A SWIFT NIGHT OUT
2009
A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project
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INDIVIDUAL REPORTS

Nova Scotia, CA

JULY 27, 2009 - ROBIE TUFTS NATURE CENTRE AT DUSK: 38+ WOLFVILLE CHIMNEY SWIFTS counted as they dropped into the chimney -- I was late in getting there, but about 10 gawkers were keeping track of the swifts -- starting time not recorded, but observations went to 9:15 p.m. and entries ended? at 9:12 p.m. when 4 swifts entered (Sunset was about 8:49 p.m.) -- sky half clear, half cloudy, light breeze, warm, 26 C. -- bonus was a nice waxing quarter Moon in the sw. -- 8-10 observers were unnamed except for Iris & Glenn Scott were from Austin, Texas, plus JW.

Having
observers from AUSTIN, TEXAS, is interesting because that is where Paul and Georgean Kyle of the DRIFTWOOD WILDLIFE ASSOCIATION are based -- see www.chimneyswifts.org on the Internet for oodles of information on all the stuff they are doing for chimney swifts, like promoting their threatened status and trying to do something about it, e.g. by teaching everyone how to erect artificial towers/habitat for both roosting and nesting of swifts.
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2009 CHIMNEY SWIFTS SUMMARY
May 4/09 -- 0 -- Wolfville, Robie Tufts Nature Centre -- Jim Wolford, Harold Forsyth
May 9/09 -- 12 -- Wolfville, RTNC -- Jim Wolford, Carol Carpenter, Sean Timpa, Jean Timpa
May 11/09 -- 20 -- Wolfville -- Jim Wolford
May 11/09 -- 75 -- New Glasgow, Temperance St. School -- Ken McKenna
May 12/09 -- 81 -- Middleton Regional High School -- Claire Diggins
May 13/09 -- 13 -- Wolfville -- Jim Wolford
May 14/09 -- 44 -- Wolfville -- Jim Wolford
May 14/09 -- 170 -- New Glasgow -- Ken McKenna
May 15/09 -- 287 -- New Glasgow -- Ken McKenna
May 15/09 -- 40 -- Upper Falmouth (old farmhouse) -- Cheryl Rutledge
May 15/09 -- 17 -- Bible Hill, N.S. Agric. Coll. -- Linda & Ross Hall
May 16/09 -- 116 -- McGowan Lake, old blacksmith shop chimney -- Peter Hope
May 16/09 -- 0 -- Bible Hill, NSAC -- Linda & Ross Hall
May 17/09 -- 48 -- Wolfville -- Jim Wolford
May 19/09 -- 53+ -- Wolfville -- Gisela Westphalen, Jim Wolford
May 19/09 -- 424 -- New Glasgow -- Ken McKenna, Rick Ferguson
May 19/09 -- 121 -- Middleton -- Claire Diggins, Helen Rodgers
May 19/09 -- 95 -- old farmhouse chimney with 6 flues, Upper Falmouth, north of Sangster Bridge -- Cheryl Rutledge & John Belbin
May 19/09 -- 20 -- Oxford (free-standing ex-foundry big chimney) -- Julie Paquet
May 20/09 -- 207 -- New Glasgow -- Ken McKenna
May 20/09 -- 45+ -- Wolfville -- Elizabeth Doull & Ann Doull
May 20/09 -- 0 -- Bible Hill/Truro, 3 sites other than NSAC -- Linda & Ross Hall
May 21/09 -- 24 -- Wolfville -- Jim Wolford et al.
May 22/09 -- 20 -- Wolfville -- Jim Wolford
May 23/09 -- 24 -- Wolfville -- ???
May 24/09 -- 61 -- Wolfville -- Jacquie Roche, Chris Toplack, Jim Wolford
May 24/09 -- 314 -- New Glasgow -- Ken McKenna
May 25/09 -- 367 -- New Glasgow -- Ken McKenna
May 26/09 -- 282 -- Middleton -- Claire Diggins, Helen Rodgers
May 26/09 -- 90 -- Wolfville -- Judy Tufts, Jim Wolford, et al.
May 26/09 -- 45 -- Upper Falmouth -- John Belbin
May 27/09 -- 0 -- Bible Hill, NSAC -- Linda & Ross Hall
May 28/09 -- 228 -- New Glasgow -- Ken McKenna
May 28/09 - 96 -- Wolfville -- Jim Wolford, Brian Starzomski, Amy ?, Wendy Elliott, Steve Slipp, et al.
May 29/09 -- 100+ -- Wolfville -- Gisela Westphalen
May 30/09 -- 171 -- McGowan Lake, Queen's Co. -- Megan Crowley, Brad Toms
May 31/09 -- 140 +or- 20 -- McGowan Lake -- Peter Hope
May 31/09 -- 48 -- Wolfville -- Gisela Westphalen
June 1/09 -- 317 -- Middleton -- Claire Diggins
June 1/09 -- 52 -- Wolfville -- Jim Wolford
June 2/09 -- 170 -- New Glasgow -- Ken McKenna
June 2/09 -- 28 -- Wolfville -- WG ??
June 3/09 -- 40 -- Wolfville -- JW,HF,NN,GW, and A.L.L. group
