Census

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 10-20 NW
  • Sky: Partly Cloudy
  • Water: Calm

Boats/Visitors

  • a few ecotours went by today

Other

  • DND was blasting today, the animals were not happy about it
  • 3 of the female elephant seals are tagged one was an orange tag reading T532, then two green tags reading D019 and B198

Census

  • stellar sea lions – 33
  • california sea lions – 29
  • harbour seals – 12
  • elephant seals – 11 female
  • gulls – 174
  • cormorants – 16
  • black turnstones – 28
  • harlequinn ducks – 12
  • oyster catchers – 14
  • fox sparrows – 4
  • geese – 14

Census

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-15 NE
  • Sky: Overcast
  • Water: calm

Boats/Visitors

  • quite a few ecotours went by this morning

Ecological

  • Same five female elephants around but less sea lions around

Census

  • stellar sea lions – 17
  • california sea lions – 28
  • harbour seals – 12
  • elephant seals – 5 female
  • gulls – 128
  • cormorants – 18
  • pigeon guillemots – 39
  • black turnstones – 18
  • harlequinn ducks – 12
  • oyster catchers – 14
  • fox sparrows – 2
  • geese – 14

Census

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 0-10 SW
  • Sky: Cloudy
  • Water: Flat Calm

Boats/Visitors

  • a few boats went by today, along with a couple visitors on the island

Ecological

  • The pups are inseperable, its adorable, then an older female that is pretty large showed up today and got right in between them, the youngest pup was pretty upset about it but the three of them are napping together now

Census

  • stellar sea lions – 29
  • california sea lions – 74
  • harbour seals – 15
  • elephant seals – 3 female
  • gulls – 205
  • cormorants – 24
  • pigeon guillemots – 276
  • black turnstones – 31
  • harlequinn ducks – 12
  • oyster catchers – 12
  • fox sparrows – 2
  • geese – 14
  • eagles – 2

Census

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 15-40 SW
  • Sky: Partly Cloudy
  • Water: Waves 1-2 metres

Boats/Visitors

  • haven’t seen much activity probably because it was blowing 40 knots but the DND was blasting today

Ecological

  • way less activity than usual probably because of the weather today, its supposed to calm down tomorrow

Census

  • stellar sea lions – 22
  • california sea lions – 43
  • harbour seals – 0
  • elephant seals – 3 female
  • gulls – 215
  • cormorants – 31
  • pigeon guillemots – 0
  • black turnstones – 18
  • harlequinn ducks – 12
  • oyster catchers – 8
  • fox sparrows – 2
  • geese – 14

Census

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 0-10 SE
  • Sky: Sunny
  • Water: Some waves this morning but calm later in the day

Boats/Visitors

  • a few boats went by today, ecotours and fishing

Ecological

  • An adult female elephant seal showed up today and the oldest pup was relaxing on the jetty with the sea lions
  • also the juvenile male had blood on him, there may have been a couple small puncture wounds but nothing serious
  • it was a beautiful afternoon, a bit difficult counting with all the movement

Census

  • stellar sea lions – 75
  • california sea lions – 112
  • harbour seals – 28
  • elephant seals – 2 male, 4 female
  • gulls – 324
  • cormorants – 35
  • pigeon guillemots – 37 (there were way more yesterday)
  • black turnstones – 18
  • harlequinn ducks – 12
  • oyster catchers – 11
  • fox sparrows – 2
  • geese – 12

Census

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 15-25 SW this morning, down to 5-15 SW this afternoon
  • Sky: Very Sunny
  • Water: Waves about a metre this morning, to flat in the afternoon

Boats/Visitors

  • a few boats went by today, saw some tour boats, fishing boats and sailboats

Ecological

  • Quite a few of the sea lions were in the water today, with their fins up, soaking in the sunlight

Census

  • Stellar Sea Lions – 35
  • California Sea Lions – 38
  • Harbour Seals – 27
  • Elephant Seals – 2 females and 3 males
  • Gulls – 213
  • Cormorants – 24
  • Eagles – 5
  • Harlquin Ducks – 14
  • Black Turnstones – 18
  • Black Oyster Catchers – 8
  • Geese – 12
  • Fox Sparrows – 2

Census

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 10-20 NE
  • Sky: Sunny all day
  • Water: Choppy 1-2 metres

Boats/Visitors

  • Saw some boats cruising by

Ecological

  • The pups are doing well, one of the younger males was attacking the oldest pup until Bernard came along and chased him off

Census

  • Stellar Sea Lions – 80
  • California Sea Lions – 62
  • Harbour Seals – 28
  • Elephant Seals – 2 female pups, 3 males
  • Geese – 12
  • Oystercatchers – 16
  • Eagles – 6
  • Harlequinn Ducks – 9
  • Gulls – 283
  • Cormorants – 60
  • Black Turnstones – 35

Census & Independent Pups

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 1-10 knots N/SW
  • Sky: sunny and clear
  • Water: mostly calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Didn’t notice any ecotours go by today
  • No visitors

Ecological

  • Bernard left the two pups today, not sure if he’ll return or not.
  • The pups are almost the same size now. Both are nice and plump and seem healthy.
  • Lots of Black Oyster Catchers and Cormorants around lately

Census

  • California Sea Lions – 85
  • Stellar Sea Lions – 60
  • Elephant Seals – 5 (two pups, three adult males)
  • Harbour Seals – 5
  • Cormorants – 200
  • Seagulls – 150
  • Bald Eagles – 5
  • Black Oyster Catchers – 15
  • Black Turnstones – 10

Census

Weather

  • Visibility: 10-15 Miles
  • Wind: 20-30 knots W this morning, dying down to 1-10 knots by night
  • Sky: cloudy with some sun
  • Water: choppy this morning, calming throughout the day

Boats/Visitors

  • Saw a few ecotours go by
  • Jeff and a student from the college came by quick to drop off some food for me.

Ecological

  • The 3 lone male elephant seals have left the older pup alone so far which I am very happy about.
  • The dominant male and female have been mating every day for the past week.

Census

  • California Sea Lions – 130
  • Stellar Sea Lions – 94
  • Elephant Seals – 7  (four adult males, one adult female, two pups)
  • Seagulls – 285
  • Bald Eagles – 7
  • Black Oyster Catchers – 30
  • Black Turnstones – 15
  • Harlequin Ducks – 10
  • Canada Geese – 4
  • Cormorants – 75

Gale & Census

Weather

  • Visibility: 10-15 Miles
  • Wind: 20-35 knots NW
  • Sky: sunny with cloudy periods
  • Water: very rough

Boats/Visitors

  • one eco tour boat passed by the island

Ecological

  • The elephant seal family have been hanging around very close to the house lately, right in front of the door! They don’t seem to mind me coming and going and taking the odd picture too much though.

Census

  • Stellar Sea Lions – 97
  • California Sea Lions – 100
  • Harbour Seals – 12
  • Elephant Seals – 6  (3 males, 1 female and 2 pups)
  • Cormorants – 74
  • Gulls – 165
  • Bald Eagles – 11
  • Black Turnstones – 15
  • Black Oystercatchers – 7
  • Canada Geese – 2

Notes

  • Had gale force winds all day today, at least the sun was out though!