A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Pittsburg, KS

Swift Count for September 9, 2007 .

194 - Lakeside School
250 - Westside School
Zero - Pittsburg Middle School
15 --- Morning Sun newspaper building
50 --- First Methodist Church
509 - Total

Also, Linda Phipps reported 554 from the Liberty School in Galena, KS. Possibly a mix up here because Larry Herbert reported a different number. Perhaps they did as Mavis and I did several years ago, i.e., we
both counted the same chimney but from opposite sides of the building. Larry reported 515 swifts - both numbers are close when considering keeping track of such numbers, as Chimney Swift counters can well

Participants in Pittsburg were 14 - as best I can recall were:
Liz Mangile
Bob Mangile
Barb Robins
Mavis Benner
Elma Hurt
Diane McCallum
Thelda Mayer
Martha Price
Wanda Porter
Joe Porter
Julie Hartley
John Hartley
Kate McLaughlin
Jim Brumfield
In Galena:
Linda Phipps
Larry Herbert

Bob Mangile
Sperry-Galligar Audubon

Joplin, MO

Mark and I counted 1050 Chimney Swifts go to roost this evening at Joplin's North Middle School, 2nd & Gray. 8:02 PM to 8:13 PM.  Good birding, Larry H. Joplin (Jasper County) MO.

Cassville, MO

I was in Cassville in Barry County on the Arkansas border in SW Mo. visiting friends this past week. There is an old small power plant chimney at the SE corner of either 8th or 9th and East Rd. about a block south of the courthouse.
Tuesday evening, Aug. 7th, we observed hundreds (if not 1,000+) swirling above it between 8:45 and 9 p.m. They were already there when we arrived and were difficult to see when we left at 9. Some would "peel off" from the group periodically and enter the old chimney.
Another possible site I've wondered about, but never checked, is on the SE side of Cameron near the Casey's General Store at the intersection of Hwy. 69 and Hwy. BB (which intersects I-35 about a half mile to the east). It is an old chimney of some sort that sits pretty high in the air to the NE of Casey's about a hundred yards or so. I don't know whether or not it is capped.   Tom Nagel St. Joseph

Westtown, PA

We observed swifts on September 8, 2007 at the Westtown School located on Westtown Way in Westtown (Chester County) Pennsylvania. We were there from 6;30 - darkness settled, but with a week's passage of time I can only estimate the exact time that we counted approximately 36 swifts disappearing into chimneys (7:30 - 7:45? eastern DST) The weather was cool and clear. If you need a more precise time, I will consult with my friend who was there with me. Sallie Welte

Austin, TX

We counted 13 swifts.   We observed from 7:35 to 8:05 central time.  It was Saturday, September 8th.
Great Hills Park.  It was 86 degrees (F) and partly cloudy.  The Gordons

Baltimore, MD

September 16th, 2007 (65 degrees, clear, no breeze)
Hampden, Mill Center chimney, commercial
First in: 7:25pm
Last in: 7:45pm
Count: 505
Druid Hill Park, Conservatory chimney
First in: 7:19pm
Last in: 7:31pm
Count: 234
Note: Also viewed about 5 nighthawks.
Thanks for all the good work you are doing!   Joan Cwi

Miami, FL

We had a total of five but they all left on different days, between Sept 11 and 13th, 2007. The time was 8pm EST and the weather was about 88 degrees and clear skies. They were in a residential chimney in Miami, FL near Sunset and Galloway Roads. We really look forward to them next year.  They are always welcome.

Karen Maciag

Alexandria, PA

Number of swifts counted: 1
Time (and time zone) Between 7:30- 8:00 p.m.
Date: Friday, September 7, 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: Clear, about 70F

Sharon Riehart

Ft. Gibson, OK

Chimney Swifts were counted by Jim Harman and David Gill, Sept. 8th, 7:40 to 8:10 p.m., Muskogee, OK, on Beacon St. The number estimated was 10,000.   Jeri McMahon