Monarch Fall Roost

Date: 09/06/2021

Number: 70

After dropping my son at high school for his first day back I saw some monarchs fluttering in the Peace Garden next to the school. I found a place to park and observed some small clusters of 10 -12 in various spots on the leeward side of the wind on a very large tree near the crosswalk where a walking path crosses Oak Street. Bright sunny conditions, 21°C with a moderate wind from the south west. Some clusters were in the sun, others were in the shade; most were just above head height. Monarchs would flutter up as another added to their midst or if I walked a little too close. Time of observation was approximately 8:30 AM. I am documenting this as a roost on the Monday evening as they were most likely there overnight and I was observing them the morning after. Since they were not leaving and there is an unfavourable wind, I will be checking when I pick my son up at the end of the school day. The Monarchs were close to where the students cross the road to walk to school and I hope that they were able to observe the monarchs on their first day back to school in person. Let us hope it is a good omen.
Also observed other monarchs in flight headed to a field of wildflowers, predominately Red Clover in full bloom, adjacent to the Highbury Canco plant at Oak and Sherk Streets. Walked over there and observed hundreds nectaring. (See separate Peak Migration report.)

Leamington, ON

Latitude: 42 Longitude: -82.6

Observed by: Laura
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