The island has began a shift in population recently, with the adolescent gulls beginning to take flight and hunting on their own the population itself seems to be thinning out. We have some new visitors out this way with some canadian geese calling race rocks there home or maybe just a short term vacation spot. Lately the #’s of sea lions have been increasing steadily in the previous week, with the lions taking advantage of the grassy sections farther inland from the rocky coast.
Stellar Sea Lions – 175
Californian Sea Lions- 73
Elephant Seals- 3
50 Adolescent gulls
30 Canadian Geese
20 Oyster Catchers
Windy day from East between 25 and 30 knots,Sea choppy .Overcast and foggy sporadically . Some snow around 9:00AM but finally sunny the rest of the day. Sea water : 5.5 degrees and Air at 2.1 degrees celsius(at 8:00 AM)
The night between the 6th and 7th February has been a very busy one for the elephants seals . We found tracks and it looked like the male helped the young one to come back from the rocky place where he has been for at least 2 days. He went during the day from the tower to the water shed and at the corner of the paths and closed to the water sampling house :a lot for him if we considered that he has been almost always sedentary before his Mum ‘s departure…Chunk was back too but stayed in its own quarters .
- wind south 10-15 becoming south west 15-20
- Chuckles came back onto the main island overnight, Chunk keeps him away from the females and pups.
Vessels: 4 eco tour. One appeared to be getting too close to sealions on the South rocks and harbour seals on West rock. We went off island for a couple hours and returned in the afternoon.
- topped up deionized water in battery bank, cleaned batteries and started applying anti-oxidation compound.
- ongoing training of new guardian on island systems and procedures.