Barn swallow season NOW CLOSED 9 February 2019 – Due to very low numbers and no roosting – Please revisit in November 2019
Friday 8 February 2019 – Strong Northeasterly wind all day, died to no wind at Swallow time. Hazy, partly overcast. Not much to see so I went for a drive around and there were Barn Swallows in small flocks feeding at random places over the sugar cane all at very low altitude.
Thursday 7 February 2019 – Overcast with cold northeasterly wind, watched the skies from home, no Barn Swallows sighted at all!
Wednesday 6 February 2019 – Hot and humid day, fully overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time, rain approaching, light westerly breeze. Barn Swallows sighted 6.45pm to 6.54pm all at very low altitude, small numbers. A large flock of hadeda, Goliath heron and woolly neck storks flew through the vista. Reports of flock of ground horn-bill sighting.
Tuesday 5 February 2019 – Similar conditions to last night. Barn Swallows feeding in the river valley 5.40pm
Monday 4 February 2019 – Overcast, dark, light westerly wind. First flock of Barn Swallows sighted 5.30pm right sky and they stayed there for more than 20 minutes. Not much to see thereafter so we all went round to Froggy Pond and on arrival it started raining, I went home and saw the Barn Swallows come through at 6.45pm hugging the landscape on route to the estuary.
Sunday 3 February 2019 – Poured with rain from early afternoon 40mm, northeasterly wind, dark, lightening and thunder, more rain at swallow time. No swallow watching this evening
Saturday 2 February 2019 – Hot and humid day, fully overcast at 5pm with easterly wind. First Barn Swallows sighted (just a handful) 6.25pm so we all went round to Froggy Pond and on arrival the Barn Swallows were flying overhead, arriving in small flocks in waves as they headed towards the estuary and a brief glimpse of the mass at 6.55pm.
Friday 1 February 2019 – Hot and humid day until the westerly wind began then temperature dropped sharply, cold front rolling in, overcast, dark. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.45pm and random flock fly overs every 5 minutes. At 6.35pm a small flock began to show interest in the wetland and surveyed up and down for 10 minutes before disappearing towards Froggy Pond. Skies clear 6.52pm
Thursday 31 January 2019 – Hot and humid day, overcast with rain approaching from the southwest, strong breeze, dark. Barn Swallows sighted from 6.26pm hugging the landscape as they flew right to left over the viewing site on route to the estuary, very few and far between until 6.52pm then nothing. Disappointing for spectators.
Wednesday 30 January 2019 – Overcast with strong northeasterly wind, no Barn Swallow viewing this evening. I watched the skies from home, nice Barn Swallow flock sighting 6.03pm until 6.17pm rain, rainbow and became dark quickly.
Tuesday 28 January 2019 – Pumping northeasterly wind, overcast, not pleasant outside, no Barn Swallow viewing this evening.
Monday 28 January 2019 – Overcast with strong easterly wind, cold, not pleasant outside, watched the skies from home. No Barn Swallows sighted.
Sunday 27 January 2019 – Overcast and cold, dark, light easterly wind, Barn Swallows sighted from 5.30pm, small flocks on and off until 6.45pm…very quiet.
Saturday 26 January 2019 – Poured down all day until mid afternoon, 80mm of rain in the past 48hrs, the ground erupted with flying ants, still overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time, first swallows sighted 6pm, small flocks until 6.40pm, The wetland a buzz with noise after the rain. No roosting, no mass sightings. Pockets of Swallow feeding frenzy’s report all around Mount Moreland.
Friday 25 January 2019 – Very little rain last night, overcast all day, cooler, southerly breeze, mist rain at 5pm and now it is raining nicely, no swallow watching this evening.
Thursday 24 January 2019 – Overcast all day, light southerly wind, raining at 5pm. No Swallow watching this evening.
