2014
 Barn Swallow Daily Log 2013-2014 Season
Sun 16 Mar Cloudy day and looked like rain at swallow time, light southwesterly wind, dark at swallow time. Went to the viewing site and saw one small flock of less than 50 swallows 5.55pm, nothing there after. I fear that the swallows will not make a stop here on the migration North as they were displaced more than a month ago.

I hereby close Swallow viewing for this season…..Please revisit Mid November 2014

Sat 15 Mar Hot day and rapid cloud cover at swallow time, Southwesterly wind, thunder, dark, looked like it was going to rain, watched the skies from home and saw no swallow movement at all.
Fri 14 Mar Bright sunny day clouding over late afternoon and quite darkBarn Swallow sunset Mount Moreland 14 March 2014 at swallow time with pumping Northeasterly wind. I had every intension of watching the skies from home and when I walked outside 5,44pm I was astonished to have swallows flying overhead, I grabbed my gear and headed for the viewing site. Binoculars revealed some swallow movement along western horizon but out of reach for my camera lens, lost sight of all at 6.10pm not sure where they went or if they roosted in lower part of Lake Victoria. Pretty sunset.
Thurs 13 Mar Started out a bright sunny day clouding over mid afternoon with strong Southwesterly wind, a nip in the air. I did see about 20 Barn Swallows perched on the telephone wires early morning. Eyes off the skies this evening as I had an overseas business conference to attend.
Wed 12 Mar Bright and sunshine morning then the Southwesterly came pumping through bringing overcast skies and rain, not pleasant outside, in fact first time I had to put a jersey on, winter creeping in.
A few swallows sighted very, very small numbers and 2 fish eagles came overhead calling.
Barn Swallow Daily Log Tues 11 Mar Another rainy day with light NortheasterlyBarn Swallows wind, cool, a pretty double rainbow at swallow time. Only a  very swallows sighted. Skies very quiet and the rain began to fall some more.
Mon 10 Mar A nice cool and rainy day, much needed soaking rain, light Southwesterly wind. No swallow watching this evening but I did receive a phone call earlier of mass swallow sightings Northern Pretoria seen last night, the migration is underway.
Sun 9 Mar Dark and fully overcast at swallow time, keeps looking like rain but none has fallen. Strong Southwesterly wind. Some swallow activity along western skyline, binoculars were needed 5.30pm, some over head fly by’s but small numbers, stopped seeing swallows 6.10pm no movement thereafter and hard to say if they roosted at Lake Victoria.
Sat 8 Mar Very hot and humid no wind, fully overcast looked like rain at swallow time, viewing the skies from home, report no change, skies void of any movement.
Fri 7 Mar Very hot 33°C day with humidity, unpleasant, clouded over mid afternoon with thunder in the distance looked like rain, virtually no wind. Watched the skies from home and observed no movement of swallows.
Thurs 6 Mar Rained this morning and even though we have had rain it by no means enough, cleared from lunch time with light Northeasterly breeze. Went to the viewing site and saw very little, just a small group of swallows too few to call a flock so no excitement and no change in the status quo. No mass sightings at all, swallows appear to be absent except for the odd one or two.
Wed 5 Mar Rained on and off most of the day , dark and looking like more rain at swallow time, light Southwesterly breeze, warm, Watched the skies from home and saw no swallow movement at all.
Tues 4 Mar Rained throughout the night and intermittently throughout the day, raining at swallow time, dark, south westerly breeze, coolness in the air, no swallow watching this evening.
Mon 3 Mar Started off a boiling hot day then the Southwest wind came pumping through bringing big black clouds and heavy rain from lunch time which is a welcome respite from the intense heat. Pouring down at swallow time so no watching this evening.
Sun 2 Mar Incredibly hot and humid day with lightBarn Swallows Northeasterly breeze. Swallow time there was a hazy backdrop with cloud forming along western skyline. A few Barn Swallows sighted 5.32 pm along western horizon arriving from the right and moving left, this movement continued at variable altitudes even though the swallows were few and far between it is the most we have seen since 14 Feb. Two Fish Eagles were also sighted along Western skyline. Pretty sunset, no swallow display but the few that came did go to roost in lower end of Lake Victoria reedbed, skies clear 6.36pm.
Sat 1 Mar Another cooking hot and humid day with light Southwesterly breeze. cloud bank along western skyline at swallow time. Two pairs of Fish eagles were sighted at the same time, two perching down by the Mdloti river opposite the viewing site and two flew North through the valley. Just the odd swallow and swift spotted, no big numbers, no display whatsoever, horizons void of any movement.
Fri 28 Feb Some big rain clouds with sunshine at swallow time, mild Northeasterly breeze, a few spots of rain. Some Barn Swallows sighted 6.10pm low and through the landscape and horizon, a few swifts and a couple of lesser striped swallows feeding over the viewing site but that was it. Gave up watching when the bats came out 6.45pm. I wonder if the swallows are just going straight to roost due to heat and per-migratory behaviour? Very picturesque sunset this evening.
Thurs 27 Feb Partly cloudy sky with very light Northeasterly breeze at swallow time, a few swifts and swallows came through skimming over the viewing site at very low altitude and that was it, horizons void of any movement.
Wed 26 Feb Bright with patchy clouds at swallow time, a few swallows and swifts skimmed the nearby landscape. Horizons void of any movement, strong westerly wind with a chill, autumn is in the air. Pretty sunset, gave up watching the skies 6.45pm
Barn Swallows
Barn Swallows
Tues 25 Feb Pumping southwesterly wind, patchy sky. I went to the swallow site late and conditions were less than favorable, the wind was harsh and a chill factor. I did see a few Barn Swallows 6.20pm hugging the face of the swallow viewing site to avoid the wind, hard to say if they went straight to roost, numbers few, gave up watching 6.50pm
Mon 24 Feb Overcast day with pumping Northeasterly wind, not pleasant outside, dark by 6pm, no swallow watching this evening, thunder and lightening approaching fast
Sun 23 Feb Light Northeasterly wind, overcast and intermittent rain from mid afternoon, dark at swallow time so no swallow watching this evening.
Sat 22 Feb Virtually no wind at swallow time with very overcast sky. We saw a few lesser striped swallows and swifts 6.10pm. Small flock of Barn Swallows went straight to roost along with a few stragglers, no big numbers at all, binoculars were needed. Skies clear 6.50pm. We need more rain.
Fri 21 Feb Some relief with fine rain and strong Southwesterly wind, the cyclone didn’t hit us. Patchy sky at swallow time but wind pumping, watched the skies from home and only a few lesser striped swallows seen, skies very quiet in terms of bird movement and activity.
Mon 17 Feb  Toaster of a day, temperatures reaching Barn Swallows32°C, pumping Northeasterly wind, clear and bright at swallow time. Very little activity, a fish eagle came and perched by the Mdloti river just opposite the viewing site. Only a few Barn Swallows sighted 6.48pm, no formation and straight to roost, gave up watching 6.58pm. Very disappointing.
Thurs 20 Feb Extremely hot and humid 33°C wind variable, cloud bank along western sky at swallow time. A few lesser striped swallows came skimming over the vegetation but once again a ‘NO SHOW’ of Barn Swallows, horizons void of any movement.
Wed 19 Feb Extremely hot and humid 34°C, a weak southern breeze this morning switching to strong Northeasterly wind from Lunch time. Bright at swallow time with cloud bank along western skyline, A few lesser striped swallows dotted over the landscape and feeding over the viewing site, a ‘NO SHOW’ of Barn Swallows once again.
