A Nation-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Medina, NY

Lyndonille Central School where I teach 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 Swift Night Out, 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
LCS Elementary School Chimney
Time started 7:30
Time ended 7:46
Swifts counted 162

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

Total Chimney Swifts for LCS: 504

Celeste and Tom Morien

Glens Falls, NY

Number of swifts counted: 250

  • Time (and time zone) 8:00 pm EDT
  • Date - August 3, 2008
  • Location: Glens Falls, NY
  • Address: Chester Street
  • Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence, Chimney Swift Tower, etc.
            Old Glens Falls Academy Building, four large brick chimneys
  • Weather conditions may also be reported - Clear, warm

Karen Bodenweiser

Oldenburg, IN

Number of swifts counted:

Chimney 1: 1257
Chimney 2: 698

* Time:  Approx. 8:00PM to 8:30PM

* Date:  September 13, 2008

* Location:  Sisters of St. Francis, Franciscan Convent Grounds, Oldenburg IN 47036

* Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence, Chimney Swift Tower, etc.

An older set of chimneys located in the middle of the convent structure. .This site has been used for a very long time and has been observed by me for over 8 years.  I used to report the bird counts to the now defunct Swift Watch. Before I observed them the site was monitored every so often by a late ornithologist from Earlham college. He and his students would come down from Earlham and count swifts.

* Weather conditions may also be reported:  Clear night, severe weather on the way and air was heavy.

Georgeanne Wilcox

Austin, TX

Number of swifts: 2,440

Time: 7:35 pm - 8:05 pm

Date: September 16, 2008

Location: Travis High School, 1211 East Oltorf Street, Austin, Texas 78704

Site: a possibly unused chimney, sticking well above the building

Weather: overcast; about 70 degrees; winds calm

Night classes were in session. I discussed the situation briefly with several teachers and students, all of whom thought we were looking at bats.

John Kelly

Garland, TX

Wednesday, September 17, 2008
6 Chimney Swifts counted entering chimney
Residential Chimney, private residence in Garland Texas
Weather was clear, in the 70's, with low humidity

Sandra Dyess

Healdsburg, CA

Our Junior Audubon program hosted a "Swift Night Out" on September 13th at our Vaux's Swift roost at the Rio Lindo Academy in Healdsburg. The official count was 20,000. We invited a local ornithologist to give a natural history lecture complete with study skins and nests before the birds began to roost. Everyone had a great time and I know we introduced the beauty of these incredible birds to some new comers. We will be counting again this Saturday, September 20th. Would you be interested in those numbers too?
I know of your great work with swifts through the SMS list serve and Rebecca Duerr's book, "Handrearing Birds" - we both have chapters in there. Nice to meet you via email!

Veronica Bowers

Holland, MI

136 E. 6th St. 8/18 8:48-9:04 PM 155 " 8/19 8:54-9:07 470 " 8/20 8:48-9:00 550
". 8/22 " 540
" 8/25 8:38-8:57 163
" 8/28 No Birds, some checked chimney & flew SW.
136 E. 8th St. New Roost 8/31 8:35-8:48 177
" 9/1 8:28-8:43 219
" 9/2 8:29-8:41 187
" 9/6 8:22-8:34 230
" 9/7 8:12-8:25 295
" 9/10 8:13-8:24 275
" 9/12 SNO 8:05-8:15 155
" 9/13 SNO 7:59-8:03 Only 4 min. 155 rain 9/14 SNO 8:07-8:27 385
" 9/16 8:02-8:12 265
" 9/17 7:56-8:12 265
Note: Two other chimneys, one east and one west of this location, have been reported by friends who are not counters.

J. D. Benedict