The morning started with either low cloud or high cloud. The sun shone under the fog on the Victoria side and on the Sooke side it thickened and the ceiling lowered to become more fog-like. Port Angeles was obscured early. The fog lifted from east to west and resulted in a beautiful clear day with a west wind of 20 – 25 knots, constant throughout the day. Barometric pressure held fairly steady as well, at 1016 -1017 hPa. The marine forecast for the central Strait has a strong wind warning in effect, calling for west winds of 20 to 30 knots and there are showers in forecast.
No whale watching vessels were observed today. One ‘sports’ fishing vessel was observed inside the boundary today but no fishing activity was observed in the protected area.
Second Nature visited briefly with Kyle at the helm and a second person that was supposed to be measuring things.
Today was census day and the results are below. It should be noted that the Bald Eagles were hunting gulls all day on Great Race Island. Although no takes were seen, the gull population thinned significantly during the day and the gull numbers today may not reflect a representative sample of the true numbers seen this week.
|Northern Elephant Seal||8|
|Northern Sea Lion (Steller’s)||28|
|California Sea Lion||103|
|Brandt (flying through)||75|
|Cormorant (not ID’d to species)||0|
|Bald Eagle (juvenile)||4|
|Bald Eagle (adult)||2|
|Glaucous-winged Gull (+ Xs in nesting area)||210|
|Glaucous-winged Gull (+ Xs outside of nesting area)||98|