Wednesday 23 January 2019 – Hot and humid, clouds building along western skyline, patchy sky, light southwesterly breeze. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.10pm a small flock lower valley then quiet until 6.45pm, small flocks came over the viewing site at tree top height, at random intervals all heading in the direction of the estuary, skies clear 7.05pm
Tuesday 22 January 2019 – Very hot 33°C and humid day, a cool Northerly breeze at swallow viewing time with clouds building in the western sky. Lots of dragonflies at Lake Victoria but opted to view Froggy Pond after good sightings there last night. The sky was very quiet until 6.59pm, a sparse show of Barn Swallows hugging the landscape as the light faded as they flew towards the estuary, skies clear 7.12pm.
Monday 21 January 2019 – Bright with strong Northeasterly wind, cold. Not much to see at Lake Victoria so we went round to Froggy Pond at 6.30pm and on arrival a few Barn Swallows and 3 Yellow billed kites then by 6.40pm lovely Barn Swallow numbers coming overhead, watchable display, binoculars revealed more. No roosting, skies clear 7.10pm.
Sunday 20 January 2019 – Overcast with rain this morning, light westerly breeze, quite dark at Barn Swallow viewing time. A few swifts and swallows sighted 5.40pm then all quiet until 6.50pm when a small flock of Barn Swallows came over. I packed up and more came over all literally skimming the tree tops 7.05pm, I went round to Froggy Pond but too late to monitor if they stayed.
Saturday 19 January 2019 – Overcast, a sharp drop in temperature, strong southerly wind, rain on and off from late morning, no swallow watching this evening.
Friday 18 January 2019 – Extremely hot and humid day with pounding Northeasterly wind since lunch time, clear sky. Forgive me, I cannot report further this evening as it is my son’s 21st Birthday.
Eyes on Froggy pond, Hayley phoned to say huge numbers of swallows arrived 7.05pm and roosted at Froggy Pond, best sighting she has ever experienced.
Thursday 17 January 2019 – Rain last night so a show of Barn Swallows this morning. At the viewing site hot and humid, light easterly breeze, patchy sky…not a swallow in site all evening, a few swifts that was all.
Wednesday 16 January 2019 – Hot and humid mist rain on and off all day with more at 5pm, fully overcast, light southerly breeze. I watched the skies from home and it is very quiet, not much seen at all.
Tuesday 15 January 2019 – Hot and very humid, fully overcast, southerly wind, starting to rain. No Barn Swallow viewing this evening.
Monday 14 January 2019 – Very hot and humid day, fully overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time, westerly breeze looks like it is about to rain, I watched the skies from home. Barn Swallows sighted 6.10pm, multiple small flocks moving through to the Estuary until 7.10pm. 4 yellow billed kites circling for 35 minutes
Sunday 13 January 2019 – Very hot and humid day with westerly wind, patchy sky. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.15pm right sky and they stayed there for 15 minutes. More sightings 6.30pm and 6.45pm small flocked flew up over the viewing sight until 7pm….not many but something to see. Awesome sunset. Ground cracking from dryness
Saturday 12 January 2019 – Gail force winds this morning, southwesterly, fully overcast at Barn swallow viewing time. very little sighted until 6.45pm to 7.05pm when a few small flocks flew over, hugging the landscape on route to the estuary,
Friday 11 January 2019 – Very hot and humid day, dry, light easterly breeze, fully overcast at 5pm Swallow viewing time. A few Swallows around 5.20pm then very quiet until 6.58pm when a few flocks of Barn Swallows flew up and over the viewing site just above our heads this continued until 7.08pm, all on route to the estuary.
Thursday 10 January 2019 – Very hot and humid day, strong westerly wind early afternoon, patchy sky. Started at Lake Victoria viewing site and relocated to Froggy Pond 6.30pm, Barn Swallows coming through skimming the top of the reedbed and surrounding vegetation, literally ground hugging so not much to see in the sky, too hazy to see at the estuary. Pleasant evening, stopped watching at 7.10pm
Wednesday 9 January 2019 – Rain this morning clearing late morning to hot and humid, I viewed the skies from home, light easterly breeze, patchy sky. Barn Swallows sighted from 6.22pm, some nice numbers coming over from Lake Victoria side and Froggy Pond all on route to the estuary. Skies clear 7.02pm
Tuesday 8 January 2019 – Very hot and humid, big clouds approaching from southwest and rain has started, No Barn Swallow viewing this evening.
