I found a jumping spider. But no garter snakes eating sculpins. Sorry, Tim.
|Misty Isles, anchored at Mitlenatch Island.|
|Mitlenatch Island, as we approached. It's a dry rock in the Vancouver Island rain shadow, sparsely covered with grasses and shrubs. Home to thousands of birds, hundreds of marine mammals.|
|Pigeon guillemot and water like shot silk.|
|The pigeon guillemots have red feet.|
|Approaching the island. There are two bays, but no docks. We anchored the boat and took the dinghy ashore. The white dots on the rocks are nesting gulls. The first eggs were due to be laid the next day.|
|The jumper. Not in the advertised critter list.|
Tomorrow; background and monsters of the sea. (Update: forgot the monsters. I'll get to them, though.)
*Mitlenatch, in the Coast Salish language, means "calm waters all around".
(1st in a series of 9 Mitlenatch Island posts. #1, #2, #3, #4. #5. #6, #7, #8)