A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Lyman, SC

Thank you for continuing this program. Tonight, I stood in awe as I watched the swifts circle our home and dart into the chimneys. Memorizing!

Number of swifts counted: 357
Time: Started count at 7:05 pm EDT
Date: September 14, 2010
Location: Two chimneys at Walnut Lane Inn (bed and breakfast)
Address: 110 Ridge Road, Lyman, SC 20365
Broad description of the site: Located in Upstate South Carolina, Walnut Lane Inn Bed and Breakfast is a historic home built in 1902
Weather conditions may also be reported: 82 degrees, partly cloudy

Hoyt Dottry

Holland, MI

9/12 237 8:15 -8:25 PM 136 E. 8th St. Retail store 3ft. sq. Brick chimney 60ft. Clear
This year there are far fewer birds than in recent years. We've had over 2000 sometimes.
We are concerned and wonder what is happening around the country. Is this a local problem?
Is it due to global warming? We would appreciate your comments at the end of the season considering your analysis of the national trend.

Dave Benedict

Ed:  The problem is not local -- it is all across the breeding grounds of Chimney Swifts. In Canada, numbers are down by over 90%, and the swifts have been listed as a Threatened Species. In some provinces they have been listed as Endangered.
The primary problem is a decrease in nesting sites (open Chimneys). This is why the construction of new sites like Chimney Swift towers is so important. New studies are also indicating that the insect prey of all aerial insectivores is declining. There are probably other factors as well.


225 chimney swifts on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 (per Dan Best)
7:55-8:12 pm
Chardon Assembly of God on Chardon Square
130 Center St., Chardon, Ohio 44024
Chimney on old brick church
Cloudy, temp in mid-60's
Counted during Geauga Park District's Bird Tornado program
This site seems to alternate year-to-year with Park Elementary School chimney on opposite side of town square.

280 swifts on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 (as PREVIOUSLY REPORTED by Karen Morgan)
7:20-8:06 pm
Munson Elementary School
12687 Bass Lake Rd, Munson Twp. OH 44024
Defunct incinerator chimney
Clear temp in mid-50's

360 swifts on Saturday, Sept 11, 2010 (per Dan Best)
7:35-7:54 pm
Chardon High School
151 Chardon Avenue, Chardon, Ohio 44024
Defunct incinerator chimney
Rain, temp in mid-60's
This seems to be an annual "migratory motel" roost site

150 swifts on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 between 7:30-8:00 pm (per Lyn Miller)
197 swifts on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 between 7:50-8:07 (per Sandy Woolf, GPD)
New Hope Christian Fellowship church (formerly Auburn Elementary School)
Defunct incinerator chimney
11047 East Washington St., Auburn Twp., Ohio 44023
9/11: cloudy, intermittent light rain - mid-60's
9/12: clear*, low-60's degrees
Newly-discovered roost site

595 swifts on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 (per Helen Hendrickson & Dan Best)
7:46 - 8:06 pm
Berkshire High School
14510 Main St., Burton, Ohio 44021
Defunct incinerator chimney
Cloudy, intermittent light rain* - low-60's
Annual roost site
* cloud cover and precipitation conditions can vary widely across county
Happy to be a part of this conservation venture. Hope to expand swift watches at these sites and others as we return to other school chimneys used in the past as well as investigate other school chimneys similar to the ones that currently host them. Have a great network of volunteer bird watchers to help out. More sites provides the potential for expanding the base of this phenomenon as our "Bird Tornado" public program across Geauga County.

Dan Best, Senior Naturalist
Geauga Park District

Madison, WI

478 swifts, counted on Sept. 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm Central time zone. Location was Madison, WI, in a church chimney. The weather was overcast and mid 60's.

59 swifts, counted on Sept. 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm Central time zone. Location was Madison, WI in a residential chimney. The weather was clear and upper 60's.

Your website is so informative and I have learned so much about these amazing birds. I am a volunteer at Four Lakes Wildlife Center in Madison and I hope to increase awareness of swifts in the Madison area.

Sandy Fuller

Gainesville, FL

From 9/11:
Just E of Volta Coffee at 48 SW 2nd Street, Gainesville, FL 32641
8 Chimney Swifts entering an old brick chimney from 7:55-8:00 p.m. EST. About 50 swifts were present at 7:55, but the majority flew to the east instead of entering this chimney.
From 9/12:
Just N of the Kangaroo Express gas station on 926 W University Ave, Gainesville
26 swifts entered old brick chimney between 7:50 and 8 p.m.

Adam Kent

Ridgewood, NJ

Reporting for George Washington Middle School in Ridgewood New Jersey -NE part of the state.
On Friday, Sept. 10, about 2350
chimney swifts entered. First one in a 6 :15PM (EDT), last at 7:35.
Several days later on Sept. 14, the count was 2950, which hasn't been exceeded to date and appears to be the peak for 2010.
These are exceptionally high for this roost, where the highest one night count in the previous 4 years was about 1500.

Kurt Muenz

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