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Bulletin 7:01 Rare Birds in Israel
Eyal Shochat and James P. Smith, on behalf of the Israeli Rarities and Distribution Committee, May 3rd 2010.
It has been three years since the publication of the last IRDC bulletin. Following personnel changes in early 2009, the committee started to review submitted records from 2008 to date, and also looked into a number of records from the previous five years, as part of an ongoing process. In addition, the committee undertook reviews of a number of reports that were published elsewhere, mostly on the web or in birding magazines, but which were never formally submitted to the IRDC. This bulletin deals with 19 records that were reviewed by the committee during 2009 and early 2010, of which all but three were considered acceptable.
The following records were accepted to category A:
Black-throated Diver (Gavia arctica)
Great Shearwater (Puffinus gravis)
Bewick's Swan (Cygnus bewickii)
Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita)
Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca)
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus)
Shikra (Accipiter badius)
Grey Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius)
Great Snipe Gallinago media)
Great Black-baked Gull Larus marinus)
Franklin’s Gull (Larus pipixcan)
Crested Tern (Sterna bergii)
Black-crowned Sparrow Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps)
Eye-browed Thrush (Turdus obscurus)
Yellow-breasted Bunting (Emberiza aureola)
The following records could not be accepted:
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)
Taiga Flycatcher(Ficedula albicilla)
Booted/Sykes's Warbler (Hippolais caligata/rama)
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