April 2016

BARN SWALLOW SEASON NOW CLOSED – REVISIT END OCTOBER 2016

Tuesday 12 April 2016 – Another hot and humid day with strong Southerly wind, a bit of colour as the sunset, cloud bank forming along Western skyline. A handful of Barn Swallows sighted 5.30pm and nothing until 6.47pm when less than 80 Swallows arrived and were immediately hunted by a Sparrow Hawk, not even a 2 minute show and then to bed.
Barn Swallow season has now ended and the viewing site closed – please revisit November 2016
Barn Swallows 12 April 2016

Monday 11 April 2016 – Very hot and humid day, strong Northerly wind, smokey/dreamy sunset. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.05pm, a distinct flock surveying the area until the mass arrived 5.44pm, nice overhead arrivals, right and left sky displays, a bird of prey arrived to shake things up briefly, numbers slightly reduced from last night but very entertaining to watch. Skies clear 5.55pm
Barn Swallows 11 April 2016

Sunday 10 April 2016 – Beautiful day, hot with Northerly breeze, bright, hazy sky at sunset with a tinge of colour. First Barn Swallows sighted just before 5pm, mass arrivals and displays 5.42pm all of a sudden they all appeared from nowhere, awesome numbers and displays, spectacular, preference for overhead and left sky. Skies clear 5.56pm
Barn Swallows 10 April 2016

Saturday 9 April 2016 – Lovely day with Northeasterly breeze with cloud bank along Western skyline, bright. First Barn Swallows sighted just before 5pm, very few and far between until 5.42pm when they arrived in mass from every direction, awesome numbers, spectacular displays, a bird of prey came in and left with supper disturbing the mass. The Barn Swallows then displayed at high altitude and plummeted to bed from there. Skies clear 5.57pm with late land surfers a few minutes later
Barn Swallows 9 April 2016

Friday 8 April 2016 – Lovely day, cool Northeasterly breeze, patchy sky at Barn Swallow viewing time. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.15pm feeding to the right of the viewing site, mass displays 5.40pm arrivals in full song and number, mind blowing numbers everywhere, brilliantly spectacular, awesome beyond words. Skies clear 5.56pm
Barn Swallows 8 April 2016

Thursday 7 April 2016 – Cold wind, strong Southerly wind at Barn Swallow viewing time, patchy sky. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.15pm with mass displays right sky (for a change), we still have big numbers. Awesome overhead displays and some land surfers at waist height over the viewing site. Skies clear 5.55pm.

Wednesday 6 April 2016 – A mixed day of every sort of weather, rain, sun then more rain and is very cold outside, looks like more rain. Barn swallows still here as they made their arrival to the Lake Victoria viewing site over my house 5pm. No Swallow viewing duty this evening, not pleasant at all outside.
NOTE: The sound of the Barn Swallows this morning was awesome

Tuesday 5 April 2016 – Overcast the entire day with about 5 spots of rain, strong Southwesterly wind, dark at Barn Swallow viewing time, first evening I have had to put a jersey on, much cooler. First Barn Swallows arrived 5pm with mass numbers and displays 5.20pm, binoculars needed, some nice overhead arrivals, brilliant numbers, a tinge of colour in a small area as the sunset. Skies clear 5.50pm.
Barn Swallows 5 April 2016

Monday 4 April 2016 – Very hot and humid day, strong Northerly wind, partly overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time, hazy, very interesting sunset. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.14pm with mass displays 5.36pm, binoculars needed and then more arrived with really nice overhead, close mass displays, mind blowing numbers where ever you looked, truly spectacular, the Barn Swallows more vocal in song, beautiful. Skies clear 6pm
Barn Swallows 4 April 2016

Sunday 3 April 2016 – Overcast the entire day with a brief shower at 3pm, very dark at Barn Swallow viewing time and looks like more rain, virtually no wind, much cooler. No Swallow watching this evening.

Saturday 2 April 2016 – Overcast and much cooler today, dark at Barn Swallow viewing time, light Westerly breeze, a few spots of rain. First Barn Swallows arrived 5.10pm with mass displays 5.30pm, visibility poor, binoculars needed, nice numbers very vocal. Skies clear 5.56pm
Barn Swallows 2 April 2016

Friday 1 April 2016 – Extremely hot 33C and humid day, magnificent sunset, clouding over, no wind to start with, hazy. First Barn Swallows arrived 5.32pm with larger numbers 5.43pm all hugging adjacent skyline preferring lower valley as a buster (strong Southwesterly) came pumping through, binoculars needed, weather changing quickly, Barn Swallows massed and rushed to the reedbed where it appeared that some scrambling for position took place. A fish eagle sighted in skyward display, nice numbers. Skies clear 6.02pm
Sunset at Barn Swallow viewing site 1 April 2016

March 2016

Thursday 31 March 2016 – Very hot and humid day, fully overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time, visibility hazy, light Southerly breeze. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.17pm with mass displays from 6.38pm preferring left sky and lower altitudes, Binoculars needed, nice numbers, some low overhead arrivals. Skies clear 6.01pm as skies darkened quickly.
Barn Swallows 31 March 2016

Wednesday 30 March 2016 – Very hot and humid, virtually no wind classic clear sky with colourful sunset at Barn Swallow viewing time. Due to bright conditions the first Barn Swallows arrived 5.54pm with mass displays 6.01pm, some nice over head displays and low flyers thrilling spectators, Binoculars needed for mass display along Western skyline, nice numbers. Skies clear 6.11pm
Barn Swallows 30 March 2016

Tuesday 29 March 2016 – Hot and humid day with Northeasterly wind – I had an important meeting to attend so was absent from Barn Swallow viewing this evening.

Monday 28 March 2016 – Hot and humid day clouding over mid afternoon to fully overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time, hazy, not the best visibility. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.02pm, few and far between until 5.52pm, nice flock formation and displays, left sky preferred, binoculars needed, some nice overhead arrivals thrilling spectators, a bit short, skies clear 6.04pm with one wave of land surfers going straight to roost.
Barn Swallows 28 March 2016

Easter Sunday 27 March 2016 – Extremely hot and humid day, Southerly wind at Barn Swallow viewing time, colourful sunset, not a cloud in sight. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.14pm with mass arrivals and displays 5.56pm, awesome numbers, spectacular display, left sky preferred, brilliant viewing with or without binoculars. Skies clear 6.15pm
Barn Swallows 27 March 2016

Saturday 26 March 2016 – Very hot and humid day, slight cloud bank forming along Western skyline as the sunset, bright, no wind, colourful picturesque sunset. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.37pm mid sky, few and far between until 6.05pm, mind blowing numbers arrived and were the most vocal I have heard so far this season, the entire sky became alive with Barn Swallow movement were ever you looked, spectacular beyond words, binoculars revealed even more, spectators had a feast of Barn Swallow action, low flyers arriving over their heads and uncountable numbers. Skies clear 6.17pm with late arrivals surfing the landscape going straight to roost.
Barn Swallows 26 March 2016

Good Friday 25 March 2016 – Hot and humid day with strong Northeasterly wind, cloud bank along Western skyline at Barn Swallow viewing time, bright, classic sunset. First Barn Swallows sighted 5,20pm with mass arrivals and displays 5.40pm, awesome numbers, incredible displays, binoculars added the WOW factor, uncountable. Mixed altitude displays and some brief overhead low flyers, spectacular. Skies clear 6.15pm and at 5.20pm a late low flying flock went straight to roost.
Barn Swallows 25 March 2016

Thursday 24 March 2016 – Lovely day clouding over with a storm approaching, sky wild with form and colour as the sunset. First Barn Swallows arrived 5.15pm with mass displays from 5.37pm, spectacular display, awesome numbers, binoculars needed even though there was overhead arrivals, varied altitudes, lightening flashing mid sky. Barn Swallows very impressive, highly vocal, memorable evning. Skies clear 5.58pm as the first spots of rain began to fall
Barn Swallows 24 March 2016

