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Weaver Watch - Counting weaver nests to monitor weaver colonies

Taking part
Weaver watch on the Cape Peninsula

Weaver Watch - results

Here is a list of species showing the number of colonies in the project database and a map showing where these colonies are located.

Colonies Species Latin
225 Cape Weaver Ploceus capensis
218 Southern Masked Weaver Ploceus velatus
37 Village Weaver Ploceus cucullatus
16 Southern Red Bishop Euplectes orix
14 Thick-billed Weaver Amblyospiza albifrons
10 Spectacled Weaver Ploceus ocularis
7 Yellow Weaver Ploceus subaureus
5 Lesser Masked Weaver Ploceus intermedius
4 White-browed Sparrow-Weaver Plocepasser mahali
4 Dark-backed Weaver Ploceus bicolor
3 Sociable Weaver Philetairus socius
3 Holub's Golden Weaver Ploceus xanthops
2 Yellow Bishop Euplectes capensis
2 Red-headed Weaver Anaplectes rubriceps
1 Southern Brown-throated Weaver Ploceus xanthopterus

National roadside weaver colonies

Stop for weaver colonies when on holiday. See if you can add nest counts to the following selected colonies (more to follow), or add you own colony by sending an email (see below).

N2 Buffelsjagrivier BP petrol station [34022032]

Colony no: 34022032
Route: N2 Cape Town to Durban; Cape Town to Garden route
Species: Southern Masked Weaver
Location: Buffelsjagrivier BP petrol station, above budgie aviary
GPS: 3402.322S 2032.764E
Nest site: plane trees
Height: very high
Over: ground

Colony records

Date Nests Notes Observer
11 Nov 2005 11   HDO
18 Nov 2005 9 3 breeding nests HDO
23 Dec 2005 7 1 breeding nest HDO
23 Apr 2007 6 deserted HDO
25 Jun 2009 0 no leaves HDO

N2 Mossel Bay picnic stop [34102158]

Colony no: 34102158
Route: N2 Cape Town to Durban; Cape Town to Garden route
Species: Cape Weaver
Location: 15km before Mossel Bay (on N2, Cape Town side of Mossel Bay, south side of road)
GPS: 3410.771S 2158.278E
Nest site: row of gum trees
Height: very high
Over: ground

Colony records

Date Nests Notes Observer
12 Aug 2003 94 10 males HDO
18 Nov 2005 141 1 female flew out breeding nest HDO
29 Apr 2007 15 deserted, no weavers seen HDO

N7 Swartland [33401833]

Colony no: 33401833
Route: N7 Cape Town to Springbok; Cape Town to Malmesbury
Species: Cape Weaver
Location: 1.4km south of R304, around small dam at petrol station
GPS: 3340.490S 1833.181E
Nest site: row of poplar & gum trees
Height: low to very high
Over: dam

2001, bottom phot - zoomed in to middle section of colony

Colony records

Date Nests Notes Observer
18 Jul 1999 137 106N poplars, 31N gums, 1+ breed nests HDO
27 Aug 1999 266 209N poplars, 57N gums, 6+ breed nests HDO
07 Nov 1999 many few mm, few ff HDO
09 Apr 2001 1 deserted HDO
13 Oct 2001 120 90N poplars, 30N gums HDO
22 Aug 2003 179 111N poplars, 68N gums HDO
25 Jun 2004 few mm displaying, few green nests poplars HDO
23 Sep 2005 354 300N poplars, 54N gums HDO
01 Sep 2007 225 166N poplars, 59N gums, 2+ breed nests HDO
30 Apr 2008 42 39N poplars, 3N gums, water level low HDO

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