A Nation-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Medina, NY

Saturday 9/13/08

Medina Middle School
Gwinn Street
Medina New York 14103

Thinking I might have similar numbers to Lyndonville Central School, I counted tonight at Medina Central Middle School, adjacent to the athletic fields. As a single observer, I was only able to count at one chimney,
although there is another chimney at the Grade School. I'm sure there were birds settling in over there too. There were far fewer birds at Medina than Lyndonville Central, which is situated directly on a dammed section of Johnson's Creek, probably making it a more desirable location to the swifts.

Weather: steady rain
First Chimney Swift in at 7:27PM
Last in at 7:44PM
Numbers: 57

Celeste Morien

Elkhart, IN

150 swifts
Sept 13, 2008
Midwest Museum of Art chimney
We were there from 7:45 pm to 8:30
Sundown was about 7:55 pm
Overcast, temp about 70
There had been a heavy rain, 3 to 6 inches during the day
We had checked several sites before spotting them at the museum.
They came in late, and were still circling and dropping into the chimney when it became too dark to see well enough to count.
We stopped at 52 and estimated there were at least 100 still flying around, possibly 150.

Doris Stickel and David Stokely

Baltimore, MD

Here are some more recent counts from the Carolina Chimney roost in Baltimore. I am unsure if the actual numbers are fluctuating or if my counting abilities are fluctuating/improving.

Location: The Carolina Chimney
Observation date: 9/10/08
Notes: ASNO
Number of species: 3

Chimney Swift 680 At 7:20 only about a dozen swifts were circling in the area, 50 at 7:31 pm. At 7:34 they started flying in a "donut" circle. First two birds entered the chimney at 7:37 pm. Between 7:41-43 pm 660 entered chimney. Last 7 seen entering at 7:47 pm

This report was generated automatically by eBird (http://www.ebird.org)

Location: The Carolina Chimney
Observation date: 9/11/08
Notes: ASNO
Number of species: 1

Chimney Swift 942 I arrived at 7:28 pm and birds were already circling and entering chimney. Between 7:28 and 7:31 590 entered Chimney, 318 entered in the next 4 minutes, and then much smaller numbers until the last entered at 7:43 pm.

This report was generated automatically by eBird (http://www.ebird.org)

Location: The Carolina Chimney
Observation date: 9/13/08
Notes: ASNO
Number of species: 1

Chimney Swift 975 I arrived at 7:27. First 3 entered chimney at 7:31 pm. By 7:38 pm 929 had entered, most during the 7:37 minute. Last bird entered at 7:44 pm.

Dan Lebbin

9.13.2008 -  from 6:30 to 7;40 pm

417 east Oliver St Baltimore, Md. 21202

Urban loft warehouse 4 story chimney

10 chimney swifts

Many more swifts sighted than went into chimney.  They don't seem to congregate in any significant numbers in this chimney until the weather turns cooler.

I suggest you also have count in October and different sites would have very different numbers.
My theory is that when the nights are still warm that they don't go into chimneys as much, perhaps only
the ones that have built nests in a particular chimney.  Thanks for doing this!

Tom Witt

Nashville, TN

The Delta City Club - chimney on office building
3841 Green Hills Village Dr.
Nashville, TN 37215
7:10-7:35 p.m.
577 Chimney Swifts
observers: George and Margie Koehler, Hazel Cassel, Jan Shaw
clear sky, almost full moon

Jan Shaw

Falls Church, VA

Luther Jackson Middle School is the best know Chimney Swift roost in Northern Virginia. Every year during fall migration, thousands of swifts roost in the school's tall chimney. My bird club, the Northern
Virginia Bird Club, even had a field trip last week to see the swifts followed by a visit to the Common Nighthawks at nearby Tyson's Corner.

Here is my report:

Estimated number of Chimney Swifts: 2500

Place: Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA, 22042 in Fairfax County, VA

Time: 7:15 until 8:00 on September 13, 2008

Weather: warm and partly cloudy

The swifts swirled around the chimney for about 45 minutes until in became too dark to see them. We could still hear them though. While it was still light enough, we saw many swifts dive into the chimney, but we are not sure if all of the birds actually fit in the chimney, because some were still flying around and chittering in the dark.

Larry Meade