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Monthly Summaries

May 2007

Below is a summary featuring the most interesting observations from this month, based on reports from the ISRABIRDNET mailing list and other sources.
Bittern (Botaurus stellaris): 1 at Negba Reservoir, an exceptionally late record seen until 21/May (S. Alon).

 Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) 

Eleonora's Falcon (Falco eleonorae): 1 at Mt Hermon, 25/May (A. Ben-dov).

Black-winged Pratincole (Glareola nordmannii): 1 at Km 20 saltpans, 04-05/May.

 Black-winged Pratincole (Glareola nordmannii) 
Black-winged Pratincole
 Km 20, 05-May 

Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva): 1 at Km 20 saltpans, 14/May (J. Meyrav).

Caspian Plover (Charadrius caspuis): 1 at Km 20 saltpans, 04-10/May (A. Cohen et al.).

 Caspian Plover (Charadrius caspuis) 
Caspian Plover
 Km 20, 04-May 

Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus): 1-2 birds at Km 20 saltpans through first half of May; 1 at Ma'ayan Tzvi, 11/May (S. Haham).

 Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus) 
Terek Sandpiper
 Km 20, 04-May 

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus): Max 20, Km 20 saltpans, 12/May (Y. Wasserlauf).

Pomarine Skua (Stercorarius pomarinus): 3-5 off Eilat's north beach, 04-05/May (B. Granit, T. Landsberger, M. Craig et al.)

Bridled Tern (Sterna anaethetus): 1 off Eilat's north beach, 14/May (J. Meyrav)

Lesser Crested Tern (Sterna bengalensis): 1 off Eilat's north beach, 14-15/May (J. Meyrav, N. Weiss)

Saunder's Tern (Sterna saundersii): 1 off Eilat's north beach, 17/May (N. Weiss).

White-cheeked Tern (Sterna repressa): Large numbers during May, peaking on the 17th with 30+ birds (N. Weiss, A. Cohen, B. Granit et al.).

Black Tern (Chlidonias niger): 1 at Km 20 saltpans, 03/May (A. Cohen).

 Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) 
Black Tern
 Km 20, 03-May 

White-winged Black Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus): Up to 5,000 off Eilat's north beach, 03/May (A. Cohen).

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus): 1 late bird at Negba fields, 07/May (E. Hadad).

Hoopoe Lark (Alemon alaudipes): 1 at Km 20 area, 20/May (S. Alterman).

 Hoopoe Lark (Alemon alaudipes) 
Hoopoe Lark
 Km 20 

Black Bush Robin (Cerotrichas podobe): 1 ringed at IBRC Eilat, 21/May (N. Weiss).

River Warbler (Locustella fluviatillis): 3 at bahad 1 Tamarisks, 05/May (B. Granit, T. Landsberger); several trapped and ringed at Jerusalem throughout the month (S. Agmon et al.).

Upcher's Warbler (Hippolais languida): Up to 4 at Neot Smadar, 05/May (Y. Perlman, L. Kislev et al.).

 Upcher's Warbler (Hippolais languida) 
Upcher's Warbler
 Neot Smadar, 05-May 

Basra Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus griseldis): see full report

 Basra Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus griseldis) 
Basra Reed Warbler
 Lehavot HaBashan 

Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva): 2 at Neot Semadar, 04/May (B. Granit, T. Landsberger and foreign birders); 1 at Bahad 1 Tamarisks, 05/May (B. Granit, T. Landsberger); 1 at Eilat, 12/May (Y. Wasserlauf).

Alpine Chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus): 5 birds on top of Mt Hermon, 25/May (A. Ben-dov).

Oriental Skylark
(Alauda Gulgula) Mitzpe Ramon, Oct.05

Black-winged Pratincole
(Glareola nordmanni) Kfar-Ruppin turf fields, Oct.06

Western Reef Heron
(Egretta gularis) Eilat, Feb.05
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