Sandgrouse 39-1

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 39 (1) Spring 2017

Sandgrouse Cover 39 (1)

Cover photo: Singing Bush Lark Mirafra cantillans, Salalah, Oman, 2 May 2013. © Hanne & Jens Eriksen

2Understanding hunters’ habits and motivations for shooting raptors in the Batumi raptor-migration bottleneck, southwest Georgia.
 Anna Sandor, Johannes Jansen & Wouter M Vansteelant
16First record of nominate Common Buzzard Buteo b. buteo for Jordan.
 Fares Khoury & Roberto Massis
18Another inland Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis record for western Iran.
 Jafar Gholami, Ali Turk Qashqaei, Elham Sharifi & Saeid Gholami
20The first Asian Dowitcher Limnodromus semipalmatus for Oman.
 Jens Eriksen, Hanne Eriksen, Manal Al-Kindy & Jeff Hayes
23Recent records of Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus further north in Iran and an apparent breeding colony in Tehran province.
 Mohammad Tohidifar & Abolghasem Khaleghiza
26Evidence of Eurasian Stone Curlew Burhinus oedicnemus breeding in Lebanon.
 Ghassan Ramadan-Jaradi, Fouad Itani & Assad Serhal
30Movements of Lesser Crested Thalasseus bengalensis and Bridled Terns Onychoprion anaethetus bred in the Arabian gulf, based on ringing recoveries.
 Brendan Kavanagh, Jem Babbington & Nicole Proven
39High day count of migrating Steppe Eagles Aquila nipalensis in Suez, Egypt, March 1985.
 K Steiof, A Bräunlich, C Handke, O Jahn & W Schreck
42Recent records and indications of breeding of Black-shouldered Kites Elanus caeruleus in Jordan.
 Fares Khoury, Roberto Massis & Gerd Wichmann
45A breeding record of Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus at a Caspian coastal area, Iran.
 Abbas Ashoori & Hitoshi Watanabe
48Further breeding records of Black Stork Ciconia nigra in Iran.
 Ali Turk Qashqaei & 15 others
53On the diet of Little Owl Athene noctua from Al Reem biosphere reserve in Qatar, with the first record of Pygmy Gerbil Gerbillus henleyi for Qatar.
 Mohammad A Abu Baker & Nobuyuki Yamaguchi
61Spring migration of soaring birds over the highlands of southwest Jordan: flight patterns and possible implications for wind farm developments.
 Fares Khoury
68Breeding range extension of Desert Lark Ammomanes deserti in Uzbekistan.
 David A Showler
69First Scrub Warbler Scotocerca inquieta record and first breeding observations of Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta, for Iraq.
 Korsh Ararat & Mariwan Rahim
72Review of the status of Spectacled Warbler Sylvia conspicillata in Cyprus, and evidence of its dispersal and migration.
 Colin Richardson
77Photospot: Singing Bush Lark Mirafra cantillans.
 Hanne & Jens Erikse
81From the Rarities Committees.
 Ian Harrison (compiler)
89Letter to the Editor.
90Obituary: Luc Hoffmann.
91Letter from the Chairman: OSME in 2016.
93Around the Region.
 Ian Harrison (compiler)
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, Yoav Perlman, Dr Manuel Schweizer, Arend Wassink
Photographic EditorPaul Doherty
Identification ConsultantsDr Raffael Ayé, Arnoud van den Berg, Chris Bradshaw, Andrew Lassey, Richard Porter