Sandgrouse 31 2

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 31 (2) Autumn 2009

Cretzschmar’s Bunting Emberiza caesia. © Mehmet Goren

105Contents page.
106Further on the diet of wintering Long-eared Owls Asio otus in northern Israel.
 Reuven Yosef & Kobi Meyrom
109Juvenile plumage of the Socotra Bunting Emberiza socotrana.
 Peter G Ryan, RF Porter, Barrie Rose & Ahmed Saeed Suleiman
112Western flyway of the Siberian Crane Grus leucogeranus: further releases of captive-reared birds in Iran.
 Sadegh Sadeghi Zadegan, Crawford Prentice & Elena Ilyashenko
122The Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina in the North Caucasus, Russian Federation: taxonomic status, genetic diversity, breeding density and nest site characteristics.
 Ülo Väli, Viktor P Belik & Igor G Babkin
128Status of Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus in the North Caucasus, Russian Federation
 GS Dzhamirzoev & SA Bukreev
134The rediscovery of breeding Shikras Accipiter badius in the Western Palaearctic.
 Michael Heiss & Kai Gauger
138First record of Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus (rubescens) japonicus for Turkey.
 Ali Atahan & Mehmet Atahan
140The Ras Baalbek semi-desert: Lebanon’s aridland area and its birds.
 Richard Prior & Colin Conroy
146Ornithological surveys in Bamiyan province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
 Simon Busuttil & Raffael Ayé
160Aberrant moult in an adult male Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus phoenicuroides.
 Laurent Demongin & Reuven Yosef
163On the nomenclature of the so-called Isabelline Shrike.
 EN Panov
171Black-headed Penduline Tits Remiz macronyx in Kazakhstan.
 Sander Bot & René E van Dijk
177First record of Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris in Qatar.
 Michael Chalmers
179Relationship between nesting Isabelline Wheatears Oenanthe isabellina and a burrowing rodent (a jirdMeriones sp).
 Simon Aspinall
182Status, seasonality and distribution of the Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus at Khafrah Marsh, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia.
 Brian S Meadows
189Photospot: Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse Pterocles lichtensteinii.
196OSME News.
 Geoff Welch
197News & Information   Dawn Balmer (Compiler) 207 Obituary
 Steen Christensen
208Around 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
Editorial AdvisorsVasil Ananian, Simon Aspinall, Paul Goriup, Mike Jennings, Dr Fares Khoury, Dr Stephen Newton, Arend Wassink
Photographic EditorPaul Doherty
Reviews EditorGuy Kirwan
Identification ConsultantsArnoud van den Berg, Chris Bradshaw, Steve Madge, Richard Porter