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Chimney Swift Watch at the Maryland Naturalist Center

  • Sep 22, 2013 · 6:45 PM
  • Maryland Naturalist Center

The Chimney Swift flocks are back and staying in Overlea at night during their migratory voyage to South America for the winter.  We're participating in Swift Night Out a national monitoring program to help estimate range wide populations.  Come see their amazing evening descent into the nearby chimney.  Over a thousand birds were observed entering the chimney last Fall during one evening.

Binoculars are useful but not necessary. 

Come a half hour early (6:15 pm) if the sky is cloudy.  This event will take place in light rain, but cancelled if raining hard or there is lightening. We have been observing swifts roosting in large numbers in many local chimneys but chose this one for ease of access and high numbers of roosting birds. Come join us if you can!

For questions, contact Carol Schreter at[masked] or [masked]

Swift Night Out is organized by the Driftwood Wildlife Association of  Texas

A member of the Baltimore Bird Club SwiftWatch Team ( will be present to answer questions.

More information about Chimney Swifts can be found though these links:




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  • Marian

    It was wonderful! Learned a lot and experienced an amazing event.

    September 23, 2013

  • Tami E.

    Here's a link to a video I took with my fancy iPhone zoomermabob:

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Tami E.

    What a nice way to spend an evening - relaxed, chatting with other nature loving neighbors and observing this natural phenomenon. I learned quite a bit about Chimney Swifts! For example, they don't poo in the chimneys, they can't land on branches because their legs are so short so they fly all day, they migrate and all the Chimney Swifts in North America funnel through Texas on their way to South America, they eat insects, and that they cuddle up together inside the chimney (even if there are only a few in there). We estimated/counted that about 1600 - 2000 (I think) Chimney Swifts went into the chimney at the school this evening.

    September 22, 2013

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