[CT Birds] chimney swift question

Jan Hollerbach smilifase at gmail.com
Wed Jul 18 20:06:11 EDT 2012

Just an update. Thank you to all who gave great suggestions, advice, brochures, etc. 

Luckily the Swift-chimney lady called a chimney guy who was ethical. He told her the birds are endangered and he can't do anything with the chimney until the Fall, once all the birds are gone. So she is resigned to her plight.  I am still going to try my darnedest to get her excited about this!  I'd love to have her decide not to cap her chimney!

Thanks again one and all with your help and suggestions!

Jan Hollerbach

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On Jul 18, 2012, at 10:44 AM, "Kearney, Shannon" <Shannon.Kearney at ct.gov> wrote:

> Hi Jan,
> Based on most chimney swift records in Connecticut, they should “fledge” by the end of August at the latest, but birds can roost in chimneys through the end of September.   The birds need 21 days to incubate and then about a month to fledge.  If she does the math back to when she first noticed their return she may be able to figure out the expected fledging date for her birds.  The birds are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and so she legally cannot remove the nest so long as the birds are in it.    After they fledge, they don’t need the nest, but the fledgling birds will return to the chimney each night and during the day to roost until they are ready to move to migration staging roosts (by September). 
> Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like all will fledge given what she describes.  When the birds are healthy and alive, they don’t create much of an odor- and definitely not enough to cause her to smell it without sticking her head up   into the chimney flue.  (I know this from sticking my head up into many chimney swift nests over the years). The odor should “go away” with just a little bit of time if she is patient.  If she would like, you can give her my contact information if she has more questions.
> Thanks!
> Shannon B. Kearney-McGee
> CT DEEP Wildlife Division
> PO Box 1550, 341 Milford St.
> Burlington, CT 06057
> shannon.kearney at ct.gov
> Phone: 860-675-8130
> Fax: 860-675-8134

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