Date: 8/28/17 5:42 pm From: Deb Hale <debhale72...> Subject: More Swifts
Walking home from an evening town meeting this evening, I had another Swift encounter.
Perhaps two hundred or so Chimney Swifts were swirling in a mob just a few doors down from my house. I stopped and watched while several dipped down into my neighbor's chimney. Plunk! Another and another dropped in while the rest of the swift crowd swooped in circles in the sky. A kid passing on a bike commented on the bats. I told him they were birds flocking in migration and spending the night in this dude's chimney all pressed in together. He was impressed.
The chimney owner just happened to be out on his back patio with a few friends enjoying the evening air. He'd been thinking the swifts were checking into the United Methodist church chimney next door. But we stood together witnessing otherwise: it was his hospitality they've been enjoying. Makes sense. He makes the best pound cake this side of the Kanawha River, and the best strawberry jam.