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May 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.
Sooty Shearwater (Calonectris griseus): 9 off Eilat's north beach, 31/May (A. Meir).

Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas): 1 off Eilat's north beach, 14/May (J. Meyrav). The 4th record for Israel.

Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotus): 1 at Gesher fish, 06/May (S. Alternam, O. Horine, A. Ben-Dov). The 7th record for Israel.

 Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotus) 
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotus

Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva): 1 in Km 20 saltpans, 17/May (A. Ben Dov).

 Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) 
Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus): several at Eilat and 1 at Ma'agan Michael fishponds, 17/May (T. khan et al.).

Great Snipe (Gallinago media): at least three birds were seen in the Hula valley during mid May, of which two were ringed (F. Argyle, Y. Perlman et al.); 1 at Neot Smadar, 16/May (A. Ben Dov).

 Great Snipe (Gallinago media) 
Great Snipe Gallinago media

Audouin's Gull (Larus audouinii): 1 off Eilat's north beach, 09/May (R. Mizrachi).

Black Tern (Chlidonias niger): 1 at Ma'agan Michael, 15/May (S. Agmon); 1 in Km 20 saltpans, 16/May (A. Ben Dov).

Long-tailed Skua (Stercorarius longicaudus): 1 off Eilat's north beach, 0 /May (A. Meir).

 Long-tailed Skua (Stercorarius longicaudus) 
Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus

Hoopoe Lark (Alaemon alaudipes): 1 in Samar dunes, 24/May (T. Khan).

White-throated Robin (Irania gutturalis): Singletons seen up to 19/May in southern Israel.

Black Bush Robin (Cercotrichas podobe): 1 at kibbutz Hatzeva, 10/May (A. Zehavi).

Basra Reed Warbler (Accrocephalus griseldis): several ringed in the Hula valley throughout the month (N. Israeli, Y. Perlman et al.).

Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka): birds continued to show on the first few days of May, exceeding 10 individuals in total.

 Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka) 
Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka

Green Warbler (Phyloscopus trocheliotus nitidus): 1 cought and ringed at Sde Boqer college, 01/May (D. Burns, E. Makover). The 3rd record for Israel.

 Green Warbler (Phyloscopus trocheliotus nitidus) 
Green Warbler Phyloscopus trocheliotus nitidus

Olive-tree Warbler (Hippolais olivetorum): 35 birds counted in various locations in southern Israel, 16-17/May (A. Ben Dov).

 Olive-tree Warbler (Hippolais olivetorum) 
Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum

Upcher's Warbler (Hippolais languida): 15 birds counted in various locations in southern Israel, 16-17/May (A. Ben Dov).

 Upcher's Warbler (Hippolais languida) 
Upcher's Warbler Hippolais languida

Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva): 1 at kibbutz Samar, 24/May (T. Khan).

Rose-coloured Starling (Sturnus roseus): Up to 1,000 in the malberry trees around the Hula lake, 12/May (N. Israeli, F. Argyle et al.); 9 at Eilat, 16/May (A. Ben Dov).

 Rose-coloured Starling (Sturnus roseus) 
Rose-coloured Starling Sturnus roseus

Sooty Falcon
(Falco concolor) Arava, Oct.05

Black-shouldred Kite
(Elanus caeruleus) Gal-On, Feb.05

Little Bittern
(Ixobrychus minutus) Neot Semadar, Oct.05
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