So the monarchs at the Pacific Grove Monarch Sanctuary have been going through some crazy events this year, From early scouts back in mid Sept. to 50 in a cluster as early as Oct. 1 to the ups and downs in numbers that we are seeing each day now. Numbers were as high as 17,000 in mid Nov. Many days now there are only a couple of thousand and the next day back up to over 7,ooo. Lots of flying going on as we have not had cold weather, but really warm weather for late Nov. and Dec. Many days have been above 60 degrees. No real winds since Oct 15th when we had a wind and storm event and the monarchs all moved to the middle of the sanctuary in the pines.
Now they have been outside the sanctuary for over a month in the neighbor's cypress trees. Lots and lots of flying. I have not seen this much daily flying even at mating season which is usually late Jan, to late Feb. But there are days when there are hundreds of monarchs flying all around the trees and sanctuary.
Laterly, the flying has seemed a little frantic with monarchs flitting on and off different trees and branches as if they can not make up their mind where to be. And we have had some winds the last few days which have resulted in monarchs that were so beautifully placed on the lace lichen, coming down in wads of monarchs and lichen. First really cold weather coming in over the next couple of days. Will be interesting to see what happens.