News from the field - Daily Updates

Barak Granit 27/08/2017 00:00

 


22/11/2017


 

Dotterel Charadrious morniellus

100 at Hatzerim with 24 Kentish Plovers (Olga Chagina et al.)

 

Olive-Backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni

One over IBRCE (Rea Shaish) and one at Mitzpe Ramon soccer field (Itai Shani) 

 

Eye-browed Thrush Turdus obscurus ?

A possible one at Kibutz Lotan (Frank Moffat). Observation was too brief to obtain satisfactory details. 

 

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pelschanka

One reported at Beer Ora 

 

Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei

One at Kibbutz Lotan's swimming pool (Yotam Lenard)  

 


19-21/11/2017


 

Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus

One at wadi Gerer, NW Negev on the 21st (yotam Bashan)

 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

One at Yakum on the 19th (Oree Efroni Naor)

 

Asian Buff-bellied PIpit Anthus Rubescens japnicus

One at Hefer valley and one at Gaash both on the 20th-21st (Irad Slonik, Lior Kislev) 

 

Alpine Accentor Prunela collaris

Two reported at mt Hermon on the 18th, belated news (Efraim Ezov) 

 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

One at Ironi Alef high-school, Tel-aviv where a YBW was wintering during the past two winters (Ziv Cohen Sharon) 

 

 


15-18/11/2017


 

White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons 

One at Nachsholim and 24 flying south over kfar Menachem on the 18th (Dan Alon et al.)

 

Brown Booby Sula leucogaster

One at Eilat on the 17th (Klil Zaitlin et al.)

 

Dotterel Charadrious morniellus

35 at Hatzerim on the 17th (Olga Chagina et al.)

 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

One at Kfar Rupin and one at Tel-aviv port, both on the 17th (Yosef Kiat, Noam Shani et al.)

 

Thick-billed Lark Ramphocoris clotbey

Up to 12 birds at km 94 daily

 

Asian Buff-bellied PIpit Anthus Rubescens japnicus

One at Kfar Rupin on the 17th (Yosef Kiat) 

 

Basalt Wheatear Oenanthe warriae

A 3rd bird for the season found at Beer Ura on the 18th (Itai Shani). Interestingly, all 3 birds appeared in the same locations as in the previous year indicating perhaps of a returning individuals 

 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

One at caught and ringed at Meitar on the 18th (Nir Hasson et al.)

 

Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

One ringed at Sde Boker school on the 17th (Gal marinov et al.)

 

Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostra

A putative calling bird at Mt Herzel, Jerusalem on the 16th (Yakov Salaviz)

 

Continue: 

Red-watteled Lapwing Vanellus indicus - one at Kfar Blum

Red-tailed Wheatear Oenanthe moesta - One at Uvda and a pair at km 94

 


14/11/2017


 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

One at Eilat cemetery (Itai Shani) and one at the Fench-hill, Jeruslaem (Avner Rinot) 

 

Little Bunting Embariza pusilla

One, unringed at Hefer Swamp (Jonjon Talmor). This is the 4th bird for this site for this season.  

 


13/11/2017


 

Red-watteled Lapwing Vanellus indicus

One in a field near Kfar Blum, northern Hula valley (Yadin Porat et al.). Photographed. 3rd Israeli record. 

 

Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius

12 at Urim (Olga Chagina) 

 

 


12/11/2017


 

Black-throatd Diver Gavia arctica

An exhausted bird was found and collected at Haifa beach and brought into care

 

Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei

One at Dov-hoz St., Tel-aviv  (Barak Granit)

 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

One at Eilat birding park (Ohad Sherer)

 

 


10-11.11.2017


 

Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus

Four birds: One at Tirtza reservoir and one at Maale Edomim (Nissim Primo) and one at 'Teenim' garbage dump, eastern Galilee (Jonathan Meyrav et al.), all on the 10th and one on the 11th over Petach Tikva (Yehudit Kafman)

 

Dotterel Charadrious morniellus

One at northern Dead Sea (Adi Ganz)  

 

Lesser Short-toed Lark Clanadrella rufescens

One photographed near Hatzor, coastal plain on the 10th (Dan Sharon)

 

Basalt Wheatear Oenanthe warriae

One at Amram pillars on the 11th (Aviv Etzion). A 2nd bird for the season,

 

Menetries's Warbler Sylvia mystacea

A male at the Eilat birding park on the 10th (Shachar Shalev et al.)

 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus 

One at Nafcha on the 10th (Klil Zaitlin et al.)

 

Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei

One at Ketura swimming pool on the 10th-11th (Rea Shaish et al.)

