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

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

Census and update on pup

Weather

  • Visibility: 10-15 miles
  • Wind: ranging 20-30 NE
  • Sky: cloudy
  • Water: choppy 1-2 metres

Boats/Visitors

  • Not much boat traffic, saw a couple helicopters though

Ecological

  • The pup born on tuesday is doing well
  • The larger male is keeping the smaller 3 males away from the mom and pup
  • still a few sea lions around

Census

  • California Sea Lions – 76
  • Stellar Sea Lions – 58
  • Elephant Seals – 6 (4 males, 1 female and 1 pup)
  • Harbour Seals – 32
  • Cormorants – 128
  • Gulls – 94
  • Oyster Catchers – 24
  • Black Turnstones – 27
  • Eagles – 4

Census

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  15-30 SW throughout the day
  • Sky: cloudy for the most part, bit of sun came through
  • Water: a bit choppy today

Boats/Visitors

  • Had a couple boats cruise by

Ecological

  • slightly less sea lions
  • also saw, oystercatchers, harlequinns
  • a couple eagles

Notes

  • looks like the wind is going to pick up again tonight

Census

  • Stellar Sea Lions – 267
  • California Sea Lions – 142
  • Harbour Seals – 14
  • Elephant Seals – possibly one on the outer rocks, not sure
  • Gulls – 275
  • Cormorants – 321
  • Black Turnstones – 32
  • Geese – 16
  • Oystercatchers – 4
  • Harlequinn Ducks – 16
  • Eagles – 2

Census

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  0-10 NE
  • Sky: cloudy throughout the day
  • Water: calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Saw a couple ecotours cruise by

Ecological

  • still more sea lions than I expected to still be here, no elephant seal either.

Census

  • Stellar Sea Lions – 343
  • California Sea Lions, 152
  • Harbour Seals – 13
  • Gulls – 317
  • Cormorants – 119
  • Harlequinn Ducks – 18
  • Black Turnstones – 24
  • Eagle – 1

November 15th

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  0-10 NW
  • Sky: partly cloudy most of the day, had some sun
  • Water: calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Had a couple ecotours cruise by

Ecological

  • more sea lions, with the calmer weather today

Notes

  • got some solar energy today, still ran the generator to keep the battery charge up

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The Sea Lions are Leaving

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  15-30 NE throughout the day
  • Sky: cloudy all day bit of sunshine came through in the afternoon
  • Water: choppy today

Boats/Visitors

  • Some ecotours skipping across the waves today

Ecological

  • less sea lions today than last week

Notes

  • DnD was blasting again today

Census

  • Stellar Sea Lions – 105
  • California Sea Lions – 286
  • Elephant Seals – 2
  • Cormorants- 634
  • Gulls – 308
  • Geese – 14
  • Oyster Catchers 8
  • Black Turnstones – 8
  • Eagles – 2

Census October 26th

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  0-15 SE
  • Sky: clear most of the day
  • Water: calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Had plenty of ecotours cruising by

Ecological

  • Not as many sea lions today, they might have peaked by now but last year they didn’t start leaving until mid november
  • there were a couple injured sea lions plus a dead one
  • only saw one elephant seal today but I’m sure the others are around
  • So many stellars, mostly on the outer rocks
  • there was also an eagle
  • haven’t seen the otter or any oyster catchers
  • also saw a few humpbacks out there (not included in census)

Notes

  • plenty of solar input today

Census

  • Stellar Sea Lions – 235
  • California Sea Lions – 421
  • Harbour Seals – 18
  • Elephant Seals – 1(seen) I’m sure there are at least 3 or 4 more around
  • Gulls (unspecified) – 456
  • Cormorants – 713
  • Black Turnstones – 22
  • Geese – 8
  • Eagle – 1

Census Day

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  0-10 NE
  • Sky: Overcast
  • Water: calm, sort of, there was a bit of a swell out there

Boats/Visitors

  • Kyle dropped off a food order and helped with some facility work other than that there were the usual ecotours

Ecological

  • More sea lions than last week
  • Same 5 elephant seals
  • a lot of birds, gulls, turnstones, oystercatchers, geese, cormorants and an eagle
  • Still not sure if the sea otter is out there, he is very hard to see from here

Notes

  • DnD was blasting today
  • The new generator is working great, just need more fuel

Census

  • California Sea Lions – 512
  • Stellar Sea Lions – 141
  • Unspecified Gulls – 620
  • Cormorants – 228
  • Black Turnstones – 26
  • Oystercatchers – 22
  • Geese – 16
  • Eagle – 1
  • Harbour Seals – 30
  • Elephant Seals – 5