A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Westfield Center, OH

Swifts Counted: 515
Date: 8/10/07
Time (EDT): 8:20 pm--9:03 pm
Location: Westfield Center Elementary School
Address: Leroy Road, Westfield Center, OH 44251
Description: Old school with brick chimney
Weather Conditions: Clear, 73 degrees
Observers: Helen and Ken Ostermiller
Observers' Address: 8626 Leroy Road, Seville, OH 44273

Lothian, MD

Number of swifts counted = 3
Time (and time zone) = 19:45 - 20:15 E.S.T.
Date = 11 August 2007
Location = Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Road
Address: city, state/province = Lothian, MD 20711
Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence, Chimney Swift Tower, etc. = Wetlands Center chimney
Weather conditions may also be reported. = clear skies, calm

We never saw the birds go into the chimney, they just circled overhead a few times, then the bats and mosquitoes came out.

Calallen, TX

On the night of Aug. 10, 105 Chimney Swifts entered my chimney.
Judy Kestner, Calallen (northwest Corpus Christi)

Palm Coast, FL

I don't know where to send this, or even if it is of interest..but our Swift babies came out today..hard to count them but I estimate five or six.

Adamsville, Ohio

August 11, 2007 we counted 45 swifts around 9:00 pm EST.  -  Residential chimney.

Orlando, FL

In our neighbor's chimney we found the site of about 50 chimney swifts which are apparently in the process of migration. We viewed your site with interest and when we build our new house plan on making an extra fake chimney for the birds. We have set up habitats for bats and another neighbor has several purple martin houses as well as 1 bat house.

We have several types of small birds, parakeet, lovebird, cockatiel and bourks. From what your article said though, these have a much longer nesting period - at least 6 wks. We hand feed them in order to give them a better start healthwise with baby bird formula. The little ones all seem to get along much better. When the parents feed them they seem to not grow as well even though I put the same formula in with them to feed the babies. I think it is more like it takes a lot of work for the parents to keep them all fed. But we enjoy all of the birds.

We have a garden which contains plants, i.e. sunflowers, etc that feed the little ones as they cruise by the area. Keep up the good work   Chris Smith

Havelock, NC

Arthur Edwards Elementary School, Havelock, NC 28532, 8:15 PM EST approximately 400 swifts were counted. Clear weather all day. 8/12/07.
In New Bern, 20 miles north of Havelock is a huge number of swifts which have never been reported to you. New Bern is an historic town with lots of chimneys. Next year I will locate the roost so we can give you a count. There could be far more than I see anywhere else.  douglass swanson

Mars, PA

>107 chimney swifts
>sunday august 12, 2007
>between 8:30 and 9pm
>Mars United Presbyterian Church chimney
>corner of Crowe Ave and Second St
>Mars, PA 16046
Mars is in Western PA north of Pittsburgh in southern Butler County.
Note: i counted 152 on Friday night.
There are 3 chimneys being used in Mars that i know of.  The old Mars Grade School (now apartments), where i counted over 200 a couple weeks ago but only a handful earlier last week.  An old church (now apartments) at the south end of Main St where i saw over 100 last week.  And the UP Church (still a church).  I'm wondering if they move around between the 3 roosts?  I am new, inexperienced and not a birder so i don't know much....  But i am smitten with these aerial acrobats! ;-)  Thank you for your efforts.
Mary Jo Weber

Alexandria, Pennsylvania

Number of swifts counted: 5
Time (and time zone) Between 8:15 & 9:00 p.m. EDT (Birds seemed to be very nervous with us watching them and would act like they wanted to go in, but would pop back out again or just do numerous fly-overs).
Date: Sunday, August 12, 2007
Location: Huntingdon County (Central Pennsylvania)
Address: city, state/province: Alexandria, Pennsylvania
Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence, Chimney Swift Tower, etc.: Residence located in a semi-rural area. Homes have large yards and are about 500-1000 feet away from each other. Farm fields surround the homes.
Weather conditions may also be reported: Partly cloudy and warm 75F

Elkhart, Indiana

August 12, 2007
brick chimney on old Durakool factory building, 1000 block of North Main Street from 9:05 pm to 9:15 pm, two swifts went down the chimney. Sundown was 8:50 pm. We had spent about 40 minutes looking at several potential sites and discovered this spot, 15 minutes after sundown. We're sure there were more before we spotted it. Doris Stickel and David Stokely

Quebec, Qc, Canada

I want to report swift number entering at the roost in Quebec city last Friday night.
Number counted: 89 swifts
Time: between 20:06 - 20:33
Date: August 10, 2007
Location: roost in the old city
Address: Quebec, Qc, Canada
Description of the site: large brick chimney of an old bank building
Weather: Clouds 50%, Wind 12 to 19 km/hr, T 24 C
Regards, Francois Shaffer and Celine Maurice

Nevada, IA

On Saturday, August 11, 2007, I had a "Swift Night Out" by observing the brick chimney stack atop the old hotel on the corner of J Avenue and 6th Street. This is the downtown main street area of a central Iowa town, population approximately 6,300. I had accidentally observed this phenomenon a few years ago, and was fairly certain I would have good luck counting.  I arrived about 7:30 p.m., Central Time Zone. Not a swift in sight. Soon there were 2. Shortly thereafter the numbers began to increase as 25-30 would circle the area at a time.  It was a hot evening (still 85 at dusk) with a clear blue sky background for good viewing. It was a little tricky to determine which birds actually entered the chimney and which merely made a quick fly-by. By 8:50 p.m. it was nearly dark, I could barely see the "little black darts" enter the chimney, and the chattering sounds had stopped. I had counted
473 birds make the quick dive into the chimney.  As I looked at the information on the count report sight, I was surprised to find not a single entry from Iowa. This is really easy to do - just sit and watch. I'll try again next year.  Donna Flanagan