 

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

One at Ben Gurion grave park, Sde Boker on the 10th (Amit Sadeh)

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius Isabellinus

One at Maoz Haim and one by En Zemed, Kfar Rupin (Oree Efroni Naor, Barak Granit)

 

Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus

14 birds at Nafcha on the 10th-11th (Klil Zaitlin et al.)

 

Little Bunting Embariza pusilla

 - One ringed at Hefer 'swamp' on the 10th (Shai Blitzblau et al.). 3rd bird to be ringed at that site during the last 2.5 weeks!

- One at Kerem Ben-zimra on the 11th (Itamar Gurfinkel et al.). Probably first record for the upper Galilee

- One at Nir Oz, north-western Negev on the 11th (Dominic Standing)

 


9.11.2017


 

White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons 

1st winter bird at Newe Eitan (Avi Shneor) 

 

Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni

Two at Midreshet Ben-gurion, Sde Boker (Gal Marinov, Nitai Haiun) 

 

Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus

1st winter, probably female ringed at Sde Boker (Daren Barnes et al.)

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius Isabellinus

One at Hamadiya (Tuvia Khan)

 


5-8.11.2017


 

Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia

Two at Kfar Rupin on the 7th (Tuvia Khan)

 

Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis

One at Elifaz reservoir on the 6th (Shachar Shalev). Extremely rare in the southern Arava. 

 

Thick-billed Lark Ramphocoris clotbey

30 at Uvda on the 7th (Yochai Koren). One the same day at the same place some 120 Temminck's Lark, 3 Hoopoe Larks and 5 Cream Coloured Cursers

 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus 

One ringed at the JBO on the 8th (Ishai Lendoy et al) 

 

Little Bunting Embariza pusilla

One at Eilat birding park on the 5th (Ohad Sherer)

 


3-4.11.2017


 

Ruddy Shelduck Tedorna ferruginea

7  migrating south at Hatzook beach on the 4th (Eyal Shochat)

 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

Two birds at and off Arsuf on the 4th, while one was still at Hatzook on the 3rd. 

 

Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

10 at Kfar Rupin (one ringed) on the 3rd (Yosef Kiat et al). 1-2 on active migraion at Hatzook on the 3rd, one there on the 4th and one at Uvda on the 3rd (Itamar Gurfinkel, Eliraz Dvir et al.)

 

Red-tailed Wheatear Oenanthe moesta

A male and a female together at km 94 on the 4th (Shachar Shalev et al.). Amazing discovery! Let's hope they will stay and breed. 

 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

One at Neot Smadar Kafe on the 4th (Lior Kislev) 

 

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

One at Revivim on the 3rd and one at Yerucham on the 4th  (Moran Laloya, Yochai Koren)

 

Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

Two at Arsuf on the 3rd (Oree Efroni-Naor et al.)

 

Little Bunting Embariza pusilla

The bird at Hefer Swamp was relocated on the 4th (Tuvia Khan) 

 


31.10-2.11.2017


 

Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca

One at Hatzook on the 31st and three at the same place on the 2nd (gal Siman-tov, Yosi Chen et al.). At the same place two Short-eared Owls on the 2nd as well. 

 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

One reported from Ramat Gan on the 1st (Itzhak Cohen) 

 

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

One at Nafcha and one at Beit Hakerem, both on the 2nd (Lior Kislev, Tzoor Magen)

 

Little Bunting Embariza pusilla

One caught, ringed and released at Hefer Swamp on the 2nd (Shai Blitzlblow) - a 2nd for the season for that spot! 

 


29-30.10.2017


 

 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

One ringed at Sde Boker and one at Nafcha, both on the 30th (Meidad Goren, Jonathan Meyrav et al.)

 

Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei

One at Beit Hakerem on the 29th-30th (klil Zaitlin et al.)

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius Isabelinus

One at the Hula on the 30th (Nethanel Kawe)

 

Little Bunting Embariza pusilla

One caught, ringed and released at Hefer 'Swamp' on the 29th (Shai Blitzblaw & Francis Argyle)

 

FInished busines: 

The possibe Dusky Warbler from the 28th was probably a false alarm.

 


26-28.10.2017


 

Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus

One over Dalton plateau on the 28th (Sachi Luria). Possibly a 2nd individual that hangs over Israel. 

 

Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva

One photographed at Tel-Baruch beach (Tel-aviv) on the 27th (Itamar Digmi). Photo

 

Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

Six at Kfar Rupin on the 27th (Avner Rinot) 

 

Lesser Short-toed Lark Clanadrella rufescens

Three at Kfar Rupin on the 27th (Avner RInot), 5 Richard's Pipit were there too. 

