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Tonight we counted 166 Chimney Swifts as they went to roost in the old rice
dryer on the corner of FM 1960 and SH 321, just north of the railroad tracks
in Dayton. The last date we had swifts to count last year was Oct. 16 so
this may very well be our last night to count until next spring. We will
check next week though.
Lower Trinity Valley Bird Club
Here are the counts for the 2009 season at the Chapman School roost, with a few notes.
8/29/2009: 5100 went in. This is the earliest that I've seen this many go into the chimney.
8/30/2009: 3500 went in. Peregrine and Cooper's Hawk were hunting. Both were successful early and did not bother the swifts that much tonight.
9/6/2009: 6800 went in. Cooper Hawk was successful in its hunting.
9/7/2009: 3800 went in. Peregrine and Cooper's Hawk were hunting and their persistence chased off the majority of the swifts.
9/11/2009: 2600 went in. Peregrine and Cooper's Hawk were hunting and their persistence chased off the majority of the swifts.
9/12/2009: 600 went in. Same as 9/7 and 9/11.
9/13/2009: 5500 went in. Peregrine only made one pass tonight and most of the swifts that showed up went into the chimney.
9/26/2009: 700 went in. One Peregrine and two Cooper's Hawk hunting tonight (all were successful) and their persistence chased off the majority of the swifts.
I am reporting a Swift Night Out activity through Cleveland Metroparks NatureTracks Mobile Classroom.
If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call.
Date of the event: August 27, 2009
Number of birds sited: 30 swifts
Time: 6:50 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Lonnie Burten Recreation Center
2511 East 46th
Broad description of site: This is a city recreation center nestled into the center of a 1935 public housing complex in the city of Cleveland. This area has three chimney stacks in the general location that chimney swifts have been sited near and around for years.
Weather conditions: Rainy, 60 degrees (entire time of event)
Attendance: 40 people
Program additions: This year we designed and purchased "Swift Night Out" t-shirts to be distributed to the public and added a chimney swift craft!
Demetrius L. Lambert-Falconer,M.Ed.
NatureTracks - Manager Trainee