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Monthly Summaries

December 2007

Below is a summary featuring the most interesting observations from this month, based on reports from the ISRABIRDNET mailing list and other sources.
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus): 3 off Jaffa port, 13/Dec (B. Granit).

Striated Heron (Butorides striatus): 1 at Sapir lake, near En Yahav, present since November (O. Keinan et al.). Only the second record outside of Eilat.

 Striated Heron (Butorides striatus) 
Striated Heron Butorides striatus

Swan spec. (Cygnus spec.): 2 seen flying north above Giv'at HaShlosha, 30/Dec (T. Kahn).

White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons): 10 at Timurim reservoire, 04/Dec (D. Ozz, E. Hadad, S. alon); 3 at Ma'agan Michael, 09/Dec (C. Rozen); 11 at Jazra'el valley reservoire (R. Shaish et al.); 8 still present at Eilat, 18/Dec (N. Weiss, T. Kahn).

 White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 
White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons

White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla): 1 juv. over Eilat, 18/Dec (T. Kahn).

Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus): 1 between Kfar Ruppin and Maoz Hayim, Bet Shean valley, 30/Dec (K. Bjerre). This is the 9th record for Israel, and is possibly a returning bird from winter 2003-2004.

 Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus) 
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus

Saker (Falco cherrung): 3 at Urim fields, western Negev.

Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides virgo): probably the same bird seen at Nir HaEmek last month was seen in field near Yizra'el junction, 14/Dec (I. Tsurim, O. Hatzofe).

Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax): 1 at the Majrasa, Sea of Galilee, 28/Dec (N. ).

 Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax) 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax

Sociable Plover (Vanellus gregarius): 9 at Urim fields, 15/Dec (U. Maman).

 Sociable Plover (Vanellus gregarius) 
Sociable Plover Vanellus gregarius

Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita): 2 at a cliffstripe near Yardena, Jordan valley, 01/Dec (C. Rohde). This is the first record since 1994 and the first winter record ever.

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus): 1 still present at Acre shore (S. Haham).

Crested Tern (Sterna bergii): 2 off Eilat's north beach, 08/Dec (T. Kahn, R. Mizrachi).

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus): 1 at Gal'on fields, 28/Dec (E. Hadad et al.).

 Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

Black-hooded Parakeet (Nandayus nenday): 1 at the northern end of Hadekalim Street, Pardes Hanna, 03/Dec (C. Bell).

Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra): exceptionaly high numbers in Urim fields at the western Negev. Around 1,800 birds in two fields north to Urim power line, 06/Dec (B. Granit).

Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni): 2 at Eilot's northern date plantation, 16/Dec onwards (N. Weiss, M. Koss et al.).

Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva): 1 at Neot Smadar's date plantation, 16/Dec (N. Weiss). Only the second winter record in Israel.

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus): up to 7 at HaYarkon park, 17/Dec onwards (B. Granit et al.); 1 in the forest between Har Nof and Bet Zait, 15/Dec (S. Agmon); 1 at Kibbutz Nirim, 21/Dec (Y. Dax); 1 at Kibbutz Gil'ad, 25/Dec (M. Adar).

 Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) 
Goldcrest Regulus regulus

Red-fronted Serin (Serinus pusillus): 12 at wadi Rosh Pinna, 27/Dec (B. Granit, A. Cohen, M. Craig, G. Ottens); 3 at wadi Dishon, 28/Dec (I. Shanni).

Pine Bunting (Emberiza leucocephalus): 6-8 at Birya orchard, near Zfat, 27/Dec (B. Granit, A. Cohen, M. Craig, G. Ottens).

Desert Finch
(Rhodospiza obsoleta) Ein Ovdat, Jun.04

Red-breasted Flycatcher
(Ficedula parva) Mitzpe Ramon, Oct.05

Greater Short-toed Lark
(Calandrella brachydactyla) Eilat, Apr.06
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