A SWIFT NIGHT OUT
2007
A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project
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INDIVIDUAL REPORTS

Austin, TX

  • Number of swifts counted = 10
  • Time (and time zone) = 7:55 - 8:10 pm
  • Date = 9/8/2007
  • Location = back yard Chimney Swift tower
  • Address: city, state/province =9401 Meadowheath Drive/ Austin, TX 78729
  • Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence, Chimney Swift Tower, etc.Back yard swift tower at our residence.
  • Weather conditions may also be reported. Clear to partly cloudy
Peace,  Pat Powers


Clarksburg, WV

Here is my report for Saturday, Sep. 8, 2007:
73 chimney swifts were counted entering chimney of a private residence (my next door neighbor!) on Stanley Ave. in Clarksburg, WV. This is a street of old homes (circa 1915) in a small city. Time of the event was 7:55 pm Eastern. The weather was clear and approx 75 degrees.   Thank you for your work!
Cindy Kozakewich


Spotsylvania, VA

3 swifts
7:30- 8:00 PM EST- all about 12 minutes after sunset ~ 7:42 pm
Sept. 8, 2007
Residence Home chimney
Spotsylvania, VA 22551
Still night, clear ~ 82 degrees.
The 3 swifts (out of the 4 the previous month) returned to their chimney. The 4th- maybe a prodigal youngster staying out late - flew by but did not descend into the chimney - perhaps having located a gathering of swifts.
2 swifts
7:30- 8:00 PM EST- both about 12 minutes after sunset ~ 7:42 pm
Sept. 9, 2007
Residence Home chimney
Spotsylvania, VA 22551
Still night, partly cloudy ~ 81 degrees
Tonight did not see either of the other 2 swifts of the family that bred in our chimney. We are one of the few masonry chimneys within a forested, partly residential 2000 acre area. The city of Fredericksburg is about 15 miles away and possibly has some deserted factory chimneys, and there are some old farmhouses and some historic buildings dating to the Civil War with masonry chimneys within this 15 mile radius. However, I have not heard of a central location for the swifts to congregate.  Anthony Wilbur


Clemmons, NC

We observed @ 5'500 swifts between 7:45 and 8:20 on Friday, Sept. 8, 2007.
The site is an old elementary school converted to offices at the corner of Stadium Drive and US 158 in Clemmons, NC.
The weather was hot (85) and clear.
we continue to enjoy observing swifts.

Gardner Gidley


Kewaunee, WI

Not knowing when I would be available to check the chimney swift roost in Kewaunee, Wisconsin, I decided to monitor the roost weekly starting on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 and continuing until Friday, September 7, 2007. The Excel attachment gives the result of my observations. My estimates are probably on the low side as I obtained the numbers by counting the swifts as they entered the roost. I may have missed some of the swifts at the height of their entrance into the roost. It was noted that the swifts entered the roost between ten and twenty minutes prior to the end of civil twilight as provided by the Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department WEB Site (http://aa.usno.navy.mil/cgi-bin/aa_pap.pl). From my observations, the swifts in Kewaunee had completed the start of migration some time between the 7th and the 15th of August 2007.

2007 Chimney Swift Count     
Location: Intersection of Milwaukee St. and Ellis St.     
Address: Kewaunee, Wisconsin     
Description of Site: Abandon Brewery Chimney     


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Number
Time                   Zone                 Date              Weather           Sunset            Twilight
     
100             20:50               Central 07/17/07 Foggy    20:30          21:06
120             20:49               Central 07/24/07 Clear              20:24          20:59
63             20:40               Central 07/31/07 Clear              20:15          20:50
57             2019 - 2033  Central 08/07/07 Clear              20:08          20:40
     
Several hundred common night hawks seen migrating to the southwest across the Lake Michigan shore line from 5 miles north of Algoma to 3 miles south of Algoma, Wisconsin on August 28, 2007 at 1900 Central Time Zone.     
     
On September 4, 2007, I noted rock pigeons sitting on the rim of the old brewery chimney which I had not observed before.     
     
On September 7, 2007, I observed one common night hawk flying northwest from the swift observation point.

J. J. Goodwin


Spartanburg, SC

180 Chimney Swifts
7:49-8:04 EDT [observed before and after this window when swifts entered chimney]
Friday, September 8, 2007
Former library, corner of S. Pine and Palmetto streets
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Weather: partly cloudy, warm, still
[counters: Carole Anderson, Susan and Adolf Schweizer]

205 Chimney Swifts
7:50-8:06 EDT [observed before and after this window when swifts entered chimney]
Saturday, September 9, 2007
Former library, corner of S. Pine and Palmetto streets
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Weather: mostly clear, warm, still
[counter: Carole Anderson]

85 Chimney Swifts
7:50-8:06 EDT [observed before and after this window when swifts entered chimney]
Sunday, September 10, 2007
Former library, corner of S. Pine and Palmetto streets
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Weather: clear, warm, still
[counters: Carole Anderson, Georgia Anderson, Susan Schweizer]


Upper Arlington, OH

60 to 70 Swifts
7:45 to 8 p.m. Eastern
September 20, 2007
1850 Hastings Lane
Upper Arlington, OH 43220
Hastings Middle School chimney
86 degrees


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