Wednesday 23 March 2016 – Beautiful day, sunshine with Northeasterly wind, clear sky with a few clouds, some colour in the clouds as the sunset. First Barn Swallows sighted arriving from right sky 5.42pm at normal altitude just above the hills, entire skyline full of movement, awesome numbers 6pm, binoculars needed to add the WOW factor, brilliant display, mixed altitude descent into the reedbed. Skies clear 6.19pm with late arrivals surfing the landscape for another 5 minutes.
Barn Swallows 23 March 2016

Tuesday 22 March 2016 – Overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time, a nip in the air, dark, Northerly breeze. First Barn Swallows sighted 5,24pm, arrivals at high altitude, distinct flock movements, binoculars needed, visibility poor, it started raining, bird of prey sighted. Nice numbers just before 6pm, very staggered descent into the reedbed. Skies clear 6.10pm as more rain began to fall
Barn Swallows 22 March 2016

Monday 21 March 2016 – Human Rights Day – Overcast with rain from mid afternoon, raining at Barn Swallow viewing time, light Southwesterly wind, cooler temperatures, no Swallow watching this evening

Sunday 20 March 2016 – Palm Sunday – Overcast all day with Southerly breeze, humid and warm, dark at Barn Swallow viewing time, started spotting with rain. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.05pm with larger flocks 5.50pm at varied altitudes, binoculars needed, distinct flock movement, left sky preferred, watchable, no unified full mass display. Skies clear 6.05pm as the rain began to fall.
Barn Swallows 20 March 2016

Saturday 19 March 2016 – Overcast the entire day with Southwesterly wind, dark at Barn Swallow viewing time. First Barn Swallow flock arrived 5,04pm with large numbers from 5,30pm, binoculars needed visibility poor. Nice flock displays over viewing site and left sky, variable altitudes, Bird of prey made an early brief appearance. Some nice low flying over spectator heads. Skies clear 6.08pm. Very entertaining, not easy to get photo this evening
Barn Swallows 19 March 2016

Friday 18 March 2016 – Very hot and humid day, clear sunset, Northerly wind. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.28pm with larger numbers 6.10pm, distinct flock arrivals and displays all at high altitude, brief displays then plummeting into the reedbed, binoculars needed, not sure if the presence of a raptor is forcing the Barn Swallows to display so high. Skies clear 6.27pm, No uniformed mass display. Very vocal.
Note: A lot of planes came in (much more than usual), long weekend and school holidays
Barn Swallows 18 March 2016

Thursday 17 March 2016 – Hectic storm and rain in the night, very hot and humid day, partially cloudy at Barn Swallow viewing time, a bit of colour at sunset, light Northerly wind. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.20pm with mass arrivals 6.17pm, distinct flock movement, numbers somewhat reduced from previous days, very watchable, binoculars needed, High altitude flying, a rapture came in hunting, some nice displays above viewing site. Skies clear 6.26pm
Barn Swallows 17 March 2016

Wednesday 16 March 2016 – Heavy rain and lightening last night, everything very wet today, overcast, dark at Barn Swallow viewing time, looks like more rain, Northerly wind, darkening quickly, no Barn Swallow viewing this evening. Huge numbers of Swallows hovering over my house 5.30pm chirping excitedly.

Tuesday 15 March 2016 – Hot and humid day, easterly wind, fully overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time. First Barn Swallows arrived 5.28pm with mass displays 6.10pm, arrivals from every direction preferring left sky and higher altitudes central sky, binoculars needed to see the awesome numbers, some nice overhead arrivals, very vocal. Skies clear 6.23pm
Barn Swallows 15 March 2016

Monday 14 March 2016 – The sound of the Barn Swallows this morning 5.50am was amazing. Fine rain on and off most of the day, light Southerly breeze, raining now at Barn Swallow viewing time, no Swallow watching this evening

Sunday 13 March 2016 – Very hot and humid day, gale force Southwesterly winds at Barn Swallow viewing time, overcast. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.01pm then a small flock kept spectators very entertained with very close overhead displays. Numbers continued to grow and by 5.50pm there were mixed height displays and even ground huggers flying through the spectators. A falcon arrived and kept the mass flocks apart, binoculars needed. Awesome numbers and displays. Skies clear 6.20pm
Barn Swallows 13 March 2016

Saturday 12 March 2015 – Hot and humid day clouding over at Barn Swallow viewing time, Northerly wind. First Barn Swallows sighted 5,02pm, few and far between until 6.12pm, mass arrivals and displays at high altitude, binoculars needed. uncountable, incredible numbers. Two birds of prey came hunting in amongst. Skies clear 6.27pm
Barn Swallows 12 March 2016

Friday 11 March 2016 – Patchy sky with squalls of fine rain at Swallow viewing time. I was betwixt and between as to whether or not to go, I went up to the viewing site, gray backdrop, Westerly wind, First Barn Swallows sighted 5.45pm with mass displays 6.10pm at high altitude, low flyers arrived to boost numbers even further, very vocal, binoculars needed, Awesome numbers. Skies clear 6.33pm
Barn Swallows 11 March 2016

Thursday 10 March 2016 – Partly cloudy day with the odd spot of rain, light Northerly wind, cooler, interesting sunset. Barn Swallows began arriving 5.50pm and were incredibly vocal, numbers grew to full mass 6.18pm, awesome numbers, migration has begun, Barn Swallows filled the entire vista at every altitude, this is what you need to come and see. Barn Swallows in full mass. Skies clear 6.34pm
Barn Swallows 10 March 2016

Wednesday 9 March 2016 – Rain, rain and more rain, so pleased, we really need it, so nice to see puddles everywhere, light Southerly wind, cooler, raining at Swallow time. No Barn Swallow viewing this evening.

Tuesday 8 march 2016 – Rain most of the day and cooler temperatures. light Southerly breeze, raining at Barn Swallow viewing time, no Swallow watching this evening.

Monday 7 March 2016 – Sweltering hot 38C with humidity, never been so hot! Clouded over at Barn Swallow viewing time with lightening flashing along Western skyline. Light Easterly breeze. A late arrival from the Barn Swallows at 6.21pm and right down in the lower valley, binoculars needed, no sky display at all by 6.27pm they were all in the reedbed with a few land surfers arriving for the next 5 minutes. Too dark for photos. Disappointing for spectators.

Sunday 6 March 2016 – Another extremely hot and humid day with strong Northeasterly breeze at Barn Swallow viewing time. A cloud bank forming along Western skyline with some colour in the clouds at sunset. First Barn Swallows arrived 5.50pm with mass displays 6.20pm, nice numbers, binoculars needed, some overhead arrivals, very watchable. Majority in the reedbed 6.32pm with late arrivals going straight to roost for another 8 minutes.
Barn Swallows 6 March 2016

Saturday 5 March 2016 – Non stop to this intense heat and humidity, strong Northeasterly wind switching during Barn Swallow viewing to light Westerly, cloud bank approaching. First Barn Swallows arrived 6.09pm with mass displays 6.24pm, really nice, overhead and left skies, numbers good. Skies clear 6.25pm with 4 minutes of late arrivals
Barn Swallows 5 March 2016

Friday 4 March 2016 – Another sweltering hot day, the heat now relentless, partially cloudy at Barn Swallow time, virtually no wind. First Barn Swallows arrived 6.24pm and in lower valley, numbers somewhat reduced, watchable, binoculars needed, a very brief appearance above the skyline and then to bed, disappointing for spectators. Some late arrivals surfing the landscape straight to roost. skies clear 6.32pm with 5 minutes of late comers.
Barn Swallows 4 March 2016

Thursday 3 March 2016 – Extremely hot and humid day, clouding over at Barn Swallow viewing time, virtually no wind, hazy. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.05pm with mass displays 6.15pm preferring left sky and lower landscape, binoculars needed, Barn Swallows slightly more vocal this evening. Skies clear 6.36pm with a few late arrivals for another 6 minutes

Barn Swallows 3 March 2016

Wednesday 2 March 2015 – Another very hot and humid day, fully overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time, Southwesterly breeze just starting. Visibility poor, binoculars needed, first Barn Swallow flocks arrived 6.10pm, left sky and lower landscape, displayed briefly and were all in the reedbed 6.25pm, dark. A few more arrived hugging the landscape and straight to roost for another 10 minutes
Barn Swallows 2 March 2016

