Learn all about the Chimney Swift, Chaetura pelagica
If you discover a bird in your chimney, it’s a very good chance it is a swift. Swifts are the easiest species Blue Ridge Wildlife & Fisheries Management, LLC provides control work for. We simply clean and cap the chimney. Swifts are a protected species though, so this can only be done after all of the birds in the chimney have left for their annual voyage to South America.
If swifts are causing conflicts, feel free to call Blue Ridge Wildlife & Fisheries Management, LLC if you are in Staunton, Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, Lexington, Covington, Roanoke, Salem, Smith Mountain Lake, Charlottesville, Ruckersville, Lovingston or Richmond.
Swifts are common on the Eastern half of the United States northward to Canada and make their winter homes in South America. Swifts are almost always found in man-made structures and can be easily seen in almost all urban environments, especially “downtown” areas of cities. They are also commonly found in rural areas in areas of human occupation. In almost all cases, you will discover these birds in chimneys, but they can occasionally be found in naturally occurring habitats.
Much like the swallow, swifts are insectivores; however, they feed almost exclusively on airborne insects whereas the swallow will feed on insects at ground level. Flight patterns to achieve this all-airborne insect diet will closely resemble that of a bat, and most swifts are commonly mistaken for bats.
Swift’s nests are similar in appearance and shape to the “mud cups” that swallows make. The distinction with swifts is that the nesting material they use will be almost exclusively twigs, branches, and dried wood material that they can glue together using a secretion in their saliva. These nests are most commonly built on the inside of chimneys, whether the chimney is lined or not.
Chimney swifts congregate in large family groups that extend into colonies. These birds will use the same chimneys year after year and can reach numbers into the 100s easily in any one chimney. Don’t wait to call us if you suspect a bird in your chimney.
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