Daily Updates

Barak Granit 31/12/2014 00:00

November - December 2014

 

 

 

 


Thursday, October 30 2014


 

Bimaculated Lark Melanocorypha bimaculata

1, probably two in active migration at Tel-Baruch coast, Tel-Aviv north (Igal Siman-tov).

2 at Kfar Rupin Fields, Beit Shean valley (Barak Granit).

 

Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

1 at Kfar Rupin fields (Barak Granit).

 

Lesser Short-toed Lark Calandrella rufescens

1 at Kfar Rupin fields (Barak Granit). This species appears in the northern valleys during October-November, but not annually.

 

Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi

6 at Kfar Rupin fields (Barak Granit).  

 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

1 at Kibutz Kfar Rupin (Barak Granit). Only a few records there.

 

Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

1 at Kfar Rupin olive groves (Barak Granit).

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

A 1st winter bird at Maoz Haim fields, Beit Shean Valley (Barak Granit).

 

'Eastern' Stonechat Saxicola torquata

17 were counted at Tirat Zvi, Kfar Rupin and Maoz Haim fields and fishponds (Barak Granit), 2 males were identified as 'maura' while the rest were 'variegata'.

 

 


Friday, October 31 2014


 

Goldcrest Regulus regulus

3 birds, already at their annual wintering spot at Birya, Upper Galilee (Lior Kislev).

 

Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes

Hundreads at Birya, Upper Galilee (LIor Kislev). Seems like fantastic year for this species which arrived early than usual.

 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

1 at Yotvata, southern Arava (Itai Shani et al.).

 

Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

1 at Yotvata fields (Noam Weiss)

 

Lesser Short-toed Lark Calandrella rufescens

1 at Yotvata fields (Noam Weiss)

 

Bimaculated Lark Melanocorypha bimaculata

1 at Yotvata fields (Noam Weiss)

 

Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus

1 at Yotvata, southern Arava (Itai Shani et al.)

 

Temminck's Lark Ermophila bilopha

12 at Uvda Valley Southern Arava (Itai Shani et al.)

 

White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala

1 at Newe Ur, upper Jordan Valley (Giora Leitner). Although not rare, an unusual site for this highly local wintering species.

 

Sooty falcon Falco concolor

2 juv at Almog Junction, northern Dead Sea (Avner Rinot), the northernmost breeding indication ever found in Israel.

 

 


Saturday, November 1 2014


 

White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons

1 at Tirat Zvi fishponds, Beit-Shean Valley (Yochai Koren).

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

- 1 at Nachsholim, Carme coast (Itai Berger)

- 1 at Kfar Rupin fishponds (Yochai Koren)

 

Doterel Charadrius morinellus

1 photographed at “Shidan”, Rishon Lezion, south to Tel-Aviv (Baruch Tamam). Good record for Dan region. photo

 

Goshawk Accipiter gentilis

Juv female at Birya forest, upper Galilee (Lior Kislev et al.)

 

Goldcrest Regulus regulus

5 at the regular spot at Birya forest, Upper Galillee (Lior Kislev et al.)

 

Purple Swamp-hen Porphyrio porphyria

1 at Mayyan Zvi fishponds (Katya Rudnev).

 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

 

-  1 at migration over Hayarkon Park, Tel-aviv (Yuval Dax).

-  1 at Hapolonia park, Hertzeliya (Yochai Wasserlouf). About the 8th and 9th record for Tel-Aviv this season, during this this super autumn for this species.

 

Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes

 

- Many hundreds around Birya (Lior Kislev et al.)

- About 300 in pistachio orchards at Judean Hills (Ezra Hadad)

- Many tens at Kanda forest, Judean Hills (Itamar Gurfinkel)

 

Gannet Morus bassanus

3 off Ashdod beach (Amir Ben-dov). An early record.

 

Yelkouan Shearwater Puffinus Yelkouan

4 off Ashdod beach (Amir Ben-dov)

 

 


Sunday, November 2, 2014


 

Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae

1 adult light morph, Bat-Yam beach, South to Tel-Aviv (Micky Laloum). The bird was hunting insects together with kestrels. Photographed.

 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

2 birds together at Tel-Baruch dunes, Tel-Aviv (Barak Granit & Jonathan Meyrav). photo

 

Namaqua Dove Oena capensis

1 male migrating south at Tel-Baruch dunes, Tel-Aviv (Barak Granit & Jonathan Meyrav).

Interestingly the, previous from this site was at November 1998 by one of the same observers.

