Barn Swallow Daily Log 22-04-2011
Good Friday
All Barn Swallows have departed for Europe, not a swallow in the sky this evening.
All Barn swallow spectators went to Froggy Pond viewing site and, confirm, no Swallows.
* Barn Swallow season now closed until late October.
Angie Wilken signing off, thank you to all spectators and Barn swallows supporters, it has been an incredibly exhilarating, learning and exciting season.
21-04-2011
Thursday
Weather: Terrible day, overcast, cold and strong Southwesterly wind.
Stayed home, could not see the Barn Swallows, possibly because the small barn swallow mass may have displayed left of my line of sight, will check tomorrow.
20-04-2011
Wednesday
Weather: Clear day, strong Northeasterly wind.
I viewed the Barn Swallows from home. First swallows arrived 5.36pm at very low altitude and they flew up and down over Froggy Pond almost surveying their roost for the night.
Only a small Barn Swallow flock remain, maybe 1000 in number.
Skies clear 5.46pm.
19-04-2011
Tuesday
Weather: Patchy sky, cold Northeasterly wind.
Went to Lake Victoria barn swallow site and redirected swallow spectators to Froggy Pond. First barn swallows arrived 5.35pm. a small Barn Swallow flock approximately 3000 in number, low in flight over opposite hill, spectators were still thrilled at the display.
Skies clear 5.48pm.
18-04-2011
Monday
Weather: Clouded over from lunch time, cold, Northeasterly wind.
Stayed home and viewed the skies in anticipation and to my surprise we still have barn swallows, they came in extremely low 5.30pm onwards, a small flock, maybe a thousand, amazing, couldn’t see round the corner the number may be higher. More bad weather is the forecast.
Skies clear 6.46pm.
17-04-2011
Palm Sunday
Weather: Dark, rained all day, Southwesterly wind, cold.
Stayed home and viewed the skies, either the barn swallows came in really low or they have all departed for their European destinations.
I will check tomorrow and confirm.
16-04-2011
Saturday
Weather: Torrential rain from lunch time, dark, light Southwesterly wind.
Stayed home and viewed the swallows arriving at 5.20pm. amazing to see that they are still here despite the odd weather. I could not see the display from home, but still lots of barn swallows here.
Skies clear 5.45pm.
15-04-2011
Friday
Weather: clear day with cloud patches, afternoon the west wind began to blow.
First barn swallow arrivals 5.25pm. we all went to Froggy Pond. Similar to last night, watchable barn swallow display, small mass, binoculars were needed, still worth coming to see.
Skies clear 5.54pm.
14-04-2011
Thursday
Weather: rain then cleared up, no prevailing wind.
First barn swallow arrivals 5.30pm. relocated to Froggy Pond. Watchable barn swallow display, still a few thousand to see, the westerly wind has not come through as predicted, maybe tomorrow. If you haven’t seen the swallows before it is still worth coming.
Skies clear 5.54pm.
13-04-2011
Wednesday
Weather: beautiful day, clouded over late afternoon. No prevailing wind.
Directed all swallow spectators to Foggy Pond viewing site. First barn swallow arrivals 5.25pm. skies dark, swallows seemed a little more in number tonight but they again were at low altitude and some flew over at heads at ground level and straight to bed. A nice stacking display prior to roosting.
Skies clear 5.50pm.
12-04-2011
Tuesday
Weather: clear, crisp day, strong Northeasterly wind.
Relocated all swallow spectators to Froggy Pond viewing site. First barn swallow arrivals 5.45pm. very strange display, barn swallows came in low hugging the landscape and trying to avoid the chilly wind by using the hillside as a barrier. Barn Swallow numbers depleted considerably from last night. Bad weather from the west is forecasted for tomorrow, I wonder if this will bring the last flock of migratory barn swallows up with it? Until then
Skies clear 5.57pm.
11-04-2011
Monday
Weather: clear day, light Northeasterly wind
We all went to Froggy Pond, first barn swallow arrivals 5.43pm. nice bit of pink in the sky. swallows came close and swirled overhead, numbers reduced somewhat but still at least
800 000 present, very watchable.
Skies clear 5.57pm.
10-04-2011
Sunday
Weather: clear blue skies, light northeasterly wind.
Loads of swallow spectators I sent them all on to Froggy Pond, first mass barn swallows arrived 5.43pm. them seemed to mass over Froggy Pond hill, binoculars were needed for best viewing. Barn Swallow numbers still well worth watching, spectators were delighted by the dusk swallow dance display.
Skies clear 6.01pm.
Barn Swallow Daily Log 9-04-2011
Saturday
Weather: clear, crisp day, blue skies and sunshine, light Northeasterly breeze.
I watched the barn swallows rise this morning and it looked as if some departed North on migration route but then thousands stayed and flew Southerly.
Lots of phone calls from prospective swallow watchers, first swallows arrived 5.20pm. and binoculars were needed to view due to bright conditions. Relocated all spectators to Froggy Pond viewing site 5.40pm. mass barn swallows arrived from 5.50pm and mass they did, some overhead movement and with binoculars pointed at the skyline revealed an overwhelming number of swallows, the sky became a sea of movement. Totally awesome.
Skies clear 6.03pm.
8-04-2011
Friday
Weather: Woke up to rain and it affected the barn swallow rise, they rose 10 minutes later and at tree top high and they sang the start of the day in, beautiful. The sky cleared slightly at 4.30pm so I went to a very wet swallow site. very light Northeasterly wind.
Barn Swallows started arriving 5.10pm. it darkened over again. I relocated to Froggy Pond with spectators from the penguin project in Cape Town, they were thrilled at the swallow sighting. Easy 1.5 million barn swallows still here even with the slight nip in the air. An awesome barn swallow display and they sang all the way to roost.
