Swifts Night Out this Saturday, September 13, 2014 / by Leslie Seaton

 And they came back! The sky was filled with them.

In the fall and spring, Monroe, WA, is the spot to observe some of nature's delightful weirdness. Small birds called Vaux's Swifts (pronounced "voxes") use a local chimney as a roosting spot during their migration. 

Not just some birds or a few birds but A LOT of birds. Last night's count was over 10,000, all descending at dusk within a few minutes into a single large chimney. 

The birds put on a group aerial display that is beautiful and strange and sort of even slightly magical even though it's just a completely explainable natural phenomenon. Taking a trip to Monroe to see the swifts is something I look forward to every year. 

You can see it any day at dusk during migration, but once during the fall season, Monroe makes a fun community event of it, with informative displays, a bird chat, spaghetti feed, crafts for kids, more. If you are free this Saturday, consider checking it out!

And if you can't make it this weekend, it's still worth a visit on a non-event day. See the Monroe Swifts site for the most recent count and to learn if the swifts are still flying. 

Highly recommend!

Click here for a full gallery of the swifts