The chimney swifts have returned! Chester is a resting place for hundreds of the sleek, acrobatic birds on their migratory route to Peru. The species is endangered; we suspect they have been been coming here since the house was built. Since each bird devours over 2,000 mosquitoes and other insects daily, they are very welcome visitors. At dusk we watch them circle the sky and dive into the chimneys with great precision – we’d love to know how they decide in what order they will enter the chimney. Is that last bird scouring the sky the oldest, the strongest or an elected leader? Their final departure may be days or even weeks from now. For the moment they are welcome guests.
Date: September 17, 2010