Skies clear 5.57pm.
* No planes during barn swallow display, the radar is working, extended thanks to the radar team.
7-04-2011
Thursday
Weather: It started out a beautiful day then by lunch time a 60 knot southwesterly wind had picked up (very unusual), then as it was time to go to barn swallows it darkened over and poured with rain.
I stayed home, first barn swallows arrived 5.10pm. by 5.40pm. the sky was a mass of swallow movement, swallows were at low altitude and were singing loudly, the wind subsided somewhat but it was dark, the swallows were in no hurry to bed down for the night. They still performed an incredible mass display in the rainy wet conditions.
Skies clear 6pm.
6-04-2011
Wednesday
Weather: Totally miserable, dark with rain all day, chilly, no prevailing wind.
I stayed home as it was raining, first swallow arrivals 5.10pm. and to my astonishment we possibly had even more barn swallows tonight than before! They all seemed to come over my house and were singing louder than ever, they really are starting to sing farewell. What an incredible display even in the poor weather conditions, millions of swallows.
Skies clear 5.44pm.
5-04-2011
Tuesday
Weather: poured with rain most of the day, a definite chill in the air, no prevailing wind.
Wet, dark, cold and muddy conditions, I went to the swallow site and watched barn swallows feeding over the grass at 5.10pm. swallows appeared to arrive at low altitude. I went home as weather was miserable, nice show of swallows over Froggy Pond. I wonder if they will leave earlier this year due to weather conditions?
Skies clear 5.55pm.
4-04-2011
Monday
Weather: overcast, strong southwesterly wind.
First barn swallows started arriving 5.20pm. a nicely numbered swallow ‘fly by show’ at Lake Victoria. Took all spectators to Froggy Pond viewing site and tested some of the new terraces which were a huge hit. Swallows were incredible in mass numbers and gave a wonderful display against a rain cloud sky, at least 2 million barn swallows.
Skies clear 6pm.
* rained most of the night, cold, it’s time to put the blanket on the bed!
3-04-2011
Sunday
Weather: overcast, dark, intermittent rain, light southwesterly wind.
It was raining but went to Lake Victoria viewing site and directed swallow spectators to Froggy Pond. First barn swallow arrivals 5.20pm. I went to Froggy Pond viewing site 6.45pm. there was mist rain but the swallows were there in huge numbers and not perturbed by the weather. An awesome display.
Skies clear 6.03pm.
* continued working on Froggy Pond site clearing with the bulldozer and began cutting viewing terraces, due to wet weather all is very muddy.
2-04-2011
Saturday
Worked all day with a bulldozer clearing Froggy Pond viewing site.
Weather: Overcast, dark, strong southwesterly wind.
Met swallow spectators at Lake Victoria viewing site, barn swallows started arriving 5.10pm. It started spotting with rain so I relocated all spectators to Froggy Pond viewing site, for the very first time we could site on the site due to clearing earlier on, it was so enjoyable. Swallows arrived en-mass, Roy Cowgill saw a Marshal eagle on eastern skyline, swallows gave an early and spectacular display.
Skies clear 5.58pm. The heavens then opened and it poured down.
1-04-2011
Friday
April fools day. Front page of the morning paper there was a hoax article about the barn swallows and the airport, I have been inundated with calls and emails all day.
Weather: hot and humid, clear skies , no prevailing wind.
First swallow arrivals 5.10pm. Led all spectators to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site. Masses of barn swallows arrived near and far, over our heads and it looked as if flights were diverted due to high swallow numbers and possible conflict. Magic swallow display.
Skies clear 6.10pm.
Barn Swallow Daily Log 2010-2011 Season
31-03-2011
Thursday
Weather: hot and humid, clear skies, conditions bright, no prevailing wind.
Swallows started arriving 5.20pm. Led all barn swallow spectators to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site at 6.40pm. Awesome numbers of barn swallows, fantastic display.
Skies clear 6.13pm.
30-03-2011
Wednesday
Weather: Overcast, mild, no prevailing wind.
Barn Swallows only started arriving 5.20pm, I relocated swallow spectators to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site at 6.45pm. Millions of swallows arrived for the evening show. As the sky was packed with barn swallows a  plane was coming in to land over Mount Moreland and the radar (dedicated swallow radar) must have issued a RED ALERT (swallows in airspace, conflict) and the plane pulled up and aborted landing, first time I’ve seen this, amazing to see. Swallows gave an awesome show and chirped with much excitement.
Skies clear 6.07pm.
29-03-2011
Tuesday
Weather: patchy sky, humid, thunder and lightening, southwesterly breeze.
Led spectators to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site, swallows were there 6.35pm. awesome numbers, rather dramatic with the lightening and thunder, incredible barn swallow numbers.
Skies clear 6.08pm.
28-03-2011
Monday
Weather: Overcast once again, thunder, mild northeasterly wind.
Swallows were at Lake Victoria from 5pm. in small flocks. I led all spectators to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site 5.45pm. where all were amazed at the mass barn swallow numbers, what a tremendous barn swallow display, easy 2 million barn swallows present.
Skies clear 6.08pm.
* rained in the night
27-03-2011
Sunday
Weather: Very overcast, dark, looked like it might rain, light northeasterly wind.
Barn Swallows were arriving from 5pm. led all spectators to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site. Barn Swallows arrived and massed by the thousands, the sky became a mass of movement, awesome barn swallow numbers, fantastic display.
Skies clear 6.08pm.
26-03-2011
Saturday
Weather: Clear with fast approaching cloud mass from the west, clouded over, light southwesterly wind. Spots of rain.
Led swallow watchers to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site. First barn swallows arrived from 5pm masses at 5.45pm. Sky condition dark but visibility good, what a fantastic show of barn swallows, massive numbers displayed in the evening sky. Totally brilliant.
