Weather and Sea Conditions
Winds: 5 – 15 knots, west-southwest
Visibility: Good 15 nm
Barometer: 101.5 falling Wednesday evening
Forecast: Wind increasing to westerly 5 to 15 near noon Thursday and to westerly 15 to 25 Thursday afternoon. Strong wind warning in effect.
Vessels in Ecological Reserve
Whale watching vessels: Fifteen observed working in Ecological Reserve (ER)
No other commercial operators, noted in Reserve today.
Sport fishing vessels: Five noted in Reserve today. None observed fishing in ER. One sport boat speeding through ER. One open run-about with a windshield was seen chasing a Humpback Whale and hopscotching with it in order to position itself in front of whale’s path.
Steller Sea Lion 429
California Sea Lion 402
Harbour Seal 133
Northern Elephant Seal 6 (3 of those on Great Race)
Sea Otter 1 (seen during week)
River Otter 0, (no evidence seen either)
Bigg’s (Transient) Killer Whale 6 (just outside ER)
Dall’s Porpoise 3 (seen during week just outside ER)
Harbour Porpoise 2 (seen during week just outside ER)
Humpback Whale 1 (3 during count week adjacent to ER)
Canada Goose 24
Cackling Goose 1
Harlequin Duck 0
Double-crested Cormorant 4
Pelagic Cormorant 11
Brandt’s Cormorant 39
Bald Eagle1 (seen during week)
Black Oystercatcher 22
Black Turnstone 17
Ruddy Turnstone 1 (seen during week)
Western Sandpiper 5
Glaucous-winged Gull 1274
California Gull 83
Herring Gull 1
Heerman’s Gull 5
Gull spp. 328
Savannah Sparrow 23
Made fresh water using solar power to energize de-salinator.
Maintenance and Operations
Weather station back on-line after three months off. Fence maintenance, good for a few hours ; – )
Cackling Goose flocking with larger Canadian ‘cousins’.
Savannah Sparrows ubiquitous right now.
Mix of Glaucous-winged Gulls and California Gulls.
Brandt’s Cormorants at top and Heerman’s Gulls bottom left with Glaucous-winged Gulls in the middle.
Juvenile Glaucous-winged Gulls dominating this feeding flock just off of South Islands. MV Coho in view.
Hop-scotching to get ahead of whale during dive.
This speed boat living up to its name. Speeding and a little too close to the Humpback Whale
This whale-watching vessel sets a high standard and travels carefully and slowly through the Ecological Reserve, keeping its distance from the marine mammals. Some sports boats could learn from this operator.