Sandgrouse 31 (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 31 (1) Spring 2009

Sandgrouse Cover 31 (1)

Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus northern Israel (Hula valley), October. © Lior Kislev

2 Preliminary comments on skua Stercorarius reports from Armenia.
  VASIL ANANIAN
6 Observations on the cooling behaviour, and associated habitat, of four desert lark species (Alaudidae) in two areas of Kuwait.
  GARY BROWN
15 Unexpectedly large number of Sociable Lapwings Vanellus gregarius on autumn migration in Turkey and some remarks on the stopover site.
  MURAT BIRICIK
18 On the status and distribution of Thrush Nightingale Luscinia luscinia and Common Nightingale L. megarhynchos in Armenia.
  VASIL ANANIAN
24 First breeding record of Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia in Israel.
  NOAM WEISS, MIKOLAJ KOSS & REUVEN YOSEF
26 The timing of spring passage of soaring birds at Zait bay, Egypt.
  GUDRUN HILGERLOH, JAN WEINBECKER & INGO WEISS
36 Use of nest baskets by Long- eared Owls Asio otus in Israel.
  MOTTI CHARTER, YOSSI LESHEM & SHAY HALEVI
38 The first Collared Kingfisher Todiramphus chloris in Yemen.
  DAVID B STANTON
40 Food-dunking behaviour by a Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius.
  DONALD C DEARBORN & ANDREA B GAGER
42 First record of Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus in Armenia.
  MARTIN ADAMIAN & FRANCIS X MOFFATT
44 On the distribution and ecology of the Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni in Armenia.
  VASIL ANANIAN
55 First confirmed breeding record of Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus for Lebanon, 2006.
  GHASSAN RAMADAN- JARADI & THIERRY BARA
57 Weight gains by re-trapped passerine migrants at an artificially vegetated site, Eastern Desert, Egypt.
  GUDRUN HILGERLOH & BERND RADDATZ
61 Status of selected migrant species in Kuwait: observations and ringing, spring 1997.
  NIGEL CLEERE & DAVID J KELLY
65 First breeding of Black-winged Stilts Himantopus himantopus on Socotra, Yemen.
  AHMED SAEED SULEIMAN
68 Nesting tree utilisation by Brown-necked Ravens Corvus ruficollis in west central Saudi Arabia.
  PETER CUNNINGHAM
73 Breeding and food habits of a pair of urban Desert Eagle Owls Bubo ascalaphus in Hurghada, Red Sea coast, Egypt.
  ISTVAN MOLDOVAN & ATTILA D SANDOR
79 Erratum: Schweizer M & M Mitropolskiy. 2008. The occurrence of Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncusin Uzbekistan and Tajikistan and its status in Central Asia. Sandgrouse 30: 161–163.
   
80 Review.
   
81 OSME News.
  GEOFF WELCH
83 News & Information.
  DAWN BALMER (COMPILER)
91 Around the Region.
  DAWN BALMER & DAVID MURDOCH (COMPILERS)
Editor: Dr Peter Cowan OSME Editor, Department of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, University of Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman
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