Daily Updates

Barak Granit 01/07/2017 00:00
January - June 2017



Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina

A female at Kfar Yechezke on the 1st (Tvia Kahn)


Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus

The Bateleur was over road 35 (Near Kiryat Gat) on the 2nd (Yaron Charka)


Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius

The flock at Urim reached 26 birds (Olga Chagin)


Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis

5 at Tel-phars, Golan Heights on the 2nd (Eran Banker).


Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus

4000-5000 birds near Zarzir, western Galilee (Yaron Bazar)


Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni

One at Dolev, West Bank on the 2nd (Elkana Erlich)





Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus

The 3rd for this winter and the 5th for Israel was finally  relocated at Kfar Rupin fishponds on the 3rd (Galit Moshe) about a month or so after  it  had been reported for the first time. Photo


Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax

Four at Maoz Haim on the 4th (Yochai zass, Oded Ovadia)


Euroasian Curlew Nomernius arquata

7 birds in one field near Benyamina on the 4th (Lior Kislev) 


Basalt  Wheatear Oennthe warriae

One at Amram Pillars, Eilat on the 1st (Benjamin Steffen and Kerstin Menke). Id confirmed on the 3rd (Noam Weiss) Photo


Belated news:

Kurdish Wheatear Oenante xanthroprymna

a male at wadi Gishron, Eilat mountains on 31st December (Noa Drimer) Photo





Basalt  Wheatear Oennthe warriae

A different individual at Beer Ora (Itai Shani). Both birds represent the 8th and the 9th Israeli record. 





Salvonian Grebe Podiceps auritus

The Maayn Zvi bird was relocated there on the 6th.


Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

One at Tirat Zvi on the 6th and one at Ramat Gan on the 7th (Tuvia Kahn, Irit Drob) 


Dunn's Lark Eremalauda dunni

One at Uvda valley on the 6th (Itai Shani)


Asian Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus rubescens japonicus

Two at Maoz Haim on the 7th (Itamar Gurfinkel)


Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis

One at Gamla on the 7th (Ohad Sherer) Photo


Steppe Shrike Lanius pallidirostris

One at Beer-Ora on the 6th (Shachar Shalev) Photo

and one at southern Judean Plains on the 8th (Nissim Primo)





Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pelschanka 

a first winter male at Zeelim, North-western Negev. The first wintering record in Israel (Eldad Reznik)





Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis

Two at Gamla on the 11th where there was one on the 7th (Tuvia Kahn and Rotem Agamon). 


Red-fronted Serin Serinus pusillus

5 still at Bental, Golan Heigts on the 11th (Tuvia Kahn and Rotem Agamon)


Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus

5 at Wadi Zimra, Jerusalem on the 10th (Piki Ish-Shalom)





Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus

2533 were counted at lake of Galilee on the 13th (Amir Ben-dov through the national waterfawl count, NPA). Quite a number! 


Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus

The bird was at Gamla on the 14th (Nissim Primo). 


Goshawk Accipiter gentilis

- One at Mitzpe Ramon on the 12th (Meidad Goren)

- A juv male at Reim, NW Negev on the 13th (Barak Granit)


'fulvescens' Great Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga

One at Maoz Haim on the 14th (Gilad Yechieli). A good winter for those beauties.  


Saker Falco cherrug

Four different birds (2 adults, 2 juv) at Urim on the 13th (Barak Granit).


Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax

The number at Maoz Haim grew to 5 birds on the 13th (Amir Ben-dov)


Asian Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus rubescens japonicus

One at Reim, NW Negev on the 14th (Barak Granit)


Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus

An adult female at Neot Smadar (Frank Moffat) apparently found last Tuesday (Itai Shani et al.)  





Euroasian Dotterel Charadrius morinellus

Some 82 birds at Hatzerim (Avi Shneor and Ron Zinger) and 10 near Revivim (Elon Gur), both on the 17th.  


Basalt  Wheatear Oennthe warriae

The 3rd fr this winter and the 10th for Israel at Uvda Valley on the 17th (Lior Kislev). Also there: 60 Temminck's Larks and 2 Thick-billed Larks


Orphean Warbler Sylvia crassirostris

One with fat zero (indication of winterer) ringed at Og, Northern Dead Sea on the 16th (Chen Faibis). First wintering record.


Red-brested Flycatcher Ficedulla parva

One at Kibbutz Samar on the 15th (Yaniv Basher). Extremely rare as winterer. 


Steppe Shrike Lanius pallidirostris

One near Revivim on the 17th (Eilon Gur). 





Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax

One north to Kfar Rupin on the 19th (Frank Moffat) 


Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis

One near Tel-Phares, Golan Heights on the 19th (Tuvia Kahn)


Kurdish Wheatear Oenante xanthroprymna

One at Mt Amsa on the 19th (Itzhak Cohen) 





Kurdish Wheatear Oenante xanthroprymna

A male at wadi Orvim, Golan Heights (Itai Shimshon) 





Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis

One at Avital volcanic park, Golan Heights on the 24th (Lior Kislev et al)





Greater White-ftonted Goose Anser albifrons

Four at Yotvata where there were only two up till now (Eyal Shochat et al.)


