Date: 8/24/19 12:52 pm
From: 'P. swanson' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Count of Roosting Chimney Swifts at Milan City Hall tonight, Saturday, August 24
That’s one of the reasons I asked because I wondered how a freestanding tower would be received by Swifts.
Penny

> On Aug 24, 2019, at 3:41 PM, Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...> wrote:
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> I like the last clip at that YouTube link John with the video from the inside of that nesting “tower”. I wonder if my tower has ever hosted a visiting Swift? At last glance, after ten years or so, not a single nest has been built nor have I ever seen it used as a roost.
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> On Sat, Aug 24, 2019 at 1:07 PM -0400, "John Farmer" <ajf-jlf...> wrote:
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>> If you missed the Washtenaw County Swift Night Out and have yet to witness Chimney Swifts going to roost, you're welcome to view the phenomenon in Milan this evening.
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>> Follow the attached map to the Library parking lot adjacent to Milan's City Offices and Police Station at 147 Wabash Street at 8:00 PM. Ours is not a large roost (159 birds counted this past Tuesday), but should let you see avian aerial performances somewhat akin to carrier landings of Navy fighter jets at dusk by their Top-gun pilots.
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>> This video wasn't photographed locally, but the segment from 20-30 seconds in will give you a good sense of what you may see if you drop by.
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>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7b8PpiNhJg
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>> With living things, nothing can be guaranteed, but the birds usually call it a day within the hour centered around sunset, which for Milan is 8:22 PM today.
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>> To learn more about the species, its current plight, and to see an interactive map that shows our Monroe County roost among others around the state, check out this Audubon website.
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>> John
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