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31 Aug Re: Proposed change of name for MEBirdNet. ["Tommy Pedersen 777sandman AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
31 Aug Re: Proposed change of name for MEBirdNet. ["Ian Harrison ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
30 Aug Re: Proposed change of name for MEBirdNet. ["Ronnie Baker dorsetbirder AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
30 Aug Re: Proposed change of name for MEBirdNet. ["nick.moran AT bto.org [MEBirdNet]" ]
29 Aug World Shorebirds Day, 6 September ["gyorgy.szimuly AT me.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
29 Aug Re: Proposed change of name for MEBirdNet. ["Trinus Haitjema t.haitjema AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
29 Aug Re: Proposed change of name for MEBirdNet. ["nick.falcons AT virgin.net [MEBirdNet]" ]
29 Aug Re: Proposed change of name for MEBirdNet. ["Ronnie Baker dorsetbirder AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
29 Aug Proposed change of name for MEBirdNet. ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
29 Aug Colombia bird trip March 2015 ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
27 Aug Latest Issue of Sandgrouse published. ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
14 Aug Re: Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Arabia - call for records for 2014 ["'Mike Jennings' ArabianBirds AT dsl.pipex.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
13 Aug News about 'Zoology in the Middle East' ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
11 Aug OSME at the Rutland Birdfair ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
8 Aug Re: Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Arabia - call for records for 2014 ["khaled alghanem khaledmfmg AT yahoo.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
07 Aug BirdLife International's new CEO is announced ["vanellus1970 AT yahoo.co.uk [MEBirdNet]" ]
05 Aug Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon’s July newsletter. ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
05 Aug Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon’s July newsletter. ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
01 Aug Death of former OSME Vice-President, Michael Gallagher, MBE ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
31 Jul OSME at Rutland Birdfair ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
30 Jul Re: Book: Birds of Prey of Georgia ["'John Armitage' jsa AT ornquest.plus.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
30 Jul Book: Birds of Prey of Georgia [3 Attachments] ["Alexander Abuladze lesser7kestrel AT yahoo.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
30 Jul Re: OSME supporting Hen Harrier Day ["Charlie Moores charlie10000birds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
30 Jul OSME supporting Hen Harrier Day ["vanellus1970 AT yahoo.co.uk [MEBirdNet]" ]
29 Jul Re: Batumi Raptor Count, Georgia ["Johannes Jansen johannesjansen AT telenet.be [MEBirdNet]" ]
26 Jul RINGING OPPORTUNITY IN THE NORTHEAST OF TURKEY ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
25 Jul Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Arabia - call for records for 2014 ["'Mike Jennings' ArabianBirds AT dsl.pipex.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
25 Jul Re: Batumi Raptor Count, Georgia ["Rob Sheldon vanellus1970 AT yahoo.co.uk [MEBirdNet]" ]
24 Jul Batumi Raptor Count, Georgia ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
21 Jul RE: First Breeding Record of Hypocolius in Arabia ["Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan Alenezi alsirhan AT alsirhan.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
21 Jul RE: First Breeding Record of Hypocolius in Arabia ["Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan Alenezi alsirhan AT alsirhan.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
20 Jul Re: First Breeding Record of Hypocolius in Arabia ["mudhafar salim mudhafarsalim AT yahoo.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
21 Jul Re: First Breeding Record of Hypocolius in Arabia ["Tommy Pedersen 777sandman AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
21 Jul First Breeding Record of Hypocolius in Arabia ["Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan Alenezi alsirhan AT alsirhan.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
