A SWIFT NIGHT OUT: Flying Cigars over Farmington

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Chimney Swifts (Chaetura pelagica) are masters of the sky. These enigmatic smudge-gray colored aerial artists are sometimes referred to as “Flying Cigars” because of their appearance in flight. They are almost always airborne, unless sleeping. Unlike most bird species, you will never see a Chimney Swift perched on a branch, or standing on the ground. Their evolutionary path led to sleek wings and fantastic flight skills, but also left them the inability to perch on a branch or even stand like a song bird on the ground. When a Chimney Swift needs to descend from the sky it uses its grappling hook-like toes to cling to the vertical interiors of hollow trees or interior of chimneys. Thus the name Chimney Swift, a bird that was once known as the American Swift.

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Concerts in the Park (Oakland County Communities 2014)


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(This is a past post on Concerts in the Park – for a current update page click here)

Many Oakland County communities have summer concert series in their parks and downtowns.

With the wide range of musical styles that are presented in these concerts, you can easily find one that fits your musical taste, or take a chance and just go. You never know, you might discover something new and different that you like. Continue reading