Tuesday 1 March 2016 – Very hot and humid day, partially overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time, light Northerly breeze. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.56pm with large numbers 6.30pm left sky, lower landscape and centre right sky, binoculars needed, a few arrivals overhead, nice numbers. Short and sweet display with bulk in the reedbed 6.40pm and late arrivals for another 6 minutes
Barn Swallows 1 March 2016

February 2016

Monday 29 Feb 2016 – Hot and humid day with Northeasterly wind, fully overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time, a bit of colour as the sunset. First Barn Swallows arrived 5.56pm with dense numbers left sky and lower landscape, arrivals from all directions and some nice up-close overhead fly-bys, binoculars needed, really nice numbers. Majority in the reedbed 6.35pm with constant stream of arrivals from right sky until skies clear 6.41pm
Barn Swallows 29 Feb 2016

Sunday 28 Feb 2016 – Fully overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time with light Northerly breeze. First Barn Swallows arrived 5.54pm with larger numbers and displays 6.23pm preferring left sky and landscape, binoculars needed, first hint of chirp ( sign of migration to begin). Skies clear 6.29pm with late arrivals going straight to roost until skies clear 6.36pm.
Barn Swallows 28 Feb 2016

Saturday 27 Feb 2016 – Severe storm last night but very little rain. Cooler and fully overcast, light Westerly wind at Barn Swallow viewing time. First Barn Swallows arrived 5,55pm preferring left, central skies and lower landscape, binoculars needed, nice numbers, sky darkened quickly. Skies clear 6.35pm
Barn Swallows 27 Feb 2016

Friday 26 February 2016 – Very hot and humid day, weather changing at Barn Swallow viewing time, clouds and lightening approaching from Southwest, darkening quickly. First Barn Swallows arrived 6.12pm with constant arrivals thereafter, lower valley preferred with brief mass displays above the hills, binoculars needed. Majority in the reedbed 6.36pm with small flocks arriving from right sky and going straight to roost until skies clear 6.40pm, 5 minutes later strong Southwesterly started with storm approaching.
Barn Swallows 26 Feb 2016

Thursday 25 February 2016 – Another extremely hot and humid day, virtually no wind, very hazy at Barn Swallow time. First Barn Swallows arrived 6.26pm with constant arrivals thereafter, binoculars needed, one large flock display and in the reedbed 6.40pm, constant arrivals from right sky for another 10 minutes until skies clear 6.50pm. Really good numbers but not displaying in full mass. Too dark and hazy for photos.

Wednesday 24 February 2016 – A baking hot and humid day,hardly any wind at Barn Swallow viewing time, hazy, picturesque sunset. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.10pm with mass arrivals 6.28pm, they displayed and went to roost in large flock formations but not as one big mass, awesome numbers, binoculars needed, majority in the reedbed 6.43pm with constant arrivals going straight to roost until 6.55pm.
NOTE: The migration has not begun as yet, the Barn Swallows are not vocal currently, as soon as they are I will change the colour of text again
Barn Swallows 24 Feb 2016

Tuesday 23 February 2016 – Very hot and humid day, light Northerly breeze, hazy at Barn Swallow viewing time. A few Barn Swallows around with mass arrivals 6.23pm from every direction, some nice over head, preference for left sky and lower landscape, awesome numbers, binoculars needed. Majority in the reedbed 6.40pm with constant arrivals until skies clear 6.53pm.
Barn Swallows 23 Feb 2016

Monday 22 February 2016 – Overcast, hot and humid day, light Easterly breeze, dark at Barn Swallow viewing time. First Barn Swallows began their arrival at 5.54pm, really awesome numbers, binoculars needed against dark backdrop. They displayed at mixed altitudes preferring a heightened descend into the reedbed, some nice overhead arrivals. skies clear 6.43pm
Barn Swallows 22 Feb 2016

Sunday 21 February 2016 – Very hot and humid day fully overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time, virtually no wind. First Barn Swallows sighted 6,05 pm with mass arrivals 6.18pm, awesome numbers, binoculars needed, some nice overhead fly overs, main display somewhat at higher altitude than normal, skies darkened quickly, mass numbers in the reedbed 6.38pm with late arrivals going straight to roost until skies clear 6.53pm
Barn Swallows 21 Feb 2016

Saturday 20 February 2016 – 3 thunder storms! 7am, 4pm and one approaching as swallow watching began. Overcast sky with a lightness along Western skyline, strong Southerly wind ( from a baking morning we are now wearing jackets), cold. First Barn Swallows arrived 5.20pm with mass displays from 6pm, arrivals from every direction, some nice overhead and low flyers, Awesome numbers, binoculars needed, uncountable. Skies clear 6.38pm then they rose again for encore, skies clear 6.46pm
Barn Swallows 20 Feb 2016

Friday 19 February 2016 – A cooking hot day 35°C, felt like a sauna with the humidity, light Northerly breeze, partially overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time, a tinge of colour as the sunset. First Barn Swallows arrived 6,16pm with constant arrivals thereafter, awesome, mind blowing numbers everywhere you looked, uncountable. Skies clear 6,53pm
Barn Swallows 19 Feb 2016

Thursday 18 February 2016 – Rained on and off most of the day with Southerly wind. Very dark at Barn Swallow viewing time. From 6pm the skies were a mass of movement, mind blowing numbers of Barn Swallows arrived, so pleased they have returned, Skies clear 6.52pm, NOW IS THE TIME TO COME AND SEE MASS DISPLAYS
Barn Swallows 18 Feb 2016

Wednesday 17 February 2016 – Fine rain throughout last night and this morning, fully overcast the entire day, light Southerly wind. Started raining again (which we so desperately need) just before Barn Swallow viewing time. No Swallow watching this evening.
NOTE: Barn Swallows sitting on telephone wires this morning all the way up the entrance dirt road, nice to see so many

Tuesday 16 Feb 2016 – Overcast the entire day with rain from 3pm, Southerly wind. No Swallow watching this evening

Monday 15 February 2016 – Radical storm last night but just a splatter of rain past 2 nights and looks like rain this evening, dark, westerly wind, hot and humid. First Barn Swallows arrived 6.15pm, small numbers, binoculars needed and then at 6.35pm thousands arrived and were very vocal, a brief 2 minute show along the entire skyline then lots of activity on the reedbed. some individual late arrivals surfing the landscape and straight to roost. skies clear 6.48pm. Really pleased with the growing numbers
Barn swallows 15 Feb 2015

Sunday 14 February 2016 – Valentines Day – Baking heat and humidity all day, fully overcast (dark) with possibility of storm approaching, Southwesterly wind. First Barn Swallows and swifts arrived 5.15pm. Small flock displays lower valley over the reedbed, binoculars needed against hazy backdrop, brief display above skyline 6.20pm, numbers much better than last night but still small. Skies clear 6.43pm
Barn Swallows 14 Feb 2016

Saturday 13 February 2016 – Another cooking hot and humid day with Northeasterly wind, clouding over at Barn Swallow viewing time, pretty sunset. Small flock of Barn Swallows arrived 6.30pm, binoculars needed, concentrated in the lower valley and only briefly displaying above opposite hills, more arrived from right sky and on arrival went straight to roost. Skies clear 6.48pm. Numbers small but best we’ve seen in past 7 days.
Barn Swallows 13 Feb 2016

Friday 12 February 2016 – Hot and humid with strong Northeasterly wind, clear sky at Barn Swallow viewing time, classic sunset. Only a handful of Barn Swallows seen arriving and 6.55pm lots of bats. We need rain!

Thursday 11 February 2016 – Very hot and humid day, a switch in wind direction to Easterly, clouding over at Barn Swallow viewing time. To my surprise a tiny flock of Barn Swallows arrived, right sky 6pm, binoculars needed. A brief overhead fly over and then some activity over the top of the Lake Victoria reedbed 6.45pm, very small numbers but I am encouraged at the sighting after no arrivals for the previous 2 evenings

Wednesday 10 February 2016 – Another very hot and humid day with Southerly breeze, patchy clouds at Barn Swallow viewing time. Repeat of last night, not one Barn Swallow arrived this evening. I watched until 7.05pm. I will continue to monitor for the next few weeks.

