Wind: 10-15 knots West, later 5 knots South, then 5-10 West
Sky: clear and sunny!
Shortly before 15:30 as I was counting shorebirds, I heard a loud noise to my right. Glancing over, I was thrilled to see a whale surfacing in the South Channel. I managed to get some photos as it resurfaced farther south-west.
California Sea Lions: 79
Harbour Seals: 69
Steller (Northern) Sea Lions: 33
Elephant Seals: 3, all on Great Race, 2 young males, 1 weaner
Whale: 1 (I think it was an Orca)
Seagulls unspecified: 269
Pigeon Guillemots: 45
Cormorants unspecified: 30
Double Crested Cormorants: 9
Harlequin Ducks: 27 (15 males and 12 females)
Canada Geese: 24
Black Turnstones: 20
Bald Eagles: 20 (4 adults, 16 immature)
Black Oystercatchers: 6
Rock Sandpipers: 4
A few eco-tours passed by today.
Second Nature came out with food supplies for me.
A large navy sailboat passed by north of the reserve.
Kyle and Jeff came out in Second Nature.
One helicopter flew just south of the reserve in the morning.
Well well well, the tool bar on this blog post creator has disappeared. No more bullet points or photos. Maybe it’s just a Hallowe’en prank?
The weather this morning was overcast, with calm seas, a gentle breeze of 5-10 knots East, and a visibility of more than 15 miles. Later on the day was marked with periodic showers and winds gusting up to 30 knots West.
The sea lions continue to do their thing, clambering all over the rocky edges of the island, and generally making a nuisance of themselves around the jetty. They keep ramming into the finicky sliding door to the boathouse. There were five elephant seals on Great Race today.
Kyle and Guy came out in the afternoon to drop off some food supplies and help with the removal of the dead California sea lion. What an appropriate task for Hallowe’en. We hooked him up to a rope on the end of the derrick, and hauled him out to sea. Maybe I should have kept the skull for decoration tonight.
Only a couple of eco-tours today.
Well it’s fully dark outside now. I expect I’ll have my first trick or treaters any moment now. I hope they don’t mind bird poop instead of candy; it’s all I have in abundance out here!
Saturday evening as the storm was subsiding, the communication lines went dead out here at Race Rocks. After trying all the normal fixes on my side, I was informed via cellphone that the problem lay at Pearson College. The College had lost power from some internal breakdown, and so no internet or phone line was being sent my way over the air. Once things were up and running again this morning, I was able to reestablish connection to the internet and phone lines.
Rather than submitting a log entry for each missed day, I will simply provide a summary of each day’s main events. And pictures as always!
Saturday 15 October 2016-Fierce Storm
Day began at 7:00 with winds of 15-20 knots NE.
9:45 30 knots East
13:00 35 knots East
13:30 45 knots East
14:30 50~ knots East!
15:20 45 knots East, communications down.
16:50 communications returned.
17:00 30 knots East
Around 18:30 communications down for good.
19:00 15 knots West
20:30 30 knots South-West
One month remaining in my shift.
Sunday 16 October 2016-Pelican
Visibility: 15 miles
Wind: 10-15 knots East
Water: 1′ chop
Saw a single brown pelican today!
Failed to get a picture though.
Branded California sea lion 8465.
8 elephant seals on Great Race today.
A small group of California sea lions began sleeping on top of the e-seals.
To my surprise the elephant seals don’t seem to mind.
Monday 17 October 2016-Peregrine Falcon!
Visibility: 5 miles
Wind: 0-5 knots East
In the early evening a pigeon flew into a window, presumably breaking its neck.
Immediately a Peregrine falcon swooped down to inspect its prey.
I assume the falcon was the reason the pigeon hit the window at such a speed.
The falcon then flew way up into the sky, before returning to make off with the meal.
Steaming sea lions!
Raptor and prey
Peregrine falcon and the heavens!
Tuesday 18 October 2016-Bio-mimicry Visitors (and Alex!)
Visibility: 15 miles
Wind: 0 knots
A rainstorm appeared from about 10:00-12:00.
A rather sunny afternoon!
Kyle came out with Alex Fletcher and a biology group.
The 6 visitors were studying bio-mimicry.
How can humans improve our technology by copying successful animals?
The organization that they are involved with is one of our donors.
They were very interested in the sea lions, seals, and birds.