 

Fieldfare Turdus pilaris

1 in active migration in Tel-Baruch Dunes (Barak Granit).

 

 


Monday, November 3, 2014


 

Pallas's Gull Larus Ichthyaetus

2 adults at Tel Baruch beach, Tel-Aviv (Itamar Gurfinkel). The earliest record of vanguard Pallas's gull in Israel.

 

Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes

20 at Yanov, Hasharon, coastal plain (Nadav Pevzner)

 

 


Tuesday, November 4, 2014


 

Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator

1 drake at Acre beach (Michael Boas). photo

 

Greylag Goose Anser anser

1 migrating southwards over Tel-Baruch dunes, Tel-Aviv north (Barak Granit).

 

Chaffinch Fringilla Coelebs

Over 22,000 migrating over Tel-Baruch in early morning hours (Barak Granit, Igal Siman-tov)

 

Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes

Over 550 migrating over Tel-Baruch in early morning hours (Barak Granit, Igal Siman-tov) – what a year for this species!

 

Greenfinch Carduelis chloris

Over 2,000 migrating over Tel-Baruch in early morning hours (Barak Granit, Igal Siman-tov)

 

Water Pipit  Anthus spinoletta

600 migrating over Tel-Baruch in early morning hours (Barak Granit, Igal Siman-tov)

300 at Palmachim Beach (Jonathan Meyrav)

 

Brambrlings Fringilla montifringilla

Over 70 migrating over Tel-Baruch in early morning hours (Barak Granit)

 

Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

1, possibly 3 migrating over Tel-Baruch in early morning hours (Barak Granit, Igal Siman-tov)

 

Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi

1 over Palmachim Beach (Jonathan Meyrav).

 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

1 at Tel-Baruch (Igal Siman Tov)

 

Long-eared Owl Asio Otus

1 over Tel-Baruch (Igal Siman Tov).

 

 


Wednesday, November 5, 2014


 

Yellow-Browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

1 at the 'Botanic garden', Jerusalem (Avner RInot)

 

Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorous

- 12 at Ramot Naftali (Eran Dvir)

- 1 at Tivon (Yaron Bazar)

- 2 at MIsgav (Ohad Sherer)

 

Fieldfare Turdus pilaris

- 12 at Western Galille (Yaron Bazar)

- 12 at the 'Botanic Garden' Jerusalem (Avner Rinot)

Some smaller numbers were seen in other sites.

 

Redwing Turdus iliacus

- 1 at MIsgav (Ohad Sherer)

- 1 at Tivon (shai Agmon)

- 3 at the 'Botanic Garden' Jerusalem (Avner Rinot)

 

Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

1 migrating over Tel-Baruch Dunes, Tel-Aviv (Barak Granit et al.)

 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

1 migrating east to Tel-Baruch (Barak Granit et al.)

 

Bimaculated Lark Melanocorypha bimaculata

1 migrating over Tel-Baruch Dunes, Tel-Aviv (Barak Granit et al.)


Also, at Tel Baruch during the 'early morning active migration of passerines and others': an extraordinary volume of migrants in a non-stop flow, among them worth mentioning some 17,000 Chaffinch, 30,000 Skylarks, 500 Siskins, 300 Hawfinchs, 1,500 Greenfinchs, 1,000 Water Pipits, 5 Penduline Tits, 10 Woodlarks, 400 Northern Lappwings, 5 Stock Doves and 3 Wood Pigeons (Barak Granit et al.)  

 

 


Thursday, November 6, 2014


 

Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis meana

1 at Yotavata, southern Circular Field (Itai Shani), twitched, seen and photographed during the afternoon (Dan Alon, Eyal Shochat et al.) photo

 

Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi

1 migrating over Tel-Baruch dunes (Barak Granit & Shachar Alterman).

 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

1 at Birya, Zfat, (Rafi Paz)  

 

 


Friday, November 7, 2014


 

 

Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis meana

1 still at Yotavata, southern Circular Field (Shachar Shalev et al.)

 

Black-Crowned Finch Lark Eremopterix nigriceps

The female photographed on the 26/10 at Yotvata, relocated today at the same place (Shachar Shalev et al.) photo

 

Ruddy Shelduck Tarodna ferruginea

A flock of 15 birds arrived off-see at Maagan Michael beach (Katya Rudnev). photo

 

Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus

Amazingly, 1 bird was photographed 14 km inland, flying above a field near Kfar-Saba, not far from Tel-aviv (Itamar Dunezia). The bird was not identified until photo was uploaded to FB as an Id help request.

