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Northern Israel Trip Report

22 December 1996 to 5 January 1997

Peter Jones

Introduction

This was my second visit to Israel (the first in March'96). Approximately half of the holiday was devoted to birdwatching. I stayed at a friend's house in Kibbutz Bet Oren in the Carmel Mountain Range (Nr. Haifa) throughout the visit.

The flight (Monarch Airlines Charter) from Gatwick to Tel Aviv was booked through Wildwings, and cost £200 (Christmas being "High Season").

The weather was sunny and mild throughout the trip with daytime temperatures of 20-25 Degrees C.

Itinerary

22/12/96
Arrived at Tel Aviv Airport 20.00hrs

Travelled North to Bet Oren.

23/12/96
Kefar Baruch Reservoir 12:00-14:00
Sea of Galilee 15:00-16:00

24/12/96
Kefar Baruch Reservoir 12:00-16:00

26/12/96
Ma'agan Mikhael 09:00-13:00

27/12/96
Ramat HaNadiv Park (near Zikron Yakov) 11:00-13:00

29/12/96
En Afeq 10:00-13:00

31/12/96
Urim 11:30-16:30 (Approximately 3.5 hour drive from Haifa)

01/01/97
Kefar Ruppin and Tirat Zvee Reservoir 07:30-14:30

02/01/97
Hula 07:00-14:00
Mount Arbel 15:00-17:30

04/01/97
Atlit Beach (South of Haifa) 11:00-13:00

05/01/97
Travelled to Tel Aviv and Flight to UK.

Site Details

All the sites (except Urim) are in the North of the Country within two hours drive from Haifa.

Urim is about 3.5 hours drive from Haifa.

Kefar Baruch Reservoir, Ma'agan Mikhael, Urim, Kefar Ruppin area, Hula area, and Mount Arbel are detailed in "Finding Birds in Israel" by Dave Gosney.

Kefar Baruch Reservoir is best reached by following the minor road to the Kibbutz (Kefar Baruch) and immediately before the road turns 90 degrees left, take a left turn onto a track that runs parallel to the road. This leads directly to the reservoir and avoids the maze of roads in the Kibbutz.

En Afeq is a small reserve North of Haifa reached from the main Haifa - Acre road (Route 4) by taking a right turn onto a minor road signposted to En Afeq. (This turning is after the junction with Route 79 to Nazareth). The reserve entrance gate is directly opposite (North) of the cemetery.

The area described in the report as "Hula Valley (North)" is the fields and Fishponds 4-5 km north of the main reserve. "Hula Fishponds" are the fishponds immediately north of the reserve.

Systematic List

Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
3 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
13 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
10 at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
c.10 at Hula Reserve on 02/01/1997.

Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
2 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.

Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus
c.8 at Sea of Galilee on 23/12/1996.
8 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.

Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
c.10 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 23/12/1996.
10 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
c.500 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
c.200 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
1 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
10 at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
3 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.
c.10 at Hula Fishponds on 02/01/1997.
c.100 at Hula Reserve on 02/01/1997.

White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus
1 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
c.70 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997. 5 Overhead. c.70 in lake.

Little Egret Egretta garzetta
60 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
c.20 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
c.35 at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
c.20 at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
c.10 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 23/12/1996.
c.50 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
c.30 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
c.70 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
c.10 at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
c.20 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.
c.5 at Hula Fishponds on 02/01/1997.

Great White Egret Egretta alba
c.50 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 23/12/1996.
c.70 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
c.20 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
20 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
10 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
c.30 at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
c.120 at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
c.12 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
3 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 23/12/1996.
4 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
3 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
c.50 at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
2 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.
6 at Mount Arbel on 02/01/1997.

Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax
c.15 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996. Roosting. mixture of adults and juveniles..
c.40 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996. . Roosting. mixture of adults and juveniles
2 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
c.75 at Hula Fishponds on 02/01/1997. Roosting.
c.20 at Hula Reserve on 02/01/1997.

Black Stork Ciconia nigra
60 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 23/12/1996. Flying overhead.
2 c. 1 juvenile at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996. Overhead .
c.80 1 adult winter at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997. One overhead. 80 in a field with White Storks near Kefar Ruppin..
c.8 at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
c.10 at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.

