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There is an elementary school behind our house that has a lot of swifts that come home to roost too. Not quite in the numbers as shown in this video but still relatively cool to witness.

Makes me want to build a chimney for no other purpose other than watching them come in for a landing.



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It's fun, it's healthy, it's good exercise. The kids will just love it. And we put a little sand inside to make the experience more pleasant.
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That video is from Portland OR! I was there at Chapman Elementary with my daughter this year to watch them. It's amazing to see, they really cover the sky there are so many birds, then they all start funneling together into the chimney.

Matthew, when I saw your post about "behind our house..." I thought, "Hey, I thought he was somewhere in Oceania! If he's in Portland then I should give him a call!" Then I read the rest...
 
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One thing you don't see in the video is the hawks. Every once in a while a hawk flies through the flock of swifts as they circle and grabs one (or tries to). The swifts all get mad and as a flock chase the hawk away, so the whole cloud of tens of thousands of them flies after the hawk, then a few minutes later all flies back. Neat!
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I saw a different video where a falcon swept in a few times. Neat how the swarm takes on a life of its own and acts as it were an entity in and of itself. Sounds like the Michael Crichton book Prey...
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