A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Asheville, NC

Number of swifts counted: approximately 86. I used a "tally meter" to help with counting.
Time: 8:30pm to 8:50pm
Time Zone: Eastern
Date: August 14, 2005
Location: The Grove Arcade building.
Address: 1 Page Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801.
Broad description: the Grove Arcade is an old building in downtown Asheville that was recently renovated into an upscale shop/boutique. The swifts are using a chimney in that building. See attached link to TopoZone.com for site coordinates and map (you can change the scale. The Decimal.degree coordinates are shown above the map in NAD83 datum: http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?z=17&n=3940214.00007058&e=358976.999996684&s=100&size=s&u=5&layer=DRG25&datum=nad83
Weather: high 70s to low 80s. No wind, no precipitation.
Note: This site gets a lot of swift use in September. I'll check back the next weekend for Swift Night Out. Also, it gets a lot of public interest. Locals bring lawn chairs to watch and count the birds.
Chris Kelly
Mountain Nongame Wildlife Biologist
NC Wildlife Resources Commission

Mississauga, Ontario

I counted 120 Swifts entering a tall chimney at Streetsville United Church between 8.15 and 9.00 pm Eastern Daylight Saving time on Sat. Aug. 13 2005. The Church is at the corner of Queen St. S and Barry Ave. in the city of Mississauga which is about 20 miles west of Toronto Ont. Canada. The weather was damp.
Bill Evans Streetsville Ont.

We counted 62 Swifts entering a tall brick chimney attatched to an old stone mill on Sunday Aug 14, 2005 between 8.20 and 9.00 pm Eastern Daylight saving time. The mill is at the intersection of Mississauga Rd. and Embleton Rds about 30 miles northwest of Toronto, Ont. Canada Site No.CA-ON-001 The chimney is about 40 ft. high, the mill has a flat roof. The weather was fine.

Bill Evans Streetsville Ont.
Ross Evans Brampton Ont. Canada.

Muskogee, OK

Jim Harman and David Gill counted Chimney Swifts at the smokestack on Beacon St., in Muskogee, OK. (same as last year). On Aug. 12th, they counted 235 swifts, from 7:45 to 8:20 p.m.
On Aug. 13th, they counted at another location in Muskogee, OK, from 8:00 to 8:15 p.m., and counted 400 swifts.  They plan to monitor these 2 sites again, the weekend of Sept. 9th to 11th.   Jeri McMahon , Ft. Gibson, OK

Pittsburg, Crawford County, Kansas

August 13, 2005

This evening my wife and I decided to check out one of the Chimney Swift roosts reported August 7th. on a Sperry-Galligar Audubon swift count. We visited the First United Methodist Church, located at 5th & Pine, in Pittsburg, Crawford County, Kansas. We counted 131 birds entering two chimneys of the church. The northern most chimney received only about 15 of the swifts on this night. There are actually three chimneys on the building, the southern most chimney and lowest of the three didn't receive any birds.

We elected this roost to observe because last year it gave us our largest count. Tonight's count of 131 chimney swifts was up a little from last week's count of 80 swifts. The sky was completely overcast and temperature was about 80 degrees at 7:30 P.M.

The first swift entered the chimney at 7:38 P.M. By 8:19 P.M. there were 40 swifts in the chimney. At 8:33 P.M. we had counted 131 chimney swifts - when the last bird visible entered the chimney.  Bob Mangile

-- Recap --
Date: August 13, 2005.
Weather: Completely overcast sky, temperature about 80 degrees and calm
Location: First United Methodist Church, 5th & Pine, Pittsburg, Crawford
Co., KS
Time of count: Between 7:35 and 8:35 P.M.
Number of Chimney Swifts counted = 131

Topeka, KS

We found some swifts this year after none at all last year. Happy day.

No. of swifts: 342 (The church where we watched had new, brilliant outside lights that made it very
difficult to see the last ones down so this count may be skewed)

Time: 8:20PM - 8:35PM CDT
Date: August 14, 2005
Location: First United Methodist Church, Topeka, KS
Address: 600 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka, KS 66603
Site: Large, relatively short, brick chimney next to an adjunct building at the church.
Weather: High thin clouds, slight breeze and 68 degrees.

We scouted around the old urban area of Topeka today and located several chimneys that looked promising and plan to do some more searching for roosts some of these evenings between now and September.

Portia Allbert

Shorewood, WI

Between 7:55 and 8:15 PM on 8/14 Sunday , August 14, 3 observers saw 45 swifts dive into the school's chimney at St. Robert's Church at the intersection of Capitol Drive and Maryland Avenue in Shorewood, Wisconsin.  The weather was clear, calm and about 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit.  Paul Hunter

Newport, MI

      Number of swifts counted - 58
Time, Eastern - 8:35 pm
Date - 8/14/05
Location - My chimney on the shore of Lake Erie
Address - 3858 Lakeshore Dr. Stony Point Peninsula, Newport, Michigan 48166
Site - Residence
Weather - 78 and breezy

Austin, TX

We went out tonight and observed the chimney at O. Henry Middle School on Exposition Blvd. north of Lake Austin Blvd. It was quite a show. Date: 8/13/2005 Location: O. Henry Middle School (west side) on Exposition Blvd. Observers: Bryan Hale, Danna Hale, Briana Hale, Josef Hale, Cecil Hale and Pat Spurr First Chimney Swifts showed up: 7:25 PM First Chimney Swift entered chimney: 8:17 PM Last major entries into chimney: 8:33 - 8:35 PM (We observed a few stragglers for approximately an additional 15 minutes.) Estimated total Chimney Swifts: Approximately 1,000 It was interesting watching them. They were approaching and swooping the chimney generally from the northwest. Occasionally they would swirl over toward the west over the golf course and then return to above the chimney area.

Austin, TX

On Sunday, Aug. 13th, Elaine and I went to the incinerator tower behind the antique store on Burnet Rd. near the Arby's. We arrived at 7:40 and stayed until dark about 8:30. During that time we counted 503 Swifts entering the tower. We were quite amazed as the sky would clear and suddenly another group of 15 to 20 would arrive from afar. They seemed to be coming from the west and north. We left at dark although there were still a few birds in the sky and, perhaps, more coming.  I also walked around Anderson High School on Sat. evening but did not find a tower and saw no evidence of Swifts. I was there about 8:00. I did see Martins flying over as if they were on their way to a common roost. I hope this information is useful and that you will let us know if we help in any other way. Barbara Anderson