Monday 7 January 2019 – Warm and humid day, light easterly breeze, large cloud formations at Barn Swallow viewing time. First Swallows sighted 6.15pm then nothing, I went to Froggy Pond, some swifts and lesser striped swallows, very few Barn Swallows. Skies clear 7.05pm
Sunday 6 January 2019 – Overcast day with sunshine breaking through at random times, a chill in the air, east switching to west wind at Swallow viewing time. Semi overcast very few Barn Swallows sighted by 6.25pm, a few right sky, I went to Froggy Pond. The Barn Swallows came through literally at ground level feeding on the way to the estuary, a few larger flocks sighted briefly along adjacent hills through binoculars, not a good sight at all this evening. We need rain!
Saturday 5 January 2019 – Overcast day, patchy sky with strong Southwesterly wind, bright. Only a few Barn Swallows sighted at Lake Victoria so we all went to Froggy Pond viewing site. On arrival there were a few flying through hugging the landscape making it very difficult to see numbers, this continued until 7.03pm, the estuary sky hazy, very hard to see this evening, disappointing for spectators
Friday 4 January 2019 – An overcast day with cool easterly wind, quite dark at Barn Swallow viewing time, rain in the distance. First Barn Swallow flock sighted 5,10pm then only at 6.20pm a few more sighted, we all packed up and relocated to Froggy Pond viewing site 6.22pm. On arrival a large flock hovered above the viewing site and lower valleys thrilling spectators and numbers continued until 6.55pm and with binoculars the mass display was seen at the estuary. At 7.05pm a small flock came through and headed towards Lake Victoria…not sure where they went, skies clear 7.10pm. On leaving the site spectators encountered a snake in the road and there was great interest as it slipped away out of sight.
Thursday 3 January 2019 – Overcast, cooler, light morning rain, tremendous bird activity all day, Barn Swallows all perched on the telephone wires all around Mount Moreland earlier. Light easterly breeze a slight chill. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.05pm and 6.15pm until 6.27pm then it went quiet, we all went round to Froggy Pond viewing site and there were thousands of Barn Swallows flying through to the estuary, binoculars needed, lovely to see. No roosting. Skies clear 7.05pm
Wednesday 2 January 2019 – Hot day, fully overcast, not a Barn Swallow in sight this morning. At 5pm I went to the Lake Victoria viewing site, dark, I could see the rain approaching and by 5.15pm it started to rain, I packed up and came home, the rain intensified with some hectic gusts of wind, temperature dropped sharply. No Barn Swallows through the garden and visibility poor to see further.
Tuesday 1 January 2019 – Extremely hot and humid day, bright with patchy clouds at 5pm light easterly breeze. Viewing was at Froggy Pond this evening, Some colour in the clouds as the sunset. A few small flocks of Barn Swallows sighted left sky, mainly in the landscape, binoculars needed, no sightings along adjacent hills and too hazy to see anything at the estuary we watched the sky until 7.20pm. Hardly any Barn Swallows sighted at all, the few that did come over were hugging the landscape. Very disappointing for spectators.
Monday 31 December 2018 – Old Years Eve – warm with easterly wind fully overcast at 5pm, no sunset to see. We all went to Froggy Pond and Barn Swallows arrived 6.30pm with a slight swell in numbers 6.44pm until 6.55pm, random feeding just inches from the ground, nice overhead fly overs, too hazy to see mass at the estuary. Skies clear 6.57pm
Sunday 30 December 2018 – A warm day, overcast with the occasional spot of rain, light Northeasterly breeze, pleasant. 5pm viewing started at the Lake Victoria viewing site, not much to see so I advised all spectators that we should relocate to Froggy Pond at 6.15pm. On arrival there was already a Barn Swallow flock overhead and by 6.30pm there was a lot of Barn Swallow movement along all adjacent hill tops and overhead, binoculars needed, hazy towards the estuary and there a glimpse of the mass. Skies clear 7.05pm. Very Watchable. No roosting.
