News from the field - Daily Updates

Barak Granit 05/11/2018 00:00




Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris

One at Hameishar on the 15th (M. Goren). An odd location


Basalt Wheatear Oenanthe lugens warriae

One still at Uvda valley on the 13th (N. Weiss)


Ruppell's Warbler Sylvia ruppeli

A male at Kfar Saba on the 12th (K. Glonty). Very late rearguard 


Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus 

- One at IBRCE on the 12th (N. Weiss) 

- One at Holan Park on the 13th (S. Hacham)

- One at Nafcha on the 15th (B. Granit)



Goldcrest Regullus regullus

One at Birya on the 15th (O. Ben-menachem) 


Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

One at Mitzpe Ramon and one at Hula's Agmon, bith on the 13th (S. Hacham, O. Ben-menachem) 




Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris

Up to 10 birds at Eilat mainly at IBRCE and K19 sewage works (N. Weiss et al) and 12 birds (!) at Hefer lake (S. Blitzblaw et al.). An exceptional season


Oriental Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

Three around IBRCE, Eilat on the 8th (N. Weiss et al) 


Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva   

One still at Tel-Baruch 


Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

Four at Kfar Rupin on the 8th (T. Khan) 


Persian Wheatear Oenanthe chryspoygia

The last winter's bird has returned to the same spot at mt Amsa! Bird found on the 8th (I. Cohen) 



Menetries's Warbler Sylvia mystacea

A female ringed at IBRCE on the 10th (N. Weiss et al.) 



Goldcrest Regullus regullus

Two at Wadu Kadesh on the 10th (R. Hazan) 


Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

Three at Eilat including a male, one ringed at IBRCE among (S. Shalev et al.)


Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

One at Wadi Ekron, Mzakeret Batya on the 10th (Y Perlman) and one at IBRCE on the 8th (N. Weiss)  


Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus

64 birds at Mt Amsa on the 9th (Y. Kiat and Rea Shaish) 




Striated Heron Butorides striata

One at Hazook beach on the 5th (Y. Perlman) 


Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

One over Tel-aviv on the 6th (B. Granit) 


Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni

One at Neot Smadar on the 7th (Y. Perlman) 


Subalpine warbler Sylvia cantilans

A male at Nafcha on the 6th (Y. Koren). Rare in autumn and very late record as well.    


Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

One at Ketura on the 5th and one at Nafcha on the 6th (C. Rozen, Y. koren) 


Steppe Grey Shrike Lanius palludirostris

One at Urim on the 5th-7th (R. Segali, A. LIberman, J. Meyrav)


Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

One at Gazzelle valley, Jerusalem on the 6th (S. Segali) 




Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus

One north to Km19 Eilat (Finnish birders). Probably a returning individual. 


Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

Ten (!) at Yotvata (I. Shani) 


Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

One at IBRCE (N. Weiss) 




Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva   

The one at Tel-Baruch was still there on the 3rd


Rufous Turtel Dove Streptopilia orientalis (orientalis ?) 

A juv one photographed at Gaash on 31/10, (A. Livne), uploaded to facebook only yesterday 



Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

One at Km20 In the 2nd and one at Nafcha on the 3rd (S, Shalev, E. Dvir et al.) 


Asian Buff-bellied PIpit Anthus rubescens japonicus

One at Gaash on the 3rd (O. Efroni-Naor) 


MIstle Thrush Turdus viscivorus

One at Hatzook beach on the 2nd (T. Magen) 


Basalt Wheatear Oenanthe lugens warriae

One at Uvda valley on the 2nd (S. Shalev et al.) 


Red-rumped Wheatear Oenanthe moesta

A female, perhaps a returning individual from last year, at Uvda valley on the 2nd (Finish birder, S. Shelev) 


Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

Three at Nachafa on the 3rd (Eliraz Dvir et al.) 


Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus

A very late one at Nachsholoim ont the 2nd (M. Strauss) 


Brown-nacked Raven Corvus ruficollis

One at Glilot  junction, Tel-aviv outskirts on the 2nd (O. Binyamini) 


Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

Two reported at Yarkon Park on the 3rd, flight views only + calls (A. RInot) 




Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius

One near Kiryat Gat on the 31st (O. Ovadia) 

Nine near Urim, regular spot (E. Banker) 


Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

Two at Hatzook beach on the 1st (Liav Siman-tov) 


Lesser Short-toed Lark Alaudala rufescens

Two photographed at Gaash on the 1st (T. Siman-tov). Rare (but regular) in northern and western Israel, usually at October-Novemner


Menetries's Warbler Sylvia mystacea

One reported at Holand Park on the 1st (S. Shalev) 





Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina

Two at Kfar Rupin (A. Rinot et al.) 


Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva   

One at Tel-Baruch beach. Well documented (O. Davidor, U. Staufman et al.) 



Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus 

- One at Hertzel Mt, Jerusalem (K. Zaitlin) 

- One at Yerucham lake (A. Shneor) 






Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris

Quite a few reoprted at the last few days including two at IBRCE (with 1-2 more at KM19), One at Heimar reservoir, southern Dead Sea, One at Hazzok beach, few at Hefer valley and Maagan MIchael, One at Nizanim and few more elsewhere. 


Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

One at Nebi-Samuel (N. Primo) 


Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

- A bird that was ringed last winter at Alexander river returned to the same spot.

- One at IBRCE (N. Weiss et al.)  




Saker Falco cherrug

One at Beer Sheva on the 27th (Eliraz Dvir et al) 


Buff-breasted Sandpiper Calidris subruficolis

Last seen on the 26th. Not found on the 27th although extensive search. 


Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca

Two at Ashdod on the 26th with 3 Desert Wheatears (A. Ben-dov)


Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei

One at Mazkeret Batya on the 27th (Y. Perlman) 


Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus 

 -Two at Nafcha on teh 27th (Itamar Gurfinkel, Eliraz Dvir et al.) 

- One ringed at Mitzpe Naftuach, all on the 27th (C and R Faibis)


Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

About 7 birds at Nafcha on the 27th (Eliraz Dvir et al.) 


Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

- Three at Kfar Rupin - Maoz Haim on the 26th (D. Koter, Y. Poper et al.)  

- One at Jizrael Valley on the 27th (D. Kotter) 

- One at Tel-Baruch on the 26th (Y. Dogmi)  





Buff-breasted Sandpiper Calidris subruficolis

The bird that was found yesterday was well twitched this morning and during the day by nearly 100 birders. Extremely tame, fearless of human. 


Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

One at Gaash throughout the day by the BbS. 


Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi

Two in the morning at Gaash. Belated news: three at Hatzook on the 19th (Y. Perlman) 


Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca

One at Hatzook (J. Meyrav) 


Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

One at Eilat (N. Weiss). Apparently the long staying Oriental Honey Buzzard is still present. 





White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

One at Newe Eitan on the 24th (T. Khan) 


Buff-breasted Sandpiper Calidris subruficolis

FIrst for Israel. This long awaited wader was photographed this afternoon (the 24th) at Gaash turfs (just north of Tel-Aviv) by G. Sherbelis who uploaded the photo to FB and asked an Id help which came quickly.  What a great bird and a 3rd Israel's first within a month time!!



Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

One at Beer Sheva on the 24th (E. Shochat) 


Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus 

One ringed at Sde Boker on the 22nd and one at Nafcha on the 23rd (G. Marinov, Y. Bashan) 


Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

Few more birds at Jerusalem and the Negev


Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

One at Jizrael valley on the 22nd (E. Amir) 






Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo

One at Hula's Agmon on the 19th (D. Keshet) 


Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

One at Yotbata and one at Beer-Sheva both on the 18th (I. Shani, E. Shochat) 


Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus 

- One at Hertzel Mountain, Jerusalem on the 18th (O. Efroni-Naor)

- One at Yerucham on the 20th (O. Davidor and K. Zaitlin) 


Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

Several including  one at JBO, one at Nafcha, Two at Yerucham and one that was ringed at Arsuf (G. Perlman, O. Davidor and K. Zaitlin et al.) 





White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

One at Sde Boker sewge (A. Tzairi) 


Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

One at Nacfha (R. Shaish, R. Livne, Y Banker and Y. Perlman). Only the 2nd bird for the Autumn. 


Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

One at Nacfha (R. Shaish, R. Livne and Y. Perlman) 


Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla

One at Nacfha (R. Shaish, R. Livne  and Y. Perlman) 

Also at Nafcha: Red-breasted Flycatcher (and additional one at Mitzpe Ramon) and a RIchard's Pipit





Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio

One at IBRCE, Eilat on the 16th (N. Weiss et al.) where the species is quite rare. 


Little Green Bee-Eater Merops orientalis

One at Udim junction near Nathanya, coastal stripe on the 16th  (Y. Cohen) 


Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus

The 8th for Israel was caught, ringed and released at Mayan Zvi on the 16th (Y. Kiat) 





Striated Heron Butorides striata

One photographed at Jizrael Valley on the 12th (E. Amir)  


Goshawk Accipiter gentilis

A juv at IBRCE (S. Shalev) 


Pin-tailed Snipe Gallinago stenura

One poorly photographed in-flight at En-fescha, northern Dead-sea (West Bank), on the 12th (R. Haran and R, Paz), Identified later from photos (B. Granit, Y. Kiat et al.). Pale wing panel, dark underwing, lack of white trailing edge, extensive barring on belly and long leg-projection are all visible makes a strong Id. Potentially first record for the West Bank 


Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

Five at Kfar Rupin on the 11th (T. Khan et al). Several Richard's PIpits present as well. 


