Barn Swallow Daily Log April 2015 BARN SWALLOW SEASON NOW CLOSED – REVISIT END OCTOBER 2015

Barn Swallow Daily Log 2014-2015 Season

Mon 20 April 2015 – Sunny day becoming partly cloudy mid afternoon, light Northeasterly breeze. One small flock of Barn Swallows arrived 5.33pm against the most magnificently colourful sunset, this was the grand finale and the final evening of Barn Swallow viewing for the season, they weaved their way across the rainbow colours of the sky at various altitudes, binoculars needed to follow, the few remaining swallow will leave on their migration North first thing in the morning. Skies clear 5.43pm
Barn Swallows season is now ended and the viewing site closed

Barn Swallows 20 April 2015
Barn Swallows 20 April 2015
Barn Swallows 20 April 2015
Barn Swallows

Sun 19 April 2015 Sunny morning clouding over at lunch time, light rain and thunder, Southwesterly wind, cold, partially clear at swallow time. First Barn Swallows arrived 5.33pm, again 3 distinct flocks, binoculars needed, very watchable and enjoyable display. A bird of prey came hunting during the display. There was a Barn Swallow feeding frenzy behind us at the park, there must have been a hatch of insects that emerged from the rain. Skies clear 5.48pm

Barn Swallows 19 April 2015
Barn Swallows 19 April 2015

Sat 18 April 2015 Clear sunny day, hot in the sun and cold in the shade, Southerly wind, dark gray cloud bank along Western skyline, some pink tinging in clouds at sunset. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.32pm over our heads and more arrived down in the valley, numbers reduced but a very watchable display, 3 distinct flocks at variable altitudes, very enjoyable display. Skies clear 5.48pm

Barn Swallows 18 April 2015
Barn Swallows 18 April 2015

Thurs 16 April 2015 Overcast with odd showers on and off all day and very cold, dark from 3.30pm fine rain at swallow time, Southerly wind, no swallow watching this evening.

Fri 17 April 2015 A clear, sunny day with pumping Southerly wind, cold, a pretty sunset at swallow time. First Barn Swallows arrived 5.34pm, some movement in the lower valley and then a sizable flock display, defiantly getting less in number but very watchable against clear sky. Skies clear 5.48pm

Wed 15 April 2015 A winter feel in the air today with temperatures plummeting, very strong Southwesterly wind and overcast the entire day. Dark at swallow time with first Barn Swallow arrivals 5.10pm, large flock displays 5.35pm all hugging lower landscape and preferred right skyline (these must be new migrants), binoculars needed, numbers have dropped but still very watchable and to anyone that has not seen this before it is still a sight to see. Skies clear 5.48pm

Barn Swallows 15 April 2015
Barn Swallows 15 April 2015

Tues 14 April 2015 Strong Southwesterly wind came up mid morning and by swallow time some dark clouds arriving rapidly. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.10pm with the mass numbers arriving late 5.48pm, even though it was darkening fast and conditions very hazy, the Barn Swallows hugged the lower landscape with intensity and huge density, a short superb display, binoculars needed. Skies clear 5.56pm A raptor arrived and made a hunting attempt, all happened very quick and then it was gone.

Barn Swallows 4 April 2015

Mon 13 April 2015 Another clear, sunny day, light Northeasterly breeze, a cloudless sky at swallow time, almost the same as last night. First Barn Swallows sighted 5,10pm briefly. It was 5.43pm when the masses began arriving and by 5.46pm they were in full mass, what a magnificent sight, awesome numbers, beautiful display. Skies clear 5.57pm

Barn Swallows 13 April 2015
Barn Swallows 13 April 2015

Sun 12 April 2015 Clear, sunny day with variable Northeasterly breeze, first evening with not a cloud in sight at swallow time. First Barn Swallows sighted 4.56pm with mass arrivals 5.40pm, incredible numbers arrived from every direction, some nice overhead flyovers. Nice to see number intensity without binoculars, Barn Swallows were uncountable, absolutely spectacular display, totally awesome. Skies clear 5.56pm

Barn Swallows 12 April 2015
Barn Swallows 12 April 2015

Sat 11 April 2015 Clear skies and sunny day with Northeasterly breeze clouding over as the sunset at swallow time, a freshness in the air. The Barn Swallows were later than usual due to brighter day, first swallow sighted 5.31pm with mass numbers 5.47pm, arrival was more condensed to lower landscape, central and right sky, they used the darker cloud bank as they performed their evening display, huge numbers, binoculars needed. Mosquitoes still abundant. Skies clear 5.57pm

Barn Swallows 11 April 2015
Barn Swallows 11 April 2015
Barn Swallows 11 April 2015
Barn Swallows 11 April 2015

Fri 10 April 2015 Lovely sunny day with light Northeasterly breeze, a slight chill in the air. At swallow time we experience the most magnificent sunset with a sky more colourful than any artist could ever paint and transformed constantly as the sun dropped beneath the horizon. First Swallows sighted 4.43pm with uncountable, incredible mass numbers 5.24pm, the display against the colourful sunset was without a doubt the most soul fore filling and utmost impressively mesmerizing display of the entire season, the entire vista became a moving mass (literally millions) of the most vocal Barn Swallows, truly phenomenal. Skies clear 6pm

Barn Swallows 10 April 2015
Barn Swallows 10 April 2015
Barn Swallows 10 April 2015
Barn Swallows 10 April 2015

Thurs 9 April 2015 A beautiful sunny day, light Northeasterly breeze, a slight chill. A clear sky at swallow time with a low puffy cloud hugging the adjacent hill top. First Barn Swallows sighted 4.40pm with mass numbers 5.35pm, brilliant to see against clear sky, mind blowing numbers, too awesome to describe, spectacular, the numbers just kept growing, the entire vista a moving mass. Skies clear 6.01pm

Barn Swallows 9 April 2015
Barn Swallows 9 April 2015

Wed 8 April 2015 Still a nip in the air and partly cloudy the entire day, a bit of sunset at swallow time with off shore breeze. There was a big fire at Verulam just opposite the viewing site and some distance away but created big black plumes of smoke. First Barn Swallows arrived 5.10pm with mass displays 5.33pm, awesome numbers, uncountable and the swallows were not perturbed by the smoke, a spectacular display, binoculars needed. Skies clear 5.58pm

Barn Swallows 8 April 2015
Barn Swallows 8 April 2015

Tues 7 April 2015 Cold weather is continuing with an overcast day and southerly winds. I nearly didn’t go the viewing site as it looked like it was going to rain at any minute but I went up and was pleased that I did. First Barn Swallows arrived 4.55pm with mass sightings 5.20pm, absolutely incredible numbers, nice overhead displays, binoculars needed to see against dark skies. Skies clear 5.53pm.
Too dark for photos.

Mon 6 April 2015 First taste of winter weather today, strong Southwesterly wind with overcast skies at swallow time, dark, binoculars needed. First flutter of swallows sighted 4.48pm and nothing thereafter until 5.31pm, skies darkened even more and the Barn Swallow display was huge, uncountable numbers as some fine rain began to fall, spectacular display. A raptor was seen, black chested snake eagle trying to hunt on the outskirts of the mass. Skies clear 5.58pm

Sun 5 April 2015 Mixed day clouding over early afternoon, poured with rain 3pm to 4,50pm, light Southwesterly wind, a slight chill. I went to the viewing site, first Barn Swallows arrived 4.55pm with mass numbers 5.10pm, the skies darkened even more and more rain began to fall, I packed up and came home, no photos this evening

Sat 4 April 2015 Sunny humid day clouding over mid afternoon, dark at swallow time with layered clouds of different grays. light Southwesterly breeze. First Barn Swallows arrived 4.40pm with mass displays 5,19pm. huge numbers, spectacular, binoculars needed, skies darkened, lightening flashed with rumbles of thunder, a light shower and the Barn Swallows appeared quite unperturbed and made an totally awesome display left to mid sky. Skies clear 5.43pm and then it really started raining.

