The highs of the week have landed with a thud today as a cold, windy, sunless day sent monarchs into hiding. However as week 6 comes to a close, we see that this has been our BEST WEEK YET this season with 260.97 dpph!!!! Below is our updated graph of our 2011 census to date.
Our monarch migration may have started later than in years past, but we have had two spectacular waves of monarchs on Cape May Point. The next couple of days look like rain, but we could be seeing some westerly winds over the weekend. So maybe we'll get another wave of monarchs!?
The last few days have had no substantial roosting either at the State Park or around the Point. Tonight, however, I did observe 50-80 monarchs roosting in the dunes above the Whilldin and Harvard intersection. I checked all the other usual spots along Cape Ave, Harvard Ave, Lincoln Ave and the State Park, but found no other roosting monarchs. I think the nightly temperatures are not cold enough, so the monarchs here do not need to roost in the pines.
Though the monarchs don't feel that it's cold enough to roost, I sure wanted to at the demo today! Despite the cold and blistery winds, today's demo had 25 eager visitors who got to see Mark, Jenny and I tag monarchs! Boy it was cold, so THANK YOU for showing up and listening to us talk and demo!
And last but not least, I'm going to share with you my favorite photo of the week. This was shot at Bill and Edie's garden, a magical place that has been filled with monarchs, skippers, sulphurs, whites, and buckeyes. This was a lucky shot, and is of an white form orange sulphur female quickly departing the lantana as I lean over to take a picture.
|Orange Sulpur, Colias eurytheme|
Thanks for all of your support! Don't forget to adopt a monarch, or purchase a monarch magnet for your car to support monarch migration and the Monarch Monitoring Project! These are available in Cape May at the Cape May Bird Observatory!
Ta-Ta for now! And Keep your Eyes on the Skies!
2011 MMP Technician