Sandgrouse 33 1

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 33 (1) Spring 2011

Sandgrouse Cover 33 (1)

Cover photo: Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra. © Mehmet Goren

1 Contents.
2 Migrant Willow Warblers Phylloscopus trochilus observed foraging preferentially in low desert shrubs much in the manner of Asian Desert Warblers Sylvia nana, Lulu island, Abu Dhabi.
  Oscar Campbell
4 A new breeding location of Spectacled Warblers Sylvia conspicillata in Turkey.
  Orhan Gül & Mehmet Atahan
7 The first confirmed breeding record of Bay-backed Shrike Lanius vittatus in the United Arab Emirates, with comments on field characters of juveniles.
  Oscar Campbell, Wendy Hare & Nigel Milius
12 Breeding birds in Iraq: important new discoveries.
  Korsh Ararat, Omar Fadhil, RF Porter & Mudhafar Salim
34 Conservation genetics and management of the Chukar Partridge Alectoris chukar in Cyprus and the Middle East.
  Panicos Panayides, Monica Guerrini & Filippo Barbanera
44 First record of Baird’s Sandpiper Calidris bairdii for Cyprus.
  Owen Roberts
46 Birding Sites of the OSME Region 7—The Talish mountains region in Azerbaijan.
  Kai Gauger & Michael Heiss
58 A breeding event of Pale Rock Sparrows Carpospyza brachydactyla in northeast Jordan.
  Fares Khoury & Mohammed Janaydeh
61 Letters to the Editor: Wild bird slaughter in Kuwait, Wild bird trade in Kuwait.
66 Reviews.
72 OSME News.
  Geoff Welch
76 News & Information
  Dawn Balmer (compiler)
80 Around 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 Advisors Vasil Ananian, Simon Aspinall, Paul Goriup, Mike Jennings, Dr Fares Khoury, Guy Kirwan, Dr Stephen Newton, Arend Wassink
Photographic Editor Paul Doherty
Reviews Editor Guy Kirwan
Identification Consultants Arnoud van den Berg, Chris Bradshaw, Andrew Lassey, Richard Porter