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Barak Granit 27/11/2017 00:00




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) 




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




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)




European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus

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


Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius

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.) 




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.  




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.) 




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)




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) 




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. 




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 




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) 




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) 




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.) 




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) 




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) 



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). 




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. 




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 




Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator

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


Pine Bunging Emberiza leucocephalos

One at Birya (I. Nissim-Morya) 






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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