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December 2005

Tomer Landsberger

Below is a summary featuring the most interesting observations from this month, based on reports from the ISRABIRDNET mailing list and other sources.

Yelkouan Shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan): off Jaffa port, several hundreds on the 24th (A. Weiler, T. Landsberger) and less on the 25th (E. Banker, T. Landsberger) during a westerly storm; 230 off Tel-Baruch shore on the 31st (A. Ben-dov, T. Landsberger).

Leach's Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa): 1 off Jaffa port, 25/DEC (E. Vanunu).

Greylag Goose (Anser anser rubrirostris): 2 at Gesher fishponds, Jordan valley (D. Porat). Present since November.

 Greylag Goose (Anser anser rubrirostris) 
Greylag Goose
 Gesher fish-ponds, 29-DEC 

White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons): 2 at Hital reservoir, Golan heights (D. Porat, A. Ohad); 1 at Nizzana pools on the 10th (O. Horine, T. Horine), present since November.

Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina): 1 female at Hulda reservoir, 14/DEC (E. Banker).

Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus): 2, Golan Heights, 30/DEC (L. Kislev); 2, Sde-Boker, 19/DEC (E. Vanunu); 1 juv at Ramon crater, 29/DEC (R. Mizrachi).

 Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus) 
Black Vulture
 Ramon Crater, 29-DEC 

Verreaux's Eagle (Aquila verreauxii): 1 adult above vadi Sha'harut on the 02/DEC (G. Sigali).

Goshawk (Accipiter gentillis): 1 at Neot Semadar, Shizzafon, 02/DEC (N. Weiss, T. Landsberger); 1 at Hai Bar Carmel, 04/DEC (D. Rotem); 1, vadi Dishon, upper Gallilee, 08/DEC (N. Israeli).

Lanner (Falco biarmicus): 1 near Bet Yoav reservoir, Kiriat Gat, 03/DEC (E. Hadad, R. Shaish).

Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio porphyrio): 1 at the usual spot in Yeruham lake, 23/DEC (A. Cohen).

Curlew (Numenius arquata): up to 3 at Nahsholim area, Carmel coast, 02/DEC onwards (L. Kislev); 1 at Sha'abania and 1 at Bnei-Israel reservoirs, Golan Heights, 29/DEC (A. Ben-dov, T. Landsberger).

Painted Snipe (Rostratula benghalensis): 1 male at En Hahoresh fishponds on the 13th (J. Meyrav), probably the same one which was last seen there on October 1st.

Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus): good numbers still showing at the western Negev area; 1 at Yotvata's circular field on the 3rd (R. Mizrachi, N. Weiss, T. Landsberger); 5, Sde-Tzin, central Negev, 19/DEC (E. Vanunu).

(Red) Knot (Calidris canutus): 1 still present at Acre shore on the 9th (S. Haham).

Common Gull (Larus canus): 1 off Jaffa port, 25/DEC (E. Banker, T. Landsberger).

Kittiwake (Rissa trydactila): 1 1st winter off Eilat's north beach on the 2nd and 3rd (R. Mizrachi, N. Weiss, T. Landsberger).
Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur): 1 at the Hula reflooded area, 29/DEC (A. Geffen), very rare in winter.

Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus): at upper Gallilee, 400 at vadi Dishon on the 8th (N. Israeli) and 200 at Vadi Rosh Pina on the 13th (A. Geffen, A. Shapira); 200-300 at Wadi Meirav, 17/DEC (R. Sigali); 600 above Wadi Dishon, 19/DEC (B. Granit); ~1,000 at Tel-Kadesh area, 29/DEC (A. Geffen, S. Agmon, A. Shoresh et al).

Oriental Skylark (Alauda gulgula): 2 at Yotvata's circular field, on the 1st and 3rd (R. Mizrachi, N. Weiss); 4 at Kfar Ruppin area, Bet Shean valley (B. Granit).

Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus japonicus): 1, En Yahav sewage ponds, 04/DEC (I. Shanni).

Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros ochruros): 1 male at the IBRC Eilat on the 1st (N. Weiss, T. Landsberger); 1 male at Ye'elim holiday village, Yotvata, 29/DEC (R. Mizrachi).

 'Ochruros' Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros ochruros) 
'Ochruros' Black Redstart
 Ye'elim park, 29-DEC 

Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros phoenicuroides): 1 male at Ye'elim holiday village, Yotvata, present since the 3rd (R. Mizrachi, T. Landsberger).

 'Phoenicuroides' Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros phoenicuroides) 
'Phoenicuroides' Black Redstart
 Ye'elim park, 13-DEC 

Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus): 1 at 'Bahad 1' sewage, seen on the 1st and 3rd (R. Mizrachi et al); 1 at Ye'elim holiday village near Yotvata, Arava, present since the 1st (N. Weiss, T. Landsberger, R. Mizrachi).

 Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) 
Yellow-browed Warbler
 Ye'elim park, 29-DEC 

Great Tit (Parus major): 1 at Samar's date plantation, Km 41 Arava, 22/DEC (Y. Perlman), very rare in southern Israel.

Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus): 1 at the Hula reflooded area on the 3rd (A. Geffen, Y. Perlman) and two on the 9th (E. Banker); 1 at Tirat Tzvi, Bet Shean valley, 09/DEC (Y. Dax).

Steppe Shrike (Lanius pallidirostris): 1 north to Ze'elim jnc, Western Negev, seen on the 1st (E. Vanunu, E. Dvir) and again on the 3rd (A. Cohen); 1 at Nahsholim shore reserve, Carmel coast, 04/DEC onwards (L. Kislev).

 Steppe Shrike (Lanius pallidirostris) 
Steppe Shrike
 Nahsholim shore reserve, 05-DEC 

Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria): 1, Mt. Arbel, 06/DEC onwards (A. Cohen, T. Landsberger).

 Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria) 
 Arbel cliff, 29-DEC 

Red-fronted Serin (Serinus pusillus): 3 at vadi Rosh Pina on the 13th (A. Geffen, A. Shapira).

Pine Bunting (Emberiza leucocephalos): 1 in a flock of Yellowhammers, Bashanit ridge, 06/DEC (A. Cohen, T. Landsberger).

Striated Scops Owl
(Otus brucei) Wadi Ketura, Dec.05

Brown Booby
(Sula leucogaster) Eilat, Mar.06

Cyprus Warbler
(Sylvia melanothorax) Wadi Shlomo, Feb.05
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