18 Jul The incredible journey of Dobromir ["robert.sheldon AT rspb.org.uk [MEBirdNet]" ]
17 Jul A Guide to Birds of METU - ODTU'nun Kuslari [1 Attachment] ["soner oruç son_eroruc AT yahoo.com.tr [MEBirdNet]" ]
16 Jul RINGING OPPORTUNITY IN THE NORTHEAST OF TURKEY ["cj.parry AT tiscali.co.uk [MEBirdNet]" ]
14 Jul Re: Volunteers needed to join raptor migration census in Turkey ["Jeff Gordon jeffandolga AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
14 Jul Latest issue of the Egyptian Vulture project, Bulgaria ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
14 Jul RE: Volunteers needed to join raptor migration census in Turkey ["clamsdell AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
14 Jul Re: Volunteers needed to join raptor migration census in Turkey ["Ian Harrison ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
14 Jul Re: Volunteers needed to join raptor migration census in Turkey ["Jeff Gordon jeffandolga AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
14 Jul Re: Volunteers needed to join raptor migration census in Turkey ["Jeff Gordon jeffandolga AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
14 Jul Volunteers needed to join raptor migration census in Turkey ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
9 Jul Re: New paper on Lanner falcon nest-sites ["Giovanni Leonardi areleo AT yahoo.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
09 Jul Birdlife Lebanon, SPNL July 2014 Newsletter ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
02 Jul Re: OSME Summer Meeting, Saturday 5 July ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
02 Jul OSME Summer Meeting, Saturday 5 July ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
28 May Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre, Cley, Norfolk, UK ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
28 May Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre, Cley, Norfolk, UK ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
24 May Dicclofenac authorised in Europe. Vulture future not good. ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
24 May Israel trip report ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
18 May Re: Latest volume of Zoology in the Middle East (Vol 60,Issue 2) ["Ian Harrison ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
17 May RE: another new raptor for the WP in the ME ["'Richard Klim' richard AT klim.co.uk [MEBirdNet]" ]
17 May another new raptor for the WP in the ME ["clamsdell AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
17 May Re: Latest volume of Zoology in the Middle East (Vol 60,Issue 2) ["Andrea Corso voloerrante AT yahoo.it [MEBirdNet]" ]
17 May Latest volume of Zoology in the Middle East (Vol 60,Issue 2) ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
13 May SPNL Newsletter - correct link ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
13 May May Issue of Wings & Waves - SPNL/Birdlife Lebanon ["ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
9 May Re: OSME Summer Meeting, Saturday 5 July ["Ian Harrison ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
09 May Re: OSME Summer Meeting, Saturday 5 July ["Axel Braunlich braunlich AT ipn.de [MEBirdNet]" ]
9 May Re: OSME Summer Meeting, Saturday 5 July ["Ian Harrison ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" ]
8 May RE: OSME Summer Meeting, Saturday 5 July []
08 May OSME Summer Meeting, Saturday 5 July []
08 May Latest issue of Sandgrouse []
1 May Re: Re: Aqaba Bird Observatory [Mary Megalli ]
01 May Re: Aqaba Bird Observatory []
01 May Aqaba Bird Observatory []
28 Apr "FALCO" Nr. 43 is available for downloading [Jevgeni Shergalin ]
28 Apr "FALCO" Nr. 43 is available for downloading [Jevgeni Shergalin ]
25 Apr Re: Digest Number 2715 [Ian Harrison ]
25 Apr Re: Digest Number 2715 [Nick Moran ]
24 Apr Re: MEBirdNet []
23 Apr Re: Alleged Houbara Bustard hunting on an industrial scale by Saudi royal in Pakistan. []
24 Apr Re: Alleged Houbara Bustard hunting on an industrial scale by Saudi royal in Pakistan. [Eran Tomer ]
23 Apr RE: Alleged Houbara Bustard hunting on an industrial scale by Saudi royal in Pakistan. [1 Attachment] [Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan Alenezi ]

