At Tip shuttle stop & further south throughout Tip. 6:20pm-8
23°c mostly sunny. NE wind @22kmh 39kmh gusts. Sunset 8:03 Overnight forecast temp 16°. A cold front arrived bringing much more comfortable temps. Forecast days 21-25°c nights 12-16°c.
Clusters were establishing upon arrival. Shuttle stop clusters started out at about 2 dz at 6:20pm & at 7:50 had grown to about 150.
Numerous monarchs were flitting about west path as I walked further south to Tip.
In interior monarchs flitted about but a cluster of about 25 was already established which grew to 40. There were numerous small clusters of up to 2-5-10, a couple at 25 & many individually roosting. Around 7:15pm a roost was being established on south side of their favorite Hackberry Tree which grew to about 200. It was established vertically from 25-50' up.
Only 1 monarch was seen nectaring on Woodland Sunflowers. Goldenrod is also plentiful.
All monarchs pristine & a good mix of males & females.
Monarchs roosted on Hackberry trees, bare branches & Grapevine.
I use binoculars, camera & clicker to count.
Tropical Depression IDA (previously hurricane) was also passing south of Lake Erie.
Numerous photos here-
Latitude: 41.9 Longitude: -82.5
Observed by: Darlene
The observer's e-mail address will not be disclosed.
Contact will be made through a web-based form.