River Warbler Locustela fluviatilis

One ringed at the Hula valley ringing station on the 10th (S. Agmon) 


Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

Adult male photographed at MIdreshet Ben Gurion  on the 12th (R. Livne and P. Ish-Shalom) 


Steppe Grey Shrike Lanius pallidirostris

One near Maoz Haim on the 13th (N. Sapir et al.)




Goshawk Accipiter nisus

One at Beer Sheva on the 6th (N. Hason) 


White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

One at Beer-sheva's lake on the 9th 


Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni

A flying & calling bird claimed at Mazkeret Batya on the 9th (Y. Perlman)  


Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis

One at Northern Negev on the 7th (A. Bismut) 


Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

Several at Negev mountains and Dead Sea 




Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo

One on the 3rd joined by another bird on the 4th at the Hula's lake (S. Agmon) 


Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi

Two at Tal-Shachar, on at Mazkeret Batya and one over Ben-shemen, all on the 5th (Y. Perlman, M. Mendel, B. Granit et al) 


Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

One at IBRCE on the 4th (N. Weiss) 


Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina

One ringed at Arsuf on the 5th (Y. Barak et al.) 


Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

One at Kfar Rupin on the 3rd (T. Khan) 




Lanner Falco biarmicus

An adult photographed at Petach Tikva on the 30th (Y. Kaufman et al). 


Goshawk Accipiter nisus

One at wadi Nekarot, Negev mountains on the 2nd (M. Goren) 


Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo

One at the Hula on the 30th (N Israeli)


Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva   

The bird at Jizzrael valley was still there


White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

Two new birds at Beer-Sheva Park on the 2nd (where three birds were earlier) (E. Shochat) 


Pin-tailed Snipe Gallinago stenura

A very probable one over Beer-Sheva Park on the 2nd evening (E. Shochat). Flight views only: bird showed  a conmplete barred underwing coverts and shortish bill + gave the right calls. Not relocated on the ground. 


River Warbler Locustela fluviatilis

One found dead at Rosh Ha'ain on the 30th (Y. Kiat)


Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva

Three birds at Sde Boker and Nafcha during the last few days (N. Hayun, R. Efrat et al.) 






Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris

The first for the season at Maayan Zvi on the 29th (O. Davidor) 


Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae

At least 5 birds observed/reported during the last few days, mainly along the western migration route or the Mediteranean coast. 


Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva   

An adult in a resevoir at Jeazrael valley on the 29th (E. Golan). Apparantly there from the 7/9/2018. 


Red Knot Calidris canutus

One at Magan MIchael on the 27th (E. Dvir, O. Efroni-naor et al.)


Egyption Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius

One at IBRCE on the 29th (S. Shalev et al.) 


Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina

One at Yarkon park, Tel-aviv on the 28th (I. Gurfinkel). A snd one for the season at that location


Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

One at km 19, Eilat on the 29th (S. Shalev)


Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

One at IBRCE on the 27th (N. Weiss et al.) 



Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

- a dark morph female in active moult (growing p7 and p8) at IBRCE on the 24th (B. Granit, A. Shneor). Moult indicate that this bird was probably over summered at Eilat (Probably the same bird reported from end of June) 

- singltons reported at migration alon Israel western route during the past days. 


White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

One at Habsor on the 24th (S .Levi) 


Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

FIrst for the season was caught, ringed an released at Ariel Sharon Park, Tel-aviv outskirts on the 26th (Y. Dax et al.). A somewhat early arrival. 


Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis

The bird was not relocated on the following days 


Daurian/Turkestan Shrike Lanius Isabellinus/Phonicuroides

A juv, most probably a male at Neot Smadar on the 24th. (R. Livne, B. Granit, A. Shneor). Most probably another Daurian Shrike at the same place at the same time (captured in one flight photo...) 







Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis

Four between 21-23 all in the West Bank (O. Beinyamini, M. Mendel) 


Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina

One at Zor'a on the 23rd (Y. Kiat) and apparently one a the Hula during the alst two weeks


Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis

FIrst for Israel! One ringed on the 23rd at the IBRCE (Clare, Parau and Myles et al, on behalf of IBRCE team), Photographed. Well done and a second 'first' within a week! 


Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

A very early one ringed at Sde Boker on the 23rd (B. Paces et al.) 





Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae

At least three, including two photographed at Nachal Beit Arif on the 18th (Y. Kaufman) 


Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina

One at Hayarkon Park on the 18th (I. Gurfinkel)


Daurian Shrike Lanius Isabellinus

One at the Golan on the 20th (G. Moshe) 


Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

-Two at En Arubot on the 17th (I. Cohen)

- One at Tal-Shachar on the 18th (Y. Perlman & R. LIvne)





Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica

One photographed at Shikma esturay on the 14th (S. Bloch)


Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica

First for Israel! - one found dead, though in "good shape" (but dead) at Bustan Hagalil beach on the 15th (P. Shilo). An amazing recoord for eastern Mediterranean 


Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedulla parva

A belated and status claimer news: A male apparently photographed at Dimona on 25 August (A. Dnadeker). This record is 5 days earlier than the 2 birds seen and photographed at Nafcha on 30/8/2018 and so being the earliest ever vaungard. It also points that at the end of August there was an earliest wave than ever recorded (at least by one month) 


Steppe grey Shrike Lanius pallidirostris

One photographed  at Yotvata on the 14th (G. Leithner et al.). Quite an early record.  





White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

- One still at Beer Sheva lake (E. Shochat et al.) 

- Two now at Eilat (S. Shalev). 

- One at Asdhdod 0n the 14th (A. Ben-dov) 


Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia Orientalis meena

One reported at Yotvata on the 12th (I. Shani). Observer's confident, no photograph could be taken. 


Ruppells Warbler Sylvia Ruppelli

Handfull, up to two per site, ringed at Hazzzok dunes, Modi'in hills and Beer Sheva (E. Hoter, E, Shochat and R. Paz et al.) 


River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis

One was heard singing at Newe Ur on the 14th (T. Khan) 


Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedulla parva

One at Sde Boker on the 14th (M. Laloya) 


Daurian Shrike Lanius Isabellinus

- One at Sde Boker on the 13th (R. Efrat et al.)

- One at Beer Sheva Lake on the 14th (R, LIvne and P. Ish-Shalom) 

- One reported at the Agmon, Hua valley on the 10th (D. Zinsmeyster) 


Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

One nicely photographed drinking at Ezuz on the 13th (S. Cheled)




White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

Three at the newly forming Beer-Sheva lake on the 9th (E. Shochat). One remained for the next day

One at EIlat on the 10th (S. Shalev)


Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis

A male at Nahal Aneva on the 9th-10th (S. Krispin) 


Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans

A male at Sde boker on the 10th (Bernard Fax). Rare in Autumn.  


River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis

One singing at Tal-Shachar on the 9th (K. Zaitlin) 


Semi-collared flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata

One at Nebi-Samuel on the 10th (N, Primo) 





Terek Sandpiper Xanus cinereus


One or two at Maagan Michael 5th-7th (C. Rozen et al.)


Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

Two over Hatzzok dunes on the 8th (B. Granit and A. Shneor) 


Black Tern Childonias niger

One at km19 on the 6th (I. Shani et al.)


Ruppells Warbler Sylvia Ruppelli

Singltons ringed at Beer Sheva and other places (E. Shochat et al.)


Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

One at Revivim on the 6th (M. Laloya)


Yellow-billed Kite Milvus aegyptius


The bird is still at km19, Eilat. 




Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina

One ringed at Ramat Hanadiv on the 1st (I. Shimshon) 


Ruppells Warbler Sylvia Ruppelli

Two more ringed at Hatzzok dunes on the 31st and on the 1st and one at Mody'in (E. Hoter, R. Paz et al.)




Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica

Two at the IBRCE canal on the 30th (L. Kislev et al.) 


Ruppells Warbler Sylvia Ruppelli

Two at Hatzook dunes with a Barred Warbler on the 30th (B. Granit et al.). One of the earliest records. 


Red-breasted Flycatcher Porzana parva

Two at Nafcha on the 30th (D. Kotter et al.) The ealiest ever to be recorded in Israel. 


Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

A juv at Natanya on the 28th (Y. Cohen) 


Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs

An odd one at Gezer on the 30th (A Leichman)


Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala

Two at Sdot Yam on the 30th (Irad Salonik) 




Pink-backed Pelican Pelecanus rufescens

One at the Hula reserve on the 27th (D. Razek). Could that be the lost bird from April, that was heading north over the Jordan valley and never relocated? 


Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

Four over Hatzzok dunes on the 27th (A. Shneor) 


Rosy Starling Pastor roseus

An adult at Hatzook dunes on the 27th (A. Shneor)  




Red Knot Calidris canutus

One at Maagan MIchael's coast on the 25th (K. Rodunov et al.)


Terek Sandpiper Xanus cinereus

Two at Maagan Michael's coast on the 25th (K. Rodunov et al.)


Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala

One at Tzora fields (Y. Perlman et al.) 




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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