Subject: Re: Proposed change of name for MEBirdNet.
From: "Tommy Pedersen 777sandman AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:16:00 +0400
My two cents worth

OSME needs to stay as is, Ian. 
It is too ingrained in us all. And it works.
Change the name of MEBirdNet, but please leave OSME as is


Kind regards,
Tommy
_____________________
Tommy P. Pedersen
Captain B777 - Emirates
UAE Bird Recorder & eBird Reviewer

tommypepe63 AT gmail.com
www.uaebirding.com


On 31 Aug 2014, at 21:09, Ian Harrison ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet] 
 wrote: 


> 
> Thanks to Nick Moran for clarifying the seeming mismatch between our acronym, 
OSME, and the region we cover. The OSME Council have discussed changing the 
acronym at more than one meeting but in the end we decided to stick to the 
simple OSME. 

> 
> What is good about changing the name of the email group is that at least it 
includes our acronym so that people do indeed recognise that the group belongs 
to OSME. 

> 
> Ian Harrison
> 
> 
> On 30 August 2014 22:30, Ronnie Baker dorsetbirder AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet] 
 wrote: 

>  
> 
> Nick,
> I am convinced, but I was anyway !!
> regards,
> ronnie baker
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
> On 30 Aug 2014, at 21:33, "nick.moran AT bto.org [MEBirdNet]" 
 wrote: 

> 
>>  
>> Hi Trinus / all
>> 
>> 
>> OSME is actually the Ornithological Society of the Middle East, the Caucasus 
and Central Asia (see http://www.osme.org ). There are various reasons why 
'OSMECCA' wouldn't be a suitable acronym (including a rather obvious one!), 
which is why the Society retained 'OSME' when it took on the Caucasus and 
Central Asia. 

>> 
>> 'OSMEBirdNet' therefore links directly to the OSME region (which can be 
viewed here: http://www.osme.org/about.shtml ), rather than just the Middle 
East. It also clearly links this forum with the charitable organisation behind 
it. 

>> 
>> I hope that convinces you that 'OSMEBirdNet' makes good sense :)
>> 
>> All the best
>> Nick Moran
>>  
>>  _ 
>>  
>> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Proposed change of name for MEBirdNet.
From: "Ian Harrison ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:09:44 +0100
Thanks to Nick Moran for clarifying the seeming mismatch between our
acronym, OSME, and the region we cover. The OSME Council have discussed
changing the acronym at more than one meeting but in the end we decided to
stick to the simple OSME.

What is good about changing the name of the email group is that at least it
includes our acronym so that people do indeed recognise that the group
belongs to OSME.

Ian Harrison


On 30 August 2014 22:30, Ronnie Baker dorsetbirder AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet] <
MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Nick,
> I am convinced, but I was anyway !!
> regards,
> ronnie baker
>
>
>
>
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On 30 Aug 2014, at 21:33, "nick.moran AT bto.org [MEBirdNet]" <
> MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> Hi Trinus / all
>
> OSME is actually the Ornithological Society of the Middle East, the
> Caucasus and Central Asia (see http://www.osme.org ). There are various
> reasons why 'OSMECCA' wouldn't be a suitable acronym (including a rather
> obvious one!), which is why the Society retained 'OSME' when it took on the
> Caucasus and Central Asia.
>
> 'OSMEBirdNet' therefore links directly to the OSME region (which can be
> viewed here: http://www.osme.org/about.shtml ), rather than just the
> Middle East. It also clearly links this forum with the charitable
> organisation behind it.
>
> I hope that convinces you that 'OSMEBirdNet' makes good sense :)
>
> All the best
> Nick Moran
>
>
>  _
>
>
>   
>
Subject: Re: Proposed change of name for MEBirdNet.
From: "Ronnie Baker dorsetbirder AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:30:55 +0100
Nick,
I am convinced, but I was anyway !!
regards,
ronnie baker





Sent from my iPad

> On 30 Aug 2014, at 21:33, "nick.moran AT bto.org [MEBirdNet]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> Hi Trinus / all
> 
> 
> OSME is actually the Ornithological Society of the Middle East, the Caucasus 
and Central Asia (see http://www.osme.org ). There are various reasons why 
'OSMECCA' wouldn't be a suitable acronym (including a rather obvious one!), 
which is why the Society retained 'OSME' when it took on the Caucasus and 
Central Asia. 