 

Bimaculated Lark Melanocorypha bimaculata

2 migrating south at Tel-Baruch (Oz Horin and Igal Siman-tov)

 

Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes

100 at Kanada forest, central Isael (Amir Ben-dov).

Few at Yotvata (Shachar Slaev).

 

 

 


Saturday, November 8, 2014


 

Sooty Falcon Falco concolor

1 adult flying over Shekef, Judean hills (Ezra Hadad). Quite late record and out of the species breeding range.

 

Syrian Serin Serinus Syriacus

A flock of 10 birds at Ashkol Park, North-Western Negev (Amir Ben-dov). Unfamiliar at this part of the Negev.

 

Fieldfare Turdus pilaris

Small numbers recorded in many sites included 35 at Kerem Ben-zimra, upper Galilee (Sachi Luria et al.)

 

Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus

Singles at various places including Negev, central and northern Israel.

 

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti

Female at Tel-Baruch dunes (Ami Chen).

 

Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator

1 is still at Acre (Itamar Dunitsa). photo

 

 


Monday, November 10, 2014


 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

- 2 at Yerucham Lake (Jonathan Meyrav). These birds were un-ringed bringing the total there to 5 birds until now - an impressive season at Yerucham for this species. photo

- 1 was photographed at Shivta junction, Western Negev (Itai Herling). photo

 

Goldcrest  Regulus regulus

1, possibly two at "Haroa" night camp, Sde-Boker (Jonathan Meyrav). A good record for the Negev. photo

 

Bimaculated Lark  Melanocorypha bimaculata

1 over Tel-baruch dunes (Igal Siman-tov)

 

Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorous

- 1 over Tel-baruch dunes (Igal Siman-tov)

- 1 at Yerucham lake (Jonathan Meyrav)

Also, at Tel-Baruch this morning:

Some 10000 Chaffinchs, 100 Howfinchs, 200 Siskins and many others (Igal Siman-tov)

 

 


Tuesday, November 11, 2014


 

Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus

1 bird was photographed Yesterday Near Kfar-Baruch reservoir, Jeezrael Valley (Eldad Amir), Identified from photos in the evening (Barak Granit) and relocated this morning at the same place (Amir Ben-dov). Id confirmed.

 

This species hasn't been recorded in the last 21 years when a flock of 8 found in December 1993 (Barak Granit & Ehud Dovrat), not far from where that bird is.

3 previous records in the 'modern birding times' between 1989-1993.  photo

 

Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostra

- 2 photographed over Yanov, eastern coastal plain (Nadav Pevsner) photo

- 6 birds were at Ramat Hovav, Northern Negev south to Beer-Sheva (Nir Hasson)

 

Although appeared in many years during the 80's including invasion years in which the species has remained and bred, the last official record is from 1994 from Jerusalem when again the species found breeding. During the past 20 years there was only one claim of a flying bird at mt Hermon in 1998 (Rami Lindroos).

 

Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi

1 at Tel-Baruch (Itamar Gurfinkel)

 

Saker Falco cherrug

A juv bird at Bikaat Bet-Netofa, Northern Israel (Yochai Koren)

 

 


Wednesday, November 12, 2014


 

Lesser White-fronted Goose Answer erythopus

Bird remained at Kfar Baruch reservoir and in the nearby area. Twitched successfully by many birders. photo

 

Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus

2 at Wadi Samach, Golan Heights (Shchar Sandrovic)

 

Namaqua Dove Oena capensis

2 at "Agamon", Hula Valley (Shai Agmon)

 

Temminck's Lark Ermophila bilopha

12 at Ovda valley (Itai Shani)

 

Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorous

1 at Tel-Baruch (Barak Granit)

 

Redwing Turdus iliacus

1 at the Botanic Garden, Jerusalem (Avner Rinot)

 

Howfinch Coccotharaustes coccotharaustes

- 50 at the botanic garden, Jerusalem (Avner Rinot)

-  Only few in migration at Tel-Baruch (Barak Granit)

- 7 at Kfar Baruch reservoir (David Raved et al.)

 

Siskin Spinus Spinus

- 35 at the botanic garden, Jerusalem (Avner Rinot)

- 150 migrating over Tel-Baruch (Barak Granit et al.)