Massive cyclone weather system moving towards us in a southerly direction
Tues 18 Feb Another cooking day as with continue to bake in the heat wave, 33°C with humidity and light Northeasterly breeze. Swallow time was bright and a few dragonflies dotted about with the odd lesser striped swallow and swifts overhead through the landscape. Once again a ‘no show’ of Barn Swallows, gave up watching when the first bats were sighted. Very disappointing for spectators
Note: large cyclone developing in Mozambique channel……..is this going to hit Us??? Are the absent Barn Swallows foretelling of bad weather coming? Time will tell
Sun 16 Feb  Another very hot and humid dayBarn Swallows with strong Northeasterly wind, things really dry. Cloud bank along western skyline at swallow time. Some lesser striped swallows were seen right of the viewing site and the odd ones came flying over our heads, dragonflies were also present.
At 6.56pm we sighted about 30 Barn Swallows with no flock formation at all descend into the reedbed and they were below the skyline so no chance of photo, binoculars were needed. Skies clear 7pm, very disappointing for spectators
Barn Swallow Daily Log Sat 15 Feb The heat wave continues with another very hot and humid day, no breeze from any direction, small cloud bank along western skyline at swallow time. A few lesser striped swallows feeding left and right of the viewing site from 5.26pm with a few overhead. Conditions were perfect for swallow viewing the only problem is that there were no Barn Swallows to see, skies completely void of any movement, gave up watching 6.59pm when we saw bats rising into the evening sky. Very disappointing for spectators. The continuing heat with no rain is having a serious impact on the Barn Swallows and as a result I feel that they have moved further South with the persisting Northeasterly winds.
Picture of rainbow in the cloud left of setting sun and spectators enjoying a picnic.
sunset Barn Swallows 15 Feb 2014 Mount Moreland
sunset Barn Swallows 15 Feb 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallow sunset 14 feb 2014
Fri 14 Feb Valentine’s Day; Hot and humid again, northeasterly breeze, gray cloud bank along western skyline at swallow time. Dragonflies were present on arrival to site but very little else was seen until 6.45pm when very few Barn Swallows came through the viewing site at treetop level in ones, twos and threes, horizon was void of any movement or display. The swallows were literally just going straight to roost on arrival, no formation or display whatsoever, very disappointing for watchers.
Picture of sky just prior to sunset
Thurs 13 Feb Another very hot and extremely humid day, Northeasterly wind with gray clouds building. First swallows sighted 6.20pm, few and far between arriving right sky and moving left hugging the landscape, binoculars were needed, only briefly seen and no real final display, got dark pretty quick. skies clear 6.50pm. Very disappointing for spectators.
Very hard to see this evening.
Barn Swallows 13 Feb 2014 Mount Moreland
Wed 12 Feb Very hot and humid with strong Northeasterly wind and patchy sky at swallow time. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.21pm, well scattered and using the lower landscape on arrival only the odd few broke the skyline and a few overhead, movement from right sky to left, hazy, binoculars were needed. No final display all disappeared 6.50pm and odd ones darted past us thereafter straight to bed.
No real photographic opportunities.
Barn Swallows 12 Feb 2014 Mount Moreland
Tues 11 Feb Another extremely hot and sticky day, light northeasterly breeze and some patchy clouds at swallow time. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.26pm with more at 6.48pm, they were using the landscape and very hard to see ( even with binoculars) only brief glimpses as some rose into the colourful sunset. All in bed by 7.01pm with individuals racing through the surrounding vegetation straight to bed. Small numbers of Barn Swallows, the chirp from the reedbed indicated that more were present than we witnessed. Photo of Sunset.
Barn Swallow sunset 11 Feb 2014 Mount Moreland
Mon 10 Feb Extremely hot and humid day, unpleasant, cloud bank along western horizon with light Northeasterly breeze at swallow time. First swallows sighted 6.28pm with a few more at 6.39pm, same pattern as 2 previous evenings. They are keeping low and hugging the surrounding landscape, very hard to see even with binoculars, very low numbers. One very brief puff of Barn Swallows above the horizon and I snapped a picture the other of pretty sunset. Skies clear 6.58pm. Disappointing for spectators
Barn Swallows 10 Feb 2014 Mount Moreland
 Fri 7 Feb  Bright, sunshine, hot and humid day, a large cloud bank along western skyline at swallow time, northeasterly wind. Lesser striped swallows fed over the viewing site 6.10pm. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.37pm with larger number arriving 6,51pm, small show and hard to see as they were down in the landscape and only briefly displaying above the hills. Skies clear 7.03pm
Barn Swallow 7 Feb 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallow 7 Feb 2014 Mount Moreland
Sun 9 Feb Very hot and sticky day with a whisper of a Northeasterly breeze by swallow time it was fully overcast, dark. First swallows sighted 6.22pm surfing the viewing site landscape from right to left them disappearing. More swallows arrived (very few) 6.48pm, binoculars were needed and hardly any display whatsoever before all disappeared into the reedbed 6.56pm, very disappointing show. Too dark to photograph and far too few.
Sat 8 Feb A very hot and humid morning thenInteresting colour in the clouds at Barn Swallow time all changed at lunch time with a very strong Southwesterly wind cooling things down and pushing big gray clouds over us. At swallow time it was overcast and the wind continued to pump, there was a haze in the lower valley. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.37pm flying low over our heads, hugging the vegetation, there was virtually no display as all just surfed straight to bed. Skies clear 7.03pm. There was an interesting display of colour in the cloud earlier on (6.20pm), something I’ve never seen before and this occurred quite a distance right of the setting sun, see photo.
Sorry……….no Barn Swallow photos today, impossible to capture on camera.
Thurs 6 Feb Rained partly in the morning them dried up with patchy sky, light southerly wind. Went to swallows and as soon as I unpacked everything it began pouring down with rain. Came home, no swallow watching this evening, Dark and visibility very poor.
Wed 5 Feb Start of the day was hot and humid clouding over just before lunch time then spotted with rain all afternoon, pouring with rain from 4pm, light Southwesterly breeze. No swallow watching this evening
Tues 4 Feb Hot and humid day clouding over late afternoon, light Northeasterly wind, dark at swallow time. A few lesser striped swallows darted about 6.10pm and then first Barn Swallows were seen 6.44pm hugging the opposite landscape and the number grew to a watchable display, binoculars were needed, more swallows to see than last night but not our full compliment. Skies clear 6.57pm
Barn Swallows 4 Feb 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 4 Feb 2014 Mount Moreland
Mon 3 Feb Overcast and raining until lunch time, light Southwesterly wind, overcast at swallow time. A few swallows seen from 6.39pm with very few arriving only after sunset 5.59pm a very brief show and then in bed 7.09pm. Reports received indicate that the majority of Barn Swallows were still out feeding over the cane fields as insects emerging after earlier rain. Too dark for photos.
Sun 2 Feb Overcast with intermittent rain throughout the day, pumping Southwesterly wind, cold, spotting with rain and dark at swallow time, not pleasant at all outside, no swallow watching this evening.
Sat 1 Feb Hot and humid day with light northeasterly breeze clouding over mid afternoon to fully overcast and dark at swallow time. A few swifts were seen 6.10pm and then a Fish eagle made an appearance and perched for 10 minutes on a pole down by the Mdloti river before taking flight again. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.45pm with bigger numbers 6.55pm most of them hugging the lower valley contours, a brief display and a speedy descend into the reedbed 7.05pm. Too dark for me to capture on camera.
Tues 4 Feb Hot and humid day clouding over late afternoon, light Northeasterly wind, dark at swallow time. A few lesser striped swallows darted about 6.10pm and then first Barn Swallows were seen 6.44pm hugging the opposite landscape and the number grew to a watchable display, binoculars were needed, more swallows to see than last night but not our full compliment. Skies clear 6.57pm
Barn Swallows 4 Feb 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 4 Feb 2014 Mount Moreland
Mon 3 Feb Overcast and raining until lunch time, light Southwesterly wind, overcast at swallow time. A few swallows seen from 6.39pm with very few arriving only after sunset 5.59pm a very brief show and then in bed 7.09pm. Reports received indicate that the majority of Barn Swallows were still out feeding over the cane fields as insects emerging after earlier rain. Too dark for photos.
