A Swift Night Out: Bird count

  • Friday, September 08, 2017
  • Sunday, September 10, 2017
  • 3 sessions
  • Friday, September 08, 2017, 7:00 PM 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 09, 2017, 7:00 PM 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, September 10, 2017, 7:00 PM 8:00 PM
  • At an active chimney near you!


A "SWIFT NIGHT OUT" is a continent-wide effort to raise awareness about and encourage interest in Chimney Swifts. For the second weekend in September, groups of birders across the nation will help locate and count roosts. Swifts roost in large numbers at dusk during their fall migration to South America. These bird counts contribute to awareness about important roost sites and the population of Chimney Swifts that pass through. 

As summer draws to a close and the swifts have finished raising their young, these fascinating aerial acrobats begin to congregate in communal roosts prior to their migration in the fall.   Some roosts may consist of an extended family group of a half a dozen birds or so, but the larger sites can host hundreds or even thousands of swifts!  

The national counts are held during Friday, Saturday or Sunday over the second weekend of September. Participants will observe a specific roost starting about 30 minutes before sunset (~7:00pm) and estimate the number of swifts that enter. 

In the last year PVAS has taken on a big Chimney Swift project at Shepherd. PVAS is hoping to harness this energy, expand awareness and contribute to national counting efforts. More information about the Chimney Swift count, known as "A Swift Night Out" can be found online.  

Our goal is to put new towns and new sites on the national count maps and increase awareness about roost sites and population numbers. Increased participation will improve the area we can cover and also strengthen our counting accuracy. Your help is appreciated! 

For more information, or to locate a roost near you please contact Bridget Tinsley at Bridget@PotomacAudubon.org

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