Skies clear 6.13pm.
* Poured down in the night
25-03-2011
Friday
Weather: Overcast, started to spit rain, strong southwesterly wind.
Went  to swallow site lots of swallows then the fine rain began so I came home. The barn swallows were incredible against the interesting dark cloud cover, masses and masses of them arrived for the evening, what an awesome display.
Skies clear 6.10pm.
24-03-2011
Thursday
Weather: Very overcast, dark, light southwesterly wind.
Arrived at swallow site and it started raining, I led spectators to Froggy Pond and went home. I watched Froggy Pond skies from my veranda, first barn swallows arrived 5.10pm masses arrived later at low altitude. Mass display.
Skies clear 6.10pm.
* Heavy rain in the night
23-03-2011
Wednesday
Weather: pleasant evening, cloud approaching from the west, light northeasterly wind.
Led all spectators in convoy to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site, there were some showings of barn swallows at Lake Victoria. Main masses of barn swallows arrived 6.05pm a brilliant display, massive numbers.
Skies clear 6.20pm.
* rained in the night
22-03-2011
Tuesday
Weather: Magic evening, some cloud, no prevailing wind.
Led all spectators to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site, there were some swallows at Lake Victoria but I didn’t want to disappoint the swallow viewers. First barn swallows arrived 5.50pm the swallow masses 6.10pm and masses there was, so many that a swarm best describes the sighting, totally awesome.
Skies clear 6.23pm.
Barn Swallow Daily Log 21-03-2011
Monday
Weather: Clear with patchy clouds, hot, moderate south westerly breeze.
Barn Swallows were around from 5pm. in small numbers. 6.12pm. some more swallows arrived all moving towards Froggy Pond, at 6.15pm we saw a mass swarm of barn swallows over the gazebo skies towards Froggy Pond. Less than a thousand swallows came in to roost at Lake Victoria the majority went to roost in Froggy Pond.
Skies clear 6.19pm.
20-03-2011
Sunday
Weather: overcast, hazy, lightening along western skyline, light northeasterly wind.
Packed with swallow spectators. Barn Swallows were around at 5.10pm. Large flocks only arrived at 6.12pm, the swallows gave a short display,barn swallow numbers disappointing and reduced somewhat from previous evenings.
Skies clear 6.19pm.
* rained in the night
19-03-2011
Saturday
Weather: mixed sky, cold, unpleasant very strong southeasterly wind.
Barn Swallows were there at 5pm. and were in nice numbers along the horizons, binoculars were needed. At 6.12pm swallow masses appeared but lower in numbers than previous evenings, a lot seemed to head for Froggy Pond where a beautiful full moon was raising.
Skies clear 6.22pm.
18-03-2011
Friday
Weather: Cloud patches and magic sunset, strong southeasterly wind, chilly.
Barn Swallows arrived late possibly due to bright conditions. First mass swallow arrivals 6.12pm. brilliant to see swallow mass against colourful sunset sky, awesome.
Skies clear 6.25pm.
17-03-2011
Thursday
Weather: Overcast, dark, moderate northeasterly wind.
Barn Swallows were around at 5pm. masses started arriving from 6pm a nice show but viewing difficult due to haze and sky colour, binoculars added the wow factor.
Skies clear 6.20pm.
* Rained in the night
16-03-2011
Wednesday
Weather: Overcast, dark, very hazy, looks like possible rain, strong northeasterly wind.
Some barn swallows were already present in the Lake Victoria skies at 5pm. Mass barn swallows were seen from 6.10pm, mega swallow display but visibility difficult due to weather.
Skies clear 6.25pm.
15-03-2011
Tuesday
Weather: Overcast, hazy, light northeasterly wind.
First barn swallow arrivals 5.20pm, sparse then building in numbers by 6.10pm. Spectacular swallow display, swallow masses filled the evening sky. Lake Victoria roost site is once again home of the Barn Swallows equally as large in number at Froggy Pond.
Skies clear 6.26pm.
14-03-2011
Monday
Weather: Overcast, dark, rain approaching from the west, light westerly wind.
Stayed at Lake Victoria roost site, swallows started arriving 5.20pm. they were spasmodic, flying at high and low altitudes until 6pm when the barn swallow masses just poured in. What a totally thrilling sight! Incredible swallow numbers that arrived and displayed, all chirping excitedly. 3 million in number, easy.
Skies clear 6.27pm.
13-03-2011
Sunday
Weather: hot, overcast, hazy, storm approaching from the west, light easterly wind.
Barn Swallows started arriving 5.20pm. at Lake Victoria, the numbers continued to grow to a mind blowing estimated 3 million barn swallows, totally awesome, ages since I have seen such masses. The barn swallows at Froggy Pond are equally as spectacular in number.
Skies clear 6.26pm.
12-03-2011
Saturday
Weather: Hot, over cast, dark, lightening flashes and thunder approaching, strong southwesterly wind.
Packed with swallow spectators, swallows started arriving at 5.30pm. over Lake Victoria, masses and masses of barn swallows arrived, awesome barn swallow display, no need to relocate visitors to Froggy Pond. A one hour barn swallow display, brilliant.
Skies clear 6.33pm.
* It is just beginning to rain, we need this desperately. we also had an almighty thunder storm a little later with lots of heavy rain.
11-03-2011
Friday
Weather: Hot, hazy, no prevailing wind.
Packed with swallow spectators, at 6.11pm no sign of swallows arriving at Lake Victoria so I led all visitors in convoy to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site. Barn Swallows arrived 6.15pm. masses, some swallow overhead arrivals, brilliant. Large mass formation but binoculars were needed due to haze sky conditions.
Skies clear 6.33pm.
* Got word the ACSA radar specialist Albert Froneman that there were thousands of barn swallows that roosted in Lake Victoria last night.
