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792, Lesser Masked Weaver Ploceus intermedius (see species summary here)
Record status ACCEPTED Vm 7503 [on-line data upload (2013-11-25): 56714] Species Lesser Masked Weaver Observer(s) Zaloumis, Alex Country, town, locus South Africa, Limpopo, Hoedspruit,
Locality Near Knoppiesdoring Rd, Hoedspruit Latitude, longitude -24.3492, 30.958616666667 [0 m accuracy] Date 2013/11/24 Notes Vm 3692/2256 revisited. Colony wiped out 2012-0-25 because it attracted snakes. Birds relocated to a loose colony in neighbouring fever trees. Location checked monthly. Now 9 new nests built in original palms. No new nests in neighbouring fever trees. Nest count 9 Nest site tree
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vm Species code Date Nests Notes 2256 792 17/4/2012 8 more multichambered weaver nests. no birds sighted on a number of occassions. mixed colony of 8 single or multichambered nests hidden under thatch roof of office building. 3692 792 25/10/2012 0 very active nesting site - lesser masked weaver - 4 males and females busy. Original record indicated multiple nests behind these palm trees attached to thatch roof - but all 8 new nests are exposed on palm tree fronds.
4118 792 12/11/2012 14 Vm 3692/2256 revisited; very active site. Males fighting & displaying. Nests visible/exposed on palm tree now 14 - up from 8
4856 792 22/12/2012 28 revisit 2256/3692. Virille colony completely wiped out - now moved to neighbouring palm trees 10m away from old site (22 nests)- and nearby (15m) fever tree (6 nests). Bar owner had colony removed because regular visiting boomslang(s) were frightening customers. (they have video of attacks). One snake taken to snake park - other escaped. Nest count 22 + 6 7503 792 24/11/2013 9 Vm 3692/2256 revisited. Colony wiped out 2012-0-25 because it attracted snakes. Birds relocated to a loose colony in neighbouring fever trees. Location checked monthly. Now 9 new nests built in original palms. No new nests in neighbouring fever trees. 8895 792 24/2/2014 0 Vm 7503 revisited. Large fever tree colony at entrance to Hoedspruit Wild-life estate has been completely abandoned - there are no nests in the trees - probably due to persistent predation. These birds probably relocated to this established site and to palms at nearby Pick n Pay parking area. No new nests. No birds seen. Nests not recounted.
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