Urban Nature: Swifts

About a month ago, my biologist friend Luke took me to the top floor of a parking structure in downtown los angeles to watch some birds.  Apparently, swifts stop off in LA and other cities while migrating north and south in the spring and fall.  In Los Angeles, they prefer the chimney of an abandoned building off Broadway and fourth.  What’s amazing is that at dusk these birds with gather over this building, and then all fly into the chimney at once.  It’s pretty spectacular, actually, and looks like they’re being vacuumed into the chimney rather than flying in together.  On this particular occasion I think there were fewer birds than usual, since it was a little late in the season, and they went into the chimney rather fast.  The result was pretty impressive.


One Response to Urban Nature: Swifts

  1. lesbonsbonsdesraisons says:


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: