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July 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.
European Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis): 1 juv desmarestii on Ma'agan Michael Pigeon Islets, 18/JUL onwards (B. Granit et al), the first record for Israel.
 European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis 
 Ma'agan Michael, 18-JUL 

Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus): 7 off Ma'agan Michael shore, 14/JUL (B. Granit); 7 off Ma'agan Michael shore 18/JUL (B. Granit); 3 off Ma'agan Michael shore, 19/JUL (T. Kahn, A. Cohen).

Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus): 1 at Ma'agan Michael shore, 17-20/JUL (A. Cohen, T. Landsberger et al); 1 at Ma'agan Michael, 31/JUL (T. Landsberger).

Black Tern (Chlydonias niger): 1 at Ma'agan Michael, 20/JUL (E. Banker, T. Kahn et al); 1, Ma'agan Michael, 26/JUL (T. Kahn, T. Landsberger).

Curlew (Numenius arquata): 1, Ma'agan Michael shore, 14/JUL onwards (B. Granit et al).

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus): 1-2 at Ma'agan Michael shore, 19-31/JUL (T. Landsberger et al).

Common Gull (Larus canus): 1 at Ma'agan Michael, 18-22/JUL (B. Granit et al).

White-cheeked Tern (Sterna repressa): a returning individual at Ma'agan Michael shore, 14-26/JUL (B. Granit et al).

 White-cheeked Tern mating with a Common Tern 
White-cheeked Tern
 Ma'agan Michael, 18-JUL 

Lesser Crested Tern (Sterna bengalensis): 9 off Eilat's north beach, 27-29/JUL (B. Granit, A. Cohen, T. Landsberger).

 Lesser Crested Tern (Sterna bengalensis) 
Lesser Crested Tern
 Eilat's North beach, 29-JUL 

Bridled Tern (Sterna anaethetus): 18 off Eilat's north beach, 27/JUL (B. Granit); 12 off Eilat's north beach, 29/JUL (A. Cohen, T. Landsberger).

Marsh Warbler (Acrocephalus palustris): 1 adult with a brood-pach caught at the Hula reflooded area, 14/JUL (Y. Perlman, A. Geffen).

Striated Heron
(Butorides striatus) Eilat, Apr.05

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

Bimaculated Lark
(Melanocorypha bimaculata) Arava valley, Mar.05
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