News from the field - Daily Updates

Barak Granit 18/03/2018 00:00

17-19/6/2018


 

Montague's Harrier Circus pygagrus

Two 1st summer males near nachal Yessasschar on the 19th (T. Khan). Rare non-breeding summer visitors.

 

Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea

One still at NB on the 17th (R. Shaish) 

 

Lesser Crested Tern Strena bengalensis

3 still at the NB on the 16th (S. Shalev) 

 


13-16/6/2018


 

Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis

A probable one reported off north beach, Eilat on the 16th (S. Shalev, A. Peduel). No previous records from Eilat or the Red-Sea,while there are six israeli records from the mediterranean coasts, all during Jan-Feb. 

 

Cory's Shearwater Calonactris borealis

Two at Eilat southern beach on the 14th (S. Shalev) 

 

Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea

One at north beach, Eilat on the 15th (S. Shalev) 

 

Brilded Tern Onychoprion anaethetus

12 at the north beach on the 15th (S .Shalev). 4 Arctic Skuas as well 

 

White Crowned Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga

One at Hatzerim, way off species's breeding grounds on the 14th (E. Shochat) 

 

 


 11-12/6/2018


 

Lesser Crested Tern Strena bengalensis

Four at the north beach on the 12th (S. Shalev) 

 

Brilded Tern Onychoprion anaethetus

An impressive flock of 28 birds at the north beach on the 12th (S. Shalev). One of the largest flocks to be noted during the last decade. Also, large numbers of Common and Little Terns and 4 Arctic Skuas

 


10/6/2018


 

Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea

One at North Beach, Eilat (R. Shaish). First for the season

 

Green Warbler Phylloscopus nitidus

One caught, ringed and released at the JBO (E. Gur et al.). 8th for Israel if accepted 

 


7-9/6/2018


 

Great Snipe Gallinago media

One at Revaya reservoir, Golan Heights on the 8th (J. Meyrav). The latest of spring migrants

 

Lesser Crested Tern Strena bengalensis

The first for the season was at south beach, Eilat on the 8th (A. Rinot), among a number of White-cheeked Terns

 

 


3-6.6.2018


 

Peregrine Falco peregrinus

One at Tel-Aviv on the 6th (Avner Rinot). A summer record. 

 

White-cheeked Tern Sterna repressa

Seventeen birds at the North Beach on the 6th (R. Shish) 

 

 


31.5-2.6.2018


 

Swinhoe's Storm Petrel Hydrobates monorhis

One off Eilat's south beach on the 2nd (Noam Weiss) establishing the regularity of this species at the Bay of Eilat and the Red Sea. 

 


27-30.5.2018


 

 

Mangrove Heron Butorides striata

One photographed at En-Hamifratz, near Acre on the 30th (Y. Siliky).

 

Red Phalarope Phalropus fulicarius

A breeding plumage male at Atlit saltpans on the 30th (Shmuel Bernstein) 

 

River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis

One at Canada Park on the 27th (S. Shalev) 

 

Garden Warbler Sylvia borin

MIgration was still-on on the 27th with over 100 birds at IBRCE. Dropped dead a day later and that was that. 

 

 


25-26/5/2018


 

White-eyed Gull Larus leucophthalamus

Three flew south off Shikmona beach, Haifa on the 26th (A. Meyrose, O. Hatzofe). Extremely rare at the Mediterranean coast. Photographed. 

  

Black Bush Robin Cercotrichas podobe

Four at the IBRCE on the 25th 

 

River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis

One found dead at Beer Ura on the 25th (I. Shani)  

 

Garden Warbler Sylvia borin

An amazing fall at Eilat on the 25th with 250 at the IBRCE alone (N. Weiss et al.). There are plenty of other migrant at the bird park. 

 

Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

Few still at the IBRCE on the 25th-26th. 

 


22-24/5/2018


 

Eleonora's Flacon Falco eleonorae

One over Nebi Semuel on the 23rd (N. Primo). In addition a late passage of 33 Lesser Spotted Eagles and two Red-footed Falcons. One Eleonora's at Mt Hermon on the 24th. 

 

Great Snipe Gallinago media

One reported at Samar on the 23rd-24th (Y. Basher). Photographed.  

 

Black Bush Robin Cercotrichas podobe

A fledgling appeared at the IBRCE enterance on the 24th (N .Weiss) indicating another succesful breeding of that species at Eilat. 

 

River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis

One near Hayogev on the 23rd (A. Rinot)

 

Olive-tree Warbler Hippolas Olivatorum

10 were still at the IBRCE on the 22nd (N. Weiss) 

 

Garden Warbler Sylvia borin

Some good numbers around i.e 50 at the IBRCE on the 22nd and 35 ringed at Yerucham on the 24th (N. Weiss, R. Livne) 

 

Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

Four at IBRCE on the 22nd and two at Kfar Ben-nun on the 23rd ((N. Weiss, A. Rinot)  

 


19-21.5.2018


 

Black Bush Robin Cercotrichas podobe

Number at the IBRCE raised to THREE birds (S. Shalev)

 

Olive-tree Warbler Hippolas Olivatorum

A rather late wave even for that late species: 10 at the IBRCE on the 21st (N. Weiss). 

