Barn Swallow Daily Log 7-04-2013 Barn Swallow season now closed: Reports of mass numbers of Barn Swallows sighted in the Umhlanga river and Ballito is evident of the migration North and the swallows hugging the coast line for warmer conditions, the past 2 evenings in Mount Moreland have been incredibly cold. Also barn swallows spotted inland moving through Camperdown. It was decided to close the season today and will re-open in November when the swallows return – Signing off – Angie Wilken.
 7 April
Sunday
 Clear, sunny, hot day, not a cloud in the sky, a perfect sunset, light northeasterly wind. A few barn swallow seen along horizons and left of the swallow site, very small numbers. No mass display
 6 April
Saturday
 Clear day, mild northeasterly breeze, colourful sunset. A flock of barn swallows were feeding on the opposite site of Lake Victoria 5,20pm, horizons very quite. A few barn swallows flew over head
6.40pm and that was it, the sky continued to become even more colorful and we watched until the bats came out.
 5 April
Friday
Clear, sunny day but chilly in the shade, northeasterly wind. A few barn swallows seen along horizons and then flocks skimming the top of the sugar cane on the opposite side of Lake Victoria a small show lasting 18mins then all disappeared left of the site not to return, no roosting.
 4 April
Thursday
 Sunny day with a chilly southwesterly wind, bright sunset, a few barn swallow few over the reedbed and overhead and that was it, no sightings of significance to report, 6pm we had the sky fill sparsely with an assortment of bats, haven’t seen so many before.
 3 April
Wednesday
 Rained throughout the night and 90% of the day, still raining at swallow time so no barn swallow watching this evening, strong southwesterly wind, dark, cold.
 2 April
Tuesday
 Sunny day with pumping southwesterly wind, unpleasant at swallow time, storm approaching. Very little barn swallow activity seen, no movement along horizons at all, a few swallows glided over the viewing site and a small flock flew low through the valley and over the reedbed. About to give up a spotted a tiny Barn Swallow flock arriving 6pm, low, arriving right, traveling left and to my surprise dropped into the reedbed, no sightings thereafter.
1 April
Monday
Hot, sunny and bright day, pumping northeasterly wind, Some barn swallows seen from 5.25pm with binoculars moving from right horizon moving left and then disappearing, numbers sparse but watchable, some close up fly by’s over the viewing site, no movement from 5.55pm, colourful sunset.
 Barn Swallow Daily Log 2012-2013 Season
31 March
Easter Sunday
Hot and sunny day ,fresh northeasterly wind, lovely sunset with silver lined clouds. Flocks of barn swallows were seen from 5pm moving along horizon from right to left of the viewing site, watchable with binoculars, some barn swallows flew over the spectators chirping excitedly but very few. Overall a watchable evening but no big numbers and no roosting.
30 March
Saturday
Beautiful day, light northeasterly wind, I had a function to attend so Sandra was on swallow duty and reports of very few barn swallows spotted. A disappointing evening.
29 March
Good Friday
Awoke to a very misty morning, clearing be 9am as the sun appeared, a beautiful day until mid afternoon and then clouded over, virtually no wind at all, dark at swallow time. Very few barn swallows seen, only small flocks and very sparse, sighted only with binoculars, very disappointing.
28 March
Thursday
A cool morning warming up to a beautiful, sunny day, northeasterly wind. Bright at swallow time, barn swallow movement along all horizons from 5.20pm,binoculars were needed, swallows well spread out chirping loudly, nice numbers, very watchable until 5.55pm, no roosting or mass display.
NOTE: The phragmites australis reed has transformed from black flower heads to beige plumes.
27 March
Wednesday
Howling northeasterly wind, chilly, overcast the entire day, very dark at swallow time. Went to the viewing site and using binoculars saw barn swallow movement from 5.30pm until 5.56pm, swallows arriving right horizon moving left, watchable. No roosting or mass displays. Rained in the night
26 March
Tuesday
Dark, overcast day, began raining 10am and hasn’t stopped since then, strong northeasterly wind, heavy down pours at times, I viewed the skies from home armed with binoculars, visibility poor, very heavy rain but I did see some barn swallow activity, the rain has caused the ground to erupt with flying ants, food for the barn swallows, couldn’t see if any roosting occurred. Seriously heavy rain throughout the night.
25 March
Monday
Awoke to flashes of lightening, overcast with southerly wind, intermittent rain most of the day, some barn swallows arrived chirping excitedly over my roof 5.40pm so I flew up to the viewing site to see if there were any new arrivals and sighting’s to record, I scanned the horizons for almost half an hour using binoculars, visibility poor due to more rain and thick, dark black clouds along western vista, sorry to say not a single Barn Swallow arrived, skies empty.
24 March
Palm Sunday
Sunny day with light northeasterly breeze, clouds building along western horizon at swallow time. Horizons void of any bird movement, a few lesser striped swallows flew over the viewing site and that was it! No Barn Swallow sightings at all, very disappointing. Rained throughout the night.
23 March
Saturday
Quite, misty morning had the makings of a perfect day but all that changed at lunch time with gale force southwesterly winds. Grey clouds and darkening fast at swallow time, started spitting, not pleasant at all outside, no barn swallow watching this evening.
22 March
Friday
Hot and sunny day, clear skies, pumping northeasterly wind, beautiful, colourful sunset. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.14pm along horizons and in the valley arriving from right skies moving left along the skyline at varied altitudes then disappearing, this movement continued until 6.03pm, watchable, binoculars were needed. No roosting or mass display.
21 March
Thursday
Pumping northeasterly wind, clear skies, tranquil sunset. Some barn swallows were seen at varied altitudes moving from right to left of the viewing site 5.50pm to 6.05pm, binoculars were needed, watchable, no roosting, no mass display, gave up watching 6.25pm
20 March
Wednesday
Strong Northeasterly wind, chilly, partially overcast at swallow time. Small flocks of Barn Swallows seen moving along distant hilltops from right of the site moving left 5.20pm, binoculars were needed, this movement continued until 5.53pm. No roosting, no mass display but the show was watchable this evening, gave up 6.20pm when the bats came out.
19 March
Tuesday
Thick black clouds with rain, pumping southwesterly wind, cold and dark early, no barn swallow watching this evening.
18 March
Monday
Very pleasant and warm day, clear skies, a whisper of a northeasterly breeze, dreamy sunset. Only a handful of lesser striped swallows sighted, gave up watching when the bats came out 6.25pm
17 March
Sunday
Strong southerly wind the entire day, cloudy, clearing at swallow time, warm. Hardly any swallows sighted, horizons void of bird movement, gave up watching when the bats came out 6.24pm. Where are the Barn Swallows? They are due to arrive any day.
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16 March
Saturday
Southwesterly wind, fully overcast by mid afternoon, a few swallows over the viewing site 5,10pm and a small flock of swifts. It then began to rain, visibility poor, didn’t have any further sightings.
15 March
Friday
Pumping northeasterly wind clouding over along western skyline. Some barn swallows sighted 5.50pm until 6.08pm arriving along right horizon moving left then disappearing, small numbers, not impressive at all. No roosting, No big numbers.
14 March
Thursday
Cloudy along western horizon. light northeasterly breeze, a slight nip in the air, interesting sunset, We saw swallows from 5.40pm until 6.05pm flying from right to left of the viewing site along the horizon, nice numbers, binoculars were needed. No roosting, no mass display.
13 March
Wednesday
Patchy sky, mild northeasterly breeze, pleasant evening. Only a few barn swallows gave a fly past, horizons void of any movement. NO roosting, NO mass numbers.
12 March
Tuesday
Strong and cold northeasterly wind, clouding over at swallow time. Some small pockets of Barn Swallows seen through binoculars along horizon moving right to left, this continued for 30 minutes. No sightings thereafter, no roosting, no mass numbers.
