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780, White-browed Sparrow-Weaver Plocepasser mahali (see species summary here)
Record status ACCEPTED Vm 16452 [on-line data upload (2015-06-08): 151983] Species White-browed Sparrow-Weaver Observer(s) Fouche Leonie Country, town, locus South Africa, Eastern Cape, Nieu-Bethesda,
Locality road to Nieu-Bethesda (30km from Graaff-Reinet)
Latitude, longitude -32.020775, 24.622575 [0 m accuracy] Date 2015/6/3 Notes The wind was howling and it was icy cold, so no birds around, but clearly they are expanding their range Nest count 9 Nest site tree
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vm Species code Date Nests Notes 16452 780 3/6/2015 9 The wind was howling and it was icy cold, so no birds around, but clearly they are expanding their range 16819 780 4/7/2015 0 I noticed some more nests at the back of the tree, closest to the road (to Nieu-Bethesda). So we stopped at the spot and not long thereafter, Alan heard the birds calling in a distance. We went to a spot close to an Agave plantation, where we saw 3 individuals moving about. We could see their nests in at least 6 trees in the immediate area - some old and falling apart, but others looking active. Back at the vehicles Gill told us that while we were out in the veld, another 2 birds were present at one of the nests in the tree next to the road. So we can confirm that 5 birds were seen in the vicinity.
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