 

Basalt Wheatear Oenanthe warriae

One at Uvda on the 28th (Sarit and Dani Tabak). 7th Israeli record. Photo

 

Cyprus Wheaatear Oenanthe cypriaca

One at Ashdod on the 28th (Dan Sharon) 

 

Red-tailed Wheatear Oenanthe moesta

One still at Uvda on the 28th. 

 

Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus  (?) 

A 'possible' reported from 'City Garden', Tel-aviv, late on the 28th evening. Description sounds good (Itamar Gurfinkel et al.). Hopefully will turn 'definit' by tomorrow. 

 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

One still at Sarona on the 28th (Tuvia Khan) 

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius Isabelinus

Five new birds: one at Golan Heights, Two at Alexander river, one at Tirat Zvi and one at the Agmon (Ohad Benyamini, Talla Gabizon, Ron-ben Shalom, Yosef Kiat, Nethan Kawe) 

 

'Steppe' Shrike Lanius pallidirostris

One at Ir Ovot near Hatzeva on the 26th (Jani Vastimaki) 

 

Little Bunting Embariza pusilla

One photographed at Nafcha on the 28th (Elon Gur) Photo

 


25.10.2017


 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus 

Three birds: Two ringed at Yerucham lake and one at Hatzeva (Rony Livne, Yotam Lenard) 

 

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

Two at Jerusalem (Erez Amir)

 

Still there:

Red-rumped Wheatear at Uvda  

Cyprus Wheatear at Tel-Baruch 


22-24.10.2017


 

Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus

One near Kiryat Gat on the 22nd (Ezra Hadad) and another one near Sasmot Dvora on the 23rd (Lior Kislev) 

 

Sociable Plover Vanellus gregarius

One at northen Hula valley on the 22nd (Uriya Sade) 

 

Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca

One at Ziquim on the 22nd (Gariel Lawizky) and one at Tel-baruch on the 24th (Igal Siman-tov and Shachar Ben-arzi) 

 

Red-rumped Wheatear Oenanthe moesta

The bird was still at Uvda valley on the 23rd (many birders)

 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

One at Nafcha on the 22nd (Avne Rinot) and one near Sarona on the 24th (Lior Kislev) 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

One at Hatzook beach on the 20th and one at Nachsholim on the 21st (Shachar Ben-artzi, Itamar Gurfinkel et al.) 

 

Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

Two at Kfar Rupin on the 20th (Eran Banker) 

 

Thick-billed Lark Ramphocoris clotbey  

15 at Uvda valley with 40-60 Temminck's Larks on the 20th (Itai Shani et al.)

 

Red-rumped Wheatear Oenanthe moesta

A female plumage bird found on the 21st evening at Uvda valley (Shachar Shalev and Jani Vastimaki). The 5th for Israel and a long awaited one as the previous record was back in 1989 at the northern Negev (including sucessful breeding). Photo

 

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

One at Jerusalem on the 19th and one at Sde Boker, on the 21st (Iris Gorin, Klil Zaitlin) 

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabelinus

A 2nd bird at Newe Ur, Jordan valley on the 20th (Avner Rinot)

  

Correction: the Pacific Golden Plover reported at Maagan Michael from the 19th, was probably a misidentified Euroasian Golden Plover.

 

Still there: 

Long-billed Dowitcher at Nachsholim

Steppe Shrike at Hatzook beach

 

 


18-19.10.2017


 

Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva

One reported at Maagan MIchael beach on the 19th (Oded Ben-menachem).  Further details are needed.  

 

Long-billed Dowitcher LImnodromus scolopaceus

The bird moved to the near-by Nachsholim fishponds where Red-necked Phalarope was there too. 

 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

One at Ramon crater on the 18th (Yaakov Hevroni)  

 

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

One at Mitzpe Ramon on the 19th (Eran Banker) 

 

At Hazzok beach - a Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris on the 19th (Oz Horin) with the Steppe Shrike still there and two Bimaculated Larks flew over on same day (Igal Siman-tov) while an Eleonora's Falcon was there on the 18th Nethanel Kave)   

 

 

17.10.2017


 

Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus

One with 3 Griffons over Jerusalem (Erez Amir) 

 

Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus  

One at Maagan Michael (Shai Agmon)

 

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

One at the JBO (Avner Rinot)

 

'Steppe' Shrike Lanius pallidirostris

One still at Hatzook beach (Avi Shneor et al.)