> 
> 'OSMEBirdNet' therefore links directly to the OSME region (which can be 
viewed here: http://www.osme.org/about.shtml ), rather than just the Middle 
East. It also clearly links this forum with the charitable organisation behind 
it. 

> 
> I hope that convinces you that 'OSMEBirdNet' makes good sense :)
> 
> All the best
> Nick Moran
>  
> 
>  _ 
>  
> 
Subject: Re: Proposed change of name for MEBirdNet.
From: "nick.moran AT bto.org [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Aug 2014 13:33:00 -0700
Hi Trinus / all 

 OSME is actually the Ornithological Society of the Middle East, the Caucasus 
and Central Asia (see http://www.osme.org http://www.osme.org ). There are 
various reasons why 'OSMECCA' wouldn't be a suitable acronym (including a 
rather obvious one!), which is why the Society retained 'OSME' when it took on 
the Caucasus and Central Asia. 

 

 'OSMEBirdNet' therefore links directly to the OSME region (which can be viewed 
here: http://www.osme.org/about.shtml http://www.osme.org/about.shtml ), rather 
than just the Middle East. It also clearly links this forum with the charitable 
organisation behind it. 

 

 I hope that convinces you that 'OSMEBirdNet' makes good sense :)
 
All the best
 Nick Moran
  
 _ 
  
Subject: World Shorebirds Day, 6 September
From: "gyorgy.szimuly AT me.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Aug 2014 16:25:05 -0700
Dear Birdwatchers,
 

 You might have heard about the World Shorebirds Day to be held on 6 September, 
2014 for the first time. One of the key programs of this special day is the 
Global Shorebird Counting, which is a public awareness initiative. I ask all 
birders in the Middle East to take part in the counting in any areas where 
shorebirds occur. Don't worry, if there are no huge number of shorebirds in 
your area. We don't ask money to help. We just ask to go out birding, what 
every birdwatcher love to do anyway. 

 

 Please consider supporting this initiative and register your location on our 
website. By registering a location you can be a part of a draw to win a 
fantastic bird book package worth about £150. 

 

 Registration of the location and more details about the Global Shorebird 
Counting Program can be found here: http://goo.gl/jNW1VG http://goo.gl/jNW1VG 

 

 The map with more than 340 already registered locations can be viewed here: 
http://goo.gl/ICpB7X http://goo.gl/ICpB7X 

 

 Thanks for your time and please help us to reach our goal of having a thousand 
locations registered by 6th of September 2014. 

 

 Best wishes, Szimi
 _
 Gyorgy Szimuly
 Coordinator of the Global Events of the World Shorebirds Day
 Milton Keynes, UK
 
 http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/ 
http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/ 
Subject: Re: Proposed change of name for MEBirdNet.
From: "Trinus Haitjema t.haitjema AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:13:08 +0300
ME = Middle East
OSME = Ornithological Society of the Middle East
In my opinion the abbreviations ME and OSME are geographically exactly the
same.
I would reconsider the idea of changing the name of the newsgroup. In my
opinion the new name is more confusing than the current name.

Best regards,
Trinus Haitjema


2014-08-29 15:24 GMT+03:00 ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet] <
MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com>:

>
>
> Dear subscriber
>
>
>
> OSME is proposing to change the name of MEBirdNet to OSMEBirdNet. This is
> for a number of reasons, not least because the OSME region now covers the
> Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia rather than just the Middle East
> when MEBirdNet was set up.
>
>
>
> Unless there are any objections, I propose to make the change on Monday 1
> September. However, please note the following advice from YahooGroups:
>
>
>
> “Any message filters or email in-box assistance programs maintained by
> group members may need to be updated (for example, if a member has an email
> program that organizes incoming messages into folders, it may not recognize
> your new group address).”
>
>
>
> I hope you will agree that the change of name is both useful and
> worthwhile.
>
>
>
> Ian Harrison
>
> Moderator.
>
>
>  
>
Subject: Re: Proposed change of name for MEBirdNet.
From: "nick.falcons AT virgin.net [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Aug 2014 07:53:43 -0700
Dear Ian, 

 Thank you for asking.  Seems sensible. No objections. Please go ahead.
 