Tuesday 9 February 2016 – Very hot and humid day with Southerly breeze, patchy clouds at Barn Swallow viewing time. It saddens me to say this but not one Barn Swallow arrived this evening. I will continue to monitor for the next few weeks.

Monday 8 February 2016 – Hot and humid day, Southerly wind, patchy sky at Barn Swallow viewing, the wind had a chill to it. Nothing to see until 6.43pm with a tiny flock lower left valley, binoculars needed, some movement on top of the reedbed, very brief skyline display ( 2minutes). skies clear 6.55pm, very disappointing for spectators, no chance of any photo this evening.

Sunday 7 February 2016 – Another hot and humid day with strong Southerly breeze, interesting sky with patchy clouds at Barn Swallow viewing time, picturesque sunset. A few spots of rain (30 seconds) 6.44pm and with that a tiny flock of Barn Swallows arrived, gave a 3 minute display and went to roost, very small numbers. There was small movement on the reedbed for another 10 minutes, binoculars needed, very disappointing for spectators. Went need heavy rain fall
Barn Swallows 7 February 2016

Saturday 6 February 2016 – We experienced a 3.1 earth tremor 11.00am (very unusual). Very hot and humid day cooling down at Barn Swallow time, Southerly breeze, patchy sky. A few Barn Swallows seen right sky from 6.10pm and then a tiny flock display centre left sky arrived 6.48pm, they displayed for a brief 3minutes and descended into the reedbed, binoculars needed, very disappointing, spectators really upset at the virtual no show. I have phoned the farmer as it look like crop spraying of some sort has occurred opposite the reedbed. The extreme heat and lack of decent rain are also to noted.
Barn Swallows 6 feb 2016

Friday 5 February 2016 – Patchy sky at Barn swallow viewing time, strong Southwesterly wind, slight nip in the air, interesting sunset. A small flock of Barn Swallows made a 3 minute appearance 6.46pm and went straight to roost, a few single arrivals skimmed the surrounding vegetation and went straight to roost and to my astonishment that was all we saw. What happened? Is it that there has been heavy rain south of us and they headed there? Very disappointing for spectators.
NOTE: We had less than 3mm of rain the past 2 days.

Thursday 4 February 2016 – Windy day , hot with rain every now and them, Southerly wind, Raining at Barn Swallow viewing time – No Barn Swallow watching this evening

Wednesday 3 February 2016 – Extremely hot and humid day clouding over 4pm with thunder, lightening and mild rain, light Southerly wind. No Swallow watching this evening
Out and about earlier Barn Swallows seen sitting on wires, typical pre-migratory behavior. Very little rain
Barn Swallow 3 February 2016

Tuesday 2 February 2016 – Another boiling hot and humid day, strong Northerly wind, not a cloud in sight at Barn Swallow time, first clear sky in quite a while. First Barn Swallows arrived 6.11pm with large numbers 6.34pm, visibility excellent, really enjoyable display with majority in the reedbed 6.52pm. Constant stream of arrivals from right sky until skies clear 7.10pm
Barn Swallows 2 February 2016

Monday 1 February 2016 – Very hot and humid day clouding over late afternoon, light Northerly wind. First Barn Swallows arrived 6.11pm with individual flock arrivals and brief displays 6.35pm, moments of brilliance but very short lived, a lot of action over the reedbed, binoculars needed. Majority in the reedbed 6.48pm with constant stream of arrivals from right sky until skies clear 6.59pm. Fish eagle graced us with its presence and call
Barn Swallows 1 February 2016

January 2016

Sunday 31 January 2016 – The heat and humidity continue to pound us, light Northeasterly wind, fully overcast at Barn Swallow time. First Barn Swallow Flock arrival left sky 6.32pm with a central and skyline display 10 minutes later, binoculars needed, brief display then into the reedbed 6.46pm with constant stream of arrivals from right sky going straight to roost on arrival. Skies clear 6.57pm
Barn Swallows 31 January 2016

Saturday 30 January 2016 – Another extremely hot and humid day fully over cast at Barn Swallow viewing time, light Northerly breeze. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.11pm with mass displays from 6.34pm, awesome numbers, binoculars needed, entire skyline and reedbed busy with Barn Swallow movement. Majority in the reedbed 6.58pm only to rise again after being disturbed by a preying white chested snake eagle. Skies clear 7.03pm
Barn Swallows 30 January 2016

Friday 29 January 2016 – Extremely hot and humid day, very dark cloud bank along western skyline, no wind, bright. It was a late arrival for the Barn Swallows 6.48pm, binoculars needed against hazy backdrop, nice numbers, short and sweet display. Skies clear 7pm.

Thursday 28 January 2016 – Another very hot and humid day, fully overcast at Barn Swallow time with Southerly wind. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.12pm numbers grew slowly until full mass at 6.36pm, very nice over head mass display (not often seen), awesome numbers in the valley, awesome display, rain approaching. Skies clear 6.57pm
Barn Swallows 28 January 2016

Wednesday 27 January 2016 – Very hot and humid day, fully overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time, a lot of haze across the vista, strong Easterly wind. Main Barn Swallow numbers began arriving 6.38pm, activity in the entire valley some brief overhead fly overs, binoculars needed, a touch of colour in left sky as the sunset, nice numbers. Skies clear 6.59pm, some flashes of lightening in the distance.
Barn Swallows 27 January 2016

Tuesday 26 January 2016 – Some rain last night and this morning. Patchy sky at Barn Swallow viewing time, light Easterly breeze, some colour at sunset time. First flock of Barn Swallows sighted 6.35pm and numbers grew rapidly, binoculars needed, some brief overhead and close front fly overs, varied altitudes with preference for colourful clouds. Skies clear 6.56pm with late arrivals for 6 more minutes from right sky.
Barn Swallows 26 January 2016

Monday 25 January 2016 – Some rain last night and the Barn Swallows were sitting on the telephone wires this morning (pre-migratory behavior). Southwesterly wind at Barn Swallow viewing time with gray clouds approaching. First Barn Swallows arrived 6.10pm with mass displays from 6.20pm, awesome numbers, some nice overhead displays, binoculars needed as sky darkened, spots of rain began to fall 6.55pm and at 6.58pm skies clear of Barn Swallows.
Barn Swallows 25 January 2016

Sunday 24 January 2016 – Cooking hot and humid day clouding over 3pm with 5 minutes of rain 3,30pm. At Barn Swallow viewing time a cooler Westerly wind began to blow, some pink as the sunset and very dark rain clouds to the right. Barn Swallow flocks began their arrival 6.32pm and arrive they did! Awesome displays overhead and in front of pink sky, constant arrivals from right sky, binoculars needed, nice mass displays, a lot of action over the reedbed. Skies clear 6.58pm with late arrivals surfing the landscape straight to roost.
Barn Swallows 24 January 2016

Saturday 23 January 2016 – Very hot and humid day clouding over mid afternoon, fully overcast (paler gray than previous 4 evenings) at Barn Swallow viewing time, Northerly wind. First Barn Swallow flock sighted left sky 6.20pm, binoculars needed, 3 birds of prey present, more Barn Swallows arrived central sky, nice numbers and display. One bird of prey dived into the reedbed and captured supper, all bedded Barn Swallows rose and mass displayed, awesome. Majority back in the reedbed 6.57pm with constant stream of arrivals from right sky going straight to roost on arrival. Skies clear 7.05pm
Barn Swallows 23 January 2016

Friday 22 January 2016 – Very hot and humid, Northerly wind, fully overcast at Barn Swallow time. Same pattern as previous 3 evenings. First Barn Swallows sighted 6,20 with first flock 6.31pm left sky, performed briefly and went to roost. Central flock ( nicer numbers) arrived central sky performed briefly and went to roost. Constant stream from right sky from 6.52pm until skies clear 7.02pm. Binoculars needed, no unified mass display.
Barn Swallows 22 January 2016

Thursday 21 January 2016 – Very hot and humid day, fully overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time, Northerly wind. Same pattern and arrival as previous 2 evenings, very disappointing, Barn Swallows arriving and going straight to roost on arrival, no mass display, binoculars needed, Skies clear 7.02pm. Too dark for photos.
Note: Barbara Geiger and cameraman Karsten Bartel arrived on site to document the Barn Swallows for documentary and play write, they are from Berlin, Germany. I was interviewed.