 

Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

Two at Yerucham lake (Rony Livne) 

 


15-16.10.2017


 

 

Long-billed Dowitcher LImnodromus scolopaceus

A 1st winter bird found at Maayan Zvi fishponds on the 15th (Arnau Sebe Pedros), remained for the next day, twitched and photographed. 3rd Israeli record and the 2nd in 2017! 

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabelinus

One by the Dowitcher pond at Maayan Zvi on the 16th (Shachar Alterman)  

 

Belated news: 

The long staying Bateleur returned 'home' to the Judean hills and plains, seen near Adora on the 14th. 

 

 

 


13-14.10.2017


 

 

Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva

The bird continue at Kfar Yehoshua

 

Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

One at Kfar Rupin on the 14th (Eliraz Dvir & Itamar Gurfinkel)

 

Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi 

Five east to Maoz Haim on the 13th (Avner RInot) 

 

River Warbler Locustella fluviatllis

One at Tzora on the 13th (Dan Alon)

 

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

Ten (!) at Yerucham lake on the 13th (Yochai Koren) and one at Beerotaim grove, Ezuz on the same day (Itamar Gurfinkel)

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabelinus

Two new birds: one, new bird at Maoz Haim on the 13th (Avner RInot) and one ringed at the IBRCE on the 14th (Shachar Shalev et al.) 

 


9-12.10.2017


 

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

One at the JBO on the 9th (Asaf Laurer et al.)

 

'Steppe' Shrike Lanius pallidirostris

One at Tel-baruch on the 9th (Jonathan Dami). A good one for this area. 

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabelinus

Three new birds: one at Kfar Rupin on the 9th; One at Dvira forest on the 10th and one at Tal-Shachar on the 11th (Frank Moffat, Nissim Primo and Micky Lalum & Igal Siman tov) 

 

Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

One at the IBRCE o the 12th (Rea Shaish) 

 


8.10.17


 

Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephlus agricola - one ringed in the Eilat (IBRCE team) - 12th record for Israel.

 

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus - one at K20 (Itai Shanni). photo

 

Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus - one bird at the date plantation north to the IBRCE (Rea Shaish)

 

Goshawk Accipiter gentilis - one over Sharonasouth-west of Tiberias (Lior Kislev)

 

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti - one female at Ashdod (Amir Ben dov)

 


5-7.10.2017


 

Lesser-spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina

Pick day was on the 6th with many thousands seen at any given site along the migration route from eastern Galilee to the northern Negev. Max count: 11,000 birds at Afek east of Tel-aviv (David Raved et al.) 

 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

Two off Haifa on the 5th and one off Maagan Michael on the 6th (Ori Davidor et al.). Two-three Eleonora's Falcons there too.  

 

Upcher's Warbler Hippolais languida

One at En Evrona reserve on the 5th (Itai Shani). A late record. 

 

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

One at the ringed at the IBRCE on the 5th and one at Nafcha on the 6th (Ohad Sherer, Ilan Nissim Moriya)  

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabelinus

One at northern Jordan valley on the 7th (Ohad Avraham) 

 


1-4.10.2017


 

Merlin Flaco columbarius

Another early individual, this time at Neot Hakikar on the 2nd (Itzhak Cohen) 

 

Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia

Two at Maayn Zvi on the 2nd (Chen Rozen) 

 

Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe

A fall of 170 birds at Tel-baruch-Hatzook beach on the 4th (Igal Siman Tov). Quite a number!  

 

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

One at Revivim on the 2nd (Moran Laloya) 

 

'Steppe' Shrike Lanius pallidirostris

One, a 2nd individual at Nebi Samuel on the 3rd (Nissim Primo) 

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabelinus

One at the Agmon, Hula valley on the 1st (Shai Agmon)

 

Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

Three were reported at Tzora on the 1st (Rivka Cohen and Ilan Moriya) 

 

Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea

One on the 30th at Ezuz (LIron Ben-Yedidya) 

 


26-30.9.2017


 

Merlin Flaco columbarius

One at the Agmon, Hula valley on the 28th (Shai Agmon). Very early vanguard. 

 

Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva

An adlt moulting into winter plumage at a reservoir at Jeezrael valley on the 29th (David Kotter, Frank Moffat et al.). The bird was stil there on the 30th.  

 

Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos

The bird at Gan Shmuel was still there on the 26th (Tuvia Khan, Frank Moffat) 

 

Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia

One at Maayan Zvi on the 29th (Oree Efroni Naor and MIky Lalum)

 

Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

One at Yotvata fields (Shachar Shalev et al.)