 

Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia

15 at the Botanic Garden, Jerusalem (Avner Rinot)

 

Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella

25 at the Botanic Garden, Jerusalem (Avner Rinot)

 

 


Thursday, November 13, 2014


 

Asian Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus rubescens japonicus

1 near Kfar Yehezkel, Harod Valley (Shmuel London). photo

 

Ruddy Shellduck Tadorna ferruginea

2 at Kfar Baruch reservoir (many birders)

 

Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus

1 at Tel-Baruch, flying north (Igal Siman-tov). First record for Tel-Baruch and for Tel-Aviv. photo

 

Moustached Warbler Accrocephalus melanopogon

1 was ringed this morning at the Bird Park, Eilat (Noam Weiss, IBRCE) A rare visitor to Eilat in winter.photo

 

Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus

6,000 birds forming huge cloud over Dalton plain, Eastern upper Galillee (Barak Granit & Avi Shneaor)

 

Siskin Spinus spinus

Good numbers in eastern upper Galilee with many tens per site (Barak Granit & Avi Shneaor) and in Jerusalem (Avner Rinot)

 

Brambling Fringilla motifringilla

Good numbers in eastern upper Galilee with many tens per site or more, i.e. 150 at Birya Pistachio orchard (Barak Granit & Avi Shneaor)

 

Howfinch Coccotharaustes occotharaustes

Good numbers in eastern upper Galilee with many tens per site (Barak Granit & Avi Shneaor)and in Jerusalem (Avner Rinot). Many also reported In various places such as coastal plain.

 

 

 


Friday, November 14, 2014


 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

2 at Nafcha farm, High Negev mountain (Aylon Gur) photo

 

Asian Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus rubescens japonicus

1 (ringed) at Sde Eliyahu alfalfa fields, Brit Shean Valley (JBO team)

 

White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons

3 near Kiryat Gat, Judean plain (Ezra Hadad) photo

 

Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax

1 adult male at Nizzana (Olga Chagina) photo

 

Temminck's Lark Ermophila bilopha

25 at Ovda Valley (IBRCE team)

 

Fieldfare Turdus pilaris

35 at Hirbet Zeved, Mt. Mayron (Shachi Luria & Ohad Sherer)

 

Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella

10 at Hirbet Zeved, Mt. Mayron (Shachi Luria & Ohad Sherer)

 

 


Saturday, November 15, 2014


 

Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor

1 adult like bird photographed on November 14 at Eilat, km 20 saltpans (Haim Shochat) though photo was uploaded to FB only today. photo

A great find of 2nd for Isreal, in this great November.

 

Kurdish Wheatear Oenanthe xanthoprymna

- 1 at Wadi Zviya, Mt. Gilboa (David Koter)

- 1 at Hirbet Bek, Mt. Meron (LIor Kislev et al.) photo & photo

 

Goldcrest Regulus regulus

5 at Birya Forest (LIor Kislev et. al) photo

 

Belated news

 

White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla

1 juv bird (thus probably of natural origin) photographed at Hefer Valley on November 14 (Tsafrir Nir)

 

Asian Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus rubescens japonicus

1 at En Kaftor, Beit Shean Valley on November 14 (Avner Rinot)

 

 


Sunday, November 16, 2014


 

Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis

A 1st winter bird near Km. 20, Eilat (Juan Ramirez et al.)

 

White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons

1 juv at Og Reservoir, northern Dead Sea (Eldad Golan). Very unusual place for that scarce species.

 

 


Monday, November 17, 2014


 

Sociable Plover Vanellus gregarious

1 adult north to the Agamon, Hula valley (Hula Bird Festival)

 

Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni

1 near Mazkeret Batya (Barak Bichler)

 

Mangrove Heron Butorides striata

1 at Maagan Michael fishponds (Chen Rozen)

 

Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis meana

The bird from k.20 found the day before, relocated at km 19 cowshed. The id of this as pure orientalis has questioned by some birders due to turtur features while Hybrid Turtur X orientalis been suggested. photo

 

 


Tuesday, November 18, 2014


 

Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythopus

Possibly another bird of that species joined the first one at Kfar Baruch (Dan Alon) when both were seen in poor evening light conditions and from a distance.  

 

Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor

Bird is still at Eilat km 20. saltpans.

 

Asian Buff-bellied Pipit Antus rubescens japonicas

1 at Yotvata fields (Itai Shani, Shachar Shalev et al.)

 

Temminck's Lark Ermophila bilopha

Numbers reached 42 birds today at Ovda Valley (Itai Shani, Shachar Shalev et al.)

 

Fieldfare Turdus pilaris

40 at El-Rom, Golan Heigts (Hula bird festival)

 

Siskin Spinus spinus

120 still migrating south over Tel-Baruch (Igal Siman-tov)

 

Yellowhammer Emberiza citronella

4 at Nebi Samuel, Jerusalem (Nissim Primo)

 

Belated news:

Anser sp.

