Texas City, TX: I stopped briefly at our count site this evening (October 19) and guesstimated around 200 circling and dropping. I was just a little early and could not stay but will keep going back just to see when they stop here. Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's A Swift Night Out!
I went to the site a little early and in a hurry but I waited about 3 minutes and decided that we were through. Well, all of a sudden and out of nowhere came a handful then a hoard. Actually I couldn't stay but am just taking an educated guess that there were the same signs as last report of 200.
Trudy and I were at the same site monitoring the swifts this evening. They were coming from the west and were not very vocal. We both commented on the lack of vocalization since in the past they seemed to chatter quite a bit. approximately 99 about 6:50 pm, clear sky a lot of wind aloft stiff breeze.