Census

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  0-10 NE
  • Sky: cloudy and rainy
  • Water: a bit choppy this morning, calm now

Boats/Visitors

  • Had a couple boats cruise by and a helicopter flew by a couple times

Census

  • California sea lions – 215
  • Stellar sea lions – 159
  • Harbour seals – 22
  • Elephant seals – 1 large male
  • Gulls – 307
  • Cormorants – 68
  • Geese – 14
  • Eagles – 4

Notes

  • well I am off tomorrow and Mikey will be the new ecoguardian until my return in 5 weeks

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

Very Windy

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  20-30 NE throughout the day
  • Sky: cloudy all day
  • Water: very wavy at least a metre waves

Boats/Visitors

  • Saw one ecotour boat braving the elements today

Ecological

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

Census Day

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  20-15 NW
  • Sky: overcast
  • Water: calm

Boats/Visitors

  • A few ecotours today

Ecological

  • 11 elephant seals scattered around today, mostly around the jetty to cool off in the water

Census

  • Stellar Sea Lions: 33
  • California Sea Lions: 23
  • Elephant Seals: 11
  • Harbour Seals: 161
  • Unspecified Gulls: 212
  • Pigeon Guillemots: 53
  • Cormorants: 12
  • Canada Geese: 19
  • Oystercatchers: 8
  • Harlequinn Ducks: 0
  • Crows: 1

Notes

  • The harbour seal numbers have significantly increased but all of the other numbers seem to have gone down
  • The little elephant seal is back, I haven’t seen her for a few days

Census Day, Thursday, May 25th

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  0-5 NW
  • Sky: clear and sunny
  • Water: calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Many different boats around today

Ecological

  • 14 elephant seals scattered around today, mostly around the jetty to cool off in the water

Other

  • DND blasting continues

Census

  • Stellar Sea Lions: 42
  • California Sea Lions: 44
  • Elephant Seals: 14
  • Harbour Seals: 36
  • Unspecified Gulls: 321
  • Pigeon Guillemots: 120
  • Cormorants: 23
  • Canada Geese: 16
  • Oystercatchers: 8
  • Harlequinn Ducks: 5 males (that I could see)

Notes

  • I have not seen any eagles today but I saw them yesterday and they have been hanging around so I am guessing they are around here somewhere
  • There is another Elephant seal
  • An increase in sea lions as well as gulls

 

 

Census day

Weather

  • Visibility: 10 Miles, a bit foggy this morning but burned off by noon to partly cloudy
  • Wind: 10-15 NW got continuously more calm through the day
  • Sky: partly cloudy throughout the day
  • Water: stayed consistently calm

Boats/Visitors

  • A lot of ecotours came through today
  • Had a couple visitors, come by with Kyle this morning and then had Kyle and Guy come back this afternoon to help me out with a couple things

Ecological

  • Census day!
    1. Steller (Northern) Sea Lions: 35
    2. Harbour Seals: 44
    3. California Sea Lions: 23
    4. Elephant Seals: 13
    5. Seagulls unspecified: 291
    6. Pigeon Guillemots: 152
    7. Cormorants unspecified: 29
    8. Canada Geese: 14
    9. Savannah Sparrows: 0
    10. Harlequin Ducks: 8 (2 female, 6 male)
    11. Black Oystercatchers: 8
    12. Bald Eagles: 2 (2 adults, 1 immature)
  • There are 2 more elephant seals than usual! so thats exciting, they stayed scattered today on the path from the lighthouse to the jetty
  • As you can see there have been a decrease in sea lions, they are no longer on the southern rocks and have moved to the main island one group on the north side and another group on the southside
  • There have been an increase in gulls, pigeon guillemots and cormorants, also the harlequins are back, I did not see them last week
  • There has also been an increase in harbour seals, when I counted them they were mostly all on the Middle Rocks but have since scattered about the South Islands as well