Bernard was keeping an eye out for the pups today, looking up from his sleep every time one of them would cry out, which is less frequent and high pitched now too as they continue to grow. Having a father elephant seal protect it’s pups like this after the mother has left is not ordinary behaviour so this has been very interesting to watch.
Lots of Canada Geese landed on the island today, around 6-10 pairs that are very territorial with each other. I assume they’re getting ready for nesting season as that generally starts around March.
Still a decent number of cormorants, black oyster catchers and black turnstones around too.
DND blasting has started up again with several loud explosions going off each day for the past few days.
Visibility: mostly clear in the day with fog and a bit of snow in the evening
Wind: Light gusts throughout the day
Sky: Cloudy with sunny periods
Water: a bit rough, 1 meter swells at times
had the usual ‘4 ever wild’ whale watching boat go by
No visitors today
Still a decent amount of sea lions on and around the island.
The two big male elephant seals have been mostly keeping their distance from each other but today Bernard, the larger of the two, asserted a bit of dominance by moving closer inland towards Big George, the smaller of the two.
DND blasting has taken a break for the past few weeks which has been nice.
Wind: Light breezes throughout the day with strong gusts up to 40 knots overnight
Sky: Cloudy with sunny break
Water: a bit choppy, one foot swells in the morning
Boat traffic was pretty minimum today, whale watching boat cruised by
No visitors today
Not much has changed in terms of wildlife on the island in the last few days. Consistent number of gulls, sea lions, eagles, black turnstones, canada geese and cormorants with one or large two male elephant seals.
Haven’t seen any whales of any kind yet unfortunately.
DND blasting has taken a break for the past week which has been nice.