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
Circaetus gallicus northern Israel (Hula valley), October. © Lior Kislev
Preliminary comments on skua . Stercorarius reports from Armenia
Observations on the cooling behaviour, and associated habitat, of four desert lark species (Alaudidae) in two areas of Kuwait.
Unexpectedly large number of Sociable Lapwings . Vanellus gregarius on autumn migration in Turkey and some remarks on the stopover site
On the status and distribution of Thrush Nightingale . Luscinia luscinia and Common Nightingale L. megarhynchos in Armenia
First breeding record of Caspian Tern . Hydroprogne caspia in Israel
NOAM WEISS, MIKOLAJ KOSS & REUVEN YOSEF
The timing of spring passage of soaring birds at Zait bay, Egypt.
GUDRUN HILGERLOH, JAN WEINBECKER & INGO WEISS
Use of nest baskets by Long- eared Owls . Asio otus in Israel
MOTTI CHARTER, YOSSI LESHEM & SHAY HALEVI
The first Collared Kingfisher . Todiramphus chloris in Yemen
DAVID B STANTON
Food-dunking behaviour by a Eurasian Jay . Garrulus glandarius
DONALD C DEARBORN & ANDREA B GAGER
First record of Masked Shrike . Lanius nubicus in Armenia
MARTIN ADAMIAN & FRANCIS X MOFFATT
On the distribution and ecology of the Lesser Kestrel . Falco naumanni in Armenia
First confirmed breeding record of Spur-winged Lapwing . Vanellus spinosus for Lebanon, 2006
GHASSAN RAMADAN- JARADI & THIERRY BARA
Weight gains by re-trapped passerine migrants at an artificially vegetated site, Eastern Desert, Egypt.
GUDRUN HILGERLOH & BERND RADDATZ
Status of selected migrant species in Kuwait: observations and ringing, spring 1997.
NIGEL CLEERE & DAVID J KELLY
First breeding of Black-winged Stilts . Himantopus himantopus on Socotra, Yemen
AHMED SAEED SULEIMAN
Nesting tree utilisation by Brown-necked Ravens . Corvus ruficollis in west central Saudi Arabia
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
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
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DAWN BALMER (COMPILER)
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DAWN BALMER & DAVID MURDOCH (COMPILERS)
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OSME Editor, Department of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, University of Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman
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