A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Algona, IA

I went with my husband to his class reunion in north central Iowa. I think all the small Iowa towns have their resident flocks of Chimney Swifts flying with the swallows over the flat roofs of the downtowns:
Friday August 7

Algona Iowa, Algona Floor Design, 211-213 E. State St. (downtown Algona), I saw 4 enter the brick chimney at this address, more birds had been flying around.
Saturday August 8

Fenton Iowa, 501 Oak St., I saw 4 enter the brick chimney at this private home address. About ten others had been flying around.

Kathy Sidles

St. Paul, MN

I had been hearing and seeing swifts all summer at our neighborhood on the east side of Saint Paul and especially around this group of four apartment buildings:
Sunday August 9

Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1282 Magnolia Ave. S., 2 entered one brick chimney and 8 entered a brick second at this apartment building. 2 entered a chimney at 1276 Magnolia, next door.
I'll look for more if I can during the September weekend. Years ago I watched hundreds drop into the large brick chimney at my high school in Centerville, Iowa (far south, Appanoose county) - I would like to see if they are still there.

Thanks for helping keep track of these birds. I quit mentioning what I was doing as people in general don't seem thrilled to know they have birds in their chimneys even when I tell them they eat mosquitos. Maybe I need to put together an inspirational flyer!

And they were pretty loud and obnoxious flying around the parking lot of the apartment building every night for many weeks....and I really like the birds!
I think everyone would be happier if there were more roost sites built for the birds separate from the human sites.

There are plenty of locations that would work for this in my neighborhood and in most small Iowa downtowns....if people could be convinced to support it. I hope this can happen with the support of local birding groups as the brick chimneys are getting replaced.

Kathy Sidles

Greensboro, NC

My 4 year old and I saw a huge group of swifts circling in the sky tonight - it was an amazing show! We thought they were bats until talking to my husband and then looking on the web and finding your site - it was one of the most spectacular things I've ever seen and to see it with my child was even better!

Number of swifts counted +500 or more - circled for 5 full minutes before all were in chimney

Time (and time zone) 8:10pm

Date 8/26/09

Location - church chimney

Address: city, state/province Greensboro, NC

Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence, Chimney Swift Tower, etc. Church chimney in Glenwood neighborhood, Gso, NC

Weather conditions may also be reported. Fair, warm...

Christina Lomax

Liberty County, TX

Tonight at our Swift Night Out we counted 172 Chimney Swifts as they went to roost in the old rice dryer in Dayton. We were happy to have coverage from the Houston Chronicle as well as other visitors out to see the swifts. Thanks to Pam Smolen for bringing her chimney swift display board out too.

Barbara Tilton

Chagrin Falls, OH

The following is my swift report after scouting out for our upcoming "Swift Night Out" program.

Location: Chagrin Falls, Ohio The Federated Church
76 Bell Street
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Time: 7:55 - 8:35pm
Weather: Cloudy and temperature between 65 - 69 degrees
My husband Vince and I were scouting out a site for our "Swift Night Out" coming up on September 6th. We observed between 200 - 225 swifts circling the church building. Between 8:25 and 8:35 the swifts dropped down into the chimney.

Vince and Denise Costanzo

Bellaire, TX

There have also been some Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Least and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, 1 Chuck-Will's Widow and of course Chimney Swifts. We have had between 40 and 63 Chimney Swifts enter our north chimney (near the NDC) just about every evening for the last 2 weeks! Last night we had the 63!

Mary Ann
Discovery Nature Center

Dallas, TX

Dallas County Extension Office, 10056 Marsh Lane in Dallas, TX .  We counted 425 swifts entering the chimney of an old incinerator between 7:45 and 8:30. The temperature was 86 F and the sky was clear. We also had a few large dragonflies feeding around us mixing with the swifts in our visual field, which made for a very cool show!

Linda Hannigan

Galena, KS

Linda Phipps and 10 of her 7th graders and several parents and birder Lawrence Herbert counted
764 Chimney Swift go into the Liberty Middle School, Galena, Cherokee County (the se corner of KS) on Aug. 26 between 7:55 pm and 8:25 pm CST.

Larry Herbert

LaGrange, TX

307 chimney swifts were counted entering the chimney at La Grange Middle School in downtown La Grange on Sunday, August 9, 2009. They had all entered the chimney by 9:00 P.M. Central Standard Daylight Savings Time.

Weather conditions were clear, temperature 90, humidity 30%.

The number counted last year in August was 630. Fayette County continues to suffer from a severe drought with no appreciable rain since April.

Debbie Copeland Luhn