Sandgrouse 27 (1)

Sandgrouse is published by OSME and contains papers and short notes on the ornithology of the OSME region, provides bird and conservation news from the region and a comprehensive round up of bird sightings in the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Sandgrouse Volume 27 (1) Spring 2005

Sandgrouse Cover 27 (1)

Black Bush-Robin Cercotrichas podobe taken by Hadoram Shirihai at Eilat, March 2002.

3 OSME NEWS
   
5 REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION
   
8 NEWS AND INFORMATION
  compiled by DAWN BALMER & GUY M. KIRWAN
9 A long-term bird survey in the central Syrian desert (2000-2004): Part 1-
  G. SERRA, M.S. ABDALLAH, A.K. ASSAED, G. AL QAIM, , A.K. ABDALLAH
24 Distribution and habitat associations of selected breeding birds in Wadi Araba, Jordan
  M. AL-SHAMLIH, K. NASSAR & F. KHOURY
30 Will the real Sykes's Warbler please stand up? Breeding data support specific status for Hippolais rama and H. caligata, with comments on the Arabian population of 'booted warbler'
  P. CASTELL & G. M. KIRWAN
37 Observations from Syria with notes on 11 new breeding species
  D. MURDOCH
46 Azerbaijan: a miscellany of recent bird observations (Status and occurrence of selected visiting species and amending known breeding ranges)
  S. ASPINALL
53 The breeding avifauna of the Umm Al-Qamari Islands protected area, Saudi Arabia
  S. OSTROWSKI, M. SHOBRAK, A. AL-BOUG, A. KHOJA & E. BEDIN
63 Bird observations from Iran in February–March 2001, including a new species for the Middle East
  T. ROTH, R. AYE, R. BURRI & M. SCHWEIZER
69 Ornithological observations from Lebanon during 2003–4
  G. RAMADAN-JARADI, S. P. WATERBURY & M. RAMADAN-JARADI
74 First records of Yellow-throated Sparrow Petronia (Gymnoris) xanthocollis from Syria
  D. MURDOCH
75 The first American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica in Oman and Arabia
  A. GRIEVE, B. J. N. HILL, P. A. LASSEY & D. I. M. WALLACE
77 Dunn’s Lark Eremalauda dunni - a first record for Syria
  G. SERRA
79 Phenology of Common Swift Apus apus in the Middle East - Tehran, Iran
  A. KHALEGHIZADEH
82 Phenology and Behaviour of the Common Swift Apus apus in Israel (Holy Birds, or the Common Swifts Apus apus of Jerusalem’s Western Wall)
  U. TIGGES & H. MENDELSSOHN
88 REVIEWS & RECENT LITERATURE
   
90 AROUND THE REGION
  Compiled by DAWN BALMER AND KEITH BETTON
Editor: Michael Blair OSME Editor
Features Editor Situation Vacant
Assistant Editor Dawn Balmer
Editorial Committee Paul Goriup, Mike Jennings, Rodney Martins, Peter L. Meininger & Dr Stephen Newton
Photographic Editor Paul Doherty
Design & Production Harry I. Scott
Identification Consultants C. G. Bradshaw,Arnoud B. den Berg & Steve Madge