A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Emlenton, PA

September 13, 2009
Location: Crawford Center (former school building), Emlenton, PA 16373 (Venango County)
Time: 7:15-8:00 EST
Number: ~425
Weather: partly cloudy
Observers: Gary Edwards and Jim Wilson
Comments: At 7:20 the first group appeared and a few entered the chimney. At 7:30 as
a large group was circling near the chimney, a Merlin flew through the middle of the group which immediately scattered.
For the next five minutes no swifts came near the chimney. Eventually, two singles entered by coming
at a low angle while the main group was circling very high above. After the two singles entered the rest
came lower and began entry. All were in by 7:50.

Gary Edwards

Kalamazoo, MI

We (the Audubon Society of Kalamazoo) counted in both August and September Swift Night Out dates. Plus our Jr. Audubon Club counted on August 28. The reports for all are below.

Number - 170
Time - about 8:25 PM Eastern daylight time
Date - August 7, 2009
Location - Kalamazoo, MI
Site - Air duct
Weather - Heavy overcast, light mist

Number - 35
Time - 8:20 PM Eastern daylight time
Date - August 28, 2009
Location - Kalamazoo, MI
Site - Chimney
Weather - 64 degrees F, overcast

Number - 270
Time - 8:10 PM Eastern daylight time
Date - September 13, 2009
Location - Kalamazoo, MI
Site - Chimney
Weather - 72 degree F, clear with very light wind

Thanks for your efforts on this project,

Russ Schipper
Audubon Society of Kalamazoo

Edinburgh, TX

# swifts: approximately 75
Time: dusk (between 7:45 and 8 pm)
Date: September 13, 2009
Location: Edinburg, TX
Description: residential chimney
Weather: mid 80's, clear night

This is the same chimney the swifts used last year to roost. The house is up for sale, and hopefully the new owners won't mind their chimney being used as a roost sight. We are hoping to build a chimney swift tower over the winter.

Veronica Guzman

Elkhart, IN

Sept. 13, 2009
Elkhart, Indiana
from 7:40 pm to 8:25 pm EDT
Sundown was about 7:55 pm
70 clear, cool and dry
708 swifts going into the old Rice School chimney
There were many more than the last count. We suspect some may be migrants, as well as some that had been roosting in chimneys that now have the heat turned on.

Doris Stickel and David Stokely

Martinsville, IN

Hello from Martinsville, Indiana. Martinsville is located about 35 miles south of Indianapolis and 20 miles north of Bloomington, the home of Indiana University. We have a chimney swift count for you.

* Number of swifts counted
Friday, September 11 315
Saturday, September 12 305
Sunday, September 13 333
Average 318
* Time
Average 8:05-8:25 p.m.
* Location

vicinity of Martinsville, IN (in the two-mile buffer zone)
* Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence, Chimney Swift Tower, etc.
west chimney made of brick, Grassyfork Fisheries building (not in use), 2902 E. Morgan Street. This building sits on a 4-acre parcel. To the west are many acres of goldfish ponds, wooded areas, and farm fields. To the north, east, and south is light residential. The building itself is a local historic landmark built in 1936. Grassyfork Fisheries was by World War II the largest goldfish hatchery in the world. The business remains in operation as Ozark Fisheries. The building has been vacant for at least six years. It is currently owned by the Morgan County Historic Preservation Society.
* Weather conditions may also be reported.
Still, calm, low humidity, about 70 degrees on all three evenings.

NOTE: We have come to love "our" swifts. Someone from our Society is at the building every night watching them. We will continue to count them until they leave. A local farmer discovered the swifts on the evening of Wednesday. We do not know when they arrived, nor do we know if they have roosted here in previous years.

Joanne Stuttgen, President
Morgan County Historic Preservation Society

Asheville, NC

The Grove Arcade which was built in 1929 has a large chimney on the fifth floor roof; the Chimney Swifts make their annual migration to our fair city each September - October before going off to Peru. The swifts arrived about 8 days ago, which is early for Asheville, NC. They usually arrive about mid-September to early October. Weather in Asheville this time of year is 50 degrees in the night and high 70 degrees during the day.

Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13 - 500 - 1,000 plus were sighted at sunset. Both nights were balmy with clear skies, the chimney and sky were black with the swifts making their dive into the chimney on our roof. They would circle the chimney in a clock wise fashion and then in a counter clock wise fashion with some slipping in. The dance and sky dive took about 25-30 minutes in total.
Check out www.GroveArcade.com for more information on the building.

Ruth T. Summers

Lakeville, MN

327 Chimney Swifts
7:13 pm
Sept. 11
Lakeview Elementary School's chimney in Lakeville, MN. The school is located adjacent to Lake Marion and an open space park in a residential area.
65*F, cloudy, calm

Susan Plankis