10-03-2011
Thursday
Weather: Mild, very overcast, dark, strong northeasterly wind.
Barn Swallows started arriving as early as 5.30pm. over Lake Victoria and to my surprise the numbers kept growing and growing. The swallows were flowing over the Verulam skyline as was the pattern prior to Christmas. I decided not to lead the spectators to Froggy Pond and my instinct was right. What a fantastic swallow display we saw, huge numbers of swallows near and far. I am thrilled to bits that the Lake Victoria roost is once again being utilized by the swallows.
The skies over Froggy Pond were equally as busy with swallow activity.
Skies clear 6.30pm.
9-08-2011
Wednesday
Weather: Mild, overcast, dark, light southwesterly wind.
Some swallows arrived at Lake Victoria as early as 5.30pm, small numbers. Led the swallow spectators to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site. First swallow mass arrivals 6.10pm. for the first time the swallows were chirping excitedly (I am learning to speak ‘Swallow!’), the number of swallows was double that of previous nights, all signs that the migration has well and truly begun. Awesome swallow display against the dark sky.
Skies clear 6.33pm.
*For the next 4 weeks swallows sightings be at peak.
8-03-2011
Tuesday
Barn Swallow Daily Log: Weather: Hot, overcast, dark, light northeasterly wind.
Led the swallow spectators to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site. First swallow arrivals 6.25pm. very nice barn swallow mass. Hundreds of swallows came flying over our heads and straight down to roost, this is such a lovely experience.
Skies clear 6.37pm.
7-03-2011
Monday
Weather: Hot sparse clouds, strong northeasterly wind.
Some swallows arrived at Lake Victoria but none stayed there. Led all spectators to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site. First swallow arrivals 6.25pm. very nice barn swallow mass, binoculars were needed. Hundreds of swallows came flying over our heads and straight down to roost.
Skies clear 6.40pm.
6-03-2011
Sunday
Weather: Hot, thin spread of cloud, strong northeasterly wind.
Led all spectators to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site. First swallow arrivals 6.25pm. very nice barn swallow mass, binoculars were needed. Hundreds of swallows came flying over our heads and straight down to roost.
Skies clear 6.43pm.
5-02-2011
Saturday
Weather: Hot, clouding over, strong northeasterly wind.
Lots of swallow spectators, led them all to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site. First swallow arrivals 6.25pm. nice mass but low, binoculars were needed.
Skies clear 6.40pm.
5 minutes thereafter we had the low flying, incoming swallows over our heads and straight to roost, magic.
* Went for a cycle and noticed that the water outlet from Froggy Pond into the Mdloti river was bone dry.
4-02-2011
Friday
Weather: Very hot day, clouded over, strong northeasterly wind.
Led all swallow spectators to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site, the site clearing now starting to open up better viewing. First swallow arrivals 6.25pm. masses and masses of swallows appeared, binoculars were needed. Once the mass were in the roost hundreds of swallows came flying over our heads and straight down to roost. I was phoned by a resident next to Lake Victoria and he said that the swallows were there in big number but were heading for Froggy Pond, this is the first time since Christmas this has occurred.
Skies clear 6.40pm.
3-02-2011
Thursday
Weather: rain clouds approaching from the west, light westerly wind.
At Lake Victoria saw early arrivals of a few swallows (haven’t seen this since New Year) not confident if swallows would roost I led all spectators to proposed Froggy Pond reed-bed. First swallow arrivals 6.28pm large numbers, binoculars needed but not all the time, lovely swallow display, no overhead swallow arrivals tonight. Sooty Falcon was seen hunting in the swallow mass.
Skies clear 18.41pm.
2-03-2011
Wednesday
Weather: Lovely evening, magic sunset, moderate northeasterly wind.
Started at Lake Victoria viewing site, lots of weaver activity in the reed-bed. Led all swallow spectators to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site. First swallow arrivals 6.35pm and to my surprise after the past few nights of poor swallow display, wow, awesome, huge numbers massing and while massing we had the overhead swallows going straight to roost. What a fantastic display.
Skies clear ten to seven.
* Work began on clearing of Froggy Pond viewing site (yeeeeeeeha!), this is going to be a mammoth task and one we are excited about. Thank you ACSA (Airports Company South Africa).
Barn Swallow Daily Log 2010-2011 Season
1-03-2011
Tuesday
Weather: Clear sky, not a cloud to be seen, hot, moderate northeasterly wind.
Lots of weavers again in Lake Victoria. Led all spectators to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site. First swallows arrived 6.42pm, very disappointing show, small flock. Again once the flock had gone, hundreds flew over our heads and went straight to roost, definitely per-migratory behavior.
Skies clear 6.47pm
 28-02-2011
Monday
Weather beautiful day, started clouding over, no prevailing wind.
Lots of bird activity in Lake Victoria, weavers, red bishops, queleas. All spectators were led to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site. First swallow arrivals 6.42pm, small mass followed by hundreds of swallows arriving in waves over our heads and going straight to roost.
Skies clear 6.48pm.
* ACSA radar team confirmed that all swallows are in Froggy Pond, none in Lake Victoria
27-02-2011
Sunday
Weather: clear blue skies with sunshine, light northeasterly wind.
Very large crowd of barn swallows spectators, big mission to drive in convoy to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site, pulled it off successfully. First swallow arrivals 6.42pm, same pattern as previous 3 evenings, small flock massed and went to roost then hundreds of swallows arrived at ground level and went straight to roost. Again I am led to believe that this is per-migratory behavior. It will be interesting to see over the next 2 weeks what happens as the migration is to begin.
Skies clear 6.50pm.
26-02-2011
Saturday
Weather: Clouding over, light northeasterly wind.
