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Monthly Summaries

December 2009

Barak Granit

Below is a summary featuring the most interesting observations from this month, based on reports from the ISRABIRDNET mailing list and other sources.
Red-throated Diver (Gavia stellata): 2 birds at Acre port on the 23rd and onwards (Amir-ben Dov & Shachar Alterman). The 5th record for Israel (last 1 in 2001).

 Red-throated Diver(Gavia stellata) 
 23rd/Dec, Acre port. 
Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster): probably the same bird which was seen on 29/11, seen again at the North Beach on the 19th (Nir Haver).

Yelkouan Shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan): 60 at Jaffa Port on the 17th 18th (Re'a Shaish et al); 200 birds at Ahkelon on the 18th (Re'a Shaish); 60 at Ashdod on the 25th (Amir-Ben Dov).

Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus): 2 at Ashkelon on the 18th (Re'a Shaish), 1 at Jaffa port on the 18th (Oz Horin et al).

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber): 19 at Ashkelon on the 18th during sea-watching (Re'a Shaish).

Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina): female at Yoav Reservoir, Jehudean Plain on the 13th (Ezra Hadad)

White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala): White-headed Duck 780 birds were counted at Central Judean Plains reservoirs on the 27th (Ezra Hadad).

Demoissele Crane (Anthropoides virgo): the wintering Adult was seen in the Hula refloded area throughout the month.

Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus): 1 was photographed at Gamla Natutre Reserve On the 19th ; 1 juv was photographed at Beit Shean Valley on the 15th; another Juv was photographed near Mizpe Ramon on the 3rd.

Black Shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus): the bird which was discovered on 29/11/09 by Sachi Luria in the Hula refloded area, remained until 1/12/09.

Goshwak (Accipiter gentilis): 1 near Beit Shemesh on the 13th (Ezra Hadad).

Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug): 1 juv over Kibutz en Harod on the 23rd (Tuvia Kahan).

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus): The returning adult was seen throughout the month

 Great Black-backed Gull(Larus marinus) 
 25/Dec, Acre port 
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla): 1 at Askelon 8/12/09 (Yoav Perlman); 3-4 at Jaffa Port on 17/12/09 (Re'a Shaish)

Little Tern (Sterna albifrons): 1 1st winter bird at Jaffa Port on 17th (Re'a Shaish), the first mid wintering record for Israel.

Gull-billed Tern (Sterna nilotica): 1 adult winter at Newe Ur on 23rd (David Porat) an extremely rare bird during winter month with only 1-2 previous records.

Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis): 6 birds at Gesher on the 23rd (David Porat).

Sociable Plover (Vanellus gregarius): 1 at the Hula refloded area on 13/12/09 (Itai Shani).

(Semirufus) Black Redstart (Black Redstart): 1 bird at Wadi Puchin (Jehudia mountains) on the 24th (Ezra Hadad).

Menetries's Warbler (Sylvia mystacea): 1 male at Yotvata on the 18th (Jonathan Meyrav).

Paddyfield Warbler (Acrocephalus agricola): the 7th bird for Israel was trapped and ringed on the 1/12/09 by Francis Argyle & Asaf Meyrose and seen by many birders the following day. The bird was in active moult so there is a good chance for over wintering.

 Paddyfield Warbler(Acrocephalus agricola) 
 1/Dec, Maagan Michael. 
Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus): 1 trapped and ringed at Eilat Bird Park (Yael Lenard)

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus): 2-3 birds were seen at Byria forest on 2/12/09 (Amir Ben-Dov)

Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria): 1 at mt Arbel on 28/12/09 (Shachar Altrerman).

 Wallcreeper(Tichodroma muraria) 
 28/December, Mt. Arbel. 
Syrian Serin (Serinus syriacus): 30 at Mishor Zin on the 25th (Tuvia Kahan)

Red-fronted Serin (Serinus pusillus): 1 bird was seen at mt Grizim on 8/12/09 (Yosef Kiat).

Common Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus): 2 birds were ringed at the Hula valley on the 19th (Francis Argyle)

Oriental Skylark
(Alauda Gulgula) Mitzpe Ramon, Oct.05

Caspian Tern
(Sterna caspia) Eilat, Jun.05

Red Knot
(Calidris canus) Acre, Jan.06
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