A Nation-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Galena and Delaware, OH

Hello from Ohio,
Here are my A Swift Night Out observations from Galena and Delaware, Ohio.

Friday, August 8, 2008, I watched a two-story chimney at the Galena Methodist Church building, located at 109 Harrison Street in Galena, Delaware County, Ohio. The brick chimney measures 78 by 48 inches on the outside. Under a clear sky with temperatures in the low 70s, 1320 swifts entered the chimney between
20:21 - 21:09.

Saturday, August 9, 2008, I watched 23 swifts enter the two-story, air intake shaft at the National Guard Armory at 79 West William Street in Delaware, Ohio. Swifts dropped into their roosting site between 20:34 and 20:52 while clouds from the West changed the sky from clear to completely cloudy by the end of my observation. The temperature was in the low 70s.

Sunday, August 10, 2008, I watched 343 swifts enter the North chimney of the Edwards Gym on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus. The gym is located across from the intersection of South Sandusky and Spring Streets. The chimney is seventy feet tall and is five bricks square at its top. The birds entered their
roost between 20:19 and 20:57 under a cloudy sky. The temperature was 72 degrees.

Swift on, Dick Tuttle

Roseburg, OR

No. of Vaux's swifts 237
Between 8:32 and 8:37
on August 9, 2008
at the UACT chimney (a one story chimney) 100' east of the Pottery Shed Chimney (the former roost site).

Meredith Jones

Dayton, TX

Swifts on Saturday night proved just as challenging to count even with more "counters" The consensus was that we had over 300 swifts entering the old rice dryer in Dayton. I went back tonight and changed counting places to a better vantage point and counted 323.

Barbara Tilton
Liberty County

Oldenburg, IN

* Number of swifts counted

Chimney 1: 557
Chimney 2: 159

* Time:  Approx. 8:33PM to 9:12PM

* Date:  August 9, 2008

* Location:  Sisters of St. Francis, Franciscan Convent Grounds, Oldenburg IN 47036

* Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence, Chimney Swift Tower, etc.

An older set of chimneys located in the middle of the convent structure.
This site has been used for a very long time and has been observed by me for over 8 years.
I used to report the bird counts to the now defunct Swift Watch. Before I observed them the
site was monitored every so often by a late ornithologist from Earlham college. He and his
students would come down from Earlham and count swifts.

* Weather conditions:  Clear and cool weather, no clouds or precipitation.

*Other Notes:

This count is the earliest I have done for this site, hence the numbers seem low to me.
In the past we had observed more than 1000 birds total in the first chimney and over
500 in the second. Hopefully the September counts will be larger.

Georgeanne Wilcox

Nobel, ON

I currently live in Peterborough, Ontario. However, grew up in Parry Sound Area... I was visiting a few weekends ago and was walking by Nobel School in Nobel, Ontario.

The chimney swifts utilize the tall brick chimeny that occurs centrally within the building. When I was there a few weekends ago, I counted approximately six (6) birds flying about at dusk. It was the Sunday evening on June 22, 2008.

I am unsure as to whether, I will be back at the specific dates suggested by the "Swift Night Out Surveys", and therefore am unsure as to whether this information is useful.

Regardless, there has always been a good population of swifts utilizing the chimney as far back as 20 years or more since I have been walking by the school. I remember, a population of 20 -30 utilizong this site in recent years.

Rob West

Austin, TX

Elaine Rushing and I counted Swifts coming to roost at the incinerator tower on Burnet Rd. last night . We arrived there about eight o'clock, and there were already some birds going in. From that time until the last bird dropped in around eight forty-five or nine o'clock, we counted 395 birds.

Barbara Anderson

Grand Rapids, MI

* Number of swifts counted: 249
* Time : between 8:55 and 9:30 pm
* Date: Aug. 8, 2008
* Location: Riverside Middle School, Grand Rapids, MI 49505; NE side of Grand Rapids
* Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence, Chimney Swift Tower, etc.: The swifts are in a chimney of Riverside Middle School in Grand Rapids, MI
* Weather conditions may also be reported.: Partly cloudy and about 69 degrees F

Austin, TX

I invited the neighborhood to come last night ( 8/10 ) to count our swifts at the Great Hills Tower. Nobody besides myself showed up. I guess they thought it was too hot! It was a clear night and not bad in our new pavilion which catches every breeze. I arrived at 7:30 and shortly after that one swift went into the tower. About 10 minutes later two swifts flew out of the tower. I stayed till 8:50 and counted 10 swifts entering the tower around dusk. Except for one pair, they returned quietly and alone as if from far away. There was no playing before hand. It seemed to me they were weary. Maybe things will be different in September.

I lent your book on tower building to a scout who seems serious about building one. He is waiting for the return of his scout master to get approval. I will keep you posted.

Marie Laing