Sunday, December 10, 2017

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 12-15 NE
  • Sky: mostly sunny
  • Water: mostly calm, a bit choppy

Boats/Visitors

  • noticed one larger tour boat cruise by

Ecological

  • harbour seal pup is back
  • seemed to be more stellar sea lions around today than usual on the east rocks
  • saw an eagle snatch a crow chick and fight off it’s parents in flight. RIP lil crow.

Notes

  • the weather has been fantastic this week with lots of sun!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Weather

  • Visibility: Very foggy early morning but cleared right up by 8:30am
  • Wind: 11-16 NE throughout the day
  • Sky: sunny with cloudy periods
  • Water: mostly calm, a bit choppy

Boats/Visitors

  • Had about 7 boats cruise by in the last week
  • had a small tour come ashore last saturday morning of pearson college students

Ecological

  • had a young harbour seal that was on the island for a few days but is gone now
  • there are a pair of eagles hanging around for the last week
  • large male elephant seal was here for 6 days and left last night
  • caught a quick glimpse of what looked like a small sea otter running by the jetty yesterday morning

Other

  • had a very large blast go off from Rocky Point that shook the house and startled birds.

Notes

  • enjoyed my first week here at Race Rocks!

Census

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  0-10 NE
  • Sky: cloudy and rainy
  • Water: a bit choppy this morning, calm now

Boats/Visitors

  • Had a couple boats cruise by and a helicopter flew by a couple times

Census

  • California sea lions – 215
  • Stellar sea lions – 159
  • Harbour seals – 22
  • Elephant seals – 1 large male
  • Gulls – 307
  • Cormorants – 68
  • Geese – 14
  • Eagles – 4

Notes

  • well I am off tomorrow and Mikey will be the new ecoguardian until my return in 5 weeks

November 29th

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  15-25 NE
  • 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

  • same amount of sea lions
  • one large male elephant seal
  • a couple eagles
  • there were also maybe 3 humpbacks and about 4 orcas around

Notes

  • it does still look like there are quite a few sea lions around, will do the census tomorrow

Killer Whales

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  5-15 SE
  • Sky: cloudy but got a good amount of sun
  • Water: calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Had a few boats cruise by

Ecological

  • same amount of sea lions
  • one large male elephant seal
  • plenty of harbour seals
  • and I finally saw a pod of maybe 8 orcas today

Notes

  • nice day overall

November 26th

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  20-45 SW throughout the day
  • Sky: cloudy
  • Water: choppy today, I would say waves came up to a metre

Boats/Visitors

  • didn’t really see any passing boats today

Ecological

  • still quite a few sea lions around
  • and one big male elephant seal
  • I haven’t seen the harbour seal pup today

Notes

  • the wind is really picking now, in the 40’s tonight

Seal Pup

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  15-30 NE
  • Sky: cloudy
  • Water: a bit choppy today

Boats/Visitors

  • Had a couple boats cruise by, some divers

Ecological

  • There a seal pup by the jetty that I took a lot of photos of
  • a large male elephant seal showed up around 4pm, also by the jetty
  • still plenty of eagles around

Notes

  • looks like the wind is going to pick up again for a few days

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November 24th

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind:  0-10 NE
  • Sky: overcast
  • Water: flat

Boats/Visitors

  • Had quite a few boats cruise by

Ecological

  • So many eagles, counted at least 16 all together