 

Garden Warbler Sylvia borin

75 at IBRCE on the 19th (N. Weiss). An impressive number. 

 

Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

Eight at Sde Nehemya on the 20th (Ilan Moriya). SIngltons in several other places. 

 

Not (yet) relocated: 

Pink-backed Pelican Pelecanus rufescens - the bird over Geher hasn't been relocated yet

 


16-18/5/2018


 

Pink-backed Pelican Pelecanus rufescens

One photographed at Gesher, Jordan valley on the 18th (E. Banker et al.) 

 

Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis

The same juv was still at the Agmon, Hula valley on the 16th

 

Bar-tailed Godwit LImosa lapponica

One was still at the IBRCE on the 17th

 

Red-necked Phalarope  Phalaropus lobatus

30 at the IBRCE on the 16th (N. Weiss) 

 

Black Bush Robin Cercotrichas podobe

Two still at the IBRCE on the 17th

 

Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria

20 were still at the IBRCE on the 16th, dropping to 5 on the 17th (N. Weiss) 

 

Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

- A flock of 60 birds at the Agmon, Hula valley, on the 16th (N. Aspis et al.), at least 30 observed there onthe following day (T. Khan) 

- Three at Haifa bay, on the 16th (D. Kotter) 

- One at Yerucham on the 16th (G. Marinov)

- Two at Elad on the 17th (Y, Cohen) 

 


14-15/5/2018


 

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

One at Ashdod on the 13th (K. Ben-El)

 

Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

Seven at Meyzar on the 14th (E. Banker) 

 


13/5/2018


 

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus

20 still at the IBRCE

 

Black Bush Robin Cercotrichas podobe

Two at the IBRCE (R. Shaish et al.

 

Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria

35 birds were both ringed or observed toay at the IBRCE. A great number! (R. Shaish et al.)

 

Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

Three still at the IBRCE

 

Pale Rock Sparrow Carpospiza brachydactyla

Two photographed near Hayogev on the 11th (A. Shkolnik) 

 

Mega update: the possible Booted/Syke's Warbler Iduna caligata/rama reported yesterday from Sde Boker is a misidentified Olivaceous Warbler

 


12/5/2018


 

River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis

One ringed at Hazorea (R. Haran, F. Argyle) 

 

Upcher's Warbler Hippolais languida

Six reported at Eilat, including 4 at IBRCE and two at Canada Park (IBRCE team, S. Shalev et al.) 

 

Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina

Four additional birds: 

One ringed at IBRCE (N. Weiss et al.)

One ringed at Moddin hills (R, Paz)

One ringed at Agmon Hefer (S. Blitzblauw) 

One observed near Tel-Sarona (T. Khan) 

 

Booted/Syke's Warbler Iduna caligata/rama ?

A possible one reported at Midreshet Ben-Gurion (Peter Kaestner). Photographed. Curren status: Waiting for the photographs. 

 


11/5/2018


 

Basra Reed Warbler Accrocephalus griseldis

The IBRCE bird which was ringed on the 8th was showing on the 11th at Anita lake (N. Weiss) 

 

Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina

Six birds (one on the 10th) as following: Two ringed ar Arsuf, two ringed at Jerusalem, One photographed at Tel Baruch, all on the 11th (Y. Wasserlauf, R&C Faibis, E. Baruch et al.)  and one observed at the IBRCE on the 10th (F. Moffat) 

 


8-10/5/2018


 

Scopoli's Shearwater Calonectris d diomedea

Some 70 birds chaching a fishing boat some 5 km off Jaffa port on the 10th (R. Livne, M. Mendel, P. Ish-Shalom et al.) 

 

Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis

The bird was relocated by the Agmon, Hula valley on the 9th (S. Agmon)

 

Eleonora's Flacon Falco eleonorae

Three at Nebi Semuel and one at the Acbara, Galillee, both records on the 9th (N. Primo, Shachi Luria) 

 

Crab Plover Dromas ardeola

Three at Eilat on the 10th late morning, landed on the North Beach and stayed there for 15 minutes before returning south again (R. Shaish). Twitched by few lucky ones. 6th Israeli record.  

 

White-cheeked Tern Sterna repressa

One reported at Maagan Michael on the 10th (T. Khan) 

 

Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus

One at Rosh Hanikra on the 10th (A. RInot) 

 

Spotted Sandgrouse Pterocles senegallus

One at Ben-Gurion Airport on the 8th (Keren Banker). An amazing recored way out of the breeding/wondering areas. 

 

River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis

Three birds ringed on the 8th: two at Sde Boker and one at the JBO (G. Marinov, G. Perlman) 

 

Basra Reed Warbler Accrocephalus griseldis

One ringed at the IBRCE on the 8th (N. Weiss et al.). No confirmed recored from Eilat since April 1998. 

 

Upcher's Warbler Hippolais languida

Three ringed at Eilat on the 10th

 

Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

6 birds at the IBRCE on the 8th and 5 there on the 10th (N. Weiss et al.) 

 

 

6-7/5/2018


 

Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis

One over Hula's Agmon, on the 6th, continued northwards though may still be in the valley (S. Agmon et al.) 

