Destructive Masked Weaver - what to do?

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9 years 1 month ago #9037 by waldens@faerieglen
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Hi All,
We have some masked weavers that have made our Fever Tree their home, There are between 10 and 13 nests on any given day, and the male is plucking the foliage off all the surrounding trees and shrubs. This is very unsightly and causes a mess. Is there any way to stop this destructive behaviour - would rubber snakes, or owls in the tree (not real ones <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> ) help? The "wag 'n bietjie"tree is just getting its leaves, but they all end up on the ground. Do I just let it be, or can anybody give some advice, please.
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Amanda

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9 years 1 month ago #9111 by gordon
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Hi Amanda,

Besides chasing the weaver away (or having a nice stew), I would set up my camera in a home made hide and make use of his destructive behaviour by capturing as much information as I could... <!-- s:spin: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/spin.gif" alt=":spin:" title="Spinning" /><!-- s:spin: -->

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Gordon

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9 years 1 month ago #9118 by waldens@faerieglen
waldens@faerieglen replied the topic: Re: Destructive Masked Weaver - what to do?
Hi Gordon,
We printed a double sided picture of a Scopps owl, had it laminated, and hung it in the tree this morning. A huge commotion ensued. Mr Weaver frantically started demolishing all the old nests, and by sunset there were only 3 newish nests left. I swept all the rubble up, so will see what happens tomorrow. The chicks in the older nests had already fledged, so no harm was done. It was quiet around the tree for a few hours, but the Black Collared Barbets, who are breeding in the nesting log, are quite unfazed, and the Mossies are also quietly going about feeding their chicks. Just old Weaver is going ape!

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9 years 1 month ago #9127 by Birdlover
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Very interesting. What gave you the idea ?

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9 years 4 weeks ago #9177 by mossie
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Great Idea. <!-- s:yoyo: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/yo-yo.gif" alt=":yoyo:" title="Yo-Yo" /><!-- s:yoyo: --> Was thinking of molding something from clay, but if the cut out works, even better. <!-- s:spin: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/spin.gif" alt=":spin:" title="Spinning" /><!-- s:spin: --> Last year our Grey Louries grazed enough leaves off our fever tree, to eventually kill it. Rather sad to have to dig up and discard a 3m tree that you planted 2 years ago. <!-- s:cry: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cry.gif" alt=":cry:" title="Crying or Very sad" /><!-- s:cry: --> I think there is a general lack of indigenous trees were we live, as a result, most of what we plant gets seriously overutilized by the local wildlife. Our kigelleria nearly had a similar fate in the first year. We have now had to rethink out policy regarding let nature take its course, with new trees. A little "protection" is not a bad thing, until the trees get established enough to sustain the bird and insect populations. If its any consolation, our paperbark acacia is being turned into great bedding material at quite a rate! So much for "hardy" indigenous gardens <!-- s:scratchchin: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/scratchchin.gif" alt=":scratchchin:" title="Perplexed" /><!-- s:scratchchin: -->

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9 years 4 weeks ago #9181 by waldens@faerieglen
waldens@faerieglen replied the topic: Re: Destructive Masked Weaver - what to do?
While we were still living in Faerie Glen, Pretoria, we also had problems with an aggressive Masked Weaver, and Dennis had the bright idea to cut some owl shapes out of hard board. I then painted them to resemble a Spotted Eagle owl, used 3m reflective tape for eyes, and it worked like a charm. But sadly, when we moved to Lonehill, the owls somehow got left behind. I now have 2 in my trees, and the plucking has almost stopped. The weaver has also demolished all the old nests.
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