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Bulletin 2:01 on Rare Birds in Israel (1995 - 2002)
James P. Smith and the Israel Rarities & Distribution Committee.
The Israel Rarities and Distribution
Committee met for the first time in 2002 on 6th March in Beer Sheva, courtesy
of Ido Tsurim's hospitality. Voting members present were Barak Granit, Yoav
Perlman, James P. Smith, Nir Sapir and Ido Tsurim. In view of the regular absence
from Israel of Hadoram Shirihai and Eyal Shochat, both members are currently
serving as non-voting consultants.
Balearic Shearwater - Puffinus
(yelkouan) mauretanicus - 1 off Jaffa Port, Dan region, on 9th January 2002.
(N. Sapir, Y. Perlman, D. Gelbart and E. Banker). 2nd record and the first since
Pink-backed Pelican - Pelecanus
rufescens - 1, first-summer, Eilat and Aqaba from 21st April to mid-July
at least. First identified on 24th April (I. Tsurim. E. Shochat. T. Ellery et.
al.), fully documented in Sandgrouse 22: 02 (H. Shirihai et al). 7th record.
Red-billed Tropicbird - Phaethon
aethurus - three records as follows:
Bewick's Swan - Cygnus
columbianus - 4 ( 2 adults and 2 juveniles) Sde Ya'akov Reservoir, Jezreel
Valley, from 7th January to late January 1996. ( S. Metzer, Y. Baser, B. Granit
et al). About 10th record.
Red-breasted Goose - Branta ruficollis - 1, adult, Bnei Yisrael Reservoir, Golan Heights, 16th January - 14th February 2002. (N. Sapir, B. Granit and I. Tsurim et al). 7th record and the first since 1984.
Smew - Mergellus albellus-
Lammergeier - Gypaetus
barbatus. - two records:
Bateleur - Terathopius
ecuadatus - two records as follows:
Great Bustard - Otis tarda
- 1 male, age uncertain, Sde Eliyahu fields, Bet She'an Valley, 2nd December
1999 (Y. Motro, S. Aviel, B. Granit et al), Photographed (B. Granit), through
to at least 10th March 2000 ( J. P. Smith et al). 4th record and the first for
Red-wattled Lapwing - Vanellus
indicus. 1, age uncertain, Km.19 area of Eilat, on 31st October 2001. Photographed
(W. Heylen et al). Present infrequently through to 25th February 2002, Photographed
(J. P. Smith et al). 2nd record.
Pintail Snipe - Gallinago
stenura - 1, Kfar Ruppin, Bet She'an Valley, 3rd December 1999. Photographed.
(B. Granit, D. Shapiro et al). 3rd record. 1, Kfar Ruppin, on 11th - 12th October
2001. (B.Granit, T. Ellery). 4th record.
Great Black-backed Gull -
Larus marinus - 1, subadult, Shifdan sewage pools, Dan region, on 24th
- 26th February 1998 (E. Dovrat et. al.), photographed (E. Shochat). 6th record.
Audouin's Gull - Larus
audouinii The committee received and discussed 5 descriptions of this species
from Tel-Aviv area and Ma'agan-Michael. All these records were fully accepted
into 'category A': 1, first-summer, 27th April 1995, Tel-Baruch, Dan region.
(B. Granit). 1, juvenile, 9th and 11th August 1995. (B. Granit, E. Dovrat).
1, 2nd-winter, Shifdan, Dan region on 12th April to 12th July 1996 (E. Dovrat,
B. Granit). 1, juvenile, Ma'agan Michael, 12th August 1997. (B. Granit et al).
1, first-winter, Ma'agan Michael, Carmel coast, from 7th to 25th January 2001.
Photographed. (T. Ellery, Y. Perlman et al).
Arctic Tern - Sterna paradisaea- 1, 1st-summer, Eilat, 18th July 2001 (B. Granit). 22nd individual.
Sooty / Bridled Tern - Sterna fuscata / anaethetus- 1, Ma'agan Michael, 31st December 1997 (B. Granit). 1st record for the Mediterranean coast. An outstanding record.
Saunder's Tern - Sterna
saundersi - 2, adults, Eilat north beach, on 13th May 2001. (J. P. Smith,
B. Granit, T. Ellery). 3rd record.
Grey Hypocolious - Hypocolious ampelinus - 1, adult male, Km.20 area of Eilat, 25th March - 10th April 1999. ( B. Granit et al). 4th record. Details of a number of other outstanding records are required by the committee, including several from the same area as the above record.