 

Eleonora's Flacon Falco eleonorae

Four birds at northern Dead Sea: two at Mezokey Dragot and two at Kumeran on the 7th (Y. Dax, N. Primmo) 

 

 


2-5.5.2018


 

Shearwater sp. Puffinus sp

One, porbbably Yelkouan Shearwarer puffinus yelkouan observed at Eilat's north beach on the 4th-5th (I. Shani, K. Zaitlin,  et al.)

 

Eleonora's Flacon Falco eleonorae

One over Hatzor on the 2nd (I. Nissim-Moriya) 

 

Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni

Two at IBRCE on the 3rd (R. Shaish) 

 

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereous

Two at the km20 on the 5th (I. Shani) 

 

Bar-tailed Godwit LImosa lapponica

One at the IBRCE on the 2nd onwards (F. Moffat et al.) 

 

Black Tern Childonias niger

One at the North Beach on the 5th (K. Zaitlin)

 

Thick-billed Lark Ramphocoris clotbey

One at Yotvata northen fields on the 4th (R. Shaish) 

 

Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra

One at Yotvata fields on the 5th (K. Zaitlin). Rare at Eilat and the Arava and even rarer there in spring.

 

Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina

One ringed at Sde Boker on the 2nd (G. Marinov et al.) 

 

Pale Rock Sparrow Carpospiza brachydactyla

About 70 birds 3 km south to Yerucham lake on the 2nd (E. Shochat). Probably breeding there. 

 


29.4-1.5.2018


 

Eleonora's Flacon Falco eleonorae

- One over the JBO on the 1st (A Einot) 

- Two at Eilat mountains on the 27th-28th (J Meyrav et al.) 

 

Black Bush Robin Cercotrichas podobe

- One at Wadi Zichor on the 30th (E. Haims) 

- One at the IBRCE on the 30th (J. Drucker) 

- One at Neot Smadar on the 1st (A. Shaulov) 

 

Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

One at IBRCE on the 29th and one at Talmei Yafe on the 30th (S. Shelv, O. Levi et al.) 

 

Note: 

After better photos examination, the Daurian/Turkestan Shrike Lanius isabellinus/phoenicuroides reported here from Neot Smadar on the 27th is in fact a Daurian Shrike

 


26-28/4/2018


 

 

Eleonora's Flacon Falco eleonorae

One over Oranit on the 28th (I. Siman-tov)

 

Great Snipe Gallinago media

One at Neot Smadar on the 28th (N. Weiss) 

 

Upcher's Warbler Hippolais languida

One at En Evrona on the 26th (R. Shaish et al.)

 

Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum

5 near Hatzeva on the 27th (P. Pynnonen) 

 

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedulla parva

One at Ovdat on the 28th (K. Zaitlin)

 

Daurian/Turkestan Shrike Lanius isabellinus/phoenicuroides

One at Neot Smadar on the 27th (F. Franken et al). Better photos are needed. 

 

Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

One at En Evrona on the 26th (R. Shaish et al)

 


25/4/2018


 

Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus

One at km20 Eilat (E. Shochat et al.) 

 

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereous

One at IBRCE (I. Shani et al.)

 

 


22-24.4.2018


 

Eleonora's Flacon Falco eleonorae

Two over Jerusalem on the 22nd (N. Primo)

 

Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo

One photographed flying along the coastal road near Ceasarea on the 19th, 

 

Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus

Two at Yotvata on the 22nd-23rd (F. Moffat et al.)

 

River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis

One near Sarona on the 23rd (L. Kislev) 

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

A male at Tel-Baruch on the 23rd  (Found by I. Siman-tov, ID: Y. Kiat, B, Granit and A. Rinot). 

 


19-21.4.2018


 

Eleonora's Flacon Falco eleonorae

One over IBRCE on the 19th (S. Shalev) 

 

Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus

Two at Hazerim on the 20th (O. Chagins) 

 

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereous

One at Atlit on the 19th (Y. Kiat) 

 

Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla

A 1st summer landed on a birder's head while Kayaking off Givat Olga, some 100 m in-sea, Med, Coast (U. Plavitz)  

 

Rarities update: 

Lesser Flamingo: Still at km 20

 


15-18.4.2018


 

Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes

Good numbers at Eilat and Yotvata i.e 3000 on the 16th and 1500 on the 17th (R. Shaish)

 

Sooty Falcon Falco concolor

One over IBRCE on hte 15th (I. Shani). An early vanguard

 

Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus

Two at IBRCE on the 15th (N. Weiss)

 

Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus

One at km 20 on the 15th (F. Moffat) and one at IBRCE on the 16th (S. Shalev). Possibly the same bird? 

 

Bar-tailed Godwit LImosa lapponica

1-2 at Eilat on the 16th-17th (T. Khan, S. Shalev)

 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

One at Apolonya and one at Amiaz on the 16th (A. Rinot et al.)

 

Rufous Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis meena 

One photographed at Yotvata on the 17th (fF. Moffat)

 

Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca

One at Anatot on the 15th (Y. Goldreich)

 


11-14.4,2018


 

Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo

One at Zeelim on the 13th (Y. Reznik) 

 

Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni

A flock of 80 (!) flew north over Kfar Rupin fields on the 13th (D. Kotter). If correct, unprecedented number for the spring. 