Sun 2 Feb Overcast with intermittent rain throughout the day, pumping Southwesterly wind, cold, spotting with rain and dark at swallow time, not pleasant at all outside, no swallow watching this evening.
Sat 1 Feb Hot and humid day with light northeasterly breeze clouding over mid afternoon to fully overcast and dark at swallow time. A few swifts were seen 6.10pm and then a Fish eagle made an appearance and perched for 10 minutes on a pole down by the Mdloti river before taking flight again. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.45pm with bigger numbers 6.55pm most of them hugging the lower valley contours, a brief display and a speedy descend into the reedbed 7.05pm. Too dark for me to capture on camera.
Fri 31 Jan Overcast with occasional showers throughout the day, light Barn Swallows 31 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland Southwesterly wind. Dark at swallow time and a break in the weather.
First swallows sighted 6.27pm but large numbers only arriving 6.58pm and low down in the valley they rose to mid sky and then just cascaded to bed, binoculars were needed, a short display. Skies clear 7.05pm. Very hard to capture with my camera due to poor light.

As soon as all the Barn Swallows were in bed it began to rain again. Cupping one’s hands to one’s ears and facing the reedbed revealed the sound of Barn Swallow bedtime stories and the vast amounts present.Thurs 30 JanPoured with rain most of the day and was raining at swallow time so no Barn Swallow viewing this evening. Dark, light Southwesterly wind.

Wed 29 Jan Very hot and humid day clouding over mid afternoon, strong Northeasterly wind, dark at swallow time with quite a haze along the horizon. A few lesser striped swallows and swifts were seen from 5.30pm. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.28pm with large numbers 6.36pm and numbers kept growing at variable altitudes. An A380 came overhead and the swallows moved to the right sky and as the plane was gone they returned to their evening display quite unaffected by the large overhead arrival. The Barn Swallow display was really good, binoculars were needed against dark backdrop. Skies clear 6.58pm
Barn Swallows 29 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 29 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Tues 28 Jan Very hot and humid day with strong Northeasterly wind, fully overcast at swallow time. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.28pm with mass arrivals at 6.45pm, really nice numbers and very watchable display, binoculars were needed. Skies clear 7.06pm
Barn Swallows 28 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 28 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Mon 27 Jan Rain early morning, clearing to hot and humid with patchy sky, northeasterly wind. Very pretty sunset, colourful with very nice swallow arrivals 6.55pm, clear conditions made for good viewing, binoculars revealed huge numbers in the lower landscape. A staggered arrival and display that continued until 7.14pm. Really nice show
Barn Swallows 27 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 27 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Sun 26 Jan Hot and humid day, bright, light northeasterly wind, partially overcast at swallow time, some haze above landscape. A few lesser striped swallows came over the viewing site 6.28pm, first Barn Swallows sighted 6.45pm with mass sightings 6.55pm many of them arriving low in the valley, hugging the landscape, only the top layer of the mass was visible and binoculars were needed. Skies clear 7.10pm.
Barn Swallows 26 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Sat 25 Jan Big thunder and lightening throughout the night with heavy rain fall, strong Southwesterly wind. Rain continued on and off most of the day and conditions looked like more at swallow time. Sorry, no swallow watching this evening, not pleasant outside. So grateful for rain and cooler weather.
Fri 24 Jan Some thunder and lightening and a splash of rain early morning clearing by 7am and then we baked with excessive heat the entire day, light northeasterly wind, overcast at swallow time. At 6.38pm the lesser striped swallows and swifts gave a show over the viewing site and then mass Barn Swallows arrived 6.55pm, binoculars were needed, some nice numbers spotted along horizon but most just went straight to roost, some came over our heads as they descended into the reedbed. Skies clear 7.10pm
Barn Swallows 24 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 24 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Thurs 23 Jan Extremely hot and humid day, light Northeasterly wind, overcast at swallow time and hazy. A small flock of Barn Swallows were overhead 5.15pm and then nothing until 6.38pm when lesser striped swallows came over the viewing site. Bigger numbers of Barn Swallows began arriving 7.01pm from right to left sky, moving at a very fast pace, very little in the way of a display, most went straight to roost, binoculars were needed, very disappointing for spectators. Skies clear 7.13pm, we need rain!
Barn Swallows 23 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 23 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Wed 22 Jan Did not go to swallows because I had to attend a school meeting. Reports from the viewing site indicate nice display of Barn Swallows and skies clear 7.10pm. Weather overcast with strong Southwesterly wind.
Tues 21 Jan Hot and humid day, fully overcast at swallow time with light Northeasterly breeze. Skies void of any activity until 6.58pm when a few Barn Swallows were seen flying at great speed and straight to roost. To my astonishment there was no display at all this evening, we watched the skies until 7.16pm. Only when one cupped hands to your ears then one could hear the Barn Swallows tweeting in the reedbed. Very disappointing for spectators, no chance for photos this evening.
Mon 20 Jan Overcast this morning but no rain cleared completely to a very hot and humid day, strong Northeasterly wind, overcast at swallow time, thick grey clouds along western skyline, dark. Lesser striped swallows came and fed over the viewing site giving spectators an up close and personal show 5.20pm. Mass Barn Swallows sighted 6.38pm more concentrated in left sky with vast numbers arriving in the landscape at low valley contours, many did not display but went straight to roost, A very watchable display was to be seen using binoculars, numbers still good, Skies clear 7.06pm
Barn Swallows 20 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 20 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Sun 19 Jan Still no rain. Hot and humid day, strong Northeasterly wind, overcast and dark at swallow time. Lesser striped swallows came and fed over the viewing site 5,21pm. Skies were relatively quiet until 6.48pm when first mass Barn Swallows were sighted.
They arrived at variable altitudes but mainly low down in the valley, many went straight to roost, there was a very watchable display in the left sky, binoculars were needed. Skies clear 7.09pm. Hard to take photos against dark backdrop.
Barn Swallows 19 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 19 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Sat 18 Jan Over cast the entire day with light Southwesterly wind. At swallow time the lesser striped swallows and swifts flew over head and fed over the viewing site 6.21pm then we had a few spots of rain. Mass Barn Swallows arrived 6.45pm very spread out along the skyline and low in the valley. Binoculars were needed against dark back drop. They came in stages and displayed even further left than previous 2 evenings, very watchable but difficult to ascertain numbers. Skies clear 7.08pm
Barn Swallows 18 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 18 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Fri 17 Jan Bright, hot and humid day with northeasterly wind. Bright at swallow time with cloud bank building along western horizon. Lesser striped swallows came and fed over the viewing site 6.38pm.
Mass barn swallows arrived 6.51pm against pink sunset, they so enjoyed the colourful bit of the sky, many of the Barn Swallows came in low down in the landscape, a varied and mixed yet enthralling show, binoculars were needed. Skies clear 6.15pm
Barn Swallows 17 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 17 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Thurs 16 Jan Hot and humid day partially clouding over mid afternoon with northeasterly wind. At swallow time skies were quiet until 6.38pm when first arrivals were sighted, mass arrivals from 6.50pm. Some pink fringed a few of the clouds as the sunset. Binoculars heightened the viewing experience and revealed the magnitude of Barn Swallow numbers present. The main display happening slightly to the left with intense numbers at variable altitudes, Awesome sighting. Skies clear 7.12pm
Barn Swallows 16 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 16 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Wed 15 Jan A bright, sunny day with strong Northeasterly wind. A nice display of dragonflies displayed over the viewing site from 5.40pm. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.38pm with mass numbers at 6.48pm, some colour in the cloud as the sunset and the swallows flew in all their glory in massive numbers as the daylight dimmed, what a spectacular display which could be seen with the naked eye, spectators were thrilled. Skies clear 7.16pm
Barn Swallows 15 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 15 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Tues 14 Jan Overcast the entire day, dark. I went to the swallow site but got very cold from a strong and cold Northeasterly wind, conditions very unpleasant for swallow watching so I packed up and came home, looked like it would rain any minute.
