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Barak Granit 06/02/2017 00:00




Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus

One over Eilat mountains on the 24th (Nadav Israeli et al)


Goshwak Accipiter gentilis

One at Ruchama on the 25th (Oree Efroni-Naor) 


Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

Six at Kfar Rupin on the 24th (Avner Rinot) 


Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca

 A female at the Ben Gurion st, Tel-aviv on the 24th (Tomer Landsberger) 


Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax

A male and a female at Arsuf on the 24th and 25th (Yoav Barak, Tuvia Khan et al.) 


Ruppell's Warblers Sylvia rupelli

32 at Tel-Baruch on the 24th (Igal Siman Tov). An amazing number




White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

One at IBRCE on the 23rd (Hans Phlmann)


Dotterel Charadrius morinellus

Two at km 85 aprroximately, Arava road, on the 23rd (David Kotter). Very late record.  


Thick-billed Lark Ramphocoris clotbey

4 at km 82, Arava road (Callan Cohen)


White-crowned Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga

One at wadi Kfira on the 22nd (Ron Haran) 


Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantilans

14 (!) at mt Amsa and southern Judean desert on the 23rd (Itzhak Cohen), Highest record in Israe up to date. Quite a few in many places at the Negev incuding 2 birds ringed at Beer-Sheva on the 23rd. 


Ruppell's Warblers Sylvia rupelli

18 on the 22nd at Tel-Baruch (Igal Siman-tov). 


Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus

20-30 birds at wadi Shacharut (Shachar Shalev et al.)


Hawfinch Coccothraustes occothraustes

30-40 at Kibutz Lavea on the 23rd (Tuvia Khan)




Thick-billed Lark Ramphocoris clotbey

10 at Uvda while 60 reported at km 82


Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis

4 at mt Amsa (David Kotter) 


Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantilans

Great wave continues with 5 at Holland Park, singeltons in every suitable habitat at southern Arava, 3 at mt Amsa, 4 ringed at the Negev mountains and Beer Sheva and more singeltons in other places mainly at the Negev (many birders) 


Ruppell's Warblers Sylvia rupelli

Great wave continues with 30-40 at Holland Park, similar number at the birds park and "many tens" at mt Amsa (David Kotter and many birders). 13 at Tel-Baruch (Igal Siman-tov)  




Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus

One (still, if it is the same wintering bird) at Hula Valley (Livio Ray)


Thick-billed Lark Ramphocoris clotbey

14 at Uvda Valley (Jonathan Meyrav) 


Menetrie's Warbler Sylvia mystacea

A male at Holland Park, EIlat (Michael Huysmans) 


Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantilans

Exceptional numbers at Eilat today i.e 8 at the Bird Park and 3 at Holland Park while singeltons in various places along southern Arava. Also, higher numbers than usual of Ruppell's Warblers (Noam Weiss, many birders) 


Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

One at wadi Kelt (Avner Rinot)




Black Bush Robin Cercotrichas podobe

One continues at EN Evrona on the 19th


Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca

One at Arsuf on the 19th (Tamir Simantov) 


Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantilans

One at Mt Gilboa and one at Nachsholim (Avner RInot, Asaf Weiler)


Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus

10 still at wadi Yahalon on the 19th. 




Blyth's Pipit Anthus godlevskii

One continues at Arsuf


Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantilans

Several at Eilat bird park during the recent days (IBRCE) 


Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei

One continues at Neot Smadar Kafe (Roni Vaisanen) 


Pallas's Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus

One continues at EN-Gedi (James P Smith) 


Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus

12 birds at wadi Yeelon, southern Arava (Steve Arlow). Two at Eilat mountain (IBRCE), and two at Km 82 (Itai Shani) 


Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea

20 at the Gilboa (Avner RInot et al.) including one semenowi. Singeltons at various places including Kalya, Kfar Edumim and Susita (Eran Banker, Lior Kislev et al.)


