Approximately 165 monarchs seen 6:35-7:55pm before 7:52 sunset at Tip at Point Pelee National Park. Upon arrival 1 monarch was seen intensely nectaring on a Woodland sunflower at base of tower. Others were already showing interest in establishing a roost over Tip shuttle stop area. Several were flitting about shuttle stop & tower area. Walking down to Tip & back up numerous monarchs were flying in every direction on both sides of the Tip & west path & in & out of the woods. 7:35pm back at Tip shuttle stop 2 clusters were observed being established high up in Hackberry tree branch over shuttle road in front of where the shuttle stops. By 7:45 most activity had stopped with clusters of 17 & 7. A couple monarchs individually roosted on bare cascading vines. It was cloudy & with dusk approaching there could have easily been a few more clusters including down at Tip. With continued north wind the next few days we should see increased activity. By day the north wind may keep them flying south across Lake Erie but by an hour before sunset they should settle in to roost for the night. Cloudy & 19° with favourable North wind @14-23 kmh. Daytime high 21°c. 74% humidity. Forecast overnight low 14°c.
Most that I could see were pristine.
Observations by eye, binoculars & camera
A video & more photos here-
Point Pelee National Park, ON
Latitude: 41.9 Longitude: -82.5
Observed by: Darlene
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