A Nation-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Ridgewood, NJ

Hello again from NE New Jersey. This records the count on Sun. Sept. 14 at the George Washington Middle SCHOOL in RIDGEWOOD, NEW JERSEY. This roost has been active for at least 45 years.

Sunday Sept. 14, 2008
1420 swifts counted
Sunset at 7:07
First birds in about 7:15
Last in at 7:28
Weather-partly cloudy, warm, humid

Kurt Muenz

Healdsburg, CA

Tonight from 7.00-8.00 P.M. Pacific Daylight time I observed 12,000+ Vaux swifts descend into a no longer used boiler room chimney. The chimney is located on the Rio Linda Academy( a school) in Healdsburg, Ca.
It was a clear warm day with a slight breeze and a full moon.the swifts have been using this site for 20 years.

Dave Barry

Baltimore, MD

I was thrilled to see the swifts have come back to the bindery which I have been monitoring for 20+ years and disappeared last year.

Swift Night out- September 14th, 2008- partly cloudy , high clouds,87 degrees, full moon on the 15th
Baltimore Md. Hampden Book Bindery- commercial warehouse building
First in 7:25, last in 7:50

Counters Alice and David Nelson- 15 Md. Bird club members joined us
We counted 1,500 on September 4th at the same chimney, we will monitor it till they leave.

Thanks for all your work

Alice Greely Nelson

Greer, SC

Approximately 650 Chimney Swifts were observed and counted between 7:40 and 8:10 p.m. entering the chimney at the Starlight Ballroom in downtown Greer, South Carolina. The job of counting became very difficult the last five minutes as the birds poured into the chimney so rapidly we were counting by "fives and tens."  Last year our highest number was over 1,000 on October 11. In a couple of days all birds appeared to have left the area.

Hilda Reese

Stevensville, MT

I discovered a previously-unknown migratory swift roost in Montana. I was unable to count on the actual day of the count, but figured that the data may be worth something to you anyhow.

~400 Vaux's Swifts (+/- 30)
7:45-8:15 pm, mountain time
Friday, September 5th, 2008
Chimney of commercial building
Cool stormy, clouds roiling in the hillside, fresh snow about 5,000'

Jeremy Roberts

La Grande, OR

Three people watched 4 swift roosts in La Grande and Union on Saturday night and not one swift was seen. Someone from Seattle had also asked people to watch roosts in the area. For this area, I think the roosts
should be checked 1 to 2 weeks earlier, as some of my past records show swifts at the roosts in late Aug. and early Sept. I think they leave this area earlier and head west to the valley where they stage before moving south.

Evelyn L. Bull

Bryn Athyn, PA

Number of swifts 400 +/-
Time 7:00 to 7:40 pm
Date 9/14/08
Location - Chimney at school
Weather - Warm, clear

Nick Rose

Staten Island, NY

On Friday, 9/12, there were three Chimney Swifts at the Manor Road NYS Armory chimney. Observation time was 6:55 PM to 7:25 PM. The weather was rainy and overcast.

On Sunday, 9/14, no Chimney Swifts were observed. Time spent was from 7 PM to 7:25 PM. There was a hazy but bright moon and the weather was hot and humid. Full moon is on the 15th.

Catherine Barron

Richmond, VA

I have reported on two sights before and so I checked them this summer and they still have abundant populations.
Number of swifts counted: Approximately 100
Time (and time zone): 8:15 pm eastern
Date: July 13
Location: University of Richmond, VA
Address: Richmond, Virginia 23173
Broad description of the site: University campus, a large brick chimney in Ryland Hall which was built in 1914, collegiate gothic style by architect Ralph Adams Cram.
Number of swifts counted: Approximately 200
Time (and time zone): 8:15 pm eastern
Date: August 1
Location: Thomas Jefferson High School
Address: 4100 West Grace Street, Richmond, Virginia 23221
Broad description of the site: a large chimney in the high school building, which was built in 1929, Art Deco style.

Catharine Moser

Washington, DC

I estimate that 300 swifts went into the chimney of the school in Northwest Washington, DC which I have been monitoring from the terrace of my condo across the street for the past three years.

Jack Guenther