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September 25, 2010 / littlefooteslab

Swift Watch 2010

Sarah came over Wednesday night. We made fried green tomato sandwiches and headed over to NW Portland to watch a bunch of little birds fly down a chimney.

The fly around like this for a while, gaining in numbers, until sunset, when they all fly down the chimney to roost for the night. It sort of looks like reverse smoke, or a bunch of pepper in the sky. The birds are little and fast and really pretty. There is also a falcon that looks for dinner here nightly. The falcon swooped in and disrupted the swift formation while we were there. Then it seemed like the swifts chased the falcon off. It was pretty neat. Last year, while I watched, the falcon got a bird and flew away to munch on dinner in private. As Sarah said, it’s just like watching a nature show on tv, you get an up close look at the food chain. (I paraphrased)

Sarah also told me that her Aunt had found an entry in her Great Grandmother’s journal from March, 8th, 1940, when she watched the swifts here in Portland. I guess it’s been a popular Fall activity for a while!

Check out the Audubon Portland website for a bunch more info about the Swifts.

Wow, I just noticed that the Audubon counted the swifts the night we were there, 12,000! That’s the highest for this year so far. Pretty cool that we happened to be there. count listed here

It was a very crowded night. The lawn was packed in shoulder to shoulder. We even had people encroaching on our blanket! It was rather annoying. Sarah and I had fun though. We always have a fun time, I’m really glad she went with me.   : )

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  1. moma / Sep 26 2010 7:22 am

    How cool to find the diary entry! 70 years ago – amazing!

  2. Mira / Sep 26 2010 2:27 pm

    I had never heard of this! Great to see you today!

    • littlefooteslab / Sep 26 2010 3:57 pm

      Next time, come with me! : )

      It was great to see you too. Have a wonderful vacation!

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