I selected 100, but in fact there were probably hundreds throughout the park in Stamford. They were just everywhere. The park is large and I was biking around the park, located by Long Island Sound. The monarch butterflies were observed throughout the park. I did stop in one location where there were several trees and a concentration of butterflies flying around and landing on tree branches. I’m pretty certain based on my observations in the park that there were many more than 200, but without being able to count them, it’s difficult to provide an accurate number. Considering the size of the park, I would guesstimate that the number is closer to a thousand and perhaps more.
I was at the park in Stamford from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
Wind was NNW around 12mph.
Where they were more concentrated, the trees shielded them from the wind. The location was away from the beach areas.
This was my first time observing monarch butterflies in such large numbers. It was quite spectacular!
Editor’s Note: We are estimating a minimum of 200 monarchs based on observer’s description of “hundreds” and are marking this record as a JN staff estimate
Latitude: 41 Longitude: -73.5
Observed by: Peter
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