 

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti

Four at Yavneel valley on the 29th (Tuvia Khan) and one at Haztook on the 28th (Shlomi Shamay)

 

Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis

Four birds at verious sites including Modiin hills, Golan Heights, and Jerusalem (2 birds)

 

Yellow-throated Sparrow Gymnoris xanthocollis

A 1st year bird seen and photographed at Mitzpe Shalem football patch on the 30th (Kochav Levi). Six national record, and the 2nd within the last 3 weeks. Photo

 

Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea

One found dead at Sde Boker on the 28th (Daren Barnes) and one was photographed at NIzzana on the same day. 

 


25.9.2017


 

Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi 

One at Yotvata (Itai Shani)

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabelinus

One at the IBRCE (Noam Weiss et al.)

 

Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

One at the IBRCE (Noam Weiss et al.)

 


24.9.2017


 

Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni

Amazing gathering of 250 birds was noted at the Hula valley (Lior Kislev)

 

White-tailed Plover Vanellus leucurus

One near Kibutz Eyal (Gadi Shimla) 

 

European Nightjar Capeimulgus europaeus

For the lovals only - some nice numbers at Tel-Baruch/Hatzook beach i.e three on the 24th (Nethanel Kawe) and two on the 22nd (Eli Hoter).

 

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

The first for the season was at Sde Boker environmental school (Meidad Goren)

 

 

 


22-23.9.2017


 

Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla

Some 20,000 birds were estimated to gather for a roost at the Jehudean Plains on the 2nd evening (Ezra Hadad) - quite an amazing number! Came to the fest: 1 Barbary Flacon, 1 Eleonora's Falcon, several Hobbys and several Montague's Harriers

 

Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

The first for the season was heard flying over Meitar on the 21st (Nir Hasson) 

 

Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi 

The firt for the season was at Maoz Haim on the 22nd (David Kotter et al.). Also - a single Black-winged Pratincole at Kfar Rupin on the same day 

 

'Steppe' Shrike Lanius pallidirostris

One at Maoz Haim on the 22nd-23rd (David Kotter et al.) 

 

 


20-21.9.2017


 

Rupple's Warbler Sylvia ruppelli

Six at Hatzook beach on the 20th of witch 4 were trapped (Eli Hoter, Igal SIman-tov et al.)

 

River Warbler Locustella fluviatllis

One trapped at the JBO on the 20th. 

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabelinus

One at Neot Hakikar on the 20th (Oded Keynan)

 

Yellow-breasted Bunting Emberiza aureola

A flying and calling bird over alfalfa field at Kfar Rupin on the early morning of the 21st (Barak Granit). Although pattern could not be detected, calls (that were heard severl times), build and structure and flight manner matched perfectly this species. The bird continued south-wards and didn't appear to land. There are 10 accepted national records up to date of this once a least concerned and now an endangered species, 6 of which from September, two from Oct- Nov, one from May and last one - an adult female which trapped, ringed and released on 13.8.2007 at the Hula valley.   

 


18-19.9.2017


 

Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos

One still at Gan Shmuel 

 

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus

Three still at Maagan MIchael on the 18th (Tuvia Khan et al.)

 

Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis

One at Maayan Zvi on the 18th (Tuvia Khan et al.) 

 

'Steppe' Shrike Lanius pallidirostris

One at Nebi Semuel on the 17th (Nissim Primo)

 


17.9.2017


 

Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos

One at Gan Shmuel, coastal plain (David Koter and Irad Slonik) Photo

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabelinus

One trapped, rined and released at Sde Boker (Daren Barns et al.)

 

Pale Rock Sparrow Carpospiza brachydactyla

Two at Yotava norther circular field on the 16th (Noam Weiss et al.) 

 

Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

One at the IBRCE on the 16th (Noam Weiss et al.) 

 


14-16.9.2017


 

Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis

The bird from July-August is still at Harod valley seen last on the 16th (Micha Mendel) 

 

Willson's Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus

One on the 15th off Eilat (IBRCE pelagic and 29 birders) 

 

Swinhoe's Storm Petrel Oceanodroma monorhis

One on the 15th off Eilat (IBRCE pelagic and 29 birders)

 

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus

Three at Maagan Michael on the 14th, one still on the 16th (Raanan Arbel)

 

River Warbler Locustella fluviatllis

One at the JBO (Yuval Dax et al.)

 

Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

One at the IBRCE on the 15th (Amit Cohen et al.) 

 

Yellow-throated Sparrow Gymnoris xanthocollis

One was still at the IBRCE on the 16th, 

 

Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea

Two of ssp semnowii  at the IBRCE on the 16th (Avner Rinot et al.)