Barn Swallows 4 April 2015
Barn Swallows 4 April 2015

Fri 3 April 2015 Good Friday: Hot and very humid overcast day with Westerly wind, dark and hazy at swallow time. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.17pm with mass numbers 5.40pm arriving from every direction, binoculars were needed against gray sky, huge uncountable numbers and the sound of swallow song filled the air. An amazing experience for spectators as three waves of Barn Swallows flew in-between all of us as they hugged the landscape on the way to roost, a first this season awesome beyond words. Skies clear 5.59pm

Barn Swallows 3 April 2015
Barn Swallows 3 April 2015

Thurs 2 April 2015 Lovely day clouding over at swallow time to quite dark with Northeasterly breeze, a freshness in the air. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.27pm with mass numbers 6.44pm, arrivals from every direction, binoculars needed due to haze and gray cloud, some nice overhead arrivals, huge uncountable numbers filled the sky and the sound of sweet Barn Swallow chatter was just awesome, massive display, spectacular. Skies clear 6.04pm

Barn Swallows 2 April 2015
Barn Swallows 2 April 2015

Wed 1 April 2015 Classic day with blue skies, some warm sunshine and strong Northeasterly wind, clear skies at swallow time. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.20pm but because of the brighter conditions the huge numbers only arrived 5.48pm and arrive they did, what a display in front of colourful sunset, the entire vista became a moving mass, uncountable numbers where ever you looked, mind blowing, photographic dream, awesome beyond words, totally spectacular. Skies clear 6.08pm with late arrivals 8 minutes more.

Barn Swallows 1 April 2015
Barn Swallows 1 April 2015
Barn Swallow Daily Log 2014-2015 Season

Tues 31 March 2015 Sunny day clouding over mid afternoon, light Northeasterly breeze. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.10pm with mass displays a little later than usual 5.40pm as it was slightly brighter than previous evenings. Huge, uncountable numbers just arrived from every direction and there was a mushroom type formation, binoculars needed against gray clouds, the swallows sang their evening song with much gusto and their display was spectacularly awesome. Skies clear 6.05pm

Mon 30 March 2015 Overcast day with intermittent rain, dark at swallow time, light southerly breeze with a few gusts every now and then. First Barn Swallows sighted 4.28pm with mass numbers 5.23pm. Spectacular numbers, over our heads and central and left vista, no words or photo can capture this, one has to come and experience this incredible phenomenon. Binoculars needed to reveal even more Barn Swallows along skyline and lower valley landscape, the swallow chorus was so tuneful and wonderful to hear, pairs flying together are now noted. Skies clear 6.01pm

Sun 29 March 2015 Palm Sunday: Variable day to overcast at swallow time even though it was a gray/purple/blue puffy patchy, rather interesting cloud cover, light Northeasterly breeze with some sudden strong gusts. First Barn Swallows sighted 4.28pm with mass numbers 5.28pm and just when I thought I’d seen it all, the Barn Swallows performed a display unlike any other this entire season. The display was overhead and mid sky, no movement at all above opposite hills, incredible numbers and very vocal, huge swarm like massing and because of high numbers descent into the reedbed started earlier 5.55pm as more swallows arrived, totally awesome. Skies clear 5.07pm, very hard to get a photo this evening.

Sat 28 March 2015 Overcast and chilly the entire day with Southerly wind. First Barn Swallows sighted 4.50pm with mass numbers 5.30pm and huge mass display 5.50pm, awesome numbers, binoculars needed against dark sky, some nice overhead displays and the sweet sound of swallow chorus filled the air, the swallows preferred left sky and lower landscape offering some protection from the cold wind. Skies clear 6.05pm…….interesting note is that the Barn Swallows rose 6.05am this morning.

Barn Swallows 28 March 2015

Fri 27 March 2015 Very serious storm and flash flooding last night, branches broken off trees littered the streets this morning. Humid day partly overcast with light Southerly wind, fully overcast and dark at swallow time. First Barn Swallows sighted 4.50pm with mass numbers 5.20pm and the big mass arrival and display 5.50pm, what an amazing number of Barn Swallows and their chorus so pleasing for ones soul to hear, Binoculars needed against dark backdrop, a few spots of rain but the Barn Swallows performed in all their glory with some really nice overhead displays, the entire vista packed with movement, unbelievably awesome. Skies clear 6.10pm

Barn Swallows 27 March 2015

Thurs 26 March 2015 Very hot and humid with a splash of rain mid afternoon clearing at swallow time to a spectacular and colourful sunset. First Barn Swallows arrived 5.13pm with mass numbers and continued arrival 5.34pm, totally incredible display in front of colourful clouds, masses upon masses of Barn Swallows arrived. The entire vista and overhead, the sweet and beautiful sight and sound of Barn Swallows, awesome beyond words, no photo can capture what we saw this evening. Skies clear 6.13pm

Barn Swallows 26 March 2015
Barn Swallows 26 March 2015

25 March 2015 Extremely hot and humid day clouding over mid afternoon, conditions still at swallow time. First Barn Swallows arrived 5.07pm with constant arrivals thereafter, the lower valley hazy from the heat of the day binoculars revealed uncountable numbers of Barn Swallows pouring in from every direction and a steady stream over our heads, the Barn Swallows were very vocal as they sang their chorus, absolutely awesome numbers and a memorable display. None stop action until skies clear 6.14pm

Barn Swallows 25 March 2015
Barn Swallows 25 March 2015

24 March 2015 Very hot and humid day, light Northeasterly breeze, overcast at swallow time. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.10pm with mass numbers 5.31pm and very spread out and lots of movement overhead with very excited chirping, skies went quiet 5.45pm and then 5 minutes later the Barn Swallow millions arrived from every direction, the entire sky was full of movement where ever you looked, a tinge of pink as the sunset, incredibly spectacular huge mass display, numbers still at full mass. Skies clear 6.12pm. Mosquito’s are abundant!

23 March 2015 Hot and humid, overcast, light Southerly breeze, as I was about to leave for the swallow site it started raining. No swallow watching this evening

22 March 2015 Serious thunder and lightening storm last night with heavy rain. Hot and humid day 80% overcast at swallow time (please note that the Lake Victoria viewing site is the chosen reedbed for this season, there is no roosting at the Froggy Pond viewing site), light Southwesterly wind. First Barn Swallows sighted 5,05pm with constant arrivals thereafter, mass numbers 5.35pm and still more and more arrived, PEAK NUMBERS, absolutely spectacular display they were wherever you looked and chirped excitedly, no photo can capture what we saw this evening, indescribable, a true privileged to see such, skies clear 6.11pm

Barn Swallows 22 March 2015
Barn Swallows 22 March 2015

21 March 2015 Very hot and humid day clouding over late afternoon, light Easterly breeze. Very hazy after the heat of the day, first Barn Swallows sighted 5.42pm with mass numbers 5.480m, binoculars were needed, incredible numbers, the entire vista became alive with action, some nice overhead arrivals. Skies clear 6.15pm

20 March 2015 Hot sunny day with strong Northeasterly wind and by swallow time it was 85% overcast, skies dark along western skyline. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.48pm with a slow and steady numbers arrival, it was 6.06pm when the huge, mass numbers arrived, binoculars needed against gray cloud, uncountable numbers, short and sweet display. Skies clear 6.20pm Too dark for photos.

19 March 2015 Beautiful day with some rain early morning, light Southerly wind all day, mixed sky at swallow time see 180° panoramic image after swallows were in bed. Cloud bank along western skyline with a blue sky window to the left, first Barn Swallows arrived 5.13pm and nice overhead flock display, mass numbers 5.46pm arriving from every direction, the entire vista was alive with movement, binoculars added the WOW factor and revealed all down in the lower landscape, huge numbers, spectacular display against mixed, colourful sky, brilliant to see so many Barn Swallows, totally awesome. Skies clear 6.13pm

Barn Swallows 19 March 2015
Barn Swallows 19 March 2015

18 March 2015 Poured with rain the entire night and early morning then a beautiful day and by swallow time it was fully overcast again with pumping Northeasterly wind, dark and hazy. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.13pm with first flock display 5.23pm (unusual) then quiet and few and far between until 5.55pm when the action started with rolling mass numbers of Barn Swallows arriving from everywhere, numbers HUGE, the swell in number is incredible, THE BARN SWALLOW MILLIONS ARE HERE. The Barn Swallows filled the entire vista where ever you looked, huge clouds of Barn Swallows, Awesome beyond words, skies clear 6.19pm. If you haven’t seen the Barn Swallows in full mass then you need to come and see this ASAP

Barn Swallows 18 March 2015
Barn Swallows 18 March 2015

Barn Swallow Daily Log 2014-2015 Season: 17 March 2015  Cloudy overcast day with South Westerly wind, chilly. Thick cloud cover at swallow time, first Barn Swallows sighted 5.48pm and arrivals thereafter were all in the lower valley hugging the landscape to avoid the cold wind, some brief skyward displays and one over the swallow sight, binoculars were needed, they preferred lower left of the viewing site and were quite vocal. Skies clear 6.13pm

16 March 2015 Hot and very humid day clouding over mid afternoon, Southwesterly wind, very hazy at swallow time. First swallows arrived 5.55pm with mass numbers 6.01pm and concentrated in the lower valley, binoculars were needed against dark backdrop, too dark for photos. Skies clear 6.15pm with late comers surfing the landscape straight to roost. 6 .35pm it started to rain (only for 30 seconds).

