Sandgrouse

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 43 (2) Autumn 2021

Cover photo: A breeding colony of Lesser-crested Terns Thalasseus bengalensis, with single Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii, Egyptian Red Sea Islands. © Mohamed Habib. This issue contains two articles about the status of breeding gulls and terns in Egypt.

194Breeding colonies of Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica and Little Tern Sternula albifrons on Lake Nasser, Egypt.
Jens Hering, Stefan Fischer, Olaf Geiter, Jonas Wobker, Stefan Siegel, Lothar Spath, Herbert Grimm & Mohamed Habib
216Results of surveys of breeding seabirds on Red Sea islands, Egypt, in 2012-2018.
Mohamed Ibrahim Habib
224Repeat surveys show a decline in breeding Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius numbers in central Kazakhstan.
Ruslan Urazaliyev, Dennis Urazaliyev, Timur Iskakov & Rob D Sheldon
230The international dimension of illegal bird hunting in Lebanon.
André F Raine, Axel Hirschfeld, Geraldine M Attard, Lloyd Scott, Ghassan Ramadan-Jaradi, Assad Serhal & Scott Driskill
241Opportunistic in-flight foraging behaviour of Black Kites Milvus migrans during spring migration through the Batumi bottleneck, Georgia.
Tohar Tal, Diego Jansen & Wouter MG Vansteelant
247Waterhole visitation patterns of two potential avian competitors, Chukar Alectoris chukar and Rock Dove Columba livia, and a mammalian predator, the Caracal Caracal caracal, in Jordan.
Omar Attum, Madison Reff & Malik Al Awaji
253Morphology and song suggest Arabian Prunella fagani and Radde’s Accentors P. ocularis are conspecific.
Guy M Kirwan, Nigel J Collar & Peter Boesman
263Comments on two Yemen endemic subspecies: Alectoris melanocephala guichardi R. Meinertzhagen, 1951, and Pterocles lichtensteinii ingramsi Bates & Kinnear, 1937.
Guy M Kirwan
271The status of the Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio in Afghanistan.
Stephane Ostrowski, Ali Madad Rajabi & Stuart Pimm
277Summer diet of Long-Eared Owl Asio otus in Aammiq wetland, Western Beqaa, Lebanon.
Mounir R Abi-Said, Mohammad Taha Al Masri & Zuhair S Amr
281Hunting of Little Bustards Tetrax tetrax in Azerbaijan: the global conservation perspective.
Nigel J Collar & Mimi Kessler
286The first breeding record of Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei in Jordan.
Fares Khoury, Mohammed Alshamlih & Ahmad Dheib
289First record of Hooded Wheatear Oenanthe monacha in Lebanon and other interesting sightings.
Ghassan Ramadan-Jaradi, Michel Sawan, Fouad Itani & Samer Azar
293Spur-Winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus, a new species for Azerbaijan and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.
Arzu Mammadov, Elchin Sultanov, Sureyya Isfendiyaroğlu & Huseyn Resulzade
296From the Rarities Committees.
Ian Harrison (Compiler)
306Obituary: Oleg Vyacheslavovich Belyalov (1960–2020).
Victoria Kovshar
308Obituary: David John Fisher (1954–2021).
Steve Rooke
309Obituary: Askar Isabekov (1967–2021).
Gennadiy Dyakin
311Obituary: Nick P Williams (1959–2021).
Ibrahim Khader
312Around the Region.
Ian Harrison (Compiler)




EditorDr Paul Donald Sandgrouse editor.
Editorial
Board
AbdulRahman Al-Sirhan (Kuwait), Dr Raffael Ayé (Switzerland), Jem Babbington (Saudi Arabia, photo consultant) Arnoud van den Berg (Netherlands), Michael Blair (UK), Chris Bradshaw (UK), Dr Gary Brown (Germany), Oscar Campbell (UAE), Peter Castell (UK), Pia Fetting (Germany), Peter Flint (UK), Dr Robert Flood (UK), Paul Goriup (UK), Jens Hering (Germany), Mike Jennings (UK), Dr Abolghasem Khaleghizadeh (Iran), Dr Fares Khoury (Jordan), Dr Alan Knox (UK), Andrew Lassey (UK), Dr Mike McGrady (Austria), Dr Stephen Newton (Ireland), Yoav Perlman (Israel), Aasheesh Pittie (India), Richard Porter (UK), Hana Ahmed Raza (Iraq), Colin Richardson (Cyprus), Anna Sandor (Hungary), Dr Manuel Schweizer (Switzerland), Dr Derek Scott (UK), Dr Robert Sheldon (UK), Dr Ruth Tingay (UK), Arend Wassink (Netherlands), Geoff Welch (France)