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

Anniston, AL

On 11 September 2009 from 1848 hours until 1922 hours the following observations are reported:

Building 141, on Headquarters Hill, McClellan property, Anniston, Alabama where two observers counted 1350 chimney swifts entering a three story brick chimney.

On 12 September 2009 from 1900 hours until 1922 hours the following observations are reported:

Building 2098, McClellan property, Anniston, Alabama where two observers counted 325 chimney swifts entering a three story brick chimney.

Karen Allen and Laura Meeds


Terre Haute, IN

Number of Chimney Swifts Counted: conservative estimate of 1,000 Chimney Swifts
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2009
Location: SW corner of 7th Street and Ohio in Terre Haute, Indiana
Description: Old chimney which stands approximately four stories tall behind the historic Indiana Theatre
Weather: Clear, no wind, pleasant, 70 degrees

Marty and Addison Jones
Wabash Valley Audubon Society


Cuyahoga Heights, OH

I just thought I would share my leftover excitement from last night! I
had my Chimney Swift program last evening and we saw Hundreds of Swifts!
It was most excellent! The location was East 49th Street and McGregor, it
borders Washington Park Reservation. It is an old school building, now
home to Newbourgh Hts Village Hall, and its chimney belongs to the Swifts!
It was a small group of only 5 people gathered for this wonderful show!
Thank you so much for encouraging me to do a Swift program! I really
enjoyed it as did the participants! One of the gentlemen stated that he
saw 413 birds! He said that if my boss questioned how he came up with
that number to tell you "I counted the wings and divided by two". So as
you can tell it was a good group of people.

Jill Hauger
Naturalist
Canal Way Center


Holly Springs, MS

Well at dusk we gathered around our first constructed Chimney Swift tower.
Friday, Sept. 11th…btwn 7 and 7:30…128 birds entered tower
Saturday, Sept 12th, first bird entered tower at 7:14, last at 7:28 (98 birds)
Sunday, Sept 13th, first bird entered at 7:04…the rest started entering around 7:16, the last one entered at 7:30 (106 birds)

Kristin Lamberson
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center


Spartanburg, SC

For Friday, September 11, 2009
338 Chimney Swifts circled and dove into the chimney
at Houston Elementary School , Spartanburg, SC 29307
between 7:57 and 8:06 PM EDT [a few swifts began circling at 7:37 PM EDT]
Counted by Karen Swetland, Lyle & Sarah Campbell
Partly cloudy
Susan & Adolf Schweizer checked the former library, now offices,
400 S. Pine Street
And saw and heard 6 swifts circling and then 7 went down the chimney 301 Pine Street
Large hawk flew over and no more swifts were seen after 8 PM

For Saturday, September 12
417 Chimney Swifts circled and dove into the chimney
at Houston Elementary School, Spartanburg, SC 29307
between 7:55 and 8:02 PM
Counted by Karen Swetland
About 10 swifts circled but none were seen dropping into any of the chimneys, birds appeared disoriented
301 S. Pine Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302
Large brick home/business combination [301 Pine Street]
between 7:50 and 8:10 PM
Susan & Adolf Schweizer

For Sunday, September 13
432 Chimney Swifts circled and dove into the chimney
at Houston Elementary School , Spartanburg, SC 29307
between 7:53 and 8:03PM EDT
Counted by Karen Swetland

On Sunday night the first swift entered the chimney at 7:53 pm followed by four others and then things changed. The circling changed and they flew far away from the chimney almost as if they were restless. Later they returned back to the chimney at 7:57 pm; within about six minutes over four hundred poured down the chimney. It was amazing to watch.

Sarah Campbell
Biology Instructor, NSE [ 208 Smith Building]
USC Upstate


Hyattsville, MD

September 20, 2009
Hyattsville, MD
Commercial chimney (abandoned building in suburban area)
75 degrees, overcast, very light wind
7:10 to 7:30 pm EDT
190 Chimney Swifts

Beth C. Kantrowitz


Chapel Hill, NC

Here is our count for Sat. Sept. 12:

7:20 pm-8:01 pm

Residence of Phil and Diane Manning Chapel Hill
441 Chimney Swifts! What a beautiful sight! I counted here about 7 years ago and had around 300.
Thanks for doing this. I love Chimney Swifts!

Kate Finlayson and Chris Canfield


Cleveland Heights, OH

I've never done anything like this before. I apologize for being late with my results, and I wasn't even sure if I should post them since they weren't during the official "Swifts Night Out." I hope that you'll find these results helpful.
# of chimney swifts counted: 150-155
Time: between 8:10-8:20 PM
Date: September 3, 2009
Location: Monticello Middle School; Cleveland Heights, OHIO
Description: Multi-story brick bldg with 1 lone chimney
Weather conditions: clear; low 70s

Traci Williams- Naturalist
Cleveland Metroparks

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