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

Chimney Swift Roosts Summary Waycross, GA 2002--2010 (continued)


2005
Date: 9/8/2005
Number of Chimney Swifts Using Roost: ~1,000
Location: Magnolia Court Apartments; in a block formed by the streets of Magnolia, Oneida, Hill, & Forest. Reference: DeLorme p. 61, E8.
Address:
Waycross, Ware Co., Georgia
Description: a tall (~60'), unused, staggered, brick chimney; residential area
Time: approx. 7:35 p.m.---8:05 p.m.
Weather: Partly Cloudy; Wind: slight breeze; Temp. 80's degrees F
Observers: Sheila Willis, June LaRoque
Comments:  The site is a small apartment complex that was built in the 1940's. Conditions only allowed a limited, non-formal check of the site at this time. Birds were noted swirling & "chattering" in large masses over the chimney. Around dusk birds began to drop into the roost and by dark all had entered.

Date:
9/9/2005
Number of Chimney Swifts Using Roost:
1,064
Location: Magnolia Court Apartments; in a block formed by the streets of Magnolia, Oneida, Hill, & Forest. Reference: DeLorme p. 61, E8.
Address:
Waycross, Ware Co., Georgia
Description: a tall (~60'), unused, staggered, brick chimney; residential area
Time: 7:20 p.m. to 8:08 p.m. (ET)
Weather: Clear; Wind 0-7 mph (W); Temp. 87 degrees F; Humidity 45%
Observers: Sheila Willis
Comments:  The site is a small apartment complex that was built in the 1940's.  At first, single birds were seen and heard chattering high overhead. Gradually more would arrive from various directions but were mostly going South to North. They came as either singles or as part of small groups, would circle & swoop over the chimney, and then leave.
As time went by, they began to stay overhead. The first Chimney Swift dropped into the roost at 7:46 p.m. From 7:51 to 8:04 p.m. the pace & numbers increased dramatically with noisy cart-wheeling masses of birds
doing circles & figure-8's low over the opening. Periodically birds would separate from the crowd and plunge into their sanctuary--again as individuals but increasingly as small groups.
After 8:04 p.m. most were inside, but a few individuals continued to fly around until 8:08 p.m. Structure is a large, unused brick chimney for an apartment complex.

Date:
9/24/2005
Number of Chimney Swifts Using Roost:
1,220
Location: Magnolia Court Apartments; in a block formed by the streets of Magnolia, Oneida, Hill, & Forest. Reference: DeLorme p. 61, E8.
Address:
Waycross, Ware Co., Georgia
Description: a tall (~60'), unused, staggered, brick chimney; residential area
Time: 7:15 p.m. to 7:54 p.m. (ET)
Weather: Partly Cloudy; Wind 3-9 mph (SE); Temp. 92 degrees F; Humidity 70%
Observers: Sheila Willis
Comments:  The site is a small apartment complex that was built in the 1940's. Most birds were flying from either South to North or North to South. Overall, compared to the 9/9/05 date, they were later with their arrival relative to sunset, and the moment of the 1st drop time was also delayed, but the length of time for all to enter is basically the same as before (about 20 minutes). They seemed to be acting more as individuals now.
Most movement over the chimney was as circular (counterclockwise) or loose masses that occurred typically first adjacent to the chimney, then shifted to over it. There was much "chattering". All birds entered the roost. Structure is a large, unused brick chimney for an apartment complex.


2006
Date: 9/8/2006
Number of Chimney Swifts Using Roost:
1194
Location: Magnolia Court Apartments; in a block formed by the streets of Magnolia, Oneida, Hill, & Forest. Reference: DeLorme p. 61, E8.
Address:
Waycross, Ware Co., Georgia
Description: a tall (~60'), unused, staggered, brick chimney; residential area
Time: 7:24 p.m. ---8:17 p.m.
Weather: Sky: mostly overcast with intermittent light drizzle; basically no wind; Temps: upper 70's degrees F
Observers: Sheila Willis & later June LaRoque
Comments:  The site is a small apartment complex that was built in the 1940's. After much circling, the first birds began to drop into the roost at 7:51 p.m. Once they started to head for bed, it only took them 26 minutes to get it done. As before, it was first a few singles & small groups, next the majority, and then the stragglers. Over the years, the heaviest use seems to be in mid-September after the designated "Swift Night Out" dates.


