A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Baltimore, MD

Here are our results! We have not reported this location before.

Location:  415-17 East Oliver St  21202

Description - 4 story urban chimney, chimney is mostly unused.  Interesting note I kept an eye on 3 nearby chimneys that are quite large as well and did not see chimney swifts entering them. For some reason they like this one.

Observers - Tom Witt - Monika Graves, Matt and Joyce

Date 9.11.2005

Start Time 7 PM
End Time 7:43 PM

Total count 511 Chimney Swifts !

Thanks for doing this we had a great time.

Tom Witt

Corpus Christi, TX

I observed the following roosting in Corpus Christi, Texas, September 11, 2005 between the time of 7:15 pm and 7:30 pm (central time) at 14757 Red River Drive, 78410. I noticed them on September 10 but didn't try to count them. The next night I walked over to the house in an attempt to count them. I
counted between 80 and 85 birds going down the chimney. There was a light rain falling at the time. I hope this helps in your count. Karen Smith

Hoyt, KS

We had some luck Sunday [9/11/05] night at a new place but didn't see any Friday [9/9/05].

We saw about 35 swifts go down, maybe. The count is shaky and probably quite low because we were a little late arriving and a couple of deacons of the church came to see what we were doing. They were nice but not particularly interested. They wondered if the swifts could be what was setting off their burglar alarm.

September 11, 2005

35 swifts, at least.

St. John A. M. E. church, 7th and Topeka Avenue, Topeka, Kansas. This is a new location for us but since we didn't see very many flying around the old locations, we jumped in the car and took out after the birds
we did see. I couldn't believe we found them, but it was actually quite close.

The church is an old stone church with two rather small brick chimneys. We saw one go down one chimney but all the others went down in the second chimney. They looked identical in size and the deacons said the chimneys were closed off.

Sky was mostly clear with a few high cirrus clouds. Temperature about 80.

We've made several trips into town 'swifting' since the August count and have located another place where many of them went down. But the chimney is behind a facade and there is no way to see it up close enough to count. However, it was abandoned last night, also. It's kind of exciting to take out after them and try to see where they're going. Reminds me of storm chasing.

My best, Portia Allbert

Fort Campbell Military Reservation, TN

Here are the results of a chimney swift count conducted on Fort Campbell Military Reservation. Chris Eberly - the DoD PIF program manager - was visiting the base during this time so we conducted the count together. We counted 160 chimney swifts entering a large, brick chimney between 7:10 and 7:30pm (central) on Saturday Sept 9 2005. The chimney was located in a maintenance compound and I would guess it was 45-50' tall. This area of the base is situated in Montgomery Cty, TN. We had clear conditions with temps in the high 70's.

Daniel Moss

Bryn Athyn, PA

  • Number of swifts counted (450 to 500)
  • Time (and time zone) (EST 7:00 to 7:30 +/-)
  • Date (Sept 11, 2005)
  • Location (Existing school chimney)
  • Address: city, state/province (Bryn Athyn, PA)
  • Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence, Chimney Swift Tower, etc. (School chimney)
  • Weather conditions may also be reported. (Clear/warm)

Berea, OH

Yesterday my husband and I counted 441 chimney swifts entering The Little Red School House chimney (on Bagley Road) between 7:45 and 8:00 pm. Only one swift enter between 7:00 and 7:45 pm.

Have they learned assigned roosting spots? They entered quickly-often 30 at a time, and over only 15 minutes. The 287 swifts we saw with Western Cuyahoga Audubon back on August 14th were much more leisurely, taking at least an hour to enter the chimney, with much fewer entering at a time.

It was a nice evening to be out; clear sky-beautiful moon, very light breeze, about 74 degrees.


Terri Martincic

Memphis, TN

On Sept 9, 2005, Mary Cargill and I counted Chimney Swifts in Midtown Memphis at a church at the corner of Peabody and McLean. 85 degrees F, Sky clear, time 6:45 pm to 7:47 pm, We counted 40 Chimney Swifts.

On Sept 11, 2005, Mary Cargill and I counted swifts at Immaculate Conception Church, midtown Memphis, 1695 Central Ave. 85 degrees F, sky clear, time 6:55 pm to 7:38 pm. We counted 262 Chimney Swifts.

Carolyn Bullock

Newmarket, Ontario

I counted zero Chimney Swifts from 19:00 to 20:00 on Sep 10, 2005.  Meaning the swifts likely headed south as they were around a month ago, although I was unable to do a count at that time. The roost is at the
corner of Main St & Davis Dr in a brick chimney of an old house / restaurant. Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. Clear skies, 15-20 Celsius. Maybe a thousand starlings and blackbirds roosting in nearby trees.

Mike van den Tillaart