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White-eyes and weavers at Bowwood (Paardeberg), 28-29/03/2018

2018-03-29 (819)

Paardeberg mountain, showing ringing site
The Paardeberg stands out as a mountainous island in an agricultural landscape between Paarl/Wellington and Malmesbury in the Swartland region of the Western Cape. Very little bird ringing has taken place here, so Les Underhill and I had a ringing session on Bowwood Farm today. The top species was Cape White-eye (n=22), followed by Southern Masked Weavers (n=8), where 2 of the latter were males in partial breeding plumage. Most of the birds had completed moult, but a few birds were at the end of primary moult.

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Southern Masked Weaver male

Species n
White-backed Mousebird 1
Cape Robin 3
Olive Thrush 5
Cape White-eye 22
Karoo Prinia 2
Cape Weaver 3
Southern Masked Weaver 8
Streaky-headed Canary 1

The ring of one bird has been recovered in the Paardeberg area, a Cape Weaver ringed with ring 231054 in the Kraaifontein area by Clive Elliott in 1968.

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