 Best regards,
 

 Nick
Subject: Re: Proposed change of name for MEBirdNet.
From: "Ronnie Baker dorsetbirder AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:43:25 +0100
Yes,agree

ronnie baker


On 29 August 2014 13:24, ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet] <
MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Dear subscriber
>
>
>
> OSME is proposing to change the name of MEBirdNet to OSMEBirdNet. This is
> for a number of reasons, not least because the OSME region now covers the
> Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia rather than just the Middle East
> when MEBirdNet was set up.
>
>
>
> Unless there are any objections, I propose to make the change on Monday 1
> September. However, please note the following advice from YahooGroups:
>
>
>
> “Any message filters or email in-box assistance programs maintained by
> group members may need to be updated (for example, if a member has an email
> program that organizes incoming messages into folders, it may not recognize
> your new group address).”
>
>
>
> I hope you will agree that the change of name is both useful and
> worthwhile.
>
>
>
> Ian Harrison
>
> Moderator.
>
>
>  
>
Subject: Proposed change of name for MEBirdNet.
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Aug 2014 05:24:40 -0700
Dear subscriber

  
 OSME is proposing to change the name of MEBirdNet to OSMEBirdNet. This is for 
a number of reasons, not least because the OSME region now covers the Middle 
East, Caucasus and Central Asia rather than just the Middle East when MEBirdNet 
was set up. 


  
 Unless there are any objections, I propose to make the change on Monday 1 
September. However, please note the following advice from YahooGroups: 

  
 “Any message filters or email in-box assistance programs maintained by group 
members may need to be updated (for example, if a member has an email program 
that organizes incoming messages into folders, it may not recognize your new 
group address).” 

  
 I hope you will agree that the change of name is both useful and worthwhile.
  
 Ian Harrison
 Moderator.
 

Subject: Colombia bird trip March 2015
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Aug 2014 04:59:20 -0700
I realise that this is not strictly an MEBirdnet issue but people in the OSME 
region may be interested in a private bird trip (with guide) to Colombia in 
March 2015. We are now a group of three – the fourth person has dropped out 
so are looking for a replacement. 

  
 Please reply directly to me at ianbirds AT gmail.com mailto:ianbirds AT gmail.com 
– for more details of duration, price, itinerary. 

  
 Ian Harrison
 

Subject: Latest Issue of Sandgrouse published.
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Aug 2014 02:59:39 -0700
 
 Dear Subscriber
 
 The latest issue of Sandgrouse, the Journal of the Ornithological Society of 
the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia (OSME) - Volume 36,2 (2014) – 
has just been published and has been mailed to members on the current OSME 
membership list or was distributed at the Rutland Birdfair. (By distributing 
Sandgrouse at the Birdfair we were able to save postage costs of over £250 
which can be used for conservation projects in the region. Thank you to those 
OSME members who visited the OSME stand to meet OSME Council members and to 
collect their journal.) 


 

 Please note: if you have NOT renewed your OSME membership you will NOT receive 
this issue! Please also note that being a subscriber to MEBirdNet does NOT mean 
that you have joined OSME. 

 

 If you wish to join OSME and receive this copy of Sandgrouse and if you are 
interested in getting future issues, please contact the Treasurer at 
treasurer AT osme.org, or join online at http://www.osme.org/ http://www.osme.org/ 

 
 
 See below for the list of contents of the current issue.
 

