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

Census

Weather

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

Boats/Visitors

  • a couple ecotours went by today

Ecological

  • The pup is getting so big, elephant seal pups are supposed to gain about 10 pounds a day

Census

  • Stellar Sea Lions – 74
  • California Sea Lions – 107
  • Harbour Seals – 0
  • Elephant Seals – 5 – 3 males, 1 female and 1 pup
  • Cormorants – 88
  • Gulls – 182
  • Eagles – 6
  • Black Turnstones – 27
  • Black Oystercatchers – 12
  • Geese – 2

Census

Weather

  • Visibility: clear, 15 miles throughout the day
  • Wind: ranging from 9-22 knots throughout the day
  • Sky: overcast for most of the day
  • Water: calm, a bit choppy at times

Boats/Visitors

  • Didn’t notice much boat traffic today aside from the usual busy commercial freighters
  • No visitors today

Ecological

  • More failed mating attempts by the young male elephant seals with the one female on the island.

Census

  • Cormorants – 90
  • Gulls – 275
  • Elephant Seals – 6  (3 adolescent males, 1 adult male, 1 adult female and 1 pup)
  • California Sea Lions – 120
  • Stellar Seal Lions – 93
  • Black Turnstones – 10
  • Canada Geese – 4
  • Bald Eagles – 7

    Three males surround the single female currently on the island

Census & Five Male Elephant Seals

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 miles all day
  • Wind: Light breezes throughout the day NE mostly
  • Sky: mostly cloudy
  • Water: a bit rough, one to two foot swells

Boats/Visitors

  • Boat traffic was pretty minimum today again, saw one fishing boat go by
  • No visitors today

Ecological

  • There are now a total of 5 male elephant seals on the island. Two are full grown and the other three are adolescents.
  • The two elephant seal pups are still around as well.

Census

  • California Sea Lions – 78
  • Stellar Sea Lions – 64
  • Harbour Seals – 2
  • Elephant Seals – 7
  • Gulls – 58
  • Cormorants – 16
  • Bald Eagles – 2
  • Black Turnstones – 6

Census, birds and mammals

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 miles
  • Wind: 6-10 NE throughout day
  • Sky: cloudy with some sun
  • Water: mostly calm, a bit choppy

Boats/Visitors

  • had a few eco tour boats cruise by
  • no visitors today

Ecological

Census:

  • California Sea Lions – 120
  • Stellar Sea Lions – 102
  • Harbour Seals – 4
  • Seagulls – 252
  • Eagles – 5
  • Cormorant – 22
  • Canadian Geese – 12
  • Black Turnstone – 3

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

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

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

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

Census Day

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  10-20 NE
  • Sky: clear all day
  • Water: calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Had some visitors come by from Eagle Wing Tours

Ecological

  • The 3 female elephant seals are still here
  • Spotted some California Gulls today too

Notes

  • There was another sea lion with a band stuck around his neck, will alert DFO so they can come out here and help out the sea lion, the last pictures are of this sea lion
  • It was pointed out to me that I have not been including the sea otter in my census, I admit I have a hard time spotting him from here so I often forget about him

Census

  • stellar sea lions – 42
  • california sea lions – 286
  • gulls – 324
  • oyster catchers – 8
  • black turnstones – 18
  • sparrows – 32
  • harbour seals – 87
  • sea otter – 1