11 March
Monday
Overcast day, chilly, northeasterly breeze. Spotted some barn swallows 5.55pm and 10 minutes thereafter moving from right side of swallow site to left along horizon then disappearing out of sight, binoculars were needed. NO sightings there after, no roosting, no mass display.
10 March
Sunday
Warm morning clouding over mid afternoon, southerly breeze, cold and dark. First swallows spotted 6.03pm flying from right to left of the site and then disappeared, the odd one sighted thereafter and then at 6.24pm a tiny Barn Swallow flock flew from the left of Lake Victoria over the reedbed to the upper end, turned returned and went straight down to roost 6,27pm. Short and sweet, binoculars were needed. Numbers still to arrive.
NOTE: The phragmites australis reed has just opened with black flower heads
9 March
Saturday
Strong southwesterly wind and rain throughout the night and the entire day. pouring down at swallow time, visibility poor, driving rain, cold, no swallow watching this evening.
8 March
Friday
Very hot and humid day light northeasterly wind, grey cloud bank approaching from the west at swallow time. Very few swallows seen until 6.31pm and there was a flock of a few hundred Barn Swallows arriving from the right of the site, circled a few times and then went down to roost in Lake Victoria, AMAZING, the migration has just begun, numbers should improve from now, but with nature there are no guarantees. Today is my birthday and this is the best present of all!
7 March
Thursday
Very hot and humid day, mild westerly breeze clouding over at swallow time, no barn swallows to be seen at all, a few swifts came cruising past, watched until the bats came out.
Thunder and lightening and a strong westerly wind with rain in the night.
6 March
Wednesday
Another hot and humid day, strong northeasterly wind. Attended a concert at church, so no swallow watching this evening.
5 March
Tuesday
Very hot and humid day, bright, strong northeasterly wind, a cloud hugged the horizon at sunset  making a pastel end to the day. A few barn swallows were seen from 5,20pm onwards but few and far between. No mass display, no roosting.
4 March
Monday
Started out a cloudy day then cleared up at lunch time, northeasterly breeze, cloud bank along western horizon at swallow time, no barn swallows sighted at all, a few swifts and lesser striped are all that were seen.
3 March
Sunday
Patchy sky, hot, clouding over at swallow time northeasterly wind. Very few barn swallows spotted a few flew close up over the swallow site and a few were sighted along horizon, no mass display, no mass sightings.
2 March
Saturday
Beautiful day, hot and sunny, classic sunset, very light westerly breeze. Only a handful of barn swallows spotted, still awaiting the migration North to begin.
1 March
Friday
Rained throughout the night, early morning then cleared up a bit but now it’s raining again at swallow time, southwesterly wind and cold, no barn swallow watching this evening.
 Barn Swallow Daily Log 2012-2013 Season
28 Feb
Thursday
Overcast day with very strong southwesterly wind from mid day, overcast and blowing madly outside, rain about to fall at swallow time, no swallow watching this evening.
27 Feb
Wednesday
Cooking hot and humid day, northeasterly wind partially clouding over at swallow time. Using binoculars some barn swallows were spotted moving along the horizon from left to right then disappearing from sight, small number, visibility hazy. No roosting no mass display, skies clear of movement 6.40pm.
26 Feb
Tuesday
Extremely hot and humid day, northeasterly wind, clear skies until swallow time when a grey cloud bank moved over from the west and it was dark and overcast. Only a handful of barn swallows spotted, gave up watching 6.50pm, very disappointing.
25 Feb
Monday
Clear skies, hot and sunny day, light northeasterly breeze. bright at swallow time. A seductive sunset and a full moon rose behind us, a dozen or so barn swallows sighted moving along horizon, no roosting, no mass numbers, gave up watching 6.45pm
24 Feb
Sunday
Over cast most of the day with a light northeasterly breeze, dark and fully overcast at swallow time. Only a handful of lesser striped swallows spotted, a small flock of Barn Swallows moved through along the horizon, binoculars were needed, they didn’t roost or mass. Very disappointing.
23 Feb
Saturday
Clouded over mid afternoon, strong southerly wind, a slight chill in the air, dark and fully overcast at swallow time. A handful of lesser striped swallows and a few swifts was all that was sighted. Horizons quiet, no barn swallows at all. Rained during the night.
22 Feb
Friday
Sunny day, clear skies, northeasterly wind. Very quiet evening at swallows with only a handful of lesser striped swallows spotted, no Barn Swallows, horizons void of any bird movement.
21 Feb
Thursday
Westerly wind the entire day, a hot yet dry crispness to the air, over cast at swallow time, dark, only a handful of barn swallows seen, skies very quiet, gave up watching 7,50pm
20 Feb
Wednesday
Pink sky this morning and then grey skies with a strong southwesterly wind, intermittent rain from lunch time, dark, no barn swallow watching this evening.
19 Feb
Tuesday
Extremely hot and humid day, northeasterly wind, grey cloud bank along horizon at swallow time. An interesting sky but not one Barn Swallow to be seen this evening, a few lesser striped swallows were around, gave up watching 6.55pm very disappointing.
18 Feb
Monday
From a grey evening to the most beautiful sunset, light northeasterly breeze. Some swallows were seen throughout the Lake Victoria valley 5.55pm to 6.32pm but no roosting or mass displays.
17 Feb
Sunday
Rained all night clearing to sunshine until mid afternoon when it clouded over again, light northeasterly wind. Very few swallows seen, no movement along horizons, no mass sightings, no mass display, gave up watching 6.50pm.
16 Feb
Saturday
Rained throughout the night and intermittently the entire day, southwesterly wind, dark, raining at swallow time so no swallow watching this evening.
15 Feb
Friday
Very hot and humid morning clouding over lunch time, southwesterly wind, started raining mid afternoon and is raining now at swallow time, no swallow watching this evening.
14 Feb
Thursday
Valentine’s Day: Very hot and humid, clouding over late afternoon and a westerly wind began to blow, dark. Barn Swallows seen from 5.40pm over the swallow viewing site and over Lake Victoria in small numbers but in close proximity, this continued until 6.27pm, none were seen thereafter and no roosting occurred.
13 Feb
Wednesday
Another extremely hot and humid day, very strong northeasterly wind, clear sky with grey cloud bank along western horizon. Using binoculars we witnessed Barn Swallows along the horizon 6.05pm until 6.55pm, all moved left in the distance, no roosting at all.
12 Feb
Tuesday
Very hot and humid day, clouding over at lunch time, Southwesterly wind. Dark and overcast at swallow time with thunder and lightening, 5.30pm it started raining, drove around Lake Victoria until 6.50pm but saw no Barn Swallows anywhere.
11 Feb
Monday
Strong Northeasterly wind, overcast at swallow time. I had a deadline to make so Sandra D stood in and reported that there were no Barn Swallow sightings. Thunder and lightening early evening with rain in the night.
Barn Swallow Daily Log 10 Feb
Sunday
Very hot and humid day, overcast, distant thunder at swallow time, strong northeasterly wind. dark. Lots of weaver activity on the right of the viewing site, the lesser striped swallows had a feeding session in-between spectators 6.13pm for 8 minutes. Small flock of Barn Swallows seen along horizon, binoculars were needed and they disappeared into the distance. Thunder and lightening more intense and rain began to fall 6.45pm, gave up watching. NO mass sightings and no roosting, very disappointing.
9 Feb
Saturday
Very hot and humid day, clouding over at swallow time with a strong northeasterly wind, dark. Horizons were misty and lo and behold pockets of Barn Swallows were seen 6.32pm through binoculars moving from left to right along the horizon, visibility poor and no roosting, skies clear 6.55pm.
