A Nation-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Dallas, TX

Thank you so much for giving us this opportunity to publicize the plight of these incredible birds! As a result of a tiny calendar listing in the Dallas Morning News, more than 40 people attended the swift observation on Friday night at the Dallas County Extension Office, 10056 Marsh Lane, Dallas 75229. Many of those in attendance were newcomers who had never been aware of swifts before.

We counted approximately 375 swifts entering the chimney of the county government building around 8:30  pm Friday, Aug. 8. The skies were clear, the temperature was warm and there was a slight breeze.
The next day, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram published a wonderful article about chimney swift towers. It's online at www.star-telegram.com/metro_news/story/820103.html


Austin, TX

8 swifts
8:20p to dark
4000 block Jefferson
Swift tower just west of Shoal Creek
We will watch her again in September, suspect more birds then...

Mark Wilson
Dana Kuykendall

Wolfville, NS

AUG. 9, 2008 - Robie Tufts Nature Centre at dusk (?): about 16 WOLFVILLE CHIMNEY SWIFTS counted -- observations from 8:10 to 8:40 (p.m.??)(Sunset time 8:32) -- swifts' entry times not recorded -- cloudy/misty -- observer left only illegible signature in initials (WLF??).

AUG. 11, 2008 - Robie Tufts Nature Centre in Wolfville at dusk (?): 20 WOLFVILLE CHIMNEY SWIFTS counted -- observations from 8:15 to 8:26 (p.m.??)(Sunset time 8:29) -- cloudy with light wind -- observers Amanda & Randy Sparkes.

McGowan Lake, NS

McGowan Lake is in western Nova Scotia, generally in the area of and northeast of Kejimkujik National Park. The chimney there, I believe, at one time was part of a fish hatchery and was saved just for the swifts by Nova Scotia Power, which used to be a Crown or government-run company but now is privatized as Nova Scotia Power Inc.
On Saturday night August 9th I went to McGowan Lake to see if any chimney swifts were around.
It was calm, the overhead sky was clear but dark clouds rimmed the horizon, temperature at 18 C. Sunset was predicaed at 20:28. I arrived at 20:20 and watched until 21:10. At 20:57 a single chimney swift appeared, made one and a half circles of the chimney, fluttered down to 3 metres above the chimney and then flew off and did not return. No other swifts were seen.
Peter Hope

Homer, LA

500 Swifts
Aug. 8, 2008 Homer, LA 71040
Homer Elementary School
Clear 8:00-8:30 PM
45 Swifts
Aug. 9, 2008 Homer, LA 71040
Masonic Lodge (3 story building in downtown Homer)
Clear 8:00-8:30 PM
It was raining Aug. 10. I did check my 3 towers Friday, Aug. 7 and am sad to report that I saw only 1 bird interring tower #1, 0 birds in tower #2 and #3.
It was fun for all! We are looking forward to the next count.

ME Lewis

Geneseo, NY

I counted 72 Chimney Swifts going into the York central school chimney in Greigsville NY, Sunday evening, August 10th. Greigsville is 5 miles west of Geneseo NY. The weather was cool with a steady moderate rain and swifts were showing up and going into the chimney in smaller groups (5 to 10) than is usual on a clear evening. They were already going in fifteen minutes before sunset.

Jim Kimball

Kenosha, WI

On August 8th I saw 42 swifts at the Roosevelt Theater, 4 swifts used a house On August 10th but there were 10 others using a chimney nearby that I didn't locate.
Total of 42 and 14 equals 56.

Austin, TX

I went back to O'Henry last night, with a clicker.  I clicked 1277 birds and Julia (who was with me) and I agreed that we missed about 200 birds. They were pouring into the chimney at one point.  Does that change your count any It feels more accurate than my guess the night before.   The night before at the end of the descent into the chimney, there was still one bird who flew around and around the chimney about five times. Then he went in. I wondered if he was waiting for more birds and just checking. But last night no bird did that.  What a wonderful spectacle. I am so glad I did it.

Priscilla  Murr

Fort Walton Beach, FL

Well, once again, we are disappointed that we can't add to the totals for Swift Night Out.  We counted zero birds this weekend!  But we did have a family raising babies again this summer.  And 3 weeks ago there were 68 birds congregating in our chimney.  2 weeks ago, 60.  Last week, 18.  And this weekend--0.  Sigh.  I guess they've left us already.

August 8, 9, 10 --  7:15-8:15 CDT
Residential Chimney

Robin & Bob Horne

Wichita Falls, TX

Report on chimney swift roost- Wichita Falls, TX

130 chimney swifts
between 8:00 and 8:30 pm
on August 9, 2008
corner of Lindale and Cypress in Wichita Falls, TX
at the Rider High School complex

counters: Terry McKee (submitter)
June McKee

Greensburg, PA

We are sending in our Chimney Swift sighting report. This is from Greensburg, PA, in a chimney in a retirement home. 15601 zip code.
On August 11 - 75 chimney swifts entered the chimney on the building. It's a steel type chimney.
On August 12, 2008, 80 entered. On both nights they went in between 8:15 and 8:40, as dusk came.

Margaret Power