Viewed the swallows from the Froggy Pond proposed viewing site. First swallow arrivals 6.43pm, another disappointing show (same pattern as previous evening), people whom had never seen the swallow display before were impressed. Hundreds of swallows came in late and went straight to roost.
Skies clear 6.50pm.
25-02-2011
Friday
Weather: Lovely evening, bright sky with large cloud masses, light northeasterly wind.
Again led swallow spectators to the proposed Froggy Pond viewing site. First swallows arrived at 6.42pm, disappointing show, same pattern as last night. Maybe this is per-migration behavior, swallows just seemed to come in late and go straight to roost, only one small swallow flock displayed.
Skies clear 6.52pm.
24-02-2011
Thursday
Weather: Patchy sky with large cloud formations, light northeasterly wind.
Took all spectators to the proposed Froggy Pond site. First swallows arrived 6.35pm, many arrived at very low altitude, a small mass display, binoculars were needed.
Skies clear 9 minutes to seven.
23-02-2011
Wednesday
Weather: Rained this morning, cleared up, light northeasterly wind.
First evening of weaver bird sightings in Lake Victoria since December.
Led all swallow spectators in convoy to proposed Froggy Pond View site. First swallow arrivals 6.35pm, binoculars were needed, masses of Barn Swallows gathered over the western skyline.
Skies clear 6.50pm.
22-02-2011
Tuesday
Weather: Clouded and started raining. Dark, no prevailing wind.
Stayed home and viewed the Froggy Pond and Mdloti river skies, first barn swallow arrivals 6.40pm. masses of swallows flew up the Mdloti river valley to the Froggy Pond roost.
Skies clear 6.50pm.
* end of fire flies
21-02-2011
Monday
Weather: Clear with cloud patches, no prevailing wind.
Led all swallow spectators to proposed Foggy Pond viewing site. First swallow arrivals 6.42pm. lovely display with low overhead masses.
Skies clear 6.53pm.
20-02-2011
Sunday
Weather: Beautiful day, light southwesterly breeze.
Lots of barn swallow spectators arrived, at 6.30pm. we all drove in convoy to proposed viewing site at Froggy Pond. First swallows arrived 6.47pm. and in mass they came, binoculars were needed. A short swallow display but well worth it.
Skies clear 6.55pm.
19-02-2011
Saturday
Weather: Dark, overcast and light drizzle.
I did not go to the swallow site as it was raining, viewed Froggy Pond and Mdloti river skies from home. Swallows arrived 6.35pm. Swallow spectators phoned me from Lake Victoria as there was no swallows, I directed them to Froggy Pond to see the mass display.
Skies clear 6.54pm.
18-02-2011
Friday
Weather: overcast, hot, strong northeasterly wind.
Led all swallow watchers to Froggy Pond proposed viewing site as the first swallows arrived 6.40pm. Again a short display, visibility difficult against grey cloud sky. Swallows arrived and massed at low altitude.
Skies clear five to seven.
17-02-2011
Thursday
Weather: rained this morning, cleared up at lunch time with cloud patches lingering, wind moderate northeasterly.
Viewed the Froggy Pond skies, first swallows arrived late 6.45pm, they gave a short display, once again binoculars were needed, visibility difficult.
Skies clear 6.55pm.
16-02-2011
Wednesday
Weather: Hot and cloudy, moderate northeasterly wind.
I along with all swallow spectators drove in convoy to the proposed Froggy Pond viewing site. First swallows arrived 6.40pm, binoculars were needed as the masses of barn swallows displayed against the grey clouds. One spectator commented that there were only one million four hundred and ninety nine thousand barn swallows that he counted.
People were amazed at the swallow display.
Skies clear 6.55pm
15-02-2011
Tuesday
Weather: rained this morning then cleared up, clouded over again, light north easterly wind.
Sky colour not favorable for swallow watching. Viewed the Froggy Pond skies, swallows arrived 6.40pm and at low altitude, hugging the landscape, one mass display then to bed.
Skies clear 6.56pm.
14-02-2011
Monday
Valentine’s Day
Weather: Hot, clouding over, moderate north easterly wind.
Lots of romancing swallow watchers arrived and we all drove in convoy to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site at 6.30pm just in time to see the first swallow arrivals. Masses of swallows flew overhead and massed along the skyline above Froggy Pond, binoculars defiantly added the WOW factor.
Skies clear 18.54
*Every evening I ask a swallow spectator to give me a time check once all swallows are in the roost, from now on I will enter it as I was told.
13-02-2011
Sunday
Weather: Clear hot day with moderate north easterly wind. Slight colour in sunset sky.
Large crowd of spectators, again we drove in convoy to Froggy Pond proposed viewing site, All swallow spectators filled the street with chairs and picnics. First barn swallow arrivals 6.25pm, clear sky for viewing, at least 1.5 million swallows arrived for the evening display and display they did.
Skies clear 7pm.
12-02-2011
Saturday
Weather: Hot and extremely humid day, light easterly wind.
Big crowd of swallow spectators arrived, drove in convey to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site. First swallow arrivals 6.30pm there was a grey cloud bank so barn swallow display was somewhat camouflaged, binoculars revealed the sheer mass that arrived. Some nice mass flock overhead displays.
Skies clear 6.55pm.
11-02-2011
Friday
Weather: Another hot and humid day, clouding up from the west, strong north easterly wind.
Once again I led all swallow spectators to the Froggy Pond site, swallows arrived earlier this evening 6.20pm, possibly due to the darkening of the daylight from the cloud mass approaching. An interesting sky and a truly spectacular swallow display, much longer than previous evenings, spectators were awe-struck by the swallow numbers.
Skies clear 7pm.
10-02-2011
Thursday
Weather: Extremely hot and humid, light easterly wind.
