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Monthly Summaries

February 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.
Black-throated Loon (Gavia arctica): Out of the two present on January at Eilat's lagoon, only the 1st winter bird remained and was last seen on the 3rd (S. Agmon).

Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus): 1 off Jaffa port, 05/Feb (B. Granit).

Cory's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea): 1 off Eilat's north beach, 03/Feb (S. Agmon).

Bewick's Swan (Cygnus bewickii): 2 still present at Hefer Valley northern reservoire on the 10th.

Smew (Mergellus albellus): 2 present since December at Bnei Israel reservoire, last seen on the 14th (Y. Perlman, A. Geffen, J. Meyrav).

Black Vulture (Aegyptius monachus): 1 above the Hula nature reserve, 26/Jan (E. Vanunu).

Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus): 1 still present at Gal'on fields, Judean plains.

 Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus) 
Black-shouldered Kite
 Gal'on fields, 25-FEB

Goshawk (Accipiter gentillis): 1 at Neve Ativ, Hermon, 19/Feb (R. Segali); 1, Hula Reflooded, 13/Feb (A. Geffen, F. Argyle).

Saker (Falco cherrung): 1 near Hulda reservoir, Judean plains, 18/Feb (Y. Dax).

Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax): 11 at their regular wintering grounds near Bnei Israel reservoir, Golan heights, 14/Feb (Y. Perlman, A. Geffen, J. Meyrav); 17 at same location on the 21st (A. Cohen, B. Dvir, T. Kahn).

Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus): 2 off Eilat's north beach, 25/Feb (N. Weiss, T. Landsberger).

White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus): 2 at Ma'ayan Tzvi fish-ponds, 28/Feb (T. Landsberger).

Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus): 1 at Hafets Haim reservoir, 10/Feb (E. Hadad).

Common Gull (Larus canus): 1 off Eilat's north beach, 18/Feb (R. Livne, B. Granit, T. Landsberger); 1 at Ma'agan Michael shore on the 23rd (E. Vanunu).

Striated Scopes Owl (Otus brucei): 1 near Be'er Ora, Arava, 01/Feb (N. Weiss); 1 at wadi Shahamon, Eilat, 01/Feb (N. Weiss).

Hoopoe Lark (Alaemon alaudipes): 1 at HaMeishar, road 40, 18/Feb (R. Livne, B. Granit, T. Landsberger).

Buff-belied Pipit (Anthus japonicus): 1 at Samar's turf field, Arava, 01/Feb onwards (N. Weiss); 1 near Lotan's cow-shed, Arava, 28/Feb (J. Meyrav); 1 at Yotvata's circular field, 28/Feb (J. Meyrav).

Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva): 1 over-wintering at Lotan's date plantation, Arava, 01/Feb onwards (N. Weiss).

Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria): 1 at Arbel cliff on the 17th (A. Cohen, T. Kahn, T. Landsberger).

Little Bunting (Emberiza pissila): 1 at kisufim area, western Negev, 01/Feb (A. Meyrose et al).

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
(Merops persicus)Arava valley, Apr.05

(Numenius arquata) Acre shore, Sep.05

Graceful Prinia
(Prinia gracilis) Wadi Mikhmash, Feb.06
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