Wednesday 20 January 2016 – Another hot and humid day with patchy sky, fully overcast at Barn Swallow time, cooler with Northerly wind. First Barn Swallow sighted 6.20pm left sky, distinct flock arrival, briefly displaying, a central flock arrived, these went down to roost early 6.40pm and then a constant stream of arrivals from right sky and on arrival just diving straight into the reedbed, no mass display, binoculars needed, disappointing for spectators. Constant stream ended 7.05pm with even later arrivals just surfing the landscape and straight to roost.
Barn Swallows 20 January 2016

Tuesday 19 January 2016 – Very hot and humid day clouding over at Barn Swallow viewing time, some nice God-rays along Western skyline, light Northerly breeze. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.36pm, numbers grew quickly in left sky and lower landscape only briefly displaying randomly above the hills, binoculars needed, spectators without would have been disappointed. Another flock arrived central sky, very briefly visable and then constant stream from right sky arriving and straight to roost, no mass display this evening. Skies clear 7.04pm
Barn Swallows 19 January 2016

Monday 18 January 2016 – Fully overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time with Northerly breeze, a sky of varying grays. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.29pm with movement along opposite hill tops then a central column formed, more arrived from Left and right skies, binoculars needed, nice numbers, distinct flock movements. The bulk of the Barn Swallows were in the reedbed 6.50pm with a constant stream of arrivals from right sky going straight to roost, skies clear 7.09pm
Barn Swallows 18 January 2016

Sunday 17 January 2016 – Dark and overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time, no wind and a chill in the air. First Barn Swallows arrived 6.29pm with larger numbers 6,40pm, distinct flock movement and displays, a column of Barn Swallows formed centre sky and descended into the reedbed, same from right and left skies, binoculars needed, no unified mass display, flock arrival brief and disappeared/dropped into the reedbed. Disappointing. Skies clear 6.48pm with late arrivals of Barn Swallows (8 minutes) surfing the landscape and diving into the reedbed.
Barn Swallows 17 January 2016

Saturday 16 January 2016 – Overcast the entire day, dark at Barn Swallow viewing time with Southerly breeze. First Barn Swallows sighted with mass displays and awesome numbers 6.13pm, binoculars needed, mixed altitude displays and reedbed, very interesting and entertaining display. Majority in the reedbed 6.48pm with constant arrivals from right sky until skies clear 6.50pm.
Barn Swallows 16 January 2016

Friday 15 January 2016 – Dark with squalls of heavy rain since 1.30pm, Southerly wind. No Barn Swallow viewing this evening

Thursday 14 January 2016 – Extremely hot and humid day clouding over partially just before the Barn Swallows began their arrival 6.31pm, no wind. Incredible numbers arrived, totally awesome, mind blowing displays with the sky filled with Barn Swallow movement at all altitudes and nice overhead fly overs. Best Barn Swallow display seen in quite a while, spectators were thrilled at the spectacular display. Skies clear 7.11pm
Barn Swallows 14 January 2016

Wednesday 13 January 2016 – Very hot and humid day clouding over late afternoon, fully overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time, light Northerly breeze dropping to no wind. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.21pm with mass numbers and displays 6.38pm, binoculars needed, viability poor due darker skies. The Barn Swallows arrived from every direction with some nice overhead arrivals. Skies clear 7.06pm. Too dark for photos

Tuesday 12 January 2016 – Overcast the entire day, a few spots of rain on departure to the Barn Swallow viewing site, light Northerly breeze, a chill in the air, dark. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.35pm with mass displays 5.50pm, at first the left sky was preferred and then centre. It began to rain 6.20pm and the numbers increase more, awesome display. Skies clear 6.38pm
Barn Swallows 12 January 2016

Monday 11 January 2016 – Very dark at Barn Swallow viewing time with spots of rain, light Northerly wind, no Barn Swallow viewing this evening

Sunday 10 January 2016 – Overcast and cooler the entire day, light Northerly breeze. A few Barn Swallows around from 5.20pm and 2 Fish eagles calling from the lower valley. More Barn Swallows arrived 6.18pm with mass displays, nice numbers, binoculars needed. Skies went quiet 6.40pm and were busy again 6.56pm until skies clear 7.11pm. Too dark for photos this evening

Saturday 9 January 2016 – Fully overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time, Northerly wind, much cooler. First Barn Swallow arrivals 6.10pm, the rain began to fall, mass Barn Swallow  displays 6.20pm, the rain stopped. Incredible numbers, binoculars needed, some more rain and skies clear of Barn Swallows 6.48pm, the rain intensified to flash flood and all the Swallows rose again enjoying the wetter conditions, absolutely awesome display. Skies clear 7.04pm. Got home drenched
Barn Swallows 9 January 2016

Friday 8 January 2016 – Overcast and cooler the entire day wind Southerly then switched to Northerly at 5,30pm the rain began to pour down, I packed up from the viewing site and came home. Pic taken 10 minutes before the rain started
Barn Swallow site 8 January 2016

Thursday 7 January 2016 – Another hot and humid day clouding over mid morning, Southerly wind quite strong at Barn Swallow viewing time with a few spots of rain. First Barn Swallows arrived 5.50pm due to cooler, darker skies, numbers grew. Displays along left and centre skies with larger numbers down in the lower valley. It appeared that they were practicing the descent into the reedbed, all rose and back and forth over the reeds then up to give a mass display 6.35pm. Skies clear 6.50pm as the rain started to fall. So pleased to see big Barn Swallow numbers again.
Barn Swallows 7 January 2016

Wednesday 6 January 2016 – Another scorching hot and humid day, Westerly wind all day clouding over at 6,05pm, storm approaching. A few sightings of swifts. Very few Barn Swallows arrived 6.52pm a few flocks arrived and literally went straight to roost, there was no mass display. Numbers a fraction of what we saw last night, very disappointing. I have never seen or experienced this before. Is this the result of the relentless heat and/or a severe storm approaching? Watched the skies until 7.25pm with no more arrivals

Tuesday 5 January 2016 – Another cooking hot and humid day, Northeasterly wind at Barn Swallow time, classic sunset. The Barn Swallows began arriving 6.45pm, really nice display, a lot down in lower landscape with good visibility of upper layer. Skies clear 6.10pm with constant stream of arrivals from right sky for another 10 minutes just going straight to roost. Best display since New Years Day. Note: 7.25pm and the mosquitoes came out in force.
Barn Swallows 5 January 2016

Monday 4 January 2016 – Extremely hot and humid day, light Northeasterly breeze, clear sky at Barn Swallow viewing time 5pm, very bright. First Barn Swallows arrived 6.56pm ( very late due to heat and brighter conditions) a lot down in lower landscape, binoculars needed against valley haze. A very brief mass display and in the reedbed 7.10pm with constant stream of arrivals from right sky until skies clear 7.20pm. Note: Display very short (we need rain)
Barn Swallows 4 January 2016

Sunday 3 January 2016 – Another cooking hot and humid day, clear skies at Barn Swallow viewing time with light Northerly breeze. Because of brighter conditions the Barn Swallows only started arriving at 6,46pm, brilliant viewing against colourful sunset, binoculars revealed the ones down in the landscape, nice numbers. Majority in the reedbed 7.09pm with constant stream from right sky until 7.18pm skies clear
Barn Swallows 3 January 2016

Saturday 2 January 2016 – Extremely hot and humid day with burning sunshine, virtually no wind on arrival at the Barn Swallow viewing site 5pm, very bright with cloud patches, an interesting sunset. Very few Barn Swallows sighted 6,04pm and a few more at 6.35pm, it was 6.46pm as the skies darkened that the bulk of the Barn Swallows arrived with numbers down in the lower valley and displays along adjacent hilltop skies, binoculars needed, some nice overhead arrivals, short and sweet display. Skies clear 7.10pm
Barn Swallows 2 January 2016

