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.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday update

It's been an unusual day, weather-wise, in Cape May.  Indeed a small cold front pushed through last night, yet while most cold fronts bring cooler temperatures, today was sunny and warm.  There was an obvious movement of monarchs into Cape May Point this morning, which slowed to a trickle later in the day.  It seems we have more monarchs in Cape May now than we have had for the last few days, but this hasn't qualified as a major influx.  A warm evening is predicted, so there's no way to guess if there will be any roosting or not.  We can report back that many monarchs were back into the ivy patches on Stites Avenue this morning, where many were roosting two weeks ago, so if you're at the Point this evening or early tomorrow morning, that's a place to check.

Monarch nectaring on English ivy.

Cloudless sulphurs, visitors from the south, have
been abundant around Cape May Pt. all fall.

We've seen huge numbers of Buckeyes this week.

Even the most ardent butterfly enthusiasts found their eyes drawn
skyward today with the year's biggest Peregrine Falcon migration.

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