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779, Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver Bubalornis niger (see species summary here)

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Record statusACCEPTED
Vm7580 [on-line data upload (2013-12-02): 57644]
SpeciesRed-billed Buffalo Weaver
Observer(s)Zaloumis, Alex
Country, town, locusSouth Africa, Limpopo, Hoedspruit,
LocalityGarage, R36 & R527 intersection
Latitude, longitude-24.387416666667, 30.670777777778 [0 m accuracy]
NotesVM 7530 revisited. RBBW nest on extreme right of this tree. 1. 2 species identified in tree. LMW & RBBW. RBBW birds not seen or photographed but nest is large - hidden in dense foilage, mid canopy. 2. many hawkers and commuters in busy garage forecourt below. 3. North facing RBBW nest slightly apart from the l Large LMW east & south facing nest concentrations.
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vmSpecies codeDateNestsNotes
753079225/11/20130Aware of this location for some time but suddenly become a significantly large colony. Familiar situation of many black commuters, fast food rubbish, pavement hawkers, water from Olifants river nearby - and safety from natural predators provided by human proximity. No nest count - to be done later.
757679228/11/2013241Revisited VM 7530. There are 2 locations for this colony. 1. Had not seen this specific location before (Vm 7530). Returned 3 days later to do detail count. 3 counts yielded an average of 241 LMW nests with a 22 nest variation between counts. Very dense hookthorn tree with most nests facing east - over the forecourt, facing towards the intersection! Reason not seen before is because its a very dangerous intersection. 2. Solitary Red-billed Buffalo weaver hidden in dense foilage. 3. diederick cuckoos calling from neighbouring tree. 4. Tried to count males. less than 60 in attendance at time of visit - 16h00 5. 14 double and 3 tripple nests observed. 6. Counted nests, did not attempt to discriminate between old or new, used or unused, occupied or unoccupied. 7. noted that LMW also closes entrance when female is some have a wider opening, some are definitely reduced to very narrow tunnels. nest 241 average
1390177912/10/20141Total garage ablution & parking area, R36 & R527 intersection Comment: active colony. Buffalo weavers active in tree & on the ground. 1st Rains night before Nests: 1 revisited vm 7580

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