Friday, 22 October 2010

ISRAEL Negev Rarities

Two good birds were caught and ringed by our dedicated ringer team this week. Both were everything but a result of a large sample size, as things are very slow at the moment at both Sede Boker and Ein Rimon.

19/10 – A 1st cy MENETRIES’S WARBLER was trapped at the wee pistachio grove by the Desert Research Institute, Midreshet Ben Gurion. Credit on this one goes to Darren Burns and Arnon Tsairi. This is the second individual of this species caught in this very little spot, after the stunning male also caught by Darren et al. in March 08


22/10 – A 1st cy Male PIED WHEATEAR was caught by Bruria Gal and myself at Ein Rimon (southern Lahav forest, close to Lehavim), the famous Black-eared Wheatear stopover site. This is the first confirmed record for the Greater Beer-Sheva area, and a grand finale for an overall very good wheatear season at the northern Negev: 4 Northern, 39 Isabelline and 163 Black-eared wheatears were ringed at Ein Rimon and at the Negev Monumnet pistachio grove this autumn.

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