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Monthly Summaries

March 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.
Yelkouan Shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan): 1 off Eilat's north beach, 28-29/Mar. The second record for Eilat.

 Yelkouan Shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan) 
Yelkouan Shearwater Puffinus yelkouan

White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons): 1 at Km 20 saltpans, 09/Mar (A. Ben David).

Bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus): 1 over Eilat, 28/Mar (R. Mizrachi, N. Weiss, A. Cohen). The 7th record for Israel.

Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorynchus): 1 still present at Eilot'a date plantation, 29/Mar (O. Horine et al.).

Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides virgo): 1 found in the Hula on 12/Mar, Joined by another on 15/Mar (Y. Arad, E. Galili et al.); 1 in a flock of Common Crane over Bet Shemesh, 15/Mar (A. Ben Dov).

 Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides virgo) 
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo

White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus): 2 at Yotvata's sewage ponds, 11/Mar (L. Kislev); 1 at Eilat's ringing park, 19/Mar (N. Weiss et al.); 1 at K20 saltpans, 23/Mar (T. Simantov, I. Magen); 1 at Eliphaz sewage pools, 29-31/Mar (T. Kahn et al.)

 White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus) 
White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

Caspian Plover (Charadrius asiaticus): 2 males and 3 females at Yotvata's fields, 23-28/Mar (T. Simantov, I. Magen et al.).

 Caspian Plover (Charadrius asiaticus) 
Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus

Bar-tailed Godwit (Limoza lapponica): 2 at Nahsholim fishponds, 20/Mar (S. Agmon).

Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus): an adult in summer plumage, Ma'agan Michael, 23/Mar (R. Javesta).

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla): 1 off Eilat's north beach, 06/Mar (R. Mizrachi); 1 off Eilat's north beach, 27-28/Mar.

Crested Tern (Sterna bergii): 1 off Eilat's north beach, 29/Mar (D. L. Velasco et al.).

 Crested Tern (Sterna bergii) 
Crested Tern Sterna bergii

Lesser Crested Tern (Sterna benegalensis): 1 off Eilat's north beach, 28-29/Mar (D. L. Velasco et al.).

Black-winged Pratincole (Glareola nordmanii): 1 at Eilat's southern saltpans, 28/Mar (T. Kahn et al.).

Egyptian Nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius): 2 at Lotan, 07/Mar (J. Meyrav); several seen at Yotvata fields throughout the month.

 Egyptian Nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius) 
Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus): 2 or more at Yotvata fields, seen on several occasions (R. Livne, A. Ben Dov et al.); 1 at the Hula, 19/Mar (I. Shanni).

 Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
  Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
feeding on Persian Ground-Gecko (Stenodactylus doriae).

Thick-billed Lark (Rhamphocorhis clotbey): 13 in flight above Neot Smadar's sewage, 18/Mar (A. Ben Dov, T. Krumenacker); 7 at the north beach, 25/Mar (T. Krumenacker et al.); 3 at Mt. Yoash, 29/Mar (Y. Wasserlauf); 4 at Neot Smadar, 31/Mar (J. Meyrav); 1-2 at HaMeyshar, 11-31/Mar (Y. Charka et al.) and 12 there on the 30th (A. Ben-dov).

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

Temminck's Lark (Eremophila bilopha): 1 at Ashdod sewage ponds, 29/Mar (E. Dovrat). The second record for Dan region.

Hoopoe Lark (Alaemon alaudipes): 1 at HaMeyshar, 31/Mar (A. Balaban et al.).

Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni): up to 5 at Eilot's date plantation, 07/Mar (R. Mizrachi, N. Weiss et al.). At least 3 still present on 30/Mar (R. Mizrachi).

Blyth's Pipit (Anthus godlewskii): 1 at Rishpon shore, 13/Mar (B. Granit, T. Kahn). The 4th record for Israel.

Black Bush Robin (Cercotrichas podobe): 1 at Eilat, 28-31/Mar (D. L. Velasco et al.).

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

Kurdish Wheatear (Oenanthe xanthoprymna): a male at Neot Smadar's Sewage, 06-10/Mar (T. Krumenacker et al.); 1 male at Rishpon shore, 13/Mar (T. Kahn et al.); 1 at Lotan, 26/Mar (E. Groth-Andersen).

 Kurdish Wheatear (Oenanthe xanthoprymna) 
Kurdish Wheatear Oenanthe xanthoprymna

Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca): 1 at Eilat's ringing station, 10/Mar (N. Weiss); 1 at Eilat cemetary 19/Mar (J. Meyrav et al.); 1 at Yahel, 20/Mar (J. Meyrav et al.); 1 at Mt. Yoash, 21/Mar (B. Granit); 1 at Km 20, 22/Mar (B. Granit); 1 at Borot Lotz, 25/Mar (E. Groth-Andersen).

Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans): 1 at Lotan, 20/Mar (J. Meyrav); 1 ringed at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory, 12/Mar (S. Darawshe et al.); 1 at Bahad 1, 30/Mar (M. Craig); several at the Arava during March.

Booted Warbler (Hippolais caligata): 1 at Ma'ale Eilat, 12/Mar (N. Weiss).

Menetries's Warbler (Sylvia mystacea): 3 ringed at Eilat during march (N. Weiss et al.); 1 at Km 2, Arava, 15/Mar (N. Weiss, M. Koss, R. Shaish); 1 ringed at Sde Boqer, 20-22/Mar (E. Makover, D. Burnes); 1 at Km 76, 25-26/Mar (F.X. Moffatt, B. Beilby).

 Menetries's Warbler (Sylvia mystacea) 
Menetries's Warbler Sylvia mystacea

Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus): 1 at Neot Smadar, 21/Mar (B. Granit), joined by another on 22/Mar (A. Ben Dov).

Pale Rock Sparrow (Carpospiza brachydactyla): 5 at Ketura's barn, 07/Mar (J. Meyrav et al.).

 Pale Rock Sparrow (Carpospiza brachydactyla) 
Pale Rock Sparrow Carpospiza brachydactyla

Cinereous Bunting (Emberiza cineracea): 1 at Wadi Samek, Golan, 18/Mar (L. Kislev); 2 at Lotan, 20/Mar (Foreign birders); 1 at Om Zuka reserve, Jorden valley, 17/Mar (Y. Charka); 1 at Yotvata fields, 30/Mar (T. Kahn).

 Cinereous Bunting (Emberiza cineracea) 
Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea

Sooty Falcon
(Falco concolor) Arava, Oct.05

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

Clamorous Reed Warbler
(Acrocephalus stentoreus) Ma'agan Michael, Jul.04
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