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

Sunbathing Sea Lions

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-10 N/NE
  • Sky: sunny with cloudy periods
  • Water: mostly calm, bit choppy at times

Boats/Visitors

  • Had a few ecotours go by today
  • New batteries were installed for the main energy systems. The generator will only need to be run once a week for 2-4 hours rather than 2-4 hours a day! Huge decrease in carbon footprint.

Ecological

  • The sea lions and seals were enjoying the sun today
  • Lots of black turnstones running around the lawn throughout the day
  • An eagle flew right over me and my friend right when she arrived to say hi.

Growing Pups

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-15  N/NE
  • Sky: cloudy with some sun
  • Water: mostly calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Didn’t notice an ecotours today
  • Kyle came by with some food and a new cart for wheeling fuel around. New batteries for the generator and energy system are getting installed tomorrow which will greatly reduce the amount of time we will need to run the generator! Very exciting.

Ecological

  • Haven’t seen the young tagged C887 seal again
  • The elephant seal pups are getting so big, can’t believe how fast they grow. The weaner is so noisy, especially at night.
  • Lots of eagles and black oyster catchers out again today.

Sunshine and Elephant Seals

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-25 NE
  • Sky: sunny
  • Water: choppy, 2-4 foot swells

Boats/Visitors

  • Had a few ecotours and divers go by today, no visitors

Ecological

  • There has been a consistent number of bald eagles, cormorants and black oyster catchers the past few days.
  • Elephant seal pups and mother are doing well. Still hanging around very close to the main house.
  • A younger male started to approach the female today but Bernard (the dominant male elephant seal) was quick to assert his presence and drive the young bull off.
  • Been able to see Mount Baker very well the last few days with the sunshine and clear skies.

C887 Returns

Weather

  • Visibility: 10-15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-15 NE
  • Sky: sunny
  • Water: mostly calm, bit choppy at times

Boats/Visitors

  • Had a few ecotours go by today, no visitors

Ecological

  • Lots of black oyster catchers and cormorants out today
  • Two other male elephant seals are still hanging around the island, mostly been minding their own business and sleeping away from the pups and female.
  • Young female elephant seal with tag number C887 was by the jetty all day.

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!

 

Eagles & Harbour Seals

Weather

  • Visibility: 10-15 Miles
  • Wind: 3-10 SW
  • Sky: Cloudy
  • Water: Calm

Boats/Visitors

  • a few eco tours went by today

Ecological

  • Large group of about 12 bald eagles on the south east rocks today, mostly juveniles without the white heads with 3 or 4 adults.
  • Around 10-12 harbour seals on the south east rocks as well with at least 1 small pup.

Other

  • Had a few small DND blasts go off today

Blasting and Pups

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 20-30 NW
  • Sky: Sunny with cloudy periods
  • Water: Very rough, 1-2 meter swells

Boats/Visitors

  • Very little boat traffic today

Ecological

  • The youngest elephant seal pup is doing well, staying close to mom with a large male sleeping close by for most of the day.
  • Saw a harbor lone seal on the east side of the island sunning itself.

Notes

  • I’m back at Race Rocks for the rest of this month. Very happy to be here again (:
  • A lot of DND blasting today. Every blast sends hundreds of birds into a frightened, flying frenzy and startles the sea lions off the rocks.

Census and Visitors

Weather

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

Boats/Visitors

  • a few ecotours went by today
  • I  had a couple visitors come from the college to take a little tour around the island

Ecological

  • Another mature female elephant seal showed up this morning, I am unsure if she is pregnant but I guess we will find out in a couple days

Census

  • Stellar Sea Lions – 92
  • California Sea Lions – 117
  • Harbour Seals – 22
  • Elephant Seals – 11 – 5 males, 4 female and 2 pups
  • Cormorants – 97
  • Gulls – 204
  • Eagles –12
  • Black Turnstones – 33
  • Black Oystercatchers – 34
  • Geese – 4
  • Harlequin Duck – 14

Jan 31st

Weather

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

Boats/Visitors

  • quite a few fishing boats went by

Ecological

  • Got a photo of the juvenile female on the east side of the island, her tail was tagged D-018, she seemed to be doing alright, no clear injuries
  • The younger pup seems to be cuddling up to both moms quite a bit, she tried to nurse off the other mom again, I didn’t catch her actually nursing off the other mom but included a photo of her trying
  • I suspect the new pup is female as well but I am not completely sure

Notes

  • quite a bit of the roofing came off the tank shed in the last big storm a couple days, I collected it and managed to get most of it in one spot