Ready For Birds And Butterflies Fall Migration?



Are you ready for the Fall Migration of Birds and Monarch Butterflies?  Fall officially starts on September 22, but the migration for many animals and insects have already begun.

Journey South (for the Fall migration. For the Spring migration it’s called Journey North) has published it’s second update for the annual Monarch Butterfly migration (http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/fall2013/update090513.html).  So far, it doesn’t look good. All year folks have been reporting lower than normal sightings on Monarch butterflies, and their migration towards Mexico is proving no different.  If you haven’t signed up for Journey South, I’d recommend doing so if you are interested in the Monarch butterflies. (http://www.learner.org/cgi-bin/jnorth/jn-register).  You’ll receive a weekly email regarding the Monarch migration sightings and news.

Speaking of Monarchs, I’ve had 1-2 flying around the yard lately, but these aren’t the migrating Monarchs since they have been laying eggs (on their Migration South, they do not lay eggs). As a result, I’ve seen a few eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalises around the yard.

My milkweed looks fantastic with lots of full leaves.  I took this picture the other day of a Caterpillar chewing on the end of a milkweed stem.

Monarch Caterpillar Chewing On End Of Milkweed

Monarch Caterpillar Chewing On End Of Milkweed

I’ve commented before about how I’ve seen a higher than normal population of Ruby Throated Hummingbirds, and as of today, my population grew even larger thanks to a strong wind.

Whereas before I had 1 adult male, and several juvenile males, now I have quite a few adult males, who are all battling for position at the Hummingbird feeders.  Below is a video I took this evening, showing just part of what the competition can be like.  I should have probably switched to a smaller lens so you could have seen how many were flying around outside the range of the lens.

margaret - For the last 9 yrs. in my home I’ve had lots of butterflies, incl. monarchs….every year I’ve done more and more plantings of flowers they like, and last year I finally found and planted quite a few Milkweeds—the monarchs loved and devoured them, I must have had more than 50 cats! This year—the perennial Milkweeds came back 2-3x plentiful—BUT NO MONARCHS!!! NOT ONE MONARCH THIS YEAR, here it is September already and NOT ONE MONARCH HAS STOPPED IN MY GARDEN, the Milkweeds seeded but remained untouched by the Monarchs……September 6, 2013 – 8:08 am

texdr - What part of the country do you live in?September 6, 2013 – 8:55 am

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