Monarchs on the move in Little Compton

Monarchs perch on a tree near Goosewing Beach last week. Monarchs perch on a tree near Goosewing Beach last week.

Millions of Monarch butterflies will soon make their long migration south for the winter, and thousands of them were spotted Thursday morning at Goosewing Beach in Little Compton. This photo of one tree covered with the butterflies was taken by Geoff Dennis who said that well over 5,000 monarchs roosted in six trees at sunrise. They were already departing ten minutes before the sun broke the horizon. “Words can’t touch what it looked like that morning.  Days earlier,

Monarchs prepare for flight by Goosewing Beach in Little Compton.

Jeanne Parente of  The Nature Conservancy of RI, took this second shot at the same location.

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