A Nation-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Jonestown, TX

Below is the eBird report for the sightings at a cracked, circular, concrete, cistern located behind the Jones and Carter Real Estate office, 18650 FM 1431, in Jonestown, Texas. Jonestown is northwest of Austin between Cedar Park and Marble Falls. GPS location N 30 degrees 29.540 minutes West 097 degrees 55.461 minutes.

Roy Reinarz Jr

Observation date: 8/8/08
Notes: weather conditions: 90s, 50% high cloud cover, still, forSwift Night Out.
Number of species: 8
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 9
White-winged Dove 1
Mourning Dove 1
Chimney Swifts 1099
Northern Mockingbird 1
House Finch 1
House Sparrow 3
This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org/tx)

Athens, TX

I counted 103 chimney swifts from 8:25-8:40 on 8-8-08. They nest in the brick chimney of our home. Weather was clear & about 80 degrees. We live on Lake Athens, just east of Athens TX.

Winterset, IA

August 8, 2008. Six adults help count 174 Chimney Swifts that roost in the 1920 Winterset, Iowa Middle School chimney. The first to roost was at 8:20 and the last was 8:45 PM. Central Standard Time. Night Hawks flew through the swifts as they went to roost on a clear night sky and 78 degree temperatures. We expected many more than 174 but we had a very cold spring so maybe as the young mature the count will go up. We will count again in Sept. Tomorrow we will count the swift tower that we built in the spring of 2007. This summer it fledged 3 new swifts.

Phyllis Kaldenberg

Austin, TX

I was at O'Henry Middle School last night until dark and, although I am a
bad counter, I think there were at least 1000 chimney swifts choosing that
chimney to sleep in.

Priscilla Murr

Elkhart, IN

August 8, 2008
8:35 p.m. to 9:20 p.m EDT (sundown was about 8:50 p.m.)
cool and dry, skies were clear
counted 12 swifts going down into the chimney the old Boris Smoler dress factory building on Crawford Street.  Only two evenings earlier we saw dozens, maybe 100 or more, circling and going into the chimney. A big disappointment on this day. Where did they all go?

Doris Stickel and David Stokely

Saint-Georges de Beauce, QC

20:25 hres. Eastern Time
WIND W 4km/h
Relative Humidity: 88%
Pressure: 101.05 kPa
Visibility: 0.0 km
Commercial chimney -

Elkhart, IN

August 9, 2008
8:35 p.m. to 9:20 p.m EDT (sundown was about 8:50 p.m.)
counted 145 swifts going down into the chimney
private home in the 200 block of West Beardsley Avenue
cool and dry, skies were clear
Doris Stickel and David Stokely

LaGrange, TX

DATE: August 9, 2008
TIME: 7:43 to 8:45 PM
LOCATION: LaGrange, Fayette Co., TX

630 Chimney Swifts were counted entering the furnace chimney of the
LaGrange Middle School from 7:43 until the last one entered at 8:45.
Weather conditions were clear with SW winds 14-18 mph. Temperature
was 85 degrees.

Debbie Copeland
Gene Luhn

Texas Master Naturalists
Gideon Lincecum Chapter

Dallas, TX

I believe the official Chimney Swift count at the Dallas County Extension Office, 10056 Marsh Lane in Dallas (where the North Texas Master Naturalists meet) was 375. I've never been to a Swifts' congregation
point and it was interesting to contrast it with Purple Martins and Scissortail Flycatchers. At first, they dribbled in one-by-one into the big "chimney" which I believe leads to an incinerator in the basement of
this government building and minutes would pass in between. As it became darker and darker, they really started to flood in. As my older sister remarked, it's the opposite of bats leaving a cave or the underside of a
bridge, i.e., instead of flying out, they're flying in.

The next morning after joining the 2nd Saturday shore spruce-up of White Rock Lake, I did a little birding. The liveliest spot was the little suspension bridge by the kayak/canoe boathouse area in a little bay/cove
area where the Black-Crowned Night Herons hang out when they're around. I think the thing that surprised me was seeing immature Wood Ducks and a Green Heron hanging out in an area so busy with bicyclists, joggers, walkers, etc. I generally think of them as being quite secretive species but it looks like they're becoming pretty tolerant of people. Lots of turtles out basking but not a lot of bird action.

P.S. The Purple Martins are still congregating at the southeast corner of Preston Royal in front of a Fish restaurant and Pier 1 Imports by Borders Books.

Sandy in Dallas