 


13.9.2017


 

Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo

Two over Kibutz Lavie, heading south (Giora Leitner) 

 

Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

A 4th bird trapped at EIlat ringing station (Ohad Sherer et al.) 

 


10-12.9.2017


EIlat is under bombardment

 

Willson's Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus

Two chummed at sea, at the head of Eilat's gulf, some 10 km south of the North Beach on the 12th (Itai Shani, Rea Shaish et al.) Photo

 

Swinhoe's Storm Petrel Oceanodroma monorhis

Amazingly, two were seen together with the willsons, (Itai Shani, Rea Shaish et al). The two species record follows the mid september 2016's record of both species from the same spot and may indicate that Willson's (and not only Swinhoe's) may be a regular overlooked species at the gulf too.  Photo

 

Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus

One above Nebi Semuel north to Jerusalem on the 12th (NIssim Primo). Probably the same lingering bird.   

 

Black Bush Robin Cercotrichas podobe

One at EIlat's birding park

 

Icterine Warbler Hipppolais icterina

One found exhausted at Kfar Menachem on the 10th by Rea Shaish' father.

 

Yellow-throated Sparrow Gymnoris xanthocollis

One ringed at Eilat riniging station on the 11th (Ohad Sherer et al.). The 5th for Israel. Seen on the 12th as well (Oz Horine et al.) Photo

 

Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

Two at EIlat's birding park on the 12th ( Ohad Sherer et al.)

 

Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea

One at Yotvata fields on the 10th (Itai Shani) 

 


6-9.9.2017


 

Marbled Duck Marmaronetta angustirostris

Eleven at Timorm on the 8th (Tzoor Magen et al.). Uncommon at central Israel.   

 

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus

Three at Maagan Michael on the 7th (Avner Rinot)

 

Black Tern Chlidonias niger

Quite a few reported here and there, mainly from northern valleies, max. 3 at Maagan MIchael on the 9th (Avner Rinot)

 

Rupple's Warbler Sylvia ruppelli

Six ringed at Beer Sheva's 'monument' on the 9th as well as same unringed figure roamming freely, so reported (Eyal Sochat and Adi Dommer)    

 

Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

One at Eilat's birding park on the 9th (Ohad Sherer)

 

Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea

A 1st winter at the lower cable pond, Mt Hermon on the 6th (Yakov Salaviz)

 

 


3-5.9.2017


 

Red Knot Calidris canutus

One at Maagan MIchael on the 4th-5th (Ilan Nissan Moriya et al.)

 

Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica

Two at Maagan Michael and one at Etlit on the 4-th-5th (Ilan Nissan Moriya, Ron Faibis et al.)

 

Icterine Warbler Hipppolais icterina

One reported at Tel-Gezer on the 4th (David Raved)

 

Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

One at Nizzana on the 4th (Elon Gur)

 

Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

One at Eilat's birding park on the 5th (LIsa Flam) 

 


1-2.9.2017


 

Eleonora’s Falcon Falco eleonorae

Two at Maayan Zvi on the 1st (Shachar Alterman) 

 

Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

6 at Palmachim and 4 at Maagan Michael beach, on the 2nd. 

 

River Warbler Locustella fluviatllis

One at Arsuf on the 1st (Yoav Barak) 

 

Icterine Warbler Hipppolais icterina

Three birds on the 1st: one ringed at Hatzook beach, Tel-aviv, being the 2nd bird for the season for that spot; one at Yakum and one at En Gedi (Eli Hoter, Ori Efroni Naor et al.)

 


28-31.8.2017


 

Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus

The Hula bird (which seems to be the same long stayer from Judean Plain that moved to a new temporal home) was still there on the 29th.

 

Oriental Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

One over Sarona, eastern Galilee on the 30th (Tuvia Khan); one Eleonora's Falcon too. 

 

 

Namaqua Dove Oena capensis

One at Tel-Baruch on the 30th (Igal Siman-tov)

 

River Warbler Locustella fluviatllis

One ringed at Moddiin hills on the 29th (Rafi Paz) 

 

 


23 - 27.8.2017


 

Eleonora’s Falcon Falco eleonorae

One at Ma’ayan Tzvi on the 24th (David Raved), one at Southern coastal plain on the 25th (Gabriel Levitzky) and one at Kfar Hanagid on the 26th (Omer Ben Nun).

 

Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio

After The 5 birds from Gan Shmuel on the 20th (David Kotter), some more observations were reported from Ein Hamifratz (Tzvi Hertz) and Ma’ayan Tzvi (David Kotter) on the 26th.

 

Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni

Two birds at Yas’ur Reservoir on the 26th (Tzvi Hertz)

 

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus

One at Ma’agan Michael coast on the 24th (David Raved).

