A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Austin, TX

On August 11, I counted 5 swifts at 8:15 p.m. in Austin, Texas (Lost Creek subdivision). This is a residential chimney. The swifts have gotten louder and louder through the month of July and August, which
thrilled me. When I had my chimney cleaned last fall, Pat told me that the eggs were still in the nest, unhatched.

I was a bit worried when I didn't hear the swifts last night or all day today, but tonight they are back. I later read that they visit other roosts after they are able to leave the chimney, so I guess they're checking out other sites!  I will count again in September!  Pamela Tomlinson

Front Royal, VA

My husband and I live in Front Royal, VA, and belong to the local Audubon Society, from whom we heard about your Chimney Swift counts. Until now we knew nothing about this incredible phenomena, but have had a wonderful time tracking down a chimney in Front Royal that had some 280 swifts go in on Saturday, August 11. We plan to see if there are other chimneys being used, and will count on the next weekend in September.  Thanks for starting such a neat and valuable project.  Sandy Wilson

Hoyt, Kansas

I had a new counter with me this year and she got a much higher count than I did. I will enter her count in brackets [ ], I guess.

Count: 190 [the new counter with me got 302]
Time: 8:20 PM CDT
Date: August 10, 2007
Location: Topeka, KS
Address: 6th and Harrison
Description: Stone chimney of a large old stone church. We've counted this location before but this is a different chimney. The one where they roosted before is surrounded by very bright vapor lights now.
Weather conditions: Hot, hot, humid and still. 91 degrees.

We had nary a swift this year at home. Not in the swift tower yet and not even in our house chimney. Very disappointing.  My best, Portia Allbert

Geneseo, NY

I counted about 185 Chimney Swifts going into the York Central School chimney Sunday evening, Aug. 12. It was rather cool and drizzly right up to sunset and then cleared a bit. The birds all went in between 8:20 and 8:36 DST.  Jim Kimball

West Milton, OH

Greetings from Brukner Nature Center! On Saturday, August 11, 2007 staff members gathered to participate in Swift Night Out. We were very excited with our results (as we have attempted this in the past but with numbers no where near this!). Here are our stats... Date: 8/11/2007 Time: 8:36-9:07pm Temperature: 83 (clear and breezy) Place: Milton-Union Elementary School - West Milton, OH Number of Swifts to enter roost: 100 Number of participants: 3 We look forward to doing this again in September! Thanks!   Becky Crow, Brukner Nature Center Curator of Wildlife

Austin, TX

Number of swifts counted 6

Time (and time zone) 8:35

Date 8-12-07
Location residence in Austin
Address: city, state/province 6010-A Westcreek drive, Austin, Tx., 78749
Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence, Chimney Swift Tower, etc. Residential Chimney, Brick & mortar

Weather conditions may also be reported. Clear, calm, 91 degrees  Trey Kelley

Temiscaming, QC

Monitoring few Chimney Swifts' roosting sites, I am in contact with Mrs. Céline Maurice, from the Canadian Wildlife Service, who gave me your address and offered me to share any data collected for August 10th, 11th and 12th.  As you know, up here in Québec province, migration is well on its way for the majority of roosting chimneys, that explains the low number of Chimney Swifts observed.
Here is the data :

Three (3) Chimney Swifts had been circling twice and flying over the usual roosting chimney
without getting into it at 20h 47m (Eastern Daylight Time) on
August 10th, 2007
In the town of Temiscaming, in Québec province
At the Catholic Church of the town.
The temperature was 70°F with a sky 95% clear and a very little breeze.
I stood on site from 20h 11m until 21h 09m.
I hope that little contribution could help… Please contact me with any pertaining questions in regard of the preceding description, because as you can tell, English is not my mother tongue.

Regards,  Mario Gervais

Rock Rapids, IA

75 Swifts
8-8:45 CST
August 11, 2007
Extreme Northwest Iowa
Residential chimney
Very hot and humid yet at the time the swifts were seen.   Missy Borman

Richmond, VA

Approximately 1,100 birds
8:30 Eastern
Friday, August 10
Thomas Jefferson High School
Richmond, Virginia
Description of site: 3-story fortress style school built in 1930s.
Clear skies, mid 80 degrees
Approximately 50 birds

8:30 Eastern
Saturday, August 11
University of Richmond, Ryland Hall
Richmond, Virginia
Description of site: 4-story collegiate gothic style multi purpose building, built in 1914.
Clear skies, mid 80 degrees

Catharine Moser

Dayton, OH

255 swifts, downtown Dayton, OH at 1st and Patterson, 8/10/07, Warehouse (Lincoln Storage), cool, cloudless night

375 swifts, Vandalia, OH on National Rd, Morton JHS, 8/11/07, cool cloudless night
both of the above started roosting at approx 8:30 EST

I'll count the same two locations in Sept. Fun! Matt Stoermer