Harrisville was forecast to have northwest winds, but it was southwest all day. The monarchs seemed to be exhausted because of the all night rain and high winds. I went to the beach along the Lake Huron shoreline at Harrisville State Park at 1 PM after it stopped raining with a clearing sky and only counted 4 monarchs migrating low over the beach area to 2 PM. I decided to take a walk around town. Here are the locations and number of monarchs observed including those tagged:
2:15 PM - My neighbor's house at Pine Street and US HWY-23 - 3. I tagged a female (ABSW-254).
2:25 PM - End of 3rd Street - 3.
2:30 PM - 3rd and Jackson Street - 1.
2:35 PM - 4th and Jackson Streets - 1. I tagged a male (ABSW-255).
2:45 PM - 3rd Street walkway in town - 15. I tagged 4 males (ABSW-256-259).
3:05 PM - The public library flower gardens - 3. One was a female monarch.
3:10 PM - Swamp and Church Streets - 1.
3:30 PM - Harrisville Harbor - 1.
3:50 PM - 1st and Church Streets - 3.
4:05 PM - S US HWY-23 - 2.
4:30 PM - Harrisville State Park near the Contact Station - 2. I tagged one male (ABSW-260) and a female (ABSW-261).
4:45 PM to 5:15 PM - 2 migrating south high overhead.
No monarchs were observed at my house from 5:30 to 7 PM.
Finally, my friend (Larry) saw 2 monarchs at his house just northwest of town, and 2 more at his friend's house in town in the early PM. Weather was partly cloudy to sunny with the Wind 11 mph gusting to 25 mph. Sustained winds were at 13.9 mph. The Temperature topped out at 70F. At 7:15 PM, the Wind turned NW-10.
Latitude: 44.7 Longitude: -83.3
Observed by: Frank
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