Guest of Honor in Southern Israel

Welcome to this new and occasional section that will feature a particularly topical bird and a species which captures the very essence of the season. This feature is intended to be as current as possible and the species that we present is Swinhoe's Storm Petrel, sighted on April 18th 2003 in the Southern Arava.


# 7: Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides)
"This morning (7th May '03), an adult male Turkestan Shrike in the western orchard groves of Kibbutz Neot Semadar. Few birds of the 'Isabelline Shrike' group are specifically/sub-specifically identified in Israel but this male gave wonderful views and no identification problems..."

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Turkestan Shrike
# 6: Swinhoe's Storm Petrel — Another mega sighting !
"This remarkable story began on the evening of 18th April when Barak Granit, Rami Mizrahi, Nir Sapir and Arnon Tsairi saw a small, unidentified shearwater during a southern storm from Eilat's north beach..."

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Swinhoe's Storm Petrel
# 5: Red-necked Stint — A New Bird for Israel !
"Full credit for this extremely exciting find must go to Daniel Gelbart and Barak Granit. Their first rate identification and quick thinking allowed a number of Israel's birders to see the first new species to be discovered in the country since October 1999..."

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Red-necked Stint
# 4: Dunn's Lark Eremalauda dunni
"This beautiful lark finally showed itself today after a lengthy gap of seven years since my last observation in Israel. Such is the nomadic nature of Dunn's Lark, truly elusive and yet often remarkably tame once discovered..."

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Dunn's Lark Eremalauda dunni
# 3: Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea
"Spring 2003 looks like being an outstanding season for this beautiful bunting. The 20th of March brought the first ones and since then a number of birders have already reported a wide scatter of one to three individuals at several sites in the Southern Arava..."

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Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea
# 2: Black Bush Robin Cercotrichas podobe
"Hot on the heels of our first bird in this section, a Black Bush Robin has just been found at Yotvata sewage pools. It was feeding alongside our first Semi-collared Flycatcher of the spring which is also a scarce passage migrant through Southern Israel. ..."

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