Note: official roost counts begin Tues Sept 3rd. Because of increased monarch activity at our home outside the park & strong westerly wind I decided to check.
August 9th 2019 at the Tip @Point Pelee National Park between 7 & 8:30pm.
25°c mostly clear with moderate to strong Westerly wind 25 kmh with 39 kmh gusts; west side waves, calm glassy east side.
Count of 76 including 4 sunset clusters of 2-4-6 & 8 Monarchs! My photos captured mostly males (confirmed 1 female).
Initially monarchs arrived from the north
over the western shoreline on the west side of the Tip & quickly zipped inland over west path & continued south to interior trees or toward the Tip.
A few stopped to nectar on Thistle & in the small meadow on Bouncing Bet/Soapwort.
About a 1/2 dz attempted to venture out south over the very calm east side but after entering open water & encountering strong westerly wind they retreated back to the treeline. And the east side has some beach again so I was able to observe activity there.
Numerous monarchs were flitting amongst the trees on east side & interior trees as well. Mosquitoes were horrible!
Upon returning to parking lot observed at about 8:11 pm clusters forming in Hackberry trees with branches cascading over Tip Shuttle stop (A common area for early Sept clusters) They were also on bare branches & on cascading grapevine.
Photos at- https://www.facebook.com/PeleeParadiseSanctuaryMonarchWaystation10275/
Point Pelee National Park, ON
Latitude: 41.9 Longitude: -82.5
Observed by: Darlene
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