 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

One at Petach Tikva on the 12th and one at Mt Amsa on the 14th (Y. Kaufman, O. Keynan), Incredibly, one hunting and eating another Short-eared Owl at Yotvata fields on the 14th (R. Hazan et al.) 

 

Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi

One at Hatzook beach on the 12th (D. Alon) 

 

River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis

First for the season ringed at the JBO on the 11th (A. RInot et al.) 

 

Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria

First wave during the last few days, started at the 11th including 5 ringed at Modiin hills on the 13th-14th (R. Paz) 

 

Olive Tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum

First birds ringed in various places such as JBO from the 13th, 

 

LIttle Bunting Emberiza pusilla

One at Ofira park EIlat on the 11th (W. Ragner et al.). Phorographed and well twitched. Excellent and rare spring record. 

 

Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea

One more at Eilat on the 11th (S. Shalev et al)  

 


8-10.4.2018


 

Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus

Two at EIlat on the 8th (I. SIman-tov)

 

Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus

A male at Yotvata on the 9th-10th (F. Moffat) 

 

Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus

6-7 at Eilat on the 6th and 5-6 birds on the 8th (I. Siman Tov). Also 16, 10 and 3 Arctic Skuas there on the 6th-8th respectively and 3-4 Pomarine Skuas on the 6th (I. Siman-tov) 

 

Short-Eared Owl Asio flammeus

One at Tel-Hashomer on the 8th (A. Ben-dov) 

 

Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

Two at Yotvata on the 9th (S. Shalev) 

 

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pelschanka

A new bird at Yotavata on the 10th (Y. Kiat) 

 

Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

One at Kfar Rupin on the 10th (J. Meyrav) 

 

Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea

Three birds at EIlat, Beer Ura and Neot Smadar, all on the 9th (S. Shalev, I. Shani and F. Moffat) 

 

 

 


3-7.4.2018


 

Bateleur Terthopius ecaudatus

One over the IBRCE on the 7th (S. Shalev) 

 

Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus

One was migrating north over Yotvata on the 7th (C. Zitronblat) 

 

Demoisselle Crane Grus virgo

One was still at the Agmon on the 4th 

 

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

One at the IBRCE on the 3rd (N. Weiss) 

 

Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni

One still at the IBRCE on the 4th-7th  (R. Shaish et al.)  

 

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pelschanka

One at Ketura sewage on the 4th (F. Moffat) and another one reporeted at the IBRCE on the 3rd (N. Weiss) 

 

Cyprus Wheatear Oenanther cypriaca

One at Grofit on the 5th (S. Luria, S. Shalev) 

 

Menetries's Warbler Sylvia myctacea

A female at km 20 on the 5th (I, Shani)  

 


2.4.2018


 

Great Snipe Gallinago media

One at mt Kata, Hermon (A. RInot) 

 

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pelschanka

Three new birds: One at km 76, a 2nd bird found at Yotvata and another one at Uvda (D. Kotter, O. Sherer, I. Shani, Gernam Birders et al.). Together with the first Yotvata bird it is a nice and rare little "wave" 

 

Menetries's Warbler Sylvia myctacea 

A male photographed at Yotvata (D. Kotter, F. Moffat et al) 

 


30.3 - 1.4.2018


 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

One at Tel-Baruch on the 30th (I. SIman-tov)

 

Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus

One at Yotvata on the 30th (F. Moffat et al.) 

 

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pelschanka

One at Yotvata on the 31st (A. Shneor) 

 

Cyprus Wheatear Oenanther cypriaca

One at Hatzzok beach, Tel-aviv on the 1st (I. Siman-tov) 

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius Isabellinus

One at Beerotaim, Nizzana on the 30th (Dutch birders) 

 


25-29.3.2018


 

Lesser White-fronted Geese Anser erythropus

Last seen at the IBRCE on the 25th

 

Demoisselle Crane Grus virgo

Two at the Agmon on the 29th

 

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

One at Eilat on the 26th-28th

 

Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus

One over the IBRCE on the 29th (N. Weiss) 

 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

One at Yahel on the 29th (I. Shani)

 

Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

One at Yotvata on the 28th (S. Werner) 

 

Black Bush Robin Cercotrichas podobe

One at Kibbutz Samar and one at Yotvata Hi-bar on the 26th-30th

 

Cyprus Wheatear Oenanther cypriaca

Three birds were found during the COTF on the 26th: One at Nizzana, One at Samar and one at ELlfaz (B. Granit, D. Shapiro et al.). The Elifaz bird remained till the 30th. 

 

Persian Wheatear Oenanthe crysopygia

The bird was still at Mt Amsa on the 29th (B. Granit et al.) 

 

Menetries's Warbler Sylvia myctacea 

One ringed at the IBRCE on the 29th,. 

