Boats pass by us in the bay, so do birds and whales. This morning I happened to look up just as a Humpback Whale arched its back and disappeared. It was swimming closer to Vancouver Island than Cormorant Island and west of the Nimpkish River, heading west. I went out on the deck and waited a long while but did not see it surface again, it was travelling and on a long dive. I later heard that it had passed by Alder Bay earlier where it had surfaced several times while passing. It was a beautiful still day in the bay and as I watched, I caught sight of a parent gull paddling while pushing its juvenile away, a steep learning curve for the young gull to learn. I was surprised to see a harlequin duck flying into the bay so early in the fall and it too was soon paddling nearby. It was a stunningly beautiful day!