Saturday 29 December 2018 – Cold weather has continued today and back to wearing long sleeves! Overcast with strong Northeasterly, cold wind at Barn Swallow viewing time. A small Swallow sighting 5.20pm then few and far between until 6.43pm when a few flocks and a slightly larger flock of Barn Swallows arrived all from lower valley and flew up over the Swallow viewing site land hugging as they headed for the estuary where it is warmer. No movement along skyline. A few random tiny flocks came over until skies clear 7.05pm
Friday 28 December 2018 – A much cooler day bordering on cold, strong southwesterly wind, rain at Barn Swallow viewing time. No Swallow watching this evening.
Thursday 27 December 2018 – Extremely humid day, like a sauna outside, light easterly breeze and storm approaching along western skyline at 5pm. Lightening striking all around us and rumbles of thunder, many spectators left at this stage as the weather was wild. Barn Swallows sighted lower valley from 5.20pm and they kept coming until 5.52pm the wind switched to a strong westerly, temperatures immediately dropped and rain began to fall, the distant hills slowly began to disappear in the rain. I packed up and watched from home, the swallows were present in the lower valley, feeding, nice numbers. Skies clear 6.50pm as the storm persisted and became very dark.
Wednesday 26 December 2018 – Extremely hot and humid day, hazy clouding over at Barn Swallow viewing time, light easterly breeze. Not much to see until 6pm again at 6.30pm and then at 6.46pm until 7pm. Small flocks arrived lower valley and puffed up over the viewing site on route to the estuary, small numbers, watchable.
Tuesday 25 December 2018 – Christmas Day.- Family Day – No Barn Swallow viewing this evening. Very hot and humid.
Monday 24 December 2018 – Christmas Eve – Hot and humid morning clouding over just after lunch with cold easterly wind, fully overcast at Barn swallow viewing time. First Swallows sighted 6.10pm and very few until 6.40pm, arrivals in lower valley some up and over the viewing site all heading in the direction of Froggy Pond then on to the estuary. Watchable. Skies clear 7.02pm
Sunday 23 December 2018 – Overcast with strong and cold easterly wind all day, looks like rain, not pleasant at all outside. No Swallow watching this evening.
Saturday 22 December 2018 – Market day, hot with very strong easterly wind, we were on site from 11am. The wind was radical and became cold and fully overcast, rain falling in the distance. Packed up early 4pm. Lots of Barn Swallows around, not pleasant outside
Friday 21 December 2018 – Overcast with cold easterly wind, dark, rain approaching along western skyline, Barn Swallows sighted 5.10pm in constant waves arriving lower valley and then flying over the viewing site, very pleasant. An odd flock along adjacent hills but lower valley preferred, watchable. Rain splashed down for 5 minutes then stopped. Last Barn Swallows sighted 6.45pm
Thursday 20 December 2018 – Overcast with intermittent rain on and off all day, cooler. I went to the viewing site and it started raining again. No Swallow watching this evening.
Wednesday 19 December 2018 – Hot and humid day, fully overcast, dark at Barn Swallow viewing time, I went to the Lake Victoria viewing site, strong, unpleasant westerly wind, chilly and 10 minutes later rain which was blown horizontal. I went to Froggy Pond as it is protected from the westerly weather, a storm began and Barn Swallows were sighted at regular intervals along adjacent hills, over the reedbed all heading towards the estuary, it rained some more and then stopped. A double rainbow formed as some of the Swallows flew by, binoculars revealed more, watchable, no mass display or roosting. Skies clear 6.56pm
Tuesday 18 December 2018 – Scorching hot and humid day 37°C at 3.30pm massive storm approaching, thunder lightening, rain and strong westerly wind. No Swallow watching this evening
Monday 17 December 2018 – Scorching hot day with easterly breeze, hazy, partially overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time, cloud bank along western skyline that opened up into a magic sunset. First Barn Swallows sighted 6.26pm and larger flocks in the lower valley 6.44pm until 6.54pm just moving through, binoculars needed. Eyes on Froggy Pond saw similar. No roosting.
