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)


2009
Date: 9/9/2009
Number of Chimney Swifts: ~2205
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.--8:19 p.m. w/ birds entering at 7:20 p.m.
Weather: Partly Cloudy; Wind: 3-5 mph, E; Temp: 78 degrees F
Observers: Sheila Willis
Comments:  The site is a small apartment complex that was built in the 1940's. I was interrupted by people twice (politely & with interest) so this may be an undercount. The birds were flying in circles faster than usual. The birds were chattering all the time and moving around in large circles that shifted back & forth over the chimney. There had been a brief shower earlier in the evening but things were fine by the time of the count. During the count, the clouds were mostly white but then many turned to grey as if it was going to rain again but it didn't. This year, they continued flying over the chimney a bit longer than usual. With so many birds it took a little longer for them to get inside.

Date:
9/12/2009
Number of Chimney Swifts: ~3,009
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.--8:05 p.m. w/ birds entering at ~7:21 p.m.
Weather: Overcast; Wind: 3--5, E; Temp: 78 degrees F
Observers: Sheila Willis
Comments:  The site is a small apartment complex that was built in the 1940's. This is an all-time high for this roost. When I arrived, there was already a large "cloud" of the birds circling the entrance and dropping in, so there were probably more than the total which I recorded. There were overcast skies so I guess the birds decided to go in ahead of the rain. This was a true hypnotic event.

Date:
9/13/2009
Number of Chimney Swifts: ~2,206 birds
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.--8:06 p.m. w/ birds entering at 7:25 p.m.
Weather: Partly Cloudy; Wind: 1--14 mph, E; Temp: 82 degrees F
Observers: Sheila Willis
Comments:  The site is a small apartment complex that was built in the 1940's. Things were much less hectic than the previous count & there was less chatter too. There had been a little rain earlier that day but during the count the skies were just light grey and the clouds only got just a little darker as it got closer to dusk.


2010
Date: 9/10/2010
Number of Chimney Swifts: ~1,768 birds
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: 7:08 p.m.--8:11 p.m. w/ birds entering at 7:40 p.m.
Weather: Partly Cloudy; Wind: 2--13 mph, NE; Temp: 90 degrees F
Observers: Sheila Willis; June LaRoque
Comments:  The site is a small apartment complex that was built in the 1940's. I learned that in the Spring of 2010 lightening had struck the top of the chimney creating a crack & blasting some bricks out. Otherwise, it is still o.k. When I arrived, only a few were whirling around but they gradually built into a small flock. The first bird dropped in at 7:40 p.m., then more & more birds arrived & flew around in circles & figure-8s. Gradually additional birds started to fold their wings & drop down. The last ones were in by 8:11 p.m. and all was silent.

Date:
9/11/2010
Number of Chimney Swifts: 953 birds
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: 7:05 p.m.--8:10 p.m. w/ birds entering at 7:35 p.m.
Weather: Clear; Wind: 4 mph, SSW; Temp: 93 degrees F
Observers: Sheila Willis; Phyllis Bowen, Karen Seward, Gail Walker, Russ Walker
Comments:  The site is a small apartment complex that was built in the 1940's. The birds were a little late in arriving this night but eventually they started making their circles overhead. At 7:35 p.m. the first bird dropped into the chimney with its odd little wing twist. Periodically either a single bird or a handful would drop in while the others continued to circle. At one point they all shifted away but then returned. Eventually they increased the speed with which they were entering the hole so that it was almost non-stop. At 8:05 p.m. all were done for the day. Also, we had 2 COMMON NIGHTHAWKs pass by going north as singles.

