Israel Trip Report

3rd to 10th April 1997

Trip report for Eilat

Below is a list of the birds seen by myself in a weeks birding around Eilat, southern Israel. All birds were seen in the immediate area around Eilat, except one day were I travelled into the southern Negev, to Km33 and Yotvata.

Passage appeared very unusual, with a very different range of specie seen compared to similar periods before. Raptor passage, especially in the Eilat mountains, was very poor this year. Although at first glance passerine migration was light, the winter have apparently been quite wet, so there was much greenery throughout the Negev, causing passage to be very diffuse. Many of the surrounding Wadis were also full of migrant warblers and chats.

The south field area is in the process of being change very dramatically, with much of the scrub areas having been removed. Much of this area has lost its significance for birds, as have the North Fields which are predominately vines now. Km20, though, is now very good. The North reservoirs here held most of the waders we saw (and can easily be watched from a car, giving very close views, but please do not try to walk around these as it causes great disturbance). The military are also very understanding here now. Next to the reservoirs, a new sewage channel and pool has been created, which have proved very, very good for crakes and reed warblers.

Species seen :

Species Scientific name Individual counts
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 1
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster 1
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 1
Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax 9
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides 10
Cattle Egret Bulbulcus ibis 3
Striated Heron Butorides Striatus brevipes 2
Western Reef Heron Egretta gularis 2
Little Egret Egretta garzetta 13
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea 100
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 20
Black Stork Ciconia nigra 1
White Stork Ciconia ciconia 32
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus 7
Spoonbill Platelea leucorodia 7
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber 44
Teal Anas crecca 13
Pintail Anas acuta 5
Garganey Anas querquedula 45
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula 2
Black Kite Milvus migrans 9
Black Kite Milvus migrans lineatuis 2
Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus 6
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus 1
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus 2
Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 2
Levant Sparrowhawk Accipter brevipes 1
Steppe Buzzard Buteo buteo vulpinus 167
Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis 3
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus 6
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni 1
Kestrel Falco tinnunculus 3
Sand Partridge Ammoperdix heyi 7
Corncrake Crex crex 1
Little Crake Porzana parva 2
Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 14
Coot Fulica atra 18
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus 91
Collared Pratincole Gareola pratincola 11
Spur-winged Plover Vanellus spinosus 28
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola 1
Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula 26
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius 25
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus 34
Greater Sandplover Charadrius leschenaultii 9
Curlew Numenius arquata 3
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus 2
Redshank Tringa totanus 18
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis 36
Greenshank Tringa nebularia 8
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus 13
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola 25
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos 4
Common Snipe Gallinago gallingo 1
Sanderling Calidris alba 1
Little Stint Calidris minuta 37
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii 3
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea 18
Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus 1
Ruff Philomachus pugnax 16
White-eyed Gull Larus leucophthalmus 44
Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis 28
Armenian Gull Larus armenicus 1
Baltic Gull Larus fuscus fuscus 144
Great Black-headed Gull Larus ichthyaetus 2
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus 48
Slender-billed Gull Larus genei 58
Whiskered Tern Childonias hybridus 4
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica 8
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia 11
Common Tern Sterna hirundo 50
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis 1
Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse Pterocles lichtensteinii 12
Feral Pigeon Columba livia 'feral  
Rock Dove Columba livia 4
Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur 5
Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto  
Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis  
Namaqua Dove Oena capensis 7
Ring-necked Parakeet Psittacula krameri 1
Swift Apus apus 11
Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis 1
Kingfisher Alcedo atthis 2
Little Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis 20
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops superciliosus 16
Bee-eater Merops apiaster 88
Hoopoe Upupa epops 3
Wryneck Jynx torquilla 13
Bar-tailed Desert Lark Ammomanes cincturus 6
Desert Lark Ammomanes deserti 7
Hoopoe Lark Alaemon alaudipes 2
Crested Lark Galerida cristata 12
Sand Martin Riparia riparia 161
Crag Martin Hirundo rupestris 3
African Rock Martin Hirundo fuligula 2
Swallow Hirundo rustica 94
Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica 2
House Martin Delichon urbica 1
Blue-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava flava 15
Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava feldegg  
Grey-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava thunbergi 3
Syke's Wagtail Motacilla flava beema 1
Supercillia Wagtail Motacilla flava supercillia 1
White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba 15
Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis 52
Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus 5
Yellow-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus xanthopygos  
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator 8
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus 6
Rufous Bushchat Cercotrichas galactotes 1
Black Bushchat Cercotrichas podobe 1
Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos 8
Bluethroat (Red-spotted) Luscinia svecica svecica 1
Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus 5
Blackstart Cercomela melanura 14
Whinchat Saxicola rubetra 9
Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe 7
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica 5
Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens 4
Hooded Wheatear Oenanthe monacha 1
White-crowned Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga 13
Arabian Brown Babbler Turdoides squamiceps 27
Savis' Warbler Locustella luscinioides 1 Heard  
Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus 12  
Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus 7
Olivaceous Warbler Hippolais pallida 11
Orphean Warbler Sylvia hortensis 6
Arabian Warbler Sylvia leucomelaena 1
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla 49
Whitethroat Sylvia communis 1
Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca 37
Ruppell's Warbler Sylvia rueppelli 3
Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans 1
Spectacled Warbler Sylvia conspicillata 1
Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus 3
Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 3
Bonelli's Warbler Phylloscopus bonelli 4
Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix 3
Scrub Warbler Scotocerca inquieta 3
Graceful Warbler Prinia gracilis 31
Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca 5
Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis 16
Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata 1
Palestine Sunbird Nectarinia osea 3
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana 1
Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus 1
Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta 1
Indian Silverbill Euodice malabarica 9
House Sparrow Passer domesticus  
Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis 336
Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus 14
Tristram's Grackle Onychognathus tristramii 73
House Crow Corvus splendens  
Brown-necked Raven Corvus ruficollis 7


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