 Ian Harrison
 

 

 Turkey Bird Report 2007–2011. Guy M Kirwan, Metehan Özen, Mustafa Ertuhan & 
Ali Atahan (compilers) 

  
 Some notes on ageing and sexing Watercocks Gallicrex cineria with specific 
reference to a vagrant bird in Oman. Stephen Menzie 

  
 Estimating Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus numbers in western Cyprus. 
Derek Pomeroy 

  
 The First Record of Pallas’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus in Iran. 
Seyed Amir Talebi Gol†, Arash Moody & Mohammad Tohidifar 

  
 First confirmed breeding record of Northern Raven Corvus corax in Lebanon for 
over four decades and recent records in Lebanon of Black-winged Kite Elanus 
caeruleus, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse Pterocles alchata and Black-bellied Sandgrouse 
P. orientalis. Ghassan Ramadan-Jaradi & Assad Serhal 

  
 Intermediate Egret Egretta intermedia: first record for Qatar. Neil G Morris
  
 The status, frequency and abundance of passerine passage migrants and seasonal 
visitors in Cyprus 2003–2013. Colin Richardson 

 Pheasant-tailed Jacana Hydrophasianus chirurgus in the United Arab Emirates: 
the first and second national records. Mark Smiles 

 Identification of the best sites around the gulf of Iskenderun, Turkey, for 
monitoring the autumn migration of Egyptian Vultures Neophron percnopterus and 
other diurnal raptors. Steffen Oppel, Petar Iankov, Saniye Mumun, Georgi 
Gerdzhikov, Mihail Iliev, Süreyya Isfendiyaroğlu, Çan Yeniyurt & Evrim Tabur 

  
 Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus: first record for Qatar. Neil G 
Morris 

  
 From the Rarities Committees. Ian Harrison (compiler)
  
 OSME News. Robert Sheldon
  
 News & Information. Dawn Balmer (compiler)
  
 Around the Region. Ian Harrison & Chris Lamsdell (compilers)
  
 

Subject: Re: Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Arabia - call for records for 2014
From: "'Mike Jennings' ArabianBirds AT dsl.pipex.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:41:27 +0100
Dear Khaled,

Thanks very much indeed for your email with the details and photos of the 
exciting breeding birds from Kuwait this year. I am so sorry I have not replied 
before now but my daughter got married on 9th August and my life has been very 
busy making all the arrangements. Thankfully it all went off OK. 


I was pleased to see the photo of the Hypocolius at the nest feeding chicks – 
its a tamarisk tree. But can you provide and further information on the nesting 
area – was its thicket of tamarisk or a single bush etc. Do you have any idea 
what the young were being fed on? Any other details of the nesting of any of 
these species would be very welcome. 


Best wishes,

Mike



From: mailto:MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Saturday, August 9, 2014 7:47 AM
To: MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: Re: [MEBirdNet] Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Arabia - call for 
records for 2014 


  

Dear Mike,


How are you
New Records from Kuwait,first Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus first breed in 
Kuwait at JPR on 30 June 2014 ( Tow Chicks ) and an other pair on 23July 2014 ( 
Three Chicks ). 

Second Record for Striated Heron Butorides striata at JPR ON 6 July 2014.
First Record for Little Ring Plover breed in Kuwait at JPR on 24 April 2012 ( 
At last i found the lost folder which contain the pictures). 

All These Records by me.
I will Send the Pictures to you.


Best wishes
Khaled Alghanem



On Friday, July 25, 2014 7:13 PM, "'Mike Jennings' ArabianBirds AT dsl.pipex.com 
[MEBirdNet]"  wrote: 





  
Calling all Arabian observers

The ABBA project reached a milestone in 2010 with the publication of the Atlas 
which summarised all knowledge of breeding birds in the Arabian Peninsula to 
that time. It included information from all published sources, contributions 
from almost 500 observers, data collected in over forty targeted field surveys 
and very many museum specimens. Publication of the Atlas was not the end of the 
project because birds are mobile and species are under threat in Arabia for a 
variety of reasons, as well as being subject to a number of dynamic forces such 
as new habitat opportunities. The ABBA project seeks to continue to collect 
data from all sources to ensure information held is fully up to date and 
relevant to the present day. 


