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October 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.
Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus): The one from Eilat was last seen on 12/Oct (A. Meir).

Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio porphyrio): 1 at Ma'agan Michael, 21/Oct (C. Rozen).

Black-winged Pratincole (Glareola nordmanii): 1 at Eilat, 03/Oct (N. Weiss).

Red Knot (Calidris canutus): 1 still present at Ma'agan Michael fishponds, 09/Oct (A. Ben Dov).

Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotus): 1 still present at Ma'agan Michael fishponds, 06/Oct (R. Shaish, A. Shoresh).

Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereous): 1 Ma'agan Michael, 09/Oct (A. Ben Dov).

Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva): 1 at Yavne fishponds, 31/Oct (A. Ben Dov, E. Dovrat et al.).

 Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) 
Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva

Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca): 1 Ashdod shore, 31/Oct (A. Ben Dov, E. Dovrat, O. Horine).

Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka): 1 at Maoz Hayiim, 04-05/Oct (D. Forsman et al.); 1 at Arad park, 12/10 (B. Granit); 1 at Mt. Amsa, 16/Oct (B. Granit); 1 at wadi Meytzar, 23/Oct (L. Kislev); 1 at HaBacha valley, 25/Oct (L. Kislev); 3 at Bashanit ridge (A. Balaban).

Finsch's Wheatear (Oenanthe finschii): a record number of around 50 birds at Mt. Amasa, 16/Oct (B. Granit, A. Ben Dov).

Green Warbler (Phylloscopus nitidus): 1 caught and ringed at Netiv HaLamed-Hey, Ha'Ela valley, 14/Oct (R. Haran). The 4th record for Israel.

 Green Warbler (Phylloscopus nitidus) 
Green Warbler Phylloscopus nitidus

Yellow-browed Warbler (Philoscopus inornatus): 1 at Mitzpe Ramon, 21/Oct (T. Magen); 1 ringed at the IBRC Eilat, 25/Oct (N. Weiss).

Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus): 1 at Ein Shahak, 23/Oct (O. Keinan et al.); 1 at Eilat, 25/Oct (N. Weiss); 1 near Gesher fishponds, 29/Oct (E. Banker).

Steppe Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor pallidirostris): 1 at HaBacha valley, North Golan, 21/Oct (L. Kislev).

Lesser Spotted Eagle
(Aquila pomarina) Bet Shean valley, Oct.05

Rose-coloured Starling
(Sturnus roseus) Eilat area, May.05

Yellow-legged Gull
(Larus michahellis) Ma'agan Michael, May.05
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