15 March 2015 Extremely hot and humid day with pumping Northeasterly wind, very hazy and overcast at swallow time. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.38pm very few and far between until 5.55pm when mass numbers began arriving, a lot down in the lower valley, top layer visible above adjacent hillside with binoculars, 2 distinct flock masses that descended at different times. Mass Barn Swallows in the reedbed 6.11pm with constant streams from all directions arriving and dropping straight into the reedbed without displaying for another 8 minutes, some brief overhead fly overs, visibility poor and people without binoculars would have been disappointed.

14 March 2015 Cooking hot and humid day becoming very hazy and overcast at swallow time, light Northeasterly breeze. First swallows sighted 5.48pm with mass numbers 6.03pm concentrated in the lower valley, a speedy display, people without binoculars would be disappointed as visibility poor. Mass Barn Swallows in the reedbed 6.14pm with another 8 minutes of arrivals from right sky coming straight in to roost, too dark for photos, very short and sweet display, numbers brilliant.

13 March 2015 Hot and very humid day clouding over with strong, dark cloud bank along Western skyline, light southwesterly wind. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.54pm with mass numbers 5.58pm arriving from every direction and mixed altitudes, very spread out display, some nice overhead, up close displays, binoculars were needed against hazy backdrop, numbers have increased (more Barn Swallows must have come up the coast with the Southwester) Awesome. Skies clear 6.22pm with late comers another 8 minutes.

12 March 2015 Thick cloud and very overcast at swallow time, strong Northeasterly wind, dark backdrop with lightening flashes. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.48pm with mass numbers 6.01pm, arrival at mixed altitude, binoculars were needed, too dark for photos. The mass went to roost 6.18pm with late comers pouring in from right sky and hurrying straight to roost another 10 minutes.

11 March 2015 Overcast the entire day with no wind. Barn Swallows seen in large groups on the telephone lines. Dark at swallow time, first Barn Swallow arrivals 5.55pm with large numbers 6.13pm down in the lower landscape, very hazy, binoculars were needed, too dark for photos, the display was brief as the swallows just went straight to roost on arrival. Skies clear 6.27pm

10 March 2015 Hot and humid day with Northeasterly wind, a cloud bank along western horizon at swallow time. A very pretty sunset with mass Barn Swallows 6.13pm at variable altitudes, a lot down in the lower valley, spectacular viewing against colourful sunset, huge numbers, awesome display. Skies clear 8.37pm with late arrivals pouring in from right sky another 8 minutes.

Barn Swallows 10 March 2015

9 March 2015 Very hot and humid day, light Northeasterly breeze cooling things off, cloud bank along Western horizon at swallow time, patchy sky. First Barn Swallows arrived 5.57pm with mass numbers from every direction 6.14pm, the entire skyline became a moving mass of Barn Swallows, many down in the lower landscape, there were moments of sheer brilliance as the Barn Swallows performed their evening display. Majority in the reedbed 6.35pm with late comers for another 10 minutes

Barn Swallows 9 March 2015

8 March 2015 Hot and humid day clouding over just before swallow time, light Southwesterly wind, skies darkened quickly. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.50pm with mass arrivals 6.16pm from every direction, binoculars needed against dark backdrop, huge numbers, short display as rain approaching from the West. Majority in bed 6.26pm with late arrivals (5minutes more) surfing the landscape and going straight to roost, too dark for photos, Then it began raining.

7 March 2015 Hot and humid day, very bright at swallow time, strong Northeasterly wind becoming partly cloudy, viewing site dotted with dragonflies and butterflies on arrival. First few Barn Swallows sighted 5.38pm, mass numbers 6.08pm arriving from every direction, very vocal, classic sunset and the Barn Swallows performed exceptionally in front of the colourful sky, incredible, uncountable numbers, magnificent display, truly spectacular. Skies clear 6.36pm

6 March 2015 Cloud bank along Western Skyline at swallow time become fully overcast, light Northeasterly breeze. A few Barn Swallows around 6.05pm but it was 6.16pm when the big numbers arrived and the sky darkened quickly, too dark for photos. Masses upon masses arrived and a steady stream over the swallow site to the reedbed, they poured in from everywhere and the swallow chorus was noted as the most vocal so far. Binoculars needed against gray sky, absolutely spectacular display. Skies clear 6.37pm

5 March 2015 Pumping Southwesterly wind and fully overcast at swallow time, cold. Mass Barn Swallows sighted 5.50pm and they continued to arrive from every direction. some really nice hover displays over the viewing site, mind blowing numbers of Barn Swallows across entire vista at variable altitudes. awesome viewing. Skies clear 6.38pm

Barn Swallows 5 March 2015
Barn Swallows 5 March 2015

4 March 2015 Strong Northeasterly wind, clear skies and pretty sunset, a freshness in the air. First Barn Swallows sighted 6,03pm with big numbers arriving 6.22pm, at first there was a lot down in the lower valley then the numbers continued to grow and the entire vista became a hive of activity, regular visitors commented that this was the best display they had ever seen. Skies clear 6.40pm but the following 10 minutes Barn Swallows continued to stream in from the right sky and just plummet into the reedbed.

Barn swallows 4 March 2015
Barn swallows 4 March 2015

3 March 2015 A beautiful day, clear skies with slightly chilly and very strong Northeasterly wind. A clear sky sunset and how the swallows performed, first arrivals 6.04pm with mass numbers 6.15pm even though still bright, numbers have doubled since last week, the Barn Swallows are chirping and starting to fly in pairs within the mass. THE MIGRATION HAS BEGUN. Absolutely indescribably awesome, the magnitude of the display was beyond words, this is the start of peak numbers……the first time we will see this (migration North) in the past 3 years. Skies clear 6.45pm. This is the time to come and see the true millions of Barn Swallows

2 March 2015 Heavy rain most of the day, Southerly wind, cold, very overcast at swallow time with spots of rain. No swallow watching this evening.

1 March 2015 Overcast, hot and very humid day, got ready to go to swallows as I walked out of the door it started to rain with lightening and thunder and very black clouds approaching, 5 minutes later it poured down with heavy rain. No swallow watching this evening.

Sat 28 Feb 2015 Some good rainfall early morning then the sun came out and baked us,  very humid, mid afternoon it clouded over at swallow time it was overcast, light Northeasterly wind. The fish eagles were calling as they flew up the Mdloti river. The Barn Swallows were late and it was the fastest arrival I have ever seen, Barn Swallows just poured in from every direction, binoculars needed against dark gray sky (too dark for photos) Awesome numbers, skies clear 6.41pm

Fri 27 Feb 2015 Overcast the entire day with pumping Southwesterly wind, a slight chill. A flock of swifts were above the viewing site on my arrivals. Mass Barn Swallows sighted 6.18pm, at first in left sky and landscape then entire skyline above the hills, some really nice overhead displays as the Barn Swallows hovered on the thermals, very spread out display, some nice tight flock number displays. Skies clear 6.40pm with streams of swallows arriving straight to roost for the next 10 minutes.

Barn Swallows 27 Feb 2015

Thurs 26 Feb 2015 Hot and humid day with strong Easterly wind, a tinge of colour as the sun set at the viewing site. First Mass Barn Swallows arrived 6.18pm, at first a lot of movement in left sky and lower landscape then over Verulam more swallows arrived, some nice close up sightings, display was at variable altitudes. Skies clear 6.45pm with 5 more minutes of continuous stream of Barn Swallows coming in straight to roost from right sky.

Barn Swallows 26 Feb 2015

Wed 25 Feb 2015 Rained on and off all day, easterly wind, very dark and overcast at swallow time, looked like more rain so no swallow watching this evening.

Tues 24 Feb 2015 Overcast ( darker than last night) at swallow time with Northeasterly wind, first mass Barn Swallows sighted 6.16pm left sky and down in the landscape, numbers continued to pour in from all directions until the entire vista at variable altitudes was just busy with Barn Swallow movement, incredible numbers, binoculars were needed to reveal the magnitude of Swallows present. Skies clear 6.42pm with huge numbers pouring in from the right sky straight to roost, this constant stream of movement continued for another 6 minutes.

