Israel Trip Report
17 to 23 March 1997
ust a brief note of the highlights of birds seen by myself in Southern Israel from 17/3/97 to 23/3/97.
(All locations Eilat area unless otherwise stated)
|Grey Hypocolious||K20 present all week|
|Black Bush Robin||Ofira Park from 17th to at least 23rd.|
|Great Black headed Gull||North beach 17/3 am|
|Caspian Tern||North beach 17/3 am|
|Western Reef Egret||Several from North beach all week|
|Striated Heron||from North Beach 18/3 pm|
|Night Heron||9 overflew North beach 18/3 pm|
|Brown Booby||from North beach 17/3 pm & 18/3 pm|
|Sinai Rosefinch||male at Amrams Pillars 18/3 am|
|Pied Kingfisher||3 in saltpans/ canal area all week|
|Buff-bellied Pipit||New Lagoon 18/3 at least|
|Bimaculated Lark||1 near Arave crossing point 19& 20/3 and also 3 near Nizzana|
|Hoopoe Lark||K33, seen songflighting 20/3|
|Bar-tailed desert Lark||K33 several 20/3|
|Desert Warbler||2 at K33 20/3|
|Arabian Warbler||Yotvata 20/3|
|Finsch's Wheatear||female near Nizzana 22/3|
|Eagle Owl||Ein Avdat 22/3|
|Wallcreeper||Ein Avdat 22/3|
Also seen 7 species of Eagle:- Lesser Spotted, Golden, Imperial, Steppe, Booted, Bonelli's & Short Toed. (Verreaux's was seen during the week by others) Egyptian & Griffon Vulture.
3 species of sandgrouse but not Crowned.
Westerly winds had blown White Storks that normally migrate through Suez over to the Arava and we had 6500 to 7000 on 19/3 am. Smaller numbers of raptors than expected were seen and the number of passerines was apparently very low compared with previous years and causing some concern.
All in all a very good trip.
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