3 flying south off-Shikmona Beach Haifa (Yochai Koren)

 

 


Wednesday, November 19, 2014


 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

1 at Beit-Shean Valley (Jonathan Meyrav, Nadav Israeli, Hula bird festival et al.)

1 at Agamon, Hula valley (Ron Efrat, Hula bird festival et al.) photo

 

Oriental Skylark Alauda Gulgula

1 at Beit-Shean Valley (Jonathan Meyrav, Nadav Israeli, Hula bird festival et al.)

 

Striated Heron Butorides striatus

1 at Neve-Eitan Fishponds 1 at Beit-Shean Valley (Jonathan Meyrav, Nadav Israeli, Hula bird festival et al.).

 

This species is now regular outside Eilat, especially at Tel-aviv where it possibly breeds but also at Maagan Michael, Hefer Valley, and sometimes Jezreel and Beit-Shean Valley.

 

Western Reef Heron Egretta gularis

7 birds at Eilat North Beach (Amir Ben-dov). Good number! photo

 

Asian Buff-bellied pipit Anthus rubescens Japonicus

2 at Yotvata (Amir Ben-dov et al.)

 

 

 


Thursday, November 20, 2014


 

Ring Ouzel Turdus Torquatus

1 male of ssp aplpestris, Nafcha farm, Negev Mountain (Barak Granit). This species was annual at the High Negev and Jerusalem till beginning 90's; became very rare afterwards with only 1 record every few years. photo

 

Little Bunting Emberiza pussila

1 ringed at Tzora (Yosef Kiat) photo

 

Hume's/Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus humei/inornatus

1 bird presumably with Hume's characters at Nafcha farm (Barak Granit). Id left open due to insufficient observation conditions.

 

Rock Bunting Emberiza cia

1 at Nafcha farm (Barak Granit). Very unusual record and perhaps the southern-most ever recorded in Israel.

 

 


Friday, November 21, 2014


 

Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei

The bird from Nafcha found yesterday (B. Granit) was seen and photographed by many birders today (Eran Banker, Shachar Alterman, Amir Ben-dov et al.). photo

 

Features do support the initial identification as Hume's. However, there is still controversial concerning the bird call's interpretation among some birders.

 

Asian Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus rubescens japonicas

1 at Nafcha "swamp" (Eran Banker, Shachar Alterman, et al.)

 

Lesser Short-toed Lark Calandrella rufescens

1 at Agamon, Hula valley (Dan Alon).

 

Ring Ouzel Turdus Torquatus

The bird from Nafcha showed well today; seen and photographed by many birders. photo

 

Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica

1 photographed at the entrance to km.20 saltpans (Noa Eden). In the last 5 years this species seemed to return to its annual appearance status after long years of real (?) rare occurrence. photo

 

Sociable plover Vanellus gregarious

6 at Urim (Tamir Siman-tov).

 

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

1 at Newe Eitan Fishponds (Yosef Kiat)

 

 

 


Saturday, November 22, 2014


 

MacQueen’s Bustard Chlamydotis macqueenii

An amazing record of a bird photographed at Ramat Sirin, Eastern lower Galilee (Roy Gualman). The species hasn’t been recorded in the north since the 70’s of the previous century.

 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

1 at Ben Gurion grave park, Sde Boker (Itamar Gurfinkel et al)

 

Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus

1st winter male at Jaffa Port (Shachar Alterman and Rami Mizrachi)

 

 


Monday, November 24, 2014


 

Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei

The bird is still at Nafch. now sound recording is available. Id confirm. photo - 1 photo - 2

 

 


Tuesday, November 25, 2014


 

Yellow-browed warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

The 20th individual for the season found at "Nahal Beer Sheva" Park, Beer Sheva (Eyal Shochat).

 

 

 


Wednesday, November 26, 2014


 

Common Gull Larus canus

1 adult off Jaffa Port (Barak Granit & Avi Shneaor)

 

Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus

2 adults and a 1st winter bird off Jaffa Port (Barak Granit)

 

Skua sp. (Strecorarius pomarinus/parasiticus)  

A flock of 4 migrating south off Jaffa Port (Barak Granit)

 

Other species observed at Jaffa Port:

6 Little Gulls, 7 Pallas's Gulls, few Siberian, Caspian, Baltic and Armenian Gulls.  

 

 


Thursday, November 27, 2014


 

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

1 at Haifa (Nitay Haiun)

 

Pomarine Skua Strecorarius pomarinus

1 off Tel-Baruch beach (Itamar Gurfinkel)

 

Arctic Skua Strecorarius parasiticus

2 off Tel-Baruch beach (Itamar Gurfinkel)

 

 


Friday, November 28, 2014


 

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus graellsii

 

A colour-ringed bird was photographed at Maagan Michael (Asaf Meyrose et al.).