Mon 23 Feb 2015 Overcast (light gray) with strong Northeasterly wind at swallow time a bit of freshness in the air and slight chill. First Barn Swallows sighted just after 6pm with mass number arrivals 6.21pm and they just continued to arrive from all directions, mind blowing numbers, best we’ve seen in weeks, this is possibly the start of the migration North, numbers were just incredible were every you looked, binoculars intensified the viewing experience, some nice overhead flyovers and direct front displays, just awesome. Skies clear 6.41pm

Sun 22 Feb 2015 Some good rainfall throughout the night and an overcast cloudy day with Southerly wind, the temperature has once again dropping to chilly. I went up to the viewing site even though dark it wasn’t raining……….at 5.46pm it did start raining so I packed up and came home, I noticed first Barn Swallows making their way up the river valley 6.10pm.

Sat 21 Feb 2015 Partly cloudy all day, fully overcast by 2pm with strong Southwesterly wind, 4pm it turned very dark outside and by 4.30pm it started raining, no swallow watching this evening.

Fri 20 Feb 2015 Nice hot and humid day with Northeasterly breeze at swallow time. An abundance of dragonflies over top 2 viewing terraces, first Barn Swallows started arriving 6.25pm with mass numbers 6.34pm, binoculars needed to see them in the landscape, some nice sky displays with some up-close displays, a bit brief as all was over 6.47pm there was a fine stream of late arrivals going straight to roost arriving from the right of the viewing site for 5 minutes longer.

Barn Swallows 20 Feb 2015

Thurs 19 Feb 2015 Hot and sunny day light Northeasterly breeze switching to Strong Southwesterly. The Barn Swallows arrived at 6.36pm at varied altitudes and preferred left sky and left side of reedbed, some nice sky displays with a flock display close to the viewing site, binoculars needed to see the swallows in the landscape. Big black clouds approaching. Skies clear 6.46pm

Barn Swallows 19 Feb 2015

Wed 18 Feb 2015 Sunny day with chilly Northeasterly wind, a coldness to the air. A pleasant sunset and first Barn swallows sighted 6.06pm left sky but only at 6.36pm did bigger numbers arrived and all just above the reedbed, binoculars were needed, there were only 2 sky rises and spectators were disappointed, trickles of Barn Swallows arrived and went straight to roost. Skies clear 6.46pm. Very hard to ascertain numbers, not a good viewing experience at all.

Barn swallows 18 Feb 2015

Tues 17 Feb 2015 The weather has really changed with temperatures dropping to cold, nippy Northeasterly wind, dark and overcast at swallow time, a few dragon flies dotted about briefly. The sky darkened and the Barn Swallows only arrived 6.38pm just above the reedbed, they flew briefly up and down the left half of Lake Victoria and hastily went down to roost 6.46pm, no sky displays at all this evening, most odd! must be the cold snap, most disappointing for spectators, the Barn Swallows were only visible with binoculars against the vegetation.

Mon 16 Feb 2015 Hot and sunny day clouding over mid afternoon, a few spots of rain as I arrived at the viewing site, cool/chilly Southwesterly wind. First Barn Swallows arrived 6.06pm with mass numbers down low in valley and preferring left side of viewing site. Binoculars were needed as hard to see against vegetation and dark sky, the top layer rose above the skyline briefly and then it started to rain, the Swallows rushed to bed with late arrivals. Skies clear 6.41pm.

Sun 15 Feb 2015 After rain throughout the night to lunch time temperatures changed to cold with pumping Southerly wind. At swallow time it really wasn’t pleasant at all with the wind and overcast conditions. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.32pm with mass numbers 6pm, they preferred the left sky and lower landscape, staying out of the cold wind with occasional rises above the skyline, binoculars were needed to see the Barn Swallow numbers. Skies clear 6.36pm, got dark quickly, final arrivals went straight to roost.

Sat 14 Feb 2015 Cooler, overcast day with Southerly wind, it was quite dark at swallow time. First Barn Swallows sighted 5,16pm with mass displays and numbers 5.31pm, binoculars needed against hazy backdrop and dark gray sky, At 6,20pm it started to rain and the majority of Barn Swallows went to roost, there were some more arrivals thereafter at low altitude with skies clear 6.36pm. Once again too dark for photos.

Fri 13 Feb 2015 After an incredibly hot and humid day it clouded over very dark at swallow time with a light Northeasterly breeze. First Barn Swallow mass sightings 6.12pm, the numbers continued to grow and by 6,25pm there were moments of moving clouds of Swallows, uncountable numbers, the wind dropped, the Barn Swallow display spectacular at mixed altitudes across the entire vista. Skies clear 6.44pm with a few late comers after that that went straight to roost. Far too dark for photos.

Thurs 12 Feb 2015 Another cooking hot and humid day clouding over at swallow time, strong Northeasterly wind cooling things down. First mass Barn Swallows 6.36pm, incredible numbers sweeping the lower landscape and hilltops, such a magnificent sight, food for the soul, a hint of colour as the sunset. Skies clear 5.57pm.

Barn Swallows 12 Feb 2015
Barn Swallows 12 Feb 2015

Wed 11 Feb 2015 Very hot and humid, clouding over at swallow time, light Southerly breeze. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.00pm with mass numbers and displays 6.35pm. Barn Swallows arrived from every direction, visibility a bit hazy, binoculars revealed uncountable numbers, the Barn Swallows displayed at variable altitudes, totally awesome. Skies clear 6.48pm

Barn Swallows 11 Feb 2015
Barn Swallows 11 Feb 2015

Tues 10 Feb 2015 Scorching hot and very humid day, partially cloudy at swallow time with a whisper of a Northeasterly breeze, very still. Large numbers of Dragonflies present on arrival to the viewing site. Barn Swallows arrived 6.44pm from every direction and displayed beautifully in front of a tinge of colour from the setting sun, visibility clear for viewing with some nice overhead flyovers, uncountable numbers, awesome. Skies clear 7.02pm

Barn Swallows 10 Feb 2015

Mon 9 Feb 2015 Very hot and humid day clouding over late afternoon, light Northeasterly breeze with light gray fully overcast sky. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.02pm with mass numbers 6.15pm, visibility clear and Barn Swallows closer than normal, magnificent display, uncountable numbers. A staggered descent into the reedbed with last arrivals just streaming straight to roost. Skies clear 6.48pm

Barn Swallows 9 Feb 2015

Sun 8 Feb 2015 Hot and humid day clouding over late afternoon, light Northeasterly breeze. First Swallow sighted 6.06pm with mass displays from 6.20pm, incredible numbers, nice overhead arrivals, visibility excellent even without binoculars, the entire vista was a moving mass, totally awesome, the Barn Swallows once again displayed at mixed altitudes. Skies clear 6.57pm

Barn Swallows 8 Feb 2015

Sat 7 Feb 2015 Very overcast at swallow time and the wind switched from Northeasterly to Southerly, a few spots of rain for 5 Min’s. First Barn Swallow mass sighting 6.45pm, surprisingly late for such dark skies! Binoculars were needed against very dark gray sky, awesome numbers, they were displaying at a higher altitude and almost straight into the reedbed after arrival, staggered arrival and descent. Skies clear 6.56pm. Too dark for photos

Fri 6 Feb 2015 Overcast most of the day , dark at swallow time with Northeasterly wind. First mass Barn Swallows arrived 5.33pm and the numbers continued to grow, the sky darkened and the swallow displayed at a higher altitude than normal, huge numbers, magnificent displays. Skies clear 6.48pm. Big thunder storms and rain throughout the night.

Thurs 5 Feb 2015 Scorching hot morning then all changed at lunch time with pumping Southerly wind, dropping temperatures and not pleasant at all outside, no swallow watching this evening, dark and overcast, started raining just before 6pm.

