During the spring of each year, a very peculiar thing happens to uncapped chimneys. A bird called a Chimney Swift will fly straight down into the chimney and begin to build a nest. The Chimney Swift is capable of flying straight up and down unlike any other bird. The safety and security that a chimney provides is the main reason that Chimney Swifts choose these locations to nest and rear their young.
One of the problems with having Chimney Swifts in your chimney is that the young birds will fall or fly out of the nest and land on the smoke shelf. This is a shelf above the firebox area that catches ashes and soot before it goes out the chimney. You can access the smoke shelf by opening the damper but rarely can you see it as it is below the damper by a few inches or a couple feet.
The baby Chimney Swifts will climb up the damper and if open will fly or fall down to the firebox and then climb up the spark screen. If there are no doors on the fireplace, the Chimney Swifts will enter the home and possibly fly around if they are old enough to do so.
A All Animal Control must follow all migratory bird rules regarding this bird as it is a migrating species. If there are eggs or young in the nest, these birds are fully protected under the law. An expert inspection by one of our wildlife specialists will assist in determining the status of the nesting Chimney Swifts and recommend a solution to the problem.