Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Chimney swifts

Chimney swifts (Chaetura pelagica) by the thousands are roosting in this chimney in a warehouse at 6th and Salem streets. By day they fly high in the skies all over town catching bugs in the air and at dusk they come back to this chimney. They swarm around the chimney circling counterclockwise like a living tornado, a few birds dropping at a time into the chimney as most of them continue flying. It is quite a sight to see. I had thought that the thousands of birds in this chimney was the entire population of the area but I am told there is another roost in a chimney to a big fraternity building on Littleton St. and I have seen chimney swifts this year also at the chimney on the old Reifers building at 9th and Columbia St.

This picture was taken at about 8 pm on September 20, 2009.

In the daytime you can see chimney swifts from the pedestrian bridge. They are the little birds flying high in the sky over the Wabash River.

Link to chimney swifts:

Link to chimney swifts:

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