A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Tallahassee, FL

I am sending this e-mail on behalf of my family. Tonight we had the absolute honor and awe to watch hundreds of Chimney Swifts chitter, swirl and descend into an old chimney.

We were at Wakulla Springs State Park in Wakulla Co. Florida and the chimney is part of a running, historic hotel from the 1930's. The park ranger told us what the birds were and told us to go up to the lodge and watch the show. From 8:15 pm until 8:40 pm we watched and listened while what we estimated to be
300+ Swifts (per the park ranger) flew in a perfect hurricane spiral above our heads before plunging one-by-one (sometimes three-by-three) into the narrow chimney.

My two children, husband and myself were oohing and ahhing as if we were watching a fireworks display on the fourth of July. A small crowd of restaurant and Inn patrons gathered to see "what the fuss was about".

I just had to write to share this experience with you and your organization as I can see that it is clearly a passion for you. My son, a boy scout, saw the Swift house construction on you website and thought that might be a great Eagle project when the time comes.

Thank you for posting such great information about this species. We will look further into what we can do to help promote awareness of these amazing little birds to our friends and neighbors here in Tallahassee.

Peggy Wright

Galena, OH

Sunday, August 29, 2005
Cloudy, 70 degrees F.
First entry to last entry: 19:55 - 20:34
Number of Swifts: 1830

Galena, Ohio is located in the Southeast corner of Delaware County. The small village is located where Big Walnut Creek and Little Walnut Creek enter Hoover Reservoir.  Tonight, I counted 1830 Chimney Swifts as they entered the large chimney at the Galena Methodist Church, 109 Harrison Street. The site is great for
viewing since a large parking lot at the Big Walnut Schools Administration Building faces the South side of the church. The chimney is large, measuring 9 bricks long by 6 bricks wide.

A swift watch is planned at this site by the Preservation Parks of Delaware County for Tuesday, August 30.

Swift on, Dick Tuttle

Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Manitoba

  • Number of swifts counted: 2
  • 16h00 (Central time zone)
  • August 15th 2005
  • Location: Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Manitoba, Canada
  • Broad description of the site: presbytary
  • Weather conditions: fair

  • Number of swifts counted: 3
  • 17h00 (Central time zone)
  • August 29th 2005
  • Location: Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Manitoba, Canada
  • Broad description of the site: presbytary
  • Weather conditions: fair

Luc Blanchette

Pittsburg, KS

August 28, 2005 - A rather spontaneous gathering of eight Sperry-Galligar Audubon people decided to have a Swift's Night Out. I'm not sure if they enjoy counting swifts or eating ice cream at Braum's - our meeting place.

We broke up into four parties and revisited the places we visited on August 7, 2005. The total count in Pittsburg, Crawford County, Kansas, for tonight was 387 Chimney Swifts.

Time approximately 8:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M., Central Daylight Savings Time
Temperature 79 degrees F, clear skies and calm winds.

An interesting note is that none were found at the Baptist Church (3) where many were counted last year. All other places (1,2&4) had increased.

1) Westside Elementary School, 5th & Miles = 193
2) First United Methodist Church, 5th & Pine = 141
3) South Broadway Baptist Church, Quincy & Broadway = 0
4) Old Atkinson Armature Works, Rose & Locust = 53
Total Chimney Swifts counted on the night = 387

Bob Mangile

Chicago, IL

There was a very active colony of swifts in the chimney next door and we watched them about 8:30 p.m. every night return and dive into the chimney. We have not seen a single bird in the last week or two and are wondering if they have already left the area. Could the draught and lack of mosquitoes have anything to do with it? We live in a western suburb of Chicago

Lynda Gabor

Mounds, OK

Aug 10, 2005
Residential Chimney
Mounds OK (rural Tulsa)
8:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Count: 16
Temp - 92 and muggy
(They moved out of the chimney the next day!)

Grace Jacobus

Trois-Rivières , Québec

Observer - Maurice Côté
Number of Swifts counted : 21 entering the chimney
Date - August 14, 2005
Time - between 8:00 & 8:15 p.m
Location - Warehouse building
Address - 1373 rue Hart , Trois-Rivières
Roost Description - in old brick chimney at rear of  bldg.
Weather - 23 degrees C partly cloudy

Portland, OR

We have about 20 (Vaux's Swifts) in the chimney of our home.

Henry Teigland

Winston-Salem, NC

Tonight, 9/9, about 500 swifts went down the chimney at Sherwood Elementary School on Yorkshire Rd., Winston-Salem, NC, between 7:55 and 8:05. They are starting to congregate here. Last Friday, I saw only about 25 downtownm and none went down the church chimneys on 5th St.

Phil Dickinson