Wed 4 Feb 2015 Mostly cloudy sky at swallow time after a scorching hot day, light Northeasterly breeze. The setting sun peeped through a hole in the thick clouds as a red jewel before disappearing. Not a swallow in sight until 6.44pm with mass displays and numbers 6.52pm, binoculars were needed against very dark gray cloud along Western skyline, incredible numbers, the Barn Swallows preferred left sky and section of the reedbed………must be some serious weather coming! A short and sweet display with skies clear 7.04pm

Tues 3 Feb 2015 Classic day with a slight crispness in the air, out and about I noticed the Barn Swallows sitting in groups on the telephone wires, this is prep for the mid March migration. Bright and crystal clear at swallow time, a picturesque sunset and it was 6.48pm when the Barn Swallow action began with numbers poring in from all directions, they performed at a slightly higher altitude this evening as the full moon rose in the sky behind us. Such a stunning display with memorable numbers and entire vista a moving mass, awesome. Skies clear 7.10pm

Mon 2 Feb 2015 Heavy rain in the night right up until lunch time then the sun came out. An interesting sky at swallow time the site dotted with dragonflies and the ground soft, like walking on a soft sponge. First mass Barn Swallows arrived 6.34pm as the sky was bright and clear of any dust and haze, perfect for viewing. A magnificent sunset, some beautiful colours added to the backdrop and the huge numbers of swallows that arrived were just beyond incredible and they performed like a natural symphony, backwards and forwards, nice overhead, they even flew in-between us this evening as the soil erupting with insects. Awesome display, skies clear 7.10pm

Barn Swallows 2 Feb 2015
Barn Swallows 2 Feb 2015

Sun 1 Feb 2015 Much cooler day 20°C, pumping Southerly wind with spots of rain at swallow time, fully overcast. First mass swallow sighting 5.20pm and the numbers grew, spectacular displays, visibility clear after heavy rains last night. The Barn swallows moved along entire vista with concentrated  numbers slightly to left where the highest hill offered some protection, huge numbers, the final descent visible in last photo. Skies clear 6.48pm

Barn Swallow 1 Feb 2015
Barn Swallow 1 Feb 2015
Barn Swallow Daily Log 2014-2015 Season

Barn Swallow Daily Log Sat 31 Jan 2015 Hot and humid, clouding over mid afternoon with light Northeasterly breeze, fully overcast and dark at swallow time. First mass Barn Swallows sighted 6.24pm, binoculars needed against hazy and dark backdrop. Incredible numbers, the entire vista became a moving mass, some overhead flyovers, totally awesome. Skies clear 6.56pm and then it started to rain softly.

Fri 30 Jan 2015 Overcast and strong Northeasterly wind, dark, cooler. First mass Barn Swallow sighting 6.16pm and the numbers continued to grow, jaw dropping stuff we saw in terms of mass display, uncountable numbers, overhead displays, awesome beyond words. Skies clear 6.58pm

Thurs 29 Jan 2015 Overcast with rain, light Southerly breeze, much cooler. Overcast and dark at swallow time, first arrivals 6.23pm with mass displays 6.37pm, incredible numbers pored in, binoculars needed against hazy backdrop and fine rain started to fall once again. Barn Swallows were incredible, massive numbers. Skies clear 7.08pm. Too dark for photos

Wed 28 Jan 2015 Cooler with intermittent rain the entire day, light Southerly wind, no swallow watching this evening as was raining.

Tues 27 Jan 2015 Hot and humid overcast day, dark at swallow time Southwesterly wind with spots of rain. No swallow watching this evening

Mon 26 Jan 2015 Another sweltering hot day with pumping Northeasterly wind, bright at swallow time clouding over western skyline, by the time the swallows arrived 6.55pm it was fully overcast with visibility poor due to haze, binoculars were needed to reveal numbers present, a short display with moments of visual magic, majority in bed by 7.10pm with later arrivals from right sky just arriving and going straight to roost. Not easy to get pics tonight

Barn Swallows 26 Jan 2015

Sun 25 Jan 2015 Scorching hot day with pumping Northeasterly wind from mid morning, clouding over at swallow time, hazy. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.15pm briefly and then nothing until 6.55pm when they arrived surfing the landscape, the wind died, Barn Swallow arrival was quick and displays short but numbers were here. Binoculars needed to see full spectrum. A short and sweet display. Skies clear 7.10pm

Barn Swallows 25 Jan 2015

Sat 24 Jan 2015 Hot and humid day with pumping Northeasterly wind, clear skies for Barn Swallow viewing. First Barn Swallows arrived 6.40pm with mass numbers a few minutes later and the numbers continued to grow against a colourful sunset, awesome display and show of uncountable Barn Swallows even without binoculars, with binoculars even more are visible. A thrilling experience for many spectators that came to see the evening display and many commented that it was the best display they had ever seen. Skies clear 7.10pm

Barn Swallows 24 Jan 2015
Barn Swallows 24 Jan 2015

Fri 23 Jan 2015 Bright sunshine, hot and humid with strong Northeasterly wind. The Barn Swallows began arriving 6.45pmm with mass displays minutes later against a clear backdrop and setting sun adding a tinge of colour to the sky. What a magnificent display, even without binoculars the Barn Swallow display was truly spectacular with huge numbers visible, a memorable viewing experience as this was a good show indeed. Skies clear 7,14pm

Barn Swallows 23 Jan 2015

Thurs 22 Jan 2015 Fully overcast at swallow time but bright, light Northeasterly wind with a chill. First mass Barn Swallows sighted 6.12pm and the numbers continued to grow, conditions clear, excellent viewing with mind blowing displays, binoculars intensified the viewing experience, uncountable numbers, clouds of Barn Swallows filled the vista in front of the viewing site. Skies clear 6.57pm

Barn Swallows 22 Jan 2015

Wed 21 Jan 2015 Patchy sky all day and fully overcast at swallow time, light Northeasterly breeze, a slight chill in the air and a few spots of rain. First Barn Swallow arrivals 6.41pm with mass sightings 4 minutes later. By 6.55pm the sky became a living, moving mass of Barn Swallows, truly a spectacular display, uncountable numbers, binoculars added to the viewing experience. Skies clear 7.10pm

Barn Swallows 21 Jan 2015

Tues 20 Jan 2015 Cool cloudy rainy day, overcast at swallow time with light Easterly breeze, a slight chill in the air. The Barn Swallows began arriving 6.20pm low down in the valley, binoculars were needed against hazy backdrop, they peaked to full mass 6.54pm, too dark to get photos. Skies clear 7.03pm

Mon 19 Jan 2015 After a very hot and humid day the skies clouded over and rain began to fall at swallow time, light Southerly wind. No swallow watching this evening.

Sun 18 Jan 2015 Hot and humid day clouding over at swallow time, light Northeasterly breeze, even thought overcast it was bright. Dragonflies dotted above the viewing site on arrival.
The Barn Swallows arrived late, only when the skies darkened 6.52pm and made a hasty display, binoculars were needed to see them down in the lower valley, a short and intense display with skies clear 7.06pm

Sat 17 Jan 2015  A patchy day with strong Southerly wind that was cold. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.15pm (nice to see the stayed after radical storm last night) with big numbers 6.48pm down in the lower landscape escaping the chilly wind. The left and central skies were preferred for display but majority stayed down against the lower vegetation, binoculars were needed, some nice short above skyline cloud displays. Skies clear 7.05pm

Fri 16 Jan 2015 Went to the Bar Swallow viewing site and there was the biggest storm approaching, Southwesterly winds hit us at 50km’s per hour, lightening, thunder, packed up and came home in a hurry. Poured with rain, knocked our electricity out. No swallow watching this evening.

Thurs 15 Jan 2015 Very hot and humid day clouding over at swallow time with strong Easterly wind giving some relief from the heat. This has been the most variable week in Barn Swallow viewing. This evening dragonflies were present on arrival to the site, the Barn Swallows arrived slow and steady 6.35pm big numbers in the lower landscape, a bit of colour appeared in the gray clouds and all the Barn Swallows rose and displayed beautifully against this, binoculars revealed the magnitude of Swallows present. A wishy washy start to magnificent grand finale, awesome, Skies clear 7.05pm

Wed 14 Jan 2915 Hot and humid day with a 3 minute shower mid day then more sun and clouding over at swallow time, light Southwesterly wind. A late arrival from the Barn Swallows 6.56pm and the left sky and hillside vegetation was very active with movement. Most Barn Swallows didn’t display at all and they went straight to roost. The Black-breasted Snake Eagle came and picked an easy dinner right out of the reeds. It appears the Barn Swallow numbers have declined from peak but still very, very watchable. Skies clear 7.13pm.

