A Continent-wide Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring Project


St. Louis, MO

Observed evening of Aug. 7, 2009
Maplewood Richmond Heights (MRH) High School, 7539 Manchester Road, Maplewood, MO 63143. Chimney back side of main building. Observed about 500 swifts. Numbers massive September 2008.

John Miller

Shorewood, WI

Number of swifts counted: 167
Time (and time zone): 7:15 - 7:35 PM, Central
Date: 8/7/09
Location: St. Robert's parking lot
Address, city, state/province: Corner of Capitol Dr and Maryland Ave
Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence,
Chimney Swift Tower, etc: School (abandoned incinerator)
Weather conditions may also be reported.: raining pretty hard by 7:35.

Austin, TX

Last night Laurie Foss and I visited the chimney at 10th/Brazos that we had seen many swifts leaving from earlier in the year. I was expecting great numbers of swifts to be using the chimney as a roost. Here's what we found:
Location: slightly north of the intersection of E 10th St & Brazos St, Austin Texas
Date: 8/7/09
Our arrival time: 8:05p (Central time zone)
First swift entered: 8:24p
Our departure time: 8:50p
Number of swifts entered: 3
Description of chimney: commercial district in downtown Austin, possibly an old incinerator chimney
Weather: hot and clear and windy
I'm hoping data on locations with low numbers of swifts is as important as data on locations with high numbers of swifts.

Shelia Hargis

Stellarton, NS

I checked the chimney of Temperance St. School in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada both Aug. 7 and Aug 8. Time zone is Atlantic Daylight Time
Aug. 7 was overcast with 100% cloud cover, but calm and 20C. I arrived at 20:19. First Swift entered at 20:24 and last at 20:31. Total counted 17. I left at 20:37.
Aug. 8 was 30% cloud, calm and 20C. I arrived at 20:24. First swift entered at 20:26, but came back out. Last group of 3 entered at 20:37, but 1 came back out a couple of minutes later and reentered at 20:40. Total 21. I left at 20:46.
This number is down considerable from past years and has been most of the summer.

Ken McKenna

Cedarburg, WI

Date : 8/8/09
Number : 7
Location: Sherman rd , Cedarburg WI
Time: 7:45 to 8:15 Central
Residence: The birds have nested in my chimney for years.
Weather. Cloudy, warm
Carol Schulenberg

Elkhart, IN

August 8, 2009

8:40 pm to 9:20 pm EDT
Sundown was 8:53 pm
83 partly cloudy/sunny
120 swifts going into the brick chimney at the old Boris Smoler dress factory on Crawford Street

Doris Stickel and David Stokely

Toulon, IL

  • Number of swifts counted:  153
  • Time (and time zone):  Began the count at 7:30PM CDST
    Finished at 8:40PM CDST

  • Date: August 8, 2009
  • Location:  Chimney to Stark County High School Building
  • Address: city, state/province, 418 South Franklin St. Toulon, IL 61483
  • Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence, Chimney Swift Tower, etc.
Chimney to the school building which is brick and approximately 60 feet in height located at the south edge of a rural town of 1400 people.

It had rained 1 inch on Friday, the temperature was a high of 89 with a heat index of 100. The temperature at the time of observation was 81. There was a south breeze of approximately 15 mph.

Allan Curry

New Bern, NC

New Bern, NC has a gazillion swifts! I've known they were there for years and could not work out a time to get there and observe them - its 50 miles away, so 100 miles round trip. Anyway, New Bern is the second oldest town in NC, founded in 1703, and is located on the Trent and Neuse Rivers. The historic district is blanketed with swifts. Chances are very good that this area will always remain intact. There are many, many old churches, buildings, etc. with chimneys. Many of the old homes have upcapped chimneys and many have an arch-type covering that is oblong, about 6-8" high. New Bern is also documented by PMCA as having a huge martin roost and I saw the martins heading towards the bridge for the night. Last year it was estimated that over 10,000 martins are roosting there under one of the tall bridges.
I found two roosts for the swifts and feel there could be more. Both of these were downtown in the historic district. Took me an hour to find them and they are about a block apart.

Approximately 400 swifts @8:24 PM. A small building on Broad Street, presently a real estate office, with a tall chimney located in a parking lot. Clear weather, 78 degrees. New Bern, NC
Approximately 100 swifts @ 8:30 PM. Old brick house on Front Street with double chimneys, located across from Comfort Suites., New Bern, NC. Clear weather, 78 degrees. About 1 block from first location.

Approximately 300 swifts @ 8:27 PM at Arthur Edwards Elem. School, Havelock, NC. Old chimney at school. Very old roosting site. Weather clear, 83 degrees.
Have another site tomorrow night in Morehead City, will report then.

Douglass Swanson

Tampa, FL

  • Number of swifts counted: 115 (averaged over 4 observer groups)
  • Time (and time zone): 7:30 to 8:30 pm (Eastern)
  • Date: August 7th, 2009
  • Location: St Paul Lutheran Church, 5103 Central Ave
  • Address: city, state/province: Tampa, FL
  • Broad description of the site, e.g. school, warehouse, residence, Chimney Swift Tower, etc.: Church Chimney
  • Weather conditions may also be reported: Drizzling

Jeff Harmon