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793, Red-headed Weaver Anaplectes rubriceps (see species summary here)
Record status ACCEPTED Vm 4117 [on-line data upload (2012-11-29): 26893] Species Red-headed Weaver Observer(s) Zaloumis, Alex Country, town, locus South Africa, Limpopo, Tzaneen,
Locality on the R36, 64-80km from Tzaneen - mostly on Karongwe G Reserve border/fenceline Latitude, longitude -24.290666666667, 30.6282 [0 m accuracy] Date 2012/11/10 Notes Active colony concentrated on Telephone post and stretching 20m West & east along wires. Nest count - 52+ intact in this location. But - Many smaller active colonies on telephone wires or posts for about 18km on the R36, most on telephone wires - some on power lines.
[see also Birdpix 1218] Nest count 52 Nest site man-made
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vm Species code Date Nests Notes 4117 793 10/11/2012 52 Active colony concentrated on Telephone post and stretching 20m West & east along wires. Nest count - 52+ intact in this location. But - Many smaller active colonies on telephone wires or posts for about 18km on the R36, most on telephone wires - some on power lines.
[see also Birdpix 1218] 6309 793 14/7/2013 0 Site Vm 4117 revisited. No bird activity noted after 2 visits on same day. No new nests identified but colony greatly enlarged since last visit. Scattered nests on both sides of the road stretching for kms. 6989 793 16/8/2013 0 Vm 6309 revisited. previous coords used are too far off the road and used for the Red Billed buffalo weavers in the tree behind. (sent next.) Location: many nests on telephone poles and wire along this
section.ie. GP used is a general location.
comments: No birds seen. All nests are old. Checking for their return.
Nests: not counted 7079 793 10/9/2013 3 Vm 6989 revisited. No birds seen - but 3 new partially built nests seen & one ring besides old, dark nests.
7179 793 2/10/2013 0 Vm 6309/6989 revisited. Very active colony with new nests, competing males and females. Nests not counted as some are new, others are being revamped. Cannot tell. 7316 793 9/10/2013 70 nests spread out between 3 telephone poles, 5+ males, several females, 32+35+3 nests 7531 793 25/11/2013 0 Vm 7179 revisited. Colony has not grown or progressed at this main location since last 2 visits. Rains started recently. (Vm 7179) Males seen carrying insects and twigs, not for building or feeding, but holding them in beaks and doing shaking displays on top. Eventually dropping twigs in a disinterested way. Females busy inside nests, probably brooding. Black cuckoo calling from nearby tree. Chased off by males. 11414 793 12/2/2014 0 13890 793 12/10/2014 65 nests on telephone wires & poles alongside R36 200m near D202,
Makalali/Gravelot turn off.
Nest counted by groups (west to east -3+1+4+1+3+5+5+5+4+26+3+5 = 65 total)
At least 8 red-headed plus 2 yellow headed young males counted plus 2
1st Rains - light shower but puddles still around from previous night.
vm 7316 revisited 18023 793 6/9/2015 0 Location: RHW R36 to Tzaneen -main telephone colony alongside R36.
Comments - many old nests - no birds seen midday
Nests - not counted (vm 13890 revisited)
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