Sandgrouse 35 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 35 (1) Spring 2013

Sandgrouse Cover 35 (1)

Cover photo: Osprey Pandion haliaetus, Beit Shean valley, north Israel, 24 October 2010. © Lior Kislev

2Passerine migrants in Bahariya oasis, Western desert, Egypt: surveys and habitat associations.
 Matthew White, Krzysztof Stepniewski & Mary Megalli
14Recent records and status of the Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius in Iran.
 Abbas Ashoori, Ali Khani, Meysam Ghasemi, Koros Rabiee, Mehrdad Mansoori, Seyed Babak Musavi, Alireza Hashemi & Farshad Eskandari
20Documenting status of the European Roller Coracias garrulus in western Cyprus.
 Derek Pomeroy, Frank Walsh & Colin Richardson
25Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus breeding in Israel.
 Yoav Perlman & Nadav Israeli
28The soaring bird spring migration bottleneck at Ayn Sokhna, northern gulf of Suez, Egypt.
 Mary Megalli & Gudrun Hilgerloh
36White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis in the United Arab Emirates: the first record for the Arabian peninsula.
 Oscar Campbell & Dermot O’Mahony
39Spotted Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes: a new species for Azerbaijan.
 Michael Heiss
43The populations and distribution of the breeding birds of the Socotra archipelago, Yemen: 1. Sandgrouse to Buntings.
 RF Porter & Ahmed Saeed Suleiman
82From the Rarities Committees.
 Ian Harrison (compiler)
87Letter to the Editor: Kazakhstan checklist.
90OSME News.
 Geoff Welch
95News & Information.
 Dawn Balmer (compiler)
99Around the Region.
 Ian Harrison & Chris Lamsdell (compilers)
Editor:Dr Peter Cowan OSME Editor, Department of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, University of Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman
Editorial AdvisorsVasil Ananian, Paul Goriup, Mike Jennings, Dr Fares Khoury, Guy Kirwan, Dr Mike McGrady, Dr Stephen Newton, Arend Wassink
Photographic EditorPaul Doherty
Reviews EditorGuy Kirwan
Identification ConsultantsArnoud van den Berg, Chris Bradshaw, Andrew Lassey, Richard Porter