Tues 13 Jan 2015 Very hot start to the day clouding over mid morning, strong Southerly wind. Overcast at swallow time with first Barn Swallow arrivals 6.40pm, they seemed to arrive in individual flocks well down in the lower valley and preferred left of the viewing site, staying out of the cold wind, each flock displaying separately and descending into the reedbed, some lovely overhead displays, 2 raptors sighted but too dark to identify. Skies clear 7.04pm

Barn Swallows 13 Jan 2015
Barn Swallows 13 Jan 2015

Mon 12 Jan 2015 Extremely hot and sticky 34°C day, strong Northeasterly wind cooling off somewhat as the sunset in brilliant colour, so nice to see such a colourful sunset and the Barn Swallows began arriving 6.43pm and displayed magnificently in front of the colourful clouds, the Barn Swallows rose quite high in their evening display and swirled from left of the site to right and in a majestic display, even though clear binoculars revealed the numbers present. Skies clear 7.12pm

Sun 11 Jan 2015 Very hot and humid day partially clouding over at swallow time, light Northeasterly breeze, the viewing site dotted with butterflies and dragonflies on arrival. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.57pm and arrived quickly, more so down in the landscape and preferred left sky, a very short and sweet display, binoculars were needed with late arrivals pouring in from the right valley and going straight to roost, hard to ascertain numbers. Skies clear 7.12pm

Sun 11 Jan 2015 Very hot and humid day partially clouding over at swallow time, light Northeasterly breeze, the viewing site dotted with butterflies and dragonflies on arrival. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.57pm and arrived quickly, more so down in the landscape and preferred left sky, a very short and sweet display, binoculars were needed with late arrivals pouring in from the right valley and going straight to roost, hard to ascertain numbers. Skies clear 7.12pm

Sat 10 Jan 2015 Hot and humid day, light Northeasterly breeze, overcast at swallow time but the sun burnt away the cloud and we had an interesting sky to view the swallows. A fish eagle sighted above opposite hills. Because of the bright conditions there were only a few swallows around until 5.48pm when the Barn Swallow numbers began to arrive, they arrived in waves and went down in waves so hard to ascertain numbers but there were some moments of sheer splendor, a short and sweet display, spectators that went to the very lowest terrace had the best viewing experience. Skies clear 7.14pm

Fri 9 Jan 2015 Cloudy all day with strong Southerly wind which cooled things down a lot. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.56pm with mass numbers 6.14pm. the pattern was different this evening, the Barn Swallows hugged the lower landscape and left adjacent hill, almost as if they were staying out of the wind. Brief spirals of cloud like displays happened only briefly above the skyline and the left sky was preferred, really awesome, binoculars were needed against gray, dull backdrop. A bird of prey came and made a turn over our heads and headed towards the mass swallows, I have sent the photos through for confirmation to Birdlife Roy Cowgill and he identified it as a Black-breasted Snake Eagle (image below), a very rare sight, what a bonus sighting! The Barn Swallows made a slow and layered descent into the reedbed. Skies clear 7.05pm

Thurs 8 Jan 2015 Very hot and humid day, light Northeasterly breeze, clouding over at swallow time and darkened considerably by 6pm. First Barn Swallows arrived 6.10pm and within minutes there were mass displays everywhere you looked, binoculars revealed the huge numbers above the reedbed. It appeared that the majority of Barn Swallows went into the reedbed 6.40pm but 5 minutes later the skies brightened slightly and all rose again flying over the viewing site regrouping and displayed until skies clear 7.05pm, magnificent show this evening.

Wed 7 Jan 2015  Some rain early AM and overcast the entire day, light Northeasterly breeze. First Barn Swallows started arriving 6.01pm, numbers built to mass sightings 10 Min’s later, there were loads down in the lower valley, the hillside skies alive with Barn Swallow movement, they seemed to prefer mid left of the viewing site where an incredible mass display swayed backwards and forwards, binoculars assisted against gray sky, massive numbers arrived in waves and descended in a similar fashion, awesome. Skies clear 7.02pm

Tues 6 Jan 2015 Sweltering morning, clouding over at lunch time with fine rain for a few minutes. At swallow time it was fully overcast, first Barn Swallows arrived 6.09pm building to mass display but then the fine rain returned and visibility became poor, binoculars reveled all the Barn Swallow action down in the valley and along western skyline, some brief overhead displays, awesome numbers. Skies clear 7.04pm, not east to get photos this evening as majority of the action was down in the landscape.

Mon 5 Jan 2015 Cooking hot and humid day with hot sunshine at swallow time, clouding over 5.50pm and the wind switched to a light Southwesterly breeze. Some Lesser striped swallows feed over the viewing site early on. First Barn Swallows began arriving 6.31pm down low in the landscape and then mass numbers swept up and over the viewing site thrilling the spectators. The numbers increased rapidly, binoculars were needed as the Barn Swallows hugged the lower landscape with low altitude flying along horizon, uncountable numbers, breathtakingly beautiful display. Skies clear 7.14pm

Sun 4 Jan 2015 Very hot and humid clouding over 2pm with light Southwesterly breeze. First Barn Swallows sighted 6pm over the reedbed and lower vegetation by 6.08pm mass numbers were arriving from every direction you looked. Masses upon masses arrived and the vista was free from haze which made for clearer viewing, binoculars revealed the magnitude busy in the lower landscape. A spectacular Barn Swallow viewing display, awesome beyond words. Skies clear 6.56pm

Sat 3 Jan 2015 Another very hot and humid day clouding over mid afternoon, light Northeasterly breeze, very overcast and dark at swallow time. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.04pm and then 5 Min’s later the rain began to fall, spectators squeezed under the entrance roof as the Barn Swallow mass was now in full swing across the entire vista, incredible numbers with some close up, overhead displays.
Lightening flashed along the Western skyline as the Barn Swallows continued to arrive, binoculars were needed as conditions were somewhat hazy.
The spectators that stuck it out were rewarded with a memorable experience.
Skies clear 6.46pm

Barn Swallow Daily Log 2014-2015 Season: Fri 2 Jan 2015 Extremely hot and humid clouding over at swallow time with strong Northeasterly wind cooling things down slightly. Packed with spectators young and old, the eldest being a 97 year old lady whom thoroughly enjoyed the evening display and commented that she had never in all her life seen such a wonderful sight. First Barn Swallows began arriving 5.40pm with mass numbers 6.24pm, binoculars were needed against hazy backdrop. Incredible numbers of Barn Swallows arrived, the past 3 evenings have been the most intense numbers we have seen the entire season, indescribable, uncountable, the entire vista a constantly moving enthralling spectacle, with a really nice up close and overhead fly-bys. Skies clear 7.09pm

Thurs 1 Jan 2015 New Years Day: A bit cooler today with strong Northeasterly wind, patchy, overcast sky at swallow time. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.11pm with mass numbers 6.13pm, binoculars were needed against hazy backdrop, some really nice overhead displays, the entire vista was filled with an uncountable number of Barn Swallows as they arrived and prepared for the descent into the reedbed, spectacular display, mind blowing, has to be seen to be believed, spectators in complete awe at the sighting, brilliant way to start the New Year. Skies clear 7.10pm

Wed 31 Dec 2014 Rain early morning , overcast and cold for a change, Northeasterly wind, dark at swallow time and looked like more rain, I was a bit reluctant to go to the viewing site this evening because of the weather, I picked myself up and packed my things and headed to the viewing site. To my complete astonishment the Barn Swallows began arriving in mass 5.26pm, huge numbers everywhere you looked, binoculars revealed moving masses down in the lower valley against the vegetation, the skies above the hills became a constant shift in Barn Swallow display, absolutely mind blowing, not stop action this evening and what a finale to end the year, almost an hour an a half of viewing pleasure, totally awesome. Skies clear 6.46pm and then it began to rain.

Tues 30 Dec 2014 A bit cooler today with overcast clouds the entire day, a spot of rain mid afternoon, light northerly breeze. First Barn Swallows arrived 6.24pm and 10 minutes later (getting darker) the entire lower valley was full of Barn Swallow activity, the skyline became active in the left sky then expanded to full vista, binoculars were needed, only a few overhead. Spectators whom went down to the lowest terrace came up raving about the awesome display and numbers. Skies clear 6.55pm

Mon 29 Dec 2014 Very hot and humid clouding over at swallow time from the west, light Southerly breeze. Skies quiet until 6.41pm ( it was brighter this evening) first Barn Swallow flock flew up the face of the swallow viewing site and the numbers intensified very quickly thereafter. Binoculars revealed huge numbers over the reedbed and opposite vegetation, the entire vista was alive with uncountable numbers of Barn Swallows. Numbers and display were impressive, some nice up close overhead fly-bys. Skies clear 7.08pm

Sun 28 Dec 2014 Hot and humid day clouding over mid afternoon with moderate Southwesterly winds cooling things down considerably. First Barn Swallows began arriving 6.26pm with mass numbers 6.40pm, the show and numbers were absolutely incredible, wherever you looked there were Barn Swallows and we had big numbers over the face of the viewing site. Binoculars heightened the experience and revealed the shear numbers in the distance and down in the valley, Rain approaching along western skyline, skies clear 7.08pm

Sat 27 Dec 2014 I went to the viewing site in very overcast conditions, with a light Northeasterly wind and 10 minutes later it began to rain so I packed up. No swallow watching this evening.

