Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Swift Night Out

As fall migration grows near, the Driftwood Wildlife Association is again asking for volunteers to monitor chimney swift communal roosts.

Here is how it works: Between now and Aug. 9-11, keep your eyes to the skies at dusk and watch for areas where swifts are feeding. Look for a tall shaft, chimney or similar structure to locate where Chimney Swifts go to roost at sunset.

On one night over the weekend of August 9-11, observe the roosting site starting about 30 minutes before sunset and estimate the number of swifts that enter. When you have your number, email the Driftwood Wildlife Association at with your results. Your observations will be posted on

Grosse Pointe Audubon President Bill Rapai annually monitors two roosting sites--Maire Elementary School and the Grosse Pointe school administration building. All other sites in the Pointes are available, including a large chimney swift roost at the Punch and Judy Building on Kercheval in Grosse Pointe Farms. A few minutes of your time will be helpful in monitoring this species of special concern!

1 comment:

Edward said...

At Mason Elementary the first CHSW dropped down the chimney at 8:41pm Saturday 08102013 and the last at 9:00pm. Total count: 54