Happy New Year

Barak Granit 05/02/2018 00:00

Below is a summary of the most interesting sightings and highlights

for January 2018.



Uid Swan Cygnus sp - 5 birds over Ramot to the north-west on the 6th. Species couldn't be identified


Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus - one at Eilat's birding park from the 3rd onwards, later on moved to km19 where it remained. 10th Israeli record



Lesser White-fronted Goose - K19 31.1.18

Photo: Johan Fjellstrom


Marbled Duck Marmaronetta angustirostris - 50-60 birds at Hefer valley on the 3rd. Amazing number for this area


Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina - a male at Lochamey Hagetaot, northern coastal stripe on the 10th


Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator - one-two birds were still at Acre at the beginning of the month while one remained there till the month’s end.


Leach's Storm Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa - one was found exhausted at Bet-yam shore south of Tel-aviv on the 21st, brought into care but unfortunately didn’t survive. Two, presumably of that species off Maagan Michael on the 23rd


Sooty Shearwater Puffinus girseus - one off Jaffa port on the 19th


Brown Booby Sula leucogaster - one-two birds at Eilat during the first week and occasionally afterwards.


Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus - one at Yesodot on the 16th and 3 at the Golan on the 30th


Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus - a juv/imm seen near Zeelim, NW Negev on the 3rd. four days later it (?) was photographed at Ruchama. Could it be the same long stayer or perhaps another bird?



Bateleur - 7.1.18 Ruchama

Photo: Ran Ferdman


Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus - a juv confirmed to over-winter at the Carmel mountain on the 11th (the same bird was photographed at the same place a month before)


Goshawk Accipiter gentilis - one at Kamun on the 23rd


Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax  - one north to Kibbutz Gadot on the 10th


Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus - an adult at Afikim fishponds, northern Jordan valley from the 12th-27th. Twitched and photographed by many birders. 4th Israeli record and a second one for this winter.



Red-wattled Lapwing - 13.1.18 Afikim

Photo: Meir Levy


Common Gull Larus canus - only handful altogether at Harod valley, Shikmona and Jaffa, all between 5th-11th


Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus - not more than 10 birds throughout the month from Acre to Jaffa with max. 3 off Jaffa on the 19th. Interestingly an inland record of two at Ramat-Gan Safari park on the 15th


Sandwich Tern Sterna Sandvicensis - the first for Jerusalem was at the 'gazelle valley' on the 18th


Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula - five-six birds at Kfar Rupin and one at Yotvata


Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni - 0ne at Eilat' birding park on the 15th


Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus - 13 at Nebi Semuel, Jerusalem on the 18th


Basalt Wheatear Oenanthe lugens warriae - all three birds (Uvda valley, Beer Ura and Amram Pillars) where at their spots throughout the month


Kurdish Wheatear Oenanthe Xanthoprymna - the male at Kibbutz Ketura was there throughout the month.


Red-rumped Wheatear Oenanthe moesta - the female at Uvda valley and the male at km 94 were present throughout the month though the km 94's female was not relocated during January


Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus - one, by a wintering Hume’s Warbler, at Ironi Alef high-school, Tel-aviv were it was overwintering during the past three winters


Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus - wintering birds were found at Revadim, Hefer valley, Ma’ayan Zvi, Kfar Rupin and Hamadiya.


Daurian Shrike - 20.1.18 Hamadiya

Photo: Avi Blumen


'Steppe' Great Grey Shrike Lanius e. pallidirostris - one at Yotvata from the 12th onwards and one south to Elrom, Golan hights on the 21st


Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus - one at the IBRCE on the 17th


Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla - one west of the Agmon, Hula valley on the 30th.




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