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The Best bird found during August was the second Israeli Green Warbler (First record in October 1987). Zev Labinger found it on 24/8 at Ramat Serin (Southern Lake of Galilee) during the annual soaring bird survey in the northern valleys. Several other folks managed to successfully twitch the bird at least until 29/8.
| ||Green Warbler (Phylloscopus nitidus)|| |
| ||Ramat Sirin, 26-AUG |
|In the Hula two over summering adult Common Cranes were seen on 4/8. Seasonal goodies at Maagan Michael included the followings: Oystercatcher 3 on 5/8, 1 on 21/8 and 1 on 22/8; Terek Sandpiper 1 on 21/8 and 1 on 22/8; Bar-tailed Godwit 1 on 21/8; Common Gull 1 on 21/8; Bridled Tern 1 on 21-22/8; White-cheeked Tern 1 on 5, 21-22/8; Black Tern 1 on 22/8 and Gull-billed tern 1 on 22/8 (Y. Perelman, T. Landsberger and others).
Shfela and Jerusalem
The most interesting bird in central Israel was the first August record of Subalpine Warbler in Israel . An adult male was trapped in Jerusalem on 18/8. Several good waterfowl species were found at the Nahal Sorek reservoirs. At Yesodot reservoir there were 18 Ferruginous Ducks on 6/8 (Y. Kiat). At Tzora Reservoir one Terek Sandpiper was seen on 13/8 (G. Perelman et al.). At Tal Shahar Reservoir there was 1 Ruddy Shelduck on 23/8 (E. Banker).
At the Beer-Sheva sewage ponds there were 1 Gull-billed Tern on 13/8 and 1 White-tailed Plover on 26/8, the earliest ever for this site (R. Livne).
Western Reef Heron
(Egretta gularis) Eilat, Feb.05
(Larus leucophthalmus) Eilat, Jun.05
(Oena capensis) Eilat area, May.05