Monarch PEAK Migration

Date: 10/04/2021

Number: 36

I sat by the Ohio River and watched for 1/2 hour. In that 1/2 hour, 36 monarchs flew south over the river, one by one.

[Additional information contributed by observer, added by Journey North, 10/05/21]:

I live about a mile north of the river. I have had about 10 monarchs nectaring on my mexican sunflowers in the last couple of days, and I have seen several fly over our house, coming from the north. That led me to go to the river that day. I also saw about 11 monarchs flying over the river several days ago, not too far from where I saw these. I didn't document that event very well, so I am not sure of the time of day.

I was sitting on a bench at the Ohio River's edge in Newburgh, IN. I kept looking right and left, and I counted each monarch as I saw them start their flight over the river. I was at this location for 1/2 hour. They flew over one at a time.

I watched from 2:10 - 2:40 p.m., Central time. The monarchs were in directional flight. They were not flying about randomly. They were not nectaring. The monarchs were all flying south - they flew over the bank, which drops down. I recall that most of them were fairly close to the water, although some flew a little higher above the water. I watched them fly south over the river as long as I could see them. None that I saw were really high up.

It was sunny out. There was not much wind, and I didn't note the direction - next time I will record that as well.

Newburgh, IN

Latitude: 37.9 Longitude: -87.4

Observed by: J
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