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September 2008

Tomer Landsberger

Below is a summary featuring the most interesting observations from this month, based on reports from the ISRABIRDNET mailing list and other sources.
Black Stork (Ciconia nigra): 8,700 migrating over Kfar Ruppin, 22/Sep evening (C. Rhode). The largest concentration ever recorded.

Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereous): 1 at Km 20, early September (N. Weiss).

Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica): 1 at Ma'agan Michael, 19/Sep onwards (C. Rozen et al.); 1 at Atlit saltpans, 24/Sep.

Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica

Red Knot (Calidris canutus): the bird from Achziv beach was last seen on 19/Sep (G. Shon et al.).

Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio porphyrio): 1 Ha'Ma'apil fish ponds, 10/Sep onwards (S. Lotan et al.); 1 at Ma'agan Michael, 24/Sep (T. Kahn).

Purple Gallinule Porphyrio porphyrio

Lesser yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes): 1 at Kibbutz Neve Eitan's fish ponds, Bet Shean valley, 25/Sep onwards (P. Kinsella et al.). The second record for Israel.

Lesser yellowlegs Tringa flavipes

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus): 1 at Ma'agan Michael, 19/Sep (C. Rozen).

Black Tern (Chlydonias niger): 1 at Tirat Tzvi fish ponds, 25/Sep (L. Gregory).

Egyptian Nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius): 1 at Yotvata fields, 21/Sep (N. Weiss et al.).

Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina): 1 between Hamadya and Gesher, 19/Sep (S. Alterman, O. Horine); 1 at Jerusalem Bird observatory, 21/Sep (Y. Kiat et al.); 2 at Tsor'a fields, 22/Sep (Y. Kiat et al.); 1 at Kfar Ruppin cemetery, late September (P. Kinsella).

Syke's Warbler (Hippolais rama): 1 cought and ringed at the IBRC Eilat, 21/Sep (N. Weiss et al.). The 4th record for Israel.

Basra Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus griseldis): 1 at Tirat Tzvi fish ponds, 07/Sep (P. Kinsella, L. Gregory, C. Lansdell).

Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva): 1 at the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem, 29/Sep (S. Agmon).

Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus): 1 at Afula, late september (P. Kinsella et al.); 1 at Kfar Ruppin, late September (P. Kinsella et al.).

Rose-coloured Starling (Sturnus roseus): 1 at Kumeran, Dead Sea, 02/Sep (E. Banker).

Pale Rock Sparrow (Petronia petronia): 3 at Kumi Hill and Bet HaShitta, Harod valley, early September (B. Granit, P. Kinsella).

(Alectoris chukar) Sde Boqer, Apr.04

Cyprus Warbler
(Sylvia melanothorax) Wadi Shlomo, Feb.05

Common Kestrel
(Falco tinnunculus) Hula valley, Feb.05
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