Radde's Accentor - Prunella ocularis - 1, Lotan, 22nd November 2000 (Petro Pynnonen, Suzannah Lerman). An exceptional record for the south of this rare species.
Pied Wheatear - Oenanthe
pleschanka. 1, first-winter male, Kfar Ruppin, Bet She'an 19th - 20th October
1996. ( P. Troke, B. Granit, S. Brand et al). 1, first summer male, Shizzafon
fields, Eilot region on 8th - 11th March 1999. Photographed ( B. Granit, R.
Lindroos, T. Ellery). The committee will be reviewing all records of this species
since the publication of the Birds of Israel. It remains a great rarity in Israel.
Basra Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus griseldis - four records as follows:
Paddyfield Warbler - Acrocephalus agricola- 1, ringed, Kfar Ruppin, 10th October 1998, photographed (J. Szabo et.al.). 5th record.
Menetries's Warbler - Sylvia mystacea - 1, adult male S. m. mystacea, Eilat 5th April 1996. ( B. Granit, S. Shenar, G. Hasson). 1, female probably adult, ringed and photographed at Kfar Ruppin on 16th October 1998 (Y. Perlman, R. Lindroos). 1, first-year female on 12th November 1998, trapped, ringed and photographed at Kfar Ruppin, Bet She'an valley. ( Y. Perlman, G. Perlman). 15th - 17th records. The Kfar Ruppin records are the first outside the southern Arava and Eilat region. The committee is awaitng to receive details of a number of records of this species from the southern Arava.
Dusky Warbler - Phylloscopus
fuscatus- 1, ringed and photographed, Ma'agan Michael, 6th December 1997
(Eli Atar et.al.). 4th record. A record from 1998 becomes 5th (see IRDC's bulletin
Hume's Leaf Warbler - Phylloscopus humei - 1, Nahal Ketura, Eilot region, 16th
- 30th November 1996. ( J. P. Smith, S. B. Lerman, M. Kaplin et al). 1, Ye'elim
Holiday Village, Yotvata, Eilot region, 26th March - 5th April 1998. ( J. P.
Smith, J. v. d. Zee et al). 1, Ye'elim Holiday Village, 2nd January - 5th April
1999. ( J. P. Smith, G. M Kirwan et al). 1, Eilat Cemetery, 11th - 14th November
2000. Sound recorded.( K. Mullarney, J. P. Smith, S. B. Lerman et al). 1, Kibbutz
Lotan, Eilot region, 17th - 19th November 2001. ( J. P. Smith). 10th - 14th
records. A typical spread of records, fresh birds most likely to arrive in late
autumn, some remain undetected until mid winter, or even the following spring.
Bearded Reedling - Panurus biarmicus - 9 individuals (6 males and 3 females), Hula Reserve, Hula Valley, winter 1995-1996, documentation from 23rd December 1995 (D. Shapiro, B. Granit et al). 11th record.
Steppe Grey Shrike - Lanius
(meridionalis) pallidirostris - four records as follows:
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus -
- 1, Hula re-flooded area, 4th December 1999 (D. Shapiro, B. Granit). 9th record.
- Gymornis xanthocollis. :
The following record was accepted into
The following report remains under consideration:
The following reports were rejected:
Great Snipe - Gallinago
media- 1, Hula re-flooded area, 18th May 2002.
Guidelines for submitting rare bird species in Israel (from IRDC's bulletin 1:01):
Ideally we would like to receive reports that include the following:
- Written documentation of date, location, observers, weather and optical aids used.
- Full written documentation of the events surrounding the observation.
Full written documentation of the identification, complete with field notes.-
- The inclusion of good quality photographsss, digital images or video images.
- The inclusion of ringing data/ bio - metrrrics where appropriate.
- The inclusion of sound recordings where appropriate.
- Supporting documentation from co-observerrrs.
- Brief documentation of the observer's preeevious experience of the species.
We realize that not every report will meet these criteria but we encourage all finders of Israel rarities to submit what ever they can to the committee. Reports from sole observers will also be considered. On the other hand, reports that mention just a few lines of a description with comments such as " we did not bother to look at it closely, because it's a common winter visitor back home" will not be considered seriously by the committee. We look forward to receiving your records and publishing our results accordingly.
We wish to receive records of species with generally less than 25 occurrences in Israel. A full list of the species that require a description being sent for circulation, can be found at the IRDC web pages, along with further information -
We look forward to receiving your
records and publishing our results accordingly.
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