Monarch PEAK Migration

Date: 09/06/2020

Number: 100

Many migrating monarchs (large wings, bright colors) sighted flying over the ocean and along the coastline at Parsons Beach, Kennebunk, Maine 04043. We walked along the beach for maybe a couple hours.

The number 100 was an estimate. There were many for sure!!!

The butterflies were mostly flying higher off the ground, maybe 30 feet? or more. . . Some were flying over the shore, but if you looked out over the water you could see them flying over the water, too. (My sister has kayaked along the Maine coast at this time of year in the past, and told me that she was always amazed how many Monarchs she would see over the ocean, at a fair distance from land.)

It was a beautiful day, sunny, in the low to mid 60s, light wind from the north/northwest, I think maybe the wind was stronger higher up, not so much at ground level.

It was a pretty amazing day. My husband and I had both commented on not seeing many Monarchs - or any butterflies - this summer. So, seeing that many that morning at the beach was a surprise!

Kennebunk, ME

Latitude: 43.3 Longitude: -70.5

Observed by: Monique
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