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November 2009

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.
Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster): 1 off Eilat's north beach, 28/Nov (A. Ben Dov, R. Mizrachi).

Mangrove Heron (Butorides striatus): 1 at Ma'agan Michael fishponds, 04/Nov (R. Ram).

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator): 1 at km 20, 28/Nov (R. Mizrachi et al.); 10 at Ma'agan Michael (J. Kooijman).

Baikal Teal (Anas formosa): 1 female type at the Hula re-flooded area, 06/Nov (S. Agmon, J. Halevy). This species has never before been recorded in Israel.

White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla): 2 at Hefer valley, 26/Nov (N & O Kirshanbaum).

Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus): 1 near Kfar Ruppin, 28/Nov (A. Stein).

Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus): The bird which wintered in recent years has returned to Eilat's date plantation (Y. Lehnardt et al.).

Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus): 1 at the Hula re-flooded are, 29/Nov (S. Luria).

Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio porphyrio): 1 at Ma'agan Michael, 04/Nov (C. Rozen); 1 at the Hula re-flooded area, 19/Nov (I. Shanni).

Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides virgo): 1 1st winter at the Hula Re-flooded area, 11/Nov (I. Shanni).

Sociable Lapwing (Vanellus gregarius): 8 at Urim fields (J. Kooijman).

Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereous): 1 at Ma'agan Michael, 11/Nov (J. Meyrav).

Red Knot (Calidris canutus): 1 still present at Ma'agan Michael fishponds, 11/Nov (J. Meyrav).

Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva): 1 at Tishlovet HaKishon reservoir, 11/Nov (A. Ben Dov).

Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus): 24 near Talmi Yosef, 17/Nov (D. Rotem, I. Magen); 10 at upper Hever wadi in Judean Desert, 30/Nov (O. Spiegel, R. Harel).

Pale Scops Owl (Otus brucei): 1 at Wadi Ketura, 20/Nov (S. Alterman, B. Granit).

White-winged Lark (Melanocorypha leucoptera): 1 heared in flight with Skylarks near Bahad 1 sewage, 20/Nov (B. Granit, S. Alterman). This species has never before been recorded in Israel.

Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus japonicus): 1 at the Hula re-flooded area, 11/Nov (J. Meyrav).

Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca): 1 at Ben Gurion airport fields, 05/Nov (K. Better); 1 still present at Ma'agan Michael fishponds, 04/Nov (C. Rozen); 1 east of Moshav nehusha, 11/Nov (E. Hadad).

Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka): 1 at Eilat area, 28/Nov (R. Mizrachi).

Kurdish Wheatear (Oenanthe xanthoprimna): 1 at Kohav HaYarden, 20/Nov (D. Porat).

Yellow-browed Warbler (Philloscopus inornatus): 1 at Bahad 1, 07/Nov (B. Granit, A. Ben Dov); 1 at Nafha prison orchards, 21/Nov (B. Granit, S. Alterman); 1 at Nafha prison orchards, 28/Nov (B. Granit, R. Mizrachi, T. Landsberger); 1 at Bahad 1, 27-28/Nov.

Menetries's Warbler (Sylvia mystacea): 1 at Km 20, 09/Nov (D. Forsman).

Eastern Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola maura): an unpresedented influx - 129 birds counted at Eilat area, 09/Nov (D. Forsman).

Steppe Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor pallidirostris): 3 at Eilot fields, 07/Nov (D. Forsman).

Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus): 1 at Ramot sewage, Golan, 12/Nov (J. Meyrav); 1 at Nir David, 11/Nov (A. Ben Dov); 1 at Hamadiyya, 27/Nov (S. Alterman).

 Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus) 
Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus

Rosy Starling (Sturnus roseus): 1 along the 'Hamovil Ha'artzi' canal near Eilabun, Bet Netofa valley, 10/Nov (Y. Perlman).

Red-fronted Serin (Serinus pussilus): 2 at matash Bet-El, 14/Nov (I. Landoy).

Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica): 1 in an orchard near Nafha prison, 14/Nov (B. Granit, S. Alterman).

 Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica) 
Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica

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

Cyprus Warbler
(Sylvia melanothorax) Wadi Shlomo, Feb.05

Cattle Egret
(Bubulucus ibis) Neot Semadar, Mar.05
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