Canceled: Vaux’s Swifts Virtual Watch @ Chapman School | Pictures & Video

Cancelled: This virtual event has been canceled due to smoke.


Portland Swift Watch photo by heathre

The Chapman Swifts Watch starts Labor Day Weekend in Portland. Just before sunset every night in September, thousands of Vaux’s Swifts gather in the city as they prepare to migrate to Central America and Venezuela! Although we can’t see them in person this year Portland Audubon will be streaming the nightly ritual live on September 15, 2020.  Below are more pictures and a video trailer for  “On The Wing”, a documentary film on the Chapman Swifts.


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Vaux’s Swift Watch
September 15, 2020 | 7:15PM
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Every year in late August, one of Portland’s most spectacular natural events begins: Thousands of Vaux’s Swifts gather in the city as they prepare to migrate to Central America and Venezuela.

Migrating swifts often use chimneys as roosts (places to sleep), and they are likely to return to the same roost year after year. One swift population has been returning to the Chapman chimney since the 1980s, and it is one of the largest known roosting sites of migrating Vaux’s Swifts.

More history here:

Chapman Swifts Pictures

Chapman Swifts silhouette entry
Photo by Dan Viens


Chapman Swifts swirl into chimney
Photo by Dan Viens


chapman swifts
Photo by Nora Zimmerly


Swift Watchers 2
Photo by K. Kendall

Description: On The Wing is a documentary film that tells the story of Portland’s Chapman Swifts. This trailer gives you a peek at the phenomenon and its cult following. More information at



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