A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Pittsburg, KS

The Sperry-Galligar Audubon "Swift Night Out" - September 12, 2010. Fourteen (14) participants countered 864 Chimney Swifts at five (5) locations in Pittsburg, Crawford County, Kansas. Temperature in mid 70's and mostly clear and calm. First bird in was about 7:50 P.M. - last bird in about 8:10 P.M. Numbers at give roosts from year to year are puzzling - selected roost had high numbers last year and "none" this year! This September's high number at a single roost was 379.

Bob Mangile

Emlenton, PA

Number counted: 2400+
Time: 7:15-8:00 p.m. EDST
Date: Sept. 12, 2010
Location: Emlenton, PA 16373
Description: Crawford Center, a former school building chimney
Weather: clear-partly cloudy, no wind
Comment: We thought there were a lot last year but there were many more this year. Once again counting accurately becomes impossible when they enter in large groups.

Gary Edwards and Jim Wilson

Worthington, OH

I'm a member of Columbus (OH) Audubon & did a count of some of the migratory chimney swifts yesterday in Central Ohio.
Birds counted: 78
Location: Worthington Methodist Church on High Street, Worthington, OH -- chimney located in older part of the complex (north), near parking lot behind the structures.
Time: 7:55 PM, Sunday, September 12th, 2010.
Weather conditions: clear, dry, about 79 degrees.

Connie Kobalka

Memphis, TN

Unfortunately, Carolyn Bullock who had been my fellow counter for several years died this spring. I miss her a great deal, but was able to find two people, Barbara and Forrest Priddy, who most graciously
helped me with the count this year.
Time: 6:45 - 7:45 pm
Date: 9/10/10
Location: N35.09.119'
Site: An abandoned smokestack connected to the former laundry building at Shelby County Correction Center located at Shelby Farms Park.
Weather: Clear 75
Number: Only 665. This number is low in comparison to the number usually sighted.

Virginia Reynolds

Fort Walton Beach, FL

Residential chimney in Ft. Walton Beach, FL
Clear weather
6:40-7:25 pm CDT

Saturday 9/11/10 We had 10 swifts
Sunday 9/12/10 We had 19 swifts

Robin & Bob Horne

Gatlinburg, TN

Number of swifts counted: 17 [we were grateful they were all accounted for -- we've had very bad thunderstorms]

Time: 7:35pm - 7:55 pm EDT
Date: September 11, 2010
Location: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Site: Residential chimney
Weather: Warm and Stormy

Racine, WI

9/12/10 208 Chimney Swifts roosted in a large brick chimney at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1100 Erie Street, Racine, WI 53402. This building is just north of downtown Racine. It was a clear night with little wind. Most entered at sunset approx. 7:15 pm.
It was a wonderful site to see them swirling all around the site as more and more joined the dance.

Helen Pugh

Stevenson, MD

598 swifts, 6:45-7:15 PM Eastern Time, Sept. 11, 2010, Stevenson University Library, 1525 Greenspring Valley Rd, Stevenson, MD, brick chimney, 70 degrees under clear skies.

Alan Penczek

Holt, MO

Friday, 9/10/10, It was so rainy and etc. we couldn't count. It was a mess!
Sat. 9/11/10, we counted 12 Swifts going into the North tower.
Sun. 9/12/10, we counted 16 Swifts going into the North tower.
We usually get many more as the month wears on, so I will let you know when we see more.

Joyce Rosson

Webster Groves, MO

57 birds observed entering
Sept. 12, 2010 between 7:25 when first bird went in and 7:33 PM when last bird went in Bristol Elementary
222 West Cedar Avenue
Webster Groves, MO 63119-2908
Weather was clear
When the migration hits fill swing, this location usually has had approximately 350+ using one of the schools chimneys over the past three years that I have been watching.

Bill Hoss

Elyria, OH

Noticed what I thought were a few swallows in neighbors chimney a couple nights back. Grew up on farm and familiar with barn swallows and nesting. Was shocked this evening 9-13-2010 to see 50+ circling and drop into chimney in what I now see is classic funnel of chimney swifts. Several Internet clicks later and it appears I have witnessed unusual sighting. Awesome: Elyria, Ohio / East River Street & Elizabeth Street. Old residential neighborhood full of urban wildlife near river in city: Turkeys, skunks, possum, coon, ducks etc. with plenty of bugs from rain barrels, birdbaths and stagnant water. At least 50 to 65 +count at 8:00 PM. A classic Ohio fall evening with clear skies and beautiful sunset over Lake Erie. Old residential chimney that most likely has been growing community over many years? Thanks for the info as we will now continue to monitor. Good excuse to sit on deck & relax!

David Tuttle

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