There are seven photos on this page:
1. Orphaned early nestling
2. Chimney Swift, early nestling,
view of abdomen
3. Chimney Swifts,
5. Chimney Swift,
older nestling (eyes finally open)
6. Chimney Swifts,
now old enough to hang vertically
7. Chimney Swift
almost ready to fly
Sometimes called "flying cigars," Chimney Swifts
are unique aerial insectivores. Thought to be related to Hummingbirds,
these fast-flying black birds are often mistaken for bats.
Swifts nest in chimneys, their twig nests attached to the
brick with saliva. Often young birds are found in fireplaces
when summer humidity causes nests to detach from chimney walls.
These birds only have one clutch of young per year starting
in July, and are extremely communal. When startled, they have
a very loud warning call. Chimney Swifts have tiny feet that
allow them to hang vertically.
By the second week in September, these birds begin their
migration to South America. Swifts are extremely delicate, and
are probably the most challenging species of bird that we rehabilitate.
These Swifts came to us after their nest fell down and
could not be returned to the chimney. They were all successfully
rehabilitated and released in time for migration.
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