Big LA Weekend

On Friday, the Audubon Center at Debs Park and the Los Angeles Audubon Society hosted nearly 200 people in the heart of Downtown LA to watch thousands of swifts descend down the chimney at the Chester Williams Building. Crafts were made, binoculars shared, and Peregrine Falcons fed on several swifts. It was an amazing night. Thanks to all who came out.

Enjoying a swifty night downtown! We love the expression on that kid's face!

Saturday night had less people, but more swifts. Observers estimated 14,540 swifts tucked in beginning around 6:40 pm and spanning until 7:15 pm. One birder on the rooftop remarked, “This is a world-class nature experience.” We couldn’t agree more!

Counts Along the Flyway

The swifts are on the move – here’s a snapshot of chimney/roost site monitoring reports from this past Monday, Sept 19th along the Vaux Swift Flyway (which in total stretches from Alaska to Baja California):
Old Northern State Hospital, WA                6,803
Monroe Frank Wagner Elementary,  WA     3,677
Selleck Old School House, WA                  1,572
JBLM                                                        2,930
Eugene, OR                                              4,000
Rio Lindo, CA                                          1,900
For a map of major roosting sites, see the Flyway Snapshot on