Monday, November 30, 2020

11-30-2020 No SRKW Sightings Here but Lots of Humpback Sightings

 Thru November 29th

next day

This one was with the other on the 28th but not the 29th. 
...there have been more than these 2 in the area in the last few days. 

Several times heard over the Lime Kiln hydrophones...most often in the night or early morning...
...most recent was close to midnight last night (11-29)...

J Pod has been coming and going - the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Puget Sound...normal for them at this time of year...
K and L pods haven't been 'heard from in quite a while'...

...and this morning it's pouring rain...good morning to get things done!

...and shortly after posting this I learn that J Pod went north in the night and showed up in heading toward the Strait of Georgia.
--ha-ha- I know better than to assume where they went after leaving Puget Sound yesterday...I am assuming (there I go again!) that all of them went that way...but only they know for sure, at the moment..

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

11-23-2020 Everyday is Different

November 23rd

Everyday is different and sometimes amazing!

notice the time on these first few images...2 birds within 10 minutes!

...lots of Bonaparte's gulls this morning...there was something way south of the Park that would surface once and then not again for what seemed like several minutes...thought it was too big for a sea lion but behavior didn't indicate a humpback either...only saw it a couple times...then about 2 hours later that mystery being surfaced right off the lighthouse - a humpback deep dives because the HB wasn't in deep water - too close to the shore...just before the HB did this I saw a lot of leaping tiny forage fish!  The HB continued the 'low profile' behavior and continued north and had moved way offshore toward Canada.

...everyday is different - that's for sure!

Friday, November 20, 2020

Friday, November 13, 2020

11-10-2020 What a Busy Day It Was

 The SRKWs are not always here and sometimes other marine!

A friend asked about how to tell the difference between a Steller and a California...well, the Stellers helped with that today and the next day (next post) California sea lions helped out too...

I have seen branded Steller sea lions at some of the haul-outs, but this is the first time I saw sending it to the Steller researchers...not easy to tell the number, but I'm sure they will.  since it has a Y at the end, I believe that means it comes from the Rogue River, Oregon.