 

Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor

Good numbers of migrants at Hatzuk and Tel Baruch (central israel’s coast ridges) with 98 Red-backed, 14 Lesser Grey and 3 Woodchat Shrikes at Hatzuk on the 25th. Later that morning at Tel Baruch at least 35 Red-back and 30 Lesser Grey Shrikes, 20 of the later were seen perching together.

In addition to the Shrikes attack, Olive-tree Warbler and a juv Black-winged Kite at Hatzuk. (igal Siman Tov)

 

Icterine Warbler Hipppolais icterina

One ringed at Hatzuk on the 27th (Eli Hoter)

 

Rosy Starling Sturnus roseus

One at Yas’ur reservoir on the 24th (Tzvi Hertz)

 


20-22.8.2017


 

Cream Coloured Courser Cursorius cursor

One at Ashdod on the 21st (Tzoor Magen) out of species normal range

 

Upcher's Warbler Hippolais languida

One at Eilat's bird park on the 20th (Rea Shaish) 

 

Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

A juv at Ashdot Yaakov, northern Jordan valley, on the 21st (David Porat) . 

 

 


16-19.8.2017


 

Pink-backed Pelican Pelecanus rufescens

The Yerucham bird is still there. 

 

Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus

The 'Hula' bird was photographed again on the 16th (Tzvi Hertz) 

 

Barbary Falcon Falco pelegrinoides

One at Nebi Senuel, north to Jerusalem on the 19th (Nissim Primo). 

 

Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae

One at Maayan Zvi on the 19th (David Kotter)

 

Cream Coloured Courser Cursorius cursor

One found wounded at Hefer valley (coastal plain) on the 19th (Tal Halperin) where its precense is unusual. The bird was brought into care.  

 

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus

One at Maagan MIchael on the 19th (David Kotter)

 

Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis

Two at the North Beach on the 17th with two Bridled Terns (Amit Sadeh et al)  

 

Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum

One at Tel-Baruch on the 18th (Igal Siman-tov et al.). A good one for Tel-baruchfor the autumn. 

 


13-15.8.2017


 

Swinhoe's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma monorhis

One off Eilat on the 15th during the monthly Sea-birds and marine wildlife monitoring (Noam Weiss, Yaron Charka and Rea Shaish).   

 


7-12.8.2017


 

Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus

The 'hula bird' was seen again on the 7th (Shai Agmon)

 

Barbary Falcon Falco pelegrinoides

Two, male and female, probably juveniles and only probably belong to that species (vs Peregrine) at first light at Kfar Rupin on the 10th (Barak Granit and Avi Shneor).   

 

Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia

Two at Gan Shmuel on the 12th (Irad Salonik)

 

Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius

One at the Eilat Bird Park on the 8th (Rea Shaish)

 


4-6.8.2017


 

Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis

The bird at Harod valley, which was seen by many birders on the 5th-6th, seemes to be a 1st summer bird (or 2nd year bird) thus clearly a different individual to the juv seen earlier at Kfar Rupin. 

 

Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus

One at the Hula valley on the 6th (Pablo Rudaeff) - probably the same bird seen on the 26th at the Golan Heights. 

 

Cream Coloured Courser Cursorius cursor

About 60 at quite large area near the Habsor river, NW Negev on the 4th (Olga Chagin)

 

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus

About a 100 birds at Habsor river, NW Negev on the 4th  (Olga Chagin)  

 

Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

A juv caught at the IBRCE on the 6th (Rea Shaish et al.) 

 

 


1-4.8.2017


 

Red-crested Pochard Neta rufina

The over summering bird at Jeezrael valley was stil there on the 4th (Tuvia Khan)

 

Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga

One at the Agamon, Hula valley on the 4th (Dror Galilee). No previous summer records

 

Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae

One at Jerusalem on the 1st (Erez Amir) and one at northern Israel around same time. 

 


30-31.7.2017


 

Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis

One at Kfar Yechezkel rezervoir, Harod valley on the 30th (Tuvia Khan). Possibly the same bird that was seen earlier at Kfar Rupin and Beit Hashita. 

 

Cream Coloured Courser Cursorius cursor

One at Ashdod northern beach on the 31st (Nissim Primo). Good record for this region

 

Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus

One at EIlat on the 31st (Shachar Shalev) 

 

 


27-29.7.2017


 

Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus

An adult male at the Carmel on the 27th (Yehuda Siliky)

 


26.7.2017


 

Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus

One at G'ilabun river, Golan heights (Rei Segali). 

