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799, Cape Weaver Ploceus capensis (see species summary here)

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Record statusACCEPTED
Vm572 [on-line data upload (2011-02-10): 4259]
SpeciesCape Weaver
Observer(s)Adam S
Country, town, locusSouth Africa, Western Cape, Mossel Bay,
3322CC
LocalityFarm Laaiplaats, Ruiterbos area
Latitude, longitude-33.9666028549459, 22.0905715227127 [0 m accuracy]
Date2011/1/29
NotesA rather large boomslang again cased out the weaver\'s nests in the back garden. This time the adults were unable to drive it away. It slid into a nest and we could hear the chick peeping as it was bitten. The snake waited for a couple of minutes for the bird to die (all the while being pecked and battered by the parents) and pulled out its head with the chick in its mouth. The boomslang then dropped to the ground, where unfortunately a small group of dogs and cats were lounging - Saffy grabbed the snake and shook it, the chick came flying out of its mouth and the boomslang headed for the long grass at top speed. That snake (or different ones, not quite sure) came daily - between the snake and a wind which blew down several nests, all the babies were wiped out and the colony dispersed overnight. Very sad! Out of 42 nests I\'m not sure that there were many successful fledgings - the cats got one, the Gymnogene was seen in the garden and succeeded in getting at least one, the boomslang took many, a few eggs and fledglings fell out of the nest.
Nest count42
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History of repeat colony counts

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vmSpecies codeDateNestsNotes
20979922/10/201011In a flowering gum tree in my garden.
57279929/1/201142A rather large boomslang again cased out the weaver\'s nests in the back garden. This time the adults were unable to drive it away. It slid into a nest and we could hear the chick peeping as it was bitten. The snake waited for a couple of minutes for the bird to die (all the while being pecked and battered by the parents) and pulled out its head with the chick in its mouth. The boomslang then dropped to the ground, where unfortunately a small group of dogs and cats were lounging - Saffy grabbed the snake and shook it, the chick came flying out of its mouth and the boomslang headed for the long grass at top speed. That snake (or different ones, not quite sure) came daily - between the snake and a wind which blew down several nests, all the babies were wiped out and the colony dispersed overnight. Very sad! Out of 42 nests I\'m not sure that there were many successful fledgings - the cats got one, the Gymnogene was seen in the garden and succeeded in getting at least one, the boomslang took many, a few eggs and fledglings fell out of the nest.
138779918/10/201140A day after the first eggs hatched, this video was taken, see here. Detailed notes: 14 June - first sign of nest building. 16 Aug - 3 nests started 31 Aug - 6 nests 5 Sep - 18 nests 14 Sep - 27 nests 27 Sep - first egg hatched 28 Sep - boomslang raid 10 Oct - cat seen with tiny baby weaver 13 Oct - 40 nests
1450979918/12/20144This is the first time the weavers have used the Jacaranda tree.

Vm 209

Vm 572

Vm 1387

Vm 14509

Best: Cape Weaver - flowers growing in nest

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