Green Bay, WI
115 Swifts were counted entering chimneys,
Time: Swifts were seen entering chimneys from 7:20-7:42pm, Central Daylight Savings Time,
Date: Count taken on September 10, 2011.
Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Description: School, church, residential, and small commercial chimneys were used; no large industrial chimneys were used.
Weather: mid 70's during the day dropping to 72 degrees by 7 pm, Clear and Calm.
18 people participated, 22 sites, some with 2 or 3 chimneys, were checked for swifts.
4 chimneys were used by swifts, One chimney had 100 swifts enter. Most of the swifts might have left the Green Bay area by this date.
Additional sites were checked between August 7 and September 9 in the Green Bay area. 6 people checked 30 sites (chimneys) most of these did not have swifts.
These are the sites that had swifts: Aug. 8, a private home- 5 swifts; Aug. 10, church-11 swifts; Aug. 11, school-12 swifts; Aug. 16, monastery- 236 swifts; Aug. 18, Greenhouse- 47 swifts; Aug. 22 school- 15 swifts. Total= 326 swifts
Most participants were members of the Bay Area Bird Club or Northeastern Wisconsin Audubon Society. This survey was a Bird City Green Bay and a Bird County Brown County event. Bird City Green Bay sponsors include: NEW Audubon Society, Bay Area Bird Club, Baird's Creek Preservation Foundation, Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin, Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Cofrin Center for Biodiversity UWGB, Downtown Neighborhood Association, Izaak Walton League of Brown County, Sustainable Green Bay Task Force, Green Bay Botanical Garden, and the Green Bay Chapter of the Wild Ones. Bird County Brown County sponsors include: Neville Public Museum of Brown County, Brown County Parks, Brown County Port & Solid Waste, Brown County Land Conservation, Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve, University of Wisconsin Extension, and Brown County Planning Department.
Survey Coordinators: Mike Reed, Director, Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
John Jacobs, Curator of Science, Neville Public Museum of Brown County
Nancy Nabak, Bird City Green Bay
Below is our report from Baltimore this fall. No massive sightings--the swifts avoided some of their favorite chimneys and spread out more. We are finding the peak swift roost period is now about 2 weeks later then it used to be--now occurs late September. Thanks for all the work you do compiling this information.
9/7 Temple of the Scottish Rite, 2800 N. Charles Street 750
Apartment building at corner of Charles Street
& University Parkway (chimneys about 1/2 block
from each other 400
9/7 Hampden Crittenden House 200
9/7 Druid Hill Park Conservatory 200
9/19 Home & Hospital Center, 6229 Falls Road 190
10/5 University of Baltimore Field, Rogers Ave. 300
Time: Dusk 7:00
Oct. 8, 2011
Weather clear skies/ high temps 75/ Low 52
The location has been the former Drives Inc office building at the foot of 10th Avenue in Fulton, IL
Here is my final report for the 2011 season:
Sept. 26- 665, . 27th-1500+; 28th-300;, 29th-400;, Sept 30th and Oct 1st-missed; Oct 2 -330, Oct 3rd-300, Oct 4-230, Oct 5, 350;, Oct 6th 210, Oct 7th-145, Oct 8th-160, Oct 9th-missed; Oct 10th- only 12. This is about the final date the same as last year, so welcome the last of them as they fly down the Mississippi flyway.
It seems quite likely that few stay over a day on their fall migration, especially so this past week when daily temperatures reached into the mid 80s each day. This will likely be my last report for the 2011 season.