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April 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.
Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster): 1 off Eilat's north beach, 11/Apr (K. de Rouck et al.).

Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorynchus): the wintering bird was still present at Eilot'a date plantation in mid April.

Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus): 1 at Wadi Barak, 05/Apr (A. Dorfmann).

Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio porphyrio): 1 at the Difle, Ma'ayan Zvi fishponds, 21/Apr (T. Kahn).

Caspian Plover (Charadrius asiaticus): 1 at Km 37 compost heaps, 02/Apr (Y. Charka, R. Mizrachi); 1 at Ma'agan Michael, 24/Apr (C. Rozen).

 Caspian Plover (Charadrius asiaticus) 
Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus

Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotus): 1 at Yotvata sewage ponds, 30/Apr (M. Craig). The 6th record for Israel.

 Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotus) 
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotus

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus): 1 at Km 20, 04/Apr (R. Mizrachi); 5 at Km 20, 22/Apr (A. Chaver); 1 at Ma'agan Michael fishponds, 30/Apr (S. Agmon).

Great Snipe (Gallinago media): 1 at Taninim stream near binyamina, 02/Apr (A. Mayrose, S. Agmon et al.); 1 cought at the Hula valley, Agmon lake, 18/Apr (F. Argyle, I. Shanni et al.); 1 at Neot Smadar sewage, 24/Apr (J. Meyrav et al.).

 Great Snipe (Gallinago media) 
Great Snipe Gallinago media

Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus): 1 at Ma'agan Michael, 05/Apr onwards (M. Adar, A. Ben Dov et al.).

 Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus) 
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus

Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia): 2 off Jaffa port, 07/Apr (R. Livne); 1 fledgling found at Eilat's lagoon on 14/Apr, representing the first breeding record in Israel (N. Weiss).

White-cheeked Tern (Sterna repressa): 1 off Eilat's north beach, 26/Apr (A. Cohen, M. Clacey, T. Landsberger).

Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea): 1-2 off Eilat's north beach, 26/Apr (A. Cohen, M. Clacey, T. Landsberger).

Thick-billed Lark (Rhamphocorhis clotbey): birds seen throughout the month at the Meyshar with a max number of 19 on 11/Apr (L. Kislev, S. Alterman); 1 at Hiyyon plains, 23/Apr (J. Meyrav).

 Thick-billed Lark (Rhamphocorhis clotbey) 
Thick-billed Lark Rhamphocorhis clotbey

Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni): up to five were still present at Eilot's date plantation in mid April.

 Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) 
Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni

Yellow Wagtail (Motacila flava lutea): 4 at Km 20 saltpans, 26/Apr onwards (T. Landsberger, A. Cohen, M. Clacey et al.); 1 at Lotan, 28/Apr (T. Landsberger, A. Cohen, M. Clacey et al.).

 Yellow Wagtail (Motacila flava lutea) 
Yellow Wagtail Motacila flava lutea

White-throated Robin (Irania gutturalis): an invasion - a total of ~20 seen in the southern Arava starting from 21/Apr (N. Weiss, A. Ben Dov, S. Alterman et al.).

 White-throated Robin (Irania gutturalis) 
White-throated Robin  Irania gutturalis

Black Bush Robin (Cercotrichas podobe): 2 present throughout the month at Eilat's bird sanctuary (N. Weiss et al.); 1 at Km 20, 13/Apr (A. Meir); 1 at Yotvata, 25/Apr (S. Alterman, J. Meyrav).

 Black Bush Robin (Cercotrichas podobe) 
Black Bush Robin Cercotrichas podobe

Basra Reed Warbler (Accrocephalus griseldis): 1 at Elifaz sewage ponds, 01/Apr (M. Craig et al.).

Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca): 1 in Eilat's museum park, 08/Apr (J. Meyrav).

Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka): 1 at Km 19, 03/Apr (N. Yarkoni, S. Haham et al.); up to 6 at Neot Smadar area, 27/Apr onwards (A. Cohen, T. Landsberger, M. Clacey, L. Kislev, A. Ben Dov et al.); 1 male at Ketura, 29/Apr (J. Meyrav et al.).

 Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka) 
Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka

Menetries's Warbler (Sylvia mystacea): 1 ringed at Lotan, 01/Apr (G. Elton, Y. Perlman, J. Meyrav et al.).

Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva): 1 at Bahad 1 sewage, 25/Apr (A. Cohen, M. Clacey, T. Landsberger).

Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus): 1 at Rishpon shore, 02/Apr (T. Kahn); 1 male at Neot Smadar sewage, 21/Apr (Y. Perlman et al.); 1 at Yotvata fields, 29/Apr (J. Meyrav).

Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides): 1 male at Eliphaz sewage, 27/Apr onwards (A. Cohen, M. Clacey, T. Landsberger).

 Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides) 
Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus

Rose-coloured Starling (Sturnus roseus): 1 at Bahad 1, 18/Apr (A. Ben Dov);

Pale Rock Sparrow (Carpospiza brachydactyla): 6 at the Hula Agmon, 25/Apr (I. Shanni).

Cinereous Bunting (Emberiza cineracea): 1 at Ma'agan Michael, 04/Apr (S. Agmon); 1 at Wadi Shilo, 04/Apr (S. Alterman).

Pine Bunting (Emberiza leucocephalus): 1 at Km 19 cowshed, 03-04/Apr (N. Yarkoni, S. Haham).

Black-crowned Finch-lark
(Eremoprerix nigriceps) Eilat, Apr.06

Red-breasted Flycatcher
(Ficedula parva) Sde Boqer, Oct.04

Red Phalarope
(Phalaropus fulicarius) Eilat, Oct.05
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