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.
One whale (possibly humpback) spotted today, close to the reserve
Active salmon feeding (birds and Sea Lions)
Four tour boats today. We encourage boats to maintain a speed of 7kts max when within the reserve. Take the time to travel slowly out of the reserve when heading back to Victoria, and watch for wildlife!
Three pleasure vessels
Four students made a brief visit to the reserve today
Fog early this morning, turning into a fine day. Varying winds of up to 11kts between North and East directions. The barometer got up to 102.6, dropping back to 102.4. A strong wind warning is in effect for tonight and tomorrow (Wednesday), as well as forecast showers.
Helicopter over the reserve early morning
5 tour boats today (2 of which were travelling quite fast within the reserve)
Only one pleasure craft spotted
One whale spotted between RR and Port Angeles
Several attempts were made at rewiring the electric fence around the dock ( 2nd time lucky!). We now have zero – as opposed to eight – Sea Lions on the dock)
Paths on RR were swept
We have commenced a critical equipment check for the island
No visitors today.
A windy day working close to the Sea Lions
First attempt at the fence
One of two tour boats traveling fast within the reserve
It has been a gorgeous summer day, not too warm here with the fresh breeze coming from the ocean. We found another Chick’s dead body under the gasoil tank, which makes the total number to 5 dead ones. We guess that is the job of a river otter because they have all the same look, guts facing the sky? We had Whale watchers as usual around, 15 in the day and in the strait a navy vessel, a tugboat pulling a wood load, and 2 RCMP zodiacs could be seen. Those last days it’s just evident that we have a bigger birds population and new species too like 5 Harlequin Ducks swimming in the south rocks and a flock of around 50 shore birds that could be sandpipers. The young middle size elephant seal was spotted swimming alone in the south rocks which were a pretty busy place, animated all day long by the new little harbor seals. This young one came back and spent the night behind the boat shed. Around 10 AM I saw the spout of whales a few times closed to the green buoy .I never saw the animals by themselves and pretty soon no more spouts.Going to double check the solar panels in the afternoon (getting dirty quickly enough !) I discover for my pleasure that the 5 geese had their neck in the soft water bucket under the panels. Those ones are everywhere ,all the time going back and forth. They even went swimming in the race currents. Amazing busy birds!
We have seen these dolphins in the waters off Race Rocks, but have yet to get a picture of them on location in the Ecological reserve. Scientific classification
Species: L. obliquidens