Chimney Swift Archive

Photographing in the Althea R. Sherman Chimney Swifts’ Tower

Here is a chronological account of photographing the families that nested  in the restored Althea R. Sherman Chimney Swifts’ Tower after its placement and restoration in 2013. The first nest appeared late in the summer of 2014. Eggs were in the nest and the chicks hatched a few days later. In the Spring and Summer of 2015 we were able to follow the family from nest building until the chicks fledged. We are now following the 2016 family.

We are grateful to the Althea R. Sherman Project and the Cedar County (IA) Historical Society for giving us the opportunity to photograph the home life of the Chimney Swift, one hundred years after the tower was designed by Miss Sherman and built at her home in Northeast Iowa.

2014

The Story Continues:  http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/3327

Chimney Swifts, continued:  http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/3350

The Difference 3 Days Make:  http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/3365

Gray Day at the Tower :  http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/3375

Eyes and Dots:   http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/3387

Vote of Confidence:  http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/3399

X Marks the Spot:   http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/3415

Family Portrait: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/3466

Today’s Challenges: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/3486

Growing Up: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/3506

Windy Day at Chimney Swifts’ Tower: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/3530

Fledged But Still Roosting: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/3546

2015

Chimney Swifts Back in the Tower: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/4053

Chimney Swifts’ Progress: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/4112

Chimney Swift Update: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/4144

Nest Expansion: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/4195

Discovery Day: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/4215

Feather Buds: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/4227

Four Days Old on July 4th: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/4251

One Week Old Today: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/4258

Growing: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/4272

Pincushions: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/4284

92° in the Shade: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/4295

Only a Mother Could Love: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/4304

Days 17 & 18: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/4312

Wall Birds: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/4360

Maturing: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/4386

2016

Iowa Outdoors: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/4808\

They’re Back: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5010

Nest Progress: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5051

Preparations: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5089

Egg Number 1: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5101

Two Eggs: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5127

Drama at the Tower: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5162

Early Morning at the Tower: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5217

Acceptance: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5277

Hatching Days: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5313

Pink Pile:  http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5330

Feeding: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5352

Parental Approval: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5373

The Difference a Day Makes: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5388

Less Room in the Nest: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5415

Article in The Gazette: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5428

Increasing Confidence:  http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5436

In the Dark: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5454

Pile of Chicks: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5469

Up Against the Wall:  http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5482

New Observations: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5495

Rainy Day: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5515

First Group Flight: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5571

Night Visitors: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5601

Last Visit: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/5638

2017

Spring Cleaning at the Tower: http://scarthphoto.com/wp/archives/6196