Date: 8/25/19 3:52 am
From: 'P. swanson' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Re: swift migration and towers
Thanks, Juliet. I hope the fires in the Amazon are gone by the time they go back there.

> On Aug 24, 2019, at 9:50 PM, Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...> wrote:
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> It's my understanding that artificial towers have been more accepted by Swifts in the southern part of their range, such as in Texas.
> Here in the North, they almost never use them.
> See this helpful site from the Wisconsin Chimney Swift Working Group.
> https://www.wiswifts.org/
> Juliet Berger
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>> On Sat, Aug 24, 2019 at 4:07 PM John Farmer <ajf-jlf...> wrote:
>> Fred,
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>> Like you, I'm unaware that the one tower I was associated with (I oversaw an Eagle Scout project that resulted in one in York Township's Mary McCann Park) ever hosted a nesting or roosting Swift. I resigned from the Parks Committee four years ago and rarely get out to see it these days. I'll have to make an evening visit someday soon. If I see any evidence of use, I'll let you know.
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>> John
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>> From: Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...>
>> Sent: Saturday, August 24, 2019 3:41 PM
>> To: John Farmer <ajf-jlf...>; <birders...>
>> Subject: Re: [birders] Count of Roosting Chimney Swifts at Milan City Hall tonight, Saturday, August 24
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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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