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Monthly Summaries

January 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.
Swinhoe's Storm-petrel (Oceanodroma monorhis): 1 moribund at Eilat and brought dead to the IBRC on 24/Jan (N. Weiss). The 5th record for Israel.

 Swinhoe's Storm-petrel (Oceanodroma monorhis) 
Swinhoe's Storm-petrel Oceanodroma monorhis

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor): 1 at Ma'ayan Zvi fishponds, 10/Jan onwards (O. Bahat et al.); 2 at Afikim fishponds, 14/Jan (Y. Porat et al.); 7 at Sha'ar HaAmakim, fish ponds on 16/Jan, seen again on 18/Jan in Kfar Baruch reservoir (Z. Labinger, S. Levy); 1 at Birkat Nur, south of Acre, 18/Jan (S. alterman); 1 in Gesher fish ponds, 22/Jan onwards (O. Hatzofe, A. Ben-david et al.); 1 over Kiryat Tivon, 30/Jan (S. Agmon).

 Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 
Mute Swan Cygnus olor

Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina): 1 male in Emek Harod, 18-19/Jan (N. Bessor); 2 at Kfar Baruch reservoir, 18/Jan (Z. Labinger, S. Levy); 1 at Ma'abarot fish ponds, Hefer valley, 19/Jan (C. Rozen).

Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca): 4 off Jaffa port, 30/Jan (B. Granit, N. Sapir, R. Mizrachi, A. Ben-david). The 7th record for Israel.

Smew (Mergellus albellus): 4 female types at Bnei Israel reservoir, Golan, 18/Jan onwards (L. Kislev, U. Geffen, N. Benziovich et al.).

 Smew (Mergellus albellus) 
Smew Mergellus albellus

Great Bustard (Otis tarda): 1 east of Ma'ale Gamla, Golan, 24/Jan onwards (A. Boldo et al.). The 6th record for Israel.

 Great Bustard (Otis tarda) 
Great Bustard Otis tarda

Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax): 3 at Ramot Isaschar, 16/Jan.

Sociable Plover (Vanellus gregarius): 1 at Bet-Shean valley, 02/Jan (M. Craig, S. alterman); 3 near Bnei Israel reservoire, Golan, 05/Jan (A. Ben-dov).

 Sociable Plover (Vanellus gregarius) 
Sociable Plover Vanellus gregarius

Pomarine Skua (Stercorarius pomarinus): several off Jaffa port during stormy days (B. Granit, S. Alterman et al.).

 Pomarine Skua (Stercorarius pomarinus) 
Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus

Long-tailed Skua (Stercorarius longicaudus): 1 juv off Jaffa port, 30/Jan (B. Granit, N. Sapir, R. Mizrachi, A. Ben-david).

Common Gull (Larus canus): 1 adult in Acre, 11/Jan onwards (R. Segali et al.); 2 at Tirat Tzvi, 19/Jan (Y. Dax, A. Ben-david et al.); 1 at Eilat (N. Weiss).

Bridled Tern (Sterna anaetherus): 1 adult off Bezet shore, 30/Jan (G. Segali). Very rare in the Med sea.

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus): 2 at Bet-Shean valley, 24/Jan (D. Porat).

Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni): 2 still present at Eilot's northern date plantation, (N. Weiss).

Steppe Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor pallidirostris): 1 at Bet-Shean valley, 02/Jan (M. Craig, S. alterman).

 Steppe Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor pallidirostris) 
Steppe Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor pallidirostris

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus): 1 at Michmoret, 24/Jan (N. Kirshenbaum).

Cattle Egret
(Bubulucus ibis) Neot Semadar, Mar.05

Citrine Wagtail
(Motacilla citreola) Yotvata, Mar.05

Lesser Spotted Eagle
(Aquila pomarina) Bet Shean valley, Oct.05
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