Census

Weather

  • Visibility: 10-15 Miles
  • Wind: 20-30 knots W this morning, dying down to 1-10 knots by night
  • Sky: cloudy with some sun
  • Water: choppy this morning, calming throughout the day

Boats/Visitors

  • Saw a few ecotours go by
  • Jeff and a student from the college came by quick to drop off some food for me.

Ecological

  • The 3 lone male elephant seals have left the older pup alone so far which I am very happy about.
  • The dominant male and female have been mating every day for the past week.

Census

  • California Sea Lions – 130
  • Stellar Sea Lions – 94
  • Elephant Seals – 7  (four adult males, one adult female, two pups)
  • Seagulls – 285
  • Bald Eagles – 7
  • Black Oyster Catchers – 30
  • Black Turnstones – 15
  • Harlequin Ducks – 10
  • Canada Geese – 4
  • Cormorants – 75

More Male Elephant Seals

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-10 N/NE
  • Sky: cloudy in the morning then cleared up by afternoon
  • Water: mostly calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Saw a few ecotours go by today
  • Two workers from Environment Canada came by for a few hours to inspect the weather monitoring equipment on the top of the lighthouse.
  • Kyle came out to deliver fuel and brought a student from Pearson college to see the island.

Ecological

  • There are now three other male elephant seals hanging around.
  • The older elephant seal pup has been sleeping away from the elephant seal family (dominant male, female and weaner) for the last few days now and the other males are starting to become interested in it. I really hope they don’t attack it!

Sunbathing Sea Lions

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-10 N/NE
  • Sky: sunny with cloudy periods
  • Water: mostly calm, bit choppy at times

Boats/Visitors

  • Had a few ecotours go by today
  • New batteries were installed for the main energy systems. The generator will only need to be run once a week for 2-4 hours rather than 2-4 hours a day! Huge decrease in carbon footprint.

Ecological

  • The sea lions and seals were enjoying the sun today
  • Lots of black turnstones running around the lawn throughout the day
  • An eagle flew right over me and my friend right when she arrived to say hi.

Growing Pups & Upgrades

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 3-15 NW
  • Sky: Sunny
  • Water: Calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Not much boat activity today aside from the usual commercial freighters
  • Had some technicians come out to look at upgrading the internet routers for the island which is exciting. Lots of upgrades happening lately to the energy systems here which will greatly reduce the amount of fuel needed to burn everyday to keep things running out here.

Ecological

  • The pups continue to grow and get bigger by the day.
  • Lots of eagles and harbour seals on the south east rocks still.

 

Helicopter Visitor

Weather

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

Boats/Visitors

  • A coast guard technician and pilot came by today via helicopter to inspect the weather monitoring equipment for the lighthouse.
  • a couple ecotours went by today

Ecological

  • 15-20 harbour seals on the south east rocks for most of the day
  • The youngest elephant seal pup is very vocal! Always crying for milk

 

 

Feb 2nd

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 10-30 NW
  • Sky: Cloudy
  • Water: Choppy, under a metre

Boats/Visitors

  • Kyle stopped by to give some Pearson College students a quick tour

Ecological

  • The first pups mom left last night, the pup seems to be doing well, no other elephant seals have really bothered her

Notes

  • DND was blasting today, shook the house pretty good

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

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

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

New Batteries

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-15 SW
  • Sky: Partly cloudy, a bit of sun
  • Water: Large waves today1-2 metres

Boats/Visitors

  • a couple ecotours went by today
  • also Kyle, Jeff and Jake brought some new batteries for the battery bank that keeps this island powered, had to start up the crane and maneuver around a stubborn elephant seal to get the batteries where they needed to be

Ecological

  • The pup is doing well and so are all the other elephant seals
  • will update the census with photos tomorrow

This slideshow requires JavaScript.