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

Wind and Rain

Weather

  • Visibility: 10 Miles
  • Wind:  20-30 SW
  • Sky: cloudy all day
  • Water: pretty rough

Boats/Visitors

  • Didn’t see many boats today

Ecological

  • the sea lions have finally moved away from my house today and more off of the main island

Notes

  • its so windy and rainy, the island is pressure washing itself, desperately needed

Very Windy Today

Weather

  • Visibility: 5 Miles this morning then cleared to 15
  • Wind:  20-30 SE this morning but is now 10-15 NW
  • Sky: cloudy most of the day but the solar panels did get some sunlight
  • Water: pretty rough most of the day

Boats/Visitors

  • Some ecotours cruised by

Ecological

  • plenty of sea lions as usual and the 5 female elephant seals

 

High Winds Tonight

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  10-15 SE today but it is supposed to blow up tonight
  • Sky: overcast all day
  • Water: calm, no waves

Boats/Visitors

  • some ecotours came by

Ecological

  • plenty of sea lions around. not sure if their numbers have peaked yet
  • the 5 elephant seals are more scattered around today

Notes

  • The new generator is working really well

Cold Seas

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  0-15 NE
  • Sky: overcast all day
  • Water: flat but the current was moving

Boats/Visitors

  • Ecotours and fishing boats coming by today

Ecological

  • plenty of sea lions around not sure if the numbers have peaked yet
  • saw humpbacks again out the kitchen window, they’ve been around for awhile

Notes

  • The water sample the last couple days has shown a temperature of 9 degrees which is the lowest I’ve seen it in awhile
  • The generator is working nicely

Elephant Seals

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  20-30 W this morning and switched to 0-5 N this evening
  • Sky: overcast throughout the day
  • Water: rough this morning and calmed down in the evening

Boats/Visitors

  • Some ecotours came by today

Ecological

  • planty of sea lions along with 5 beautiful female elephant seals of varying sizes

 

Census day

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  0-10 W
  • Sky: cloudy throughout the day and a but of a drizzle this morning
  • Water: calm, but the current was running pretty good

Boats/Visitors

  • The new generator was set up today so we had a few people to come in and set that up which is great

Ecological

  • even more sea lions this time, of both stellars and californias
  • also 2 more elephant seal showed up this morning, both female

Notes

  • tried to set up the electric fence again by the generator room but the sea lions tear back it down in minutes
  • Saw the sea lions today that was darted a couple weeks ago and he is still healing (pictures in gallery)
  • And the sea lion that currently has a band around its neck is still around
  • There was a stellar that I thought might have something around his neck but it was just a gash, possibly from other sea lion?

Census

  • Stellar Sea Lions – 62
  • California Sea Lions – 456
  • Elephant Seals – 5 (all female)
  • Harbour Seals – 128
  • Gulls (unspecified) – 524
  • Cormorants – 367
  • Black turnstones – 32
  • Sparrows – 43
  • Oyster Catchers – 6
  • Sea Otter ( I can’t sea it very well but I’m sure it was around ) – 1

Windy Day

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  20-30
  • Sky: partly cloudy throughout the day
  • Water: very choppy, a lot of whitecaps out there

Boats/Visitors

  • Had some ecotours come by today

Ecological

  • the 3 elephant seals and the sea lion with the neck band are still around
  • the majority of the sea lions are around the guest house

 

Neck Banded Sea Lion

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  5-15 SE
  • Sky: clear today
  • Water: calm

Boats/Visitors

  • quite a few ecotours, saillboats and fishing boats around

Ecological

  • sea lions seem to want to be more on the main rock, trying to keep them away from the house and the generator room
  • the three female elephant seals are still here

Notes

  • the neck banded sea lion is by the guest house today, pictures at the end of the gallery