A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Abilene, TX

We watched the Swifts several nights over the past week.
Our location is in town and the site the birds are using is an open chimney at our home in Abilene, TX
9/7/2009 - 42 swifts - 7:55 - 8:15 p.m. - clear warm evening
9/9/2009 - 57 swifts - 7:50 - 8:10 p.m. - cloudy warm evening
9/12/2009 - 12 swifts - 7:55 - 8:10 p.m. - cool sprinkling rain
I hope this is helpful.

Ray & Peggi Gooch

Lenoir City, TN

September 11,2009 423
" 12 " 483
" .13 " 379
The above numbers refer to chimney swifts counted when diving into a single chimney in downtown Lenoir City TN. The chimney is located at the War Memorial Building,B Street and 2nd Avenue West, in Lenoir City. The chimney is made of brick, 3.5 ft.square on the outside,standing approx. 40 ft tall. First bird in at 7:54 p.m. Last bird in at 8:17 p.m. ( ET). Weather...79 F,R.H. circa 65%. Wind < 2 m.p.h. from south.
This was another truly rewarding experience!

Tony King

Southern Pines, NC

Last Friday night (9-11-09), I watched chimney swifts settle down for the night in Southern Pines, NC with a friend who is a biologist. I was fascinated and spent Saturday and Sunday driving around the county where I live (40 minute drive from Southern Pines), looking for possible sites for these birds. I never did see places which I thought resembled where we had been on Friday night. About 7:15 on Sunday evening, I took my dog out for a walk downtown, just for exercise. We headed downtown because I thought there might be chimneys in the area which I couldn't see from driving and looking. I watched the sky, saw some birds in the distance and then began following a few birds. It was amazing to find these birds circling an old chimney at a middle school just behind my house. The school had been torn down several years ago, but the old gym was left standing and still had an uncapped chimney. It was fairly quiet that evening since nothing was going on at the school on a Sunday evening. Within about ten minutes, I counted 198 birds entering the chimney.

I returned to the same location last night and counted 439 birds between 7:31 and 7:58. It was much different with a lot of noise from school activities and grass being cut in the dark. Several times, I thought the birds would leave as cars and sounds from boys playing in the road appeared to frighten them.
Tonight, several friends are planning to join me to watch the show. An older gentleman whose yard I sat in last night, brought his lawn chair outside and counted with me. I think he was as involved in counting them as I was. It is such a neat experience to witness these birds doing what comes naturally to them in a changing environment. I simply wanted to share my story and would have never even known such a show was in my neighborhood had a biologist in a neighboring county not drawn attention to the needs of these birds.

Danetta Robinson

Gainesville, FL

Location: corner NW 5th Ave. and 4th St. - Gainesville
Observation date: 9/13/09
Notes: ASNO: swifts roosting in brick (presumed abandoned) chimney in an active church. Temp: 80F, wind from E at 8 mph, RH 78%.
Number of species: 4

Chimney Swift 420 First swift entered brick chimney on church at 7:45 p.m. but >99% entered between 8:01 and 8:07 p.m.

Also looked on Friday night but found no roost where two people had independently told me there was a large on. Will do better at scouting next year!

Adam Kent

Galena, KS

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

Greenwood, IN

Date Sept 13 2009
Time 2000-2020 hrs EDT
North Grove Elementary
3280 Fairview Rd, Greenwood, IN 46142
220 swifts counted

Michael Clay

Pittsburg, KS

Below is the results of our annual Sperry-Galligar Audubon chapter's
"Swift Night Out" in Pittsburg, Crawford County, KS, on September 13,
2009. Weather conditions: heavy overcast, calm, 70 degrees and a few
sprinkles of rain. We had eleven people monitoring six roosts for a
total of 1,915 Chimney Swifts. Generally, the last Chimney Swifts were
reported to have entered the roosts at around 7:50 P.M. Central DST.

West Side Elementary School --194
First Methodist Church -------- 410
Reliable Industry ---------------330
Lakeside Grade School --------146
Morning Sun Newspaper ------ 385
Old Eugene Fields School ----- 450

Bob Mangile
Sperry-Galligar Audubon

Hampden-Sydney, VA

219 swifts
8:30 pm
August 9, 2009
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943
College campus
Mild evening: warm (80 degrees), slight breeze, clear skies
71 swifts
7:40 pm
September 11, 2009
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943
College campus
Pleasant (70 degrees), slight breeze, partly cloudy

Michael, Andy, and Daniel Collins