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Monthly Summaries

April 2009

Barak Granit

Below is a summary featuring the most interesting observations from this month, based on reports from the ISRABIRDNET mailing list and other sources.
Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus): 1 over Nahal Dishon on the 9th (Chen Rozen); 1 at Alonei Habashan (Golan Heights) on the 9th (Dotan Yosha)

Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides virgo): 1 at Timurim from the 18th onwards (Ezer Miller et al).

 Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides virgo) 

Bridled Tern (Sterna anaethetus): 1 juv plumage at north Beach Eilat on the 6th (Barak Granit, Eyal Shochat)

Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides virgo): 1 at Timurim from the 18th onwards (Ezer Miller et al)

Caspian Plover (Charadrius asiaticus): 3 on 14th, km 20 (JBO team); 4 at k.20 on the 23rd (Eric Didner), 3 at K.20 on the 7 (Barak Granit); 1 at Hamieyshar on the 3rd (Yochai Koren)

Great Snipe (Gallinago media): 1 caught and ringed at Hula refloded lake on 31st March (Nadav Israli & Yosef Kiat)

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus): 12 at North Beach on the 16th (Shachar Alterman)

Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos): 1 at K.20 on 23rd (Eric Didner). 9th Israeli Record if accepted.

Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus): 1 adult at Maagan Michael on the 14th (Shai Agmon)

Audouin's Gull (Larus audouinii): 1st summer bird at Maagan Michael on the 13th (Barak Granit & Tomer Landsberger)

Sabine's Gull (Larus sabini):
The 3rd record for israel was of a 1st summer bird, found in Maagan Michael fish ponds on the 23rd (Asaf Meyroz & Shy Agmon) and stay onwards, enabling most of the Israeli Birders to twitch it successfully.

 Sabine's Gull (larus sabinni) 

Bridled Tern (Sterna anaethetus): 1 juv plumage at north Beach Eilat on the 6th (Barak Granit, Eyal Shochat).

Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia): 2 at Tel-Aviv Harbour on the 9th (Daniel Gelbert).

Short-eared owl (Asio flammeus): 1 at Atlit on the 6th (Yochai).

Egyptian Nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius): 2 during mid aprl at Yotvata (Noam Weiss et al).

Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis): 1 at Maagan Michael on the 29th (Rami Mizrachi et al).

Menetries's Warbler (Sylvia mystacea): 1 ringed at the IBRCE ringing station on the 15th (Noam Weiss et al).

White-throated Robin (Irania gutturalis): The only report for this spring was of a male seen briefly in Kibutz En-gedi on the 3rd. (Yoav Perlman).

Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca): 1 male at Hasharon Reserve north to Tel Aviv on the 3rd.

Ficedula Flycatchers (Ficedula sp.):
large numbers, mainly Collard but some Pied and Semi-Collards among them (15-50 Collards per location), were reported between 15th-18th Of the month from verious places including Southern Arava, Mitzpe Ramon, Sde Boker, Yerucham Lake, Meytar, Lahav, Jehuda Plain, Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, Ramat Handaiv Beit Shean Valley and more. Max: 50 at Yerucham Lake and 49 ringed in Jerusalem.

Semi-Collard Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata): apart from the birds seing with the big wave of the Collard's, there was also small wave of Semi-Collard Flycatchers on the first days of the month at the Negev and Arava. Max: 3 birds at Samar on the 2nd (Shachar Alterman).

Rose Coloured Starling (Sturnus roseus): at Maagan Michael on the 29th (T. Kahn et al).

Cinereous Bunting (Emberiza cineracea): 4 at Wadi Zvia on the 3rd (Avner Rinot); 6 at Kochav Hashachar on the same day (Rami Mizrachi).

Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella): 1 at southern Arava on the 16th (Jonathan Meyrav).

(Alcedo atthis) Ma'agan Michael, Aug.04

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
(Merops persicus)Arava valley, Apr.05

Black-shouldred Kite
(Elanus caeruleus) Gal-On, Feb.05
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