November 2018

Friday 16 November 2018 – Hot and humid day with light Easterly breeze, overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time. Skies quiet until 6.08pm when a couple of Swallows flew over the viewing site. It was only after 6.30pm that a small flock of Barn swallows arrived, first down in the landscape and then a brief display along the Western skyline, binoculars needed. Skies clear 6.42pm. This may be the sign that the mass is not far behind.

Thursday 15 November 2018 – Warmer, westerly wind switching to Easterly mid afternoon, partly overcast, dark, becoming more humid. Some Swallows flew over the viewing site 6.10pm until 6.32pm. Horizons void of any movement, still waiting for the big Barn Swallow arrival.

Wednesday 14 November 2018 – Pumping Easterly wind the entire day, a chill in the air, partly overcast. Some Swallows sighted, few and far between 5.50pm until 6.48pm, the skies were very quiet, all that can be assumed is that the first Barn Swallow arrivals have continued South with the strong winds and that the mass is yet to arrive,

Tuesday 13 November 2018 – Pumping, cold Easterly wind continued today, at the viewing site the vista was hazy and one cloud bank along the western skyline. A few Barn Swallows around from 6pm, a small flock flew at random intervals up the face of the viewing site and over our heads, all hugging the landscape, no display at all. Watched the skies until 7.50pm. Very disappointing. The Swallows seen by residents last night must have moved on with the wind.

Monday 12 November 2018 – Pumping Easterly wind all day, I went to the viewing site but came home as it was so unpleasant, reports from residents from around the village indicate that more Barn Swallows have arrived, the Barn Swallows came over my garden hugging the tips of the vegetation, Another resident sent photos of the Barn Swallows resting in his garden tree trying to stay out of the cold wind. Skies quiet 6.36pm
Barn Swallows 12 Nov 2018

Sunday 11 November 2018 – Classic sunset, pumping Easterly wind, chilly, mainly overcast. Barn Swallows around from just after 5pm, the most we have seen in 3 days and numbers kept improving, horizons had movement, over our heads. lots of movement in the lower valley above the reedbed, binoculars needed….so pleased to see them. Numbers present from 5.45 until 6.38pm, watchable. Too dark for photos

Saturday 10 November 2018 – A few clouds in the sky, beautiful sunset, cold Easterly wind, Swallows around from 5.40pm few and far between then 6.22pm small flock of Barn Swallows flew up over the face of the Lake Victoria viewing site a few times, I headed to Froggy Pond and the small flock came over my head and went straight to roost, no movement along any of the horizons, very disappointing.

Friday 9 November 2018 – A lovely day, warming up slightly, still a real nip in the Easterly breeze, clear sunset, bright. A few swifts sighted 6.15 to 6.30pm then a small flock of Barn Swallows flew up and over the viewing site just above our heads, this happened 3 times, not enough swallows to display and then quite a lot of bats danced upon the empty sky.
Very disappointing for spectators. We need the hot and humid conditions to return.

Thursday 8 November 2018 – Easterly breeze, not warm, a clear sky, first Swallows around from just after 5pm, very few and far between hugging the landscape, At 6.20pm we had a few overhead flyovers, a small flock until 6.45pm and then they disappeared in the direction of Froggy Pond, watched the skies until 7pm. There was no roosting at Lake Victoria at all. This can be a direct result of the fireworks (which we strongly object to) that continued until late last night with BANGS so loud it sounded like a mini war zone. This is not acceptable and we are completely appalled at this.
All we can do now is hope that there are more swallows on route

Wednesday 7 November 2018 – Bitterly cold, pumping southwesterly wind all day, dark and partly overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time. Swallows around from 5.15pm hugging the landscape. Small flocks seen 6.28pm then a mass rise out of the reedbed as the rain began to fall, the swallows came over our heads then returning a few minutes later and went down to roost 6.40pm, very brief display in the cold wind. Not easy to get a photo this evening.
It is Diwali and after repeated appeals to nearby residents not to let off fireworks, all efforts appear to have fallen on deaf ears and the bangs from fireworks are echoing through the valley as I type this.
Barn Swallows 7 Nov 2018

Tuesday 6 November 2018 – A cold day 17°C, morning rain, overcast most of the day, light southerly wind. A Classic sunset as the sky began to clear. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.15pm. I went to the Lake Victoria viewing site, small show of Barn Swallows on and off until 6.10pm and then they arrived in mass, so awesome against the vibrant and varied cloud colours, absolutely beautiful, a spectacular display which ended at 6.28pm. First Barn Swallow mass display this season.
Barn Swallows 6 Nov 2018

Monday 5 November 2018 – First mass arrival 5.10pm, raining, cold and thunder and lightening, impossible to get photo. Really pleased to see them

5 November 2018 – We are still awaiting the mass Barn Swallow arrival,  viewing at this stage remains closed.