A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Pittsburg, KS

The Sperry-Galligar Audubon held its annual August "Swift Night Out" this evening - August 7, 2010. We had 14 Swift counters show up and counted five (5) locations in Pittsburg, Crawford County, Kansas. The
skies were clear and the temperature was in the low 80's and it was calm. We counted 593 Chimney Swifts on the night at two schools, one church, one abandoned industrial building and the local newspaper
office. The highest count was at a closed old elementary school with 225 and the lowest was three at the abandoned industrial site. Counted started about 8:15 P.M. and ended about 8:40 P.M. Seems that in August
the birds are in the chimneys earlier than the September counts, when they linger until complete darkness.

Bob Mangile
Sperry-Galligar Audubon

Chapel Hill, NC

Here is my swift count for 8/7/10. Between 8 and 8:45 PM. Three of us counted 387 swifts entering the chimney at my house in Chapel Hill, NC. This about the same number we recorded in the last count.

Phil Manning

Kansas City, MO

200+ swifts
8:45 p.m. Central Time Zone
Elementary school built in the 1920's
7300 Pennsylvania Ave.
Kansas City, MO
High 90's , clear

Jenee Lowe

Alexandria, PA

  • Number of swifts counted: 6
  • Time (and time zone): 8:47 p.m. EST
  • Date: 08/07/10
  • Location: Neighborhood with homes approx. 100 yards from each other. Semi-rural area.
  • Address: city, state/province: Alexandria, PA
  • Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence, Chimney Swift Tower, etc.: Residential Chimney
  • Weather conditions may also be reported.: Calm & clear, cool.

Sharon Reihart

New Brighton, PA

August 8, 2010: there were 4 roosts in New Brighton, PA that we observed, there were about 100 swifts entering these 4 roosts.

Sue Temple

Old Saybrook, CT

I have the following information after observing Chimney Swifts in Old Saybrook, CT.
8 flew into a unoccupied house chimney but 8 also flew out.
7:25 PM to 8:20 PM Eastern time, August 8, 2010
At 860 Middlesex Turnpike, Old Saybrook, CT. The Chimney of a unoccupied 1634 home. Located at an intersection next to a 2 story office building.
Weather, clear, 80 degrees and no wind.
We were puzzled by the fact that the 8 birds flew in and then appeared to come back out . When a bird flew in, about 2 minutes later a bird flew out. Is this typical?

Debbie Landry

Morehead City, NC

New roost: 300 plus, getting dark and almost missed this location - heard them.
8:23 PM, 8/8/2010; National Guard Armory, Morehead City, NC; 84 degrees, very humid - rained all day

Douglass Swanson

Shorewood, WI

* Number of swifts counted: 45
* Time: 7:55 to 8:25 pm
* Date: Sunday, August 8, 2010
* Location: 4001 N Prospect, Shorewood, Wisconsin
* Broad description of the site: 5 story apartment building,
southwest corner
* Weather conditions may also be reported: 78 degrees F, wind 0-5 mph
from south, humid, cloudy

Paul Hunter

Gainesville, VA

  • Number of swifts counted 2
  • Time (and time zone) EST between 8:15 and 8:45
  • Date 8-8-2010
  • Location midatlantic
  • Address: city, state/province Gainesville, VA
  • Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence, Chimney Swift Tower, etc.
  • 1950 ish Mt. Vernon style house with several chimneys
  • Weather conditions may also be reported. warm, humid, in the 80's
  • Also our daughter moved to Apex, NC where they have an outdoor fireplace. She took pictures of the birds in the fireplace - sure enough - Chimney Swifts with 4 eggs. During a thunderstorm the nest was dislodged and 2 of the birds died in the crash. One remained clinging to the inside of the chimney and one was found clinging to the foundation of their house. They put him back inside the chimney and sure enough the parents fed both birds and they both fledged. Yeah-success!

Gainesville, FL

location: J J Finley elementary school, 1912 NW 5th Avenue, Gainesville Florida

80-100 swifts observed
date: August 8,
time; 8:15- 8:45 pm
site: older school, chimney not used to heat.
Weather:84 degrees, clear skies overhead, nice sunset with clouds to the west

same site on June 5, 2010
time: 8:30-9 pm
location on the yard was more difficult to see the actual drop into the chimney. It seems the birds approach several times before actually dropping down into the chimney.
Count: on June 5, I noted 100+ but there certainly seemed more out tonight and I felt the angle for observation was better

2nd site
Neighbors home- homeowner loves having the swifts share her home. Says they have been there as long as she can remember.
date: June 9, 2010
time: 8:40- 9 pm
count: 14

Helen Warren

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