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Barak Granit 29/06/2018 00:00




Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus

One the beach of Maagan Michael on the 21st


Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis

One at the southern beach, Eilat on the 18th (N. Weiss)


Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

Two still at IBRCE on the 19th (N. Weiss)




Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia

One caught, ringed and released at Sde Boker on the 17th (D. Burns et al.) 14th national record. Previous ones: August 2016, Hula, and March 2017 at wadi Kelt


Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

Two at IBRCE on the 17th (N. Weiss).





Yellow-billed Kite Milvus aegyptius

One still at Eilat. 


Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae

One at IBRCE on the 11th (S. Shalev) 


Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus

One at Nachsholim on the 12th (Y. Chen) 


Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis

Two at Eilat's north beach on the 11th (S, Shalev) 






Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor

First birds along the med coast on the 9th (A. Shneor and R. Zinger)




Yellow-billed Kite Milvus aegyptius

The bird is still at km19, Eilat. 


Pruple Swamphen Porphyrio porhpyrio

An impressive total of 17 birds including 6 juv at southern Dead Sea and Northern Arava on the 2nd (A. RInot)


Oystercatcher Haematopus longirostris


One at Shikmona on the 3rd, two more on the 4th at Maagan MIchael and two at Ceasarea on the 4th as well (Hayun, Lamesh and Salonik) 


Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni

One still at Hatzor on the 5th (I. Nissim Moriya) 


Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus

1-8 birds daily at Eilat





Uid Srotm-Petrel

An unidentified all dark Storm-Petrel (probably Swinhoe's) at Eilat's southern beach on the 29th (A. Rinot)


Oystercatcher Haematopus longirostris

One at Maagan MIchael on the 28th 


Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus

One at Maagan MIchael's beach on the 28th (A. Bluman). First for the season 


Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii

One at Eilat's southern beach on the 29th afternoon (A. Rinot) 


The Yellow-billed Kite Milvus aegyptius was still at km 19 on the 29th 




Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus

One at Eilat on the 26th (R. Shaish). 


Yellow-billed Kite Milvus aegyptius

 A coniding adult or near-adult photographed at km 19 sewage works, Eilat on the 27th (S. Shalev). Apparently the bird was already photographed there on the 18th (Y. Charka) but was not confirmed. Less than 5 national records including this one. 


Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus

20 on the 26th morning at EIlat (R. Shaish)


Also: first Red-necked Phalarope at Eilat and an Olive Tree Warbler at the JBO. 







Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni

Belated news: a suprising juv was well photographed at Yavne on the 18th (D. Sharon, M, Cohen et al.). An extremely early vaungard as the species doesn't appear usually before 2nd week September. ID confirmed. 



Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis

17 at Eilat's north beach on the 25th afternoon (S. Shalev). One of the largest flocks to be recorded at Eilat. 



Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus

40 (again) on the 25th evening (S. Shalev). Imppressive summer for this species. 




Long-tailed Skua Stercrorarius longicaudus

One still at the North Beach on the 21th (U. Davidor). Two Pomarine Skuas were there too


Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus

9 'only' on the 21st at Eilat (U. Davidor) 





Hardly anything to report during the past week with exception of: 


Long-tailed Skua Stercrorarius longicaudus

One at the North Beach on the 19th (S. Shalev)


Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus

47 birds at Eilat's north beach on the 19th evening - a new Israeli record (S. Shalev).  1-6 birds daily during the past week. Also, one Lesser Crested Tern



Other than that: 

Wader migration still slow at the med coast with rising numbers of Curlew Sandpipers, LIttle Stints, Little Ring Plovers, Turnstones, tringa sp. an odd Whimbrell several Gull-billed Terns, etc. Although Autumn has officially began the feel is still quite slow. 




Pruple Swamphen Porphyrio porhpyrio

Two breeding occasions: at least two pairs with young at Ahshalim reservoir, southern Dead Sea (S. Blitzblaow et al.) and two young at different ages at En Hamifratzz on the 10th (Y. Siliky and D. Melamed) 


Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus

Nine on the 9th and thirteen on the 10th at Eilat's north Beach (R. Shaish et al.) 





Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

The bird at the IBRCE was still there on the 6th (O. Sherer)


Oystercatcher Haematopus longirostris

Two at Achziv on the 5th and two at Maagan Michael on the 6th (P. Ish-Shalom, N. Primo et al.) 


Long-tailed Skua Stercrorarius longicaudus

One at Eilat on the 5th-6th with 5-6 Arctic Skuas and two on the 8th (S. Shalev et al.) 


Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis

Two at Eilat on the 6th (S. Shalev et al)


Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus

Nine at Eilat on the 5th, five there on the 6th and eleven on the 8th (S. Shalev et al.) 


Black Tern Childonias niger

One at Nachsholim on the 4th (Y. Silkiy)  


Black Bush Robin Cercotrichas podobe

One at IBRCE on the 5th (O. Sherer) 




Pruple Swamphen Porphyrio porhpyrio

Five at Ashalim reservoir on the 2nd (I. Siman-tov) 


Oystercatcher Haematopus longirostris

One at Magan Michael on the 2nd (I.Moryia) 






Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris

One at Zohar reservoir, on the 25th (Y. Schawrtz). 2nd ever summer record. Also there a male Montague's Harrier


Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

One at IBRCE on the 29th (R. Shaish). First summer record.


Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis

Two at the north beach on the 29th (I. Shani) 


Arabian Dunn's Lark Eremalauda dunni 

Five reported at Sheizaf reserve on the 27th (S. Zimin) 


Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus

Good activity north to Maayan Zvi including one fledgling on the 29th (Y. Kiat). Still could be birds that bread in Lebanon. Breeding not yet proven in Israel. 



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