The bird was ringed as a breeding adult bird on 23.6.2012, at Svarthelaren, Loppa, Finmark, Norway and idnetified there as graellsii. photo

 

If the identification is correct it would be the first record of that ssp for Israel. It is worth mentioning that there are several accepted records of Larus fuscus intermedius in Israel involving birds that have been ringed at Norway as well.

 

Arctic Skua Strecorarius parasiticus

3 off Tel Shikmona, Haifa (Amit Goldstein et al.)

 

 

 


Saturday, November 29, 2014

 


 

Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus Humei

 

Quite an amazing season-open for this rarity with 3 records in the last 9 days among them two at northern Israel today:  

1 photographed and recorded at Birya forest (Itamar Gurfenkel, Eran Banker et al.) photo Sound

1 at Tivon (Shai Agmon)

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

1 at Palmachim Beach (Nir Hasson) photo

 

Sociable Plover Vanellus gregarious

1 still at Kfar Rupin (David Koter & Tuvia Khan)

 

Gull-billed Tern Gleochelidon nilotica

1 at Kfar Rupin (David Koter & Tuvia Khan). A rather late record.

 

Namaqua Dove Oena capensis

A male at Merhavia village, Jezreel Valley (Barak Granit).

 

Hoopoe Lark Alemon alaudipes

1 at Wadi Pichmi, southern Negev (Avi Shneor & Ron Zinger). A known territory discovered in recent years.

 

Corncrake Crex Crex

1 at Elkana, west Bank (Netanel Kave). One of the latest records for the region.

 

Goldcrest Regulus regulus

Number at 'the spot' at Birya forest has grown to 6-7 birds (Itama Gurfinkel et al.)

 

 


Sunday, November 30, 2014


 

Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus

2 at Zeelim, North-Western Negev (Olga Chaniga). Good local record. photo

 

Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus

1 at Gamla nature reserve, Golan Heights (Shai Sandrovic)

 

 


Monday, December 1, 2014


 

Pine Bunting Emberiza leucocephalus

1 male at Tel-Hazequa, Golan Heigts with some 15-20 Yellowhammers (Lior Kislev). A familiar wintering site for this species though occurrence is not annual.

 

Cinereous Vulture Ageypius monachus

1 at south-western Beit Shean Valley (Uzi Shlezinger), flying towards the Gilboa. A good record for Beit-Shean Valley

 

Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus

Bird is still at Kfar-Baruch reservoir together with a single juv White-fronted Goose (Francis Argyle)

 

 


Tuesday, December 2, 2014


 

Striated Buntig Emberiza striolata

 

1 at Genosar, Lake of Galilee (Shai Agmon). Very unusual record way outside the species's breeding range. Previously recorded once at the north at Kfar Rupin in winter 2000 (B. Granit).  

 

Cinereous Vulture Ageypius monachus

 

2 at Gamla nature reserve (Shai Agmon et al.).

 

 


Wednesday, December 3, 2014


 

Drongo Sp. Dicrurus sp.

A Drongo sp., most probably Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus was photographed at Kibutz Gan Shmuel (Irad Solenik). A potentially first for Israel if accepted.

 

It is worth mentioning that an escape possibility hasn't been ruled out and it is interesting that a day earlier a Plum-headed Parakeet Psittacula cyanocephala, an endemic species to the Indian subcontinent and an escape by its own, was seen at the same place.

 

Syrian Serin Serinus Syriacus

- 10 at Wadi Boker (Meidad Goren).

- 2 at Emeq Tzurim, Jerusalem (Avner Rinot)  

 

Goldcrest Regulus regulus

8 south to Buquata, northern Giolan Heights (Lior Kislev and Amir Ben-dov)

 

 


Friday, December 5, 2014


 

Red-fronted Serin Serinus pussilus

3 at El-rom Fruit Orchards (Jonathan Meyrav et al.)

 

Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis

1 at El-Rom, around the self-picking orchards, Golan Heights (Nadav Israeli et al.)

