Ringing in the Ottery River2012-03-03 (195)
Bird ringing in the Ottery River, Cape Town, this morning produced 64 birds in two nets - 37 birds were weavers of four species. Southern Masked Weaver males are losing their summer plumage and Cape Weavers are already in winter plumage in the Western Cape.
Most intriguing was a Southern Masked Weaver male (BH88029) with two waves of moult - the inner primaries are newest, followed by slightly worn primaries near the middle, and the outer primaries are much older; the left and right wings were symmetrical (photo: below).
Thanks to Alex Zaloumis for helping with the ringing.
Birds caught were:
1 Lesser Swamp Warbler