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797, Village Weaver Ploceus cucullatus (see species summary here)
Record status ACCEPTED Vm 1612 [on-line data upload (2011-12-05): 11029] Species Village Weaver Observer(s) Zaloumis, Alex Country, town, locus South Africa, Limpopo, Hoedspruit,
Locality alongside R36 road
Latitude, longitude -24.382958333333, 30.87415 [0 m accuracy] Date 2011/12/2 Notes about 80 village weaver nests most facing west Nest count 80 Nest site tree
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vm Species code Date Nests Notes 1612 797 2/12/2011 80 about 80 village weaver nests most facing west 3090 797 27/9/2012 51 revisited - very active Weaver colony for last 3 weeks. Started after early rains. 51 nests (old & new) (was 80 on 5/12/2011) - another 8 fallen down caught in thorns below). Colony concentrated again West facing aspect. Starting to strip leaves making counting more accurate 5133 797 22/1/2013 131 Very active colony on R527 (see new green nests & rings & active males) Many nests on ground after 3 stormy days. 131 nests 7532 797 24/11/2013 105 Vm 5133 revisited. Active colony in large Knob thorn. Weavers slowly stripping away the leaf cover increasdingly exposing nests.
nests: 105 counted but there are lesser masked in this colony. Lower nests are 'fallen' & not included in count.
8081 797 21/12/2013 0 Large mostly Village Weaver colony in large thorn tree hanging over very busy R36/R527 road - alongside a small but long wetland on either side of road. many nests torn on ground - gymnogene - see feather lining of LMW nest under tree. Nests: 126 (all species) 13345 797 16/9/2014 51 repeat vm 8081, large colony in leafy thorn tree hanging over busy R527/38
Comment: birds active in daytime - don't think they are sleeping there yet -
probably in close by reed beds.
Stripping of leaves started in canopy.
Nests: 51 mostly new.
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