March 29, 2011

March 27, 2011

The first charter of the season

Today was the first official charter of the 2011 season!  Captain Mike Kramer along with naturalists Colleen, Laura, and Mike took 22 brave passengers out in the cool temperatures and overcast skies.The group arrived from Seattle in style on the Kenmore Air Whale-Plane around 10am and we got underway shortly after.  As we headed out of Friday Harbor the passengers bundled up in warm jackets and blankets and kept their eyes on the water for wildlife.

We encountered a couple shy Harbor Porpoise just off the west side of Yellow Island in the middle of San Juan channel in the first 20 minutes of the trip.  We also found dozens of Bald Eagles and a few Harbor Seals both hauled out and bobbing in the water.

Speiden Island was teeming with Mouflan Sheep which were a treat for the group.  And Stewart Island revealed one of the most exciting finds of the day, a Peregrine Falcon!

Even though it was a little chilly and wet everyone had a great time searching for all kinds of wildlife.  It was a great start to the season, and we are all excited to start running regular trips in the next two weeks.  We hope to see you out here soon!  And be sure to check back for more sighting updates as we await our first Orcas of the season!
Naturalist Mike Oster
Sleepy Harbor Seal by Herb

Sleepy Harbor Seal by Herb