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Monarchs & Friends
updated: Dec 22, 2012, 11:42 AM

By Denise Dewire

Stopped off at El Camino Park in Ventura today to see the Monarchs. Funny thing, several hundred had moved from the shelter of the eucalyptus trees in the barranca to a pine tree! Have never seen this happen before. Not sure what will happen with the rain forecasted as they aren't as sheltered in this tree compared to the eucalyptus trees. Also able to see a Mourning Cloak butterfly and a Cooper's Hawk high in one of the trees. Haven't ventured up to Elwood Park yet to see the Monarchs. Hopefully next week after the holidays have settled down!!

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 COMMENT 356709 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 12:48 PM

Beautiful photos! The Monarchs look prettier against the pine needle backing than against Eucalyptus as we see them in Goleta.

 

 BULLSEYEB agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 12:59 PM

Stunning photos! Thanks for sharing!

 

 COMMENT 356717P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 01:16 PM

The butterfly pictures - it'd be hard to see an image any prettier. Thank you.

 

 COMMENT 356735P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 02:22 PM

That is a Peregrine Falcon, not a Cooper's Hawk :-)

 

 COMMENT 356766P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 03:33 PM

735P You beat me to that i.d. Good job. Much cooler to see a falcon perched like that, I think.

Great photos.

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-23 07:30 AM

Beautiful Monarchs, thanks. Wonder why they're in the pine tree.

 

 COMMENT 356891 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-23 07:55 AM

Thanks for the correct bird id....Looked online and thought a Coopers Hawk!

Thanks for the comments and compliments.

If anyone does have info about why they're in the pine trees I'd love to know.

 

 COMMENT 356897P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-23 08:29 AM

Your mention of some of the butterflies moving brings to mind Barbara Kingsolver's excellent new novel, "Flight Behavior," carefully researched, about the Monarch butterflies getting their signals mixed when mudslides wipe out their Mexican wintering trees, and instead migrating to the snowy freezing East for winter, and how they cope using their almost negligible abilities to adapt.

 

 SEEDLADY agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-23 10:13 AM

I believe they winter in pines in Mexico, can anyone collaborate?

 

 SBANDTO agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-23 11:21 AM

Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

 

 COMMENT 356957P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-23 12:57 PM

Actually Monarch butterflies love Pine trees and congregate in many Pine Groves. I was always lead to believe that Pines are there first tree of choice. Regardless they will migrate to any forest which has the right combination of comfort and warmth for over the winter. Has anyone found out how far they migrate? I saw them doing studies at the Monarch preserve in Goleta. I have heard many different answers. Perhaps they are all correct.

 

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