Saturday, April 10, 2021

April 10th - discovery Island (#37)

Dan and I paddled out to Cadboro Point, where we met up with Paulo for a paddle around the islands. There was not much current to begin with - a slight flood had started. By the time we got near to discovery we realized that the stiff westerly would make paddling westwards along the south shore of Discovery a challenge, we decided to paddle a figure of eight. As it turned out that was a good decision, but we paddled in some of the lumpiest water I have seen for some time! The winds at Trial were steady around 25 knots and I am sure we were paddling in 20+. When we eventually made it back I was a tad tired! I did not keep a bird checklist today... too busy paddling! By the time we were heading back, the flood was strong and between the headwind and the current, we had a hard time making it back past Cadboro Point.

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17 km, YTD 382 km

Monday, April 05, 2021

April 5th - Oak Bay to Cadboro Bay via the Islands (#36)

I joined a group organized by Gary to paddle out and around the Islands from Turkey Head/Oak Bay Marina. We made our way past the Oak Bay Beach Hotel  to Gonzales Point before heading out to the Chain group and the Islands. We had spectacular conditions and a nice lunch break in Rudlin Bay. I am not sure when I have seen so many boats out and around the Islands! The birding was good and I saw marbled murrelets in summer plumage! ( https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S84889527)

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17 km, YTD 365 km


April 4th - Loon Bay (#35)

Jenny and I SUPed over to Loon Bay via the yacht club for a short afternoon paddle. Great conditions and a nice little paddle! The tide was way out as you can see from the starting position!

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2 km, YTD 348 km

Saturday, April 03, 2021

April 3rd - Discovery Island (#34)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle around the islands. conditions were calm and we could see all of Mt Rainier to the south. There was a bit of current. The Steller sea lions were out on the rock by seabird point. There were plenty of birds around (https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S84695457) and it was nice to still see a marbled murrelet around as well as some rhinoceros auklets

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15 km, YTD 346 km


Saturday, March 27, 2021

March 27th - Gonzales and Cadboro Points (#33)

I paddled over to Turkey head by the Oak Bay Beach Hotel (about 4 km) to help lead a SISKA "energizer" paddle. The original intention was to paddle to Gonzales Bay but it seemed like there was a stiff westerly so we opted to stay in Oak/Cadboro Bay. Lots of the usual birds: https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S84231389. My paddle ended up being about 8 km longer than everyone else's due to the back and forth!

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24 km, YTD 331 km



Thursday, March 25, 2021

March 25th - Cadboro Bay (#32)

Dan and I went for an afternoon SUP around the bay and encountered very nice almost windless conditions. It is neat how much more one sees of life under water from a SUP versus a kayak due to the angle.

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6 km, YTD

March 25th - Cadboro Bay (#31)

I led a group of SISKA paddlers on a "light" paddle around the bay. It was a nice relaxed jaunt around the bay. When we rounded Cadboro Point we encountered a stiff northerly breeze and lumpy water, so I decided to take the groups over to Jemmy Jones and the other side of the bay. It was nice to have Monica join me! We saw most of the usual birds: https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S84104872 (17 species)

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8 km, YTD 301 km

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

March 24th - Chatham Island (#30)

I paddled over to Staines Island to meet Fraser and we went for a nice paddle in the rain! The wind was low but the current was building and the water in Baynes was getting lump. So we decided to paddle over towards Cattle Point. Shortly after we left Chatham I spotted a strange animal... It was a sea otter, which I have not seen in this area for years! The birding was also good! https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S84045510

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12 km, YTD 293 km

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

March 23rd - Discovery Island) #29

I paddled out to Cadboro Point to meet Dan and Paulo for a paddle around the Islands. Conditions were magnificent - little wind and little current. The birding was good with 23 species observed ( I did count some birds on land!)https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S83967492 It was nice to see a couple of marbled murrelets in Rudlin bay. We saw that the wolf sculpture was being installed on the Cheryl and David's property by seabird Point. It looks great! We had a nice break on a beach in Rudlin Bay. I saw and heard a song sparrow and a white-crowned sparrow.

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Steller sea lions on the rock by Seabird Pt - click to enlarge

Black turnstones and Surfbirds by seabird point - click to enlarge

Three nice kayaks on the beach - click to enlarge

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17 km, YTD 281 km

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

March 17th - Cadboro Point (#28)

Dan and I decide to head out for a quick paddleboard trip this afternoon and had great conditions (no wind and no lumpy water) for our trip to Cadboro Point and back. We had nice conditions for birding and picked up 12 species. Dan was paddling his new SUP, a RED Voyager 13'2". It is a nice board!

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6km, YTD 264 km

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

March 16th - Discovery Island (#27)

I paddled out to Cadboro Point to meet Dan and Paulo for a paddle around the islands. Conditions were great with nice views of Mt Baker and Mt Rainer. I saw plenty of the usual birds but did not list them today. I have not seen murrelets (ancient or marbled) recently...  We had some fun playing in the current between Vantreight and Chatham.

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17 km, YTD 258 km


Monday, March 15, 2021

March 15th - Chain Islands (#26)

Michael and I paddled from Cadboro Bay on a birding mission to find rock sandpipers. Along the way we saw lots of good birds and were rewarded with our goal at the south end of the Chain group. Bird list (23spp) here: https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S83481221. Nice conditions and birding made for a great paddle. I also used my Nikon P950 in the kayak and was very pleased with the results. I also got a shot of cormorants that very clearly showed several Brandt's cormorants.

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Brandt's and double-crested cormorants - click to enlarge

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13 km, YTD 241 km





Thursday, March 11, 2021

March 11 - Cadboro Bay (#25)

 I led a group of 4 paddlers for a SISKA light paddle around Cadboro bay.

Very nice conditions with plenty of birds!

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9 km, YTD 228 km


Sunday, March 07, 2021

March 7th - Cadboro Point (#24)

I led a SISKA currents clinic in the channel at Cadboro Point with Michael E and four keen participants. The current was barely ebbing when we arrived at 9ish, but was running nicely when we stopped around noon. Off the point there were some "haystacks" and very lumpy water. The channel was calm and gave us plenty of opportunity to practice our eddy to eddy S turns and ferrying across the channel. It was nice to see everyone develop their skill and confidence. We also managed to avoid the early morning wind as well as the wind that picked up after we left!

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10 km, YTD 217 km

Monday, March 01, 2021

March 1st - Discovery Island (#23)

Dan and I paddled out of Killarney to meet Paulo at Cadboro Point for a paddle around the islands. The winds were pretty calm throughout but there was a strong ebb as evidenced by the track speeds crossing Baynes and on the SE side of Discovery. Paddling back across Baynes was hard work but we made it without falling below Jemmy Jones! Good birding today with a lot of surf scoters and more red-breasted mergansers than I normally see/notice: https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S82590200 There were a good number of Steller's sea lions on the two rocks off Seabird Point. On our way back, Dan and I checked my crab trap. Unfortunately there was just one legal red rock crab which I threw back.

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16 km, YTD 207 km