Monarch PEAK Migration
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Date: 11/01/2021

Number: 80

All flying in directional flight South in the ditch between the houses and the landward side of the beach dune. About 10% would stop on Geranium flowers or the last of the coastal Goldenrod. The day was sunny, temperature in the low 60s. Wind swung from the North to the West throughout the day peaking at 17 mph around noon. There were also Common Buckeyes and dragon flies migrating south at about the same rate.

[Report moved from Monarch Adult Sighted to Monarch PEAK Migration by Journey North, 11/02/2021]

[Additional information contributed by observer, added by Journey North, 11/03/21]:

The November 1 counts were of observed Monarchs flying by in the ditch that is between beachfront houses and the sand dune on the edge of the beach. I counted only those Monarchs that flew all the way past my house over the ditch. I did not count any Monarchs that turned inland and didn't come by my house since I couldn't verify that they continued on South. They often flew over me while I was on a second floor deck.

The Monarchs would come in 15 to 30 feet above the sand in the dune, some would dip down as they approached our flower boxes and stop to search for nectar.

I was observing from roughly 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, but not continuously so I am sure I missed a significant number of Monarchs.

The sun was shining all day and temperatures were in the 60s, with a strong Westerly/North Westerly wind.

Ocean City, NJ

Latitude: 39.2 Longitude: -74.6

Observed by: Colin
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