Friday 1 January 2016 – Very hot and humid day clouding over 4pm light Northerly breeze dropping to no wind, thunder and 2 lightening bolts 6pm with spots of rain. Barn Swallows began arriving 6.05pm with mass displays 6.20pm, some nice overhead arrivals and mixed altitude displays, awesome numbers. Majority of Barn Swallows in bed 6.50pm with a 5 minute stream of late arrivals from right sky just dropping into the reedbed. Skies clear 7.02pm
Barn Swallows 1 January 2016

December 2015

Thursday 31 December 2015 – Extremely hot and humid day, light Northeasterly breeze, clouding over 6.10pm a bit of colour along small section of the skyline. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.15 with distinct flock arrivals and displays 6.35pm with majority down in the lower landscape briefly rising to give a mass display then retreated to the reedbed roost for the night 6.55pm, the following 10 minutes we saw constant stream of arrivals and just plummeting into the reedbed. Binoculars needed against hazy backdrop. Skies clear 7.09pm
Barn Swallows 31 December 2015

Wednesday 30 December 2015 – Very hot and humid day clouding over late afternoon, light Northeasterly breeze. First Barn Swallow arrivals sighted 6.33pm with larger numbers arriving from all directions in the valley in front of the viewing site. Distinct flock movement and nice displays, left, centre and right skies. Constant stream of arrivals final 10 minutes from right sky going straight to roost, binoculars needed against hazy backdrop people without them would have been disappointed. Skies clear 7.10pm
Barn Swallows 30 December 2015

Tuesday 29 December 2015 – Hot and humid day clouding mid afternoon, 5pm the rain came down for 10 minutes then stopped, light Northerly breeze. First Barn Swallows arrived 6.45pm and the arrival continued from there. Mass numbers and display, binoculars needed against dark gray clouds, some nice overhead fly overs. Skies clear 7.10pm
Barn Swallows 29 December 2015

Monday 28 December 2015 – Cooking hot day clouding over lunch time to patchy sky at Barn Swallow viewing time with pumping Northeasterly wind 5pm. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.21pm left sky and lower valley. Numbers continued to grow from every direction at mid and lower altitude, a spread out display with intense numbers in places. The Barn Swallows swirled through the valley this evening. Dreamy display against interesting sky. Skies clear 7.07pm
Barn Swallows 28 December 2015

Barn Swallows Sunday 27 December 2015 – Really pleasant day, warmer, clouding over with Northeasterly breeze at Barn Swallow viewing time. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.20pm with mass arrivals and displays 6.45pm, they were everywhere, good numbers, binoculars revealed true magnitude of numbers present, some nice overhead and flight through the spectators. Skies clear 7.08pm. Note: First spotted firefly this evening
Barn Swallows 27 December 2015

Barn Swallows Saturday 26 December 2015 – Rained most of the day clearing partially at Barn Swallow time, virtually no wind, cool and overcast but quite bright. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.35pm with late arrivals 6,50pm, very spread out, distinct individual flock movement, most arrivals going straight to roost with no display, constant stream from right sky final 5 minutes. Numbers reduced somewhat, watchable, binoculars needed. Skies clear 7.07pm
Barn Swallows 26 December 2015

Christmas Day – Friday 25 December 2015 – Overcast, cooler, virtually no wind, low cloud cover entire day with rain at Barn Swallow viewing time, no Barn Swallow viewing this evening. Wishing you all a very Blessed Christmas
Christmas Barn Swallows 2015

Thursday 24 December 2015 – Christmas Eve – Extreme weather with scorching temperatures and high humidity in the morning with buster Southerly wind at lunch time, pounding wind at Barn Swallow time with sky 90% overcast and cold, not pleasant at all outside. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.10pm, no real mass display, larger numbers down in lower valley and over the reedbed, many arrivals surfing the landscape and going straight to roost, binoculars needed, over very few sky displays and quick ( too fast for photos). A Marshall eagle arrived on the scene and dived into the reedbed capturing supper, This dispersed the Barn Swallows briefly as they flew off in all directions. Very staggered descent into the reedbed. Skies clear 7.05pm

Wednesday 23 December 2015 – Very hot and humid, the weather thick and overcast at Barn Swallow time with pumping Northeasterly wind, very hazy and very low cloud cover. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.45pm and very staggered arrival thereafter, distinct flock displays in right and left sky, majority of Barn Swallows down in the lower landscape, visibility poor, binoculars were needed, one brief mass central display, very staggered descent into the reedbed. Skies clear 6.52pm
Barn Swallows 23 December 2015

Tuesday 22 December 2015 – Overcast day with rain from 4pm, light Southerly wind. No Barn Swallow viewing this evening

Monday 21 December 2015 – Very hot and humid day with very strong Southerly wind and thick cloud cover at Barn Swallow viewing time, a chill in the air. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.45pm with watchable numbers 6.23pm some nice overhead displays and low flying over spectator heads. Individual flock movements and staggered descent into the reedbed, left sky preferred and lower valley, hard to see numbers present, moments of brilliance with God-rays at sunset. skies clear 6.42pm
Barn Swallows 21 December 2015

Sunday 20 December 2015 – Another hot and humid day clouding over at Barn Swallow viewing time, wind switching from Southwest to Northeast and back to Southwest. storm approaching. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.50pm with mass numbers 6.20pm, definite flock displays and staggered descent into the reedbed, late arrivals went straight to roost, some Barn Swallow flight over spectator heads, nice numbers, preferred left sky. Skies clear 6.43pmBarn Swallows 20 December 2015

Saturday 19 December 2015 – Sweltering hot and humid day, buster Southwesterly wind at Barn Swallow viewing time cooling things down, fully overcast. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.10pm with mass numbers 6.10pm, uncountable numbers at varied altitudes preferring lower valley and left sky with some nice overhead soaring on the thermals. Totally awesome display. Skies clear 6.46pm
Barn Swallows 19 December 2015

Friday 18 December 2015 – Extremely hot and humid day, bright at Barn Swallow viewing time with a cloud bank arriving along Western skyline, light Northeasterly breeze, pretty sunset. At 6.35pm mass Barn Swallows filled the skies and were visible without binoculars, incredible numbers, awesome display. Skies clear 7.03pm
Barn Swallows 18 December 2015

Thursday 17 December 2015 – Fully overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time (5pm) light Northeasterly breeze, a bit brighter than previous evenings. First Barn Swallow flock sighted 6.26pm in left sky with huge numbers flowing in along the horizon. Binoculars needed due to haze and gray cloud, amazing numbers and display. Skies clear 6.59pm
Very hard to get full mass pic due to poor light, image of early Barn Swallow arrivals
Barn Swallows 17 December 2015

Wednesday 16 December 2015 – Hot and humid day clouding over at lunch time to fully overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time, Southwesterly wind and a chill in the air. First Barn Swallows sighted 5. 20pm with mass numbers 6.09pm, binoculars needed, very hard to see against dark gray and hazy backdrop. Some nice overhead Barn Swallow flock display and then something happened that I have not seen or experienced before, The Barn Swallows came over the site only a few inches of the ground and at great speed and nice numbers. really awesome. Skies clear 6.47pm
Barn Swallows 16 December 2015

Tuesday 15 December 2015 – Fully overcast at Barn Swallow time (5pm) with light Northeasterly wind, cooler temperatures. A few Barn Swallows around on arrival at the Lake Victoria viewing site, mass numbers and displays 6.25pm, binoculars needed against dark cloud cover. Incredible numbers, flight seemed more fast paced possibly due to chill in the air, varied altitudes with preference to down in the landscape. Skies clear 7.02pm
Barn Swallows 15 December 2015

Monday 14 December 2015 – Overcast with rain from lunch time, cold, light Southwesterly wind. No Barn Swallow watching this evening

Sunday 13 December 2015 – Much cooler day, fully overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time with strong Westerly wind. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.25pm with mass numbers 5.55pm at high and very low altitudes. A sudden cloud burst and all the spectators ran for cover but the Barn Swallows performed possibly their best display this season, they streamed over the viewing site in very close proximity whilst others hovered in larger flocks just above, truly spectacular. Binoculars needed to see full compliment of Barn Swallows present. Awesome displays. Skies clear 6.48pm
Barn Swallows 13 December 2015

Saturday 12 December 2015 – Extremely hot and humid day clouding over late afternoon with a spot of rain and severe thunder storm. Barn Swallow viewing was odd first there was flock movement 5.20pm until 5,45pm and then nothing until 6,30pm with mass arrivals at high altitude, binoculars needed against very hazy backdrop. Then there were low arrivals from every direction skimming the landscape and going straight to roost as another storm approached. Skies clear 6.45pm. Too dark and hazy for photos. 7pm and the rain poured down with another thunder storm knocking out electricity for 15 hours.

