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Fri Sep 4, 2020, 02:59 PM

Yippie, lots and lots of monarchs.......

two of our neighbors have planted some plants that attract monarchs and both have at least 10 monarch on each plant. So happy......haven’t seen these many monarchs in one place for a long time.

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Reply Yippie, lots and lots of monarchs....... (Original post)
a kennedy Sep 2020 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Sep 2020 #1
a kennedy Sep 2020 #5
CaliforniaPeggy Sep 2020 #14
magicarpet Sep 2020 #2
a kennedy Sep 2020 #6
Wellstone ruled Sep 2020 #3
Tanuki Sep 2020 #8
Wellstone ruled Sep 2020 #13
Alliepoo Sep 2020 #4
Totally Tunsie Sep 2020 #7
Tanuki Sep 2020 #9
Tanuki Sep 2020 #10
a kennedy Sep 2020 #11
Tanuki Sep 2020 #12

Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Sep 4, 2020, 03:08 PM

1. Wonderful! Can you get a photo?

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 4, 2020, 03:19 PM

5. Got photos, can't get them to here.......sorry....so beautiful.

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 4, 2020, 05:31 PM

14. Here's a link from the Photo Group that shows you how to post photos here!

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Sep 4, 2020, 03:09 PM

2. Photos please....

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Response to magicarpet (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 4, 2020, 03:20 PM

6. I just don't know how to get them here.....

Sorry.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Sep 4, 2020, 03:16 PM

3. Yesterday was the start of the fall

migration for over 200 million Birds as well as the Butterflies. Should start seeing our Winter Birds next week.

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Response to Wellstone ruled (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 4, 2020, 03:46 PM

8. Here in Nashville, we've had an estimated 150k purple martins migrating

through and temporarily roosting to fatten up a bit before continuing on to Brazil.



https://www.npr.org/2020/08/31/907918163/look-up-purple-martins-delight-downtown-nashville

"Rare purple martins are dazzling birders and bystanders near Nashville's tourist district each night for the next week or two. Biologists estimate 150,000 have chosen to temporarily roost on the plaza outside the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. And the symphony very nearly ran them off as a nuisance until they realized they were playing host to protected migratory songbirds.

Looking overhead as the martins descend into the trees at sunset is mesmerizing.

"Oh my gosh, this is amazing. We're just enveloped right now," avid birder Ed Schneider says as the birds swoop around him and pepper the sky.

"Sometimes I can't even tell that they're birds," says his 8-year-old daughter, Phoebe. "I'm like, 'Where am I?' It's like I'm in a dream."
.....(more)

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Response to Tanuki (Reply #8)

Fri Sep 4, 2020, 04:26 PM

13. Living in Minnesota and Wisconsin

it was a Spring ritual to take down the Martin House and get them cleaned up and painted for the returning birds. Darn Sparrows were always about a week ahead and Martens as well as Bluebirds are a bit fussy about have clean houses to nest in.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Sep 4, 2020, 03:17 PM

4. That's great news!!

I just finished wrangling Monarch caterpillars and cleaning their house and refreshing their milkweed! We raise Monarchs in the summer to try to give them a good chance of survival. It’s fun and interesting! We’ve released 4 so far-3 girls and 1 boy and we have 8 chrysalides and about 10 caterpillars chomping away on that milkweed and 2 eggs-waiting to see if they’re gonna hatch. These are the migration generation and will travel from here in Ohio to Mexico (or possibly coastal California) to overwinter.

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Response to Alliepoo (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 4, 2020, 03:44 PM

7. That's quite a hobby!

Way cool...

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Response to Alliepoo (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 4, 2020, 03:48 PM

9. I hope you include "caterpillar wrangler" on your resume!

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Sep 4, 2020, 03:49 PM

10. How lovely! Do you know what type of plants?

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Response to Tanuki (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 4, 2020, 03:53 PM

11. Ha ha, actually I think it's some wild plant......very tall and little yellow flowers

on the top of the plant. Thing is, I kinda thought they were weeds as they’re growing wild along our highways. Sorry I don’t know the name.

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #11)

Fri Sep 4, 2020, 04:01 PM

12. Goldenrod, maybe?

https://blogs.massaudubon.org/yourgreatoutdoors/take-5-glorious-goldenrod/



..."There are at least 15 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars that feed on the leaves and stems of goldenrods and the many species of insects that can be found on goldenrods, pollinating the flowers or feeding on their leaves and nectar, are far too numerous to count! Research from Cornell University suggests that Monarch butterflies actually face their greatest food shortage in the fall as they are migrating south, usually along the coast; so while milkweed is the primary food source for Monarch caterpillars, the adult butterflies rely on nectar from wildflowers such as goldenrod to fuel them on their long journey.

So before you go pulling goldenrods out of your yard or garden as a nuisance weed, give them a second chance. You might just be reward by a visit from some hungry butterflies. "

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