A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


LaGrange, TX

800 Chimney Swifts were counted entering the the old furnace chimney at the LaGrange Middle School in downtown LaGrange Saturday, August 7, 2010 between 8:00 and 8:50 pm. Weather conditions were hot, dry, and clear. This count is consistent with the counts from the last two previous years.

Debbie Copeland Luhn
Texas Master Naturalist

Edinburgh, TX

*Number of swifts counted - 125
* Time - 8:10-8:40 pm
* Date - August 7, 2010
* Location - Edinburg, TX
* Description of the site - residential chimney
* Weather conditions - mid 80s, humid, clear skies

Veronica Guzman

Havelock, NC

400 swifts, Arthur Edwards Elem. School chimney; 8:20 PM, 84 degrees and clear, Havelock NC.
School chimney at West Carteret High School, Morehead City had no birds. Have checked it for two nights. This is a large roost and I'm investigating it, but it will be Monday 8/16 before I have an answer. For years swifts have roosted in this chimney - this is very disturbing.

Douglass Swanson

New Glasgow, NS

Chimney Swifts Aug 7, 2010 Temperance St. School Chimney, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada
Observation from 20:12-20:57 Atlantic Daylight Saving Time
21C, clear skies. light breeze sunset time 20:32
First entry 20:45 (11)
max, entry 20:50 (33)
last entry 20:55 (1)
total 67
Ken McKenna
Note On Aug. 5 there were 121 birds.

Ken McKenna

Houston, TX

Number of Swifts: 224
Time: 1st swift entered 8:05 PM. Last swift entered 8:38 PM. Most of the swifts entered between 8:24 and 8:35 PM.
Date: 08-06-10
Location: Sutton Elementary School 7402 Albacore Dr Houston Texas.
Description: Old School Incinerator
Weather: Sunset 8:10 PM and clear skies.

Debbie Burnett

Washington, DC

70 birds, school chimney in northwest washington DC, morning and night, fewer than 3 years ago, but about like last year.

Jack Guenther

Goessel, KS

Number of swifts counted 76
Time (and time zone) 8:35 p.m. to 9 p.m. CDT
Date August 6, 2010
Location high school chimney
Address: city, state/province Goessel, Kansas
Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence, Chimney Swift Tower, etc. large brick chimney at NW end brick building
Weather conditions may also be reported. Clear sky, light winds, 75 deg F.

Barbara Duerksen

Austin, TX

residential neighborhood/chimney swift tower in yard; home of Mark Wilson/Dana Kuykendall
date: Sunday 8/8/10
time: 7:55 pm - 8:55 pm
count: 6 Chimney Swifts
weather: hot & humid!

Laura Legett

Spotsylvania, PA

  • Number of swifts counted 3
  • Time (and time zone) 8:30 - 8:40 Eastern
  • Date Aug. 7, 2010
  • Location Spotsylvania, VA 22551
  • Address: city, state/province
  • Broad description of the site Residence chimney
  • Weather conditions . Clear, light wind.

Note; after fledging this summer, we did see 7 flying around together over our house - the largest grouping we have seen in the 5 years we have been here. We have had a nest every year since our house was built. Not sure if these were 2 adults and 5 babies or not; Previously only 2 or 3 babies in our chimney. Will try to look again in September.

Anthony Wilbur

Fairmont, VA

My parents observed their Chimney Swift Tower from pre-dusk to dark on August 7. There were unfortunately no swifts.
They seem to have left the area prior to August.
Weather was clear and hot.
Please record their # as 0

I sent this report on the behalf of my parents - they are located in Fairmont WV - south side on Dean Drive also known as Rt. 7.

My Dad built a Swift chimney expecting several "families" to use it and was surprised to learn that they are somewhat territorial and won't move in where there are others.

It's in their back yard and he has enjoyed watching those that do move in, coming and going.  My Dad has really enjoyed the reports - has me look them up on the computer when I visit.

Thanks for providing him additional entertainment!

Evelyn Fasnacht

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