Constructing Chimney Swifts a New House


Constructing Chimney Swifts a New House
Written by Conor Gearin

That is BirdNote. 

Public radio station WYSO in Yellow Springs, Ohio, renovated a historic schoolhouse to maneuver into. However there was a fowl drawback: the outdated chimney needed to come down, and Chimney Swifts have been identified to nest in it. So the station determined to custom-build the swifts a brand new residence: a Chimney Swift tower proper on the entrance garden, says normal supervisor Luke Dennis. 

Luke Dennis: It is really a really lovely tower, consistent with the fashion of the 1872 constructing. The bricks going through the within are very tough in texture and there is a number of mortar slopping round, you already know, like there are many issues for them to cling to, and to construct their nests onto. It’s going to be a very good residence for them.

The builders labored rapidly to complete the tower forward of the Chimney Swift’s spring migration. 
Luke Dennis: We have been simply prepared as swifts have been beginning to be sighted within the village. 

And that’s not the one factor WYSO did to roll out the pink carpet.
Luke Dennis: Each night at nightfall, we’re taking part in recordings of Chimney Swift songs in an try to lure them into the brand new house.

[tape of Chimney Swift calls]

Chris Welter: It’s Monday, Could 2nd. That is Chris Welter and I’m right here on the Chimney Swift tower once more. Right here I’ve the fowl sounds taking part in from a Bluetooth speaker. I’ve a bunch of birds flying above me, a bunch of Chimney Swifts. And the neighbor subsequent door, he mentioned that he was prepared to assist out, he additionally has a Bluetooth speaker that he mentioned he may generally use.

And after a number of weeks of taking part in recordings, their efforts started to repay. Chimney Swifts began getting into the tower.

Luke Dennis: It was definitely worth the funding of time and assets as a result of we do not wish to get rid of the house of all these birds.

    [Chimney swift tower ambi]

For BirdNote, I’m Conor Gearin.


Senior Producer: John Kessler
Content material Director: Allison Wilson
Producer: Mark Bramhill
Managing Producer: Conor Gearin
Bird sounds offered by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York.
BirdNote’s theme was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
© 2022 BirdNote   August 2022         
Narrator: Conor Gearin

ID# WYSO-01-2022-08-19        WYSO-01


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