Monarch Fall Roost

Date: 09/15/2021

Number: 72

I counted 72 monarchs roosting in an osage orange hedge row along the south side of a field of cultivated sunflowers. just before sunset close to 7:30 p.m.

[Report moved from Monarch PEAK Migration to Monarch Fall Roost and contacted observer for more information about this sighting, by Journey North, 09/16/21]

[Additional information contributed by observer, added by Journey North, 09/16/21]:
--Roost started forming on 9-15-21 and I will visit again over the next week. I anticipate it is just in the formative stages and will increase over the next week.
--Nearby nectar sources: Field of cultivated sunflowers, blooming.
--Overnight temperatures and wind direction: Low of 64 degrees, North 2.1 mph.
--Tree species monarchs were roosting on: Osage orange hedge row, shielded from South wind.
--I counted as I walked a quarter mile east between the hedge row and the blooming sunflowers. Typically saw 1 to 3 monarchs per tree, and while I tried to take pictures with my phone, my approach would startle them into flight, hence no photos!

Walton, KS

Latitude: 38.2 Longitude: -97.3

Observed by: Elizabeth
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