June 3/09 -- 2 -- Bear River, Oakdene Centre -- Rebecca Ellis
June 4/09 -- 157 -- McGowan Lake -- Randy Lauff, Lindsey Beals
June 4/09 -- 77 -- New Glasgow -- Ken McKenna
June 5/09 -- 36 -- Wolfville -- Wendy Elliott, Steve Slipp, Jim Wolford, et al.
June 7/09 -- 45 -- Wolfville -- visitor from California et al.
June 8/09 -- 54 -- Wolfville -- Jim Wolford, Gisela Westphalen, Yvette & David Silverberg, et al.
June 9/09 -- 44 -- Wolfville -- GF,HF (visitors)
June 10/09 -- 29 (+?) -- Middleton -- Claire Diggins, Heather Killen
June 11/09 -- 74 -- Wolfville -- Jim Wolford, Del & Mac MacInnes
June 13/09 -- 129 -- Middleton -- Claire Diggins, Paula & Tom Ross
June 13/09 -- 39+ -- Wolfville -- Jim Wolford + 20 naturalists from NSNT & FNSN/NNS
June 13/09 -- 20-25+? -- big St. Bernard church -- Pat Potter (fide Karen Potter)
June 16/09 -- 26 -- Wolfville -- Gisela Westphalen, Jim Wolford
June 17/09 -- 54 -- New Glasgow -- Ken McKenna
June 17/09 -- 12 -- Wolfville -- Lauren Park
June 18/09 -- 12 -- Wolfville -- Lauren Park
June 19/09 -- 19 -- Wolfville -- Esther & Graham Post, Lauren Park, Jim Wolford
June 20/09 -- 18 -- Wolfville -- Lauren Park
June 21/09 -- 3 -- Wolfville -- Lauren Park + Nathan ? + Megan Thibeault
June 22/09 -- 5+? -- Wolfville -- Jim Wolford
June 24/09 -- 26 -- New Glasgow -- Ken McKenna
June 24/09 -- 19+ -- Wolfville -- Lauren Park, Megan Thibeault, Jacob ?, Jim Wolford
June 25/09 -- 14 -- Wolfville -- Lauren Park, Megan Thibeault, Ally Wade
June 26/09 -- 13 -- Wolfville -- Hope Gillis & Tony Napoli
June 27/09 -- 17 -- Wolfville -- Sylvia & Trevor (from U.K.)
June 29/09 -- 100++?? -- Middleton -- Claire Diggins
June 29/09 -- 14 -- Wolfville -- Jim Wolford
July 1/09 -- 7+ (15?) -- Wolfville -- Tony (Napoli?)
July 2/09 -- 18 -- Wolfville -- Lauren Park, Megan Thibeault
July 3/09 -- 16+ -- Wolfville -- Lauren Park, Megan Thibeault
July 6/09 -- 85-100 -- St. Bernard big church -- Karen Potter
July 7/09 -- 43 -- New Glasgow -- Ken McKenna
July 10/09 -- 18 -- Wolfville -- Sue & Don Thorpe, Dianne & Gordon Thorpe
July 11/09 -- 53 -- New Glasgow -- Ken McKenna
July 11/09 -- 40?? -- Wolfville?? -- no other information provided??
July 12/09 -- 21 -- Wolfville?? -- Beane? Bach? and J. & R. Halsey??
July 13/09 -- 31 -- Wolfville -- Jim Wolford & 4 others
July 13/09 -- 158 -- Middleton -- Claire Diggins
July 14/09 -- 18 -- Wolfville -- Danita Irvin
July 16/09 -- 22 -- Wolfville -- the Franken family (New Jersey, USA)
July 17/09 -- 32 -- Wolfville -- Tony Napoli
July 18/09 -- 19 -- Wolfville -- Nancy Ceccarelli
July 19/09 -- 114++ -- McGowan Lake Fish Hatchery -- Karen Potter, Chad Smith
July 20/09 -- 71 -- New Glasgow -- Ken McKenna
July 20/09 -- 25 -- Wolfville -- Joan Forshner Dart et al.
July 22/09 -- 24 -- Wolfville -- Jim Wolford & 4 others
July 23/09 -- 36 -- Wolfville -- The Whites (New Hampshire)
July 27/09 -- 38+ -- Wolfville -- JW + 8 or more others (some from Austin, TX)

James Wolford


Mackinaw Island, MI

On Mackinaw Island, Michigan in the Fort Mackinaw S.E. watchtower chimney there were 38 Chimney Swifts descending in the tower's chimney. Totally cool in light of the exotic surroundings on Mackinaw Island. In fact, I thought because I was on vacation, would miss my local location normally reported every year, but this was indeed a nice surprise!!!!

Michael Wells


Sugarland, TX

We met Pam Smolen& others last night, Aug 31, at the Char House in Sugar Land, total of 9 counters were there ! There was a slight north wind & cloud cover, which appeared to contribute to a smaller Swift Count of 3000. My wife & I went back this morning before sunrise, 6:15 am, but only counted 1100 coming out of the stack ? Hopefully the others departed the stack earlier than 6:15 am ?


Gene Odom


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