The information on the database is available free of charge to any one who 
needs it for research or non-profit purposes. For example prints can be 
supplied with information on range changes, historical records of a species in 
a particular site or region, published sources covering a region or state, 
records on specific issues such as falconry, pollution, endemism, exotic 
species and so on. 


Since the publication of the Atlas in 2010 at least four new breeding species 
have been added to the Arabian list. The most recent was the Grey Hypocolius 
Hypocolius ampelinus which was proved to breed for the first time at Jahra Pool 
Reserve, Kuwait this year. On the other hand some species are in serious 
decline, notably the Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus. This species bred 
or probably bred, in 126 ABBA grid squares on the Arabian mainland up to 2010 
but since that year there has only been breeding or probably breeding recorded 
in two squares. It is important that the project continues to receive updates 
and reports of relevant species in Arabia, including common and widespread 
species, to ensure that as full a picture is available of any changes occurring 
for whatever reason. Several observers have noted that Crested Larks are harder 
to find in many areas nowadays - might this be an effect of climate change? Or 
are they moving to the large agricultural project areas where they are often 
super abundant? There are a lot of on-going questions that need an answer and a 
sound knowledge base is an important tool in tackling them. 


Those observers living in Arabia, or visiting the peninsula are invited to send 
in details of their observations. It cannot be stressed enough that there is no 
substitute for the quality of a record received in the ABBA format direct from 
an observer. Of course records can be extracted from observers birding lists, 
or from a blog site, or one of the several ‘global’ bird databases that 
compete for data, but these sources are unfortunately less valuable as they 
invariably do not have the precision of a date and place required by ABBA and 
mostly lack details on habitat, nests and a host of other subjects. Please 
email if you would like to contribute records for the current or earlier years 
and a pack on instructions, list of breeding birds and report forms can be sent 
to you. (These can also be sent our in hard copy if you provide a postal 
address). If observers can only manage a list of breeding birds this year from 
their local patch this would still be very helpful. If you have older relevant 
records these would also be appreciated. Indeed very old records are almost as 
exciting as new breeding birds because they help to fill the gaps in knowledge. 
The project is just as interested in introduced/exotic species as indigenous 
breeders - unfortunately too many observers dismiss exotics as rubbish species, 
but they need to be tracked all the same. 


The ABBA project has always sought to cooperate with individuals, institutions 
and organisations in the region and especially national recorders. Any reports 
sent direct ABBA should also be copied to the local recorder. Although national 
recorders regularly send new data on their files to ABBA, and this is very 
helpful, this is not always in the full format required for ABBA purposes, so 
there is no substitute for the proper ABBA report form received direct. 


Best wishes,

Mike Jennings

Coordinator: Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Arabia
Warners Farm House, Warners Drove,
Somersham, Cambridgeshire, PE28 3WD, UK.
Tel: 01487 841733 (Intl 0044 1487 841733)
Email: ArabianBirds AT dsl.pipex.com 





Subject: News about 'Zoology in the Middle East'
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Aug 2014 04:44:15 -0700
OSME has received the following information from the publishers of Zoology in 
the Middle East. 

 
 Ian Harrison
 
 We wish to inform you that we just introduced for Zoology in the Middle East 
“rapid online publication”. All articles of volume 60, issue 3 (2014) have 
now been uploaded during the last weeks to the journal’s home page and are 
available at http://www.tandfonline.com/ toc/tzme20/current#. UZ8HgJ3wCih 
http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tzme20/current#.UZ8HgJ3wCih. The print edition 
will be published in September 2014. 

  
 Please also note that all nomenclatoric acts (e.g. descriptions of new 
species) will now be registered automatically in the zoobank databank at the 
time of publication and the information thus becomes widely available. 

