Monarch PEAK Migration

Date: 10/01/2020

Number: 74

On 10/1, I was outside for about 5 hours between 10:05am-6:15pm. I wasn't exclusively watching the sky the whole time, but I was watching either garden (for nectaring monarchs) or sky.
In the morning and early afternoon, most I saw were flying S-SW. In the late afternoon, the wind picked up to 10-20 mph, and most I saw were flying WSW or W.

Lying down late morning and watching the sky for 15 minutes: 5 monarchs
Lying down 1 hour in afternoon: 13 monarchs; none stopped to nectar
A lower percentage of the butterflies on 10/1 stopped to nectar, and for shorter periods of time, as compared to 9/29.

A comparison of 3 days, when my activities were roughly the same. (20-minute drive north to a monarch waystation at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale, AR; a few hours at the waystation watching the gardens, tagging, and watching the skies some; the late afternoon/early evening in my backyard garden watching the gardens, tagging, and watching the skies some.

Number of monarchs sighted In 5ish hours outdoors each day:
9/29: 46
10/1: 76
10/2: 10
I took the same 20-minute drive north on three days between 10:00 and 10:30am.

Number of monarchs I saw each day on the drive:
9/29: 7
10/1: 24
10/2: 2

(On 9/30, I didn't drive to the waystation, but spent about the same number of hours in my backyard garden. I see fewer monarchs in my garden than in the waystation. On 9/30, I saw 29 monarchs.)

Springdale, AR

Latitude: 36.2 Longitude: -94.1

Observed by: Laura
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