Fri 26 Dec 2014 Hot and humid and fully overcast, a lot cooler at swallow time which was a pleasant change from the heat of the day, light Northeasterly breeze, rain visible along Western skyline. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.25pm with mass numbers 6.40pm, the entire vista was a moving mass of Barn Swallow activity, binoculars heightened the viewing experience. Awesome numbers, spectacular display. Skies clear 7.04pm the rain now closing in on the opposite side of the reedbed.

Thurs 25 Dec 2014 Christmas Day. Extremely hot and humid 38ºC at swallow time there was cloud building in Northern sky with lightening and thunder with the odd spot of rain, strong Southwesterly wind with clear skies looking west. First Barn Swallows began arriving 6.22pm with mass numbers 6.51pm, the swallows hugged the landscape to try and avoid the strong wind, I have not seen them this close all season, they kept flying up the face of the viewing site. Awesome display against colourful sunset, massive numbers, they battled to settle in the reedbed due to waves of turbulence from the strong wind. Skies clear 7.16pm

Wed 24 Dec 2014

Christmas eve, hot and humid clouding over mid afternoon with just a drop of rain at swallow time, very overcast, light Southwesterly breeze. Mass Barn Swallows arrived 6.46pm, binoculars were needed, huge numbers with some nice up close and overhead displays, totally awesome.
The entire skyline and lower valley were full of activity thrilling the spectators. Skies clear 7.10pm

Wishing all the Barn Swallow visitors and contributors a very merry Christmas

Tues 23 Dec 2014 Extremely hot and humid morning clouding over 2.30pm with hectic thunder and lightening with heavy rain, this continued well into swallow time with a brief reprieve at sunset. No swallow watching this evening.

Mon 22 Dec 2014

Hot and humid day with light Southeasterly breeze switching to a gust from the Southwest at swallow time and back to Northeast again. It was bright with half the sky covered with gray clouds, first Barn Swallows only arrived 6.46pm and were intense over the reedbed and lower valley, binoculars were needed.
There seemed to be a rush mass along skyline with intense numbers and then all descended into the reedbed 7.10pm. A short and sweet display!

Sun 21 Dec 2014 Very hot day clouding over mid afternoon with a spot of rain and thunder, light Southwesterly breeze. At the viewing site conditions hazy with the odd drop of rain, first Barn Swallows began arriving 5.45pm due to dark skies, the numbers continued to increase and by 6.15pm the entire sky became a moving mass with a lot of low down valley activity. The Barn Swallow show was incredibly spectacular with numbers at peak this season. Skies clear 7.02pm

