A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


September 8, 2002 (continued)

Fairfax, VA:  On Sunday evening, Sept. 8, 2002, we observed and counted at least 3400 Chimney Swifts entering a chimney at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Fairfax, VA, 22042. The birds began entering the chimney at 7:35 pm and were all in by 8:05 pm.

We had visited this same site 3 weeks ago and estimated 3-400 birds, so the flock has increased tremendously.

Middleton, Nova Scotia:  Middleton Regional High School, Middleton, Nova Scotia, Canada -
Sunset was at 7:38 p.m., sky overcast, very windy, warm -- I observed the big brick chimney from 7:35 to 8:15 p.m., by which time it was really too dark for further looking -- ZERO swifts seen ( a single crow and a single duck were the only objects of interest).

Austin, TX:  counted this weekend and we currently have ten birds using our chimney on  Platt Lane - does not appear that the other houses are being used for roosts  although 3 houses [including ours] had nests this year.

Montello, WI:  I counted 250 chimney swifts in an old chimney tower left over from the granite quarry in downtown Montello, WI., as they left the roost on Sept. 9th., at 7:30 a.m. central time.

Holt, MO:  Wood CS tower, West
temp: 84 degrees F.
clear, light breeze
34 swifts
1st one in 7:50 pm
last one in 8:00 pm.

Austin, TX:  After counting between 250 and 320 swifts in the concrete Castle over the past few weeks, we were somewhat disappointed with a Saturday count of 82 and a Sunday count of 132.

Somonauk, IL:  I found a Chimney Swift roost on September 8, 2002, in Somonauk, Illinois (DeKalb County). I counted about 60 Chimney Swifts going into this chimney. I found this roost by bicycling around town at dusk. This is the first time I saw this roost, and there were no Chimney Swifts in this area on Saturday, Sept. 7.
There is another chimney in Somonauk that traditionally has served as a roost, but all the Chimney Swifts left this roost about 2 weeks ago. I counted 120 Chimney Swifts at this roost from 8/25 through 8/27. From 8/28 though 8/30 there were no swifts there, and then on 8/31 there were about 60 at this roost.

Durham, NC:  A friend and I watched a chimney swift roost that I've noticed in years past on Sun. night.
Here is the information:

640 swifts
7:47 EST
Durham, NC
Sociology-Psych. classroom bldg., Duke Univ. campus
fair sky

Enumclaw, WA:  Two of us did a Vaux's Swift count last night. We are Master Birders, and
are in Rainier Audubon Society in WA state. Here is our report.
Number of Vaux's Swifts that entered chimney - 435 Vaux's Swifts
Time & time zone - 6:35-7:40 pm Pacific Daylight Time
Date - Sept 8, 2002
Location - Chalet Movie Theater, 1721 Wells St, Enumclaw, WA
Description - older movie theater w/ brick chimney approx. 30 ft high by 2X2
ft square. The movie theater still is operating.
Weather - 58 degrees, light rain, no wind

Spartanburg, SC:  Location, Spartanburg, South Carolina, large chimney in Apartment complex across from the eastern edge of Converse College at East Main Street and Connecticut Avenue.

September 5 1000-3000 Swifts, swirling flight in grey sky, numbers difficult to gage. Resident said that the roost had been active for 3 to 4 weeks.
September 6 1000 - 3000 Swifts, 7:30 to 8:30 PM, peak a little after 8
September 7 1000 - 3000 Swifts
September 8 400-500 Swifts
September 9th 400 - 600 Swifts

Driftwood, TX:  On Saturday night, 26 in the Swiftern (fiberglass cistern converted for use by Chimney Swifts) plus 2 Yellow Warblers, 50 Mississippi Kites and 1 American Egret....

On Sunday night, "A" counted 86 with the clicker, "D" counted 97 without the clicker and "S" counted 109 without the clicker in the northeast water barn tower (32" x 32" x 22' wooden Chimney Swift Tower -- one of four on a water collection structure)

Lafayette, LA:  15 Chimney Swifts entered between 6:45 and 7:10 PM.  Plywood Chimney Swift Tower
It was a good season. Two broads were successfully fledged in the chimney this summer.

Marietta, GA :  Number of Chimney Swifts - 40
Roost Location - The roost is located at 125 Atlanta Road near the City of Marietta square. The roost is a brick house chimney at a private residence. The house was built in 1852 and was the home of Colonel Robinson, Aide-de-Camp to Robert E. Lee. Weather - Clear skies, 80 deg. F

Fayetteville, NC:  Number:- 950 Chimney Swifts counted entering chimney
Time : 7:30 - 8:01 pm EDT
Date: 9/8/2002
Address: Ashley Elementary School
Robeson St
Fayetteville, NC 28304
Site: School
Weather: Partly cloudy, 76 degrees, light winds

Baltimore, MD:  Report on swifts

89 swifts

7:15 - 7:50 Eastern Standard Time

September 8, 2002

A chimney on an abandoned apartment house, at 2618 Talbot Road.,  Baltimore MD 21216 USA; the apartment house is located on the eastern edge of Leakin Park, one of the largest undeveloped city parks in the Eastern US; there is a stream, the Gwynss Falls, within 200 meters; the park in this area is mostly forest.

Sunny weather; temperatures day around 30 Celsius; temperature at the time around 20 Celsius. Little wind.

September 9,  2002

Grundy, VA:  Number: 2250 Chimney Swifts
Time 8:00 PM - 8:20 PM EST
Location: Grundy, Virginia 24614
Site: Grundy High School chimney
Long/Lat: 37 16 58 N 82 03 44 W
Weather: clear Temperature 75F

September 10, 2002

Davenport, IA:  Hello. I know that you wanted data from last weekend, but I hope last night will do, Sept. 10th.   Myself and my fiancé located a large roost in Davenport, Iowa while returning home. At about 7:45 PM I saw approx. 400-450 Chimney Swifts enter a chimney at Quicks Muffler Shop. Located at 1411 W. Locust St. Davenport, IA 52804.

I'll be sure to keep my eye on that location throughout the years. I talked to the manager at a restaurant next to the shop and they said that the Swifts have been there for years. It drew a small crowd last night as well. Many people think they are bats and others called them Chimney Swallows. It was sort of funny.