At Uvda Valley: Some 40 Temminck's Larks, 20 Bar-tailed Larks, 80 Crowned Sandgrouse, 20 Spotted and 3 Hoppoe larks (Roni Vaisenen et al) 




Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo

Two birds within a flock of Common Cranes at Eilat mountains on the 15th evening (Belgian birders), seen again on the 16th morning at km 19 and continue northwards above En-Evrona (William Velmala, Noam weiss et al.)  


Dotterel Charadrius Morinellus

15 at Halutza dunes on the 15th (Eilon Gur). A new late wintering status. 


Bimaculated Lark Melanocorypha bimaculata

One at Hamadia on the 14th (Tuvia Khan) 


Blyth's Pipit Anthus godlevskii

The bird that was reported on friday from Arsuf was relocated today at the same place (Shachar Alterman) 


Asian Buff-bellied PIpit Anthus rubescens japonicus

3 at Hamadia on the 14th (Tuvia Kahn)


Black Bush Robin Cercotrichas podobe

One continue at En Evrona while another bird reported at the Yotvata Hai-bar on the 15th and 16th 


Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei

One reported at Kibutz En Gedi on the 15th (Robin Vermylen) 


Hawfinch Coccothraustes occothraustes

Tens at Kibutz Alonim on the 14th (Yaron Bazer) 


Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea

5-6 birds at wadi Zviya, mt Gilboa on the 16th (Avi Shneor and Ron Singer) 




Black Bush Robin Cercotrichas podobe

Two at En-Evrona, (km 23-4) on the 13th (Nizzan Segev Shaulov). The first for the season


Desert Wheatear Oenanathe deserti

Several along the coast during the last two days. 


Pale Rock Sparrow Carpospiza brachydactyla

Two at km 82 on the 12th (Noam Weiss). The first for the season





Blyth's Pipit Anthus godlevski

One reported and photographed with 4 Richard's Pipits, at Arsuf (Itamar Gurfinkel and Eliraz Dvir). The 6th national record if accepted. 


Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus

Today it was photographed over Tel Zafit, some 10 km north to Galon (Ilan Nissan Moriya)


Daurian Shrike Lanius Isabellinus

One near Iffat, Jizzrael valley (Eldad Amir)   







Brown Booby Sula leucogaster

One at the coral reef, Eilat's southern beach (Shachar Shalev)


Dunn's Lark Eremalauda dunni

One at Seifim plain, Eilat mountains (Itai Shani) 


Desert Wheatear Oenanathe deserti

Two at Arsuf (Oree Efroni Naor) 


The Red-necked Grebe was not reloacted today. 



Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena

Mega - one at Km20, Eilat on the 9th (Gilles Willem). The 6th Israeli record if accepted. 


Brown Booby Sula leucogaster

One at the North Beach on the 8th (Noam Weiss) 


Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus 

One over Jerusalem on the 9th (Erez Amir). First record for Jerusalem. 


Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus

One at the North Beach on the 8th. 


Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti

One at Tel-Baruch on the 9th (Itai Berger et al)


Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantilans

One at Eilat's bird park on the 9th (Noam Weiss et al)


Pallas's Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus

Still at En-Gedi on the 9th


Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria

A popular twitch at the Arbel nowdays...




Mourning Wheatear Oeananthe lugens

One at Kanaf, souther Golan Heights on the 6th (Ido Shaked). Very unusal at the north. 


Ruppell's Warbler Sylvia rupprlli

Good numbers at the coast line i.e 10 at Tel-Baruch (Tel-aviv) on the 6th and 6 there on the 7th (Igal Siman-tov)


Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria

A showy bird at Mt Arbel during the recent days. Apparently a male developing breeding plumage (Amir Ben-dov) 




Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus

The bird was at Galon on the 3rd (Tuli Malek) 


Dotterel Charadrius morinellus

45 near 'mount' Keren, Halutza sand-dunes, Western Negev on the 4th (Elon Gur). FIrst evidence of this species to be present as a winterer in numbers, as late as 1st week March while the common knowledge about the wintering period considered that the species leaves Israel during 1st half February. Apart from the Dotterels - some 30 Cream-Coloured Coursers around.   


