Category Archives: Israel

Wacky wagtails

Israel in spring is a great place to study Yellow Wagtail subspecies. There is a good mix of western and eastern forms, and the males are obviously very good looking in spring. Among the more distinct forms, such as nominate … Continue reading

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Swintail or Pinhoe’s?

On Thursday October 10th, two of my mates Eyal Shochat and Yaron Charka found this exciting Snipe at Ma’agan Michael on the Mediterranean Coast of Israel. The bird showed very well to me on Sunday. Very easy to separate from … Continue reading

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Revealed: Mongolian Plover – First for Israel

Unearthed from August 2000 Itai Shanni and Martin G. Following the wrestles with the very recent Lesser Sand Plover in Israel, Itai Shanni dug out an old slide. Looks like a first for Israel! Itai wrote: “See attached the photo … Continue reading

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Mongolian, Lesser and Greater Sand Plovers

Postscript: by Martin G. Given Yoav’s excellent posts below on this 3rd, 4th or 5th* record of Lesser Sand Plover for Israel, and a Mongolian Plover in Scotland seemingly heading south and to become Ireland’s first,  I thought it apposite to add to the … Continue reading

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Israeli sand-plover resolved

I hope Martin forgives me for turning this into my personal blog. But this bird stirred a fascinating discussion among some top birders, and deserves one last post. Lesser Sand-plover  So after lots of thinking and reading and discussing, the … Continue reading

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Some more flight shots of the Israeli sandplover

By Irad Solnik, showing how difficult it is to identify birds from pictures only, especially of such difficult taxa pairs like atrifrons / columbinus: More on this bird to follow.

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Tricky Greater Sand-plover

Yesterday, Israeli birder Irad Solnik had a summer-plumaged sand-plover in a small lagoon near Bet Yanay, on the Mediterranean coast. This immediately got the alarm bells ringing, as Greater Sand-plover, which is common in Israel, moults very early and now … Continue reading

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Baltic Gull in Late Autumn

Can you or can’t you? I keep lookin’, but haven’t found any in Britain yet. Baltic Gull that is. Larus fuscus fuscus. Birds in their 2nd calendar year, (first summers) are often identifiable in May to August (thanks to lots … Continue reading

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Mount Hermon’s Breeding Birds

+ surprise new species (not fully identified!) by Yoav P. During the last 6 weeks I have been coordinating an extensive Breeding Bird Atlas Project on Mt. Hermon. This is Israel’s highest peak, and our only alpine habitats are there. … Continue reading

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