Mon 13 Jan Hectic storm and vast rain last night. Overcast the entire day with strong southwesterly wind, pouring with rain at swallow time, misty and slightly chilly. No swallow watching this evening.
Sun 12 Jan Very hot and humid day with storm clouds building along western horizon, light northeasterly wind. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.32pm with lightening in backdrop clouds, darkening rapidly. Mass Barn Swallows 6.48pm, a spot of pink in the cloud as the sun set. binoculars needed, some nice overhead fly overs, massive numbers present for evening display, uncountable. Skies clear 6.16pm and then the westerly wind began pushing the approaching storm towards us.
Barn Swallows 12 Jan 2013 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 12 Jan 2013 Mount Moreland
Sat 11 Jan Sunny day, clouding over mid afternoon with thick gray clouds, light southwesterly whisper of a breeze, dark at swallow time with hazy backdrop. Swifts and lesser striped swallows were the first to be sighted left of the viewing site 5.36pm. The mass Barn Swallows arrived 7.01pm filling the entire skyline before grouping tighter to perform their evening display, awesome numbers, binoculars needed to see magnitude present. Skies clear 6.13pm, difficult to take photos due to low light.
Barn Swallows 11 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 11 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Fri 10 Jan Barn Swallow Daily Log 2013-2014 Season: Overcast from lunch time and started raining as I was about to leave home to go to the swallow site, strong Southwesterly wind, not pleasant outside. No Swallow watching this evening.
Thurs 9 Jan Hot day with strong Northeasterly wind, overcast late afternoon. The lesser striped swallows gave a wonderful feeding display over the viewing site 5.40pm and to my amazement the first Barn Swallow mass arrived 5.48pm and they just continued to grow in number with ultimate sighting and display 6.45pm, what an awesome show they gave us despite the flashes of lightening, thunder and light shower of rain, binoculars were needed. Skies clear 7.06pm
Barn Swallows 9 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 9 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Wed 8 Jan Some rain this morning and then the sun came out, it was like a sauna outside until mid afternoon then it clouded over with Northeasterly breeze cooling things down. At swallow time the lesser striped swallows were feeding to the right of the viewing site 6.15pm then an early arrival from the first Barn Swallow flock 6.38pm. Numbers continued to grow, binoculars were needed against dark sky and hazy conditions, awesome numbers, fantastic display. Skies clear 7.11pm
Barn Swallows 8 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 8 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Tues 7 Jan Extremely hot and humid day, light Northeasterly breeze and patchy sky at swallow time. The lesser striped Swallows were the first to appear 6.45pm, feeding over the viewing site. The sky darkened a bit more and 7.05pm mass Barn Swallows arrived in very close proximity to spectators, nice overhead displays, visibility clear enough to see full display without binoculars, huge numbers, massive display, totally awesome show. Skies clear 7.17pm . Rained throughout the night.
Barn Swallows 7 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 7 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Mon 6 Jan The hottest day yet! Dark gray clouds arriving from Easterly direction at swallow time. No dragonflies tonight. First swallows sighted 6.52pm with mass numbers sighted 7.08pm, huge numbers arrived from all directions, binoculars needed against gray backdrop, 3 times the amount of swallows than we saw last night, awesome display, hard to capture images of the mass due to poor light. Skies clear 7.19pm
Barn Swallows 6 Jan Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 6 Jan Mount Moreland
Sun 5 Jan Sweltering hot and humid day strong Northeasterly wind at swallow time. Huge numbers of dragonflies over the viewing site for an hour. First Barn Swallow arrivals 7.05pm at low altitude, binoculars were needed spectators without binoculars would have been disappointed, sunset gave some colour to the clouds, a small display and smaller numbers present but very watchable, the Barn Swallows will have headed to moister grounds, rain is needed to generate food for them. Skies clear 7.17pm, Numbers should improve again if we have rain.
Barn Swallows 5 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 5 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Sat 4 Jan Very hot and humid day (we so need some rain), at swallow time cloud bank along western skyline and pleasant northeasterly breeze. Dragonflies were in abundance over the viewing site early. The first big numbers of Barn Swallows sighted 7.01pm along western horizon and the lower valley contours, a very watchable display against a changing sky at sunset. It was a smaller display than normal but then something really different happened, the Barn Swallows came through overhead and passed the spectators about 1 to 2 meters off the ground feeding as they headed straight to roost without joining the display, it was wave after wave of swallows, never seen anything like this, a new experience this season. Skies clear 7.17pm
Barn Swallows 4 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 4 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Fri 3 Jan Another cooking hot and humid day, relief came with a cool northeasterly wind at swallow time. Semi overcast sky, thick gray clouds along western horizon and partially overhead. The lesser striped swallows were the first to make an appearance 6.24pm feeding to the right of the viewing site. The Barn Swallows arrived at very low altitude 6.48pm and feeding was evident from overhead fly-bys. Binoculars were needed against dark backdrop to reveal the massive Barn Swallow display. Skies clear 7.16pm, not easy to photograph this evening in such poor light.
Barn Swallows 3 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 3 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Thurs 2 Jan Extremely hot and humid day with northeasterly breeze and partially overcast at swallow time. A large number of Dragonflies present over the viewing site. At sunset the sky transformed into shades of pink, orange and purple, then the Barn Swallows started to arrive 7.01pm at low altitude, hugging the cooler air of the lower valley contours. Huge numbers arrived at high speed, almost in a big hurry to go to bed, a sensational display. Skies clear 7.17pm
Barn Swallows 2 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 2 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Wed 1 Jan Very hot and humid day with gentle northeasterly breeze. At swallow time there was a cloud build up along western horizon. Dragon flies were in abundance over the viewing site when I arrived 5pm and in general skies were clear until sunset when first mass Barn Swallows arrived 7.04pm. What a glorious sunset it was, so warm with colour and the Barn Swallows arrived to perform their evening dance as the colours were fading, huge numbers and some nice close up and overhead displays. Skies clear 7.16pm
Barn Swallows 1 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 1 Jan 2014 Mount Moreland
 2013
Tues 31 Dec Another very hot and humid day, light southwesterly breath of wind, bright at swallow time with grey cloud bank along the horizon. First sighting were some swifts as the sun was about to set. The first big Barn Swallow numbers arrived 7.05pm (keeping spectators in suspense) at low altitude, difficult to see against dark backdrop – binoculars needed, a nice ending to 2013. Skies clear 7.17pm
Barn Swallows 31 Dec 2013 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 31 Dec 2013 Mount Moreland
Mon 30 Dec Very hot and humid day, light northeasterly breeze. Bright at swallow time so it was a late Barn Swallow arrival with first mass sightings 7.03pm, skies were haze free and viewing very clear, with or without binoculars the display was spectacular, some nice close up and overhead displays. Skies clear 7.18pm.
Barn Swallows 30 Dec 2013 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 30 Dec 2013 Mount Moreland
Sun 29 Dec Overcast and cloudy all day with strong southwesterly wind, cold. Swallows spotted about from 6.10pm and mass arrivals 6.45pm at low altitude avoiding the cold wind, some nice overhead displays and tight knit flock display before disappearing into the reedbed 7.03pm. Binoculars needed to reveal full magnitude of numbers present.