8 Feb
Friday
Hot and very humid day clouding over mid afternoon, a whisper of a light northeasterly breeze, fully overcast at swallow time, dark, not a single Barn Swallow arrived, gave up watching 7pm
7 Feb
Thursday
Hot and variable day, beautiful, colourful sunset at swallow time, light westerly breeze. Lots of weaver activity on the right of the viewing site and a fish eagle perched on a telephone pole across from Lake Victoria, upon taking flight it gave its magnificent call, a true sound of Africa. A few lesser striped swallows seen but unfortunately no Barn Swallows, watched until 7pm.
6 Feb
Wednesday
Overcast with thunder, lightening and rain at swallow time, dark, easterly wind, no swallow watching this evening.
5 Feb
Tuesday
Overcast day, light northeasterly wind, dark at swallow time. Viewed the skies at Lake Victoria swallow viewing site and not a Barn Swallow was seen, skies very quiet, gave up watching 7pm.
4 Feb
Monday
Cloudy day started raining on and off from just after lunch time. Swallow time and it’s pouring down, dark, cold southwesterly wind, no swallow watching this evening.
3 Feb
Sunday
Beautiful day clouding over at swallow time and darkening, easterly wind switching to westerly. Only lesser striped swallows seen flying very low over the swallow viewing site and very few in number. Horizons void of swallows, very disappointing. Gave up watching 7pm. 10 minutes later it poured down with rain.
2 Feb
Saturday
Poured down through the night and cleared this morning to a bright sunny day, light north easterly breeze. Bright , clear sunset, lots of insect activity, dragonflies and butterflies. Very few swallows seen at 6.49pm, no mass numbers, very disappointing. There are no Barn swallows at all, what we are seeing are a few Lesser striped swallows flying over the site.
More rain forecasted over the next 2 days.
1 Feb
Friday
Rained throughout the night clearing partially during the day and the heat was extreme, clouding over again at swallow time, southerly wind. Some swallows spotted 5,36pm then at 6.20pm there was a small flock gathering over Verulam skies then it started to rain and I was distracted as spectators made a dash for cover under the entrance roof, when I looked again the swallows had gone. Only a couple seen thereafter, gave up watching 7pm.
Barn Swallow Daily Log 2012-2013 Season
31 Jan
Thursday
Howling westerly wind at swallow time pushing big black clouds towards us. Only a handful of swallows spotted 6.40pm nothing thereafter.
30 Jan
Wednesday
Overcast and spotted with rain during the day, easterly wind. At swallow time it looked like it was about to rain so I didn’t go to the viewing site, I viewed the skies from home and saw no swallows at all, the rain began to fall 6.45pm.
Note: Yet another severe weather warning issued for tonight and tomorrow.
29 Jan
Tuesday
Rained this morning and remained overcast the entire day, easterly wind, went to the swallow viewing site and it started raining then it stopped, only a handful of swallows seen individually, very disappointing, then at 6.50pm it started raining again.
28 Jan
Monday
Overcast for most of the day, westerly wind. dark and raining, pouring down at swallow time so no swallow watching this evening.
27 Jan
Sunday
Hot and humid day although fully overcast from mid afternoon, light easterly wind switching to westerly 6.40pm. A few swallows seen moving along horizon, binoculars were needed against backdrop of very dark clouds 6.35pm. It then began lightening and thunder and rain began to fall 6.44pm. No swallows were seen thereafter.
26 Jan
Saturday
Rained throughout the night and early morning clearing partially, clouding over again mid afternoon, strong northeasterly wind, dark and chilly outside, looked like rain at swallow time so chose not to go and yes, it started to rain 6.45pm, viewed the skies from home and only say a handful of swallows.
25 Jan
Friday
Hot and humid day, southerly wind, clouding over mid afternoon cooling things down a bit. Arrived at the swallow viewing site and at 5.45pm it started to rain so we bailed out. No swallow watching this evening.
24 Jan
Thursday
Sizzling hot day, reports of 40°C, absolutely sweltering. Swallow time was bright and by 6.20pm a strong westerly wind began to blow, a few swallows seen from 6.30pm to 6.55pm, no major numbers. no roosting. Butterflies and dragonflies in abundance over the site. The huge activity of ants foretell of rain to come.
23 Jan
Wednesday
Clear, bright, sunshine day, extremely hot. Swallow time and Sandra Dalzell stood in for me as I had a school function to attend. She reports that there was a pretty sunset and only a handful of swallows seen, gave up watching 7.10pm.
22 Jan
Tuesday
Rained throughout the night and spotted with rain this morning then all the clouds disappeared and the sun came out in force, light southerly breeze, pretty sunset. First and only swallows seen 6.48pm ( a few dozen) they made a hasty fly-bys over the viewing site only to disappear out of sight. Very disappointing. The site was active with bees, butterflies and dragonflies.
21 Jan
Monday
The strangest weather, it has been raining intermittently since 10.30am with windows of sunshine in between, light southerly wind. At swallow time it poured down and an hour later the sun came out. I didn’t go to swallows as all was wet outside.
20 Jan
Sunday
Sunshine morning clouding over mid afternoon to almost fully overcast at swallow time, light southerly breeze. First couple of swallows seen 6.26pm and nothing until 6.50pm when about 20 flew just in front of the viewing site and nothing more thereafter! Very disappointing, a virtual no show. There was no movement along the horizons either. Nice show of dragonflies.
19 Jan
Saturday
Rained throughout the night and on and off during the day, raining at swallow time, light southerly wind, dark, No swallow watching this evening.
18 Jan
Friday
Extremely hot and humid day, a westerly wind began to blow 3.30pm and it was fully overcast at swallow time and temperatures cooling off nicely. Two fish eagles gave a graceful fly by and called in the process. First Barn Swallows arrived 6,20pm then at 6.29pm a flock of a few hundred flew from right to left at eye level. At 6.50pm a few Barn Swallows caught my eye as they returned from the left of the site and went down to roost and then it began to rain. Don’t get too excited just yet, the number was very small but it did offer a glimmer of hope.
NOTE: Severe weather warning issued for this weekend, flooding predicted.
17 Jan
Thursday
Cooking hot and humid day, light northeasterly breeze clouding over at swallow time, darkening quickly with lightening flashes along western horizon. A few swallows flew at very close proximity over the viewing site 6.23pm in 5 minute intervals, none were seen after 6.40pm.
16 Jan
Wednesday
Rained in the morning and remained partly cloudy the rest of the day. Heavy cloud cover at swallow time with a brief, light shower on the horizon, light northeasterly wind. Very few swallows seen and only at 6.55pm. Very disappointing.
15 Jan
Tuesday
Very hot and humid day with a pumping southerly wind, clouding over 3pm and it began raining 4pm by swallow time it was dark and pouring down. No swallow watching tonight.
14 Jan
Monday
Sizzling hot day, northeasterly wind switching at swallow time to a westerly and clouded over cooling things down, interesting sunset. First swallows spotted 5.50pm flying over the viewing site and continued to do so until 6.40pm in very close proximity, not big numbers but there appeared a difference in their flight almost surveying the reedbed and flying in an anticlockwise movement around Mount Moreland. We saw a small flock on the left horizon before disappearing into the distance. No swallows seen from 6.40pm onwards, no mass numbers or display.
13 Jan
Sunday
Rained this morning and then the sun tried to come out but without succession, clouded over again. I went to the Lake Victoria swallow viewing site despite the grey, dismal weather. A few swallows dotted about then 6.47pm there was a constant stream of Barn Swallow appearing right of the site flying left, this continued until 7.03pm. They didn’t stay, no mass display, no roosting. Large numbers of dragonflies over the viewing site.