Date:
9/27/2006
Number of Chimney Swifts: 
2150
Location: Magnolia Court Apartments; in a block formed by the streets of Magnolia, Oneida, Hill, & Forest. Reference: DeLorme p. 61, E8.
Address:
Waycross, Ware Co., Georgia
Description: a tall (~60'), unused, staggered, brick chimney; residential area
Time: ~7:00 p.m.--7:55 p.m.
Weather:  Overcast (rain clouds forming); Wind: 6-8 mph; Temp: 66 degrees F
Observers: Sheila Willis
Comments:  The site is a small apartment complex that was built in the 1940's. The scene was the same as before with birds slowly arriving, chattering, leaving & then returning to circle in amazing circles & figure-8s. The first birds dropped into the roost at 7:23 p.m. Eventually I managed to count around 2,150 birds with the last ones dropping in for sleep at around 7:55 p.m. I had several residents talking to me this time at different points, so I'm sure I undercounted as I glanced in their direction to be polite. They all said they had been watching them lately & were impressed.


2007
Date: 9/20/2007
Number of Chimney Swifts: 888
Location: Magnolia Court Apartments; in a block formed by the streets of Magnolia, Oneida, Hill, & Forest. Reference: DeLorme p. 61, E8.
Address:
Waycross, Ware Co., Georgia
Description: a tall (~60'), unused, staggered, brick chimney; residential area
Time: 7:40 p.m.--7:56 p.m. EDT (time for birds entering chimney w/ observer there at 7:36 p.m.)
Weather: clear; 80 degrees F.; humidity 80%; wind SW, 5-10 mph
Observers: Sheila Willis & later June LaRoque
Comments:  The site is a small apartment complex that was built in the 1940's. First observer arrived at 7:36 p.m. followed shortly by second observer. Approximately 20 Chimney Swifts were flying & chattering around the chimney having come from the south. At 7:40 p.m. one swift flew into the chimney. Gradually greater numbers of swifts began appearing from different directions & joined the others circling around the spot. Occasionally, small groups would peel off & drop into the chimney. At times, the flying groups would move in unison slightly off-center of the chimney but then return directly overhead. Sometimes the circle diameter would increase. At different intervals the swifts would drop into the chimney until at 7:53 p.m. (dusk) a noticeable decline in numbers descending was noticed and by 7:56 p.m. all birds in the area were inside the chimney. Darkness had fallen and all was quiet.


2008
Date: 9/13/2008
Number of Chimney Swifts: 1292
Location: Magnolia Court Apartments; in a block formed by the streets of Magnolia, Oneida, Hill, & Forest. Reference: DeLorme p. 61, E8.
Address:
Waycross, Ware Co., Georgia
Description: a tall (~60'), unused, staggered, brick chimney; residential area
Time: 7:20 p.m.--8:06 p.m. w/ birds entering at 7:40 p.m. to 8:04 p.m.
Weather: Partly cloudy; Wind: 5-9 mph from SE; Temp: 89 degrees F
Observers: Sheila Willis
Comments:  The site is a small apartment complex that was built in the 1940's. I started watching at 7:20 p.m. when there were just 2 birds flying & chattering in the sky. Gradually, more and more birds arrived (mostly from the south). They would fly over the site, sometimes forming a circle, and other times just passing it by. As it got closer to sunset, a few began swooping lower over the top of the chimney as if to see if things were o.k. The circles would be mostly over the chimney, but occasionally, they would shift their circle to the east, then back again or to the south. I did not notice the figure 8s that I had seen on previous years. The chatter increased. At 7:40 p.m. 1 bird dropped into the chimney while the others circled overhead. The numbers of dropping birds gradually increased. About 7:47 p.m. they were now dropping faster & in larger numbers almost continually. By 8:00 p.m. the "droppers" went back down to smaller numbers. At 8:04 p.m. the last 3 single birds dropped in. Two more flew by but I didn't see them return to enter. I left at 8:06 p.m. when it was much darker & no more birds had been seen or heard for a while.
As usual, it was a most impressive sight and the sounds were amazing. The skies were beautiful with a pale blue background and bright-white, sunshine-touched puffy cloud tops with steel-gray lower parts. Some kids who came out to play with their light sabers thought the swifts were bats. They were amazed to learn where the swifts spent the winter.

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