Due to reports from the NE of monarchs last week & with a northerly wind I decided to go down to the Tip at Point Pelee National Park to check for roosts.
Arrived at the Tip at 9:20 am with a cloudy sky & 5°c/40°.
Temp had dropped to 0°/32f overnight.
Located the first monarchs closed tightly on wild grapevine.
Continued to locate monarchs roosting on the east side Hackberry Trees & wild Grapevine. As the clouds broke up slightly the sun broke through warming them. Prior they were observed quivering/shivering to warm themselves.
The closer I got to the Tip the more there were....over 1,000!!
10:38 - 10:49 am
The clouds cleared a bit & the sun peeked through, warming the Monarchs that then took to the sky!! By 11:15am most had headed out south over Lake Erie continuing their journey!
Temp of 5-7°c/40f-45°f High for the day was 7°c
Light NW wind 10-15 kph
Around 11:45 about 100 remained but could possibly have been new arrivals from the north.
They remained in trees & on grapevine near the Tip.
Around 12:30 pm about 30 Monarchs were observed arriving from the east over the lake & landing on East side trees. They are taking a short cut across the lake (Previously observed numerous times over the years) Curious if they are coming from Rondeau/Erieau or somewhere in between.
A friend at the Park around 5:30pm reported about 15 Monarchs remained in clusters on East side trees. Current forecast shows southerly winds too strong until Fri. Nov 3rd when it will be a north wind.
And I got a pic of a tagged female monarch SPW 745!!
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Latitude: 41.9 Longitude: -82.5
Observed by: Darlene
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