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Monthly Summaries

December 2009

Barak Granit

Below is a summary featuring the most interesting observations from this month, based on reports from the ISRABIRDNET mailing list and other sources.
Red-throated Diver (Gavia stellata): 2 birds at Acre port on the 23rd and onwards (Amir-ben Dov & Shachar Alterman). The 5th record for Israel (last 1 in 2001).

 Red-throated Diver(Gavia stellata) 
 23rd/Dec, Acre port. 
Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster): probably the same bird which was seen on 29/11, seen again at the North Beach on the 19th (Nir Haver).

Yelkouan Shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan): 60 at Jaffa Port on the 17th 18th (Re'a Shaish et al); 200 birds at Ahkelon on the 18th (Re'a Shaish); 60 at Ashdod on the 25th (Amir-Ben Dov).

Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus): 2 at Ashkelon on the 18th (Re'a Shaish), 1 at Jaffa port on the 18th (Oz Horin et al).

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber): 19 at Ashkelon on the 18th during sea-watching (Re'a Shaish).

Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina): female at Yoav Reservoir, Jehudean Plain on the 13th (Ezra Hadad)

White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala): White-headed Duck 780 birds were counted at Central Judean Plains reservoirs on the 27th (Ezra Hadad).

Demoissele Crane (Anthropoides virgo): the wintering Adult was seen in the Hula refloded area throughout the month.

Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus): 1 was photographed at Gamla Natutre Reserve On the 19th ; 1 juv was photographed at Beit Shean Valley on the 15th; another Juv was photographed near Mizpe Ramon on the 3rd.

Black Shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus): the bird which was discovered on 29/11/09 by Sachi Luria in the Hula refloded area, remained until 1/12/09.

Goshwak (Accipiter gentilis): 1 near Beit Shemesh on the 13th (Ezra Hadad).

Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug): 1 juv over Kibutz en Harod on the 23rd (Tuvia Kahan).

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus): The returning adult was seen throughout the month

 Great Black-backed Gull(Larus marinus) 
 25/Dec, Acre port 
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla): 1 at Askelon 8/12/09 (Yoav Perlman); 3-4 at Jaffa Port on 17/12/09 (Re'a Shaish)

Little Tern (Sterna albifrons): 1 1st winter bird at Jaffa Port on 17th (Re'a Shaish), the first mid wintering record for Israel.

Gull-billed Tern (Sterna nilotica): 1 adult winter at Newe Ur on 23rd (David Porat) an extremely rare bird during winter month with only 1-2 previous records.

Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis): 6 birds at Gesher on the 23rd (David Porat).

Sociable Plover (Vanellus gregarius): 1 at the Hula refloded area on 13/12/09 (Itai Shani).

(Semirufus) Black Redstart (Black Redstart): 1 bird at Wadi Puchin (Jehudia mountains) on the 24th (Ezra Hadad).

Menetries's Warbler (Sylvia mystacea): 1 male at Yotvata on the 18th (Jonathan Meyrav).

Paddyfield Warbler (Acrocephalus agricola): the 7th bird for Israel was trapped and ringed on the 1/12/09 by Francis Argyle & Asaf Meyrose and seen by many birders the following day. The bird was in active moult so there is a good chance for over wintering.

 Paddyfield Warbler(Acrocephalus agricola) 
 1/Dec, Maagan Michael. 
Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus): 1 trapped and ringed at Eilat Bird Park (Yael Lenard)

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus): 2-3 birds were seen at Byria forest on 2/12/09 (Amir Ben-Dov)

Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria): 1 at mt Arbel on 28/12/09 (Shachar Altrerman).

 Wallcreeper(Tichodroma muraria) 
 28/December, Mt. Arbel. 
Syrian Serin (Serinus syriacus): 30 at Mishor Zin on the 25th (Tuvia Kahan)

Red-fronted Serin (Serinus pusillus): 1 bird was seen at mt Grizim on 8/12/09 (Yosef Kiat).

Common Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus): 2 birds were ringed at the Hula valley on the 19th (Francis Argyle)

Pied Wheatear
(Oenanthe pleschanka) Shizzafon, Nov.06

Golden Oriole
(Oriolus oriolus) Neot Semadar, Apr.05

Yellow-legged Gull
(Larus michahellis) Ma'agan Michael, May.05
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