17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
It distresses me so much when I hear from people who claim to appreciate birds, know their need for habitat, but yet when they are inconvenienced in some minor way, all that goes out the window. What is one thing they find so annoying? Chimney Swifts making noise in the chimney. Bird noise is considered an inconvenience?!?! Some may hire Chimney Swift removal companies (Though this is illegal according to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act) and cap up their chimneys, thus creating more loss for the birds.
Chimney Swifts are diurnal (day-time) birds! As soon as it is dark, they are silent. How much other noise is being generated in many homes today? Televisions, stereos… yet those things do not bother the residents.
Please do not cap your chimneys. Those bird sounds are only for a short period of time and you would be doing so much good by leaving them open for nesting and roosting. The two parents and their young will eat about 12,000 of insects in a day.* Mosquitos, gnats and others. Think of all those West Nile Virus-carrying bugs being eaten!
Sometimes I wonder about all the mumbling us people do about birds and animals. The noise. The mess. The diseases… God did not give animals the ability to communicate verbally with us. I am sure we would get more than an earful, if they could. They have every right to complain about what we’ve done to their homes, their food supplies, their water and so on.
About the Chimney Swifts in my kitchen, I purchased a print titled, “The Line Up. If I remember from the book about Chimney Swifts, the ready to fledge young will cling at the opening like this. The artist drew the young they were rehabilitating. They have imitation chimneys so the birds can cling as they would in the wild. I am really impressed with all the work they do to keep things as natural as possible for them.
I never did post about the completion of our big project. Here are our two Chimney Swift towers with an attached garage. The glass and screens will be taken off in the warm months to allow the Barn Swallows to still get in there for nesting as their old place was torn down. We hope they take to it.
Click on the category, big project, to see the earlier posts.
I will try to explain what some of the features are. The vents are to allow air to go into the towers, which helps keep it cool. These can be removed to take down the nests AFTER the Swifts leave for the year. (they may try to reuse a nest which is no longer as stable as when it was first made) I didn’t get a photo of the foam board insulation being put up, but that too is to keep it cool in there. The cans and gravel in the cement are to allow the rain to drain down, but yet keep anything from digging their way up. The nest is actually made closer to the bottom than the top. The wood siding on the inside has grooves for the Swifts to cling to. And the top pieces shrink the size of the opening to shelter the birds from the rain, but yet are big enough for them to fly in and out of. The vinyl siding is said to be slick enough to keep critters from climbing up, but I saw a photo of a snake crawling its way to a nest on someone’s porch, so Papa will put up some of that metal sheeting near the top of the towers.
When we planned this, we never saw a Swift fly over our yard; we were taking a risk. But we didn’t think it was impossible as there are areas within ten miles from us that have these birds in the summer. Wouldn’t you know it, shortly after the work began, two were seen flying over our yard! YAY!
I am so eager for spring to arrive to hopefully witness some of what I read about in the Chimney Swifts book. Unlike most birds who stop using a box after their nesting season ends, the Chimney Swifts will remain at the site until it’s their time to go south. We also hope to see some migrating Swifts use these. We will not get to see the doings inside the towers. Maybe we will look into cameras later.
I just remembered. We have a couple of windows upstairs that should give us some nice views of the comings and goings of the birds.
This tidbit of info from Chimneyswifts.org. I encourage you to peruse the rest of the site and learn more about these amazing birds. And maybe even create habitat yourself.