Even with favorable winds, today, more monarchs left Cape May than arrived. Monarchs were still spotted in gardens, but the census run counts were down from the previous day. On Wednesday, October 8th, there were small roost sites spotted along Harvard Avenue. These small roosts started forming in the evening, and our team was out scoping the point until the sun went down. Members of the Monarch Monitoring Project observed these roosts breaking up early this morning. It looks as if many of the butterflies left to continue their southbound journey, instead of sticking around the point.
|Monarchs preparing to roost across from St. Peters church Oct. 8th|
Still, there were monarchs on the point, and many were still spotted on the seaside goldenrod and aster. Tomorrows forecast calls for afternoon rain. We will have to wait and see how the weather plays out.
|Monarchs nectaring on aster.|