 

Little Bunting Emberiza pussila

1 caught, ringed and released, during a ringing session at Newe Eitan fishponds, Beit Shean Valley (Yosef Kiat et al.) photo

 

Hume's leaf-Warbler Phylloscopus humei

1 at Kibutz Gevulot (Eran Banker et al.). The 4th humei for the season with non-yet at the Arava and EIlat.

 

Belated news:

Saker falco cherrug

1 was at Urim power line yesterday (Jhonathan Meyrav et al.)

 

 


Saturday, December 6, 2014


 

White-heaed Duck Oxyure leucocephala

138 counted at Hulda Reservoir (Dan Alon).

600 counted in total in whole Judean Plains area (Ezra Hadad).

 

White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons

16 near Kedma, Judean Plains (Ezra Hadad)

1 at Reim reservoir, North-Western Negev (Asaf Sason & Ron Ben-Shalom)

 

Whinchat Saxicola rubetra

1 at Mt Arbel (Shachar Alterman). Very rare and unusual in winter.

 

 


Monday, December 8, 2014


 

Scarlet Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

1 ringed at IBRCE bird park (Noam Weiss et al.)

 

Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax

5 at Wadi Kumeran, Northern Dead Sea (Jonathan Meyrav)

 

Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata

2 at Wadi Amud, Eatern Galilee (Lior Kislev), Hopefully this species is returning as a breeder to the Galilee.

 

Common Crane Grus grus

Over 35,000 birds counted early morning at the Agamon, Hula Valley (Inbar Rubin et al.)

 

 


Tuesday, December 9, 2014


 

Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei

1 cought and ringed at IBRCE Park, Eilat (Noam Weiss et al.) photo

 

 


Wednesday, December 10, 2014


 

Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius

3 at Yotvata last evening (Noam Weiss). Quite an amazing winter record, indicating that this species may be a winter visitor from time to time. photo

 

Black-crowned Sparrow Lark Eremopterix nigriceps

A possible fly-by male, reported just north of Eilat town (Noam Weiss & Dan Alon) though bird was not relocted even ater a long search.

 

 


Thursday, December 11, 2014


 

Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

1 near Kfar Rupin (Barak Granit, Avi Shneor and Ron Zinger). A good winter record.

 

Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

5 in one alfalfa field near Kfar Rupin (Barak Granit et al.)

 

Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola

17 (!) along one reservoir bank at Kfar Rupin's fishponds (Barak Granit et al.).

 

Cinereous Vulture Ageypius monachus

1 juv near Kiryat Gat, Judean plains (Rony Redly).  photo

 

 


Friday, December 12, 2014


 

Pallas's Gull Larus ichthyaetus

150 birds came to roost at Km 20 Saltpans, Eilat (Shachcar Shalev). An amazing record number for Eilat and the Arava.

 

Sinai Rosefinch carpodacus synoicus

8 at Amram pillars, Eilat (Noam Weiss).  

 

White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons

3 Near Yavne (David Raved)

 

 


Saturday, December 13, 2014


 

Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus

The potential first for Israel was relocated this morning inside Kibutz Gan Shmuel  by the finder (Irad Salonik) and relocated and twitched in the evening by few birders.

 

Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis

1 at Gamla Nature Reserve (Lior Kislev et al.) - a 2nd bird found in the Golan this winter. photo

 

Sociable Plover Vanellus gregarious

10 at Urim (Shachar Alterman et al.)

 

Kurdish Wheatear Oenanthe xanthoprymna

The bird from wadi Zviya, Mt Gilboa is still there (David Koter et al.) photo

 

Temminck's Lark Ermophila bilopha

Numbers at Ovda Valley building up progressively, reaching 75 birds (Noam Weiss).

 

Common Swift Apus apus

30 flying north near Kedma (Dany Sharon) and 15 at Quisalon (Nissim Primo). Wrong timing...climate changing?

 

Pallas's Gull Larus ichthyaetus

51 birds at Elifaz Reservoir, Southern Arava (Shachar Shalev). Probably part of the 150 birds seen Yesterday at km 20.

 

 


Sunday, December 14, 2014


 

Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus

The only news of the day is that the Drongo was seen this morning by many birders.

 

 


Monday, December 15, 2014


 

Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis

One more of those Facebook rarities: The first ever record for Beer Sheva was of a bird that got into someone's leaving room. The guy caught the bird, photographed it, released it, and send the photo to a birder friend who later uploaded it to FB and asked for id help, putting it as a Radde's/Black-throated Accentors question.

 

After it was first passed as the 3rd Black-throated accentor for Israel its id was corrected to "just" a Radde's. An amazing story and great record.

