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It was too late for a Swift Night Out but on September 18 Rusty Scalf discovered that the three huge industrial smoke stacks at McNear Brick and Block Facility near San Rafael were attracting huge numbers of Vaux's Swifts. Lots of big number potential here.
More Lofts and more Vaux's Happening determination, this time by Composer, Performer and Improviser, Christopher Adler, who tracked the large San Diego swift flock down to the Converted Church Lofts. They were just getting their southbound birds in mid September and had big numbers, maybe 10k in April. We need to get Christopher some help down there.
No actual counts yet, but Vaux's Happening is working on it. They have been tearing down urban roost sites here as swiftly as the swifts can find them.
Audubon Vaux's Happening
Big Saturday September 11, 2010
Valemont R. Chipeniuk 0
Cumberland D/A Routledge 0
Sumas Customs J/M. Rawlings-S. Howard 3650 (averaged)*
Orient School W. Current 5
Old N State Hosp. S. Madsen/J. Johnson 5950*
Monroe Wagner D. MacRae/B. Kaufman 389
Monroe Administration S. Schaefer 6153*
Selleck B. Stallcop 17,591*
Bieker Residence L/W Bieker 0
Olympia Gov Stevens St W. Johnson 500 Fri count
Camas Tav J. Durgin 0
Ellensburg J. Demorest 145
Yakima Herald News G/E Bohn 1279
Parker School R. Repp 0
Fort Lewis JBLM Stack
Kalispell, Montana Build. D/C Casey 251
Hamilton Fire Hall R. Stover/R. van Open/E. Hewitt 12
Lapwai Old School House S/C Hudson 715
Lapwai Officers Quarters T/C Gray 150
Rainier, DT D. Whipple 1342
Oregon City, Main St J. St Clair 3657
Chapman M. Cooledge/D. Weisbaum 8650
Duniway ? 0
Eugene Sacred ? 620
Eugene Agate Maeve Sowles 5000 Fri count
Junction City Nicole N-P 75
Corvallis Whiteside M. Garrard 135
Corvallis 6th& WA M. Garrard 110 Fri count
Bend Christmas P. K. Boddie 110
Monroe Elem School W. Wright 180
Silverton 1st St J/ Thomas 485
Roseburg Pottery Shed D/E Paulson 626
Lebanon Hotel ? 4
Humbolt Co. Redwood D. Fix 1610
Arcata, Grist Hall, HSU C. Moyer 0
Arcata, 7th & A K, Burton 118
Gaberville S. Jay 1
Rio Lindo B. Benson 6 (400 9/12)
Los Angeles, Chester Bldg. J. Chapman/M. Sylbert 5880
San Diego C. Adler 71 (9/10)
Mesa J. Miller 1
* Record high counts.
I saw your website while finding out more about the chimney swifts that we have this fall at our home chimney in Jefferson, Ga. We have about 100-200 swifts that circle the chimney of our 106-year old house. They're here again this year beginning late August and they haven't left yet. It's still pretty hot here, but getting cool in the evenings.
Also, nearby, there's an old textile mill with a tall chimney structure. My son said he's seen many there, but I haven't been over to check that location yet, but intend to.
Can you tell me if there are any health risks involved with having the chimney sweeps roost here each year. We've lived in this historic house five years and I'm pretty sure they come each year. We were told that this house was vacant for 12 years before we bought it, so this may have been their home for a long time.
ED: There are really no health risks associated with hosting Chimney Swifts. It is much riskier to handle raw chicken in your kitchen! However, you should make a practice of having your chimney professionally cleaned each year to remove any droppings and feathers that may have accumulated. It is also important because the creosote build up from wood fires can be a safety hazard to you and your family.
These counts are from an apartment building chimney.
Times are EDT.
8/6/10 396 swifts time watched: 8:30-8:59 p.m.
9/10/10 3057 swifts time watched: 7:35-8:05 p.m.
9/11/10 4138 swifts time watched: 7:37-8:06 p.m.
9/12/10 3007 swifts time watched: 7:27-8:05 p.m.