Monarch PEAK Migration

Date: 10/21/2021

Number: 53

A drive north four miles oceanside, then south mostly bayside. All but two were heading southernly. Perfect weather.

[Additional information contributed by observer, added by Journey North, 10/22/21]:

My count was taken around noon on a leisurely drive on a very narrow and almost totally developed New Jersey coastal barrier island called Long Beach Island. This is part of a very long series of narrow barrier islands on the Jersey coast that, with the beautiful houses, there are also many beautiful flower gardens. I will call this a beautiful Nectar Highway for the Eastern Monarch Population.

The main north/south road on LBI is four lanes wide. Much of the island is so skinny this is the only north/south road.

I did an up and back on the northern half of the 18 mile island, heading bayside whenever l could on my return. I only traveled about half way up the northern part of the island.

All but two if my sightings were in a southerly direction, consistently 6-10 ft above the road, following the highway.
There was minimal traffic.
Observation period 1/2 hour.
Beautiful sunny day, winds from the west around 10 mph, 75°.

There were very few on the bayside road and the cross streets; saw none nectaring, but then I never stopped to observe.

W 27th St, Ocean County

Latitude: 39.6 Longitude: -74.2

Observed by: Timothy
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