Monarch PEAK Migration
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Date: 10/18/2021

Number: 250

8:25am-10:30am Sunrise 7:46
10c/50f NW wind @ 18/33kmh
Daytime high 17c. Overnight low 9c.

It was a glorious sun shiny blue sky morning with the super generation of monarchs at the Tip at Point Pelee National Park . More than 250 roosted at the Park overnight. Upon arrival at the Tip at 8:25am, located about 100 still in their clusters in the sheltered shady areas on Grapevine & Hackberry. Some were shivering to warm. Others were basking in the streams of sunlight. Other clusters (seen previous day) that had felt the sunrise were already dispersed & located at the very Tip.
Many were gathering at the top (50' high?) SE side of the last tall Hackberry at the end of the treeline waiting for the wind to ease up to make their departure. Many of them tried to venture out against the wind with most returning.
The wind would ease up late morning. Others remained low to the ground on Grapevine & red Virginia creeper, & bare driftwood/branches, in the sun & sheltered from the wind.

All appeared pristine with plump abdomens. None were seen nectaring on the plentiful lavender asters. A few were seen puddling on moist sand on shoreline.

10c/50f. Upon departure with more arriving it was 17c/54f.
Moderate NW wind @ 18/33kmh decreasing soon to 13/25kmh.

Observations by eye, binoculars & camera.

Many many more photos here-

Leamington, ON

Latitude: 41.9 Longitude: -82.5

Observed by: Darlene
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