A Nation-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Miami, FL

7:30 to 7:45 pm EST
residential chimney
Sept. 12, 2008
calm, no wind, no rain, about 82 degrees

Karen Maciag

Savannah, GA

Sept. 12, 2008
Count taken between 7:00 & 8:00 p.m.
We had another summer with nesting swifts in our chimney. They have been coming and going since March.  Our home is in an established neighborhood. We have lived here for thirty years and always had an uncapped chimney.  I found it interesting that the swifts have only used our chimney for perhaps only the last ten years or so.  This evening we were pleased to count 33 swifts settling into our chimney and staying the night.  The weather was pleasant. 82 degrees and clear and calm.  Keep up your good work.

Peter Schreck

Lakeville, MN

507 Chimney Swifts
7:30 - 7:55 (Central)
September 12, 2008
Lakeview Elementary School

School is in the vicinity of suburban type houses, large playing fields and is adjacent to a good size lake.

Mostly clear, calm, 60*F

Susan Plankis

Austin, TX

We counted 1692 swifts going into an old incinerator tower at O'Henry Middle School here in Central Austin. We counted last Swifts Night Out in August and had about 1500. What an inexact science this counting is, click, click, click.  But there swifts were impressive and it seemed that there were a few
more than last month.

Priscilla Murr

Medina, NY

The public school I teach at has been a favorite site of Chimney Swifts for years. I've lead bird walks for students around the school grounds for several years as well. We always teach the students about the swifts as they fly "chippering" around the building. Once, a swift even flew into my second story classroom window and just as quickly flew right out of another window. After hearing about your activities, I decided to count this Friday evening out of curiosity. My husband counted at the High School and I counted at the
Elementary building.

Date 9/12/08
Weather Light Rain Cloudy 70F
Elementary School Chimney
Time started 7:30
Time ended 7:46
Swifts counted 162

High School Chimney
Time started 7:28
Time ended 7:48
Swifts counted 342

Total Chimney Swifts for LCS: 504

Celeste and Tom Morien

St. Paul, MN

Total 0
6:45-7:50 PM
Randolph Heights Elementary School, intersection of Wellesley and Hamline Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105
temperature mid-60s, sky mostly clear with a few status clouds, winds calm then rising from the SW

There was no evidence of chimney swifts in the area, and has been no sight nor sound of them for a few weeks, since we had some evening temperatures in the 40's. My friend Sue had high numbers in Lakeville
tonight, about 20 minutes south of here, so I'm wondering if the swifts gather in larger groups as it gets cooler, or if some of them just head farther south sooner than others. I'm fairly certain there are other roosting spots not far from here, and will try to check those, if time allows.

Linda Whyte

Kewaunee, WI

Number of Swifts Observed: 0
Time of Observation: 1905 to 1935 (CDT)
Date: September 12, 2008
Address: Kewaunee, Wisconsin 44.5 deg. N., 87.5 deg. W
Basic Description: Abandon Brewery Chimney
Weather: 60 deg. F; Wind Calm
Sky: Overcast


There were about 100 swifts observed here in early August. Observations in previous years indicate that the swifts here migrate in late August.

The times listed above are from sunset to the end of civil twilight.

J. J. Goodwin

Vernonia, OR

Hi all, I observed about 100 Vaux's swift entering the Joy Theatre chimney in down town Vernonia, Oregon. This observation was on September 12th, at about 7:40 pm. Weather was clear and warm.

Dale Webb

Elkhart, IN

304 swifts
Sept. 12, 2008
Elkhart, Indiana
the old Boris Smoler factory
7:45 pm to 8:25 pm
sundown about 8 pm
overcast and light rain, temp around 70

Doris Stickel and David Stokely