A Nation-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Jonestown, TX

Number of swifts counted - 1,965
Time (and time zone) - 7:55 - 8:05 PM
Date - 13Sep2008
Location - Across FM 1431 from the True Grits restaurant (30.4923 N, -097.9242 W)
Address: city, state/province - Jonestown, TX
Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence, Chimney Swift Tower, etc. - Abandoned cement cistern
Weather conditions may also be reported - Partly cloudy, 88 deg F, 50 % RH (last two datapoints from LCRA HydroMet network - Lago Vista 1 ESE)

Kathy McCormack

Atlanta, GA

1,100 birds.

In the spring we counted approximately 135 birds so they have obviously been in creasing in numbers through the summer.

Chimney in a Condo complex called Piedmont Hall. Built in 1918 and 66 feet from the main entrance to Atlanta's Piedmont Park smack in the middle of Midtown Atlanta.

Came in around 7:45 p.m. and finished around 8:30 p.m.

Very warm close to 90 degrees

Clear Skies

Huge rolling circle of birds with Mid Town Sky scrapers in the back ground. Awe inspiring.  You can see the chimney and location if you Google 1156 Piedmont Ave NE Atlanta GA 30309 South West corner.
The park is East.  Beautiful place for swifts.

John Myers

Ocala, FL

  • Approximately 14 (two weeks ago, we had about 30)
  • 7:30 EST
  • Sept. 14 2008
  • Residential Chimney
  • Ocala, FL
  • Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence, Chimney Swift Tower, etc.
  • Humid evening, some thunder from an approaching storm

I have a few photos and some not very impressive video as well:

This was great fun!

Christine Schroeder

Racine, WI

320 Chimney swifts (three hundred and twenty!)
7:05-7:18 pm
Sunday, September 14th, 2008
Chimney of Racine Journal Times building (on north-east corner of 4th and Wisconsin)
Racine, WI
Clear-60 degrees F.

2 Chimney swifts
7:10 pm
Sunday, September 14th, 2008
Apartment building - 400 Park Ave.
Racine, WI
Clear-60 degrees F.

4 people in our birding party.

Jenny Wenzel

Holt, MO

Sept. 14 - Exciting night!
58 degrees, Wind 5 mph
Over 150 Chimney Swifts tonight. Most went into the West tower, a few went into the North tower, maybe 25. They were going so fast tonight and talking all the time. One thing I have noticed, the sentry always seems to go into the North tower. He circles for at least 5 min. after all the others have gone in. They were all in by 7:50 pm and it had been dark for 15 min.

Joyce and Bill Rosson

Savannah, GA

Sept. 14, 2008
Count taken as swift started dropping into our chimney between 7:35 and 8:00 p.m. As stated in our report from Sept. 12, we have an uncapped chimney on our home that has been a nesting site for a number of years.  Tonight we enjoyed watching the migrating swifts using our chimney as a stopover point.
Our count was 37 swifts.  There was a slight breeze, eight-two degrees and clear. The low tonight is expected to be seventy-five degrees.

Peter Schreck

Fort Walton Beach, FL

Sept. 13, 14
Residential Chimney
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Time: 6:30-7:30pm CDT
Clear weather

No chimney swifts entered our chimney.

Comments: We did observe 2 chimney swifts on Saturday, and 1 on Sunday, but none entered our chimney.

Robin & Bob Horne

Topeka, KS

Friday, Sept. 12, 2008
7:35-7:55 pm CDT
68 year old chimney located at State Street Elementary School
500 NE Sumner Topeka, Ks 66616
75 degrees, light rain
400-450 swifts entered chimney in the 20 min. observation time

Sat., Sept. 13
7:40-7:57 pm CDT
State Street Ele. School 500 NE Sumner
Topeka, KS 66616
Overcast - 70 degrees
Counted 180 swifts entering chimney in 13 min. observation

This chimney has been home to swifts for over 60 years. Many residents in this neighborhood have enjoyed watching these birds over the years..............

Andrea May