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 44 (2) Autumn 2022

Socotra special feature

Cover photo: Socotra Sunbird Chalcomitra balfouri, Socotra, Yemen. © Lars Petersson.
This issue contains a special feature on the birds of Socotra.

262Birds of the Socotra Archipelago, Yemen: an annotated checklist.
 Richard Porter & Ahmed Saeed Suleiman
325Noteworthy breeding records from Socotra, Yemen.
 Jens & Heidi Hering
340First photographs of nests and egg, and notes on vocalization and behaviour of the endemic Socotra Sunbird Chalcomitra balfouri.
 Jens & Heidi Hering
348Notes on first nest and vocalization of the endemic Socotra Grosbeak Rhynchostruthus socotranus.
 Jens & Heidi Hering
352First description of the nest and eggs and notes on vocalization of the endemic Socotra White-eye Zosterops socotranus.
 Jens & Heidi Hering

Other articles

360The return of breeding Little Bustards Tetrax tetrax to the Tulek Valley IBA, Kyrgyzstan.
 Louis-Philippe Campeau & Sergey Viktorovich Kulagin
372New bird species in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia since 1988.
 Jem Babbington & Brian Meadows
398A record of juvenile Steppe Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus alboaxillaris from the United Arab Emirates.
 Oscar Campbell, Simon Lloyd & Gary Allport
410Globally important proportions of six raptor populations migrate past Galala Bird Observatory, Egypt, in spring.
 Khaled Noby, Haitham Mossad, Sherif Baha el Din, Nouran Elbolkiny, Tariq Abdalla, Ben Jobson, Jessica Williams, Barend Van Gemerden, Jenny Weston, WilliamHayward, Salisha Chandra, Volen Arkumarev, Vladimir Dobrev, Elitsa Ivanova, Stoyan Nikolov & Steffen Oppel
421Three new birds for Lebanon and changes in the status of other species.
 Ghassan Ramadan-Jaradi, Michel Sawan, Fouad Itani, Samer Azar, Tamima Itani & Bassel Abi Jummaa
431The first Grey-tailed Tattler Tringa brevipes in Oman and the Middle East.
 Guy M Kirwan, Ray O’reilly, Neil Bostock, Tony Stones & Robert SR Williams
435First records of Striated Heron Butorides striata in Lebanon.
 Samer Azar
438First confirmed record of Red-headed Falcon Falco chicquera from Afghanistan.
 Ali Madad Rajabi & Stéphane Ostrowski
440From the Rarities Committees.
 Ian Harrison (Compiler)
456Letter from the Chairman.
 Rob Sheldon
459Around the Region.
 Ian Harrison, Jane Stylianou & Nick Watmough (Compilers)
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)