Update: October 14, 2017
Since the last update of September 25, 2017, another huge wave of Monarchs have been pouring through Leamington.
Numbers have again steadily increased since the first of October, from 1 or 2 a day to 10 a day. Friday, October 13, 2017 driving to Point Pelee National Park about 20 were seen. The trip was more complicated and a little longer than expected with a necessary detour spanning a couple of concessions and back roads – but all with lots of Monarchs flying.
Stopped at the Sanctuary which is the first path to Lake Erie in the Park, a favourite haunt for Swallowtails with all the Hoptrees. An old, half dead Butternut held about 10 Monarchs, then the sun broke out and they all started flying. By the lakeshore dune area, a steady stream of them were seen flying along the shoreline, heading south.
Down at West Beach, the last ‘use your own vehicle’ stop before the end of the point, it was the same, with 50 or 60 of them (I lost count) flying around the grasses along the shore. None of them stopped long enough for a picture. The flowers, mostly Asters and Goldenrod have long disappeared. What are they eating?
A close approximation – about 200 Monarchs were seen.
Stopped at the gas station on my way back and met a friend who also was astonished at the number of Monarchs. He counted 31 of them on dandelions in the field next to his house, which is a few concessions from the Park.