Monarch Adult Sighted

Date: 10/06/2023

Number: 9

At 14:20 until 14:45 stopped again today at the mostly Red Clover with Alfalfa field just west of Myers Road on the north side of Lions Club Road. Using my binoculars and the naked eye, I was able to locate nine individuals. This is one more than yesterday. It looks to be the same bunch that I found yesterday. I say this because the one with the weird forewing markings is still there. I think the strong South-west wind is keeping them there; they are battling against it just to move from flower to flower.
Mostly sunny 19°C, wind WSW 24 km/h with gusts up to 38 km/h, 48% relative humidity, dewpoint 8°C, barometric pressure steady at 101.2 kPa, 10 mm of rain overnight. The temperatures here are going to make a change to the cooler with single digit lows expected overnight for the next number of days. It will be curious to see what happens to them next. One thing I have omitted in my previous reports is that this field is surrounded by windmills. This rural area of Ontario encompassing Chatham-Kent and Essex County has a large proliferation of windmills. If they fly directly South-west from their current location, they will be heading into a very large windmill. The fact that they made it to this field unscathed is extraordinary as there are many farmers making a lot of money with leases for windmills on their land in these two counties.

Belle River, ON

Latitude: 42.3 Longitude: -82.7

Observed by: Laura
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