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chimney swifts

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Last evening my husband and I took a drive into Fredericton to see a population of chimney swifts do their dive into a brick chimney. The chimney at McLeod Avenue provides home to a couple of thousand chimney swifts. These fleet birds nest inside brick and mortar chimneys, an ideal example of how wildlife adapts to coexist with humans. Once, swifts used large hollow trees, but these are disappearing from the landscape. When the swifts returned to Fredericton in May, a CBC newscast spread the word about the chimney and many folks turned out to watch the display CBC .



Last evening was late in the viewing season, so we observed a few hundred birds dive into the chimney. My photography skills are always a problem, so the birds were much faster that the setting on my camera. But I really like the silent ghostly image portrayed. In fact the air was filled with their chirping and the dive of the birds into the chimney opening was like pouring water.







Like the hollow trees before them, brick chimneys are disappearing from the landscape. Efforts are underway to protect chimneys and to provide alternative nesting for swifts, but the struggle to improve the survival of threatened species like the chimney swift must continue.


All the best,


Written by jane tims

June 24, 2018 at 11:26 am

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  1. Oh wow! That’s so neat! Love the action shots!!!



    June 24, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    • Hi Christine. You may have chimneys in your area populated by swifts. It was fun – the wait, the excitement of watching the birds dive into the chimney. Thanks! Jane


      jane tims

      June 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm

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