Monarch PEAK Migration

Date: 09/13/2021

Number: 1000

Hundreds passed by our house which sits on East Matunuck Beach. We noticed them around 10am and the flow was steady until 2 or 3 pm. Intermixed with them were dragon flies.

[Additional information contributed by observer, added by Journey North, 09/15/21]:

The site only allowed for whole numbers. Unfortunately no pictures. I sit on top of a sand dune within 200 feet of the ocean. I could see all around me monarchs heading west. I was away from the house but when I came home around 10:00 , the flow was steady between me and the water and a little behind my house on Succotash road. This lasted for hours and was truly amazing. The monarchs were not in a tight grouping but flitting along steadily. Occasionally one flitted around a flower but for the most part they continued west along the coastline in flight. As mentioned in my post, this continued for hours. The steady flow ended I am guessing around 3pm but sitting on the beach an occasional solo one came by up until sunset just before 7:00 (then I went indoors).

Because of the duration of the event, I put 1000 as I couldn’t enter 100’s on the website report. At anyone time there had to be 50 or more in my line of sight. Hence 1000.

The beach in front of my house faces south. When I said the monarchs were flying west, that would be south west. My home is on a sand dune/ridge that is about 21 feet above base flood level and maybe 10-15 feet above the road. The majority of the monarchs appeared to be flying at the level of my home; maybe 5 feet below and 10 feet above me. When I was on the beach, the solo ones were just a few feet off the sand.

Wakefield, RI

Latitude: 41.4 Longitude: -71.5

Observed by: Maggie
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