A Nation-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Barnesville, OH

Sept 13, 40' chimney on Olney Friends school campus, only 8 chimney swifts. I was surprised as I remember seeing many more on other random occasions, though I hadn't checked recently.

Leonard Guindon

Spartanburg, SC

For Friday, September 12
301 Chimney Swifts circled and dove into the chimney at Houston Elementary School , Spartanburg, SC 29307 between 7:50 and 8:08 PM
Counted by Karen Swetland, Lyle & Sarah Campbell
Partly cloudy
Susan & Adolf Schweizer checked the former library, now offices, 400 S. Pine Street and saw and heard swifts circling but apparently headed to another chimney, possibly the next block.

For Saturday, September 13
between 7:50 and 8:10 PM
Counted by Sarah Campbell
Susan & Adolf Schweizer checked the former library, now offices, 400 S. Pine Street and followed the swifts to 4 chimneys at 301 S. Pine Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302
Large brick home/business combination.
571 swifts went down the NW chimney
Between 7:55 and 8:04
14 swifts
Connecticut & East Main apartment complex Spartanburg, SC 29032 [just 6 blocks from old library]
We had seen circling swifts at dusk during the week, but never any large number.

For Sunday, September 14
301 S. Pine Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302
Over 180 swifts went down the NW chimney
301 S. Pine Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302
Between 7:54- 8:00PM
Counted by Lyle & Sarah Campbell
While Carole Anderson watched one swift enter then apparently leave old library chimney.  She too saw and heard the circling but didn't follow them.

Sarah Campbell

Wichita, KS

Just a quick note, if interested. I completed an evening walk here in Wichita, KS. 10/2/08. Just west if the downtown area. I was out around 7 pm until dusk, 7:30 pm. A good number of swifts flying about the area.

Rosa McHenry

San Antonio, TX

I have about 20 swifts in my chimney at 326 E. Dewey Place in San Antonio, just north of town. Although I didn't hear them tonight, so they may have gone south. They've been here for a couple of weeks at least.
Melissa Miller

Elkhart, IN

October 7, 2008
8:15 am to 8:45 am
Sunrise was about 7:45 am
weather was cool, sunny and dry
The weather had been chilly, nights in the 30s with scattered frost forecast. We wanted to see if the swifts had left for South America yet, so we looked at several spots. THEY WERE STILL HERE!
The Episcopal Church at Third and Lexington, Lefever Plumbing chimney on the 500 block of south Second Street, The Vine restaurant chimney on the 200 block of south Main Street, each had an estimated 50 to 100 swifts circling, apparently recently coming out of their nightime roosts. We saw none at the old Rice School chimney at 8:45 am. Either gone for the season or else they had been there earlier.
So, an estimated 150 to 300 swifts in 3 locations late in the season.

October 10, 2008
Elkhart, Indiana
7:30 pm
Sunset was about 7:10 pm
weather was in the 50's, clear and dry
The weather had been chilly, nights in the 30s with light scattered frost forecast.
The chimney over the Garber Decorating store, 200 block of south Main Street. Almost dark, and there were hundreds of swifts swarming and circling the chimney, going down in droves. Too many and too dark to count, there had to be several hundred - perhaps 300 or more.
A few hundred feet away was the Vine restaurant where we saw many swifts a few days earlier, but none there now. These we saw at Garbers might have been a migrating flock.

Doris Stickel and David Stokely