So with the colder weather and winds last night, monarchs were on the ground around the eucalyptus tree near the docent locker at the sanctuary. I found over 30 on the ground, fence, trunks of trees and still falling out of the tree at 0830 this morning. Wind was whipping through the trees and eucalyptus is pretty hard for the monarchs to keep a grasp on as the leaves are slick and they slide off. And once on the ground the temp is too cold to them to fly back up into the trees. This makes those monarchs that fall on the the walking path that the visitors use, very likely to get stepped on.
As you can see from the bottom picture, when the monarch has it's wings folded close, they are not the bright orange that people are likely to spot and not walk on, With all the path that visitors are walking on being a beige color and the leaves from the fallen trees also being about that color, they are very hard to see. I even have to be very careful and i am looking for and used to picking them out and still many times almost stepped on one and is was looking at or trying to get a good view of another.
Monarchs are still mostly in the neighbor's yard but are also still in the pine at the bottom of the sanctuary. Now there are several big cluster of maybe 500 total in cypress BB, another 300 in clusters in two eucalyptus off the pull out in the sanctuary and maybe 200 in the eucalyptus mentioned already. Are the rest on the ground, somewhere else....it is still a mystery. i keep looking around town but have not found the missing monarchs yet.