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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Swiftly they fly

The Chimney Swifts are back in town. As I was working in my front yard this afternoon, I heard their distinctive twittering and looked up to see two of the small black cigar-shaped birds barreling around the sky over my yard.

I had been expecting them and was on the lookout for them. They normally arrive in my yard about the same time as the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, around the first week in April. This year, of course, the hummingbirds were early, arriving a couple of weeks ago. It stood to reason that the swifts might be early, too, and indeed they are, at least by about a week.

The swifts truly are one of my favorite summer visitors. I love their voices. I love their hyperactivity, the way they are always on the move and they have only one speed - fast!

They usually nest in the chimney of my living room fireplace and I expect they will do so again this year.

I went to the website Chimney to report my first sighting. I hope you will, too, when you see swifts in your area.


  1. How exciting!! I either saw some Chimney Swifts or Swallows high up in the air the other day.

  2. It they were flying fast, they were swifts, Steph. Swallows generally are more leisurely in their flight.