Went downtown Columbia for some Chimney Swifts and wasn't disappointed. Found a large flock swirling around the chimney of the old armory building on Ash. Like John says, first one or two dropped in, then more and more. 

Mary

On Sep 25, 2016, at 9:59 PM, John Besser <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi Dave, On September 4, I saw a large flock of swifts entering a roost on the MU campus. I wrote the following post on the facebook page of Columbia Audubon Society:

"Walking up fifth street on the MU campus this evening, we saw ahuge flock of Chimney Swifts entering their evening roost.  We saw a flock of hundreds of birds swirling over a chimney on the [Academic Support] In building at 5th and Stewart. 

As dusk settled, we could see birds drop out of the flock an into the chimney -- first single birds, then a few at the time, then dozens at a time. As it became dark, the whole flock funnelled into the chimney. 

I estimate about 500 birds are roosting in this single chimney..."

John

On Sunday, September 25, 2016, David Starrett <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Last night we saw a large flock swirling around and dropping into a building in downtown Columbia.  I'd say over 100.  The big spinning torus of birds that peel off down into some structure I couldn't see.  For locals and those familiar with Columbia, it is somewhere in a building on the SE corner of Walnut and 9th, roughly over/behind Shotgun Pete's BBQ place.  Curious if anyone knows where they are roosting.


Dave

 
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Hi Barbara, and MO. birders,
Here in Joplin, we've had a pair or two nest each year in our chimney for at least
25 of the 28 years that we have lived here.  We've only had a couple of
critters fall all of the way down.  I let them go out back, but, not at all sure
that they made it.  
The pair or two are always gone from our chimney by middle of August.  
I understand that they winter all the way to the Amazon of South America !
Larry
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