Sunday 16 December 2018 – Very hot and humid, strong easterly wind, a chill in the air at swallow time, big dark gray blank along western skyline. Barn Swallows sighted 6.10pm at regular intervals arriving just over the reedbed then flying up and over the viewing site, watchable, binoculars revealed more over the reedbed, this continued until 6.55pm, one small flock sighted above adjacent hills, no roosting.
Saturday 15 December 2018 – Christmas Craft Market Day – Extremely hot and humid day, went up to the viewing site 2.30pm to set up ready for Local Talent Craft Market. Clouded over with westerly wind and then a fierce lightening and thunder storm arrived 4pm and it poured down, we packed up and the Craft Market will now be held next Saturday 22 December at 3pm. From home the Swallows arrived 5.50pm and continued to hover overhead until 6.35pm, nice numbers.
Friday 14 December 2018 – A splash of rain last night. Hot and humid day, fully overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time with cold Easterly wind. Barn Swallows sighted 5 38pm and in waves thereafter all hugging the landscape and lower valley, feeding over the viewing site as insects emerged, watchable, skies all quiet 6.55pm.
Thursday 13 December 2018 – Hot and humid day, westerly wind, a nip in the air at Barn Swallow viewing time, fully overcast, dark. First Barn Swallows sighted 5.35pm small flocks coming through from right to left hugging the landscape at 5 to 10 minute intervals until none sighted 6.55pm. No movement along adjacent skyline. No roosting. The viewing site in full bloom.
Wednesday 12 December 2018 – Hot and humid day with easterly breeze, clear sky, magic colour at sunset, a chill present as the sunset, lots of dragonflies. Barn Swallows sighted from 5.40pm moving overhead and through the valley, binoculars needed to see numbers, hazy, watchable, numbers moving through until 6.52pm. No roosting. Eyes on Froggy Pond (Hayley) reported all Barn Swallows coming over to Lake Victoria, very quiet that side, no roosting.
Tuesday 11 December 2018 – Warm day cooling off late afternoon with easterly nippy breeze, cloud bank along western skyline, Barn Swallows in watchable numbers from 5.30pm, until 6,45pm binoculars revealed even more. At 6.55pm 2 flocks returned and roosted at Lake Victoria
Monday 10 December 2018 – Rain on and off all day, raining at swallow viewing time. Lots of Barn Swallows around as the flying ants continued throughout the day. No viewing this evening.
Sunday 9 December 2018 – Overcast, cold, southwesterly wind, rain from late afternoon, ground erupting with flying ants, Swallows, monkeys and other birds feeding frenzy just before 6pm. No Swallow watching this evening due to the rain. No load shedding today
Saturday 8 December 2018 – Radical storm last night with welcome rain. Hot and humid morning, overcast with spots of rain now and then, the wind became cold late morning, rain approaching at 5pm, dark. Went to the Lake Victoria viewing site and Barn Swallows already present, flying by, movement along adjacent hills, binoculars needed, some overhead flyovers. 5.40pm we all moved to Froggy Pond as the wind was not pleasant. On arrival there were Barn Swallows overhead and along hilltops, nice numbers then dwindling to a small flock that bedded down in the reedbed 6.46pm. It was somewhat disappointing after the mass displays of the previous 2 evenings. More rain on the forecast.
Friday 7 December 2018 – Very hot and humid day, westerly wind from late morning, clouding over rapidly at Barn Swallow viewing time. Barn Swallows around since mid afternoon, big numbers moving through the Lake Victoria viewing site from 5,20pm. We all went to Froggy Pond viewing site at 6.10pm and the numbers of Barn Swallows was just awesome, many flyovers at just above head height, it looked as if they were heading to the estuary (my nerves very much on edge at this stage) then more arrived from the northwest and the ones heading for the estuary returned, wave after wave of non stop action, not the best lighting for photos, a truly spectacular mass display, uncountable and all bedding down in Froggy Pond 6.58pm.
