A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


Elyria, OH

Wanted to let you know that there are a few [3-4] CS left in Highland Village, [Denton Co]
Also, I was just up home in [near Lake Erie, 25 miles west of Cleveland] and to my amazement there are still CS flying about. I saw, in two separate locations a total of 11 birds.

Sue Yost

Spartanburg, SC

471 swifts
7:50- 8:05 PM EDT
Friday, 9 September 2005
701 East Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302
Small brick apartment complex, edge of residential neighborhood
Warm, few clouds
[95 swifts entered this chimney 9/17 on migratory count day]

193 swifts
7:50- 8:05 PM EDT
Saturday, 10 September 2005
Pine Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302
Former library, now business office, beside same residential neighborhood above
Warm, few clouds

369 swifts
7:50- 8:05 PM EDT
Monday, 12 September 2005
1475 Skylyn Drive
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Old brick elementary school, edge of residential neighborhood
Slight overcast
[692 swifts entered this chimney 9/17]

Sarah Campbell

San Angelo, TX

I have seen groups of swifts in my neighborhood for several years but never knew what they were or where they were roosting. Just last night-9-21-05 some new neighbors pointed out that the great cloud of birds were descending into another neighbor's chimney. Tonight my husband and I saw about 200 birds spiral down into the chimney at 520 W Washington Dr, San Angelo, Texas at 8:00pm.. When will they leave this
area for their southern migration? Thank you for all the info on your website.

Barbara Peterson

Caledonia, MS

9 Chimney Swifts counted
1845 hours
14 September 2005
2680 Stanley Road
Caledonia, MS 39740
Residence - 10" square chimney with wood burning insert
Spotter: Charles E. Parker. He reported, that sometimes he has to physically remove them from his fireplace insert when they can't seem fly back out the chimney.

Janalie M. Graham

Ridgewood, NJ

Observed at George Washington Middle School, Ridgewood,New Jersey, a long time migration staging Chimney swift roost.

August 29- 500plus Swifts
Sept. 9 - 600plus "
Sept. 15 - 500plus "
Sept. 17 - 600plus "
Sept. 21 - 250plus "

Kurt Muenz

Romeo, MI

I am sad to report that my Chimney Swifts have moved on to another chimney. But luckily, I was able to find them and get a count. They are currently using the chimney at the First Congregational Church on Church Street in Romeo. It is located about one block southwest (the way the swift flies) of their normal roost at the Romeo Schools Administration Building. My count on Friday, September 9 was 140. Unfortunately, that was considerably lower than my count of 240 on the previous day.

Diane Miller

Ashville, NC

Number of swifts counted: approximately 1,500. I used a "tally meter" to help with counting.
Time: 7:40pm to 8:05pm
Time Zone: Eastern
Date: September 11, 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: No wind, no precipitation. ~60F

: I also watched the same site tonight, September 25, 2005. Tonight's data:
# swifts: approximately
2,700 (tally meter)
Time: 7:30pm-7:45pm Eastern
Weather: very strong gusty wind ~14mph (Hurricane Rita effect), but no precipitation yet; ~70 F
Approximately 200 people showed up to watch! (I didn't actually count the people; just a rough estimate)

Chris Kelly

Kerrville, TX

Sunday 9/25,2005 - Kerrville

Well I know this isn't the official weekend, but wasn't sure if anyone had sent in a report about the chimney in downtown Kerrville that had a great colony last year. Was on my way home tonite when I heard the swifts chittering so pulled in -- at 7:49 pm they started to dive in and by 8 pm I counted at least 500.

Will they spend the entire winter in this area, or are they still moving around?

I'm going to contact the building owner to see what their feelings are - hopefully they aren't bothered by them. My concern is that it may be closed down, hence, I will work on the Riverside Nature Center to put up a roost as an alternative spot.

I haven't heard the swifts around my house lately - the summer gang must have move somewhere else. Don't know where they roost.

Susan Sander

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Observer - John Ralston
Count - 11
Date - Aug.14,2005
Time Entered - 8:50 to 9:00 p.m. eastern
Location - City Court House building
Address - corner of Elgin and Queen street
Weather - clear, calm, 60 degrees F