What a difference a few weeks makes! Not long ago we were getting wet and fighting hypothermia during our “four-day- protocol” days, but now. to paraphrase Buster Poindexter (who borrowed Arrow’s song), it’s definitely “Hot Hot Hot!”
With your help, we have data from 51 chimneys, and all but nine have seen swift activity in 2013.
While observations continue, there seem to be a few anomalies such as recently active sites which swifts seem to have abandoned and “old faithful” sites with no swift activity so far..
I have received reports from three “new” sites In Winnipeg, and we have a daytime report of four northerly swifts in The Pas (almost certainly using the Via Rail Station as a home).
The summary of current sightings is maintained at http://www.mbchimneyswift.ca/Documents/2013_sites.pdf
I continue to check known sites for signs of current activity, and I’m searching for “new” roost sites.
So I urge you to grab a cool beverage and spend a roost hour or two at your favourite sites.Keep those cards and letters (and monitoring reports) coming in!