 


25.7.2017


 

Barbary Falcon Falco pelegrinoides

One at Mt Tayasim, Jerusalem mountains (Yakov Salaviz)

 

Sooty Falcon Falco concolor

An adult south of Beer Sheva (Eyal Sochat et al.) 

 

Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus

One at the southern beach, Eilat (Ilan Nissan Moriya) 

 

Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria

Two trapped and ringed at the JBO (Chen Faibis). This birds are most probably over summering as they are moulting. 

 


22-24.7.2017


 

Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris

One at Maayn Zvi on the 22nd (Irad Salonik). A peculiar summer record.

 

Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea

Two reported at Eilat, north beach on the 25th (Shachar Shalev at al.) 

 


20-22.7.2017


 

White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala

First breeding record for Israel! - a female with 4 cheeks in a reservoir at Jeezrael valley. on the 22nd (Eldad Golan). Great news and a new breeding species for Israel! Photo  Video

 

Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus

One off Maagan MIchael on the 22nd (Itamar Gurfinkel)

 

Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus

5 at Maagan MIchael on the 19th and 8 there on the 22nd (Ohad Sherer, Gidi Keretz)  

 

Mediterranean Gull Larus melnocephalus

Two (including an adult) at Maayan Zvi between 19th-22nd (Irad Salonik, Itamar Gurfinkel et al). 

 


19.7.2017


 

Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus

A juv at Habsor, NW Negev (Olga Chagin). A good autumn record. Photo

 


16-18.7.2018


 

Red-crested Pochard Neta rufina

One (juv) at Yokneam reservoir, Jeezrael valley on the 17th (David Kottter)

 

Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus

A successful breeding at En Hanaziv: A pair with to fledglings on the 17th (Avner Rinot)

 


10-15.7.2017


 

Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis

A juv at Harod valley on the 15th (Niv Basor). Probably the same bird that has been seen earlier at Beit Shen valley

 

Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae

A 1st summer dark morph bird at Dalton reservoir on the 15th (Shlomi Segali) 

 

Cream-Coloured Courser Cursorius cursor

45 were counted at southern Judean plains on the 14th (Ezra Hadad)

 

Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia

One at Maagan MIchael on the 15th (Amit Godlstein) 

 

European NIghtjar Caprimulgus europaeus

One trapped at the JBO on the 13th (JBO team).

 

Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans

A male trapped at the JBO on the 14th (Gidon Perlman). The 2nd mid summer record for Jerusalem (and for Israel) during the last decade. 

 

Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor

One at Jerusalem on the 15th (Gidon Perlman). Extremely early vaungard. 

 


8-9.7.2017


 

Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis

One in a group of white storks west of Kfar Rupin, Beit Shean valley on the 9th (Ofir Lotan)

 

Pink-backed Pelican Pelecanus rufescens

One at Iron tourist lake, Upper Galilee on the 8th. Photographed. It is possible that this is the bird that spent the previous month at En-Hamifratz south of Acre.

 

 


4-7.7.2017


 

Sooty Falcon Falco concolor

And adult seen and photographed at southern coastal plain (Gabriel Levitzky) where the species is now an annual summer visitor in recent years. 

 

Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus

Four at Maagan MIchael on the 5th (Katya Rudnev) 

 

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus

A group of three at Maagan Michael's beach on the 6th and 7th (David Kotter at all)

 

Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus

Two at the North Beach on the 4th and one there on the 5th (Shachar Shalev, Oz Horin)

 

Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia

One at Maagan MIchael on the 6th-7th (David Kotter) 

 

European NIghtjar Caprimulgus europaeus

Three at Gan Shmuel fishponds on the 6th (Shai Blitzblaw). Can it be that the species breeds all over northern and central Israel in suitable habitats?

 

Black Bush Robin Cercotrichas podobe

One still at En Yahav on the 4th (Miri Adini)

 

  


28.6-3.7.2017


 

Pomarine Skua Stercrarius pomarinus

Two at the North Beach with two Arctic Skuas on the 3rd (Shchar Shalev)

 

Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis

Four at the North Beach on the 3rd (Shachar Shalev)

 

White-cheeked Tern Sterna repressa

50 birds at the North Beach on the 3rd (Shachar Shalev). High number though more regular in recent years.

 

Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus

Five at the North Beach on the 3rd (Shachar Shalev)

 


26-27.6.2017


 

Eastern Stonechat Saxicola maurus maurus

A breedign plumage male at LEhavot Habashan, Hula valley, on the 26th (Nitay Hayun et al.). Perhaps the only summer record of any saxicola up to date.  

 

 

Eleonora's Falcon

 Falco eleonorae

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