Monarch PEAK Migration
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Date: 08/31/2020

Number: 50

We 81 and my wife 77 were out "Birding" in the region of Dundee, Quebec, Canada while waiting about an hours for Sandhill Cranes to show up (we had seen the very same morning 4 Birds at that very spot in a field on Murchisson road south of the # 132. While waiting we saw (and also photographed some of them) at least 50 Monarch Butterflies flying over the road in front, on the rear and over our car. It was an amazing sight. My wife pointing "look there is another one and another one sometimes in pairs of two" I tried my best to shoot pictures with my Canon EF 100-400mm telephoto lens and the fabulous 7D Mark II camera.

1. We were stationed on Murchisson road for more than 1 hour (trying to see Sandhill Cranes) our car Volvo V70 was parked with the front window shield heading North and the Butterflies came from the right side (from the East and flew to the west) over Murchisson Road into apparently a corn field but the corn was high and it could be that they just flew over it..
3. The weather was nice and sunny - little wind.
4. The field to the right was some sort of plants and the Monarchs were stopping and feeding a few seconds.

One of my FB contacts a nature specialist Patrick Laniel (he is an employee of Quebec and Canada Nature Parks) wrote the following:
Une bonne migration de monarques a eu lieu la semaine passée. J'étais à Lac-Mégantic/Granby et il y en avait un peu partout. Pas surpris d'en voir se rassembler dans le Haut-Saint-Laurent 🙂
Translated "a good migration of Monarches has taken place last week, I was in the Lake Megantic/Granby (Quebec Province) south of Montreal region and they were seen mostly all over the place. I am so not surprised, reading (on my Page) that the Butterflies also showed up in the Upper Canada Saint-Lawrence Area". which is to the west of the Granby region.

Dundee, QC

Latitude: 45 Longitude: -74.4

Observed by: WIDO
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