12 Jan
Saturday
Poured down throughout the night and most of the day, light southerly breeze. Swallow time was dark, overcast and pored down some more, chilly. No swallow watching this evening.
11 Jan
Friday
Poured down throughout the night and most of the day, light southerly breeze. Swallow time was dark, overcast and looked like more rain, everything very soggy outside. Stayed home and viewed the skies over Froggy Pond, I did see a few swallows from 6pm onwards but no big flocks or mass sightings.
10 Jan
Thursday
Overcast day, light southerly wind, started raining 3.30pm. No swallow watching this evening due to wet weather, thunder and lightening approaching rapidly.
9 Jan
Wednesday
Extremely hot and humid day, a light westerly wind began to blow bringing some clouds at swallow time. 6.05pm we saw a small flock of swallows to the far right of the viewing site and they were there until 4.47pm when they dispersed. No mass sightings, no mass display, very disappointing.
8 Jan
Tuesday
Very hot and humid day, light northeasterly wind, magic sunset at the Lake Victoria swallow viewing site. A few swallows come and fed over the viewing site, nice close-up experience but very few swallows, horizons were void of any movement. Looks like a storm is approaching. Gave up watching 7.07pm
7 Jan
Monday
Hot and humid day becoming overcast at swallow time, light northeasterly wind. First swallows spotted 6.11pm along the horizon moving from right to left this stream of movement continued spasmodically until 7.07pm, binoculars were needed. No roosting and no mass display, a small flock flew over the viewing site.
6 Jan
Sunday
Very hot and humid day clouding over 3,30pm. I was just about to leave home for swallow duty 4.45pm when it poured down with rain, thunder and lightening, sky darkening rapidly, radical storm approaching. Bailed out and didn’t go to the swallow site.
5 Jan
Saturday
Overcast day, light northeasterly breeze, a slight chill in the air. First tiny flock of swallows spotted 6.17pm along horizon binoculars were needed, only an odd one thereafter, a few were seen over the reedbed, almost inspecting it. A no Barn Swallow show, gave up watching 7.07pm.
4 Jan
Friday
Hot, bright day with strong westerly wind clouding over at swallow time and it was rather chilly. Tiny flock of Barn Swallows seen 6.10pm and nothing thereafter, I keep scanning the horizons but no movement at all. Very disappointing, a virtual no show.
3 Jan
Thursday
Extremely hot and humid day, swallow time and things changed dramatically, a pumping and pounding southwesterly wind pushing masses of grey clouds towards us, thunder and lightening and spots of rain to start with then it poured down, most of the spectators bailed out as it really was not pleasant at all outside and it became chilly. A small flock of swallows flew over the viewing site 6,32pm, the rain and wind intensified, a couple of swallows were seen 6.42pm but then nothing thereafter and I gave up just before 7pm. No big swallow numbers, very disappointing. I scanned the horizons with binoculars but there was no movement at all. The strong wind rocked and rolled the reedbed with extreme velocity.
2 Jan
Wednesday
Poured down with rain this morning, cleared up and the sun came out, a chilly and very strong northeasterly wind, clouding over at swallow time. First swallows spotted 6.38pm at varied altitudes and locations, small flocks made their way from right to left along the horizon, this movement continued until 7.02pm, no sightings thereafter and no roosting occurred. Binoculars were needed. Lots of dragonflies and butterflies over the viewing site.
1 Jan
Tuesday
New Years Day
Happy New Year, rained intermittently the entire day and raining again at swallow time, southerly breeze, a chill in the air. No swallow watching this evening.
 2012
 Barn Swallow Daily Log 2012-2013 Season
31 Dec
Monday
New Years Eve
Another very hot and humid day, strong southerly wind clouding over to serious darkness 4pm and started raining, by 5pm it was raining cats and dogs with thunder and lightening, no way I’m going to swallows this evening, wishing you all the very best and lots of swallows to come in the New Year.
30 Dec
Sunday
Sweltering hot day, partially overcast with southerly breeze. Fully overcast at swallow time and the breeze pleasantly cooling things down. As for the Sunday Sweltering….. a tiny flock was spotted 6,58pm briefly, we scanned the landscape and horizons with binoculars thereafter until 7.14pm and no swallows were sighted whatsoever. A no show, extremely disappointing.
29 Dec
Saturday
Very hot and humid day, not a cloud in the sky, bright, moderate northeasterly wind. A clear sky sunset, we watched the sun turn into an orange ball before disappearing behind the western hillside. Not a swallow in sight until 7pm and then a steady flow of Barn Swallows arrived right of the viewing site and flew left along the horizon and in the landscape, binoculars were needed. A few thousand graced us with their presence and some scouted the reedbed with interest but no roosting occurred they just continued past. Skies clear 7.11pm
28 Dec
Friday
Hot day with patchy sky, strong wind from the south cooling down at swallow time and quite overcast yet bright. A few swallows were seen 6.56pm, a few flew over the viewing sight and a tiny group moved over the landscape but that was it, possibly the worst and nearly no show of Barn Swallows to date, extremely disappointing, no movement whatsoever along the horizon.
27 Dec
Thursday
Barn Swallow Daily Log: Very hot day with pumping northeasterly wind, clear sky. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.54pm and then tiny flocks moved along the horizon from right to left until 7.07pm, no roosting was seen and it appeared the swallows just continued in a southeasterly direction. Binoculars were needed, no mass display, very disappointing.
26 Dec
Wednesday
Hot and humid day, partially clouding over at swallow time, strong westerly wind, very dark clouds approaching. First few swallows and swifts spotted 6,10pm over the viewing site. 6.52pm small flocks of swallows flying from right to left of site in the landscape, very hard to see, binoculars were needed, no mass or final display, numbers miserably low, very few and far between, very disappointing.
25 Dec
Tuesday
Merry Christmas swallow watchers, wishing you lots of swallow sightings in the months to come. Hot and humid day, southerly wind clouding over mid afternoon with spots of rain at swallow time. I took my eyes off the skies this evening and focused on friends and family on this special day. Swallow watching will continue tomorrow, stay tuned………
24 Dec
Monday
Extremely hot day clouding over at swallow time, northeasterly wind switching to southerly, hectic storm approaching from the west. A few swallows spotted 6.38pm and nothing thereafter. The storm arrived and we waited and watched the skies until 7pm in pouring rain, radical thunder and lightening storm, the rain was so thick at one point that part of the western landscape disappeared from sight.
23 Dec
Sunday
Hot and humid day with a light southerly wind switching just before swallow time to a mild northeasterly, bright. Pretty sky as the sun set, first Barn Swallows seen 6.37pm then nothing until 6.56pm. Pockets of swallows moved through from left to right at low altitude hugging the landscape, this movement continued for 8 minutes, slightly more swallows this evening but nothing spectacular, binoculars were needed. Can not confirm where they roosted, it appeared as if in the lower end of Lake Victoria. Skies clear 7,07pm.
22 Dec
Saturday
Very hot, sunny and windy day, strong northeasterly wind, bright, grey cloud bank along western horizon at sunset. First few Barn Swallows spotted 6.38pm and nothing thereafter until 6.52pm, very small numbers in tiny groups flying from left to right along horizon, hugging the landscape, conditions misty, binoculars were needed. Very disappointing.
21 Dec
Friday
Cooking hot day, wind strong northeasterly, thick cloud buildup along western horizon. lots of dragonflies over the viewing site. First Barn Swallows spotted in tiny flocks moving from right to left along horizon 6.58pm, small pockets were seen until 7.10pm, binoculars were needed, no display, can only assume they roosted at the lower end of Lake Victoria reedbed.
