Sighting for October 1, 2021

Clay Sutton

Cape May Point, Lily Lake and Seagrove Avenue
Cape May County, NJ

10 Mourning Cloaks seen in 1 hour (Noon to 1 pm) on Seagrove Avenue at the State Park parking lot. 9 were low, close flybys following the same path, all moving SW. The 10th was very high, floating like Monarchs often do, at the limit that one could possibly ID the butterfly in 10x binocs.

[It turns out that two observors saw the mourning cloak migration phenomenon. Jack Miller witnessed what must be the same stream of mc's a mile to the NE at Rea's Market at the same 12 -1:00 time. Does anyone have a memory of seeing such "flock" of migrating mc's? -jm]

  • Black Swallowtail 1
  • Cabbage White 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 1
  • Pearl Crescent 1
  • Mourning Cloak 10
  • American Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 1
  • Common Buckeye 20
  • Viceroy 1
  • Monarch 25
  • Long-tailed Skipper 1
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 1
  • Ocola Skipper 1
  • Fiery Skipper 3
  • Sachem 2