[Contacted observer for more information about this observation; additional information contributed by observer, added by Journey North, 11/03/2022]:
When I arrived home on Folly Beach around 10:30 a.m., I noticed probably 20 to 30 monarchs floating in and around my home. I thought at first that they were just attracted to some of our flowering bushes.
But when I took a walk to the beach, from about 10:45 to 11:15 a.m., that's when I realized that we must be on a migratory path that day.
So, in my 30 minutes on the beach, I would easily see 5, 10, 15 monarchs passing me by every minute.
I honestly thought my 300 estimate was probably on the low side.
They were basically just flying with the wind, which was blowing to the southwest.
Our island is on a northeast to southwest slant, and they seemed to just be following along the beach / coastline.
It was amazing - I've never witnessed something like this before.
They were all flying like 5 to 10 feet off the ground, and all the ones I saw were just directionally flying.
Folly Beach, SC
Latitude: 32.7 Longitude: -79.9
Observed by: Patrick
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