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792, Lesser Masked Weaver Ploceus intermedius (see species summary here)
Record status ACCEPTED Vm 2955 [on-line data upload (2012-09-19): 22262] Species Lesser Masked Weaver Observer(s) Zaloumis, Alex Country, town, locus South Africa, Limpopo, Blyde village,
Locality Blyde village Latitude, longitude -24.403869444444, 30.799580555556 [0 m accuracy] Date 2012/9/17 Notes revisited Blyde Cafe weaver nest site - took benchmark pics for future comparisons. no birds in attendance. myna & sparrows visible. note flowers. Nest count 0 Nest site tree
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vm Species code Date Nests Notes 1613 792 2/12/2011 0 3 different weavers, most nests facing west. 76 av nests of (797) village,(792) lesser masked, (793) red headed, (791)spectacled weavers outside cafe 1953 792 19/2/2012 0 site revisited - lesser masked weaver at base of huge colony - nests too numerous to count
2955 792 17/9/2012 0 revisited Blyde Cafe weaver nest site - took benchmark pics for future comparisons. no birds in attendance. myna & sparrows visible. note flowers. 2978 792 19/9/2012 0 update to Blyde colony - sent you updates on monday - no birds were seen at about 9h00. newer nests puzzled me so returned at 15h30 on
19/9 - tree full of lesser masked weaver males all actively feeding off weeping boer bean flowers(Schotia brachypetala) which are dripping
nectar - and attending to nests. No other species noted. At least 20 active males seen but no females in view for 30minutes i stayed.
Impossible to count nests but shall get estimate later this week. 3132 792 4/10/2012 0 original record indicated many different species - obviously eating the boerbean flowers. (see Mv1613 2/12/2012); returned a couple of times to find only LMWeavers & house sparrows/mynas. Maybe too early in the season? Still cannot count or differentiate nests as the tree is too dense and the nests are too bunched & totally chaotic 5135 792 22/1/2013 0 still active colony but reduced number of birds overall amongst nests. Some new green nests and feeding chicks obvious. Males still displaying etc. Nests are tatty and uncountable because of storm damage. 6972 792 9/8/2013 0 Vm 5135 revisited. Weeping boerboom over cafe.
Comments: Tree & colony suffered severe cutbacks. No birds seen at location.
Monitoring as one of 6 possible/alternative sites for BBC production.
No new nests seen.
nests not counted 8111 792 21/12/2013 42 Colony remains small after drastic tree cut-back. Suspect many now moved to Blyde wildlife estate colony which has shown dramatic growth this season.
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