8th Annual Chimney Swift Watch this Saturday night
From the folks at PARC:
Don't Miss the Annual Swift Watch This Saturday night!
Join us for the 8th Annual Chimney Swift Watch -- this Saturday night, October 2nd, 7PM!
We're meeting on the fourth floor of the Civic Center Parking Deck downtown, around 7PM Saturday night.
From there, we'll watch the swifts circle and go into the Tyler Building chimney, directly behind the deck at the corner of Walnut and Rankin.
This chimney is the lowest one that the birds use. It's also very close to our viewing spot on the fourth level of the parking deck, so our Swift Watch this year should be wonderful!
You can also watch them from the street on Rankin Avenue.
We've seen thousands of swifts going into this chimney already this year, and they're also using the chimney at Asheville Middle School. We've seen no swifts at the Grove Arcade, though.
Watch the swifts swirl in striking patterns every evening at dusk, circling together before they drop down into their chimney of choice for the night. It’s amazing to see, and kids love it. Bring the whole family!
These birds eat mosquitos and other insects as they fly all day, never perching. They should be here for about another week or two. Their numbers will increase daily until they leave together on their long migration to Peru, usually starting around October 5th-10th.
If you're busy this Saturday night, try to come on Friday or Sunday night. There are lots of swifts at Asheville Middle School, too, if that's more convenient for you.
Click here for a great short clip of Asheville's chimney swifts.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TfM035OXds&feature=channel