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius Isabellinus

A male at Tel-baruch, Tel-aviv on the 25th (I. Siman-tov)

 

Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides

The Yotvata bird was still there at least till the 27th

 

Rosy Starlin Pastor roseus

One at the Agmon (Hula) on the 29th 

 

Cinereus Bunting Emberiza cineracea

A male of ssp semenowi found at Neot Smadar on the 26th

 


24.3.2018


 

Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

Three reported over Aqaba (A. RInot) 

 

Long-tailed Skua Strecorarius longicaudus

One at the North Beach, Eilat with 9 Arctic Skuas (Y. Perlman) 

 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

One at Camun (S, Luria) 

 

Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides

A new bird found at Yotvata (Y. Perlman) Photo

 

Trumpeter FInch Bucanetes grithagineus

One photographed at Hertzelia, north to Tel-aviv (Ron Efrat's father) 

 


21-23.3.2018


 

Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

One dark morph male migrated north at Yotvata on the 23rd (F. Moffat)

 

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus

9 at the IBRCE on the 23rd

 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

Two more birds at the southern Arava during recent days

 

Bimaculated Lark Melanocorypha bimaculata

10 still at Yotvata

 

Olive-backe Pipit Anthus hodgsoni

One still at the northern part of the IBRCE on the 23rd

 

Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi

Two at Yotvata on the 23rd (F. Moffat) 

 

Black Bush Robin Cercotrichas podobe

One found at Lotan on the 21st, stil there on the 23rd 

 

Persian Wheatear Oenanthe crysopygia

The bird was still at Mt Amsa on the 23rd

 

Menetries's Warbler Sylvia myctacea

A proper female found and photographed at km 20 on the 23rd 

 

Semicollared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata

Good wave at the Negev during the recent days but no more than 1-2 per site. 

 

Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides

One found on the 21st at Uvda (H. Shirihai and G Kirwan) remained for the 22nd. 

 

Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus

25 at Mitzpe Ramon on the 23rd (M. Goren) 

 

 


19-20.3.2018


 

Bittern Botaurus stellaris 

Two were still at km 19 on the 19th. 

 

Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor

Still at km 20. 

 

Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

A dark morph male landed in the IBRCE at dusk seen

 

Demoisselle Crane Grus virgo

Still at the Agmon on the 19th.

 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

Four birds, one each at the Golan Heights, Michmoret, Yotvata and Yahel. 

 

Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius

Two at Yotvata on the 20th with one Nubian Nightjar (E. Banker et al.)

 

Black Bush Robin Cercotrichas podobe

One at the IBRCE on the 19th

 

Cinereus Bunting Emberiza cineracea

Three at Eilot southern date plantation on the 19th (J Meyrav et al.)

 


18.3.2018


 

Lesser White-fronted Geese Anser erythropus

Still at the IBRCE

 

Bittern Botaurus stellaris

Three at km 19 (J. Meyrav et al.) Rare at Eilat

 

Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

Two juv photographed over the IBRCE. Perhaps winterers . 

 

Demoisselle Crane Grus virgo

One at the Agmon, Hula valley

 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

One at km 20 (J. Shergold et al.) 

 

Olive-backe Pipit Anthus hodgsoni

One reported at a field east of the IBRCE (O. Shere and A. Libermann) 

 


17.3.2018


 

 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

One at Nizzana on the 17th and one at Yotvata on the 16th 

 

Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis

Seven at mt Amsa and two at Susita 

 

Cyprus Wheatear Oenanther cypriaca

One at Yotvata (S. Schonfeld) 

 

Persian Wheatear Oenanthe crysopygia Photo

Bird still at Mt Amsa, well twitched

 

Cinereus Bunting Emberiza cineracea

Two at Mt Amsa and two at Susita

 


13-16.3.2018


Bateleur Terthopius ecaudatus

The bird seen on the 12th at EIlat, seen again on the 13th by Eilot date plantation (S. Shalev) 

 

Dotterel Charadrius morinellus

Eleven at Borot Lotz on the 15th (R. Segali) 

 

Persian Wheatear Oenanthe crysopygia

The 'Kurdish Wheatear' reported here on the 10th from Mt Amsa, was finally confirmed as Persian Wheatear. The bird was well photographed including the underwing. The 2nd record for Israel. 1st was at 1990. 

 

Semicollared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata  

Several in different places, including Eilat, Ben-gurion School and MItzpe Ramon

 

Cinereus Bunting Emberiza cineracea

Several reports from centeral and eastern mountains, i.e 7 at the Gilboa on the 16th. 

 


11-12/3/2018


 

Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor

The bird was still at km 20 on the 12th

 

Bateleur Terthopius ecaudatus

One over Hollan Park, Eilat on the 12th (S. Gorransson et al. )

 

Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus

Two at Yotvata on the 11th (F. Moffat et al.)

 

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

One was still at Km 20 on the 12th (N. Weiss et al.) 

 

Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius

Four at Yotvata on the 11th (F. Moffat). The Paraoh Eagle Owl was still there. 

 

Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus

About 20 at Midreshet Ben-Gurion, Sde Boker on the 12th (Meidad Goren)  

 

Cinereus Bunting Emberiza cineracea

4 at wadi Tzvia, Gilboa on the 10th (David Kotter)

 

LIttle Bunting Emberiza pusilla

One was still at the Hula on the 12th 

 


9-10/3/2018


 

Pharaoh Eagle Owl Bubu ascalaphus

One at Yotvata on the 9th (F. Moffat et al) 

 

Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius

1-2 at Yotvata on recent nights and one at km 19th 

 

Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus

A female at Yotvata on the 10th (F. Moffat) 

 

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

One at km 20 on the 9th-10th (D. Branch et al.) 