Note: longest day – longest night
20 Dec
Thursday
Hot, windy day, strong southerly wind dropping to a gentle breeze at swallow time, patchy sky and as the sun set over the western horizon the clouds transformed into a kaleidoscope of powerful colours, a few lesser striped swallows darted over the viewing site and s few swifts but a no show of Barn Swallows. Gave up watching 7.20pm, First warm evening, no jacket needed.
19 Dec
Wednesday
Hot, sunny day with a pumping northeasterly wind, overcast from 4pm and the wind became very cold. A tiny flock of Barn Swallows spotted 6.10pm flying from right to left along the horizon and no sightings thereafter. Very disappointing, gave up watching when the first couple of bats came flying by 7.05pm. Sky looking thick along western horizon and a cloud lit up with lightening.
18 Dec
Tuesday
Clear day, hot, cooling down at swallow time with a slight chill in the air, northeasterly wind. Not a good swallow viewing evening at all, tiny number spotted, too small to call a flock, very disappointing, beautiful evening sky but a no show of Barn Swallows, gave up watching 7.20pm. Lots of dragonflies were noticed over the swallow viewing site
17 Dec
Monday
Hot day with patchy sky, northeasterly wind, fully overcast at swallow time and a chill in the air. Skies and reedbed virtually void of any movement or sign of bird life. One tiny flock ( less than 30) of swallows spotted 6.46pm moving from right to left, no sightings thereafter, very disappointing.
16 Dec
Sunday
Rained throughout the night and cleared partially today with sunshine until mid afternoon then the clouds started to build up, strong southerly wind the entire day, a chill in the air at swallow time. Lots of spectators arrived, more so than Barn Swallows. Very few swallows were see from 6.10pm, again some Barn Swallows were seen low over the reedbed as if surveying the possible roosting conditions. It rained during the wait and swallow watchers squeezed under the entrance roof, seeking shelter from the 5 minute squall. A no flock show, no display, very disappointing, waited until 6.24pm.
15 Dec
Saturday
Sunny day with northeasterly winds clouding over 3pm. Went to the swallow site it began to rain and there was thunder and lightening then it stopped raining and the spectators sat on the grass, a few swallows were seen 6.11pm and they flew low over the reedbed almost surveying the condition of it. A small flock flew(very few) along the horizon 6.57pm and I assume they went down in the lower end of the reedbed as it started to rain again as none were seen thereafter.
14 Dec
Friday
A hot and humid day with northeasterly wind, clouding over mid afternoon and a chill in the air at swallow time. The sun briefly broke through the clouds and added a bit of colour at sunset. A few swallows were seen at 6.19pm. A few tiny flocks ( very small number) 6.48pm flew to lower end of the reedbed and roosted there, we watched the skies until 7.15pm but no more activity was sighted. Binoculars were needed to see the few swallows that did arrive, a disappointing evening for swallow watchers.
13 Dec
Thursday
Warm and windy day, strong northeasterly wind, clouding over mid afternoon, slight chill in the air, sky darkening quite alot by swallow time. Sky looking ominous along western horizon. A few swallows seen 6.10pm and very far and few between thereafter, there was no display as numbers are very few, it appeared that the lower end of the reedbed was were the Barn Swallows roosted for the night. Skies clear 6.54pm. Very disappointing, the weather not playing ball at all.
12 Dec
Wednesday
Hot, sunny day clouding over just after lunch, strong northeasterly wind, cold at swallow time and fully overcast. First few swallows spotted 6.33pm and very little thereafter, a small flock was seen 6.47pm heading towards the lower end of the Lake Victoria reedbed and then two independent Barn Swallows arrived and roosting in the upper part of the reedbed, binoculars were needed, disappointing to spectators and to an untrained eye to see so few swallows is challenging. The question is, if the majority of Barn Swallows moved to warmer safer grounds, why do we still have some, even though numbers are incredibly low?
11 Dec
Tuesday
Poured down in the night and up until lunch time, radial swell in river and feeder streams. The Mdloti river came over the top of the main low level bridge crossing to Mount Moreland for a brief part of the day, the lesser striped swallows nests under the bridge were washed away, haven’t seen rain like this for over 10 years. At swallow time sky was Gray, southerly wind and it rained finely for a few minutes then cleared, a few swallows were seen from 5.48pm but very few thereafter, a tiny flock appeared at 6.59pm but was unclear as to were they roosted in a very soggy and wet Lake Victoria. Very disappointing display.
10 Dec
Monday
Patchy day , overcast fully mid afternoon, virtually no wind, blue black clouds approaching along south west horizon. First Barn Swallows arrived from 6pm, very thin in number and well scattered, approaching from right of site to left, repeatedly. Tiny flock spotted over Verulam horizon 6.48pm and a quick descend into the reedbed, it then started to rain with thunder and lightening approaching, radical rain to come.
9 Dec
Sunday
A hot start to the day, light southerly breeze, clouding over mid afternoon, dark at swallow time. At the Lake Victoria swallow viewing site the first fly-byes of Barn Swallows began 5.55pm and they were present in small numbers for about 8 minutes. The wind picked up and it started to rain softly and then became harder, the landscape became engulfed in a haze of cloud, mist and rain, the spectators bailed out and I packed up and came home, I saw no swallows thereafter and checked at Froggy Pond viewing site. I wonder if they roosted early and we missed it not expecting the weather to change so rapidly!
8 Dec
Saturday
Overcast day, hot and humid, south westerly wind dropping at swallow time. At 6.10pm a small flock of swallows arrived at the viewing site and feed in flight for 10 minutes over the spectators, the sun peeped through the clouds to give a bit of sunset then the lower valley became really hazy, visibility poor even with binoculars. What was witnessed were small groups of swallows, no display whatsoever and each group going straight to roost on arrival, very small numbers and once again the upper part of the reedbed was the chosen roosting spot for the night. Very disappointing display.
7 Dec
Friday
Hot and sunny day clouding over mid afternoon. Dark, grey sky at swallow time, strong northeasterly wind. First Barn swallows spotted 6.23pm then nothing until 6.46pm, small flock, smallest this season flew right to left and again favored the upper part of the reedbed. Skies clear 6.55pm. Fire flies were in abundance thereafter.
James Rawdon came for a ringing exercise and despite the low number arrival of Barn Swallows he caught 2. One adult and one juvenile.
6 Dec
Thursday
Windy, overcast from lunch time, cold and strong northeasterly wind, dark at swallow time. Some spectators came and braved the weather conditions, first swallows spotted 6.25pm, very sparse and difficult to see against serious weather building along western horizon. The Barn Swallows used the landscape to avoid the cold wind and did the most unusual display, heading to the feed of Lake Victoria and then descending 6.48pm, at an angle into the upper end of the reedbed.
NOTE: 2am 7/12/2012 almighty thunder storm and flash flooding, extremely heavy rain.
5 Dec
Wednesday
Barn Swallow Daily Log: Rained most of the day and at swallow time, light southwesterly wind, cold. I had a school function to attend, so no swallow watching this evening.
4 Dec
Tuesday
Hot day but overcast from mid afternoon, light northeasterly wind, cold, dark clouds over Lake Victoria. First swallow arrivals 6.40pm, very few and at mixed altitudes, it took a while for them to group together, numbers very small compared to previous evenings, a small yet watchable display, very hard to see against dark sky, binoculars were needed. Skies clear 6.58pm
3 Dec
Monday
Mixed weather with isolated rain and at swallow time but clearing and brightening an hour later, too late for me to go to the swallow site so I watched the skies from home. First Barn Swallows spotted 6.37pm heading upstream to Lake Victoria, nice numbers, skies clear my side 6.50pm. I apologize to any spectators that came for my absence from site.
