[midvalleybirds] Corvallis Vaux's Swifts

Roger Freeman freemanbecard at gmail.com
Fri Sep 13 07:19:10 PDT 2019


I watched close to 1000 swirling and funneling Swifts at the Silverton
Palace theatre chimney this past Tuesday evening (9/10) around 740-800 PM.

Roger Freeman

On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 9:04 PM Mary Garrard <springazure1 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi, Marge Alig and I and several neighbors observed 242 swifts enter a
> chimney at a private residence near Weigand Hall tonight. It was a lovely
> evening with a slight breeze and a few clouds to contrast against the pale
> pink sky at sunset. Sunset tonight was at 7:30. It’s always so much fun to
> watch the swifts as they swirl looselyl, then get more and more organized
> into a tighter group, then flutter down as they funnel into the chimney. It
> never gets old to me.
>
> This migration the numbers I’ve seen at the chimney near the Mongolian
> Grill off First street downtown, and now at this private residence, have
> been much lower than in the past, from 80 to 300 or so. In previous years
> we have often counted 1200-1500, and I have heard reports of up to 3000.
>
> Where are they?????
>
> Happy fall migration!
>
> Mary
>
>
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