Sandgrouse 39-2

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 39 (2) Autumn 2017

Cover photo: Jouanin’s Petrel Bulweria fallax 7 April 2017, Khor Kalba (United Arab Emirates) pelagic trip. © Mike Barth (

114 The avifauna of Sabzevar county, Khorasan-Razavi, northeastern Iran.
  Masoud Yousefi, Ali Khani, Sayyad Sheykhi Ilanloo, Elham Nourani, Mehri Rezaei, Mohammad Tohidifar & Mahmoud-Reza Hemami
122 Birdlife at Wadi Gaza and offshore, Gaza, 28 January–1 February 2003.
  Nick J Riddiford
130 Tracking Cyprus Wheatears Oenanthe cypriaca with geolocators.
  Clairie Papazoglou, Alan Crabtree†, Panicos Panayides, Filio Ioulianou & Greg Conway
138 Gulf of Oman: analysis of seabird records of boat trips from the east coast of the United Arab Emirates 2010–2016.
  Oscar Campbell, Mark Smiles, Huw Roberts, Jacky Judas & Tommy Pedersen
166 Observations on prey-dropping behaviour by Sooty Gulls Larus hemprichii near Sohar, Oman.
  Abdul Shakoor Noor Alam, Alex Atkins & John Atkins
172 An update on the wintering status of Sociable Lapwings Vanellus gregarius in Saudi Arabia with a new wintering location in the Eastern province.
  Jem Babbington & Philip Roberts
177 A review of the residential status of the endemic Cyprus Scops Owl Otus cyprius.
  Peter Flint & Colin Richardson
182 The discovery of a breeding population of Egyptian Nightjars Caprimulgus aegyptius in the United Arab Emirates.
  Oscar Campbell & Mark Smiles
187 Interesting bird records for Lebanon including a Diederik Cuckoo Chrysococcyx caprius, a Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra and the first records of Macqueen’s Bustard Chlamydotis macqueenii and Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus for over 58 and 70 years respectively.
  Ghassan Ramadan-Jaradi, Fouad Itani & Assad Serhal
193 From the Rarities Committees.
  Ian Harrison (compiler)
199 Obituaries: Terry Rogers & Frank Walker.
201 Around the Region.
  Ian Harrison (compiler)
Editor: Dr Peter Cowan OSME Editor, Department of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, University of Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman
Editorial Advisors Vasil Ananian, Paul Goriup, Mike Jennings, Dr Fares Khoury, Guy Kirwan, Dr Mike McGrady, Dr Stephen Newton, Yoav Perlman, Dr Manuel Schweizer, Arend Wassink
Photographic Editor Paul Doherty
Identification Consultants Dr Raffael Ayé, Arnoud van den Berg, Chris Bradshaw, Andrew Lassey, Richard Porter