Barn Swallows 29 Dec 2013 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 29 Dec 2013 Mount Moreland
Sat 28 Dec Very hot and humid then at lunch time a strong southwesterly wind hit us bringing heavy cloud cover, at swallow time it had started to rain, no swallow watching this evening.
Fri 27 Dec Hot and humid with massive cloud burst mid morning drying up with more heat and humidity in the afternoon with a few clouds at swallow time, mild northeasterly breeze, bight. A few lesser striped swallows and swifts were first seen but in general skies were quite until 6.54pm when the first mass Barn Swallows arrived at low altitude, sunset added a tinge of colour to a small section of cloud which the swallows danced in front of to the delight of the spectators, they continued to grow in number and were uncountable, binoculars amplified the spectacle. Skies clear 7.13pm
In loving memory of my mum (Mrs D Garvie) whom passed away peacefully late this evening.
Barn Swallows 27 Dec 2013 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 27 Dec 2013 Mount Moreland
Thurs 26 Dec Very hot and humid day clouding over mid afternoon with South westerly wind cooling things down, hazy backdrop. First there were swifts that came over head a few times 5.40pm. Then the first Barn Swallows spotted 5.50pm but very few and far between. Mass Barn Swallows arrived 6.43pm and what a show they gave us, binoculars revealed even more than the naked eye could see, some nice close up displays thrilling spectators, very impressive numbers and display. Skies clear 7.04pm
Barn Swallows 26 Dec 2013 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 26 Dec 2013 Mount Moreland
Wed 25 Dec Christmas Day: Hot and humid with variable wind, light Southwesterly at swallow time, some cloud cover along the horizon. It was quite a wait as the sky was bright with an awesome sunset transforming clouds to pink, orange and shades of yellow. The mass Barn Swallows arrived 7pm (very late) and they gave us such a Christmas display, it was spectacular against the colourful backdrop, some nice over head and close up displays. Skies clear 7.15pm
Barn Swallows 25 Dec 2013 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 25 Dec 2013 Mount Moreland
Tues 24 Dec Christmas Eve: Overcast day with odd showers, light Northeasterly breeze, hazy backdrop at swallow time. The lesser striped swallows gave a close up and early overhead show. The Barn Swallow masses arrived late and low 6.48pm over the landscape and only a small show, the rest literally went straight to roost, binoculars did reveal huge numbers above the lower vegetation as they arrived. Skies clear 7.07pm very hard to capture images this evening.
Mon 23 Dec Very hot and humid day clouding over mid afternoon with very light Northeasterly breeze, hazy backdrop yet bright. Lesser striped swallows and swifts were around and feeding over the viewing site from 5.20pm. Even though bright, the mass Barn Swallows arrived at low altitude hugging the landscape 6.36pm, binoculars revealed extremely vast amounts as they gathered and performed their evening dance all the while they remained at low altitude. Skies clear 7.02pm
Barn Swallows 23 Dec 2013 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 23 Dec 2013 Mount Moreland
Sun 22 Dec Hot and humid day clouding over mid afternoon with light northeasterly breeze, a hazy backdrop for swallow viewing, binoculars were needed. First mass Barn Swallow sightings 6.37pm, huge numbers arrived and they gave a fantastic display, incredible numbers, spectators were thrilled at the phenomenal sighting. Skies clear 7.04pm.
Barn Swallows 22 Dec 2013 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 22 Dec 2013 Mount Moreland
Sat 21 Dec Sunny, hot day clouding over mid afternoon, strong northeasterly wind. All quite at the viewing site until 6pm when the lesser striped swallows came and had a feeding session over the vegetation and spectator heads which lasted a good 30 minutes. Mass Barn Swallows arrived 6.45pm and what a magnificent display they gave us, binoculars revealed mind blowing numbers, an incredible sighting thoroughly enjoyed by all swallow watchers. Skies clear 7.07pm
Barn Swallows 21 Dec 2013 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 21 Dec 2013 Mount Moreland
Fri 20 Dec A sunny day (at last!) with strong northeasterly wind. Bright when arriving at the swallow site, at 6.10pm we had the most amazing display of lesser striped swallows feeding over the viewing site and spectator heads, awesome. The sunset and sky turned into the most colourful, picturesque backdrop and then the Barn Swallows arrived 6.48pm. They danced so beautifully and numbers were huge, a feast for the eyes and soul, a most rewarding viewing experience. Skies clear 7.08pm
Barn Swallows 20 Dec 2013 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 20 Dec 2013 Mount Moreland
Thurs 19 Dec Barn Swallow Daily Log 2013-2014 Season : Some sunshine early in the day and clouding over late afternoon, Northeasterly wind. I did not go to the swallow site but drove past as spectators were leaving and the report was sightings was magnificent, mass arrivals 6.47pm and skies clear just after 7pm. Binoculars were needed.
Wed 18 Dec Poured down most of the day and over cast at swallow time, light northeasterly breeze, slight chill in the air. Some swallows dotted about from 6.20pm with mass arrivals 6.48pm, late and low, skimming the lower valley vegetation, binoculars were needed, short but thrilling display. Skies clear 7.04pm
Barn Swallows 18-12-2013
Barn Swallows 18-12-2013
Tues 17 Dec Another overcast day with virtually no wind. First Lesser striped swallows were feeding over the viewing site then the swifts did some over head turns and then 6.20pm the Barn Swallows began arriving in mass numbers, we had a few spots of rain earlier and then it came down heavier 6.35pm. Spectators sat it out and were rewarded with some close up over head fly by’s and magnificent formation and evening dance of the Barn Swallows at low altitude, awesome numbers. Skies clear 6.48pm. Binoculars were needed against misty, rainy backdrop. Numbers still at peak.
Mon 16 Dec Overcast day with rain mid afternoon, light southwesterly breeze, hot and humid. I arrived at the viewing site late and the swallows were already present in large numbers 6pm. Some nice over head and close up displays and binoculars revealed vast numbers of Barn Swallows as they gave a wonderful display before descending into the reedbed 6.58pm. Another evening of brilliant viewing.
Sun 15 Dec Patchy sky all day and clouding over at swallow time, strong westerly wind, we could see the rain approaching. First swallows around from 5.05pm, it started to pour down 5,50pm and most spectators bailed out, the ones that stayed even though wet from the rain were rewarded. Mass barn swallows arrived 6.20pm and arrive they did, masses and masses, some nice close up displays, the entire valley was filled with Barn Swallows preparing for descend into the reedbed, absolutely awesome display despite the weather, indescribable numbers present. Skies clear 6.58pm
Barn Swallows 15-12-2013 Mount Moreland
Barn Swallows 15-12-2013 Mount Moreland
Sat 14 Dec Very hot and humid day clouding over mid afternoon with light Southwesterly wind. A flock of swifts were the first to arrive at the viewing site and kept us entertained for about 20 minutes. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.50pm and mass swallows from 6.10pm, incredibly huge numbers, nice close up over head fly overs, binoculars revealed a moving mass and more Barn Swallows than could be counted, spectacular display, a totally thrilling and awesome experience for swallow watchers, it began to rain and skies clear 6.43pm
Barn Swallows 14 Dec 2013
Fri 13 Dec Overcast but humid day, light northeasterly breeze switching to westerly during swallow watching. Just after arrival at the Lake Victoria viewing site it started to rain quite a bit then stopped and occasionally spotted on us thereafter. First Barn Swallows seen 6.30pm, incredibly poor visibility even with binoculars! It was hazy and the backdrop clouds darkened, there was a small display, late 5.54pm and all at very low altitude, down in the valley. Previous arrivals must have gone straight to bed, overall a very disappointing evening for swallow watchers. It was very short, sweet and very hard to see. I have seldom seen the swallows in such a hurry to drop into the reedbed. Skies clear 7.02pm
Photo of 6.30pm arrivals, too dark thereafter
Mount Moreland Barn Swallows 13-12-2013
Thurs 12 Dec Poured down most of the day clearing partially by mid afternoon, light southwesterly wind, with a chill. A patchy sky at swallow time and first big flocks arrived 6.33pm down in the valley, skimming the reedbed and surrounding sugar cane. Sunset made a colourful change to the grey clouds and the Barn Swallows arrived in massive numbers to perform their evening dance, and what a dance it was, binoculars revealed even more, huge numbers, an absolutely spectacular display. Skies clear 7.04pm
Mount Moreland Barn Swallows 12-12-2013
Mount Moreland Barn Swallows 12-12-2013
Wed 11 Dec A brighter day but clouding over mid afternoon, northeasterly wind switching to strong westerly, cold. An interesting sky at swallow time, it drizzled slightly then the sun broke through the clouds just before sunset and revealed thousands of insects ascending, a feast for the swallows. Swallows arrived from 6pm with mass displays from 6.40pm. The sky became a sea of colour and the Barn Swallows were spectacular, wow, totally awesome, amazing display, massive numbers and a thrilling sight to behold, shot so many good photos, really hard to choose to show you. Skies clear 7.06pm.
