If he hurries, he will catch up with all those Monarchs traveling the coast right now. Here's a wonder post from dplex by Naturalist, Denise Gibbs:
Thursday, Oct 8 was one of the best monarch days I have had (this is my 13th year observing the migration at this location). Notice I said monarch day and not monarch migration day. The WNW wind did indeed bring thousands of monarchs to Assateague Island during the morning hours. But with seaside goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens) and large bur-marigold (Bidens laevis) in peak bloom, monarchs settled in for an all-afternoon feeding event. Those that did attempt to migrate were blown out over the ocean during 30+ mph wind gusts (around 6pm when winds decreased, many monarchs as well as green darners, black saddlebags, wandering gliders, and common buckeyes were observed returning to shore, flying low-- just over the waves). Nectaring monarchs were still clinging to the seaside goldenrod at sunset. Just after sunset, I counted 1,000 individuals roosting in about one acre of goldenrod (there were more, but I stopped counting at 1,000). Monarchs were also observed nectaring all afternoon in the Bidens laevis wetlands. The Bidens flowers solidly fill a wetland/field area of about 1.2 miles long by .2 -.4 miles wide (anyone know how many acres that amounts to?). I estimated about 5-10 thousand monarchs in this area, and I probably under-estimated this. It was a scene that will be etched in my memory forever. From the monarchs' perspective as they approached the wetlands from the air, it must have looked like a river of gold. I will post photos on my website on Sunday, (access by doing a search for Monarchs over Chincoteague). I will also post photos of the seaside goldenrod planting event that Mona mentioned. If anyone in the Mid-Atlantic is attending the Oyster Festival or the Refuge Week celebration this weekend at Chincoteague, you may be in for a treat. The forecast is for NW wind on Saturday and N wind on Sunday. If there are still monarchs north of here, they will be passing through on those winds. If there are still monarchs north of here, they will be passing through on those winds. I highly recommend a visit to the Bidens wetlands. To get there you must walk north on the paved Wildlife Loop Drive about 1 mile, go around the gate at the service drive, then walk another 1.5 miles on the gravel road to the beginning of the Bidens wetland on the right. Mosquito netting is strongly suggested. Other migrants you may see along this section include Peregrine falcons, merlins, and kestrels (and lots of shorebirds). The best place to see the seaside goldenrod is along the beach road at the south end. Park where the ORV lane begins (you will see all the flags where we planted seaside goldenrod). Walk south on the beach and check the dunes fragmented by the sand overwash areas. Enjoy. Denise Gibbs Chincoteague Monarch Monitoring Project"