It is time for A Swift Night Out September 2008!
As summer draws to a close and the swifts have finished raising their young, these fascinating aerial acrobats begin to congregate in communal roosts prior to their migration in the fall. Some roosts may consist of an extended family group of a half a dozen birds or so, but the larger sites can host hundreds or even thousands of swifts!
We encourage you to involve your local Audubon chapters, bird clubs, scout groups, and neighbors in this exhilarating spectacle. August was a great success, and the September event is just around the corner!
Here is how it works: 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 (central to east coast) or Vaux's Swift (Pacific coast) go to roost in your area.
On one night over the weekend of September 12, 13, and 14, observe the roost starting about 30 minutes before dusk and estimate the number of swifts that enter. When you have your number, contact us with your results. That's all there is to it!
Please pass this message along to any listserve or other groups that you think might be interested. We look forward to hearing from you!
Paul and Georgean Kyle