Date:
9/12/2010
Number of Chimney Swifts: ~1,490 birds
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.--8:11 p.m. w/ birds entering at 7:41 p.m.
Weather: Partly Cloudy; Wind: 3 mph, ESE; Temp: 92 degrees F
Observers: Sheila Willis
Comments:  The site is a small apartment complex that was built in the 1940's. One difference tonight compared to Saturday night's count was that there were dozens of dragonflies flying high in the skies around the complex. It was very quiet and calm when I arrived earlier in the evening and only single or small groups of the birds were seen flying high going elsewhere. At 7:25 p.m. a COMMON NIGHTHAWK flew high towards the north & circled a bit. At 7:39 p.m. suddenly larger groups of Chimney Swifts appeared but for a while they only circled around with a slight chatter and there was much space between them. Then at 7:41 p.m. the first bird took the plunge to drop into the tall chimney. Most of the movement tonight was in clockwise circles slightly to the southwest of the chimney & periodically they would move over the chimney & individuals or small clusters would then drop down for the night and then they would shift again. Starting at 8:00 p.m., at least twice they moved away to the northeast and were gone for a very short while & then they returned. The last one dropped in at 8:11 p.m.

Date:
9/16/2010
Number of Chimney Swifts:  1,595 birds
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: 7:05 p.m.--8:02 p.m. w/ birds entering at 7:35 p.m.
Weather: Partly Cloudy; Wind: 3-6 mph, E; Temp: 83 degrees F
Observers: Sheila Willis
Comments:  The site is a small apartment complex that was built in the 1940's. I learned tonight from a resident that he had been seeing the birds since 1988 at least. Our Okefenokee Bird Club began counting in 2002. It was very quiet when I arrived and it took some time before any birds flew by and when they did, they were all going elsewhere. Now & again a few would do a fake swoop at the chimney. At 7:32 p.m. small groups suddenly appeared & chattered as they circled the site. The first bird dropped into the chimney at 7:35 p.m. The circling birds did lots of shifts over to the adjacent sky zone but then they would return. They did both counter-clockwise & clockwise circles. At 7:43 p.m. the action really started and from then on the birds began dropping into their roost on a regular basis while the rest of the crowd mixed around above. The greatest numbers dropped not long before 8:00 p.m. By 8:02 p.m. the last one was inside and it was very dark.

Date:
9/17/2010
Number of Chimney Swifts:  1,337 birds
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: 7:10 p.m.--8:03 p.m. w/ birds entering at 7:35 p.m.
Weather: Clear; Wind: 7 mph, SE; Temp: 93 degrees F
Observers: Sheila Willis; Ted Holloway, Linda Holloway, Phyllis Bowen, Jennifer Smith, & Nancy Breland
Comments:  The site is a small apartment complex that was built in the 1940's. At 7:20 p.m. we saw our first Chimney Swift of the evening but it flew right past. Over the next few minutes several more small groups or singles checked the site out but none were takers yet. At 7:35 p.m. the first bird dropped into the chimney & was quickly followed by one more. Many birds then came over to circle around & chatter up a storm. They seemed to be going in faster this date compared to others. They also seemed to be more acrobatic than usual with lots of twists. One COMMON NIGHTHAWK flew by going north at 7:50 p.m. so they are still in the area. By 7:55 p.m. the vast majority of the swifts had entered the chimney and from then on, just small groups or singles dropped into the roost. By 8:03 p.m. the last had put itself to bed. The total could be an undercount as birds would continue to drop when I took a second to jot down a subtotal now & then. Once more, they all arrived about the same time as before & again, the whole process took around 30 minutes to accomplish.

Date:
9/24/2010
Number of Chimney Swifts: 1,347 birds
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: 7:34 p.m.--7:55 p.m. w/ birds entering at 7:35 p.m.
Weather: Partly Cloudy; Wind: 5 mph, ESE; Temp: 81 degrees F
Observers: Sheila Willis, Rob Osterman, Robin Osterman, Sally DeMott, Gaye Lindsey
Comments:  The site is a small apartment complex that was built in the 1940's. As we arrived, a large group of the birds were already circling the chimney. They seemed to be flying & dropping in faster than on previous dates. At 7:35 p.m. they began to drop into their lodging for the night. The vast majority was already inside the chimney by 7:50 p.m. (much earlier than the other dates), but a few individual stragglers continued to come & join the others until 7:55 p.m. by which time it was very dark.

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