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Israel Trip Report

22 December 1996 to 5 January 1997

Ian Barton and Kathleen Rosewarne

22-30 Dec 1996 Lotan and Arava Valley
(27 Dec 1996 at Nizzana and Urim)
30 Dec 1996 - 2 Jan 1997 Hula, Mount Hermon, Bet Shean
3-5 Jan 1997 Lotan and Arava Valley

ENGLISH NAME SCIENTIFIC NAME NOTES
Black-throated Diver Gavia artica 1 new lagoon, Eilat
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis Common at Hula
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus North Beach 25/12
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis 3 at Km 20 25/12
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster 1 at North Beach 3/1
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo Eilat 25/12, Hula
Pgymy Cormorant P. pygmeus 15+ at Kefar Ruppin
White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus Common at Hula, Bet
Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax Hundreds at Bet
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis Urim, Bet Shean
Western Reef Heron Egretta gularis North Beach, 6 light and
Little Egret E. garzetta North Beach
Great White Egret E. alba Common in Bet
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea Widespread
Purple Heron A. purpurea 1 juv. at Hula 31/12
Black Stork Ciconia nigra Hula
White Stork C. ciconia Hula
Glossy Ibis Plegadis phalcinellus 16 at Hula 31/12
Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia 2 at Neve Eitan 2/2
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber 70+ at km 20 25/12
Greylag Goose Anser anser 2 E Shizzafon 26/12, 1
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea 2 at km 40 29/12
Shelduck T. tadorna 10 at km 20 28/12
Wigeon Anas penelope 1 at km 20 28/12
Gadwall A. strepera Hula
Teal A. crecca First seen at km 20
Mallard A. platyrhynchos First seen at km 20
Pintail A. acuta 2 at km 20 25/12
Shoveler A. clypeata Km 20 25/12
Marbled Duck Marmonetta angustirostris 2 at Hula fishponds
Pochard Aythya ferina 10 at Hula 31/12
Tufted Duck A. fuligula Sea of Galilee 30/12
Black Kite Milvus migrans 1 at Lotan 24/12, 1 at km
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus 3 at En Gedi 31/12, 2 at
Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus Hula
Hen Harrier C. cyaneus Lotan, Shizzafon, Urim,
Pallid Harrier C. macrourus Urim/Hula/Bet
Pallid/Montagu's?   1 female in Urim
Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus Widespread
Buzzard Buteo buteo 2 at Urim, also Mt
Long-legged Buzzard B. rufinus Dark morph at Urim
Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga 3 adults at Hula, 1 at
Imperial Eagle A. heliaca Urim, Hula, Golan,
Golden Eagle A.chrysaetos 1 ad. at junction of Arava
Booted Eagle Hieraetus pennatus 1 adult (light phase)
Bonelli's Eagle H. fasciatus 1 on Mt Hermon, sub-
Osprey Pandion haliaetus 1 at new lagoon, Eilat
Kestrel Falco tinnunculus Widespread
Merlin F. columbarius 1 at Bet Shean 2/1
Lanner F. biarmicus 1 juv, 1 adult at Urim
Saker F. cherrug 2 at Urim 27/12
Peregrine F. peregrinus 1 adult in Urim 27/12
Barbary Falcon F. pelegrinoides 1 at km 53 fields 3/1
Chukar Alectoris chukar Common in Nizzana and
Sand Partridge Ammoperdix heyii Nahal Quetura, Amran's
Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus 1 female at Bet Shean
Water Rail Rallus aquaticus 2 at Neve Eitan 2/1
Moorhen Gallinula chloropus Common
Purple Gallinule Porphyrio phorphyrio 1 at Hula on 30/12
Coot   Fulica atra
Common Crane Grus grus 300+ Urim 3,000+
