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CANCELLED: Swift Night Out: Montgomery area

Chimney swifts at dusk by Greg Harber

September 30, 2022 , 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

UPDATE: We have made yet another tough decision to cancel this Swift Night Out. The weather is not cooperating. However, if you can make it to the chimney listed in the first update, you still have a chance to see the show this week! Get to the Tallassee City Hall just before sunset. The chimney is on top of the building and can be seen from the adjacent field. From there, you should still be able to see an impressive “swiftnado” display one night this week. We are so sorry for the inconvenience. This is always one of our favorite events, but we will try again next year.

UPDATE: We made the tough decision to postpone our Swift Night Out scheduled for September 9th due to the strong potential for bad weather. We will try again on September 30th, location TBD. We will meet at 6 p.m. due to the earlier sunset.

UPDATE: The swifts have not fully cooperated in Montgomery; however, we have located an impressive display in Tallassee, around 40 minutes away off of I-85 towards Auburn. We will meet at the Tallassee City Hall (3 Freeman Ave, Tallassee, AL 36078) at 6:30. There should be ample parking in the main parking lot or in the lots of the Tallassee Community Library or the East Tallassee United. We will convene in the field behind the City Hall. You may want to bring a camping chair with you. Check back here if the weather is questionable.

Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes by 9 a.m. CDT on Friday, September 30th.

This event has been cancelled.

Swift Night Out is back, and we’re partnering with the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to have it in Montgomery! Join us as we enjoy the evening with one of our favorite urban birds, the chimney swift (Chaetura pelagica). All ages and abilities welcome!

After these aerial acrobats have fledged their young and cleared out their nests, the entire North American population makes its way south to winter along the remote headwaters of the Amazon River. On their way there, they congregate in huge roosting flocks with as many as two or three thousand birds sharing a single chimney—numbers that make for a tremendous spectacle when they all pour into the tiny opening at once. Together, we’ll wait for sunset (6:31 p.m.) and watch the swifts work themselves up into their nightly “swiftnado.”

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Chimney Swifts at Avondale Elementary. Video: David Fisher.

The details: Meetup will be at 6:00 p.m. CDT. Location is TBD depending on where the active roosts are.

Binoculars are handy, but certainly not necessary, for viewing the swifts as they assemble in the skies above the chimney. A camping chair might be nice to have.

If you’re a social media user, tag us @alaudubon (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). We strongly encourage you to share your thoughts and photos with the hashtag #AlabamaSwiftWatch!

In the case of inclement weather, the event may be cancelled. Check back here or on Facebook the day of the event if the weather is questionable.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible and open to all.

The trip leader: Mercedes Maddox, Nongame Wildlife Biologist, leads this trip along with Alabama Audubon’s Lianne Koczur. Feel free to email us with questions.

Love swifts? Support our efforts to build chimney swift nesting towers throughout Alabama. For more hands-on action, join our Alabama SwiftWatch program by signing up at alaudubon.org/volunteer.

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