A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Southern Pines, NC

The Sandhills Natural History Society held its 4th annual Swift Night Out event here in Southern Pines, NC.

We observed on the September 11&12 from 7:30 pm EST till 8:00 pm. The chimney is located near the intersection of Broad St and New Hampshire in Southern Pines, NC on the north side of the Jefferson Hotel. We watched this chimney both nights and observed about the same number each night ~575.

We had a total of 35 folks with our group and we handed out your swift information to about 25 people. The location is between two bars so we got quite a few questions, whatcha ya looking at - them bats? One person cautioned her friend who was standing under the chimney with the swifts overhead "that's a good way to get histoplasmosis from those starlings".

This chimney is used yearly while some of the other locations we have observed are not - at least in large number.

Do you know if the birds that roost one night move on and are replaced by others or are we seeing the same birds each night? We have several biologist who are bird banders and we where thinking it would be neat to try and mark them on the ventral side with some water based paint to see if the same birds were there each night etc. Do you know of any research in marking swifts? Someone should put a transmitter on a few birds and see how far they go each day.  Thanks for all you do.

Scott Hartley
Park Superintendent
Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

Maplewood, MO

Sept. 11
Observed thousands of swifts descending into large chimney at Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School, 7539 Manchester Road, Maplewood, Mo. 63143 (St. Louis). Birds appeared in massive numbers 7:20 p.m. to about 7:35 p.m. at last light. Best viewing is on back side of school.

John Miller

Galena, KS

780 Chimney Swift
Galena Middle School
624 E. 8th, Galena Kansas
(Cherokee County)
Time: 1940 - 2015 CST
Date: 9-11-09

Lawrence Herbert

Tullahoma, TN

Our group went out and counted again this month -
Date: 9/11/09
Time: 7:15 pm to 7:30 pm CDT
Location: Tullahoma High School
Weather Conditions: Overcast, cool, wind < 5 mph
# of swifts counted: 4400

LouAnn Partington

Toulon, IL

Here are the results from our swift night out this evening, September 12.

We counted 316 swifts entering the school chimney at our local school building. We began the count at 7:00 PM and finished at 7:40 CDST with a sunset time of 7:12 for our location. We intended to count at the same location as in August, but surprisingly the swifts had changed location as to the chimney there were roosting in from the high school building to the junior high school building. The two buildings are located next to each other and the chimneys are about 200 feet apart. The address of the building where the swifts were roosting this evening is 402 S Franklin Street, Toulon, Illinois 61483. The temperature this evening during the count was 74 degrees with a slight breeze of approximately 3-5 MPH from the east. The day was warm and humid.

Al and Jan Curry

Healdsburg, CA

Our Junior Audubon group hosted Swift Night Out yesterday evening at the Rio Lindo Academy in Healdsburg CA. We observed 3000 Vaux's Swifts enter the chimney - an no merlins or accipiters (yay!).

Veronica Bowers
Madrone Audubon Society

Jonestown, TX

September 12, 2009
Abandoned cement cistern across FM 1431 from the True Grits restaurant in Jonestown, TX
Travis Audubon Society field trip, four birders
Cloudy, 71 degrees F, 95 % RH, 3.4 inches of rain in the past two days after extended drought
First CHSW entered at 7:40 PM CST
Main concentration of CHSWs entered 7:54 - 7:58 PM CST
1,235 estimated CHSWs

Kathy McCormack

Nashville, TN

The Delta City Club - chimney on office building
3841 Green Hills Village Dr.
Nashville, TN 37215
7:00-7:25 p.m.
24 Chimney Swifts
observers: George and Margie Koehler, Hazel Cassel, Jan Shaw, Laurie Hawkins, Valerie Brust
partly cloudy, 75 degrees, NE winds at 12mph

Jan Shaw

Middleton, NS

On September 12 I visited the swift chimney at Middleton, Nova Scotia, Canada but did not observe any swifts present or entering the chimney. I arrived at 7:30 and stayed until 7:50 at which time it was getting quite dark. Temp 12* C overcast sky no wind

Claire Diggins

Chappell Hill, TX

Sept. 12. Some 22 birds. Seems to be our regular 3 or so nesting pairs plus at least two hatchings this summer plus a few new transient birds. Our residence w/ 3 chimneys.

Regards, Jack and Julie Edwards