Census

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  15-30 SW throughout the day
  • Sky: cloudy for the most part, bit of sun came through
  • Water: a bit choppy today

Boats/Visitors

  • Had a couple boats cruise by

Ecological

  • slightly less sea lions
  • also saw, oystercatchers, harlequinns
  • a couple eagles

Notes

  • looks like the wind is going to pick up again tonight

Census

  • Stellar Sea Lions – 267
  • California Sea Lions – 142
  • Harbour Seals – 14
  • Elephant Seals – possibly one on the outer rocks, not sure
  • Gulls – 275
  • Cormorants – 321
  • Black Turnstones – 32
  • Geese – 16
  • Oystercatchers – 4
  • Harlequinn Ducks – 16
  • Eagles – 2

Census

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  0-10 NE
  • Sky: cloudy throughout the day
  • Water: calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Saw a couple ecotours cruise by

Ecological

  • still more sea lions than I expected to still be here, no elephant seal either.

Census

  • Stellar Sea Lions – 343
  • California Sea Lions, 152
  • Harbour Seals – 13
  • Gulls – 317
  • Cormorants – 119
  • Harlequinn Ducks – 18
  • Black Turnstones – 24
  • Eagle – 1

Very Windy

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  20-30 NE throughout the day
  • Sky: cloudy all day
  • Water: very wavy at least a metre waves

Boats/Visitors

  • Saw one ecotour boat braving the elements today

Ecological

Harlequin Ducks are Back

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  15-25 NE in the morning 5-10 NW in the afternoon
  • Sky: partly cloudy throughout the day
  • Water: choppy, about 1 metre waves

Boats/Visitors

  • Had some ecotours cruise by

Ecological

  • Saw the Harlequin ducks for the first time in months
  • still plenty of sea lions but less everyday
  • haven’t spotted an elephant seal today but I’m sure they are around

The Sea Lions are Leaving

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  15-30 NE throughout the day
  • Sky: cloudy all day bit of sunshine came through in the afternoon
  • Water: choppy today

Boats/Visitors

  • Some ecotours skipping across the waves today

Ecological

  • less sea lions today than last week

Notes

  • DnD was blasting again today

Census

  • Stellar Sea Lions – 105
  • California Sea Lions – 286
  • Elephant Seals – 2
  • Cormorants- 634
  • Gulls – 308
  • Geese – 14
  • Oyster Catchers 8
  • Black Turnstones – 8
  • Eagles – 2

Fog and Sun

Weather

  • Visibility: 0 Miles in the morning 15 the rest of the day
  • Wind:  0-10 SE
  • Sky: Foggy this morning, mostly clear the rest of the day
  • Water: calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Had quite a few ecotours cruise around today

Ecological

  • 2 elephant seals spotted today and 2 eagles on the outer rocks

Notes

  • Ran the desalinator and generator today, the freshwater tank is almost full

Census October 26th

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  0-15 SE
  • Sky: clear most of the day
  • Water: calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Had plenty of ecotours cruising by

Ecological

  • Not as many sea lions today, they might have peaked by now but last year they didn’t start leaving until mid november
  • there were a couple injured sea lions plus a dead one
  • only saw one elephant seal today but I’m sure the others are around
  • So many stellars, mostly on the outer rocks
  • there was also an eagle
  • haven’t seen the otter or any oyster catchers
  • also saw a few humpbacks out there (not included in census)

Notes

  • plenty of solar input today

Census

  • Stellar Sea Lions – 235
  • California Sea Lions – 421
  • Harbour Seals – 18
  • Elephant Seals – 1(seen) I’m sure there are at least 3 or 4 more around
  • Gulls (unspecified) – 456
  • Cormorants – 713
  • Black Turnstones – 22
  • Geese – 8
  • Eagle – 1

October 23rd

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  10-15 NE
  • Sky: pretty cloudy most of the day
  • Water: calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Had some ecotours drive by

Ecological

  • so many sea lions
  • 5 elephant seals scattered around
  • a gull with a broken wing
  • and some california gulls around
  • also saw the eagle again today

Notes

  • go to run the desalinator for awhile today, its been difficult to get to with all the sea lions around

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

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