 

White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons

1 at Agamon, Hula Valley (Itzik Bendor)

 

Eastern Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros ocrhuros

1 at Tzurim Valey, Jerusalem (Avner Rinot)

 

 


Wednesday, December 17, 2014


 

White-crowned Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga

A 1st winter bird was photographed at Gamla Nature Resrve (Shy Sandrovic) and uploaded to FB for id help.

The northern most record in Israel up to date and of course, very unusual record outside breeding ground.  

 

 


Friday, December 19, 2014


 

Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis

A different bird to the previous one, found at El-rom Orchards (Shachar Alterman). A 4th bird for this winter.

 

Leach's Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa

1 at Hasharon Beach (Gal marinov). The first for winter 2014/15

 

Richard's Pipit Anthus Richardi

2 at Nachshiolim Beach (Itamar Gurfinkel)

 

 


Saturday, December 20, 2014


 

Scarlet Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

- A 1st winter bird at Kfar Uria (Adi Ganz)

- Two 1st winter birds east of Zichron Yaakov with other seed-eaters (Avner Rinot).

 

Cinereous Vulture Ageypius monachus

Number at Gamla reached 3 birds today (Itama Gurfinkel, Eliraz Dvir et al.)

 

White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla

A juv is still hanging around Kfar Baruch reservoir

 

Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus  

1 at Harod Valley (Barak Granit). Rare as a winterer bird in Israel and even rarer at the north.

 

Goshawk Accipiter gentilis

1 at MItzpe Ramon sewage (Noam Weiss).

 

Eastern Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros ocrhuros

1 male at Yotvata (shimon Shiff)

 

Note:

The Ashy Drongo was not found in the last few days while the Lesser White-fronted Goose is still safe and sound at Kfar Bauch.

 

 


Sunday, December 21, 2014


 

Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis

One of the birds founded earlier at El-Rom was seen today, as well as the 'Gamla' bird (Igal Simantov et al.).

 

Cinereous Vulture Ageypius monachus

 

Again, as yesterday, 3 birds were at Gamla Nature Reserve (Igal Simantov et al.) together with some 30 Griffons and one of local the Bonelli's Eagles.

 

 


Monday, December 22, 2014


 

White-crowned Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga

Another 'out of its region' record: a 1st winter at Beit Nir (Ron Chen).

 

 


Thursday, December 25, 2014


 

Goldcrest Regulus regulus

3 'new birds' at a Pine wood near En Zivan, Golan Heights (Barak Granit)

 

 


Friday, December 26, 2014


 

Goshawk Accipiter gentilis

1 probably female near Dir Rafaat (Adi Ganz)

 

Cinereous Vulture Ageypius monachus

- 3 at Gamla (many observers)

- 1 at Harod Valley (Rony Livne et al.). All 4 birds been reprted before.  

 

Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata

1 adult in alfalfa field at Maoz Haim, Beit Shena Valley (Barak Granit, Frank Moffat and Amir Ben-dov). Records of adult birds outside breeding areas are extremely rare.  

 

Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos

1 juv at wadi Meitzar, southern Golan Heights (Barak Granit). Rare at the north.

 

Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

A male was photogrphed near Kibutz Kfar Rupin

 

Black-eared Wheatear Oentanthe hispanica

A feamle was photographed at Zeelim, Western Negev. The 1st ever wintering documentation for Israel of this otherwise common breeder and migratory species.   

 

 


Sunday, December 28, 2014


 

Reports from the last two days including mainly birds that have been seen and reported earlier on: At Kfar Baruch, Jezreel valley the Lesser White-fronted Goose was stil attracting happy visitors.

 

At mt Gilboa the female Kurdish Wheatear was showing well. At Kfar Rupin the Isabelline Shrike and the two Sociable Plovers which were found last Saturday, were relocated today while not far from them a Great Bittern was found completerly exposed in a middle of a field, giving a peculiar sight.

 

At El-Rom, one of the two Radde's Accentors satisfied the photographers hunger as well as some happy birders while at the south, the Saker at Urim gave good show as well as the long staying Hume's Warbler at the near-by Kibbutz Gevulot.    

 

 


Tuesday, December 30, 2014


 

Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius

1 at Timorim (Dan Shaeon). Typically this rare wisitor, with now over 30 records appears in winter time. photo

 

Greater Scaup Aythya marila

1 female type flying south at Betzet Beach (Gert Ottens). The species hasn't been recorded in Israel for several years now. Good find!  

 

Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis

A new bird photographed today at Tkoa', not far from Beitlechem, the west bank (Israel Cohen).

 

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