|Barn Swallows on a fence - REK|
|Clinging to a chimney - Birdpix.com|
|Flying Cigar - Birdpix.com|
Swifts historically have built their nests in hollow trees, forming a community that is frequently quite crowded. Life was good for a swift until the arrival of European settlers. As they expanded westward, they cut down trees, especially dead ones for fuel, a wholesale removal of nesting sites. The only good news was the stone chimneys they built on their cabins, providing a convenient nesting substitute.
|In a swift tower - Birdpix.com|
|Swifts can entertain your pet|
|Watershed Center towers under construction|
|Chimney towers on a home|
Thanks to John Schwartz of Birdpix.com for generously sharing his photographs, and to Jim Fossard for educating all of us.