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791, Spectacled Weaver Ploceus ocularis (see species summary here)

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Record statusACCEPTED
Vm8113 [on-line data upload (2014-01-08): 63349]
SpeciesSpectacled Weaver
Observer(s)Zaloumis, Alex
Country, town, locusSouth Africa, Limpopo, Hoedspruit,
LocalityBlyde wildlife estate off R36
Latitude, longitude-24.468969444444, 30.878755555556 [0 m accuracy]
NotesVm 7586 revisited. Trees shared by large, village, SMW, lesser masked weaver colonies. Spectacled heard but not seen. Suspect island nest being used & that there is another immediately inside the estate - not found yet. This colony was noted but not reported in previous years as it was small. Now rapidly grown into largest in the area. Red bishops in bulrushes below - nests not found yet
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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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