Friday

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 0-20 SE
  • Sky: Overcast
  • Water: Waves 1-2 metres
  • Hardly any wind today but the waves were a good size and there was a light rain throughout the day

Boats/Visitors

  • a few ecotours went by today
  • Guy and Mike came by to make sure the generator and all the new batteries and inverters were running well

Ecological

  • 6 adult female elephant seals in front of the house, one pup stayed near the jetty and I have not seen the other pup today, I think she is might be out hunting which is great, she’s lost a lot of baby fat

Everyone in the water

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-20 NE
  • Sky: Overcast
  • Water: Calm this morning, waves in the afternoon 1-2 metres

Boats/Visitors

  • haven’t seen much boat activity but Guy did drop off a food order for me this morning

Ecological

  • the pups were playing together in the water this morning then came up to the front yard for awhile then all 5 female elephant seals went down to the water and they are there now

 

Tuesday

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 10-20 SE
  • Sky: Mostly Cloudy
  • Water: Waves 1-2 metres

Boats/Visitors

  • a few boats went by today
  • Have a couple visitors on the island overnight and the guys working on the project by the student house came by today and finished up

Ecological

  • The elephants had some movement today, the juvenile male was chasing one of the pups until the big guy chased him off
  • plenty of pigeon guillemots around today

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

Beautiful Day

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 0-10 SE
  • Sky: Some clouds, mostly sunny
  • Water: Flat calm for the most part

Boats/Visitors

  • Kyle, Jeff and Jack came by to deliver more batteries and help get that big log off the jetty
  • a couple ecotours and fishing boats went by

Ecological

  • the elephant seals are all doing well
  • as are the sea lions

Notes

  • Having some problems uploading the photos, will try fix it tomorrow

New Batteries

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-15 SW
  • Sky: Partly cloudy, a bit of sun
  • Water: Large waves today1-2 metres

Boats/Visitors

  • a couple ecotours went by today
  • also Kyle, Jeff and Jake brought some new batteries for the battery bank that keeps this island powered, had to start up the crane and maneuver around a stubborn elephant seal to get the batteries where they needed to be

Ecological

  • The pup is doing well and so are all the other elephant seals
  • will update the census with photos tomorrow

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Jan 12th 2017

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-10 S
  • Sky: Cloudy
  • Water: Choppy about 1 metre

Boats/Visitors

  • Kyle came by today to help me fuel the generator

Ecological

  • The pup seems to be doing well, the largest male is staying near the mom and pup and is chasing the 3 smaller males off when they get too close
  • There appears to be a small female sea lion, stellar by the colouring by the jetty that doesn’t appear to be doing too well

A Visitor From Afar

Weather

  • Visibility: 10-15 miles today. At times quite hazy.
  • Wind: 15-25 knots West
  • Sky: clear and sunny
  • Water: 1′ chop

Ecological

  • Conducted a census today.
  • Found a tiny dead harbour seal on the rocks.
  • A flock of geese arrived in the late afternoon.
  1. Harbour Seals: 91
  2. Northern Sea Lions: 35
  3. Elephant Seals: 22 (17 on Great Race, 5 on Middle Rock)
  4. California Sea Lions: 20
  5. Seagulls: 275
  6. Pigeon Guillemots: 130
  7. Canada Geese: 20! (although for much of the day only 10)
  8. Black Oystercatchers: 8
  9. Harlequin Ducks: 3 (2 females, 1 male)
  10. Cormorants: 2
  11. Bald Eagle: 1
  12. Rock Sandpiper: 1
  13. Unidentified large bird on Middle Rock; Owl?: 1

Maintenance

  • Removed lots of algae from the boat house.
  • (Re)discovered that the pressure washer does not work.

Boats

  • About 4 eco-tours came by today.
  • Chris dropped off and picked up my friend Greg O’.

Visitors

  • Greg O’, the tree scientist of Vernon, came by in the afternoon for a 3 hour visit!

Greg O come for a visit!

Other

  • A couple of big DND blasts in the afternoon.

Swells high today

Ecological happenings

  • Gulls have been feeding in large flocks
  • Swells of up to 7ft today
  • Many Sea Lions appear to have left the island. The swells have not been forgiving on the inhabited rocks.

Marine Vessels

  • Three tour boats
  • One sail boat

Other

  • Three visitors today, (1 from Pearson College) who were given a tour of the Island.