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

Durham, NC


  • Number of swifts counted
  • Approximately 45
  • Time (and time zone)
  • 6:00pm EST
  • Date
  • Sept 8
  • Location
  • Circling above the Quarry at Eno River State Park off Howe Street Entrance
  • Address: city, state/province
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence, Chimney Swift Tower, etc.
  • As we swam at dusk, the swifts circled above us, gathering up and then dispersing repeatedly, sometimes fewer, but at most we counted about 45. As the last sun disappeared, they dipped down for a drink all around us swimming. Quite wonderful to float on our backs and watch them.
  • Weather conditions may also be reported.
  • Clear and dry

Libby Searles-Bohs


Wentzville, MO

  • Number of swifts counted- more than I could count, maybe 30 or more they are really fast
  • Time (and time zone) -7 pm central
  • Date 9/20/07
  • Location -heading down our fireplace stacks
  • Address: city, state/province
1718 Hiawatha dr
Wentzville,mo 63385

  • Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence, Chimney Swift Tower, etc.
Home Chimney
  • Weather conditions may also be reported 80 degrees


Staunton, VA

Friday September 7, 2007 Chimney located at 425 North New Street, Staunton, Virginia
492 swifts entered the chimney from 7:30 p.m. to 8:04 p.m.
Saturday September 8, 2007
298 swifts entered chimney at 425 N. New Street from 7:26 p.m. until the last one entering at 8:01 p.m.
Sunday September 9, 2007
415 chimney swift were counted entering 424 N. New St. first one in at 7:24 p.m. and last one in at 7:57 p.m.
Counters were Rose Casson, Lexa Morgan, Arlene Cooper and Jo King

Friday, September 7, 2007 Eight members of the Augusta Bird Club, Staunton, Virginia counted 75 chimney swift enter chimney at Stuart Hall High School from 7:26 p.m. until last one entered at 8:01 p.m.

September 8 and 9th, 2007 chimney located at Belle Grae Inn on West Frederick Street, Staunton, Virginia
203 chimney swifts were counted entering at 7:45 to 8:00 p.m. and 212 chimney swifts entered on September 9th from 7:32 to 7:55 p.m.
Observers: YuLee Larner and Mary Vermeulen

September 9, 2007 chimney located at old jail site in Staunton, Virginia on N. Augusta Street.
253 swifts were counted entering at 7:22 to 7:53 p.m.
Counted by Allen Larner and Jo King

Jo King


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


Raleigh, NC

My name is Jennifer Petzold, and I am the TA for our Introduction to Ecology class here at NC State. This year we are doing a hands-on project, which involves students (4-5 per night) going out to a site on
campus where we know chimney swifts have been roosting for years. Each night we have the students individually count the chimney swifts entering the chimney, then I tally the numbers and come up with an
average and standard error for each night. The class is very large (240 students), so we are excited about all of the data this will yield.  Students started observing on Aug 23 and will continue until mid October.  Our hopes are to do this every year, so we can get an idea of both seasonal fluctuation as well as yearly fluctuation in numbers. Here are the numbers for the last swift night out:

Date number temp time (eastern)
Sept 7 711 86 7:32
Sept 8 790 84 7:46
Sept 9 539 83 7:34

All data was taken in Raleigh, NC, at Broughton Hall (NCSU campus) The chimney attached to this building is very large, and has been known to be a roosting site for years. I look forward to hearing back from you about whether or not you'd be interested in our data. By the way, your site is great; we've shown it to our students during chimney swift presentations. Hopefully we'll be able to pull it up and show it to them once the above data gets added!

Thanks,

Jen Petzold

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