Common Gull Larus canus

An adult at mouth of Yarkon river on the 3rd (Uri Stoffman) 


Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi

One at Arsuf on the 3rd (Shachar Alterman) 


Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans

One at Shivta on the 4th (Oree Efroni-Naor)


Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea

The first for the season at the Gilboa (David Kotter). A Cyprus Warbler was there too


Commoner stuff: 

At Eilat both Baillon's and Little Crake at the bird park. Quite a few Cyprus Warblers at verious places including western Israel (Modiin Hills) , but mainly at the Arava and Dead Sea. Good wave of Ruppell's Warblers mainl at western Israel along the coast (up to 4 per site) with some at Jerusalem and Eilat.  




Brown Booby Sula leucogaster

One at Eilat's southern Beach on the 28th (Ted Kyle)  




Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator

One at km 20 Eilat (IBRCE team) 


Greater Sand Plover Charadrious leschenaultii

Two at Yotvata (Itai Shani) 


Daurian Shrike Lanius Isabellinus

One at the Agmon (Hula) (Shai Agmon)


Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus

Some at Yerucham lake (Nethanel Kawe)  





Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus 

3 at Gamla on the 24th (Eran Banker at al). The Radde's Accentor is still there.  


White-tailed Plover Vanellus leucurus

One at Yasur reservoir, Zevulun valley on the 25th (Amit Goldstein) 


Thick-billed Lark Ramphocoris clotbey

20 at km 82, central Arava on the 23rd (David Raved et al.)


Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei

A new bird at Neot Smadar Kafe on the 24th (Noam Weiss) 

The bird at Dvora playground, Tel-aviv was very active on the 24th (Barak Granit)


Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus

Two at Beer-Ora, southern Arava on the 25th (Itai Shani) 






Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus 

One near Ramim Cliff, Upper Galilee on the 22nd (Nethanel Kawe)  


Egyptian NIghtjar Caprimulgus aegyptius

One at Yotvata fields on the 22nd night (Shachar Shalev)


Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax

15 at Kalya on the 20th (David Biavsky et al) 



Bean Goose Anser fabalis

One still at the Agmon on the 18th (Eliraz Dvir et al) 


Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus 

One at Megido arifield on the 19th (Dotan Simon) 


Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus

A juv-type above Maon junction, NW Negev on the 19th (Harel Caduri). Probably the same lingering bird. 


Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus

5 at Sayarim juntion on the 19th (Itai Shani) 


Still there: 

Pallas's Warbler at En Gedi (on the 19th) 

Hume's Warbler at Tel-aviv (on the 16th)

Radde's Accentor at Gamla (on the 18th) 




Asian Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus rubescens japonicus

One at Tel-yosef on the 14th (Tuvia Kahn) and one at km 20 Eilat on the 15th (Eyal Shochat)


Redwing Turdus iliacus

One at the JBO and one at Eilat birding park on the 15th and 16th 


Basalt  Wheatear Oennthe warriae 

Two at Beer-Ora, southern Arava on the 16th (David Kotter et al.) where there was only one until now. The 6th bird for this winter.  





Purple Sawmphen Porphyrio porphyrio

Four at sweet  water pool by the Dead Sea near Metzokey Dragot on the 10th (Avner Rinot, Noam Weiss et al.)


Red-fronted Serin Serinus pusillus

One at wadi Rosh PIna on the 11th (Ron Efrat)






Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea

150 at the Agmon on the 9th (Dror Noa et al.)


Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

One at Elkana, The west Bank on the 8th (Nethanel Kawe) 



Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei

One at En Husub on the 8th (Itai Shani)



Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

One at Sde Eliahu on the 9th (Avner RInot) 


Basalt  Wheatear Oennthe warriae 

Two together at Uvda valley on the 9th (Ehud Biedermann) 



Goldcrest Regulus regulus

Two at Adolam on the 8th (Lior Kislev) 


Still there: 

Pallas's Warbler at En Gedi, Wallcreeper at Arbel and Radde's Accentor at Gamla. 




Pallas's Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus

The 5th for Israel that was reported on the 26/1, was relocated on the 5th at the same place (David river; by Nissim Primo). Photo




Lesser Short-toed Lark Callandrella rufescens

20 at Uvda valley (Amir Ben-dov et al.) 


Bar-tailed Lark Ammomanes cinctura

100-200 birds at Uvda Valley (Amir Ben-dov et al.)


Temminck's Lark Eremophila bilopha 

Many hudreads ( more than 500) at Uvda Valley (Amir Ben-dov et al.). Also there 6 Cream-coulured Coursers, 200 Spotted and 60 Crowned Sandgrouse.   


Basalt  Wheatear Oennthe warriae 

A 5th bird for this winter found at 'low mountain' raptor watch point, Eilat (IBRCE team). the 12th Israeli record. 


Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostra

One at Yodfat (Yochai Koren)




Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis

One at wadi Rosh Pina, Upper Galillee (Ron Zinger & Avi Shneor)


Steppe Shrike Lanius pallidirostris   

One Halutza sands, south of Zeelim, NW Negev (Tuvia Khan)




Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

One at Neot Hakikar on the 21st (Eldad Golan) 


Basalt  Wheatear Oennthe warriae 

A 4th bird for this winter at Uvda valley on the 1st, some 3 km from the other bird that is around (Oded Ovadia) 


Belated news: 

Pallas's Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus

One at wadi David, EN Gedi reserve on the 26th (Jack Noordhuizen). The 5th Israeli record if accepted. 




Thick-billed Lark Ramphocoris clotbey

40-50 at Km 82, central arava on the 28th (Itai Shani)


Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis

One at mt Bental, Golan Heights on the 29th (Galit Moshe)


Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei

The one found at end October in a p;aying garden inside Tel-aviv ia apparently still there, wintering (Oz Horin)




Greater White-ftonted Goose Anser albifrons

Four at Yotvata where there were only two up till now (Eyal Shochat et al.)


Temminck's Lark Eremophila bilopha 

Hundreds at Uvda valley (Many birders). Also there - 2 Thick-billed Lark, a Cream Coloured Curser and the Basalt Wheatear


Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivoru 

12 at Nebi Samuel on the 26th (Nissim Primo)


Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria

One at the Arbel on the 25th (Galit Moshe)


Red-fronted Serin Serinus pusillus

One at Matzok Ramim on the 26th (Nethanel Kawe). The birds near Merom Golan are still there (Meir Levi)




Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis

One at Avital volcanic park, Golan Heights on the 24th (Lior Kislev et al)





Kurdish Wheatear Oenante xanthroprymna

A male at wadi Orvim, Golan Heights (Itai Shimshon) 




Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax

One north to Kfar Rupin on the 19th (Frank Moffat) 


Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis

One near Tel-Phares, Golan Heights on the 19th (Tuvia Kahn)


Kurdish Wheatear Oenante xanthroprymna

One at Mt Amsa on the 19th (Itzhak Cohen) 




Euroasian Dotterel Charadrius morinellus

Some 82 birds at Hatzerim (Avi Shneor and Ron Zinger) and 10 near Revivim (Elon Gur), both on the 17th.  


Basalt  Wheatear Oennthe warriae

The 3rd fr this winter and the 10th for Israel at Uvda Valley on the 17th (Lior Kislev). Also there: 60 Temminck's Larks and 2 Thick-billed Larks


Orphean Warbler Sylvia crassirostris

One with fat zero (indication of winterer) ringed at Og, Northern Dead Sea on the 16th (Chen Faibis). First wintering record.


