Sandgrouse 28 (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 28 (1) Spring 2006

Cover 30 (1)

2 EDITORIAL
   
3 OSME NEWS
   
5 NEWS AND INFORMATION
   
10 Comments on two subspecies of passerine birds recently described from Turkey, Eremophila alpestris kumerloevei and Pyrrhula pyrrhula paphlagoniae, with remarks on geographical variation in related forms of Bullfinch from the Balkans and Caucasus
  GUY M. KIRWAN
22 Observations on the breeding birds of the Gaza Strip, Palestine
  DR M. AL-SAFADI
34 Bird censusing and monitoring on Cyprus
  DEREK POMEROY & FRANK WALSH
44 Colonisation of the Middle East by the invasive Common Myna Acridotheres tristis L., with special reference to Israel
  CLAUS HOLZAPFEL, NOAM LEVIN, OHAD HATZOFE & SALIT KARK
52 The winter distribution and habitat use of the near-threatened Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea
  BRUNO A. WALTHER
58 The status of Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius in Syria
  DAVID A. MURDOCH & GIANLUCA SERRA
62 Middle Asia versus Central Asia in OSME usage
  P. J. COWAN
68 Fan-tailed Raven Corvus rhipidurus - first record for Turkey
  GEOFF & HILARY WELCH
69 Distribution and Calendar of Swift Species in Turkey
  LEVENT TURAN
73 First Record of Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach for Jordan
  HUGUES DUFOURNY
76 The first record of White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis for Bulgaria
  SVETOSLAV SPASOV
77 First documented case of Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding in an open nest in Israel
  MOTTI CHARTER & YOSSI LESHEM
78 The first 'Caucasian' Water Pipits Anthus spinoletta coutellii and Rock Pipit Anthus petrosus in Greece
  ALAN VITTERY
81 OBITUARY: Derek Harvey OBE, 1928-2006
   
82 PHOTOSPOT: Pharaoh Eagle-Owl
  GRAHAM R. LOBLEY
85 A mystery Passer sparrow from southern Yemen
  GUY M. KIRWAN, RF PORTER , & NICK DYMOND
88 REVIEWS & RECENT LITERATURE
   
90 AROUND THE REGION
  Compiled by DAWN BALMER AND KEITH BETTON
Editor: Michael Blair OSME Editor
Features Editor Situation Vacant
Assistant Editor Dawn Balmer
Editorial Committee Paul Goriup, Mike Jennings, Simon Aspinall, Peter L. Meininger & Dr Stephen Newton
Photographic Editor Paul Doherty
Design & Production Harry I. Scott
Identification Consultants C. G. Bradshaw,Arnoud B. den Berg & Steve Madge