Our resident chimney swifts needed a helping hand this summer! I came home to hear a ruckus coming from my dining room fireplace. I opened it up to find four young swifts had fallen including their nest. Using foam rubber I cut out a depression and placed the swifts inside and placed it back into the chimney . I could hear the parents in the chimney but was unceratin wheher they could come down all the way to the bottom in the narrow liner. I checked on the swifts several hours later and as a group with their eyes still not open yet they had climbed several feet! I was stunned! I checked again several hours later and they had climbed alomost out of sight. About 7 feet total. I was quite confident at this point that they would be renited with the adults as they obviously were climbing toward the calling adults! Within two days I could hear them all once again at the top of the chimney. I had concerns however being so young that they would tire clinging without a nest to hold them or rest in. Sure enough several days later as I continued to check the fireplace, I found a young bird had fallen. I continued to check and several days later another had fallen. I decided to hold these birds and see how things continued. A week passed with no additional falls and now I actively started to look for help to return the birds to the top of the chimney. After 9 days of handfeeding 14 hours a day I was able to find someone willing to climb the very steep roof to return them, as the remainder of the siblings were all at the very top of the chimney. It was a great success and I got my baby swift fix!!!
Swift and Swallow pavilion now enclosed on three sides with cedar siding
New and Improved swift and swallow nesting pavilion
Activities around Mount Vernon Songbird Sanctuary's Gardens
In the spring of 2008 Mount Vernon Songbird Sanctuary, along with the help of volunteers and generous donors, built a swift and swallow nesting pavilion. We spared no expense and built a full size brick and mortar chimney for nesting or roosting Chimney Swifts. The chimney is behind the pond on the sanctuary, and is attached to a pavillion to attract nesting barn swallows. Over the 2011 winter we cleared more land that surrounds the chimney to make more open air space to attract Chimney Swifts and success that Spring the swifts moved in!.
Swift and Swallow nesting pavilion and chimney
Chimney Swift nest with young
This sanctuary attracts more than just songbirds!!!
Breeding wood frogs
Shed skin of a garter snake
Adult accipiter not a friend of songbirds!
Red fox sadly another mange sufferer
Black bear being a bad boy!
Sadly a coyote suffering from mange
White tailed deer
Young eastern cottontail
Gray phase eastern screech owl
Black and Turkey vultures
The sanctuaries pond is home to ducks and reptiles!