Saturday, November 16, 2019

11-16-19 In the Wee Hours of This Day

...let's first backup a few days...


November 13 - Late afternoon. They are out there. They, who? The J16s. Thank you, Rod, Eagle Wing WW out of Victoria, for the “coming your way”. Though you can’t see them in this image, that was their backdrop. At first I heard a few faint calls. A couple was sitting nearby and heard their calls, which brought 😊 to the people’s faces. It took a good while to locate the whales... offshore a good ways and far south of the park. Saw a splash-and another...then twice seeing that tall dorsal fin of Mike J-26. They are an independent family unit (four in this family) and have been for many years. No telling where they will be tomorrow, but we know now that at least for a couple days this group was likely not in Puget Sound with the other J Pod whales. Now I wonder if there are others from K and/or L with Js in PS.


...it may be a pretty picture...but knowing that some of the SRKWs are down there makes it even prettier...

...I kept scanning.
...the seas were not completely flat but there were NO white caps occurring, so when I saw a splash - oh, about 3 miles distant - I at least knew where to look...bingo!  
There was Mike's J-26 dorsal fin...

...the rest of J Pod and Onyx L-87 had been in Puget Sound for several days...
..they were leaving Puget Sound in the late afternoon on the 14th...
...J16s were not seen on the 14th (as far as I know)...
...but who knows maybe they all met up...

...on November 15th J Pod whales were seen heading west in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, but where exactly...hmmm...

...in the wee hours of November 16...faint calls over the Lime Kiln hydrophones...
...yesterday there had been a good rain...more salmon moving in????

...this is beginning to shape up like back in 2013 when the whales were here for Thanksgiving!
...I wish ALL could have a good Thanksgiving.
...keeping in mind all the things we each can do to help this ecosystem recover...which will help the salmon recover and the Southern Residents to recover...
After all IT IS THEIR HOME not ours...

 

 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

11-5-2019 SRKWs Here Today

Tuesday, November 5th
...yesterday on the 4th there were members of J, K, and L pods present in the Strait of Juan de Fuca...not all, but evidently many of them...

...so why was I surprised when I heard a call at 07:40 this morning...
...they were coming in from Discovery Island, I thought...
...during that first hour I heard, a few J Pod calls and a few K Pod calls...but later when I learned who was present...well, that changed who might have been 'saying' what...the L54s were here today and they 'speak' K Pod (kitten sounding call)...I've documented that many times in past years...not sure about J Pod though...maybe they were there or maybe just a family group - like the J16s will often split off from the rest of J Pod...or someone from K or L could have been calling out to J Pod...don't know...

...the whales were quite vocal for several hours...'til about about noon or a bit after...
...there was foraging going on, echolocation clicks were heard...
...it is always special to see them...and to see what will present itself as distractions while watching the whales!




 ...when they were going up island, fewer images because of their distance...when they came down they were still a good ways off...except for a couple of them...



...I wonder if that is a new 'dog' on the bow - ha-ha...I don't see little Eba
...so I had to include this...my favorite pic of the day !
...when will the whales be here?...people ask all the time...well, I certainly would not have thought on November 5th!


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

10-29-19 Humpback On the Hydrophones Again!

Tuesday, October 29th
...Monday ended with plans to get certain things done on Tuesday...
...oh, well...
...interrupted by some whales !!

 ...it was only 24 minutes into the day...you know, like in the middle of the night, when something woke me up!
...below are some of the vocals as shown on a spectrogram, which shows the structure of the vocalization...
...I haven't heard that many humpbacks but I more look for the vocal to be on the low section on the sprectrogram (lower tone), 
 ...so when I saw some that were quite high and looking somewhat similar to Southern Residents...hmmm


...well, I began to wonder...where there two species of whales I was hearing?
...after listening and re-listening to the recording, etc. I decided on humpbacks...

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...little did I know I'd be listening to some more unusual sounds, midway through the day...from other whales - the Southern Residents !!  - Yes !! ...they came back down from the north today and came past the park and down Haro Strait...
...I imagine they'll be in Puget Sound or headed west in the morning...
...but since they like to 'make a liar' out of me...just maybe they'll be on the west side - ha!  ha!

Sunday, October 27, 2019

10-27-19 A Bald Eagle Adventure Today

Sunday, October 27
...at this time of year it is not common to see the Southern Residents, but that doesn't mean one doesn't continue to listen and watch...cause you just never know...
...it was early this morning when I heard some unusual sounds over the Lime Kiln hydrophones...sounded like a humpback!   That would be the first one heard, this fall.  
...since hearing the first one in October of 2013, my ears get keen to hear when the first one will show up on the hydrophones each fall...it's proved to be either late October or sometime in November.  It wasn't much and the few sounds were spread out over about an hour, so I clipped them together for a 22 second listen (cause that's all there was in total)...the humpback was somewhere in Haro Strait, but I wasn't ever able to visually locate it...


...while looking for the HB, a friend commented on the squawking gulls...and so here's how that went...pretty amazing by the end of that!


             (note: whether male or female I don't know)

...bit the fish in half!!







Monday, October 21, 2019

10-21-19 If Whales Had been Here We Might Have Missed...

Lots to see...that is except for whales on the west side...









...J Pod was in the Strait of Juan de Fuca a few times and then came all the way into Puget Sound where they stayed for several days...
...I heard L Pod calls, though brief and distant one evening...
...not sure where they went, but possibly up toward the Fraser River area...
...if so, then maybe they'll come back this way...
...would like there to be plenty of salmon for them, no matter where they go...