Barn Swallows at Mount Moreland 11-12-2013
Barn Swallows at Mount Moreland 11-12-2013
Barn Swallows at Mount Moreland 11-12-2013
Barn Swallows at Mount Moreland 11-12-2013
Tues 10 Dec Overcast and raining most of the day and raining at swallow time, Northeasterly wind, I watched the skies from home and I need to say that there are still plenty of Barn Swallows here at Mount Moreland. First sightings 6,10pm at low altitude, skimming the landscape and vegetation, really nice fly by’s and close up displays. Skies clear 6.40pm
Barn Swallows Mount Moreland 10-12-2013
Barn Swallows Mount Moreland 10-12-2013
Mon 9 Dec Another overcast and cold day with northeasterly wind, I watched the skies from home as not pleasant viewing weather. It was a late arrival from the Barn Swallows and at very low altitude, down in the river valley 6.40pm, some nice fly by’s and nice numbers, skies clear my side 6.50pm.
Sun 8 Dec Overcast and cold, easterly wind. At the viewing site the lesser striped swallows were feeding over the grass 5.30pm, a few Barn Swallows around. At 6.05pm nice show of Barn Swallows over the reedbed, all the action at very low altitude, then it started raining with misty backdrop, no chance for photos tonight, hard to ascertain numbers but looked less than previous evenings. Skies clear 6.47pm.
Sat 7 Dec Another overcast day with intermittent rain, very cold westerly breeze. It wasn’t raining at swallow time but it was a late show with mass numbers only arriving at 6.40pm and low down in the river valley, visibility poor, binoculars were needed, hard to ascertain numbers but an overall nice display even though very short. Skies clear 6.49pm
Barn Swallows 7-12-2013
Barn Swallows 7-12-2013
Fri 6 Dec Hot, sunny and humid morning clouding over mid afternoon to fully overcast at swallow time with a strong and cold westerly wind. First big flocks of swallows arrived 6.05pm and at very low altitude down in the river valley, it then began to rain 5 minutes later and continued for 15 minutes. There was then a window in the rain and the mass numbers of Barn Swallows continued to arrive, binoculars were needed against rain backdrop to reveal the intense numbers, a spectacular display. Skies clear 6.49pm and then it poured down with heavy rainfall. Very hard to take photo’s tonight.
Barn Swallows 6 December 2013
Barn Swallows 6 December 2013
Thurs
5 Dec
Rained intermittently throughout the day and then poured down at swallow time, light southwesterly breeze, no swallow watching this evening but the swallows were around at very low altitude from 5.05pm almost surfing the vegetation as they headed for Lake Victoria.
Wed 4 Dec Hot and humid day clouding over mid afternoon with light south westerly breeze. Overcast at swallow time but a brightness along horizon. The Barn Swallows began arriving 5.35pm and they just continued to grow in number, by 6pm the skies were very hectic busy with Barn Swallow activity, by 6.30pm we were totally blown away by the moving mass in front of us, uncountable, indescribable, we were completely mesmerized by the sight before us, we have never seen such a phenomenal display, stunning beyond belief.  The action just didn’t end until 6.54pm. A highly memorable display, every night is just increasing in numbers, it just gets better and better.
Barn Swallows 4 December 2013
Barn Swallows 4 December 2013
Tues 3 Dec Barn Swallow Daily Log 2013-2014 Season : Rain, overcast, cold northeasterly wind, another strange day weather wise. I saw the swallows feeding in smaller flocks over the sugar cane at selected points and through the garden as insects emerged after the rain. The rain stopped early evening and the wind died it then became very hot and humid with more insect activity. I did not go to the swallow site as I had a school function to attend, we will see what tomorrow brings and what display the swallows will present.
Mon 2 Dec Another overcast day with light northeasterly wind, cold and dark at swallow time. The Barn Swallows mixed with the local lesser striped swallows were feeding just above the grass at the viewing site. We had a visit from local cubs club headed by Bart Fokkens, so quite a crowd of spectators. The swallows arrived late 6.39pm skimming the lower valley greenery and went straight to bed as there was a squall of rain, very disappointing for the spectators but the swallows were there. There was no display in the sky at all, most unusual but then so s the weather!
Sun 1 Dec An over cast day with rain early morning. Swallow time was thick cloud cover, dark and a very cold Northwesterly wind. We had the odd show of swallows from 5.25pm but the mass numbers arrived 6.21pm and down low over the reedbed and within minutes the entire valley was alive with Barn Swallow action. A mass display of note and a feast for the eyes and soul, binoculars were needed. Skies clear 6.45pm and then fine drizzle began to fall.
Barn Swallows 1-12-2013
Barn Swallows 1-12-2013
Sat 30 Nov A very colourful sunrise, a gale force southwesterly wind began pumping through just before lunch time and by 2pm it was fully overcast and then the rain poured down. I did not go to the swallow site but reports from spectators are that the Barn Swallow display was distant and binoculars were needed but awesome numbers and phenomenal viewing. Heavy rainfalls throughout the night.
Mount Moreland Sunrise 30-11-2013
Fri 29 Nov A break in the weather and the sun came out but a cold wind persisted from the East. At arrival at the swallow site there were lots of dragonflies flying above the grass terraces. Swallow time was bright so it was a late arrival for the Barn Swallows, first few spotted 6.10pm but it was only after 6.30pm that the mass numbers arrived. They flew in low, down over the  reedbed staying out of the cold wind, the sun disappearing behind the distant hill, they gave an incredible display, close enough to see and experience without binoculars. Skies clear 6.54pm
Barn Swallows 29-11-2013
Thurs 28 Nov Rain, cold, thick cloud cover and light westerly wind, a break in the rain at swallow time so I went to the viewing site. It poured down with rain for half an hour and I along with other spectators braved the weather. First major Barn Swallows began arriving 6.05pm in the rain, they were down in the valley skimming the top of the reedbed and opposite sugar cane fields. Some nice up close and overhead displays with peak at 6.27pm, huge numbers on the horizon binoculars were needed, mass numbers descended rather suddenly to bed after a huff and a puff display. A small flock continued to fly backwards and forwards until all were in the reedbed 6.45pm.
Barn Swallows 28-11-2013
Barn Swallows 28-11-2013
Wed 27 Nov Cold, raining and strong Southwesterly wind, very dark so no swallow watching this evening. I received SMS from residents on upper hill thrilling at the close up displays they were experiencing, the Barn Swallows came in very low to avoid rain and cold wind.
