Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Farewell Swifts

We moved into our house a couple of years ago in February. Right across the street is an old brick factory building with a large chimney. We thought nothing of it except that it would be great to buy and renovate into a studio space. Then May came and the chimney swifts. There is a whole colony living right across the street and every night right at dusk they come home to the chimney and sleep.

Swifts don't land during the day. They spend the whole day swooping after insects. At night, they roost in the chimney. To get in there they swoop over the chimney until they get in the right position and then they sort of free fall. In the spring when there are a lot of them, it sort of looks like smoke going back down the chimney.

As summer commences, they have their babies and it is lots of fun to watch them all figure out how to get back in the chimney. Now that summer is ending, they have left. They go in fits and spurts to start their journey back to Peru, where they spend the winter. There have been three or four that hung out after the others, but I haven't seen them in the last couple of days, so I think they have left too.

Hope you have a safe journey.

See you next spring.

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