This evening when we went up on the hill to snap the sunset, it was pretty. But for me, the real star of the show was the Chimney Swifts. We watched many pf them swirling in the air and doing acrobatics to eat flying insects. Then they all flew into the chimney for the night. It was an awesome sight!
We stayed and watched the very last one go inside.
In the twilight, the mountains were a deep blue.
And on the way home, the geese flew over! But since they weren't honking like usual, I had no warning. So I only got a few of the flock.
Chimney swifts are
always in flight except when they are nesting and roosting overnight. They are
so adapted to flight that they eat and drink and even bathe while flying.
Chimney swift numbers are now falling for a very specific reason: They don’t
make chimneys like they used to.
Today, chimneys are
designed to be more narrow, and many are capped. This means the swifts have
lost access to many readily accessible nesting locations.