Bon Voyage to Vaux’s Swifts at Agate Hall: Friday, Sept. 8, nearing sunset
Lane County Audubon Society hosts this annual fall swift event outside Agate Hall. Thousands of Vaux’s Swifts use Agate Hall’s big chimney to roost for the night as they gather prior to migration.
Last year the birds moved through in a big group early in the month, before we could celebrate their journey. This spring we were more fortunate. We were able to enjoy watching 2,500 birds disappear down the chimney the night of our swift event. So we may see several thousand birds entering the chimney, but there is no guarantee!
It is fun to observe the swifts before they fly off to Central and South America for the winter. Lane Audubon will provide handouts with information about the Vaux’s Swifts.
Look for the LCAS banner at 17th and Agate Street. Stop by and enjoy this annual natural phenomenon. It’s free, and Prince Puckler’s is just around the corner!
Call 541.343.8664 for more information.
• Another good location to check out is the Smith Family Bookstore (5th and Willamette, downtown Eugene) where several thousand birds have also been observed.
• FMI see the Vaux’s Swift page on the LCAS website at: laneaudubon.org/docs/vauxs-swift