Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Our neighborhood swifts



We had a wonderful surprise last night! I wrote about the Chimney Swifts on little byrd vintage a couple of weeks ago...about the school they return to every year to roost. Last night I had just picked up the phone to call my mom, LD was out front with Oliver and he came running in the door and said the swifts are here! I was a little confused and had no idea what he was talking about but told my mom I'd call her back shortly. Outside, just a few houses away there were hundreds, probably thousands of little birds swirling in the sky, entering a chimney. We had heard a few years ago that there was a chimney here in the neighborhood that had yearly swifts but we had never seen them. I caught them as best as I could but nothing can compare with the site in real life. They fly around in a circle so fast it makes you dizzy and then occasionally one or two will dive into the chimney, as sunset nears more and more and quicker and quicker the birds enter the chimney, chirping all the while. Can you imagine what it must be like to live in that house? I think I would love it.

10 comments:

Sandy K. said...

I love how you captured the motion in these pictures, actually. It's like a scene out of the old Hitchcock film, The Birds. Did you ever see that?

Pretty Neat Designs said...

When I try to imagine living in a house with a chimney full of birds I feel like I can fly. It would be magic. Your description is beautiful.

The Vintage Modern Girl said...

oh this is so beautiful! love your photos and description! how awesome to be able to see this from your yard!

Florence said...

When I saw that photo I immediately thought of the movie The Birds, my sister and I would stay up late watching it and try to scare each other after wards, so the memory comes back very vivid.

Tara said...

so interesting Rebekah, can I ask why they fly into the chimney? your photos are amazing!

Char said...

I would love that...but then can you use the fireplace? I would be scared of hurting them.

♥ miss.michelle said...

...what a beautiful sight! Your SO lucky, thank you for sharing!

~michelle

vintage simple said...

So crazy magical..! I think you did a terrific job capturing the feeling with your photos and your words... Thank you for sharing - so, so very special.
-maria

apriliniowa said...

Oh, I'm loving these swirling shots of the Swifts!

KarenSue said...

How exciting! I just love nature and what it brings to us. I love to sit outside and see the everyday stuff.