There were still a good number of swifts flying around last evening at Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood, St. Louis County. I counted a few dozen and one nighthawk.

Shawn Clubb
Collinsville, Madison Co., Ill.
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Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008 07:46:31 -0600
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Subject: Fw: Where did the swifts go?
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Received this message this morning.
This is a worry for me because I have 2 babies that won't be ready to go until the end of next week.
I had over 100 using my towers last night. I think I am getting some from up North to. I think they use my towers as a stopping place on their way South.
How are the Chimney swifts in the rest of Mo. doing? Any movement?
Joyce Rosson
Holt, Mo.
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From: Georgean Z. Kyle
To: Joyce Rosson
Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 6:27 PM
Subject: Where did the swifts go?

Our roost of 200 birds slept in Sunday until 2:30 in the afternoon.  Only 23 came back that night.  Every night fewer show up.  Paul remains optimistic that a roost will reform, but I think that they have left for S. America.  Paul has gotten multiple reports from many different states that their swifts have left early too...most are a month early.  I hope your roost is still with you and I also hope that your rehab babies are either out or soon to be.  Don't want to worry you, just wanted to let you know that the birds are acting a bit differently this year.  Maybe they know something that the rest of us don't!!
Think of you often.
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