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803, Southern Masked Weaver Ploceus velatus (see species summary here)

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Record statusACCEPTED
Vm1462 [on-line data upload (2011-11-02): 10190]
SpeciesSouthern Masked Weaver
Observer(s)McFarlane J
Country, town, locusSouth Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town,
3418BA
LocalityOttery, Siros Rd
Latitude, longitude-34.00469, 18.507608 [0 m accuracy]
Date2011/9/5
Notes
Nest count1
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vmSpecies codeDateNestsNotes
25268031/11/20101
252780314/11/20104
252980322/11/20105
253080327/11/20104
253180310/2/20112
99380328/7/20111
9948031/8/20111
146180330/8/20111The first nest was successful, with 2 young hatching out and both growing to adulthood. These are the pics I managed to get of the second nest. Unfortunately, this was also the last nest, as, before it was occupied, the garden service was called in to cut down a tree and do various other clearing (3 days). The Weaver stopped building, dismantled the nest, and has not built another one, although he's still around, and his ladies are still around and still interested
14628035/9/20111
146380310/9/20111
25358032/7/20121First nest of the season.
310580311/7/20122Owing (I assume) to the sudden onset of cold and very rainy weather, the male abandoned construction of nest 2.
310680311/8/20121Nest 3 was started early in August, and several others have followed, up to the end of September. All the nests bar one were built in the favoured central position
310780316/8/20121Nests were built in the favoured central position
31088032/9/20122nests were built in the favoured central position
31098036/9/20123nests were built in the favoured central position
311080310/9/20123nests were built in the favoured central position
311180318/9/20123nests were built in the favoured central position
311280323/9/20123nests were built in the favoured central position
311480326/9/20123Nests bar one were built in the favoured central position. The lone exception was started late in September and situated well away from the other nests, above and to the left.
311580329/9/20122The male is still building -- and is as popular with females as ever - as may be seen by the latest, incomplete nest
50188033/10/201243 October – Nest begun at end of September now finished (4 nests complete)
501980310/10/2012510 October – New nest begun. There are now 5 nests – 3 in centre, one slightly above and one outlier.
502080312/10/2012412 October – One of the centre nests (the rearmost) demolished, leaving 2 in the centre, one above and one outlier, which the Male is still busily adding to.
502180321/10/2012116 October – The nest slightly above the others demolished. 17–19 October – All the nests except the Front one of the centre nest group demolished.
502280329/10/20121
50238035/11/201223 November – At last another nest added, well above and to the left of the remaining centre nest. Photo on 5 Nov.
502480314/11/20123By 14 November – Came back to find the 3 November nest demolished, and another two built, closer to main nest (still in use). The left-hand one looks, by its colour, to have been completed in the past couple of days.
502580315/11/2012215 November – Top right-hand nest demolished. Male still working on remaining top nest. Lower nest still occupied by female.
502680318/11/2012316 November – New nest in front of, ie to the west of, the occupied nest.
502780325/11/2012424 November – Another new nest, very close to previous top nest. A female flew out of the new nest of 16 November, so it appears to be occupied.
502880330/11/2012330 November – I must have been wrong about the new nest being occupied (the female I saw emerging was evidently only inspecting show-houses), as both the top nests have been demolished, and a new nest, well above the remining bottom two and well to the left, has been built.
50298031/12/201241 December – a new nest (which has been built amazingly quickly), situated above the two old nests, about in the position previously occupied by the “new” nest of 24 November.
50308035/12/201235 December – The two “main” nests (ie the oldest nest and nest of 16 November) demolished. One new nest in their place at present under construction.
50318039/12/201229 December – Another new “high” nest well on towards completion.
503280314/12/20121Friday, 14 December – the nest of 9 Dec demolished, so only one nest – the new one in the “central” position – left intact.
503380327/12/2012316 December – New nest built above and behind the “centre” nest. 27 December – New nest in the “top left” position. Both older nests appear to be occupied – females seen emerging from both. 30 December – New nest demolished. 31 December – Rear nest torn down, leaving only the “centre” one (I was evidently wrong about the rear one being occupied).
567780327/5/20133This is the first nest of the 2013 season. The odd thing is, I have an idea it may be a Cape Weaver's nest. I have seen no sign of the Southern Masked weaver male for several weeks, but the male Cape Weaver, in almost full breeding dress (still hasn't got the full colours -- brown on the face, etc) has been in constant evidence for about 3 weeks, together with several females, including one with TWO orange rings, one on each leg (remember I could see only one leg before). The male flies constantly between the feeding stations and the direction of the nesting area, and today I spotted a partly constructed nest, but what species it belongs to I'm unable to say. The two old nest date from December last year and have, I presume, been used as sleeping-roosts and rain-shelters during the off-season.

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