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Basra Reed Warblers (Acrocephalus griseldis) for the 2nd consecutive year


Back in July 2006, it was a big surprise for the Hula ringing team to find strong evidence for the breeding of Basra Reed Warblers in northern Israel.
Up to this time, the bird was considerd as an endemic breeder to Iraq, though it was speculated that due to habitat destruction in Iraq, single birds found their way to the reeds of northern Israel.
On the 8th May 2007, Nadav Israeli, of the Hula ringing team, had ringed two Basra Reed Warblers, one of these birds was already ringed in the previous July session.
This retrap may be a good indication that the birds will (or already have been) regularly breed in the area and that last year potative breeding was not a one time event.

Below are the images taken by Nadav on the 8th of May:
Basra Reed Warblers

Mourning Wheatear
(Oenanthe lugens) Sde-boqer, Jul.04

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

Pied Avocet
(Recurvirostra avosetta) Ma'agan Michael, Apr.06
 
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