White Stork Ciconia ciconia
c.70 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
8 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
c.100 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997. 100 in a field with Black Storks near Kefar Ruppin..
1 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
1 at Sea of Galilee on 23/12/1996. Overhead from car.
1 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
c.30 at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.

Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
c.30 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
1 adult winter at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.

Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber
1 juvenile at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.

White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala
1 Female/Eclipse at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.

Shelduck Tadorna tadorna
1 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 23/12/1996.

Gadwall Anas strepera
3 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.

Teal Anas crecca
c.200 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 23/12/1996.
20 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
c.5 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
c.20 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
4 at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
c.6 at Hula Fishponds on 02/01/1997.
c.20 at Hula Reserve on 02/01/1997.

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
c.10 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 23/12/1996.
c.10 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
c.6 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
2 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
1 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.
2 at Hula Fishponds on 02/01/1997.
c.50 at Hula Reserve on 02/01/1997.

Pintail Anas acuta
1 Female/Eclipse at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.

Shoveler Anas clypeata
c.100 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996. Flying overhead..
c.20 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
c.100 at Hula Reserve on 02/01/1997.

Marbled Duck Marmaronetta angustirostris
1 at Hula Reserve on 02/01/1997.

Pochard Aythya ferina
c.20 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.

Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
c.20 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
c.30 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.

Black Kite Milvus migrans migrans
c.36 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996. Roosting on bank of large reservoir..
c.15 at Urim on 31/12/1996.
2 at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
c.40 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997. Roosting and hunting in fields..
c.20 at Hula Fishponds on 02/01/1997.

White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla
2 adult at Hula Reserve on 02/01/1997.

Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus
2 adult at Bet Oren Kibbutz on 03/01/1997. Circling High.

Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
1 adult female at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 23/12/1996.
1 adult female at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
3, 1 adult female at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996. One was stalking an injured black headed gull which was just strong enough to fend it off..
1 adult female at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
1 adult female at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
1 adult female at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
3 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.
1 at Hula Fishponds on 02/01/1997.
3 adult female at Hula Reserve on 02/01/1997.

Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus
1 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
1 female at Ramat HaNadiv Park (Zikron Yakov) on 27/12/1996.
2, 1 female , 1 adult male at Urim on 31/12/1996. Male very close to car..
1 adult female at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.

Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus) (Probable 1 juvenile at Urim on 31/12/1996.

Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
1 adult male at Bet Oren Kibbutz on 23/12/1996.
1 adult female at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
1 adult female at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.

Common Buzzard Buteo buteo
2 at Bet Oren Kibbutz on 24/12/1996.
1 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
4 at Ramat HaNadiv Park (Zikron Yakov) on 27/12/1996.
1 at Caesarea on 29/12/1996.
2 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.
2 at Bet Oren Kibbutz on 03/01/1997.
1 at Atlit Beach on 04/01/1997.

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus
1 adult at Caesarea on 29/12/1996.
2 at Urim on 31/12/1996.
1 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
1 at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
1 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.

Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina
1 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 23/12/1996.
3 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
1 at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
1 at Bet Oren Kibbutz on 03/01/1997.

Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga
1 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.
2 at Hula Reserve on 02/01/1997.

Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca
1 adult at Urim on 31/12/1996. Perched on Pylon.

Osprey Pandion haliaetus
1 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.

Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
1 at Bet Oren Kibbutz on 23/12/1996.
6 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 23/12/1996.
1 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
1 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
1 at Caesarea on 29/12/1996.
c.20 at Urim on 31/12/1996.
1 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
1 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.
2 at Hula Fishponds on 02/01/1997.

Merlin Falco columbarius
1 adult female at Urim on 31/12/1996. Perched on Ground.

Saker Falcon Falco cherrug
1 adult at Urim on 31/12/1996. Flew onto pylon with a dead pigeon.

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
2 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 23/12/1996. One was pursued and mobbed by a Black Stork..
2 at Urim on 31/12/1996. On pylons.

Barbary Falcon Falco pelegrinoides [peregrinus]
2 adult at Urim on 31/12/1996.

Chukar Alectoris chukar
2 at Ramat HaNadiv Park (Zikron Yakov) on 27/12/1996.

Water Rail Rallus aquaticus
2 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
2 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
1 at Hula Reserve on 02/01/1997.

Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
1 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
1 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
1 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
4 at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
1 at Hula Fishponds on 02/01/1997.

Coot Fulica atra
c.50 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
c.100 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
c.40 at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.

Crane Grus grus
c.40 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996. 10 in flight, 30 in a field..
c.300 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.

Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
c.10 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 23/12/1996.
c.20 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
61 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
9 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
2 at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
c.10 at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
1 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.
6 at Hula Reserve on 02/01/1997.

Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta
1 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
1 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
88 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
c.90 at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.

Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria
c.10 adult winter at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.

Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
6 adult winter at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.

Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
3 adult winter at Atlit Beach on 04/01/1997.

Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii
4 adult winter at Atlit Beach on 04/01/1997.

Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
c.10 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 23/12/1996.
c.50 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
c.20 at Urim on 31/12/1996.
c.20 at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.

Spur-winged Plover Vanellus spinosus
c.40 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 23/12/1996.
c.20 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
1 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
3 at Urim on 31/12/1996.
c.30 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
c.5 at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.

Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago
3 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
3 at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
2 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.
1 at Hula Reserve on 02/01/1997.

Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
c.20 adult winter at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 23/12/1996.
1 adult winter at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
5 adult winter at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.

Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
2 adult winter at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
1 adult winter at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.

Redshank Tringa totanus
c.15 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
c.20 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
1 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
1 at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
2 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 23/12/1996.
c.6 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.

Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
1 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
1 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
1 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
1 at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
1 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.

Common Sandpiper Tringa hypoleucos
1 adult winter at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
1 at Hula Fishponds on 02/01/1997.

Dunlin Calidris alpina
1 adult winter at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.

Ruff Philomachus pugnax
Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996. With an injured leg.

Armenian Gull Larus armenicus [argentatus]
c.10 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
1 adult winter at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
c.100 adult winter at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.

Great Black-headed Gull Larus ichthyaetus
3 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
c.4 adult winter at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
c.50 inc.3 adult summer at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
1 adult winter at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.

Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus
c.200 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
c.50 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.

Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus
c.6 adult winter at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
2 adult winter at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.

White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias leucopterus
1 juvenile at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.

Spotted Sandgrouse Pterocles senegallus
c.50 at Urim on 31/12/1996. Flying over in flocks of about 15-20.

Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis
1 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
1 at Caesarea on 29/12/1996.
3 at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
6 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.
1 at Hula Reserve on 02/01/1997.

Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
2 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
c.10 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
2 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
c.50 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
c.10 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.

Tawny Owl Strix aluco
1 heard at Bet Oren Kibbutz on 23/12/1996.
1 heard at Bet Oren Kibbutz on 28/12/1996.
1 heard at Bet Oren Kibbutz on 04/01/1997.

Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
3 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
2 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
1 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
1 at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.

White-breasted Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis
1 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 23/12/1996.
1 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
1 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
1 at Caesarea on 29/12/1996.
6 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
1 at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
2 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.

Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis
3 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 23/12/1996.
2 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
c.10 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
2 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
2 at Caesarea on 29/12/1996.
3 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
1 at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
1 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.

Hoopoe Upupa epops
2 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
1 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
2 at Urim on 31/12/1996.
1 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.

Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus
1 at Bet Oren Kibbutz on 28/12/1996.
1 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
1 at Caesarea on 29/12/1996.
2 at Hula Reserve on 02/01/1997.

Crested Lark Galerida cristata
1 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
2 at Caesarea on 29/12/1996.
8 at Urim on 31/12/1996.
2 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
c.10 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.

Skylark Alauda arvensis
c.50 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
30 at Urim on 31/12/1996.

Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris
c.20 at Mount Arbel on 02/01/1997

Swallow Hirundo rustica
6 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
1 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
c.20 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.

Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis
6 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
c.6 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
c.15 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.

Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta
4 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997

White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba
2 adult winter at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
c.7 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
2 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
c.10 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
4 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.

Yellow-vented White-spectacled) Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthopygos
5 at Bet Oren Kibbutz on 24/12/1996.
1 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
2 at Caesarea on 29/12/1996.
4 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
1 at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
1 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.
1 at Hula Fishponds on 02/01/1997.
2 at Hula Reserve on 02/01/1997.
3 at Bet Oren Kibbutz on 05/01/1997.

Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
1 heard at Bet Oren Kibbutz on 05/01/1997.

Robin Erithacus rubecula
2 at Bet Oren Kibbutz on 28/12/1996.
1 at Hula Reserve on 02/01/1997.

Bluethroat Luscinia svecica
3, 1 adult winter female , 2 adult winter male at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
2 adult winter male at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
3 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.
1 at Hula Fishponds on 02/01/1997.

Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
1 at Caesarea on 29/12/1996.
2 at Urim on 31/12/1996.
1 adult winter at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
1 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.
1 at Mount Arbel on 02/01/1997.

Stonechat Saxicola torquata
1 adult male at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
2 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
3 at Caesarea on 29/12/1996.
1 adult male at Urim on 31/12/1996.
6 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
2 at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
1 at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.
2 adult winter male at Mount Arbel on 02/01/1997.

Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina
c.5 adult winter at Urim on 31/12/1996.

Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius
1 adult male at Mount Arbel on 02/01/1997.

Blackbird Turdus merula
1 female at Bet Oren Kibbutz on 28/12/1996.
1 adult female at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.

Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti
1 heard at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
1 heard at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
3 heard at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
1 heard at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997.
1 heard at Hula Fishponds on 02/01/1997.
1 seen at Hula Reserve on 02/01/1997.

Fan-tailed Warbler Cisticola juncidis
1 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.

Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis
1 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
2 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
4 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
3 at Urim on 31/12/1996.
c.10 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
1 at Sede Illyahuh (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
1 at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.

Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus
2 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997
1 at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.

Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
1 female at Bet Oren Kibbutz on 28/12/1996.

Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca
1 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.

Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala
1 adult male at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
1 adult male at Caesarea on 29/12/1996.
1 adult male at Bet Oren Kibbutz on 03/01/1997.

Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
2 at Bet Oren Kibbutz on 28/12/1996.
1 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
2 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
1 at Mount Arbel on 02/01/1997.

Great Tit Parus major
2 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
1 at Mount Arbel on 02/01/1997.

Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus
3 1 adult winter female , 2 adult winter male at Hula Valley (North) on 02/01/1997. Superb Views.

Palestine Sunbird Nectarinia osea
1 adult male at Bet Oren Kibbutz on 23/12/1996.
1 adult male at Ramat HaNadiv Park (Zikron Yakov) on 27/12/1996.
1 adult male at Caesarea on 29/12/1996.
1 adult winter male at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
2 adult winter male at Mount Arbel on 02/01/1997.

Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor
1 at Urim on 31/12/1996.
1 at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.
1 at Mount Arbel on 02/01/1997.

Jay Garrulus glandarius
1 at Bet Oren Kibbutz on 28/12/1996.

Hooded Crow Corvus corone cornix
c.56 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
1 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
c.10 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
2 at Caesarea on 29/12/1996.
2 at Urim on 31/12/1996.
1 at Atlit Beach on 04/01/1997.

Starling Sturnus vulgaris
c.10 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.

House Sparrow Passer domesticus
c.10 at Ma'agan Mikhael Fishponds on 26/12/1996.
c.10 at Caesarea on 29/12/1996.
4 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.

Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis [domesticus]
c.30 at Urim on 31/12/1996.

Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia
c.50 at Mount Arbel on 02/01/1997.

Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
3 at Ramat HaNadiv Park (Zikron Yakov) on 27/12/1996.
c.30 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
c.40 at Caesarea on 29/12/1996.
6 at Kefar Ruppin Fish ponds on 01/01/1997.
1 at Hula Fishponds on 02/01/1997.
4 at Mount Arbel on 02/01/1997.

Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
1 at Kefar Baruch Reservoir on 24/12/1996.
5 at En Afeq on 29/12/1996.
4 at Caesarea on 29/12/1996.
4 at Tirat Zvee (Kefar Ruppin) on 01/01/1997.

Linnet Carduelis cannabina)
2 adult male at Urim on 31/12/1996.

 

Acknowledgements

"Finding Birds In Israel" by Dave Gosney was invaluable throughout the Trip.

Systematic List generated using Bird Recorder For Windows.

Thanks to Shari for the use of the Car.

By Peter Jones
For further information, email: peter.jones@pdj.powernet.co.uk