A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project




Asheville, NC


We counted 94 chimney swifts, from about 7:00pm-8pm. (They really didn't start doing much till around 7:30, and were all in the chimney by around 8.)

This was on Saturday night, September 10, 2011. Location: Asheville, NC. (West Asheville section of town.) The site is a furniture store (Luke Atkinson furniture) with a chimney. It's right beside two moderately busy streets...Brevard Rd and Haywood Rd. Weather was beautiful, felt like fall...scattered clouds and cool.  Thanks for compiling this. We had fun watching and counting!





Racine, WI


On September 11, 2011, Helen Pugh and I observed 41 Chimney Swifts enter the Kewpee’s Sandwich Shop chimney at 520 Wisconsin Avenue, Racine, Wisconsin, between 7:15 and 7:25 PM. It was a perfect late summer evening (clear, mild, calm).


Sharon Kennedy



Shorewood, WI


425 Chimney Swifts dived into the chimney at St Robert's school in
Shorewood on Capitol and Maryland tonight 9/11/11 between 7 and 7:20
PM. They stayed high till shortly before diving in, possibly to
continuing feeding on this warm, calm, clear night with a rising full
moon, possibly partly because of the large crowd of watchers, about
30-40, including the science teacher from the school, the Urban
Ecology educator, their students, and the parents of the students.

Paul Hunter



Pittsburg, KS


September 11, 2011 - Three parties from the Sperry-Galligar Audubon counted Chimney Swifts at three locations in Pittsburg, Crawford Co., KS. Had a total of 1287 birds counted at three roosts. A former grade
school building had numbers estimated at 800 birds - too many to accurately count. Two other chimney roosts were at an old church and the local newspaper office building. Unfortunately, three previously
counted roost sites located at city school buildings have been capped. Weather was clear & calm in low 70's. Last birds down was about 8:10 P.M. Central DST.

Bob Mangile
Sperry-Galligar Audubon

Staten Island, NY


Here are the results for 9/9 and 9/11 for the New York State Armory on 321 Manor Road, Staten Island, NY 10314.

9/9 Sunset at 7:16 PM estimate of 200.

9/11 Sunset at 7:13 PM estimate of 300.

There has been an increase in the number of Chimney Swifts 20111 compared to 2010. All numbers are estimates.


8/7/2011 none

8/26/2011 170

8/28/2011 175

8/30/2011 200

8/31/2011 200

9/3/2011 300

9/8/2011 300

9/9/2011 200

9/11/2011 300

8/7/2010 8

8/27/2010 150

8/29/2010 150

9/2/2010 180

9/9/2010 50

9/21/2010 25


Catherine Barron

Topeka, KS


300+ swifts
7:35 - 8:00 pm CDT
September 11, 2011
State Street Elementary School Topeka, KS
500 NE Sumner
Elementary school chimney
Clear, calm


Andrea May



Charlotte, NC


September 9, 2011

large chimney on private building in downtown Charlotte, NC

7:20 to 8:15 p.m., approx 75 degrees, clear

236 total birds

Peak period = 7:50 to 8:07 234 birds


Howard and Amy Landers



Mount Horeb, WI

Date: September 9, 2011
Time: 6:50pm - 7:45 pm CDT (sundown: 7:18 pm)
Location: 111 E. Main St., Mount Horeb, WI, 53572 (43.008407°, -89.739004°)
Site: chimney in small commercial building
Weather: clear, mild
Chimney Swifts: 39, counted as they went into the chimney

Peter C. Gorman


Staunton, VA


Date: Friday, Sept. 9, 2011

Time: 7:32 to 8:05 pm

Count: 3,200

Location: Staunton, Va. 24401.

Brick chimney locaed at the city jail site

3-story high chimney


Date: Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011

Time: 7:25 to 8:03 pm

Count: 2, 520

Location: Same as above


Date: Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011

Time: 7:15 to 7:58 pm

Count: 4,411

Location: Same as above.


Josephine King



Corpus Christi, TX


counted 7 Chimney Swifts entering the chimney at my home on Sept. 11. My address is 4437 Clear Fork Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78410. A beautiful full moon was climbing the sky to my right as I observed the swifts entering the chimney just at sunset and about 20-25 minutes after. They always seem to come home when I think it's too dark for them to see.

About 3 swifts entered and then immediately exited the chimney, but 7 stayed the night.


Judy Kestner