The Summer pattern is now well established : Pretty calm in the morning and increase of the wind in the afternoon to 30 to 40 knots depending on the day. West wind is predominant.The water temperature is around 12 degrees Celsius.The days are getting shorter and it is chilly in the morning.
It is babies time for the seagulls and some of those small chicks got in pretty bad situation:I saw one getting killed by another gull( territory story) and a a huge vulture got another one just under my window.The eagles are very active after dawn. We had not one Sea lion to Yesterday and like by magic they appeared :30 and more of them, mainly on South rocks. The whole island is getting white and smelly! Yes it ‘s definitively Summer on Race rocks
Usual tasks :solar panels, desalinator on…etc . I will be on training at the college almost the whole week … Also I realized how it’s tricky to manage this boat when there is 30 knots and strong current and swell! it is not impossible but be prepare to be totally damp when you arrive!
Many ecotourism boats to the end of the afternoon
Sea lions :31
Elephant seals :7
Pigeons guillemots :50 and more
Sea gulls:480 + around 90 chicks
From the 9th to the 13th the wind was never lower than 20 knots from west and reached 42 knots on the 10th and all the time a gust in the afternoon
The usual elephants seals are on the rocks sleeping or playing in the water; that means at least 6 of them.More chickens every day and very nervous adults gulls.
Heavy cleaning of the solar panels everyday.Desalinator on and sea water pump too for the sea water underground reserve. New propane tank on and 200 liters more in the main house. Cleaning of the boat and shed.
Whale watchers : they stay longer if the elephant seals are there for a show . Kyle went around the rock with people aboard .
For 2 days from Monday to Wednesday morning I took a student with me. Ibrahim from Egypt is working in the kitchen for the whole Summer so it has been a good break for him.
If July 5th,on Wednesday, was calm with a light South West wind and a good visibility It was not the same situation for the following days:on Thursday the wind raised to 31knots from West and on Friday the 7th, it was very windy the whole day to almost 40 knots in the afternoon. The barometric pressure is depending the days around 1019/1020MB. The water temperature is 10 to 11.9 degrees Celsius at the most.On Wednesday for 30mn we couldn’t see around the rocks farther than 100 meters.
The babies are born now and the parents are very nasty! Difficult to go across the rock ; if you want to be safe helmet and coat are not optional! 7elephant seals like usual this Summer.I saw a river otter wrapped in kelp to stay on the same spot! they are smart!
The sea water pump has been working a lot this week too, even in night time depending when it’s high enough. I had to repair the handle of the high pressure cleaning tool. and I transfer 150 liters of fuel in the main house tank. Solar panels very dirty
Kyle and Jeff came to bring 600 liters of fuel. and we transferred from the big tank on Second nature to 3 barrels .
If the last days of June were quiet and without wind July began with a gale warning and the wind reached 34 knots and more from West on the 1st …Beautiful scenery with white crests and a sky clear…the 2nd and 3rd the wind was almost all the time around 25 knots
Sea lions :0
Harbor seals :105
Elephant seals :7
Oyster catchers :10
Pigeon Guillemots :25
Sea gulls :460
Like usual..except we could count on Saturday 1st, 7 cruise ships: 3 in Victoria harbor,1 at anchor,and 3 going out!!!
I got the sea water pump fixed and put in on ..we need more water in the reserve. I changed the filter and put some weight to be sure that it stays in the water. I noticed that the wooden ladder on the light house tower needs to be repaired or changed .
Aziz Sonawalla came back for the long Week End . He is right now working for the Summer at the college and with him 2 volunteers Sheryl and Jules came overnight
During the last days of the month we had like everywhere on the coast some very beautiful days with light winds between 13 knots to 25 at the most in the afternoon.Some fog too especially on the 30th early in the morning. The sea water is around 11 degrees Celsius and the atmospheric pressure :101 K Pa.
5 to 8 elephant seals on the rock and the 1st born chicks are running around their parents..quiet place!
Like usual many whale watchers depending the time of the day and some of them very big.
Heavy cleaning :inside the water sample analyses shed,inside and outside of the boat shed, outside windows of the main house,flag changed …desalinisator on and solar panels cleaning everyday ,no choice !! it ‘s getting white everywhere on the rock
We have mainly low winds except on the Monday 26th where we got to 40knots from West otherwise it has been between 5knots to 15knots
I spotted the 2 first chickens and they were 4/5days old …there are for sure more than 2 and the adults gulls are getting aggressive. I saw a river otter and 2 young ones under the crane like usual.7 Elephant seals are steady on the rocks( moulting time). No Sea lions at all.The eagle get motivated and they attacked by 2 at the same time!
I could count 80 fishing boats but not closed, ecotourism vessels full as usual.
Usual chores ..the solar panels got pretty dirty and needs attention. I transferred the last 240 liter of oil in the main house tank
Elephant seals :8
Sea lions :1
Oyster catchers:10 to 12 and 3 babies seen
Pigeons -guillemots:around 100