A tiny bird’s return is getting people excited in Parry Sound.

The Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve and Parry Sound Nature club are putting people on notice that the Chimney Swift is due back in large numbers from its winter home in the Andes Mountains of South America.

When the birds, who travel together in the thousands, need to find a place to sleep for the night, they often seek out chimneys for nesting.

This Thursday at 8:30pm people will be watching for the swifts, counting them from the Parry Sound High School parking lot off of Isabella Street.

Unfortunately, the Chimney Swift population has seriously declined in recent years, like many bird species. Nature lovers monitoring their numbers will help tell the story of what is happening with the small bird.

People are encouraged to bring binoculars and a camera to capture an image of the swift’s return.