Red-brested Flycatcher Ficedulla parva

One at Kibbutz Samar on the 15th (Yaniv Basher). Extremely rare as winterer. 


Steppe Shrike Lanius pallidirostris

One near Revivim on the 17th (Eilon Gur). 




Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus

2533 were counted at lake of Galilee on the 13th (Amir Ben-dov through the national waterfawl count, NPA). Quite a number! 


Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus

The bird was at Gamla on the 14th (Nissim Primo). 


Goshawk Accipiter gentilis

- One at Mitzpe Ramon on the 12th (Meidad Goren)

- A juv male at Reim, NW Negev on the 13th (Barak Granit)


'fulvescens' Great Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga

One at Maoz Haim on the 14th (Gilad Yechieli). A good winter for those beauties.  


Saker Falco cherrug

Four different birds (2 adults, 2 juv) at Urim on the 13th (Barak Granit).


Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax

The number at Maoz Haim grew to 5 birds on the 13th (Amir Ben-dov)


Asian Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus rubescens japonicus

One at Reim, NW Negev on the 14th (Barak Granit)


Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

An adult female at Neot Smadar (Frank Moffat) apparently found last Tuesday (Itai Shani et al.)  




Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis

Two at Gamla on the 11th where there was one on the 7th (Tuvia Kahn and Rotem Agamon). 


Red-fronted Serin Serinus pusillus

5 still at Bental, Golan Heigts on the 11th (Tuvia Kahn and Rotem Agamon)


Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus

5 at Wadi Zimra, Jerusalem on the 10th (Piki Ish-Shalom)





Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pelschanka 

 a first winter male at Zeelim, North-western Negev. The first wintering record in Israel (Eldad Reznik)




Salvonian Grebe Podiceps auritus

The Maayn Zvi bird was relocated there on the 6th.


Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

One at Tirat Zvi on the 6th and one at Ramat Gan on the 7th (Tuvia Kahn, Irit Drob) 


Dunn's Lark Eremalauda dunni

One at Uvda valley on the 6th (Itai Shani)


Asian Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus rubescens japonicus

Two at Maoz Haim on the 7th (Itamar Gurfinkel)


Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis

One at Gamla on the 7th (Ohad Sherer) Photo


Steppe Shrike Lanius pallidirostris

One at Beer-Ora on the 6th (Shachar Shalev) Photo

and one at southern Judean Plains on the 8th (Nissim Primo)




Basalt  Wheatear Oennthe warriae

A different individual at Beer Ora (Itai Shani). Both birds represent the 8th and the 9th Israeli record. Photo




Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus

The 3rd for this winter and the 5th for Israel was finally  relocated at Kfar Rupin fishponds on the 3rd (Galit Moshe) about a month or so after  it  had been reported for the first time. Photo


Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax

Four at Maoz Haim on the 4th (Yochai zass, Oded Ovadia)


Euroasian Curlew Nomernius arquata

7 birds in one field near Benyamina on the 4th (Lior Kislev) 


Basalt  Wheatear Oennthe warriae

One at Amram Pillars, Eilat on the 1st (Benjamin Steffen and Kerstin Menke). Id confirmed on the 3rd (Noam Weiss) Photo


Belated news:

Kurdish Wheatear Oenante xanthroprymna

a male at wadi Gishron, Eilat mountains on 31st December (Noa Drimer) Photo




Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina

A female at Kfar Yechezke on the 1st (Tvia Kahn)


Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus

The Bateleur was over road 35 (Near Kiryat Gat) on the 2nd (Yaron Charka)


Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius

The flock at Urim reached 26 birds (Olga Chagin)


Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis

5 at Tel-phars, Golan Heights on the 2nd (Eran Banker).


Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus

4000-5000 birds near Zarzir, western Galilee (Yaron Bazar)


Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni

One at Dolev, West Bank on the 2nd (Elkana Erlich)



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