Sat 20 Dec 2014  Barn Swallow Daily Log 2014-2015 Season: Hot day clouding over at lunch time, southwesterly wind, dark at swallow time. First large Barn Swallow flocks began arriving 6,11pm, lots of activity down over the reedbed, distant hills and over our heads, binoculars were needed, awesome numbers. The entire vista was a moving mass of Barn Swallows. Skies clear 7.02pm
 Fri 19 Dec 2014  Hot day with light Northeasterly breeze, 80% overcast at swallow time. First mass numbers began arriving 6,15pm and arrive they did. The sky and landscape were busy with Barn Swallow activity wherever you looked, spectacular display before all in the reedbed 7.07pm
 Thurs 18 Dec 2014  Barn Swallow Daily Log 2014-2015 – Cooking hot day with very few clouds along the skyline at swallow time. Skies were clear of bird movement as the heat of the day began to fade, first Barn Swallows sighted 6.32pm and the sun went down behind a fringe cloud and created the most picturesque sunset, the perfect backdrop for an indescribable Barn Swallow display, they filled the entire sky with uncountable numbers and gave a magnificent evening dance which was a feast for the spectators eyes and souls, people were awestruck at this phenomenal experience. Skies clear 7.15pm
 Wed 17 Dec 2014  Hot, humid and sunny day clouding over partly at swallow time, light Northeasterly breeze. Barn Swallows began arriving in numbers 6,36pm and what a show they gave the spectators, the numbers were huge, we were treated to some up close, overhead fly-bys with awesome, uncountable Barn Swallows in front of colourful sunset. The thrilling, mind blowing display was over at 7.08pm when skies were clear and all the Barn Swallows were in the reedbed.
 Tues 16 Dec 2014  Overcast with pumping Southwesterly wind all day, it was chilly at the viewing site but spectators braved the weather and were rewarded. The Barn Swallows began arriving 5.45pm and continued to grow in number, by 6.15pm there were huge numbers left of the viewing site by 6pm the entire skyline was a moving mass of Barn Swallows, incredible numbers and display, a bit of pink in the clouds added a nice ending. Skies clear 7.04pm
 Mon 15 Dec 2014  Overcast day with light Southwesterly wind, started raining 3.30pm, no swallow watching this evening.
 Sun 14 Dec 2014  Hot and humid day clouding over mid afternoon with strong Northeasterly wind. The Barn Swallows began arriving 6.32pm with mass numbers 6.45pm, there was a haze along opposite hills so binoculars were needed. Awesome display, incredible numbers, skies clear 7,03pm. Some lightening in the clouds right of the viewing site.
 Sat 13 Dec 2014  Overcast but hot and humid light Southwesterly breeze switching to northeasterly during viewing, rain along distant hills at the viewing site. A few lesser striped swallows fed over the viewing site 5.40pm onwards and things relatively quiet until 6.33pm when the first Barn Swallows made their appearance by 6.45pm the landscape on the opposite side of Lake Victoria was a buzz of Barn Swallow activity. they hugged the landscape and made brief appearances above the skyline, good numbers, binoculars were needed. Skies clear 7.05pm. Hard to take photos due to dark conditions.
 Fri 12 Dec 2014  Hot and humid day clouding over mid afternoon and pumping Southwesterly wind, not pleasant outside but I went to the viewing site. First Barn Swallows began arriving 5.28pm due to dark conditions, all activity was low down over the reedbed and adjacent vegetation. 6pm and it began raining with thunder and lighting, I packed up and came home.
 Thurs 11 Dec 2014  The first day it fell like summer in Durban, sunshine, humid and a light Northeasterly breeze, clouded over at swallow time but the temperature was pleasant. First Barn Swallows began arriving 6.25pm and arrive they did, absolutely amazing display they performed and is the best sighting we have had in a week, numbers were uncountable and we had some overhead fly-bys, AWESOME. Skies clear 6.48pm
 Wed 10 Dec 2014  Overcast day with southwesterly wind, cold at swallow time. At the viewing site 5.55pm it started raining and darkened fast, I packed up and came home. I saw the first Barn Swallows 6.10pm flying up the river valley towards Lake Victoria.
 Tues 9 Dec 2014  A sunny day clouding over mid afternoon with cold Northeasterly wind. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.22pm over the reedbed and hugging the landscape to avoid the cold wind. It was a late and low display, binoculars were needed and once again the swallows favored the left side of the reedbed. Skies clear 6.58pm
 Mon 8 Dec 2014  Another day with overcast, dark, very cold Northeasterly wind, It was not pleasant at the swallow site but the cubs had booked and they wanted me to do a Barn Swallow presentation, Photo right.
The Barn Swallows arrived just before 6pm and stuck to the landscape, far left, lower valley to avoid the wind. I encouraged people to go the lowest viewing terrace for viewing, not the greatest display and numbers have dropped probably due to the colder conditions. All Swallows in the reedbed 6.35pm.
I had spectators from JHB and Cape Town and both commented that the weather is far colder here than where they had come from.
 Sun 7 Dec 2014  Overcast with strong, pumping Northeasterly wind, very cold. Visibility poor due to dark conditions, binoculars were needed but most people too the walk to the lowest viewing terrace where viewing was a treat. The Barn Swallows slowly started arriving 5.56pm and the display was very different. They chose the left side of the reedbed and remained at low altitude the entire time avoiding the cold wind, nice numbers, allot of activity over the reeds. Skies clear 6.55pm
 Sat 6 Dec 2014  Overcast the entire day with very light Southwesterly breeze. At the swallow site we had over the site feeding 5.51pm from swifts and the lesser striped swallows then all went quiet until 6.38pm when the Barn Swallows arrived, visibility was poor due to overcast clouds. The Barn Swallows arrived at very low altitude, skimming the top of the reedbed and blended with the landscape, people without binoculars were disappointed. The numbers were there but no skyline display so not the best evening for the spectators. Skies clear 6.45pm
 Fri 5 Dec 2014  Overcast with cold southwesterly wind, no swallow watching this evening as I had a school function to attend. I must say that the insect life, especially the mosquitoes are prolific and the Barn swallows are seen at random times all throughout the day.
 Thurs 4 Dec 2014  A beautiful hot, sunny day and really feeling like summer! First barn Swallows arrived feeding over the viewing site 5.55pm, visibility poor due to cold front approaching along western horizon, too dark for photos, what a pity because it was an awesome display with numbers at max we have seen so far this season, binoculars were needed. Skies clear 6.57pm
 Wed 3 Dec 2014  Overcast with spots of rain, light Northeasterly breeze, at the viewing site the Barn Swallows began arriving at low altitude 5.53pm, big numbers 6.15pm. The rain intensified and the Barn Swallows hugged the landscape and only briefly displaying above distant hills, intense activity over the reedbed. Skies clear 6.40pm
 Tues 2 Dec 2014  Another clear, sunny day with cool Northeasterly wind. At the viewing site the Barn Swallows began arriving in big numbers 6.25pm and arrive they did, it was an evening of spectacular Barn Swallow viewing as the colourful sunset made the perfect backdrop with mixed medley of awesome Barn Swallow displays even for people without binoculars. Skies clear 5.56pm.
 Mon 1 Dec 2014  A clear and sunny day, lovely sunset, light northeasterly wind with a chill. Large numbers of Barn Swallows 6.24pm and they arrived at low altitude staying clear of the cool wind. We had some great up close overhead fly overs and a picturesque mass display before all were in the reedbed 6.57pm.
 Nov 2014
 Sun 30 Nov 2014  Overcast with light rain, cold, light northeasterly wind, raining from mid afternoon. No swallow watching today.
 Sat 29 Nov 2014  Humid and overcast, dark at the viewing site. First Barn Swallows 5.40pm, mass numbers and displays 6.20pm, visibility poor, binoculars were needed, started to spot with rain and skies clear 6.47pm.
 Fri 28 Nov 2014 Poured down in the night, clearing most of the day, overcast from lunch time with southwesterly wind and rain again from 4pm onwards. No swallow watching this evening.
 Thurs 27 Nov 2014  Sunny morning clouding over from lunch time, a thick haze hung along western skyline at swallow time. First mass swallow sightings 6.11pm and then the wind switched to a fresh southwesterly, masses of Barn Swallows arrived, binoculars were needed. Skies clear 6.31pm, no photos as was too dark.
 Wed 26 Nov 2014  Horrible weather outside, pounding northeasterly wind, cold. dark and overcast, no pleasant at all outside, no swallow watching today.
 Tues 25 Nov 2014  Overcast with rain from the Southwest 3pm, no swallow watching this evening.
 Mon 24 Nov 2014  Hot, sunny day clouding over 3pm with pumping southwesterly wind cooling things down allot with the threat of thunder and heavy rain (heavy rain we desperately need) dark outside. Barn Swallows around from 4.55pm, no swallow watching this evening.
 Sun 23 Nov 2014  Today we had it all weather wise! A beautiful sunrise, then it clouded over and rained intermittently most of the day clearing partially at swallow time. The Barn Swallows began arriving as early as 5.05pm with first mass sightings 5.55pm. They just continued to build in number and chirped excitedly, an indication that there were new arrivals. The skies were filled with the most awesome number and display so far this season, mind blowing! Binoculars were needed as there was a gray cloud backdrop along western skyline with light easterly breeze. Skies clear 6.46pm
 Sat 22 Nov 2014  A beautiful sunny but fully overcast at swallow time with strong northeasterly wind, visibility poor due to haze. First mass Barn Swallows sighted 6pm and mass numbers there were! what an awesome display, binoculars were needed. Skies clear 6.40pm. very hard to get pics due to dark and hazy conditions
 Fri 21 Nov 2014  Another overcast day, I saw Barn Swallow flocks in feeding frenzy’s when I was out and about. Light Northeasterly wind at swallow time with soft rain fall, much needed, no swallow watching tonight.
 Thurs 20 Nov 2014  Dark, overcast with rain beginning to fall, strong Southwesterly wind, no swallow viewing tonight.
 Wed 19 Nov 2014  Another cold, overcast and dark evening, looked like it was going to rain, not pleasant outside, no swallow viewing this evening.
 Tues 18 Nov 2014  Another cold, overcast and dark evening at the viewing site. The first Barn Swallow arrivals were late 6.15pm and low down in the valley, skimming the top of the reedbed, mass numbers 6.30pm, binoculars were needed, skies clear 6.37pm
 Mon 17 Nov 2014  Cold southwesterly wind again, same as last night, I waited at the swallow site until first Barn Swallows arrived 5.47pm, their pattern same as last night, low against the landscape and just above the reedbed, I packed up and came home due the cold wind, not pleasant at all outside.
 Sun 16 Nov 2014  Cold and dark, cold, a very strong southwesterly wind, unpleasant, went to the viewing site. First Barn Swallows arrived 5.15pm with larger numbers 6.05pm. A very different display this evening, the swallows hugged and hovered in the lower parts of the valley just above the reedbed, they chased away 2 purple herons and then settled for the night 6.27pm. Was frozen by the time I came home!
 Sat 15 Nov 2015  Very miserable outside, dark, pumping southwesterly wind, cold, The Barn Swallows started arriving before 5pm due to dark conditions it looked like rain at anytime, I viewed the skies form home and saw last swallow flock at 6,10pm heading for the Lake Victoria reedbed.
 Fri 14 Nov 2014  A mixed sky with dark grey cloud bank building along western skyline, strong northeasterly wind. The first Barn swallows began arriving 5.15pm with mass numbers by 5.55pm. An awesome display, visibility clear and thrilling overhead displays.A lot of activity on the reedbed from as early as 6.10pm. very interesting display this evening.

The skies emptied over a 10 minute period, and all the Barn Swallows were in the reedbed by 6.46pm.

 Thurs 13
Nov 2014
 At the Lake Victoria viewing site the swallows began arriving 5,15pm and slowly built in numbers. The sky was thickly overcast and dark with a light southwesterly breeze. By 6.05 the sky was filled with masses upon masses of Barn Swallows that chirped excitedly on arrival and display. All descended into the reedbed 6.35pm and what a beautiful chorus from the reedbed as the swallows settled down for the night.
 Wed 12 Nov 2014  All packed and ready to go to the viewing site and it started to spot with rain, I watched the skies from home. It was dark with Northeasterly wind, the swallows arrived 5.15pm and they were very vocal this evening, with low flying.

They displayed beautifully before all heading off to Lake Victoria reedbed 6.25pm.

 Tues 11 Nov 2014  Rained throughout the night, overcast the entire day, dark with cold northeasterly wind. Barn Swallows around early 4.50pm due to darker conditions, no site visit this evening.
 Mon 10 Nov 2014  Overcast with rain, dark with a chill in the air – no swallow watching this evening.
 Sun 9 November 2014  The Return of the Swallows 2014
A perfect day for the Barn Swallows return, the weather was glorious and the colourful sunset all added to what was one of the most amazing Return of the Swallows sightings we have ever experienced.
People flocked to the site armed with picnics, chairs and binoculars from late afternoon and sat in wait for the Barn Swallow arrival and they weren’t disappointed.
The Barn Swallows arrived in full mass thrilling the onlookers at sunset, they performed their evening display and at 6.35pm they descended into the Lake Victoria reedbed roost and the skies were empty.
By Angie Wilken
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 Sat 8 Nov 2014  An overcast afternoon with dark cloud bank along Western skyline, very strong northeasterly wind, the Barn Swallows began arriving 6.45pm and gave an awesome display, binoculars added the ‘Wow’ factor. Skies clear 6.31pm
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