Tues 26 Nov Overcast sky with strong, cold southwesterly wind. First Swallows began arriving 5.20pm with mass displays from 6.05pm. The sky was full of Barn Swallows in which ever direction you looked, breath taking beyond any words can describe, has to be seen to experience this incredible wonder. Spectators loved the close up and overhead displays, an evening display of none stop viewing action, many residents phoned with reports of mass sightings from all around Mount Moreland, everyone blown away by sheer numbers we are experiencing presently. Skies clear 6.47pm
Barn Swallows 26-11-2013
Barn Swallows 26-11-2013
Mon 25 Nov Overcast, dark and strong, cold Northeasterly wind blowing, Sorry, no Swallow watching this evening.
Sun 24 Nov Overcast and rainy day with light Southwesterly breeze, the rain stopped at swallow time so I went to the viewing site 5pm and 10 minutes later it started to rain, a soft drizzle. We stayed to see what sort of display the swallows would give and some spectators braved the weather. The Barn Swallow numbers were good by 5.45pm and they almost seemed to be flying at a more relaxed pace, in no hurry at all. The display was different and dense in number, with the main display down in the valley, mind blowing numbers, spectacular, binoculars were needed. A nice long Swallow evening dance with a very slow and relaxed descend into the reedbed. Skies clear 6.41pm
Barn Swallows 24-11-2013
Barn Swallows 24-11-2013
Sat 23 Nov Started out a sunny day with a strong southwesterly wind and by mid afternoon it was fully overcast and dark. Went to the swallow site even though slightly chilly and standing head on into the forceful wind. Barn Swallows began arriving 5.10pm and by 5.30pm the skies were full of activity, awesome overhead displays and where ever you looked there were masses of swallows, a feast for the eyes and no photo can capture the magnitude of what we sighted, the numbers are like days of old and haven’t been seen like this for years. The final evening swallow dance was more than spectacular, it was a feast for ones eyes and soul, breath taking, captivating and a memorable display. Skies clear 6.37pm
Barn Swallows 23-11-2013
Barn Swallows 23-11-2013
Fri 22 Nov Sunny day with strong Northeasterly wind with a chill to it. Swallow time and a patchy sky, the sun peeping through as sunset approached. Barn Swallows began arriving 5.35pm and were down over the reedbed and adjacent landscape avoiding the wind, popping up briefly and flying so elegantly overhead. The numbers continued to grow, major mass sightings from 6.10pm, what an awesome show they gave us, binoculars reveled more swallows than one can count, another phenomenal display, peak numbers. Skies clear 6.37pm
Barn Swallows 22-11-2013
Barn Swallows 22-11-2013
Thurs 21 Nov Rained in the night and poured down from lunch time, cold, southwesterly wind, no swallow watching this evening.
Wed 20 Nov Cooking hot day then just after lunch we got blasted with a very strong and cold Southwesterly wind pushing thick black clouds our way. I chose not to go to swallows as I would have stood square on against the wind. Barn Swallows arriving in mass and hugging landscape to stay out of the wind on route to Lake Victoria. Peak numbers presently, skies clear 6,45pm. Photo (right) taken of sunrise this morning 4.20am……..and the saying goes – pink sky in the morning is Shepard’s warning.
Sunrise at Mount Moreland 20-11-2013
Tues 19 Nov Overcast, southeasterly wind, cold. At the viewing site the first big numbers of swallows were visible as early as 5.22pm, binoculars were needed even though we had some nice overhead displays. Difficult to get good photos due to dark conditions. The Barn Swallows arrived in huge numbers thrilling the swallow watchers. The main display was at low altitude as the swallows avoided the cold wind. All were in bed by 6.29pm and 5 minutes later it started to rain.
Barn Swallows 19-11-2013
Barn Swallows 19-11-2013
Mon 18 Nov Hot and bright day until late morning then a strong southwesterly wind began howling and the sun disappeared behind the thick cloud cover. A few spots of rain at swallow time but so inspired by the past 2 evenings of spectacular swallow displays I was intrigued to see what was in store tonight, so off I went to the viewing site. Barn Swallows were around from as early as 5.10pm and by 5.35pm the skies were busy with Swallow activity in which ever direction you looked, some nice overhead displays as the swallows floated on the westerly wind. At 6.15pm the rain fell hard and the swallows made a sudden and speedy descend into the reedbed seeking shelter. 5mins later the rain eased off and up came the swallows filling the skies once again, they formed into a tighter flock and performed their evening display, binoculars were needed. Awesome numbers and another mind blowing Barn Swallow performance. Skies clear 6.36pm.
Barn Swallows 18-11-2013
Barn Swallows 18-11-2013
Sun 17 Nov Bright, sunny and cooking hot day until a light southwesterly wind began to blow cooling things down a bit, slightly patchy sky at swallow time. First swallows began arriving 5.10pm by 5.55pm the sky and landscape were a hive of activity. The Barn Swallows were very vocal and gave a mind blowing display against colourful sunset, a photo cannot capture the sheer magnitude of the sight we experienced this evening, they were everywhere you looked! With clear skies the Barn Swallows were very visible with the naked eye, binoculars amplified this sight, huge numbers, a totally awesome experience, we haven’t seen displays like this for s few years. The overhead and close up displays thrilled spectators. Skies clear 6.45pm. Tonight was the best viewing this season.
Barn Swallows 17-11-2013
Barn Swallows 17-11-2013
Sat 16 Nov Barn Swallow Daily Log 2013-2014 Season : Overcast and intermittent rain most of the day, northeasterly wind. Dry at swallow time but overcast. I was amazed to see that the Barn Swallows began arriving as early as 5.05pm, by 5.30pm (this is very unusual, possible new arrivals) the skies were super busy were ever you looked, nice overhead displays, best numbers so far this season. The rain began to fall on and off but spectators braved the conditions and were rewarded. Binoculars amplified the spectacle and revealed the true magnitude of Barn Swallow numbers present. The Barn Swallows gave us a show of one and half hours! Absolutely awesome display, Skies clear 6.35pm and then it poured down.
Barn Swallows 16-11-2013
Barn Swallows 16-11-2013
Fri 15 Nov Radical thunder, lightening and rain in the night knocking out electricity which was restored this morning. Continued raining most of the day and poured down at swallow time, light southwesterly wind, dark early and a chill in the air. No swallow watching this evening.
Thurs 14 Nov Another very hot and humid day clouding over at swallow time. At the viewing site we had lesser striped swallows feeding above the spectators 5,50pm and by 6pm the Barn Swallows joined them, so nice to have an overhead display. Big numbers of Barn Swallows only arrived 6.21pm and massed along western horizon and landscape, binoculars were needed due to misty conditions, an awesome display. Skies clear 6.31pm. We waited until 5.50pm and were rewarded with firefly display.
Barn Swallows 14-11-2013
Barn Swallows 14-11-2013
Wed 13 Nov Up early again and saw the swallows departing for the day 4.30am. A very hot, bright and humid day by 4pm it was fully overcast a cool wind from the Northeast was blowing. It was hazy and very dark clouds building in the western sky at swallow time and I decided not to go to the viewing site but to view the skies from home. The Barn Swallows, possibly due to the darker skies were arriving from 5.20pm onwards, gliding in smaller flocks just above the landscape all heading to Lake Victoria.
Tues 12 Nov I was up early and saw the Barn Swallows fly out for the day 4.44am. A clear day, clouded over slightly at swallow time, I went to the viewing site and was greeted by a feeding frenzy of Lesser Striped Swallows 5.20pm, a lovely sight. A thunder storm flashed and rumbled along the western skyline but missed us, the sunset was pleasant but once the sun was down a mist distorted the Barn Swallow show 6.21pm mass numbers of Barn Swallows arrived blending with the landscape and misty conditions, binoculars were needed and too dark to get clear photos. Skies clear 6.31pm
Photo of early Barn Swallow arrivals
Mon 11 Nov Rained throughout the night and virtually poured down the entire day, so no swallow watching this evening, I did notice them arriving, skimming the tree tops and hugging the landscape to avoid the south westerly wind and rain as they headed for Lake Victoria. 1pm I saw vast numbers of Barn Swallows perching along the telephone lines up the top of the D757.
