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799, Cape Weaver Ploceus capensis (see species summary here)
Record status ACCEPTED Vm 19357 [on-line data upload (2016-05-15): 214121] Species Cape Weaver Observer(s) Oschadleus HD Country, town, locus South Africa, Western Cape, Bellville,
Locality Jack Muller Park, main Latitude, longitude -33.89028, 18.62881 [0 m accuracy] Date 2016/5/15 Notes c 100 nests, most old, c 7 green nest, male building, another male starting new nest; red-headed finch male investigating nest (birdpix 26679), another finch dead - hanging from nest (birdpix 26678) Nest count 100 Nest site tree
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vm Species code Date Nests Notes 17544 799 28/6/2015 0 Today at Jack Muller Park in Bellville I saw a little group of Red-headed Finches going in and out one of the Cape Weaver nests in a Fever Tree in the carpark. [see also record on facebook] 16812 799 3/7/2015 115 active colony in 2 fever acacias, several males, female into nest; few Red-headed Finches in tree, male carrying nest material into old weaver nest 17389 799 15/8/2015 110 1 nest broken by male - sand/mud in nest! No Red-headed Finches seen (11-11.30am). 2+ females breeding. 11+ males 18009 799 12/10/2015 0 Red-headed finches seen using the Cape Weaver nests. 18035 799 17/10/2015 108 5+ breeding females; eggshells below; 6+ Red-headed Finches investigating several nests; 3 Cape Sparrow nests with sparrow pair in same fever trees 18086 799 21/10/2015 0 weaver colony at night - Red-headed Finches roosting in some nests - no weavers noticed though would be present as well 18211 799 29/10/2015 0 male weaver sleeping in non breeding nest, tail of weaver in Nest2; male Red-headed Finch sleeping in Nest, pair of finches in another nest 18338 799 21/11/2015 114 1 male in colony, no females seen; red-headed finch pair investigating different nests, female carried nest material into weaver nest, also white finch eggshell below another nest; some cape sparrow nests in tree; 1 weaver nest broken at top - suggests predation; male weaver briefly chased finch but later both seen close together without interaction 18500 799 12/12/2015 116 seems deserted but red-headed finches around; Pied Barbet heard in tree; 4 cape sparrow nests in tree 18658 799 7/1/2016 104 no weavers, pair of Red-headed Finches investigating nests,30+43+31 nests 18750 799 30/1/2016 0 many old nests, finches not seen but brief visit in late afternoon 19033 799 21/3/2016 100 old nests 19103 799 17/4/2016 102 mostly old nests, some green nests, 2 males - one building; female Red-headed Finch into nest (birdpix 25841) 19357 799 15/5/2016 100 c 100 nests, most old, c 7 green nest, male building, another male starting new nest; red-headed finch male investigating nest (birdpix 26679), another finch dead - hanging from nest (birdpix 26678) 21238 799 17/6/2016 101 2 males (see also birdpix 27818), mostly old nests but c2 green nests, several double nests; dead red-headed finch gone 22543 799 17/7/2016 85 c85 nests, old + new nests but mostly old, 1+ male; later heard red-headed finches flying past 24023 799 9/8/2016 75 3+ males, chicks heard, green nest, new nest built under old nest (photo 1) 24215 799 9/9/2016 75 most nests old, but 2 or 3 green nests, 2+ males seen; pair of red-headed finch in tree (birdpix 29398) 24389 799 7/10/2016 72 old nests, no weavers seen now 24734 799 20/11/2016 63 old nests, Red-headed Finches heard in tree 24903 799 4/1/2017 59 47+12 old nests 25037 799 5/2/2017 54 old 25163 799 13/3/2017 49 old nests, later male in tree; no red-headed finches heard in any colony 26196 799 14/5/2017 44 old nests, also Cape Sparrow nests (circled) 26315 799 18/6/2017 41 old nests 26450 799 26/8/2017 24 2+ males, old + new nests 27309 799 4/4/2018 32 old nests, Red-headed Finch male in colony (birdpix 51776), maybe more finches in tree, no weavers seen 27435 799 6/6/2018 30 old + new nests, 1 male, sev Rh Finches in tree, male finch also nr CSp nest (birdpix 54838) 27839 799 13/10/2018 62 female fed chicks, female2 out nest; male with rings (see birdpix 62321); red-headed finches in colony (see notes at birdpix 62320); CSp adults + nests; few CW nests in tree next to building 10N, tree2 52N 28125 799 22/12/2018 65 old N, CWs heard in tree; CSp nests 28216 799 16/1/2019 60 15+45 old nests, Red-headed Finch heard in tree 28328 799 17/3/2019 62 male CV68005 (birdpix 73870) build and active in colony; most nests old but several green; Red-headed Finch pair investigate 2+ weaver nests (birdpix 73868); Cape Sparrow with nest in same tree and male Cape Sparrow on top on weaver nest (birdpix 73869) - possibly to feed on invertebrates - not seen to take nest material 28401 799 27/4/2019 58 male building, 14+44 old except 2 green N 28447 799 11/5/2019 35 2N wall+9N mid+24N end - from photos; think mid 2 females+1 male, end part - 3 males+3 females - heads all tucked; 6am dark (sunrise at 7.26am); last photo think spider web N in top left cnr 28502 799 4/6/2019 63 most old, sev green nests, male 29186 799 25/11/2019 83 46+37N, few N nr wall; 1+ male in col; female fed; f2 seen; CSp pair at own nest in col; RhF invest - chased by male CW; pair seen in CW N for long time (BirdPix 97661)
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