The Monarch Monitoring Project is a long-term study on monarch migration through Cape May, NJ. It is a part of the New Jersey Audubon Research Department, and closely affiliated with the Cape May Bird Observatory.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Roosting spectacles

It was a great day in Cape May, both for birds and monarch butterflies.  The afternoon saw many monarchs streaming down the dunes into Cape May Point.  A number of sizable roosts were found, the one shown below with about 3,000 monarchs.  Monarchs will surely be plentiful in the morning on Sunday, and with gentle north winds forecast for tomorrow, we could see monarchs departing for Delaware or we could see monarchs arriving from the north to spend time at Cape May Point.  What actually will unfold tomorrow?  We don't know for sure, but I'll bet there will be monarchs both leaving and arriving, and that Sunday will prove to be another spectacular day for observing monarchs in Cape May.  Join our team for the tagging demo at 2 pm at the East Shelter, Cape May Point State Park.

 Two shots of one of the big monarch roosts along Lincoln in Cape May Point.

Tonight's sunset over Delaware Bay.

1 comment:

  1. Fabulous photos! Looks like I came down to Cape May a week too early. Thanks for sharing the spectacle so I could see it vicariously :)