I took the barn swallow spectators to Froggy Pond, first barn swallow arrivals 6.40pm masses and masses of swallows filled the clear evening sky. Brilliant display.
Skies clear 7.03pm.
*Received word from the swallow radar specialists that there are only ±1000 barn swallows roosting at Lake Victoria.
9-02-2011
Wednesday
Weather: Very hot, no prevailing wind.
Apologies, I had to attend a school parents evening, so no swallow report tonight.
8-02-2011
Tuesday
Weather: Hot sticky, hazy, light northeasterly wind.
Masses of barn swallows arrived at Froggy Pond, first major flocks sighted 6.40pm. awesome display.
Skies clear 7.03pm.
7-02-2011
Monday
Weather: Hot, overcast, hazy. No prevailing wind.
Viewed the Froggy Pond skies, first swallows arrived 6.30pm, mass display, swallow spectators thrilled at the show.
Skies clear 7pm.
6-02-2011
Sunday
Weather: Hot ,overcast, moderate easterly wind.
Hazy viewing conditions, masses of swallows arrived 6.35pm. I again led all swallow spectators to proposed Froggy Pond viewing site, visitors were thrilled at the swallow display.
Skies clear 6.56pm.
5-02-2011
Saturday
Weather: Dark cloud moving over from the west. Strong north easterly wind for the third day.
I led swallow spectators to the proposed Froggy Pond viewing site, we all sat in the street and observed masses of swallows in a hazy sky. First swallows arrived 6.35pm.
Skies clear 7pm
4-02-2011
Friday
Weather: Dark cloud bank building in the west, strong easterly winds.
Went and viewed the Froggy Pond skies, first swallows arrived 6.40pm, nice mass swallow display.
Skies clear 7.05pm.
3-02-2011
Thursday
Weather: Cloudy, strong north easterly wind.
Went to the Lake Victoria view site, only a few spectators arrived. I lead them all to the proposed viewing site at Froggy Pond and we all sat in the road and viewed the masses of swallows that performed their evening display. First swallow arrivals 6.40pm, the swallow watchers were thrilled at the overhead performance, lots of late, low flying swallows rushed to get to the roost at the last minute.
Skies clear 6.06pm.
2-02-2011
Wednesday
World Wetlands Day.
Weather: Overcast, thick cloud cover, light easterly wind.
Was at the Lake Victoria site and was sat quietly reading when suddenly I was attacked by African bees, they stung me 3 times, 1 on the eye, 1 on the cheek and 1 on the neck. Ouch.
Luckily a couple of swallow watchers saw my commotion and came running with mosquito repellent,(thank you) it worked. A bee-keeper was removing bees from the house next to the view site and that’s what must had made them angry. We all decided to move to safer ground and went to the see the proposed Froggy Pond viewing site. We sat in the road, first swallows arrived 6.40pm, awesome display, swallows appeared in thick dense numbers through the Froggy Pond valley. Brilliant to see such swallow numbers.
Skies clear 7.04pm.
1-02-2011
Tuesday
Weather: Clear with clouds building, light easterly wind.
I went to a Mount Moreland home on to edge of Froggy Pond and viewed the swallows from there (apologies for my absence to any spectators that arrived at viewing site). First swallows arrived 6.30pm building to massive numbers, awesome. All our swallows are defiantly here!
Skies clear 7.05pm.
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31-01-2011
Monday
Weather: Blue skies with cloud patches, bright conditions. Light easterly wind.
Swallows arrived 6.55pm over Froggy Pond, spectators viewed from the gazebo. Nice display.
Skies clear 7.07pm.
30-01-2011
Sunday
Weather: Blue skies with stratus clouds. Easterly wind.
Swallows arrived over Froggy Pond skies 6.40pm. Spectators could only see the top layer of swallows as some most arrived at ground level and were down in the valley.
Skies clear 7.10pm.
29-01-2011
Saturday
Weather: Bright day with scattered clouds. Easterly wind.
Swallows started arriving 6.50pm, mass display over Froggy Pond, over a million swallows, spectacular! Spectators viewed from the gazebo.
Skies clear 7.12pm.
28-01-2011
Friday
Weather: Overcast, thick cloud cover, no prevailing wind.
Swallows arrived 6.45pm, some at Lake Victoria but majority at Froggy Pond. Spectators walked to the gazebo to view the Froggy Pond skies, nice display and swallow flocks flew close overhead.
Skies clear 7.07pm.
27-01-2011
Thursday
Weather: An interesting blue sky with thick grey clouds, god rays lit the Lake Victoria reed bed, then it rained, then the sun broke through and a rainbow arched over Froggy Pond, westerly wind.
Swallows arrived 6.45pm over both reedbeds but more intense over Froggy Pond. Swallows arrived from all directions and gave spectators a nice sense of swallow presences.
Skies clear 7.07pm.
26-01-2011
Wednesday
Weather: cleared up at lunch time but dark clouds reappeared later, light easterly wind.
Mdloti river has risen rapidly and flowing strong, more water than we have seen in along time.
At Lake Victoria swallows arrived at 6.45pm, they displayed alot of interest in the wetland but all flew off to roost at Froggy Pond.
Skies clear 7.10pm.
25-01-2011
Tuesday
Weather: dark cloudy day, with constant rain since lunch time. Easterly wind, chilly.
Swallows arrived 6.20pm in driving rain from the east, they put on an awesome display unperturbed by the weather. I was home and viewed the Froggy Pond skies.
Skies clear 7.03pm.
24-01-2011
Monday
Weather: dark cloudy rainy day, no prevailing wind.
Swallows were seen perched on telephone wires in large numbers from Mount Moreland to La lucia. They looked sullen at the wet conditions as possibly not good for feeding.
Due to weather I stayed home and viewed the Froggy Pond skies, first swallows arrived 6.45pm, large numbers flying through at ground level.
