Sandgrouse 45-1

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 45 (1) Spring 2023

Cover photo: Little Owl (‘Lilith Owlet’) Athene noctua lilith, south-east of Tafila, Southern Highlands, Jordan, September 2019. This issue contains an article on the status and distribution of owls in Jordan. © Fares Khoury

2Distribution and status of owls in Jordan.
 Fares Khoury, Khaled Abu-Tayeh, Hazem Al-Hreisha, Shereen Dabbas, Ahmad Dheib, Roberto Massis & Raed Saleem
19The prinias of Eastern Arabia: separating Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis and Delicate Prinia P. lepida.
 Greg Askew
35A preliminary survey of the range, numbers and conservation needs of Little Bustards Tetrax tetrax wintering in Azerbaijan.
 Zulfu Farajli & Elvin Mammadsoy
49A record of Amur Stonechat Saxicola stejnegeri from the United Arab Emirates confirmed by genetic analysis.
 Oscar Campbell, Valentin Motteau, Thomas J Shannon, Tereza Senfeld, J Martin Collinson, Simon Lloyd, Theodore Burkett & Tommy Pedersen
59Birds of Kazakhstan – an update.
 Arend Wassink
70Notes on the breeding of the Eurasian Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus in Saudi Arabia.
 Mohammed Shobrak, Faisal Al Anazi, Fahad Alqanoon, Mohammad Alzoubi & Awad AlLami 
79Diet of the Barn Owl Tyto alba from As Saqid Island, Farasan Archipelago, Saudi Arabia.
 Ali Al Ahmary, Ahmed Al Obaid, Abdul Rahman Al Ghamdi, Faisal Shuraim, Sharif Al Jbour, Ahmad Al Boug & Zuhair S Amr
84Apparent population decline of Sooty Falcon Falco concolor in Israel.
 Meidad Goren, Yoav Perlman & Michael McGrady
94The first confirmed nesting of Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus in the United Arab Emirates.
 Nick P Williams, Siri Quade, Oscar Campbell & Peter Arras
102Changes in the birds of the Aladağlar Mountains, Türkiye, 1965-2022.
 Anthony J Gaston
110First breeding attempt of Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus in Türkiye.
 Lider Sinav & Cem Orkun Kiraç
113First record of Three-banded Plover Charadrius tricollaris in Lebanon.
 Michel Sawan
115From the Rarities Committees.
 Ian Harrison (Compiler)
124OSME Regional Round-up.
 Simon Tull (Compiler)
134Letter from the Chairman.
 Rob Sheldon
140Obituary: Peter Heathcote (1938-2022).
 Paul Doherty
141Around 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)