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Vm6967 [on-line data upload (2013-08-12): 48308]
SpeciesVillage Weaver
Observer(s)Zaloumis, Alex
Country, town, locusSouth Africa, Limpopo, Hoedspruit,
LocalityBlyde Backpackers, Selati Game Reserve
Latitude, longitude-24.468969444444, 30.878755555556 [0 m accuracy]
Notes2 large fever trees with remnants of weaver colonies in well kept garden. comments: Management state that the birds have started to return. Colony builds up to about 80 & 160 during peak season. They keep records of the birds & have monitored them for the last 12 years. 3. Noticed a pair of village weavers inspecting nests in both trees, hanging upside down, flapping & generally displaying, even displacing others - but these were LMW nests! nests: no green nests seen. Rough count as 11 nests on smaller tree, 20 odd on larger.
Nest count31
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vmSpecies codeDateNestsNotes
69687928/8/20130nests in 2 large fever trees in well maintained garden. comments: after 2 visits only Village & Spectacle weavers seen at feeding tray below trees. Management also mentioned Red Headed weavers nesting under thatched guest cottages but these have been removed. nests: no new nests seen. Many remnants.
71827913/10/20130New nest in garden -half-way down large fever tree that usually has a large village & lesser masked colony - currently only at start-up stage. Nest built in about 4 days. Large boomslang lurking in garden trees.
753779724/11/20130Vm 6967 revisited. 2 mixed colonies of village & lesser masked weavers in 2 large fever trees in garden. Colonies become very active over last month. 101 nests in west tree, 88 in east tree. Owners feed birds daily.
811079221/12/2013118Vm 7538 revisited. Birds fed & watered - also goat pens with food. Trees shared by large Village weaver colonies. Colony always infested with many Diederik cuckoos. Males land amongst colony. Weavers attack and chase them off - en mass. Male flies off calling, being chased by colony. 2 Female cuckoos sneak in & lay eggs. Very quick. Nest count: 118 + 96 mixed species.

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