Thursday 6 December 2018 – Very hot and humid day, pleasant easterly breeze, fully overcast at 5pm Barn Swallow viewing time. A few Swallows sighted just before 6pm, few and far between then at 6.16pm large numbers of Barn Swallows began arriving from all directions and were swirling in flight, excitement began when Hayley stationed at Froggy Pond Pond contacted me with eyes on mass swallows that side, I kept watching at Lake Victoria but all the Barn Swallows had disappeared by 6.35pm, no roosting. I rushed round to Froggy Pond viewing site and the sky was a mass of action along Western/ upper part of the reedbed, awesome to see such numbers as lightening flashed behind them. A thrilling experience for new home owners Hayley and Klaus. Not easy to get photos due to light. The mass sighting was just spectacular and they all roosted, skies clear 6.56pm.
Wednesday 5 December 2018 – Overcast day, light Westerly breeze. A few Swallows sighted 5.50pm and 6.03pm. I packed up at 6.30pm and went to Froggy Pond, There was a small flock of Barn Swallows feeding over the distant hill, binoculars needed for about 10 minutes then they headed to the estuary 6.54pm. No roosting at Froggy Pond.
Tuesday 4 December 2018 – Lovely day clouding over mid afternoon, light westerly breeze, darkening fast as rain approached, first Barn Swallows sighted 5.56pm and again 6.08pm then the rain started. I packed up and went to Froggy Pond viewing site, visibility poor, there was movement along distant hills and looked as if there would be possible roosting with a small flock of Barn Swallows. I will revisit when conditions are more favorable.
Monday 3 December 2018 – Hot and humid day, rapid cloud cover just after 4pm, dark by 5pm storm and rain approaching, no Swallow watching this evening.
Sunday 2 December 2018 – A warm day, fully overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time, Swallows sighted from 5pm, small numbers on and off, mosquitoes present. More small flocks sighted 6.20pm, binoculars needed, right sky, mid landscape and left sky, not enough to display, skies clear 6.50pm. Very disappointing for spectators.
Load shedding phase 2
Saturday 1 December 2018 – Dark, thunder storm just starting at swallow viewing time, east switching to westerly wind, big drops of rain, no swallow watching this evening.
Load shedding phase 1 no electricity for 2 hours
Friday 30 November 2018 – Sunny day, Strong Easterly wind all day, semi overcast and cold at swallow time, A few Barn Swallows sighted 6.22pm and then a flock feeding at the base of the viewing site as an eruption of insects emerged, a small and very quick rise then all went down in the lower part of Lake Victoria. Skies clear 6.53pm. Disappointing for spectators.
Load shedding phase 2
Thursday 29 November 2018 – Cold Easterly wind and overcast mid afternoon. very quiet skies this evening, nothing sighted until 6.28pm, a few Swallows over the viewing site, a few over the reedbed and a few along the skyline…too few to display. Very disappointing for spectators.
Load Shedding Phase 1 tonight
Wednesday 28 November 2018 – Cold, very strong Westerly wind, rain spots after 6pm, overcast, not pleasant at all outside, no swallow watching this evening.
Tuesday 27 November 2018 – Cooking hot and humid day 37°C, partly cloudy at Barn Swallows viewing time, Easterly breeze. Not much to see at Lake Victoria so went to Froggy Pond, Lots of Barn Swallows moving along distant hills, binoculars needed, a few over head flyovers, no roosting at Froggy pond watched until 6.50pm. Strong wind predicted this evening and tomorrow. Looks like the swallows are at the Umdloti and Umhlanga estuary’s, I took a drive to Umdloti and there were flying ants everywhere…something that still has to happen at Mount Moreland
Monday 26 November 2018 – Hot and humid day light Westerly breeze, overcast, a few swallows around 5pm then quiet until 6.03pm then a few more swallows. At 6.30pm one small flock arrived and 3 minutes later another small flock arrived, they gave a brief display, binoculars needed, then all went down into the reedbed 6.43pm, very disappointing for spectators and only a tiny fraction of what we saw last night.