2 Dec
Sunday
An overcast day with rain from mid afternoon, cold, northeasterly wind. I watched the skies from home and the Barn Swallows began arriving from 6.10pm up the Mdloti river, in no hurry to reach Lake Victoria. Numbers increased from 6.35pm and at varied altitudes, the sky dotted with Barn Swallow movement and activity, I lost sight of them 6.40pm as they disappeared in the direction of Lake Victoria.
1 Dec
Saturday
Partly cloudy day with sunshine, light northeasterly wind, patchy sky, mostly pale grey at swallow time. A few swallows were seen 6.10pm and a few low flock fly overs, due to brighter conditions mass Barn Swallows arrived 6.50pm, one could see against paler cloud and binoculars intensified the sight, a beautiful display and all in the reedbed 6.58pm. Fireflies came out at 6.15pm.
 Barn Swallow Daily Log 2012-2013 Season
30 Nov
Friday
Clouded over mid morning, southwesterly wind and poured down with rain since then, went out during the day and saw some swallows perched on the telephone wires braving the cold and torrential rain, flash flooding, no swallow watching for me this evening.
29 Nov
Thursday
Another windy day, patchy sky clouding over mid afternoon. Swallow time and the wind switched to a pumping southwesterly and made things very cold and unpleasant. Some swallows seen from 6.15pm,the wind dropped 6.33pm, big flock arrivals 6.37pm and at low altitude, the sky slightly lighter this evening but rain is looming and thunder was heard, The Barn Swallows gave an awesome display and numbers grew, flight movement was up and down the full length of the reedbed. Skies clear 6.47pm and then spots of rain began to fall and the wind started to blow again.
28 Nov
Wednesday
Sunny windy day, overcast from mid afternoon and the northeasterly wind became very cold, quite dark at swallow time. First Barn Swallow arrivals 6.15pm and thereafter this became one of the most unusual arrivals I have ever seen. The Barn Swallows arrived in flocks that literally skimming the top of the reedbed, wave after wave of them arrived from the eastern (lower) end of the reedbed to the western (upper), flying the full length and this movement continued for 20 minutes. Occasionally the flocks rose to above the landscape to reveal partial numbers whilst others dotted from reed to reed, binoculars were needed, a very interesting and entertaining display indeed. Skies clear 6.48pm
27 Nov
Tuesday
Rainy, overcast day, light southwesterly wind, dry at swallow time but cold. A pale grey sky and hazy outlook, first swallows arrived 6.40pm massing at 6.46pm 2 distinct flocks and a favour for the lower end of the Lake Victoria reedbed, numbers reduced considerably from previous evenings possibly due to colder weather but still very watchable. Skies clear 6.50pm.
 26 Nov
Monday
A very bright, hot sunny day, light southwesterly breeze at swallow time, first clear sky we have had in ages. An abundance of dragonflies dotted about over the swallow site, the bright conditions and pretty sunset delayed the Barn Swallows arrival with mass numbers seen at 6.40pm, the clear sky made for good viewing with or without binoculars a spectacular display but they didn’t come over the site for a close up view. Skies clear 6.56pm. 10 minutes later the fireflies gave an awesome show amongst the swallow spectators.
25 Nov
Sunday
I arrived at the Lake Victoria swallow site at 5pm 5 minutes later it started raining, the wind was southwesterly and very cold, not pleasant. I packed up and came home, an hour later the wind dropped the rain stopped but I don’t think it is over. I watched the skies from home and saw the Barn Swallows arriving up the Umdloti river valley heading towards Lake Victoria, hopefully the weather will be more conducive to swallow watching tomorrow.
24 Nov
Saturday
Very hot and humid day clouding over at swallow time, the weather had the makings for a perfect evening and then a pumping southwesterly wind came through making things very unpleasant. There was a close up feeding of the Barn Swallows over the site just prior to the wind buster, visibility became very hazy and poor due to all the dust. The swallows arrived using the landscape and were incredibly hard to see as they were trying to stay out of the cold, penetrating wind, mass numbers seen 6,35pm and it looked like a dismal display but the wind was so forceful it disturbed the reeds and the Barn Swallows rose 3 times and flew up the face of the viewing site, all the spectators had bailed out except for one couple whom thoroughly enjoyed the close up spectacle. Skies clear 6.48pm. I hope the Barn Swallows survive the night, not pleasant at all outside. Poured down in the night. Cold.
23 Nov
Friday
Hot day, some northeasterly wind in the afternoon and a patchy sky at swallow time revealing a colourful sunset. Mass swallows arrived 6.26pm a bit later than previous evenings because it was bright. What a show they put on in front of the colourful sky, masses arrived and thrilled spectators with close-up fly-overs, spectacular display, huge numbers. Skies clear 6.46pm. a little later 7.04pm the fireflies gave a show.
22 Nov
Thursday
Some sunshine then overcast with very dark clouds in the west, strong northeasterly wind, cold. First Barn Swallows only arrived 6.15pm with mass numbers 6.28pm, much later tonight and very low display, Barn Swallows hugging the landscape to escape the cold wind, last minute feeding in possible preparation for more severe weather to come, binoculars were needed but visibility poor due to dark conditions. Skies clear 6.45pm
21 Nov
Wednesday
Overcast the entire day, light southwesterly breeze. Went to the swallow site 5pm and 5 minutes later we were rained out, poured down, Swallows were already feeding over the site. Thunder and lightening and heavy rain throughout the night.
20 Nov
Tuesday
There was some sunshine today but clouded over 3.30pm. light northeasterly breeze, hazy. low cloud cover, overcast, visibility poor. Swallows were feeding over the Lake Victoria swallow site from 5.10pm. Mass Barn Swallow numbers arrived 6pm, mind blowing spectacle, the sky was full wherever one looked! Binoculars were needed to amplify the sheer magnitude of the display before us, totally awesome display. Must come and see this, words cannot describe the experience. Skies clear 6.35pm
19 Nov
Monday
There was some sunshine today but clouded over 4pm, strong northeasterly wind, chilly, dark at swallow time, visibility poor, binoculars were needed. First swallows seen at 5.10pm with mass numbers arriving 6.15pm. The Barn Swallows were everywhere you looked and an added bonus was feeding in-between the spectators on site, totally awesome. Huge numbers arrived for the evening gathering, spectacular display at low altitude. Skies clear 6.42pm.
18 Nov
Sunday
Another overcast day and the threat of rain at swallow time, light northeasterly breeze, visibility poor, hazy. Barn swallows were around from as early as 5.10pm with mass numbers arriving 5.50pm, skies darkened quickly and fine rain began to fall, the massive flock of swallows made a hasty descend into the reedbed but were disturbed by a marsh harrier, the swallows rose and descended 8 times and finally skies clear 6.24pm, binoculars were needed.
17 Nov
Saturday
A warm yet overcast day, light southwesterly wind, dark at swallow time. First Barn Swallows spotted as early as 4.30pm but few in number. Mass numbers began arriving 6,05pm against dark grey cloud background, they were much lower in height this evening and almost in slow motion, masses and masses arrived for the evening display, binoculars were needed, what an awesome sight. Skies clear 6.41pm
16 Nov
Friday
Very misty morning, burning off onto a cooking hot day clouding over 3pm, light southwesterly breeze. At swallow time in had darkened considerably, spectators arrived at the Lake Victoria swallow viewing site and the swallows arrived early 5.55pm and they just kept arriving, the entire sky a moving mass, binoculars were needed to grasp the full magnitude and shear numbers present. A thrilling display, Barn Swallows in top notch numbers, if you have never seen this I highly recommend that you come and witness this first hand. Skies clear 6.33pm.