Skies clear 7.06pm.
23-01-2011
Sunday
Weather: woke up at 3am to the sound of very heavy rainfall. The day had intermittent rain, thick cloud cover, westerly wind.
Stayed home due to wet weather and viewed the Froggy Pond skies. First swallows sighted 6.15pm it was raining, they gathered for 45 minutes, massed and dropped down to roost.
Skies clear 6.58pm.
22-01-2011
Saturday
Weather: Very hot, bright, large cloud mass with sounds of distant thunder approaching from the northwest, no prevailing wind.
Swallow site packed with spectators, all had to walk to the gazebo to view Froggy Pond skies, first swallows arrived 6.45pm. Masses of swallows but needed binoculars to view, large flocks also flew overhead.
Skies clear 7.10pm.
21-01-2011
Friday
Weather: overcast, thick grey cloud cover, no prevailing wind.
Swallows arrived late, 6.55pm and very close to the ground. No action at Lake Victoria so swallow watchers viewed Froggy Pond skies from the gazebo. Visibility difficult due to low light conditions. Swallows massed and roosted at Froggy Pond.
Skies clear 7.12pm
20-01-2011
Thursday
Weather: overcast, dark, intermittent rain, westerly wind.
First swallows arrived 6pm over Mdloti river and Froggy Pond skies. nice mass display. Stayed home so could not see Lake Victoria wetland.
Skies clear 6.47pm.
* Results of Lake Victoria water testing received, no evidence of pollutants.
19-01-2011
Wednesday
Weather: Hot and sticky day, easterly wind. Started clouding over 5.40pm, grey clouds blew in from the east but there was an upper cloud layer moving in a westerly direction.
Swallows started arriving 6.40pm, it appeared as though they were scouting the Lake Victoria reed-bed at one point to see if it was perhaps suitable to roost, I was hopeful. But no, they all went to Froggy Pond to roost, nice mass display over Froggy Pond.
Skies clear 7.07pm
18-01-2011
Tuesday
Weather: Very hot day, light easterly wind.
Had an engagement I could not miss, so I did not view the swallows this evening.
17-01-2011
Monday
Weather: Cloudy day, hot-sticky, looked like rain, westerly wind.
Swallows only arrived at 6.55pm, viewed the Froggy Pond – Mdloti river skies. The swallows arrived up from the estuary and down the Mdloti river corridor, over my roof, all heading for Froggy Pond. I did not see a mass display, swallows just seemed fly in and go immediately to roost.
Skies clear 7.10pm
A report in the newspaper indicated that hurricane type weather had passed by only a few Km’s just west of Mount Moreland last Thursday (13-01-2011), uprooting trees and blowing off roofs, flash flooding.
16-01-2011
Sunday
Weather: scorching hot, grey clouds building in the west, easterly wind.
Large crowd of swallow spectators, many overseas visitors. First flocks of swallows arrived over Froggy Pond skies 6.50pm. All spectators moved to the gazebo area for swallow viewing, nice display but needed binoculars to see masses.
Submitted a proposal to ACSA for a viewing site at Froggy Pond.
Skies clear 7.13pm.
15-01-2011
Saturday
Weather: cloudy with a burst of severe heat of sunshine, wind light westerly.
First arrival of swallows 7.05pm possibly due to brighter conditions. Poor show of swallows over Lake Victoria, all swallow watchers relocated to the gazebo and viewed Froggy Pond skies, had to use binoculars. Swallows there, low almost hugging the landscape, difficult to view.
Skies clear 7.20pm
14-01-2011 Friday Weather: Major storm and cloud burst at 4.30pm, cleared up a bit, lots of grey clouds with possibility of more rain, westerly wind.
Stayed home and viewed Froggy Pond and Mdloti river skies, swallows arrived 6.30pm, nice mass display, lots of low flying and last minute feeding over land-side vegetation, sunshine broke through the clouds and lit up the reed-bed valley, beautiful.
Skies clear 7.05pm
13-01-2011 Weather: thick grey clouds moving over with easterly wind.
Sat at the view site, first swallows arrived at 6.45pm over Froggy Pond skies. Not much to see at Lake Victoria, only small groups of swallows heading for the evening gathering at Froggy Pond. All spectators moved to the gazebo where we watched a mass display of swallows over and above Froggy Pond, binoculars were necessary against the dark cloudy skyline.
Skies clear 7.10pm
12-01-2011 Weather: clear skies with light easterly wind.
Met we experts, Jenny Mitchell (INR, ACSA), Albert Froneman (ACSA)and Roy Cowgill (BIRDLIFE), we explored and debated possible causes for the recent swallow behavioral changes. We viewed 3 identified roosting sites – Lake Victoria, Froggy Pond and the reeds on the Mdloti river, comparing visual appearance to recorded radar data of swallow movements. Investigations will continue as more data is required.
First swallow arrivals 6:35pm, we were on site at the Mdloti river. Some swallows were seen over Umdloti , live reporting from radar indicated that all the swallows were in mass over Froggy Pond, we observed no roosting where we were.
Skies clear 7.15pm
11-01-2011 Weather: thick rain clouds, rained slightly at 5pm then stopped. light westerly wind.
Went to the Lake Victoria view site, first swallows arrived 6.40pm then I turned round and viewed the sky over Froggy Pond and the swallows were there in masses. Very few swallows came over Lake Victoria, no flock formation at all. All the swallows went to Froggy Pond and roosted there.
Small groups of swallows flew through at ground level in the final minutes rushing to get to Froggy Pond.
Skies clear 7.15pm
10-01-2011 Weather: sun, cloud with intermittent rain. 5pm dark, thick black clouds, westerly wind.
Started raining, viewed the Froggy Pond, Mdloti river skies.