 

Bimaculated Lark Melanocorypha bimaculata

up to 14 at Yotvata on the 10th (F. Moffat et al.). Two different birds at Tel-aviv, of which one at a small city Park (B. Granit et al.)

 

Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi

One at Neot Smadar on the 9th (S. Shalev) 

 

Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis

Two at Mt Amsa on both the 9th-10th (Rani Strum et al.)

 

Kurdish Wheatear Oenanthe Zanthopeymna

One at Mt Amsa on the 10th (I. Milchtaich and D. Raved) 

 

Semicollared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata  

One at Ben-Smemen and one at Mitzpe Ramon, both on the 9th (A. Rinot and I. Berger)  

 

Cinereus Bunting Emberiza cineracea

Two at Maale Efarim the West Bank (Y. Goldreich)

 


5-8./3/2018


 

Purple Swamp-hen Porphyrio Porphyrio

One at km 19 on the 8th (Carmel Zitronblat) 

 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

One at Jatzzok beach, Tel-Aviv on the 7th (Y. Hen). Also a Desert Wheatear at the same place on the 8th

 

Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius

Four at Yovata on the 7th (A. Shneor & R. Zinger) 

 

 


3-4/3/2018


 

Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor

One photographed at km20 Eilat on the 4th (Gaidis, IBRCE Team). 3rd record for Israel. 

 

Black Bush Robin Cercotrichas podobe

One still at the Club-Inn, Southern beach Eilat on the 4th

 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

One at Beerotaim grove, Nizzana on the 3rd (Eliraz Dvir et al.) 

 


1-2/3/2018


 

Goshawk Accipiter gentilis

Belated news: one north to Beer-sheva on the 26th (E. Shochat) 

 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

One at Yotvata on the 1st and one at Hasharon park on the 2nd (S. Shalev, O. Ovadia) 

 

Pacific Swift Chaetura pelagica

One was reported flying over the IBRCE, heading north with pallid Swifts on the 2nd (S. Shalev & A. Libermann). First record for Israel if accepted 

 

Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi

3 at Arsuf on the 2nd (T. Khan) 

 

Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis

One still at Gamle on the 2nd (U. Stofmann)

 

Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantilans

First two birds of the spring recorded at Eilat on the 1st and 2nd. 

 

Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria

One still at Arbel on the 2nd (M. Levi)

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius Isabellinus

One at En Hamifratz on the 1st (D. Melamed) 

 


26-28/2/2018


 

Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius

Up to 3 birds at Yotvata fields and up to 4 birds at EIlot fields on the 27th-28th (N. Weiss, A. Sadeh)

 

Black Bush Robin Cercotrichas podobe

One at Eilat's southern Beach on the 28th (A. Libermann)

 

Tristram;s Grackle Onychognathus tristramii  

5 at Kfar Rupin fishponds, Beit Shean Valley on the 2th (S. Swartz). A peculiar record and possibly first for the valley. 

 

LIttle Bunting Emberiza pusilla

One ny the Agmon, Hula valley on the 27th, exactely where one was at the begining of the month. Probably the same wintering individual (S. Agmon) 

 

 

 


25/2/2018


 

Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta

One, poorly photographed, was reported near the IBRCE, Eilat (R. Shish, A. Libermann). 3rd Israeli record if accepted. Previously recorded in October 2004 at Maoz Haim, Beit-Shen Valley (S. Mann) 

 


23-24/2/2018


 

Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator

One still at Acre on the 23rd (L. Kislev) 

 

Mediterranean Gull Larus melanochephalus

One at Acre on the 23rd (L. Kislev)

 

Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei

One photographed and heard at Yarkon Park, Tel-aviv (U, Staoffman). 

One heard only at Tel-aviv city on the 20th (S. Luria). Needs to be confirmed by further observation. 

 


19-22.2.2018


 

Bailon's crake Porzana pusilla

One at the IBRCE on the 19th (Ohad Sherer et al.). Quite an early date. 

 

Dotterel Charadrius morinellus

4 at Borot Lotz, High Negev mt on the 22nd (A. Shneor et al.)

 

Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus

A flock of 24 birds by Yerucham and one at Kibbutz Sde Boker, both on the 22nd (B. Granit, E. Shochat, A. Dommer)

 

 


17-18/2/2018


 

Brown Booby Sula leucogaster

One at Eilat on the 18th (S. Luria) 

 

Sooty Shearwater Puffinus girseus

Two at Habonim Beach and one at Shikmona, both on the 18th (R. Segali, N. Sapir) 

 

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

One at Timorim on the 18th (C. Rozen)

 

Medditeranean Gull Larus melanocephalus

An adult off Jaffa port on the 18th (B. Granit) 

 


14-16/2/2018


 

Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus

The bird at Afikim was relocated on the 16th at the same place (E.Sochat) 

 

 Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus

One at Uvda valley on the 15th (A Shneor). A very early vanguard

 

Richard Pipit Anthus richardi

One at Km 76  on the 16th (O. Frumkin) and 4 at Arsuf on the 15th (A. Rinot) 

 

LIttle Bunting Emberiza pusilla

One reported from km 76 on the 16th. Later correction: a record shot shwoing the bird was most probably a misidentified Corn Bunting

 


11-13/2/2018


 

Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

One still around the IBRCE, last time on the 12th (O. Sherer)

 

Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus

Apparently one was photographed at Yarkon Park, Tel-aviv on the 9th (V. Gilardi). Extremely rare winterer. 

