Jones Beach State Park - On a gorgeous sunny warm day with a variable wind out of the NorthWest changing to a West wind @ 10 mph and temps in the low 70's I observed over 575 monarchs from 1 pm to 5:30 pm.
The majority of the monarchs were ravenously feeding from the time I arrived until 4 pm. Around 4 they started fluttering around trying to locate a safe tree to roost.
The nectaring plants specifically golden rod are drying up with only 20% of them still alive and viable. There are also some lantana flowering plants that are still healthy and a small amount of butterfly bush flowers.
This is the most I have spotted this late in the season. A truly amazing day.
Latitude: 40.6 Longitude: -73.5
Observed by: Barbara
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