[CT Birds] help needed with swifts

Mardi Dickinson mardi1 at optonline.net
Fri Aug 6 12:42:40 EDT 2010


I will continue to volunteer and look for an active roosting sight in  
and around
the Norwalk and southern Fairfield. As you know the local sight that I  
know of
needs additional monitoring to be sure. I will however continue to  
monitor nightly
and talk with others for further locations and let you know.

Mardi Dickinson
Norwalk, CT

On Aug 6, 2010, at 12:22 PM, jayne.amico at cox.net wrote:

> CT Birders -
> I am in a HUGE jam!  I am beyond desperate at this point! I am  
> unable to locate a swift roost and have birds who are wayyy ready  
> for release that are very stressed out with me holding them. Is  
> there anyone who would be willing to volunteer some time each  
> evening to seek out a swift roost?
> Classic roosts are old brick schools, churches and factories.
> The reason the birds cannot just be released is that many of their  
> behaviors are learned such as going into a chimney at dusk, where to  
> forage, where and how to drink water on their own for the first time  
> etc... They would land on trees if released without a group of  
> swifts at a roost site.
> Criteria - It has to be a large concentration of birds that are SEEN  
> and COUNTED entering a chimney. Small groups of birds under 10  
> usually mean it is a family/nesting chimney and others are not  
> welcome. Flybys are not helpful. Swifts are very much still present  
> in CT but all the known roosts so far have proven to be nesting  
> chimneys this year or are just plain not active. It is VERY  
> difficult for me to go because I need to be feeding the birds in  
> rehab until dusk.
> I am really low on help this year and have put so much effort into  
> these amazing and declining birds to c it fail at this point. If  
> anyone can volunteer some hours each evening I would be so  
> appreciative! I currently have 38 swifts here! I am panicking!
> I can be reached at 860-276-8433
> --
> Jayne
> Jayne Amico
> Southington, CT
> www.mvssanctuary.org
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