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 43 (1) Spring 2021

Cover photo: Migrating White Storks Ciconia ciconia. This issue contains a number of articles on the impressive East African-Eurasian flyway of migrating soaring birds, one of the most important ornithological features of the OSME region. ©Yoav Perlman

2Monitoring of migratory soaring birds in the East African-Eurasian flyway: a review and recommendations for future steps.
Ben Jobson, Tris Allinson, Rob Sheldon, Wouter Vansteelant, Evan Buechley,
Steffen Oppel & Vicky Jones
24Observations of large-scale diurnal raptor migration in the Horn of Africa.
Megan Murgatroyd, Evan R Buechley, Andres De La Cruz Munoz, Juan Ramirez Roman, Gabriel Caucal, Alazar Ruffo, Houssein Rayaleh & Cağan H Şekercioğlu
34Spring migration of soaring raptors, pelicans and storks over the eastern desert of Egypt.
Saber A. Riad & El-Sayed I. Abdel-Halim
43A phenological analysis of spring and autumn bird migration through the United Arab Emirates.
Oscar Campbell & Mark Smiles
90Adult sex ratio and identification of Eastern Orphean Warbler Sylvia crassirostris during autumn migration.
Ron Haran, Tali Magory Cohen & Roi Dor
99A review of the status of breeding Golden Eagles Aquila chrysaetos in the Sultanate of Oman, 1980-2017.
Ian Harrison & Mick Green
112Update on the status of White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala and its breeding phenology in Central Anatolia, Turkey.
Kaan Ozgenci̇l & Alaz Uslu
123First documented nest observations and notes on the distribution of Black-crowned Tchagra Tchagra senegalus in south-western Saudi Arabia.
Mohammed Shobrak, Ahmad Neyazi, Abdullah Al Suhaibany & Ali Al Faqih
129Status and distribution of the invasive Common Myna Acridotheres tristis in the West Bank, Palestine.
Elias N. Handal & Mazin B. Qumsiyeh
133New observations of See-see Partridge Ammoperdix griseogularis in Armenia.
Karen Aghababayn, Gagik Gevorgyan & Mkrtich Boyajyan
136First successful breeding of Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus and Little Egret Egretta garzetta in Saudi Arabia.
Philip Roberts
139First record of White-eyed Gull Ichthyaetus leucophthalmus and first possible breeding of Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea in Lebanon.
Ghassan Ramadan-Jaradi & Michel Sawan
142First record of Franklin’s Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan for Egypt and its status in the OSME region.
Mark Dennis, Sandra Dennis & Łukasz Ławicki
146First records of Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla for Azerbaijan.
Pia Fetting & Jonas Buddemeier
151The first record of Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis in
the Palestinian Territories.
Bashar Jarayseh
153From the Rarities Committees.
Ian Harrison (Compiler)
158Letter from the Chairman.
Rob Sheldon
163Dates for your Diary
164Around the Region.
Ian Harrison (Compiler)

EditorDr Paul Donald Sandgrouse editor.
AbdulRahman Al-Sirhan (Kuwait), Dr Raffael Ayé (Switzerland), Jem Babbington (Saudi Arabia, photo consultant) Arnoud van den Berg (Netherlands), Michael Blair (UK), Chris Bradshaw (UK), Dr Gary Brown (Germany), Oscar Campbell (UAE), Peter Castell (UK), Pia Fetting (Germany), Peter Flint (UK), Dr Robert Flood (UK), Paul Goriup (UK), Jens Hering (Germany), Mike Jennings (UK), Dr Abolghasem Khaleghizadeh (Iran), Dr Fares Khoury (Jordan), Dr Alan Knox (UK), Andrew Lassey (UK), Dr Mike McGrady (Austria), Dr Stephen Newton (Ireland), Yoav Perlman (Israel), Aasheesh Pittie (India), Richard Porter (UK), Hana Ahmed Raza (Iraq), Colin Richardson (Cyprus), Anna Sandor (Hungary), Dr Manuel Schweizer (Switzerland), Dr Derek Scott (UK), Dr Robert Sheldon (UK), Dr Ruth Tingay (UK), Arend Wassink (Netherlands), Geoff Welch (France)