Houbara Bustard Chlamydotis undulata 1 at Nizzana 27/12
Black-winged Stilt H. himantopus Common
Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta 2 at km 20 25/12
Stone Curlew Burhinus oedicnemus 2 at Lotan 4/1
Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula Km 20
Kentish Plover C. alexandrinus Km 20
Spur-winged Plover Hoplopterus spinosus Lotan, common in
Sociable Plover Chettusia gregaria 1 at Urim 27/12
Lapwing Vanellus vanellus Urim, Yotvata
Little Stint Calidris minuta Km 20
Temminck's Stint C. temminckii 2 at Neve Eitan 2/1, 2 at
Dunlin C. alpina Km 20
Ruff Philomachus pugnax 9 at bird reserve, Eilat
Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus 2 at Tirat Zevi 2/1
Snipe Gallinago gallinago 2 at Shizzafon
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa 1 km 20 25/12, Hula
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus Neve Eitan 2/1
Redshank T. totanus Km 20
Green Sandpiper T. ochropus Hula fishponds
Wood Sandpiper T. glareola 1 Hula new pond 30/12,
Common Sandpiper T. hypoleucos Bird reserve 25/12
White-eyed Gull Larus leucopthalmus Max of 38 on 3/1
Great Black-headed L. ichthyaetus Hula, Bet Shean
Black-headed Gull L. ridibundus Widespread
Slender-billed Gull L. genei North Beach
Siberian Gull L. heuglini 1 ad Neve Eitan 2/1
Yellow-legged Gull L. cachinnans 1 ad North
Armenian Gull L. armenicus North Beach, Hula, Bet
Great Black-backed L. marinus North Beach
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia 2 ad w. North Beach
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus 1 Sea of Galilee 30/12,
Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse P. lichtensteinii 5 Shizzafon SP
Spotted Sandgrouse P. senegallus 100s at Nizzana
Black-bellied Sandgrouse P. orientalis 100s at Nizzana
Pin-tailed Sandgrouse. P. alchata 1 at Urim 27/12 (KR did
Rock Dove Columba livia Common
Stock Dove C. oenas Seen
Wood Pigeon C. columbus 1 from Tel Aviv-Lotan
Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto Locally common
Palm Dove S. senegalensis Common
Namaqua Dove Oena capensis 2, 16 km S of Tiberias
Ring-necked Parakeet Psittacula krameri 2 at Hula
Barn Owl Tyto alba Hula, Keffar Rupin
Striated Scops Owl Otus brucei 1 in wadi above Eilat
Eagle Owl Bubo bubo 1 male seen calling,
Little Owl Athene noctura Nizzana 27/12
Tawny Owl Strix aluco 1 hd Hula
Long-eared Owl Asio otus 3 roosting in wadi
Pallid Swift Apus pallidus 7 at Urim 27/12, 38 at km
Little Swift Apus affinus 6+ Mt Hermon, Wadi
White-breasted King. Halcyon smyrnensis Urim, Dead Sea, Hula,
Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Bet Shean 2/1
Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis Common
Little Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis Common
Hoopoe Upupa epops From Tel-Aviv to Lotan
Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus Mt Hermon 31/12
Dunn's Lark Eremalauda dunni 1 at km 33 4/1
Bar-tailed Desert Ammomanes cincturus 3 at Km 33 28/12
Desert Lark Ammomanes deserti Km 33, Amran's Pillars,
Hoopoe Lark Alaemon alaudipes 2 at km 33 25/12, 2 at km
Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra 2 at Golan 1/1
Crested Lark Galerida cristata Common
Woodlark Lullula arborea 20+ Golan 1/1
Skylark Alauda arvensis Common
Rock Martin Ptyonoprogne obsoleta Common
Crag Martin Hirundo rupestris Common
Swallow H. rustica transitiva North
House Martin Delichon urbica 5-6 around Nimrod
Long-billed Pipit Anthus similis 1 seen briefly and 1
Meadow Pipit A. pratensis Seen
Red-throated Pipit A. cervinus Common in fields
