Sandgrouse 37 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 37 (1) Spring 2015

Sandgrouse Cover 37 (1)

Cover photo: Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus a. aegyptius, Sabkhat Al Fasl, Jubail, Saudi Arabia, 22 August 2014. © Jem Babbington

2Birds of Wadi Sayq, Dhofar, Oman: British Exploring Society expeditions January–March 2012 and 2013.
 Lawrence Ball, Waheed Al Fazari & James Borrell
13Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus, first breeding in Kuwait and the Arabian peninsula.
 Khaled Al-Ghanem & AbdulRahman Al-Sirhan
16Plumage and wing biometrics of the juvenile Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax in its Cypriot breeding grounds.
 Clive Walton
22First evidence of colonization by Common Myna Acridotheres tristis in Jordan, 2013–2014.
 Fares Khoury & Mohammed Alshamlih
25Two overlooked specimens of Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris from Turkey.
 Andrea Corso, Justin JFJ Jansen & Guy M Kirwan
26First record of a drongo Dicrurus in Arabia.
 PWP Browne
28An annotated checklist of the birds of Turkmenistan.
 Eldar A Rustamov
57The first Ruddy-breasted Crake Porzana fusca for Oman and the Middle East.
 Peter Olsson
60Migrating and wintering birds feeding on berries of Arabian Boxthorn Lycium shawii bushes in Kuwait.
 AbdulRahman Al-Sirhan
71Artificial waterbodies in Sarakhs county: important stopover sites for migratory waterbirds in northeastern Iran.
 Ali Khani, Elham Nourani, Anooshe Kafash, Sayyad Shaykhi Ilanloo, Javad Alipour & Masoud Yousefi
79Proving the occurrence of Common Swift Apus apus pekinensis in the United Arab Emirates.
 Huw Roberts & Oscar Campbell
87Common Myna Acridotheres tristis, a new invasive species breeding in Sinai, Egypt.
 Basem Rabia, Mindy Baha El Din†, Lina Rifai & Omar Attum
90A white Houbara Bustard Chlamydotis macqueenii (Jacquin, 1784) in Saudi Arabia.
 M Zafar-ul Islam, Ahmed Boug & Hein van Grouw
94Singing Willow Tits Poecile montanus: Sino-Japanese song type recorded in the southern and western Altai, Kazakhstan, June–July 2013.
 Thijs Peter Mathias Fijen
97Photospot: Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus a. aegyptius.
 Jem Babbington
102From the Rarities Committees
 Ian Harrison (compiler)
108Obituary: Michael Desmond Gallagher.
111Obituary: Phil Hollom.
113News & Information.
 Dawn Balmer (compiler)
115Around 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
Identification ConsultantsArnoud van den Berg, Chris Bradshaw, Andrew Lassey, Richard Porter