Sunday 25 November 2018 – Hot and humid day with insects emerging, wind was east then west clouded over late after with a rumble of thunder. some swallows about from 5.50pm small flocks sighted in lower valley and mid adjacent landscape some up and over the swallow viewing site, rain along distant skyline. At 6.24pm I sighted a large flock appear along skyline and left sky, the numbers continued to grow and grow and grow. The mass Barn Swallows have just arrived, totally awesome to see them in such great numbers, spectators were thrilled at the display which continued until 6.48pm then after a very spectacular performance they descended into the Lake Victoria reedbed.
Saturday 24 November 2018 – A much warmer day clouding over mid afternoon with light Easterly breeze cooling down. An overcast sky at Barn Swallow viewing time a few Swallows sighted from 5.10pm at 6.01pm a flock of Barn Swallows arrived feeding over the heads of spectators flying in an anticlockwise direction, 10 minutes later more arrived and this continued until 6.37pm, many down over the reedbed. No movement along horizons and no final display. Watchable, maybe new arrivals
Friday 23 November 2018 – The cold weather persisted, fully overcast at Barn Swallow viewing time, light Easterly wind, cold. A few Swallows over the viewing site from 5pm. First tiny flock of Barn Swallows sighted 6.03pm along Western Skyline (binoculars needed) and again at 6.05pm and once more at 6,22pm then nothing, skies dead quiet.
Thursday 22 November 2018 – Very hot day clouding over early afternoon and very cold westerly wind, complete extremes again in the weather! Barn Swallows sighted from 5.25pm and flight patterns that are completely different to previous years, nice numbers flying in anti clockwise direction encircling the first Mount Moreland hill arriving at mid altitude and up and over the face of the viewing site, really nice for spectators as the swallows came over every 5 to 10 minutes, some flocks sighted along Western skyline. There was no final display just the sound of mass chirping as they bedded down for the night 6.35pm. Not easy to get a photo, dotted in the sky are the swallows but the dark clouds make it very hard to see them! A few Fireflies seen after 7pm
Wednesday 21 November 2018 – Cold, overcast with rain from 4.30pm, strong Southwesterly wind. Barn Swallows are here I watched the skies from home, sightings from 5.30pm until 6.25pm.
Tuesday 20 November 2018 – A day of extreme weather, cooking hot 34°C and then just after 3pm the Westerly came through and it went back to cold, thunder and lightening with rain, dark. I went to the viewing site as the Barn Swallows were around from 4.30pm. They flew over a few times and stayed down in the lower valley. They made a brief display and disappeared 6.14pm nothing sighted thereafter. Numbers watchable.
Monday 19 November 2018 – Cold, pumping Easterly wind dark, looks like rain, not pleasant at all outside, watched the skies from home and noticed lots of Barn Swallows in the valley above the Umdloti river 6.10pm heading towards Lake Victoria, I was phoned by a friend who was thrilled at the number of Swallows at Lake Victoria. I jumping in my car and headed up there and sure enough, the Barn Swallow numbers have grown, lovely to see, hard to get a photo as it was dark and the swallows were trying to stay out of the wind, many skimming just a few cm’s above the ground. A 10 minute show and then all quiet 6.32pm
Sunday 18 November 2018 – Rain all day. No Swallow watching this evening.
Load shedding phase 2 has started. 2 hrs a day with no electricity!
Saturday 17 November 2018 – Strong Southwesterly wind all day, dark, raining slightly at Barn Swallow viewing time…i almost didn’t go but then the rain stopped so off I went to Lake Victoria viewing site. It did start raining again, fine drizzle on and off a few Swallows sighted and then a small flock of Barn Swallows came overhead 6pm and again 6.30pm not enough to display and no more were seen. Very disappointing for spectators
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
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.
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.
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.