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792, Lesser Masked Weaver Ploceus intermedius (see species summary here)

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Record statusACCEPTED
Vm7302 [on-line data upload (2013-10-22): 53267]
SpeciesLesser Masked Weaver
Observer(s)Zaloumis, Alex
Country, town, locusSouth Africa, Limpopo, Phalaborwa,
LocalitySpar end, R71, Phalaborwa
Latitude, longitude-23.9458, 31.151794444444 [0 m accuracy]
NotesVm 7191 revisited. No activity, no birds seen. Hot, dry - not rained this season. Early morning visit.
Nest count0
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vmSpecies codeDateNestsNotes
703179222/8/201329LMW colony in palm tree fronds next to very busy intersection on R71 (Van Ek street) Comment: Position very similar to Malelane colony (Vm 6475), also in palm tree next to busy intesection with traffic light. Inspection of photograph reveals a bird sitting on nest. No LMW confirmed. nests: 29 counted from photograph. Probably all old.
71917926/10/20130Vm 7031 revisited. No new nests or birds seen.
730279217/10/20130Vm 7191 revisited. No activity, no birds seen. Hot, dry - not rained this season. Early morning visit.
76387925/12/201321Vm 7302 revisited. This is first time I have seen LMW and new nests at this exposed site. This round trip from Orpen to Phalaborwa gate was done to look for weaver nests in the mid Kruger. None were found along roads, rivers crossed or in camps - yet 10 to 50km west, closeby at Phalaborwa, Mica & Hoedspruit the weavers are nesting profusely. The Skukuza reception and Panic dam hide(100kms south) also have many weavers nesting. It was noted that the rivers, stream, dams and pans were mostly dry, except Olifants which was flowing well. The grass & reed beds were green but short. Very few grass birds, (no quelea) etc were seen but Comb ducks were seen in the vleis near Orpen, eating grass, seed heads - or looking for nesting sites. They have arrived late this year even around Hoedspruit. The large LMW colony (Vm 3029), reported by Nuttal in Dec 2002 has not returned to Satara even though the water features have now been restored & the palm trees have new, green fronds. No cuckoos were heard in the camp - sure sign of weaver colonies. The red-billed buffalo weavers are thriving in the park. (I do not have rainfall figures for this part of the Kruger but suspect having a dry season.)

Vm 7031

Vm 7191

Vm 7302

Vm 7638

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