Temminck's Lark Eremophila bilopha 

Hundreds at Uvda valley (Many birders). Also there - 2 Thick-billed Lark, a Cream Coloured Curserand the Basalt Wheatear


Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivoru 

12 at Nebi Samuel on the 26th (Nissim Primo)


Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria

One at the Arbel on the 25th (Galit Moshe)


Red-fronted Serin Serinus pusillus

One at Matzok Ramim on the 26th (Nethanel Kawe). The birds near Merom Golan are still there (Meir Levi)





Thick-billed Lark Ramphocoris clotbey

40-50 at Km 82, central arava on the 28th (Itai Shani)


Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis

One at mt Bental, Golan Heights on the 29th (Galit Moshe)


Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei

The one found at end October in a p;aying garden inside Tel-aviv ia apparently still there, wintering (Oz Horin)




Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

One at Neot Hakikar on the 21st (Eldad Golan) 


Basalt  Wheatear Oennthe warriae 

A 4th bird for this winter at Uvda valley on the 1st, some 3 km from the other bird that is around (Oded Ovadia) 


Belated news: 

Pallas's Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus

One at wadi David, EN Gedi reserve on the 26th (Jack Noordhuizen). The 5th Israeli record if accepted. 




Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis

One at wadi Rosh Pina, Upper Galillee (Ron Zinger & Avi Shneor)


Steppe Shrike Lanius pallidirostris   

One Halutza sands, south of Zeelim, NW Negev (Tuvia Khan)




Lesser Short-toed Lark Callandrella rufescens

20 at Uvda valley (Amir Ben-dov et al.) 


Bar-tailed Lark Ammomanes cinctura

100-200 birds at Uvda Valley (Amir Ben-dov et al.)


Temminck's Lark Eremophila bilopha 

Many hudreads ( more than 500) at Uvda Valley (Amir Ben-dov et al.). Also there 6 Cream-coulured Coursers, 200 Spotted and 60 Crowned Sandgrouse.   


Basalt  Wheatear Oennthe warriae 

A 5th bird for this winter found at 'low mountain' raptor watch point, Eilat (IBRCE team). the 12th Israeli record. 


Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostra

One at Yodfat (Yochai Koren)




Pallas's Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus

The 5th for Israel that was reported on the 26/1, was relocated on the 5th at the same place (David river; by Nissim Primo). Photo




Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea

150 at the Agmon on the 9th (Dror Noa et al.)


Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

One at Elkana, The west Bank on the 8th (Nethanel Kawe) 



Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei

One at En Husub on the 8th (Itai Shani)



Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula

One at Sde Eliahu on the 9th (Avner RInot) 


Basalt  Wheatear Oennthe warriae 

Two together at Uvda valley on the 9th (Ehud Biedermann) 



Goldcrest Regulus regulus

Two at Adolam on the 8th (Lior Kislev) 


Still there: 

Pallas's Warbler at En Gedi, Wallcreeper at Arbel and Radde's Accentor at Gamla. 





Purple Sawmphen Porphyrio porphyrio

Four at sweet  water pool by the Dead Sea near Metzokey Dragot on the 10th (Avner Rinot, Noam Weiss et al.)


Red-fronted Serin Serinus pusillus

One at wadi Rosh PIna on the 11th (Ron Efrat)




Asian Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus rubescens japonicus

One at Tel-yosef on the 14th (Tuvia Kahn) and one at km 20 Eilat on the 15th (Eyal Shochat)


Redwing Turdus iliacus

One at the JBO and one at Eilat birding park on the 15th and 16th 


Basalt  Wheatear Oennthe warriae 

Two at Beer-Ora, southern Arava on the 16th (David Kotter et al.) where there was only one until now. The 6th bird for this winter.  




Bean Goose Anser fabalis

One still at the Agmon on the 18th (Eliraz Dvir et al) 


Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus 

One at Megido arifield on the 19th (Dotan Simon) 


Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus

A juv-type above Maon junction, NW Negev on the 19th (Harel Caduri). Probably the same lingering bird. 


Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus

5 at Sayarim juntion on the 19th (Itai Shani) 


Still there: 

Pallas's Warbler at En Gedi (on the 19th) 

Hume's Warbler at Tel-aviv (on the 16th)

Radde's Accentor at Gamla (on the 18th) 




Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus 

One near Ramim Cliff, Upper Galilee on the 22nd (Nethanel Kawe)  


Egyptian NIghtjar Caprimulgus aegyptius

One at Yotvata fields on the 22nd night (Shachar Shalev)


Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax

15 at Kalya on the 20th (David Biavsky et al) 




Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus 

3 at Gamla on the 24th (Eran Banker at al). The Radde's Accentor is still there.  


White-tailed Plover Vanellus leucurus

One at Yasur reservoir, Zevulun valley on the 25th (Amit Goldstein) 


Thick-billed Lark Ramphocoris clotbey