Saturday, December 3, 2011

Israel - a few more rarities - Nov 2011

 Olive-backed Pipit - one of a small flock of four, the flock also including a single Tree Pipit. Eilot Date   Plantation, Eilat. November 24th, 2011. These birds were initially found by Barak Granit on November 19th. Nice to see them in autumn looking so fresh and 'olive'. 

Blyth's Pipit - Yotvata southern fields, Eilot Region, November 23rd, 2011 - subject to ratification by the IRDC. This bird was initially discovered by flight call, flight shape and size in direct comparison to several Richard's Pipits in the same field.  Apparently seen again by Rami Mizrahi on November 25th. In addition, we have more images and some video footage which will go towards documenting the record. About the 5th for Israel if accepted.

Pallid Scops Owl - Nahal Ketura, Eilot Region. November 24th, 2011. Rare, low density winter resident and passage migrant mostly in Acacia wadis in the Southern Arava Valley. A true denizen of the desert and often very difficult to find.

Little Bunting - Yotvata southern fields, Eilot Region. November 23rd, 2011. We also saw the same bird at the same location on November 26th. Extremely rare migrant, and only my second in Israel, the first being way back in October 1992 at Kefar Ruppin in the Bet Shean Valley. First found by Birdfinders tour participant Richard Patient.

 Steppe Grey Shrike - Yotvata, Eilot Region. November 24th, 2011. Rare migrant from Central Asia. 

 Red-breasted Flycatcher -  Ofira Park, Eilat. November 19th, 2011. Scarce autumn late autumn migrant, rather rare in spring.

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