88
  • Gulls – 182
  • Eagles – 6
  • Black Turnstones – 27
  • Black Oystercatchers – 12
  • Geese – 2