 

Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus

One at Eilat mountains on the 13th, for a shor while before headed back to Sinai (Gaidis, IBRCE team)

 

Dotterel Charadrius morinellus

40 at Nizzana on the 13th (R. Livne et al.). One at Uvda valley on the 12th (M. Hindle)

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9-10/2/2018


 

European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus

One at MIchmanim, western Galilee on the 9th (O. Sherer). An odd winter record. 

 

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One by the IBRCE on the 9th (O. Frumkin)

 

Arabian Dunn's Lark Eremalauda dunni

One at Uvda valley on the 10th (S. Shalev)

 

Common Rosefinch Cardodacus erythrinus  

One south to En -Hanaziv, Beit Shen valley on the 10th (A. Rinot et al.) 

 


8/2/2018


 

Radde's Accentor Prunela occularis

Two at Gamla (S. Rozenwalld, A. Shneor) 

 

Striolated Bunting Emberiza striolata

One at Wadi Beit-Arif, east of Ben-Gurion airport (Y. Bashan). Surprising location and first for Dan region. Extremely rare outside the breeding range.  

 


6-7/2/2018


 

Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio

Two at Kmehin, Nizzana on the 6th (M. Mendel et al.) 

 

Sociable Plover Vanellus gregarius

17 at Urim on the 6th (M. Mendel et al.). 

 

Euroasian Curlew Numenius arquata 

Two at Nizzana on the 6th (M. Mendel et al.)

 

Pharaoh Eagle Owl Bubu ascalaphus

One at Yotvata fields on the 6th (I. Shani et al.)

 

Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius

Two at Yotvata fields on the 6th (I. Shani et al.) 

 

Radde's Accentor Prunela occularis

One at Gamla on the 6th (Y. Dax et al.) 

 


4-5/2/2018


 

Verreaux's Eagle Aquila verreauxii 

One at Eilat mountains on the 5th (R. Smith behalf of IBRCE team). Previous record in autumn 2013. 

 

Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

One at Eilot southern date plantation on the 4th (IBRCE team)

 


31/1/2018-3/2/2018


 

Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus

Three still at the Golan at Gamla area with two juv White-tailed Eagles on the 3rd (L. Kislev, N. Sapir) 

 

Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus

6-10 at Ashdod on the 31st during a sunny cal day (A. Ben-dov) 

 


29-30/1/2018


 

Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus

Three together at wadi Yehudiya, Golan Heights (L. Kislev) 

 

LIttle Bunting Emberiza pussila

One west of the Agmon, Hula valley on the 30th (Ohad Sherer). Very rare winterer. 

 


24-28/1/2018


 

Quite days, even at the Medditeranean coasts through stormy condtions at Thursday-Firday with only handful Med Gulls throughout. 

 

Winterers of note that are still twitchable: 

 

The Red-wattled Lapwing still at Afikim 

The Red-breasted Merganser still at Acre

The Lesser White-fronted Goose still at Km 19, Eilat

The three Basalt Wheatears are still at Uvda, Amram pillars and Beer-Ura

The Red-rumped Wheatears at Uvda and km 94 

 

Also - first signs of spring as at Eilat some House Martins and Pallid Swifts are showing through recent days 

 


22-23/1/2018


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Leach's Storm Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa

Two, probably of that species off Maagan Michael on the 23rd (T Khan). Sadly, the exhausted bird that was collected on Bat-yam shore in the 21st and brought into care, hasn't made it. 

 

Goshawk Accipiter gentilis

One at Kamun on the 23rd (S. Luria) 

 


21/1/2018


 

Leach's Storm Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa

One was found exhausted at Bet-yam shore south of Tel-aviv and was brought into care 

 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

One is suspected to over-winter along side the Hume's Warbler at Ironi Alef high-school at Tel-aviv (Z. Cohen-Sharon) 

 

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

Birds continue at Hamadiya and Kfar Rupin at the Beit-shean valley on the 20th (A. Bluman)  

 

'Steppe' Great Grey Shrike Lanius e. pallidirostris

One south to Elrom, Golan hights (L. Kislev) 

 


17-20/1/2018


 

Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser eruthropus

The bird at Eilat has moved to K19 on recent days (A. Ben-dov et al.) 

 

Sooty Shearwater Puffinus girseus

One off Jaffa port on the 19th (Many birders) 

 

Medditeranean Gull Larus melanocephalus

3 off Jaffa port on the 19th (Many birders) and two at Acre on the same day (S. Segall) 

 

Sandwich Tern Sterna Ssandvicensis

The first for Jerusalem was at the 'gazelle valley' on the 18th (A. Rinot) 

 

Mistle Thrush Turdus visivorus

13 at Nebi Semuel, Jerusalem on the 18th (N. Primo)

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

A male still at Maayan Zvi on the 19th (D. Sharon et al.) 

