Vaux’s Swift Roosting

 

   “This afternoon I followed a fuzzy memory out to the Old Selleck Schoolhouse. Sure enough, it's got a big old brick chimney on the back side. This looks like really hot stuff. Found a couple colorful locals on the porch of a house that looked right at the structure and asked if they had ever seen any birds fly into that there chimney. ‘Sure have, lots of times. Swarms of them. They dive right in.’

    I may be spending some time in Selleck.”






Schwitters’ post on Tweeters, 6/25/08

Photo by Curt Young, 5/1/08 Wagner Elementary School, Monroe, WA

Photo by Brad Benson, Rio Lindo Academy, CA 2009

     Thousands of Vaux’s Swifts inside the chimney.

Video by L. Schwitters, Selleck Schoolhouse, WA

Vaux’s Swift roosting sites

                              Oregon State

Yellow dots indicate less than 1,000 birds expected per night.

Red dots indicate more than 1,000 birds expected per night.

                        Washington State

Yellow dots indicate less than 1,000 birds expected per night.

Red dots indicate more than 1,000 birds expected per night.

Vaux’s Swift known Northwest roosting sites

Photo by John Hunter, near Horse Gulch , CA