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May 2005

Tomer Landsberger

Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus): 2 off Eilat's north beach on 21st-22nd (R. Mizrachi).

Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus): 1 off nachsholim beach, 12/MAY (A. Bluman).

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator): 1 female type off Eilat's north beach on the 7th (J. P. Smith, D. Mitchell et al).

Verraux's Eage (Aquila verrauxii): 1 adult over Yoash ridge, Eilat mountains, 07/MAY (J. Meyrav et al).

Eleonora's Falcon (Falco eleonorae): 2, Palmachim beach, 03/MAY (E. Vanunu); 1, Eilat mountains, 04/MAY (Y. Perlman, A. Geffen, N. Israeli).

Black-winged Pratincole (Glareola nordmanni): 2 near Hatzeva on the 20th (Y. Perlman et al).

White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus): the long staying bird at Elifaz sewage factory was found dead on the 6th (J. P. Smith, D. Mitchell et al).

Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus): 1, Ma'ayan Tzvi fishponds, 05/MAY (A. Cohen, T. Kahn, T. Landsberger); 1 at Km 20 saltpans on 03/MAY (J. Meyrav).

Great Snipe (Gallinago media): 1, Yotvata sewage, Arava, 01/MAY (J. Meyrav), present since the 27th of April; 1 at HaBesor stream on the 2nd (J. P. Smith, D. Mitchell et al).

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus): singles at K20 saltpans during May, max 7 on the 23rd (R. Mizrachi); a flock of 20 at Eilat's north beach on the 4th (Y. Perlman, A. Geffen, N. Israeli).

 Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) 
Red-necked Phalarope
 Km 20 saltpans, 07-MAY 

Long-tailed Skua (Stercorarius longicaudus): 1 off Eilat's north beach on 20th (R. Mizrachi).

 Long-tailed Skua (Stercorarius longicaudus) 
Long-tailed Skua
 Eilat's north beach, 20-MAY 

White-cheeked Tern (Sterna repressa): 1 at Eilat's north beach on the 4th (Y. Perlman, A. Geffen, N. Israeli); 1 off Eilat's north beach on the 21st (R. Mizrachi).

Crested Tern (Sterna bergii): 1 off Eilat's north beach on the 6th (J. P. Smith, D. Mitchell et al); same bird seen again on 14th-15th (N. Weiss et al).

Bimaculated Lark (Melanocorypha bimaculata): 1, Elifaz sewage factory, Arava, 04/MAY (Y. Perlman, A. Geffen, N. Israeli).

Richard's Pipit (Anthus richardi): 1 at Yotvata fields on the 5th (J. P. Smith, D. Mitchell et al).

'lutea' Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava lutea): 1, Yotvata sewage, Arava, 01/MAY (J. Meyrav).

Thrush Nightingale (Luscinia luscinia): high numbers recorded all round the country. Max 150 counted at the southern Arava on the 7th (J. Meyrav).

Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatillis): 1 at Shizzafon sewage factory, on the 7th (J. P. Smith, D. Mitchell et al).

Barred Warbler (Sylvia nisoria): up to 40 birds at the vineyards north of Eilat, 07/MAY (R. Livne).

River Warbler (Locustella fluviatilis): 5 ringed at the JBO on 12-14th (G. Perlman, N. Weiss, S. Agmon, Y. Kiat et al); up to 15 at Yotvata's circular field on the 15th (N. Weiss et al).

 River Warbler (Locustella fluviatilis) 
River Warbler
 Jerusalem, 13-MAY 

Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina): 4, Jerusalem bird observatory, 2-3/MAY (E. Banker, S. Agmon, T. Kahn, N. Yarkoni, T. Landsberger); 1 at Yotvata's sewage factory, 04/MAY (Y. Perlman, A. Geffen, N. Israeli); 1 at HaMeishar, road 40, 10/MAY (E. Vanunu, B. Granit, T. Landsberger).

 Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina) 
Icterine Warbler
 Jerusalem, 03-MAY 

Olive-tree Warbler (Hippolais olivetorum): an influx, high numbers recorded mainly in Jerusalem on the first half on May. Max. 35 on 03/MAY (T. Landsberger, T. Kahn).

Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva): 1 at Neot Semadar orchards on the 10th (B. Granit).

Rosy Starling (Sturnus roseus): 1 ringed at IBRC Eilat on the 5th (R. Yossef et al); 1 at 'Bahad 1' sewage, Mitzpe Ramon, 12/MAY (E. Vanunu); 4 ringed at the Hula reflooded area on the 13th (F. Argyle, A. Geffen, N. Israeli); 7 at Eilot vineyards on the 13th (A. Cohen) and 2 on the 22nd (R. Mizrachi).

 Rosy Starling (Sturnus roseus) 
Rosy Starling
 Eilat area, 22-MAY 

Pale Rock Sparrow (Carpospiza brachydactyla): 1, Eilot Vineyards, 12/MAY (E. Vanunu).


Chukar
(Alectoris chukar) Sde Boqer, Apr.04

Crested Lark
(Galerida cristata) Yotvata, Apr.05

Blue Rock-Thrush
(Monticola solitarius) Mt. Arbel, Feb.06
 
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