Watch 1,500 birds invade a house through the chimney

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Time for a chimney cap.

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While wearing my Linnaeus underoos: (most likely) Chaetura vauxi, commonly: Vaux’s swift …and damned if they aren’t occasionally called: the chimney swift.

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I grew up in an old Victorian stick house, where an unused chimney was capped off in my bedroom with just a decorative dinner plate covering up the hole on the inside of the building. I had a couple of birds get into my bedroom, including a screech owl on one of the coldest nights of the year. My folks thought I was hallucinating when I woke them at 2am to tell them that there was an owl in my bedroom. I also had a starling get inside while I was away at summer camp, found it dead under the dresser. Needless to say the chimney has since been removed.

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Rain and bugs too.

We’d be okay because we have five cats. But first they’d have to wake up and get their lazy butts of the couch.

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It’s so cool to watch swifts go into a chimney! Maybe not so cool to see them coming out of the fireplace…

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Give each birb a little scrub brush in their beaks and market them as “Chimney Swift Sweepers”.

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They’re on their way to Portland!
https://audubonportland.org/go-outside/swift-watch/

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Birb?

Why couldn’t they have just closed the flue?

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They found an interesting cave.

What? And you didn’t accept the invitation?

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Sounds like an easy way to get free birds for pies

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I don’t understand why the news report didn’t talk to Audubon or American Bird Conservation. The swifts’ usual place to sleep was likely torn down and they needed a new place to live. At least no one killed them.

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why though?

came to ask the same thing…I mean, ideally, they would have closed it earlier in the year, Chimney caps are also useful for managing swifts’ behavior.

I expect a nearby abandoned building, where they had roosted, has been destroyed.

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