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Monthly Summaries

January 2011

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.
Brown Booby: at Eilat’s northern beach on the 28th (R. Shaish).

White-headed Duck: 25 birds at Dalton reservoir on the 26th (Sachi Luria) and 11 birds at the Hagome reservoir on the 19th (B. Granit) – both are record numbers for their area.

White tailed Eagle: A 1st year bird at the Hula valley on the 21st (B.Granit).

Black Vulture: One at Gamla, and out of its normal range, one was seen at Shomria, southern Judean Hills, on the 16th (Ezra Hadad).

 Black Vulture 
 Copyrights: Pablo Rudaeff 
Temminck's Stint: 58 birds were counted in one flock at Hamadia fishponds on the 3rd (B.Granit & Eyal Shochat) - almost the highest concentration ever recorded in Israel in winter.

White-cheeked Tern: One at the North Beach, Eilat, on the 28th (R. Shaish).ever recorded in Israel in winter.

Crag Martin: Exceptionally large flocks wintering in the southern Arava with 50 at the IBRCE Park and additional 20 at Yotvata on the 4th (Rea Shish).

Black-throated Thrush: the 13th bird recorded in Israel was a 1st winter male, found at Kerem Ben-zimra, upper Galillee, on the 26th by Sachi Luria and Rei Segali and seen by many birders within the following two weeks.

 Black-throated Thrush 
 Copyrights: Rei Segali 
Rook: 675 birds were counted on the 19th at the northern Hula Valley (B.Granit).

Pine Bunting: Up to 3 birds at Birya (1 male and two female/1st winter) throughout the month (many birders).

(Numenius arquata) Acre shore, Sep.05

Striated Scops Owl
(Otus brucei) Wadi Ketura, Dec.05

Pale Rock Sparrow
(Petronia brachydactyla) Central Negev, May.06
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