First swallows arrived 6.25pm in the rain, masses of swallows, heavy rain ensued but swallows continued to gather and mass, brilliant display, skies clear 7.07pm.
Heavy rain continued throughout the night.
9-01-2011 Weather: Hot, clouded over 2.15pm, easterly wind.
No bird activity at all in or over Lake Victoria. First show of swallows 6.50pm only small flock over Lake Victoria, masses of swallows at Froggy Pond. No swallows roosting at Lake Victoria, a small flock ± 100 swallows went down to roost in reeds on Mdloti river west of swallow viewing site.
Skies clear 7.10pm
8-01-2011 Weather: Hot, sunny day, clouded over at 6.20pm, easterly wind.
Swallows arrived 6.50pm, small flock, watchable, large mass of swallows over Froggy Pond.
Skies clear 7.14pm
7-01-2011 Weather: sunshine, blue skies with black clouds building along the western skyline. Light easterly wind. Very pleasant evening, beautiful clear dusk sky.
Sightings of weaver birds in Lake Victoria reedbed. 3 Bush pig seen crossing open land into the cane fields southwest of viewing site.
Swallows arrived 7.02pm flying backwards and forwards between both reed-beds (Froggy Pond and Lake Victoria). A nice show of swallows but small in numbers, the swallows appeared more dense in number over the Froggy Pond reedbed but spectators at the Lake Victoria viewing site were pleased at the small swallow display. Skies clear 7.10pm.
6-01-2011 Weather: rained until 2pm then cleared up and we saw sunshine and blue skies, no prevailing wind. High dark clouds moving from the North in a southerly direction
A lovely evening at the swallow site, swallows only arrived at 7pm, small flock over Lake Victoria (not the normal mass), large numbers of swallows seen over the Froggy Pond wetland, difficult to see as swallows arrived very low to the landscape. A disappointing swallow display for spectators. Skies clear 7.10pm.
There was more rain during the night.
5-01-2011 Weather: rained the entire morning, cleared up at lunch time.
Hundreds of dragonflies were airborne over the terraces at the viewing site, swallows started arriving 6.45pm, weather clouded over from the east and it started drizzling, low mist made sightings difficult, swallows appeared reduced in number, skies clear 7.10pm.
Saw a lot of swallow activity over Froggy Pond skies
More rain is forecasted
4-01-2011 Weather: continual rain since lunch time, low cloud cover, light westerly wind.
First arrivals of swallows 6.40pm in the rain, did not go to viewing site, viewed Froggy Pond Mdloti river skies. Swallows came in from all directions, massed and were all roosting by 7.10pm.
Continued to rain throughout the night with some heavy downpours, if it continues, flooding is highly likely.
3-01-2011 Weather: rained the entire day, thick cloud cover, light westerly wind.
First arrivals of swallows 6.20pm in the rain, did not go to viewing site, viewed Froggy Pond Mdloti river skies. Lots of swallows, they did not do an evening dance – massing together, swallows arrived in flocks and went down to roost on arrival. Skies clear 7pm.
Heavy rain continued throughout the night.
2-01-2011 Weather: extremely hot and humid throughout the day, arriving at view site 5pm weather conditions changed to light westerly wind with black clouds approaching. breeze cooling things down somewhat.
There were swallow sightings for most of the day.
6.45pm swallows begin to arrive in mass thrilling swallow viewers until skies were clear 7.05pm.
Skies were full of swallows over both Mount Moreland reedbeds.
A show of fire flies 7.15pm
Thunder storm and heavy downpours of rain in the night.
1-01-2011 New Years Day
Weather: hot, strong north easterly wind, unpleasant. Went to view site, packed with swallow spectators.
6.45pm swallows started arriving from all directions, brilliant to see the full mass of barn swallows returning back to their normal roosting site, I am overjoyed at their return, what a fantastic display they gave, thrilling the onlookers until all went to bed 7.10pm.
What a great way to start the New Year!
31-12-2010 Weather: thick cloud cover, fine rain. I was at Lake Victoria view site but left at 6.20 due to heavier rain conditions. Light easterly wind.
Viewed the Froggy Pond and Umdloti estuary skies. Swallows started arriving at 6.40pm. Different swallow movement, masses of barn swallows arrived from the estuary to Froggy Pond, thousands and thousands, has our normal swallow mass returned?
Large swallow numbers flew over my house towards Lake Victoria, a Mount Moreland resident that can see Lake Victoria phoned to confirm that it looked like the swallows had returned in all their glory. What a fantastic New Years Eve gift.
At least 20 000 swallows went down to roost at Froggy Pond.
Skies clear of swallows 7.05pm.
Heavy down pours of rain until 11pm
30-12-2010 Weather: overcast, thick cloud cover, fine rain from lunch time and still continuing.
Light westerly breeze. Weather not conducive to go to viewing site so I watched the skies from home overlooking Froggy pond and the Mdloti river bend towards the Umdloti estuary.
6.30pm swallows appeared in large numbers, thousands (yeah) many of them moving through the Froggy Pond valley towards the Umdloti estuary but a large flock ± 3000 swallows definitely went down to roost at Froggy Pond.
Large flocks flew overhead towards Lake Victoria, our main swallow viewing site, cannot confirm if they when down to roost there.
Sky empty of swallow movement 7.05pm.

29-12-2010

Weather: overcast with drizzle, storm approaching from the west.
Swallows started arriving 6.30pm but only small flock sightings, a larger flock was seen over Verulam skyline.
Disappointed swallow watchers vacated site 7pm, then a flock of ± 400 swallows appeared at 7.10pm and did their evening display, hard to say if they went down in Lake Victoria or the banks of the Mdloti River.
Some swallow movement over Froggy Pond but no mass display.
8pm fierce thunder storm with heavy rain. Flash flood.
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