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March 2007

Below is a summary featuring the most interesting observations from this month, based on reports from the ISRABIRDNET mailing list and other sources.

Bean Goose (Anser fabalis) - 1 stayed at Eilat area between 14-27/Mar (J. P. Smith et al.). The 1st record for Israel, see full report here.

 Bean Goose (Anser fabalis) 
Bean Goose
 Eilat, 15-Mar

Red-breasted Merganser (Merus serrator) - 1 off apolonia beach, 08/Mar (N. Primo).

Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus) - 3 at Gamla nature reserve, 08/Mar (L. Kislev).

Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus) - 1 female/second year, the earliest bird on record. 31/Mar (Y. Soloviov).

White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus) - 1 at Km 20 and 1 at Km 19 sewage pools, 12-15/Mar (J. Meyrav, A. Ben-dov, R. Mizrachi et al.)

 White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus) 
White-tailed Plover
 Km 20 saltpans

Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) - an exceptionally large flock of 12 birds off Eilat's north beach, 17/Mar (R. Mizrachi).

 Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) 
 North beach, Eilat

Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus) - 1 at Km 20, 21/Mar (R. Mizrachi).

 Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus) 
Mediterranean Gull
 Km 20, 21-Mar

Saunders's Tern (Sterna saundersi) - 1 adult off Eilat's north beach, 24/Mar (Y. Perlman, K. Olsen).

Pharaohs Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo ascalaphus) - 1 at Yotvata fields and 3 more at Eilat area (N. Weiss et al.)

 Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo ascalaphus) 
Pharaohs Eagle Owl Bubo bubo ascalaphus
 Yotvata fields

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) - 2 at Yotvata fields, 11/Mar (A. Ben-dov, T. Kahn, A. Shoresh et al.).

Egyptian Nightjar (Caprmulgus aegyptius) - up to 6 at Yotvata fields on 03/Mar, and 2-3 there till 27/Mar (N. Weiss et al.).

Thick-billed Lark (Ramphocoris clotbey) - 2 at Ha'Meyshar, 23/Mar (S. Haham); 11 at Km 76-77, 30/Mar (R. Livne, A. Ben-dov) and 8 there on 31/Mar (J. Miller et al.).

Dunn's Lark (Eremalauda dunni) - 1 at Km 76 on 24/Mar, joined by another on 31/Mar (M. Craig et al.).

 Dunn's Lark (Eremalauda dunni) 
Dunn's Lark
 Km 76, 31-Mar

Menetries's Warbler (Sylvia myctacea) - 1 male ringed at Eilat, 25/Mar (A. Shoresh et al.).

 Menetries's Warbler (Sylvia myctacea) 
Menetries's Warbler
 Eilat, 25-Mar

Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii) - 1 at Eilat on 22/Mar (E. Dovrat et al.). This ssp. is a very rare spring migrant in Israel.

 White Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii) 
White Wagtail
 Eilat, 22-Mar

Semi-collared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata) - 1 at Bahad 1, 28/Mar (R. Livne); 1 at Yotvata fields, 30/Mar; 1 at Hatzeva, 31/Mar.

 Semi-collared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata) 
Semi-collared Flycatcher
 Bahad 1, 28-MAR

Cinereous Bunting (Emberiza cineracea) - 2 at Eilat vine-yard, 25/Mar (A. Shoresh et al.).

Stone Curlew
(Burhinus oedicnemus) Bet Shean valley, Feb.05

Thick-billed Lark
(Rhamphocoris clotbey) Meyshar plain, Mar.08

Nubian Nightjar
(Caprimulgus nubicus) Southern Dead-sea, Mar.06
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