Buff-bellied Pipit A. rubescens 1 at dung heap at new
Water Pipit A. spinoletta Common
Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava Hula 31/12
Citrine Wagtail M. citreola 1 female at north sewage
Hybrid Yellow/Citrine   Tirat Zevi 2/1
Grey Wagtail M. cinerea 1 at Hula 31/12
White Wagtail M. alba Common
Yellow-vented Bulbul P. xanthopygos Common
Wren Troglodites troglodites Mt Hermon 31/12
Dunnock Prunella modularis Mt Hermon 31/12
Robin Erithacus rubecula Ben Gurion 22/12, only
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica Common
Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros Yotvata (semirufous
Blackstart Cercomela melanura Common in wadis in
Stonechat Saxicola torquata Common
Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellis 7 at Nizzana 27/12. 5 at
Desert Wheatear O. deserti Lotan, km 40 dunes and
Finsch's Wheatear O. finschii 2 females at Nizzana
Mourning Wheatear O. lugens Seen most days in the
Hooded Wheatear O. monacha Lotan, km 20, Shizafon
W.C.B. Wheatear O. leucopyga Amram's Pillars,
Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius Mt Hermon 1/1, Wadi
Blackbird Turdus merula North
Song Thrush T. philomelos Mt Hermon
Redwing T. iliacus Mt Hermon 1/1
Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti North
Fan-tailed Warbler Cisticola juncidis Bet Shean 2/1
Graceful Warbler Prinia gracilis Common
Scrub Warbler Scotocerca inqueta 2 at Nahal Quetura 25/12,
Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon Tirat Zevi 2/1
Reed Warbler A. scirpaceus 1 singing km 20
Clamorous R. Warbler A. stentoreus Bet Shean and Tirat Zevi
Spectacled Warbler Sylvia conspicillata Common Nizzana 27/12,
Sardinian Warbler S. melanocephala Common
Desert Warbler S. nana 2 at km 33 25/12, 1 at
Arabian Warbler S. leucomelana 2 at km 50, 2 in Nahal
Blackcap S. atricapilla 1 at Kefar Ruppin2/1
Yellow-browed W. Phylloscopus inornatus Lotan
Chiffchaff P. collybita Common
Goldcrest Regulus regulus Mt Hermon 1/1
Brown Babbler Turdoides squamiceps Shizafon SP, km 50 and
Sombre Tit Parus lugubris Mt Hermon 31/12 and
Great Tit Parus major Mt Hermon and Hula
Rock Nuthatch Sitta neumayer Mt Hermon, Majdel
Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus 4 at km 20 25/12
Palestine Sunbird Nectarinia osea Common
Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor Fairly common in the
Jay Garrulus glandarius North
Jackdaw Corvus monedula Common in Bet
House Crow C. splendens Eilat
Rook C. frugilegus 1 in north
Carrion Crow C. c. cornix Regular in north
Brown-necked Raven C. ruficollis Daily in south
Fan-tailed Raven C. rhipidurus En Gedi in arubbish bin
Tristram's Grackle Onycognathus tristramii Yotvata, Eilat
Starling Sturnus vulgaris Urim
House Sparrow Passer domesticus Common
Spanish Sparrow P. hispaniolensis Common in fields
Dead Sea Sparrow P. moabiticus Flocks at Yotvata, km 20,
Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia Majdel Shams and Wadi
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs Common
Serin Serinus serinus Mt Hermon, Kiryat
Greenfinch Carduelis chloris Seen
Goldfinch C. carduelis Seen
Siskin C. spinus Lotan
Linnet C. cannabina Seen
Desert Finch Rhodopechys obsoleta Flocks in fields in
Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus 33+ at Shizzafon SP
Sinai Rosefinch Carpodacus synoicus Pair at Amram's Pillars
Rock Bunting Emberiza cia Mt Hermon 31/12
Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra North

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