Friday 11 December 2015 – Another very hot and humid day partial cloud and pretty sunset at Barn Swallow time, light Northerly breeze. Fist Barn Swallow arrivals 5.15pm, unusual considering the bright conditions, numbers continued to grow and by 6.10pm the mass Barn Swallow display was just incredible by 6.30pm it was beyond mind blowing, clearer conditions made for spectacular viewing without binoculars. Skies clear 7.03pm
Barn Swallows 11 December 2015

Barn Swallows Thursday 10 December 2015 – A very hot and humid day clouding over to very dark and hazy at Barn Swallow viewing time. First Barn Swallow arrivals 5.51pm with mass displays 8.19pm, arrival from every direction and main display somewhat higher in altitude. Binoculars needed although there were some really nice over head flock displays with some low flying over spectator heads, Awesome, incredible uncountable numbers of Barn Swallows. Skies clear 6.57pm
Barn Swallows 10 December 2015

Barn Swallows Wednesday 9 December 2015– Very hot and humid day clouding over mid afternoon with light Westerly breeze. First Barn Swallow arrivals sighted 5.55pm with mass displays 6.22pm. Incredible numbers, binoculars needed against dark sky, very nice up-close Barn Swallow flock displays with feeding through and over spectators, absolutely amazing.
Skies clear 6.58pm
Barn Swallows 9 December 2015

Tuesday 8 December 2015 – Very hot and extremely humid day, thunder and lightening with rain at Barn Swallow viewing time, no Swallow watching this evening

Monday 7 December 2015 – Very hot and humid day, Easterly breeze, fully overcast and dark at Barn Swallow viewing time. First Barn Swallows arrived 5.10pm with mass displays from then onwards. Binoculars needed, huge, mind blowing numbers, right and centre sky displays with low flying over the viewing site. A storm approaching and rain began to fall. Skies clear 6.20pm

Sunday 6 December 2015 – Rained the entire night, woke up to fine, soaking rain, as we drove out of the Mount Moreland village this morning the Barn Swallows were sitting thick on the telephone wires, lots of flying ants emerging from the ground. Rain continued the entire day and is still raining now at Barn Swallow time, so no Swallow watching this evening.
Note: The chorus of sound from frogs and insects is incredibly unbelievable

Barn Swallows 5 December 2015 – Very hot and humid day, fully overcast at Barn Swallow time. Mass arrivals and displays from 5.50pm, Binoculars needed, haze and fine rain camouflaged the Barn Swallow approach, huge numbers at varying altitudes. The wind switched from light Northerly to Southwesterly 6.34pm and we could see the rain approaching and skies darkened further. Brilliant display, Skies clear 6.48pm
Barn Swallows 5 December 2015

Friday 4 December 2015 – Hot and humid day, fully overcast and dark at Barn Swallow time with light Northerly breeze. Mass sightings from 6pm with larger numbers in lower valley and left sky, brilliant numbers, binoculars needed. At 6.46pm all the Barn Swallows had descended into the reedbed but rose again briefly for 3 minutes, possibly disturbed by something.
Barn Swallow 4 December 2015

Thursday 3 December 2015 – Hot and humid, fully overcast and dark at Barn Swallow time with a hint of a Westerly breeze. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.24pm with mass display 6.35pm. Brilliant numbers, binoculars needed against dark backdrop, Barn Swallow arrivals from every direction and at low altitude. Skies clear 6.48pm

Wednesday 2 December 2015 – Very hot and humid day, overcast with pumping Southerly wind, not pleasant outside. Barn Swallows began their arrival 6.25pm with mass number 6,30pm, most arriving at lowest altitude skimming the landscape. The mass display was also at low altitude, down in between the landscape, nice numbers. Skies clear 6,43pm. Too dark for photos.

Barn Swallows Tuesday 1 December 2015 – Very hot and humid day with pumping Northerly wind, semi overcast at Swallow viewing time transforming into colourful, dreamy sunset rich in colour. Barn Swallows began arriving 6,28pm and arrive they did, awesome numbers and easy to see against pink sunset, the left sky was preferred and then most of the skyline became active with movement and down in the lower valley, great to see mass display again, much better numbers. Bulk of Barn Swallows in bed 6.48pm with an overhead stream of last minute arrivals. Skies clear 6.56pm
Barn Swallows 1 December 2015

November 2015

Monday 30 November 2015 – A warmer day cooling down at swallow time with Northeasterly wind and overcast sky. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.32pm with larger numbers 5 minutes later. Two distinct flocks, one left sky and one over Verulam sky, most of the Barn Swallows arrived just above the reedbed hugging the landscape, binoculars needed. Some nice over and through spectator fly-byes. The 2 flocks descended into the reedbed 6.47pm with a stream of late Barn Swallow arrivals, right sky, diving straight to roost. Skies clear 6.57pm. A spot of rain on the way home
NOTE: Illegal Cell phone mast is being dismantled and removed
Barn Swallows 30 November 2015

Barn Swallows Sunday 29 November 2015 – Overcast at Swallow time with pumping Easterly wind, a chill in the air. A few Barn Swallows around with bigger numbers at 6.27pm, distinct flock arrival, a lot down in the lower valley avoiding the wind, binoculars needed against dark and hazy backdrop. Two main flock displays that descended into the reedbed 6.45pm with a constant stream of Barn Swallow arrival from the right sky diving straight into the reedbed. Skies clear 6.50pm. Difficult to get photos this evening.
NOTE: Chris Kew from Kokstad phoned to tell me big numbers of Barn Swallows have just arrived at his farm
Barn Swallows 29 November 2015

Saturday 28 November 2015 – A clear but patchy sky at swallow time which transformed into a bright pink at sunset, really beautiful, still a chill in the air, light Northerly breeze, Very few Barn Swallows seen until 6.37pm. binoculars needed as a gray cloud bank hugged the skyline, people without binoculars would have battled to see. There was a brief  and small display then all disappeared 6.50pm then a second flock arrived, displayed and then skies clear 6.57pm. Numbers have dropped considerably possibly due to the cold snap past 2 days and the erection of an illegal cell phone mast by a resident in Mount Moreland – the authorities are dealing with this.
Barn Swallows 28 November 2015

Friday 27 November 2015 – Felt like a winters day, cold. overcast with spots of rain and raining at swallow time, strong southerly wind, not pleasant at all outside. No Swallow watching this evening.
NOTE: There will be a Barn Swallow viewing insert in the January edition of the Getaway magazine

Thursday 26 November 2015 – Hot and humid day changing mid afternoon to pumping Southwesterly wind, overcast, dark looks like rain, not pleasant at all outside. No Swallow watching this evening.

