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.
Another calm day with 9 knots,North East wind at 8:00AM ,Calm sea,Cloudy to some sunny periods,Visibility over 13 miles. Sea water :7.1 degrees Celsius
I thought to have seen the famous seal on Turbine Rock this morning. there was a beautiful spotted Seal and actually the first one like that I ever saw…but when I went to do the census I discovered 7 or 8 spotted ones all together on South Island so…I am not sure anymore …Is “6 spots “around or not?…I let Pam to be the expert and the judge . Again Chunk :he spend the afternoon closed to Guy working at the cleaning of the railway (drifting wood again).A lot of activity for the gulls on the fish banks. In the night I have been awaken by the Sea Lions for the first time in those Winter months
3 Watchers and a police boats going towards Esquilmalt..some small fishing boats closed to Pedder Bay.
After Monday’s difficulties with the log, yesterday was even worse as I was unable to log on to the website. The problem seems to have been only temporary though, because I am now able to log on using both my computer and the main house computer.
Here is a summary of yesterday and today, along with photos from Monday.
Monday 31 October 2016-Photos
Tuesday 1 November 2016-Report & Chore Day
Visibility: 15 miles
Wind: 0-5 knots E
5 elephant seals on Great Race today.
Had to push the dead sea lion out past the jetty where it finally floated away.
An inquisitive seagull floated up to the corpse and gave it a peck.
Spotty the harbour seal was back on his rock near the jetty.
Couldn’t log on to the Race Rocks website.
Finished gathering data for the month end report.
Completed October month end report for Kyle.
Entered and sent off October seawater report.
Ran the desalinator.
Wednesday 2 November 2015
Visibility: 5 miles
Wind: 15-20 knots NE
Sky: overcast with showers
Water: 2′ chop
Fierce waves crashing against the jetty today.
Expected to be windy overnight, with things calming down by noon tomorrow.