 

Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

One at the IBRCE on the 17th (N. Weiss et al.) 

 


13-16/1/2018


 

Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator

One still at Acre on the 13th (O. Sherer) 

 

Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus

One at Yesodot on the 16th (E. Hadad)

 

Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus

One still at Afikim throughout the past days (Many birders) 

 

Medditeranean Gull Larus melanocephalus

One at Acre on the 13th and two at Ramat-gan Safari Park on the 15th (O. Sherer, Y. Dax) 

 

Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni

One at Eilat' birding park on the 15th (R. Shaish) 

 

Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei

One at Kibbutz Yakum, north to Tel-aviv on the 13th (O. Efroni-Naor) 

 


10-12/1/2018


 

Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina

A male at Lochamey Hagetaot, northern coastal stripe (E. Haviv)

 

Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

The bird with the missing primaries at its right wing that was photographed near Haifa University about a month ago was seen and photographed again at the same place on the 11th (N. Sapir et al.). A nice and first wintering record for northern Israel.  

 

Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax  

One north to Kibbutz Gadot on the 10th (D. Givati)

 

Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus

An adult at Afikim fishponds. northern Jordan valley on the 12th (Y. Porat et al.). Twitched and photographed by many. 4th Israeli record and a second one for this winter - amazing!

 

Common Gull Larus canus

An adult at jaffa port on the 11th (I. Siman-tov) 

 

Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

One at Yotvata on the 12th (A.Cohen). 5-6 still at Kfar Rupin (Tuvia Khan)

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

One at Revadim on the 12th (T. Magen)

 

'Steppe' Great Grey Shrike Lanius e. pallidirostris

One at Yotvata on the 12th (A. Cohen) 


7-9/1/2018


 

Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus

A juv/imm  bird was photographed at Ruchama on the 7th as possibly the same bird was seen by Zeelim, NW Negev, some 35 km to the south, on the 3rd (Olga Chagin). 

 


4-6/1/2018


 

Uid Swan Cygnus sp

5 birds over Ramot to north-west on the 6th. Species cuoldn't be identified (L.Kislev) 

 

Scopoli's/Cory's Shearwater C. d. dimodea/borealis

One off Jaffa port on the 5th and two off Palmachim on the 6th (S. Alterman, B. Granit, P. Ish-Shalom et al.)

 

Brown Booby Sula leucogaster

Two at Eilat's north beach (S. Shalev et al.)

 

Medetrranean Gull Larus melanocephalus

One off Jaffa port on the 5th; one at Acre and two at Palmachim beach on the 6th ( B. Granit, P. Ish-Shalom, E. Dvir) 

 

Common Gull Larus canus

One at Harod reservoir and one at Shikmona, both on the 5th (Tuvia Khan, Avner Rinot et al.) 

 

Still there: 

Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser eruthropus - one still at Eilat's bird park

 

Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator - 1-2 are still at Acre

 

Red-rumped Wheatear Oenanthe moesta - the female is still at Uvda valley and so is the male of km 94 while the km 94's female was not relocated. 

 

Red-tailed Weatear Oenanthe Xanthoprymna - the male is still at Kibbutz Ketura

 

Basalt Wheatear Oenanthe lugens warriae - both birds of Uvda valley and Beer Ura are safe and sound. 

 


1/1/2018-3/1/2018


 

Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser eruthropus

One at Eilat's birding park on the 3rd (Rea Shaish). 10th record for Israel. 

 

Marbled Duck Marmaronetta angustirostris

50-60 at Hefer valley on the 3rd (Irad Slonik). Unprecedental number outside Jizrael and Hula valleys 

 

Brown Booby Sula leucogaster

One at Eilat's north beach on the 2nd (Ohad Sherer) 

 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

One at the Agmon on the 2nd 


31.12.2017


 

 

Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator

A 2nd bird was found at Acre (O. Sherer)

 

Pine Bunging Emberiza leucocephalos

One at Birya (I. Nissim-Morya) 

 

 

 


29-30.12.2017


 

Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator

A female at Acre north beach on the 30th (J, Boas)

 

White-winged Tern Childonias leucopterus

One on breeding plumage at Hefer valley and one at Eilat, both on the 29th (T. Malek, N.Weiss). These are added to several indivduals, all in breeding plumage at various frshwatersites in all low-laying areas.  

 

(Asian) Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus rubescens

Two still at Gaash on the 30th

 

Black-bush Robin Cercotrichas podobe

One at Yotavata Hi-bar on the 30th (K. Zaitlin) 

 

Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens

One at Urim on the 27th (R.LIvne). Unusual at this part of the Negev

 

Kurdish Wheatear Oenanthe xanthoprymna

One still at Ketura on the 30th (K. Zaitlin) 

 

Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio

A male at wadi Samacj, Golan Heights (L. Kislev) 

 

Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus

15 at Nafcha on the 30th (R. Efrat) 

 

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