A SWIFT NIGHT OUT
2010
A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project
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LATE INDIVIDUAL REPORTS

The following reports were submitted after September 20, 2010.   


Fulton, IL

The CEO of Fulton Corp.,R. C. Willoughby, changed his story on their chimney today. They took measurements of their chimney and found it to be constructed of six inch thick walls, five by five outer, 4 by 4 inner wall. Contrary to what he had said the day before, the chimney is not capped or screeened. So I was not seeing things yesterday evening when I saw chimney swifts tumbling into it. It is strange they did not realize that swifts were using their building.

Roger Luchies of Fulton took video pictures both last evening at the Drive's building, and this evening at the Fulton Corp building.

He will put both of them on a CD for me and have it ready tomorrow. We shall watch the trend of gathering counts each week until mid October, so he may take more if the counts increase significantly.

I will contact the Fulton Journal Monday to help update the story they plan to publish next Wednesday on Fulton's Swifts.

September, 26

As many as 20 persons per evening showing have come to watch the 15 minute performance of the Swifts at the Drives Inc building across from the Dutch Windmill. Several have come back the second time to watch the unreal speed at which these birds fly down into the chimney.
Here is a new guide on times to observe these migrating birds. The activity begins approximately 20 minutes after sundown. The first segment of about ten mutes is of the congregating swifts cirling like a tornado above the chimney. Then for five minutes they go through the tumbling act into the chimney. This has been averaging 1250 to 1500 birds per evening at the Drives, Inc building by estimates. Sunset occured this week at 6:52PM, and gets earlier each night by about four minutes.

One can also observe these birds emerging in the morning about 15 muntes prior to sunrise which currently in shortly after 7 AM. They seem to emerge in an orderly fashion, which is easier to count. They come out about as fast as one can count them. But this performance only has birds dropping down from the chimney top to then fly away to their insect hunting location. There is no swarming in the morning.
Two other Fulton chimneys also feature a show currently of about 250 Swifts. They are the chimney atop the Fulton Corp. and the Middle School on north 12th St where one can park at the rear of the building to watch the showing.

Hopefully this migration pattern will continue through mid October. Weather cold fronts are a big factor in their leaving for South America, often to Eastern Peru. It appears they prefer to use the Fulton area location for gatherings as long as the weather is favorable for insect feeding.

Gerry Kopf


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


Pittsburg, PA

These counts are from an apartment building chimney in Pittsburgh, PA.
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.

V. Dziadosz


Waupun, WI

I have watched at least 75 swifts nightly for the past 2 weeks.Here is the information you have requested
75 or more
7 pm
Sept. 20
Waupun, WI
City Hall Chimney
Weather is clear

Vicki Meidam


Abbeville, AL

Results for A Swift Night Out

Sept 12--12 birds

About 1 hour prior to dusk (1820-1930)

2367 County Road 97
Abbeville, al 36310
Residence chimney- 1 area clearing within woods
Clear and very dry, 84 degrees

We also recorded the date the birds arrived in the Spring. However to the
health condition of a family member I never reported it this year. The birds
arrived on the 10th April, 2010. Total birds arriving: 8


Spartanburg, SC

Swift's Night Out
9 September 2010 Friday night
452 Chimney Swifts circled and dove into large chimney behind Houston Elementary
Between 7:48 PM EDT and 8:10 PM EDT
Circling swifts flew away when a loud truck came by, but soon returned to the chimney and continued entering.
Houston Elementary School
1475 Skylyn Drive
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29307
Light clouds and warm temperatures. Venus visible in the western sky.
Counted by Karen Swetland, Lyle Campbell, Sarah Campbell

10 September 2010 Saturday niight
451 Chimney Swifts circled and dove into large chimney behind Houston Elementary
Between 7:49 PM EDT and 8:06 PM EDT
Houston Elementary School
1475 Skylyn Drive
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29307
Light clouds and warm temperatures. Venus visible in the western sky.
Counted by Karen Swetland, Lyle Campbell, Sarah Campbell

12 September 2010 Sunday night
468 Chimney Swifts circled and dove into large chimney behind Houston Elementary
Between 7:51 PM EDT and 8:12 PM EDT
Houston Elementary School
1475 Skylyn Drive
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29307
Light clouds and warm temperatures. Venus visible in the western sky.
Counted by Karen Swetland, Sarah Campbell

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