15 Nov
Thursday
Overcast day and at swallow time a magnificent sunset was to behold, pink and purple sky laced the grey clouds and then the swallows started to arrive 6,05pm. Barn Swallows were seen in every direction and at varied heights, spectators spoilt with spectacular vista displays. 6,33pm and the Barn Swallow mass tightened and the evening dance ensued, vast numbers of swallows, thousands upon thousands and they were chirping excitedly, slowly the mass thinned as the descent into the reedbed finally ended at 6.44pm, skies clear. later, there was once again fireflies all across the site.
14 Nov
Wednesday
Poured down until lunch time then a grey afternoon with light northeasterly wind. I went to the Lake Victoria swallow site and the first Barn Swallow arrivals were seen at 5.15pm possibly due to darker conditions then there was a lull and no swallows were seen until 6.05pm and arrive they did. This was by far the most swallows I have seen this season, easily a million or more, where ever you looked there were Barn Swallows, absolutely mind blowing numbers! what an evening display they gave, 6.40pm and all were out of the sky and into the reedbed, totally awesome. 10 minutes later fireflies appeared across the viewing site.
13 Nov
Tuesday
Another overcast day, light southwesterly wind darkening at 4,30pm. An almighty thunder and lightening storm hit with torrential rain, quite scary outside, I did see some swallows making there way to Lake Victoria from 5.50pm, they were incredibly low, hugging the landscape. hard to see due to poor visibility.
12 Nov
Monday
Overcast day but not dark, easterly wind switching to southwesterly at swallow time. At Lake Victoria viewing site the first swallows began arriving at 5.40pm and at mixed levels. The number just continued to grow until full mass display was in full swing at 6.30pm, what an awesome amount of Barn Swallows against pale grey sky and such a build up until finally all disappeared into the reedbed 6,40pm skies clear.
11 Nov
Sunday
The Return Of the Swallows Event: A sunny day with strong northeasterly wind calming down at swallow time, a beautiful sunset, clear skies, colourful. Spectators flocked to the site to welcome back the swallows and what a show they out on, absolutely amazing, first arrivals were seen 5.40pm in the landscape building to an incredibly large number by 6.40pm, the sky became a living mass as the evening dance reached finality, Skies clear 6.47pm. For the spectators that lingered a little longer the sight of a few fireflies over the site was thrilling, the perfect end to a perfect day.
10 Nov
Saturday
A clear, warm, sunshine day at last. Went to Lake Victoria swallow viewing site. First Barn Swallow arrivals were as early as 5.20pm along the horizons, binoculars were needed. An explosion of flying ants burst forth from the site and the Barn Swallows came and feed in amongst the swallow spectators, totally awesome. The entire arrival was at low altitude and arrive they did, final mass display formed at 6,30pm, the sky was a moving mass and finally all descended into the reedbed 6.40pm skies clear.
9 Nov
Friday
Sunshine and wind from the northeast this morning, clouding over at lunch time and rain began to fall 4.30pm, thunder and lightening overhead and the rain intensified. I saw nice flocks of swallows arriving up from the Mdloti river estuary 5,10pm then disappeared from sight 10 minutes later. 5.50pm and the Barn Swallows were heading for Lake Victoria at very low altitude, hugging the tree tops as the storm grew closer and the rain poured harder.
8 Nov
Thursday
Overcast morning with the odd heavy downpour, southwesterly wind. The sun broke through the clouds later in the afternoon make a patchy setting for the Barn Swallows arrival and arrive they did, the sky was very busy over Scary Cliffs and the Mdloti river valley 5.50pm and the swallows appeared in no real hurry to get to Lake Victoria, they took their time, eventually heading round the corner out of sight 6.10pm.
7 Nov
Wednesday
Poured down throughout the night with rain into this morning and the ground erupted with flying ants in vast numbers, it really was quite a sight! It remained overcast for the rest of the day darkening early, Barn swallows were seen coming up the Umdloti river valley 5.46pm all headed in the direction of Lake Victoria, visibility poor, binoculars were needed.
6 Nov
Tuesday
Overcast day, northeasterly breeze getting really dark at 4pm and fine drizzle began to fall, visibility poor but spotted some Barn Swallows at 5.40pm over Froggy Pond and the Umdloti River all heading in the direction of Lake Victoria where I am sure they will be in the reedbed early tonight, I only had sight of them for 10 Min’s, rain now falling much thicker.
5 Nov
Monday
Sunny day, light southwesterly wind clouding over at swallow time. First Barn Swallows spotted 5.21pm and very dispersed, lots of small groups obviously arriving for the evening display. I watched the sky from home and some low fly-bys, nice. I lost sight of them at 5.53pm
4 Nov
Sunday
A beautiful day, sunshine and light breeze, I had every intention of going to the swallow site but at 3.45pm, clouded over, thunder, lightening and rain began then stopped and visibility is dark outside. There were quite a number of Barn Swallows coming up through the Umdloti River valley from as early as 4.30pm all were out of my sight 5.20pm, an early to bed evening I would assume as there is a fierce storm approaching.
3 Nov
Saturday
The sun was out and things heated up a bit but a strong northeasterly wind persisted, clouded over at swallow time. I looked out at 5.36pm over Scary Cliffs and there was some Barn Swallow activity, no mass flocks, the sky darkened quickly, I lost sight of the swallows 6.05pm, weather not pleasant outdoors.
2 Nov
Friday
The sun actually shone for a few hours today then clouded over again, chilly. I spotted some swallows 5pm over Scary cliffs so I packed binoculars and set off for Lake Victoria viewing site, all was quiet until 6.06pm then in the landscape a few Barn Swallows started to appear. they were incredibly low, a flock of about 1000, backwards and forwards they flew and eventually settled on the top right-hand side of Lake Victoria. I’ve never seen the swallows roost that high up the wetland before, maybe due to the waterlogged reedbed. Skies clear 6.26pm.
1 Nov
Thursday
Patchy day with more cloud cover and intermittent rain, pouring down again at swallow time, cold, westerly wind. Skies are empty, no Barn Swallows, they’ve gone to a place with sunshine or the ones still to arrive have delayed it until a later, warmer weather date.
 Barn Swallow Daily Log 2012-2013 Season
31 Oct
Wednesday
Westerly wind, cold, cloudy with rain, knocked electricity out. No sign of Barn Swallows at swallow time.
 30 Oct
Tuesday
Phone went off again but the internet is surviving on and off. Reports of rows of swallows sitting on the wires along our access road 4.45pm. Weather about to rain again, flashes of lightening, westerly wind, cold, 5.35pm saw a few groups of swallows flying incredibly low and moving with great speed towards Lake Victoria. 6.10pm the heavens opened and the rain poured down, more to come. Good to see some new Barn Swallow arrivals.
29 Oct
Monday
A bit of sunshine in the morning, strong southeasterly wind, clouding over at lunch time. As the skies quickly darkened at swallow time a small number of swallows were sighted low in the valley just briefly 5.40pm, the wind now escalated and a severe thunderstorm ensued, radical flashes of lightening and torrential rain, more forecasted for tomorrow.
28 Oct
Sunday
Dark, overcast day, cold, northeasterly wind, started raining 4.45pm. Looked out for Barn Swallows at swallow time but once again the skies are empty, no sign of them at all.
27 Oct
Saturday
Rained throughout the night and another dark day with intermittent rain, cold, southwesterly wind. Watched the skies for an hour at swallow time and no sign of any Barn Swallows anywhere, skies empty! I am not surprised the weather has been awful. Still early days and there will be more Barn Swallows arriving with the next 4-6 weeks.
26 Oct
Friday
A glorious morning, sunshine and some heat, driving at lunch time pockets of feeding swallows were seen in numerous places. 2pm clouded over and a strong southwesterly wind began to blow, temperature dropped to really cold. 5.05pm I witnessed Barn Swallow movement over Froggy Pond, I grabbed binoculars and went up to Lake Victoria. It was really unpleasant, the wind was cold and piercing. Very few swallows seen, a small flock came through in the landscape, couldn’t see if they went straight to roost, thereafter the sky was still 6.10pm, no mass display!
