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December 2006

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.
Black-throated Diver (Gavia arctica): 1 at the sea of Galilee, 14/Dec (L. Kislev et al.), still present on the 18th (S. Haham).

 Black-throated Diver (Gavia arctica) 
 Mediterranean sea, 29-Dec 

Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus):
1 seen from a boat near Ashdod coast, 29/Dec (R. Livne et al.).

 Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) 
 Mediterranean sea, 29-Dec 

White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons): 2 seen throughout the month at the Hula lake (Y. Perlman et al.).

Greylag Goose (Anser anser): 1 at the Jazra'el valley, 19/Dec (E. Hadad, A. Ben-David); 1 at the Hula reflooded area, 21/Dec (Y. Perlman).

Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina): 2 at Tishlovet HaKishon reservoir, 19/Dec (E. Hadad, A. Ben-David).

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator): 3 seen flying along Maa'yan Tzvi shoreline, 29/Dec (D. Rotem); 1 at the sea of Galilee, 17/Dec (S. Agmon et al.).

White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala): Record numbers of this species wintering in Israel this year, with 1457 in Tishlovet reservoir and 1040 in the Judean plains reservoirs (E. Hadad et al.)

Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus):
1 present since late Nov at Hamedia fishponds (C. Rohde); Up to 3 at the Golan heights ,16/Dec (A. Ohad).

 Cinereous Vulture(Aegypius monachus) 

White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla): A juvenile bird at K19, southern Arava, 27-28/Dec (N. Weiss).

Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug):
1 adult at the regular wintering site at the western Negev, seen throughout the month (J. Meyrav et al.).

 Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) 
 Urim-Ofakim power line, 23-Dec 

Sociable Plover (Vanellus gregarius): Up to 5 at the regular site near Urim-Ofakim road, 06/Dec (B. Granit).

Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria): 1 at Arbel Cliff, 09/Dec onwards (S. Luria et al.); 1 at the Akbara Cliff, Upper Galilee, 12/Dec (S. Luria).

Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus): Up to 3 at the Hula lake area (Y. Perlman et al.); 1 at Gesher fishponds (D. Porat); 1 at K19 cowshed, 29/Dec (A. Cohen).

Buff-bellied pipit (Anthus (Japonicus) rubescens ):
2 at Yotvata's northern circular field, seen throughout the month (N. Weiss et al.)

Pine Bunting (Emberiza leucocephalos): Up to 15 present at a newly found site north of Be'er-Sheva, 23/Dec onwards(A. Ben-Dov et al.).

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

Little Bittern
(Ixobrychus minutus) Neot Semadar, Oct.05

Painted Snipe
(Rostratula benghalensis) Hefer valley, Sep.05
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