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I can't hear your file but those are almost surely just hatched Chimney Swifts. I don't know of any other bird that hangs out in chimneys and this is the time of year for the young to be crying for food. The adults have been in the chimney longer than a couple of weeks but they don't make near as much noise. Go outside and watch the top of the chimney about 30 minutes before sunset until near dark and you should see adult Chimney Swifts entering. 

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If they turn out to be Chimney Swifts, you might consider leaving them alone for a few weeks. They consume lots of insects.  They'll migrate later in the summer and leave your chimney behind.  At that time, a chimney or pest control specialist can recommend solutions to keep them from setting up shop next year.

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1 minute ago, Charlie Spencer said:

If they turn out to be Chimney Swifts, you might consider leaving them alone for a few weeks. They consume lots of insects.  They'll migrate later in the summer and leave your chimney behind.  At that time, a chimney or pest control specialist can recommend solutions to keep them from setting up shop next year.

Thank you. I have no problems with them living there for now. I made sure the flue was closed so they can’t get into the house. My cat would like that too much.

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19 minutes ago, Peromyscus said:

I think they are Chimney Swifts. I heard two calls among all the others that sounded a lot like the typical adult chittering Chimney Swift call.

Thank you. I can confirm that they are Chimney Swifts. I’m not sure how they got in, since there is a grate, but I suppose where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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4 hours ago, soobee620 said:

Thank you. I have no problems with them living there for now. I made sure the flue was closed so they can’t get into the house. My cat would like that too much.

There's also the possibility of letting them live there in future years, since Chimney Swifts are declining because of the loss of nest sites.  I don't know what repairs they might necessitate, though.  See the Conservation section at https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Chimney_Swift/lifehistory

(which notes that Chimney Swifts probably became much more common when Europeans started coming here and making chimneys).

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49 minutes ago, Jerry Friedman said:

There's also the possibility of letting them live there in future years, since Chimney Swifts are declining because of the loss of nest sites.  I don't know what repairs they might necessitate, though.  See the Conservation section at https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Chimney_Swift/lifehistory

(which notes that Chimney Swifts probably became much more common when Europeans started coming here and making chimneys).

I let them live in my chimneys since I moved out into the country 30 years ago. Watching a large flock of swifts circle and circle a chimney for 10 – 15 minutes then enter the chimney is one of the great sights in birding. 

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On 7/12/2022 at 12:06 AM, von Humboldt said:

I let them live in my chimneys since I moved out into the country 30 years ago. Watching a large flock of swifts circle and circle a chimney for 10 – 15 minutes then enter the chimney is one of the great sights in birding. 

They are welcome to live here. I feel honored that they chose my chimney! Once the babies fledge, will more join them? I read that each breeding pair needs its own chimney. 

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3 minutes ago, soobee620 said:

They are welcome to live here. I feel honored that they chose my chimney! Once the babies fledge, will more join them? I read that each breeding pair needs its own chimney. 

Edited to add: actually the the Cornell site says unmated birds will sometimes share the chimney with the breeding pair and will help them out. So cool!

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