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Israel - 14th to 20th February 2019 - with extension 21st to 23rd February 2019

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Old Saturday 8th February 2020, 07:03   #51
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Chris - many thanks

Opisska - if you come back, dig out Steve Arlow's report before you do. It is the closest to a comprehensive site guide as you can get. Hameishar also is a couple of ebird hotspots.

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Old Saturday 8th February 2020, 07:53   #52
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Thx Paul and Steve about the Thick-billed Lark updates, wow! That photo!
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Old Sunday 9th February 2020, 08:10   #53
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Some co-ordinates on this useful January/Feb report: -

https://www.cloudbirders.com/be/down..._0102_2020.pdf
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Are the L Sandgrouse still at the water pipe in Eilat?
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Old Sunday 9th February 2020, 12:25   #55
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Are the L Sandgrouse still at the water pipe in Eilat?
Always got the impression that ceased years ago Andy.
Same as KM19 which seems to have become way less reliable.

Think Lich Sandgrouse are difficult birds now sadly.
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Old Sunday 9th February 2020, 12:33   #56
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Always got the impression that ceased years ago Andy.
Same as KM19 which seems to have become way less reliable.

Think Lich Sandgrouse are difficult birds now sadly.
KM19 was popular and good (and considered reliable by some locals we met) in 2016, but that's now surprisingly not last year :)
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The Eilat pumping station Litchensteins Sandgrouse ceased to be by the late 90s.

The Km19 Sewage Pond still attracts birds in the evenings but there is very little open space along the embankment for birds to come down now, only about 15-20 feet either side of the sluice. Perhaps someone from the IBRCE could clear some of the reeds to allow birds to return. If birders visit now they would have sit right above where any birds might come in to drink and I suspect they wouldn’t stay long in that case.

Some Litchensteins get seen in the evening overflying the IBRCE at dusk whilst if one is lucky finding birds during the day in Holland Park.

They are around but discovering a new site might mean staying till after dark at the various wet areas to see if any appear.
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The Eilat pumping station Litchensteins Sandgrouse ceased to be by the late 90s.

The Km19 Sewage Pond still attracts birds in the evenings but there is very little open space along the embankment for birds to come down now, only about 15-20 feet either side of the sluice. Perhaps someone from the IBRCE could clear some of the reeds to allow birds to return. If birders visit now they would have sit right above where any birds might come in to drink and I suspect they wouldn’t stay long in that case.

Some Litchensteins get seen in the evening overflying the IBRCE at dusk whilst if one is lucky finding birds during the day in Holland Park.

They are around but discovering a new site might mean staying till after dark at the various wet areas to see if any appear.
I was there in 98 and saw them ok, came in at dusk as expected.
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We have also spend a whole day looking for the stupid starlings because no other source mentioned where exactly they are seen, so this is a very valuable piece of information. Always makes me wanna go back and try again, just for closure
3 Vinous-breasted Starlings same location this afternoon.

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3 Vinous-breasted Starlings same location this afternoon.

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Are these derived of formerly captive stock Paul?
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Yes. Category C of Israeli list. Whether they should be is another question. Out of date article on such frivolity here:-

http://bigyearwp.hyber.org/index.php...-paul-chapman/

Some species removed and added since and such exotica still remain my easiest WP misses. I do intend to pull my finger out this year.

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Old Tuesday 11th February 2020, 11:46   #62
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Back from a short dip in Israel (6th to 10th February 2020), I'll post some highlights while the iron is hotter than last time!

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I finally posted some images on my Blog a couple of evenings ago at stevearlowsbirding.blogspot.com

The Thick-billed Larks were certainly not as close as your encounter but they were vying with displaying Temmincks Larks for attention at the time.

Looking forward to seeing how you got on.
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I finally posted some images on my Blog a couple of evenings ago at stevearlowsbirding.blogspot.com

The Thick-billed Larks were certainly not as close as your encounter but they were vying with displaying Temmincks Larks for attention at the time.

Looking forward to seeing how you got on.
Stunning!

http://stevearlowsbirding.blogspot.c...-2020.html?m=1

Sadly, we struggled with the weather and this was a classic example with Jonathan Meyrav and a group having found far more than us just before our arrival:-

https://ebird.org/checklist/S64197828

No Temminck's Larks were distracting us at the time. That said, we did find the Thick-billed Larks whereas they failed in the weather conditions despite more than 20 pairs of eyes. I anticipate the same conditions produced our views so the Birding Gods give and the Birding Gods take away.

I'll stop being piecemeal. Ebird tonight, photos & then short report.

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Old Tuesday 11th February 2020, 15:36   #65
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Compulsory Reading

If travelling to Israel or considering a trip, you must read the locations sections and maps of Steve's attached report.

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Back from a short dip in Israel (6th to 10th February 2020), I'll post some highlights while the iron is hotter than last time!

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Cracking shot Paul!

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If travelling to Israel or considering a trip, you must read the locations sections and maps of Steve's attached report.

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Filed away, many thanks for highlighting this Paul and of course Steve for writing it!

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All of Steve's reports from Israel are fantastic, really worth taking with you or noting Ordnance Survey ref points for access to places and where to connect with species.
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