25 Oct
Thursday
The sun came out briefly today but with a 60 knot northeasterly wind, weather building again with dark clouds from lunch time. Barn Swallows sighted 5.40pm, low altitude over Froggy Pond, nice numbers, all disappeared to Lake Victoria 5.55pm, dark.
24 Oct
Wednesday
Another gloomy day with rain from lunch time, I did see some Barn Swallows sat on the telephone lines at midday. Swallow time 5.12pm first arrivals in the rain a brief and small show over Scary cliffs, dark. I am waiting for clearer weather before I head to Lake Victoria viewing site.
23 Oct
Tuesday
Cloudy day with heavy down pours at times, southerly wind, not pleasant outside. I saw a few Barn Swallows at 5.10pm over scary cliffs then 5 minutes later nothing, a large bird of prey was soaring overhead. It was dark and no more swallows were seen on my side, the rain began to pour at 6pm, I can only assume they were at Lake Victoria, some sunshine is needed.
22 Oct
Monday
An overcast day, southerly wind, clouds building again, 5.48pm first swallows arrived, more joined in and the sky was busy with Barn Swallow activity over Froggy Pond and Scary Cliffs, hard to ascertain numbers as the swallows were at low altitude. 6.10pm the skies slowly cleared on my side as the Barn Swallows headed round to Lake Victoria where they will roost for the night. 
21 Oct
Sunday
Thunder storm in the night, the morning and afternoon with torrential rain from the south, knocked our electricity and telephones off. Barn Swallows still braved it, I saw briefly at 5.15pm then all disappeared to Lake Victoria, it was very dark and pouring down.
20 Oct
Saturday
Overcast, dark and rained most of the day, breeze from the south. Looked out for Barn Swallows at 5pm…….5.30pm still no movement, my heart sank…….. then at 5.40pm the Barn Swallows appeared in mass numbers from the south, moving in a slow anti clockwise pattern around Mount Moreland, they disappeared at 5.50pm, the rain fell quite heavily now and flying ants erupted from the earth and as they rose into the sky the Barn Swallows reappeared and had a feast for supper, I lost sight of the Barn Swallows at 6.07pm as they flew towards Lake Victoria where they will be roosting in a very wet and soggy reedbed.
19 Oct
Friday
Overcast day then rain began to fall at 3pm, chilly wind from the south. Barn Swallows arrived about 5pm, flying up the Umdloti river towards Lake Victoria, masses hovered over Scary cliffs and Froggy Pond, I watched the skies from home as it was not pleasant outside, I lost sight of the Barn Swallows at 5,45pm, I assume they all went to roost at Lake Victoria, still raining and weather predicted to continue as such for the next 3 days
18 Oct
Thursday
Some sunshine and things heated up quite a bit today, Froggy Pond viewing site looked amazing, all the blooms opened and the site was transformed into masses of flowers, a colourful feast for the eyes. The weather changed and the west wind began to blow, 5.36pm I looked out towards Scary cliffs and to my delight the sky was filled with masses of Barn Swallows in every direction. I grabbed camera and binoculars and flew up to Lake Victoria viewing site, there were some spectators there, Gladys and her sister from Cape town and some other holiday makers all thrilled to see the awesome display the Barn Swallows gave us, it was a lengthy show against a semi clear sky and all the new arrivals gracefully descended into the reedbed 6.22pm. So happy and overjoyed  to see so many Barn Swallows once again.
17 Oct
Wednesday
No sign of the Barn Swallows anywhere when out and about, not just at Mount Moreland. Skies empty at swallow time. Another thunder and lightening storm about to hit us from the west.
16 Oct
Tuesday
Rained and then cleared up, strong southerly wind, clouding over at swallow time and darkening considerably, more rain expected, no Barn Swallow sightings. 
15 Oct
Monday
Overcast most of the day, strong northeasterly wind. Watched the skies from 5 to 6pm and not a Barn Swallow in sight! Thunder and lightening approaching from the west, bad weather forecast for the next 3 days. I am sure the Barn Swallows know this and head for safer, sunnier roosting grounds or on route have delayed their arrival. 
14 Oct
Sunday
Hot, sunny day with easterly wind, clouding over 3.45pm, prospect of rain. I watched the skies from home and saw some swallow activity to the right of Froggy Pond 5.10pm, small numbers still no mass arrivals. Bad weather forecasted. 
13 Oct
Saturday
Sunny day with easterly wind, clouding over at 3.15pm, darkening quickly. I watched the skies from home and witnessed some Barn Swallow activity over Scary Cliffs 5.50pm, no mass flocks as yet. Saw first firefly this evening. 
12 Oct
Friday
Miserable,dark, overcast day again with intermittent rain. I looked out and saw no Barn Swallow flocks at sunset, they must have headed for a sunnier location and the masses are still to arrive, by the end of the month if all is normal they should be here. Lets see!
I did see the first
glow worm tonight which is evident of the forthcoming fireflies. 
11 Oct
Thursday
Overcast with rain this morning, cold. A dark day, I saw some Barn Swallows sitting on a telephone wire at lunch time and then I was told of a Barn Swallow feeding frenzy opposite the dust-pit at 4pm. I went to Lake Victoria viewing site 5.36pm but saw very few swallows, so few I cannot even call it a flock. At 6.05pm I raced round to Froggy Pond and as I got there it looked like the swallows were heading back to Lake Victoria. It is possible they came in low, visibility was poor, numbers still very low and the weather is not giving them a warm welcome at all. It is also possible that some have continued migrating further South.
10 Oct
Wednesday
Cloudy, windy day, overcast at swallow time with strong southerly wind and driving rain, stayed home and viewed the skies, First Barn Swallows seen 5.25pm to right of Scary Cliffs and left over Froggy Pond, they weren’t there for long and suddenly headed for Lake Victoria, not sure what time they went down to roost.
* ACSA ( Airports Company South Africa) turned on the radar this evening and will begin their monitoring of the Barn Swallows, thanks Christopher Jones for letting me know. 
9 Oct
Tuesday
Rain then cleared up and some sunshine and a pumping northeasterly wind, clouding over again at swallow time. I went to lake Victoria Swallow viewing site and the first Barn Swallows arrived 5.36pm, they were low, and visible part of the time with naked eye. Sightings also reported from residents, Barn Swallows flying low over their houses and seen over Froggy Pond. It was a speed version of roost time as lightening and thunder approaching from the west, hard to tell how many there were as they blended with the landscape. Skies clear 5.56pm.
8 Oct
Monday
Hasn’t stopped raining since yesterday, a soft, mist rain, cold, dark, light southerly wind. Looked out from my stoep and no sign of Barn Swallows so I went to the Lake Victoria viewing site. I waited and looked and almost gave up, not a bird in sight until 5.46pm then they arrived, about 3000 Barn Swallows in flock formation, binoculars were needed, they were not visible to the naked eye due to weather conditions, what a show, so good to see the first arrivals, they flew up and down surveying the reedbed as to where they were going to settle and then dropped down into the reeds 6pm. Magic!
7 Oct
Sunday
Overcast most of the day then started raining about 3pm, strong southerly wind, visibility poor, cold, very wet. Looked out from my stoep with binoculars but could not see much due to weather conditions. Will brave it to the swallow site once the weather improves.
6 Oct
Saturday
First arrival of the Barn Swallows spotted, I viewed the skies from home. Weather overcast southerly wind, prospect of rain. Flock of Barn Swallows a few thousand in number, hard to tell where they went down to roost, they were surveying Froggy Pond and lots flew towards Lake Victoria. Arrival 5.23pm, skies clear 5.59pm. 
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