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Return of the Swifts
Swifts and fish are just posers aren't they? :) I mean that in the "Portland--let's keep everything weird" way. Posers all do the same thing. They dress alike, behave alike, and flock together in huge numbers practicing "group think." There's an irony I'm noting here: a community that prides itself on the unique stops to admire an animal that behaves exactly like everything else in its group.
By: Michael Offutt on September 19, 2016
By: The Bug on September 19, 2016
That's a lot of birds. In Michigan in early summer or late spring we get swarms of "fish flies" these big brown flying insects. You go to a gas station and they're all over the pumps and stuff. It's not nearly as pretty.
By: PT Dilloway on September 19, 2016
That's really cool they kept the chimney just for the birds. I bet it's quite the sight.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on September 19, 2016
Something to put on anyone's bucket list!
By: Tabor on September 19, 2016
Very cool story, nature never fails to amaze, and how fortunate they did not turn on the furnace.
By: cranky on September 19, 2016
Fascinating story! I bet it's really noisy too.
By: LL Cool Joe on September 19, 2016
How neat that the birds have their own piece of real estate!!
By: fishducky on September 19, 2016
That would be a sight worth going early to get a good grassy spot.
By: messymimi on September 19, 2016
Wow! Terrific event!
By: Tom Cochrun on September 19, 2016
What a delightful story. How neat that the school refused to fire up the furnace and everyone wore coats. If I lived there, I'd be right on that hill.
By: Arkansas Patti on September 19, 2016
By: Ellen Abbott on September 19, 2016
a wonder of nature.
By: TexWisGirl on September 19, 2016
I'm always amazed when I see a huge flock of birds flying intricate patterns but staying tightly together. They must have an amazing built-in radar system.
By: Catalyst on September 19, 2016
Being a birder, I've heard this story before but it's good to hear it again.
By: red Kline on September 19, 2016
Coats and scarves? It must get really cold really early in Portland. Those birds were gone by the end of September.
By: Val on September 19, 2016
I'd forgotten all about Chapman School's Swifts!
By: Kathe W. on September 20, 2016
That must be quite a show! How thoughtful of those students to accommodate the swifts all those years ago, it turned into a unique local tradition. I enjoy stories like these. Thanks for sharing!
By: Chris on September 20, 2016
35,000? Wow. This sounds and looks much more exciting than a Hitchcock movie. And that's precious that the kids and school made accommodations so as to not harm the birds.
By: Robyn Engel on September 20, 2016
That's a remarkable story. R
By: Rick Watson on September 21, 2016
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