A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Ft. Walton Beach, FL

We observed chimney swifts coming to roost in our chimney all three nights with the counts 23, 20, 21. We'll use Sunday's as the official reported count.

Number: 21 chimney swifts
Time: 7:10-7:30 CDT (we watched longer, but this was the window of
time they actually used)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007
Location: residential chimney
Address: Ft. Walton Beach, FL
Weather: clear and hot.

Robin and Bob Horne

North Carolina

Observed by Brady Beck
September 7 7:50 -8:00pm EST
Belvedere Hotel SW Broad St
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Residential Chimney
300 Swifts

Observed by 45 members of the Sandhills Natural History Society
September 8 7:45 - 8:00pm EST
Aberdeen Elementary US 1 S
Aberdeen, NC 28315
School Chimney large - about 3''x3'
2,000 Swifts

Scot Hartley

New Martinsville, WV

We counted our swifts again on September 9th 2007.
Number of swifts: 123
Time and time zone 8:00 pm Eastern Time
Date: September 9, 2007
Location: 526 Maple Avenue
Address: New Martinsville WV 26155
Description: Residential Chimney
Thank you, Larry and Carmen Tustin

Lyman, SC

Number of swifts counted - 354
Time (and time zone) Start time was 7:00 pm EDT, end time was 7:35
Date - 09/11/07
Location - Lyman, South Carolina (Upstate SC)
Address: city, state/province 110 Ridge Road, Lyman, SC 29365
Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence, Chimney Swift Tower, etc. - We are a bed and breakfast and the house is 105 years old. There are two large chimneys and the Swifts use both chimneys. I have direct contact with the original family and they said the Swifts have been coming here for years. A roofer told me I should cap the chimney with a piece of wire to keep them out, but I quickly advised him the Swifts were here long before I was and they would be here when I am gone.
Weather conditions may also be reported. Partly cloudy, dry and 83 degrees.
I appreciate the idea of contacting local groups to come and witness this nightly event. A quick funny, but not so finny story. We do weddings here on the property and a bride had a butterfly release just before sundown. Need to say more? The butterflies were small and about the time they were released, it was time for the Swifts to roost. They had a field day and not one butterfly was left.
Thank you for all of your efforts.   Hoyt Dottry

New Hope, TX

We counted 8 swifts in our chimney this evening  entering between 7:50 and 8:15 pm CST

Today's date is Sept 9 2007

In our chimney of our home, our chimney is about 18 feet high at opening.

Clear night, 78 degrees, locust were out in great numbers prior to swifts coming home, followed by a greater number of mosquito's. Our house is in a dense wooded area, with lots of flying insect food flying
about.  Beth and Jeff Schmidt

New Martinsville, WV

Our family has noticed that we are sharing our residence with a group of chimney swifts. Last night I found your web site and luckly we were able to count the swifts tonight as they entered our chimney.
Number of Swifts: 120
Time: First swifts arrived 7:30pm circleing resicence swifts, began entering the chimney at 7:50pm Eastern time.
Date: September 8, 2007
Location: 526 Maple Avenue
New Martinsville WV, 26155
Description: Residential Chimney
Weather Conditions: Partially cloudy, humid
Our entire block has enjoyed watching and counting our new friends. We will be anxiously awaiting their return in the spring and we will hopefully be able to send more information about them at that time. We will attempt to count the swifts tomorrow night and email the results to you. Larry and Carmen Tustin

Alexandria, VA

Count: 243
Time: 1926 to 1948 EDT
Date: 8 sep 2007
Location: Alexandria, VA 22314 USA
Address: 274 S. Saint Asaph St
Description: Abandoned 45 foot Boiler Chimney in an Apartment Bldg
Weather: Clear, 88F
(Have annually observed similar numbers of C. Swifts at the same location since 2001)
James McNulty

Delaware, OH

I haven't reported swift observations since 16 August 2007 when a raccoon had become a nuisance to Chimney Swifts trying to roost in the brick chimney at the Ohio National Guard Armory in Delaware, Ohio. Apparently, the ring-tailed rascal found another place to hang out since it has only been seen once since. Nonetheless, here is a list of swift counts from the same chimney. Generally, I have been trying to count swifts on an average of once every two days. I present a fragment of my data since I am leaving out weather conditions and times.

17 August, 351 swifts
18 August, 572 swifts
22 August, 456 swifts
24 August, 326 swifts
25 August, 333 swifts
28 August, 153 swifts
30 August, 161 swifts
01 September, 281 swifts
04 September, 769 swifts
06 September, 585 swifts

Also, on 2 September 2007, I counted 424 swifts enter the chimney at the United Methodist Church in Galena, Ohio.

For the second round of the "Swift Night Out" continent-wide event (www.chimneyswifts.org), I plan to count at the armory on Friday, September 7, beginning at 7:30 PM. I will be in Galena on Sunday, September 9.

Swift on, Dick Tuttle