Wednesday 25 November 2015 – Very hot and humid day cooling down at swallow time with Easterly wind and partial overcast sky with dark gray cloud bank along Western skyline. First Barn Swallows arrived 6.34pm with mass displays a few minutes later, arrival from every direction, binoculars needed to see full magnitude of Swallow numbers. Incredible numbers and display. Skies clear 6.54pm
Barn Swallows 25 Nov 2015

Tuesday 24 November 2015 – Dark gray clod bank along western skyline with light Northeasterly breeze, a chill in the air. A flock of swifts were the first to make an appearance and 3 minutes later 6.26pm the Barn Swallows began their arrival by 6,35pm it was mass displays. Binoculars needed to see full magnitude of numbers some nice over head fly overs, awesome display. Skies clear 6.48pm, not that easy to get photos this evening
Barn Swallows 24 Nov 2015

Monday 23 November 2015 – Perfect viewing conditions, not a cloud in the sky at Swallow time with a hint of a Southerly breeze. Classic sunset, first Barn Swallows sighted 5.50pm but few and far between until 6.26pm. Masses upon masses of Barn Swallows arrived from every direction and at mixed altitudes, thrilling for spectators. Wow, wow, wow absolutely mind blowing display with moments of sheer brilliance, has to be seen to experience the full magnitude of this truly phenomenal peak Barn Swallow display. Skies clear 6.49pm. Spectator comments were ‘best they have ever seen it!’
Barn Swallows 23 November 2015

Sunday 22 November 2015 – A clear day, warmer, no wind at swallow time, colourful sunset. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.45pm with mass numbers 6.26pm, perfect viewing of incredible numbers of swallows, spectacular beyond words. Barn Swallow feeding over and through spectators. An awesome and memorable display, uncountable numbers, the sky filled with Barn Swallow activity. Skies clear 6.48pm.
Barn Swallows 22 Nov 2015

Saturday 21 November 2015 – An over cast day with rain mid afternoon, pumping Southwesterly wind, cold, not pleasant at all outside. No Swallow watching this evening.

Friday 20 November 2015 – After a cooking hot 34C day the weather turned horrid with pounding southerly winds, dark, overcast and rain at swallow time. No Swallow watching this evening.

Barn Swallows -Thursday 19 November 2015 – A lovely day, nice to see the sunshine but clouding over mid afternoon turning cold with pumping Northeasterly wind. Fully overcast at swallow time, first arrivals sighted 5.10pm with mass numbers 5.45pm. Really nice close up and overhead Barn Swallow flock displays, uncountable numbers where ever you looked, breath taking and truly magnificent, incredibly awesome, it is not often we get such numbers so close. Skies clear 6.49pm
Note: Photographer from GO magazine on site.
Barn Swallows 19 November 2015

Wednesday 18 November 2015 – Rain most of the day with fine rain, dark, cold, light Southwesterly wind at swallow time. No Barn Swallow watching this evening.

Tuesday 17 November 2015 – Thunder storm from 2.30pm, southerly wind after very hot and humid morning. Rain would have been a wet viewing session so no Barn Swallow viewing this evening.

Barn Swallows Monday 16 Nov 2015 – Rain and cold in the morning, overcast at swallow time with light Northeasterly wind. Barn Swallows already arriving as I arrived at the viewing site 5pm and arrive they did. Masses upon masses, none stop action and some nice up-close displays and feeding over the viewing site. Uncountable numbers, the sky a moving mass, so many swallows it has to be seen to be believed. Skies clear 6.40pm.

Barn Swallows 16 Nov 2015

Sunday 15 November 2015 – Overcast with rain from midday, cold, southerly wind. Not suitable weather to go to the viewing site. Masses of swallows seen from my home. If you have never seen the peak Barn Swallow mass display, as soon as the weather clears come to the Lake Victoria viewing site from 5/ 5.30pm, numbers of swallows presently are just beyond comprehension.

Saturday 14 November 2015 – Overcast with rain the entire day, light Southerly wind, cool. Watched the skies from home as there are so many Swallows, the local residents are also in awe at the presence of the sheer volume of Barn Swallows we are seeing currently, skies busy with action from 5pm, just incredible numbers and non-stop arrivals until 6.35pm

Friday 13 November 2015 – Barn Swallows Mount Moreland – After the cooler wetter weather, on arrival at the Barn Swallow viewing site the Barn Swallows were already arriving, IT was dark, overcast with the prospect of more rain, light Southwesterly breeze. By 6pm there were masses of Barn Swallows and by 6.25pm they were where ever you looked, this is undoubtedly the most swallows seen this season so far, the display was indescribable with some really good up-close action, magical moments, totally breath-taking, had to be seen. Skies clear 6.37pm
Barn Swallows 13 November 2015

Thursday 12 November 2015 – Dark with fine rain most of the day, light southerly wind, chilly, No Swallow watching this evening.

Wednesday 11 November 2015 – Overcast and dark 3pm with thunder storm and first taste of real rain, no swallow watching this evening,

Tuesday 10 November 2015 – Cooler and fine rain, light Southerly breeze. No swallow watching this evening.

Mon 9 November 2015 – Overcast, dark, strong Southwesterly wind blowing with storm approaching – No Swallow watching this evening.

Sunday 8 November 2015 – The Return of the Swallows Season Opening – A truly beautiful day with some cloud forming along Western horizon, light Southerly breeze. Thank you to the many people and community members that came to celebrate this event with us. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.10pm with mass numbers and displays 6.25pm, some nice overhead fly overs. Skies clear 6.32pm
Return of the Swallows 8 Nov 2015

Sat 7 November 2015 – Overcast, strong and cold Southwesterly wind at swallow time. First Swallows sighted 5,44pm with larger numbers 6.10pm, it was 6,25pm when the mass numbers were seen as they were low down in the valley against the landscape and briefly rose for a brief mass gathering before disappearing into the reedbed 6,31pm.
Barn Swallows 7 Nov 2015

Fri 6 November 2015 – A bright, hot sunshine day with Northeasterly winds, hazy at Swallow time. At arrival on the viewing site the Lesser Striped swallows were busy feeding over the terrace gardens. First Barn Swallows sighted 6,10pm with mass numbers 5mins later, binoculars needed, uncountable numbers they made a few fly overs the viewing site, awesome. Skies clear 6.33pm
Barn Swallows 6 November 2015

Thursday 5 November 2015 – A slight chill in the pumping Northeasterly wind, conditions clear at swallow time with some colour at sunset. A late arrival by the swallows 6.25pm and at low altitude, hugging the landscape, a brief display with moments of brilliance and rush into the reedbed. Skies clear 6.33pm
Barn Swallows 5 November 2015

Wednesday 4 November 2015 – A clear yet blustery day with a spot of fine rain early morning clearing to sunshine, cold Northeasterly wind at swallow time, interesting sunset. The Barn Swallows made a late arrival 6.21pm at very low altitude and surfed the landscape to the reedbed skimming the grass, road and surrounding vegetation. There was a brief display above the opposite hills then all disappeared to bed 6.31pm only to rise in mass for one final brief display. Skies clear 6,35pm
Barn Swallows 4 Nov 2015

Tuesday 3 November 2015 – Weather once again not pleasant with strong, cold Southwesterly wind, dark and overcast at swallow time. No swallow watching this evening.

Mon 2 November 2015 – Gale force Southwesterly winds all day, knocked out electricity out for over 6 hours. Not pleasant at all outside. No swallow watching this evening.

1 November 2015 – Overcast and dark with thunder rumbling at swallow time after a very hot and humid day. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.10pm and from 5,50pm uncountable numbers arrived and used the westerly wind thermals over the swallow viewing site, awesome display but binoculars were needed against approaching rain. Skies clear 6.25pm. Too dark to take photos

October 2015

31 October 2015 – After an extremely hot and humid morning the strong westerly wind came up just after lunch and brought gray clouds and cooler temperatures. Dark and overcast at swallow time, a chill in the wind. First Barn Swallows began arriving 5.20pm with mass numbers 5.55pm, the swallows hugged the landscape and lower sky, binoculars were needed, brilliant numbers. Skies clear 6.20pm
Barn Swallows 31 Oct 2015

30 October 2015 – Clear skies and strong Northeasterly wind cooling things off from the 34C temperature of the day. First Barn Swallows sighted 5,24pm with mass numbers around 6pm arriving from every direction. We had a really special experience with the Barn Swallows feeding and flying over the Lake Victoria viewing site, too awesome to describe. Numbers are uncountable, more than spectacular, using binoculars just reveals more with in the valley and skies above. Skies clear 6.33pm
Barn Swallows 30 Oct 2015

29 October 2015: I went to the Lake Victoria viewing site as swallow numbers appear to be growing. Weather was a moderate to strong Northeasterly wind, a bit of colour in the sky at sunset. First Barn Swallows began arriving 5,30pm with mass displays from 6pm and what a show, what awesome numbers, where ever you looked the swallows arrived from every direction at varied altitudes, great to see them again. Totally awesome display. Skies clear 6.30pm
Barn Swallows arrive at Mount Moreland 29 Oct 2015

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