Sun 10 Nov The Day started out raining and over cast, by lunch time the rain had stopped but the cloud cover was thick. I went to the viewing site 3pm and people were already starting to arrive, and arrive they did. The viewing site was packed by 5.30pm and all spectators waited anxiously for the Barn Swallows arrival. The skies darkened even more and the Barn Swallows did arrive but only at 5.21pm, visibility was poor and people without binoculars would have been disappointed. The Barn Swallows arrived in their thousands, were low in altitude and blended with the landscape appearing briefly above the horizon. Those with binoculars were amazed, it was a short yet rewarding sighting. Skies clear 6.31pm. I advised that the display is different every night and numbers are changing daily as more swallows are arriving.
Sat 9 Nov Overcast at swallow time with a chilly southwesterly wind. We were given an early overhead display by the Lesser Striped Swallows 5.25pm. The Barn Swallows began arriving 5.45pm, it was getting darker and rain was falling on opposite hills. The Barn Swallows continued to grow in number and grow and grow, wow, this was by far the biggest display so far this season, the sky was full of action! An awesome display but binoculars were needed with rainy backdrop. Skies clear 6.36pm. Two fish Eagles sighted perching next to Mdloti river just opposite the viewing site.
Fri 8 Nov Overcast day with northeasterly breeze. Some swallow activity over the viewing site in close proximity 5.48pm then quiet until 6.18pm when the mass numbers arrived, visibility poor due to cloud cover, dark but the swallows gave a brilliant display, binoculars were needed, skies clear 6.37pm. A spectator reported an owl sighting on the property next to the site. I saw a firefly 7pm.
Thurs 7 Nov An overcast day, slightly chilly. southwesterly wind, clouded over dark at 3pm then a thunder storm with pouring rain, no swallow watching this evening. I did notice the Barn Swallows glide through the trees, almost skimming the tops as they made their way to Lake Victoria.
Wed 6 Nov Hot day, clouding over mid afternoon with thunder. The Barn Swallows were around early and just after 5pm they were feeding over the viewing site and small flocks dotted the opposite landscape. I had to leave the site early due to a family emergency so I did not see final display and numbers. James Rawdon, our appointed ringer was at the reedbed edge conducting the first ringing of the season. He caught one, tagged and released on site, the rest of the swallows came in too high and no more was captured.
Barn Swallows 6-11-2013
Tues 5 Nov Hot and humid day, light southwesterly breeze, clear evening at the viewing site, a bit of colour in the sky as the sun set. First flock of swallows arrived 5.25pm, they surveyed the reedbed and surrounding terrain, maybe new arrivals! Barn swallow numbers arrived 6.10pm and arrive they did, best numbers so far this season and they gathered higher in the sky, what an awesome display they gave us, binoculars were needed to expose magnitude of numbers. Skies clear 6.34pm
Barn Swallows 5-11-2013
Barn Swallows 5-11-2013
Mon 4 Nov Clear day with northeasterly wind, slightly chilly. Swallow time was bright so a late arrival was expected and yes, 6.05pm saw first arrivals feeding close over the viewing site but brief. The mass numbers only arrived at 6.25pm and at very low altitude in the landscape and briefly danced above the skyline before bed at 6.36pm, conditions slightly misty, binoculars were needed. The Marsh Harrier made another hunting attempt this evening.
Barn swallows 4-11-2013
Barn swallows 4-11-2013
Sun 3 Nov Sunny day clouding over at swallow time, light northeasterly breeze, conditions dark, binoculars were needed. First swallow arrivals 5.55pm then quiet until 6.15 when swallows arrived low, skimming the top of the reedbed and opposite sugar cane then they puffed up into the sky and descended quickly into the reedbed. Skies clear 6.26pm. An African Marsh Harrier was spotted amongst the swallows.
Barn Swallows 3 Nov 2013
Barn Swallows 3 Nov 2013
Sat 2 Nov Barn Swallow Daily Log 2013-2014 Season – Started out sunny and bright but by late morning a pounding southwesterly wind was blowing and by swallow time black clouds had arrived with dashes of rain, very unpleasant outside, watched the skies from home and lost sight of the swallows 6.21pm as last ones heading to Lake Victoria.
Fri 1 Nov Sunny day so went to swallow site 5pm, big clouds rolled in from the south west, swallows began arriving 5.17pm. They were flying low and feeding over the site, I got chomped by mosquito’s. Then it started thundering and lightening, first big drops of rain fell and then it hailed briefly and then poured down, I packed up and came home.
Thus
31 Oct
Started raining mid afternoon, southwesterly wind, dark, Watched the skies from home and the swallows arrived early due to dark conditions and poring rain, last batch went towards Lake Victoria 6.14pm
Wed 30 Oct Bright sunshine but clouded over partially mid afternoon with lightening and thunder. Went to the swallow site and what a rewarding sunset and swallow sighting. Swallows began arriving 5.15pm and were down in the landscape until the sunset and sky became a feast of colours the swallows put on a magnificent display against the colourful back drop, awesome display. Skies clear 6.27pm
swallows 30-10-2013
swallows 30-10-2013
Tues 29 Oct Poured down with rain in the morning clearing at lunch time but still overcast, northeasterly wind. I went to the Lake Victoria viewing site and first swallows were already moving along horizons and in the river valley 5pm. The sun peeped out briefly and brighten conditions but a dark cloud bank hugged the western skyline. 6pm and the swallows were in full swing, huge numbers filling the sky in which ever direction you looked, binoculars magnified the sheer numbers. Skies clear 6.28pm
Barn Swallows Mt Moreland 29-10-2013
Barn Swallows Mt Moreland 29-10-2013
Mon 28 Oct Overcast, Northeasterly wind and rain intermittently throughout the day, watched the skies from home. Lots of low flying by the swallows as they arrived just after 5pm, light conditions are still dark with the overcast skies but the Barn Swallows gave a fly past show until just after 6pm where they headed off to Lake Victoria, I can confirm that numbers are impressive.
Sun 27 Oct Overcast and began raining from lunch time, Northeasterly wind. Viewed the skies from home, Swallows arrived just before 5pm in the poring rain hugging the landscape and were in no hurry to head to sleeping quarters.
They grew in numbers and I lost sight of them just after 6pm. Numbers improving every evening.
Hard to see the vast number of swallows in the image due to bad light and rain.
Sat 26 Oct Barn Swallows arrived early 5.03pm and within the lower valley contours due to the pounding, harsh Northeasterly wind, really unpleasant outside. It was dark and by 5.30pm we had the most radical thunder storm with intense lightening and driving rain, no swallow watching this evening.
Fri 25 Oct The past 2 evenings we have seen a swell in numbers of Barn Swallow arrivals so I decided to go and view the skies from Lake Victoria Viewing site and I was not disappointed at all, a late arrival (6.05pm) and close up feeding over the sight by thousands of Barn Swallows is always one of my most favorite experiences. Pumping Northeasterly wind with the prospect of rain. A very rewarding sighting, so pleased to see that the Barn Swallows are returning to us and numbers will grow even more over the next few weeks. Not the best images as was overcast, dark, very windy and dusty but a taste of early arrivals. Too dark to capture final displays, numbers were impressive.
Thus 24 Oct First noticeably swell in numbers of Barn Swallow arrivals
Sun 13 Oct First Barn Swallow arrivals at Mount Moreland
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