  
 Please visit the journal’s new web site at http://www.tandfonline.com/ 
toc/tzme20/current#. UZ8HgJ3wCih 
http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tzme20/current#.UZ8HgJ3wCih. The old web site at 
http://www.kasparek-verlag.de/ ZME-allgem.htm 
http://www.kasparek-verlag.de/ZME-allgem.htm will remain valid for some time. 

  
 Kind regards
Max Kasparek 
Subject: OSME at the Rutland Birdfair
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Aug 2014 08:28:36 -0700
The Birdfair and Birding The Silk Road
 

 The Birdfair is now getting closer, and is only four days away. Along with the 
OSME Summer Meeting, the Birdfair is a great opportunity for OSME Council and 
members to meet up and discuss birds, birding and conservation in our region. 
The marquee is now up and the five day weather forecast from the BBC is looking 
promising - fingers crossed. 

 

 Please come and visit the stand, collect your copy of Sandgrouse, and give us 
your ideas and feedback about OSME and the work we do. If you don't know any of 
the Council members, then you will instantly recognise us - we are the ones in 
the rather bright polo-shirts! 

 

 There are a few Birdfair talks this year with a link to OSME, including one 
from our Corporate supporter - Sunbird Tours - titled, Birding the Silk Road. 
Steve Rooke has been leading tours to Central Asia since the early 90s and will 
be giving a talk on this fascinating part of the OSME region on Friday at 11.30 
in Lecture Marquee 1. Steve's talk will not only showcase the rich variety of 
birds to be found along the route of the ancient Silk Road, but will also touch 
on the fascinating culture to be found there. 

 
Ian Harrison
 

Subject: Re: Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Arabia - call for records for 2014
From: "khaled alghanem khaledmfmg AT yahoo.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 23:47:10 -0700
Dear Mike,

How are you
New Records from Kuwait,first  Hypocolius Hypocolius
ampelinusfirst breed in Kuwait at JPR on 30 June 2014 ( Tow Chicks )  and an 
other pair on 23July 2014 ( Three Chicks ).  

Second Record for Striated Heron Butorides striata at JPR ON 6 July 2014.
First Record for Little Ring Plover breed in Kuwait at JPR on 24 April 2012 ( 
At last i found the lost folder which contain the pictures). 

All These Records by me.
I will Send the Pictures to you.

Best wishes
Khaled Alghanem


On Friday, July 25, 2014 7:13 PM, "'Mike Jennings' ArabianBirds AT dsl.pipex.com 
[MEBirdNet]"  wrote: 

 


  
Calling all Arabian observers
 
The ABBA project reached a milestone in 2010 with the 
publication of the Atlas which summarised all knowledge of breeding birds in 
the 

Arabian Peninsula to that time.  It included  information from all 
published sources, contributions from almost 500 observers, data collected in 
over forty targeted field surveys and very many museum specimens.  
Publication of the Atlas  was not the end of the project because birds are 
mobile and species are under threat in Arabia for a variety of reasons, as well 

as being subject to a number of dynamic forces such as new  habitat 
opportunities.  The ABBA project seeks to continue to collect data from all 
sources to ensure information held is fully up to date and relevant to the 
present day.    
 
The information on the database is available free of charge to 
any one who needs it for research or non-profit purposes.  For example 
prints can be supplied with  information on range changes,  historical 
records of a species in a particular site or region, published sources covering 

a region or state, records on specific issues such as falconry, pollution, 
endemism, exotic species and so on.    
 
Since the publication of the Atlas in 2010 at least four new 
breeding species have been added to the Arabian list.  The most recent was 
the Grey Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus which was proved to breed for 
the first time at Jahra Pool Reserve, Kuwait this year.   On the other 
hand some species are in serious decline, notably the Egyptian Vulture Neophron 
percnopterus. This species bred or probably bred, in 126 ABBA 

grid squares on the Arabian mainland up to 2010 but since that year there has 
only been breeding or probably breeding recorded in two squares.  It is 
important that the project continues to receive updates and reports of relevant 

species in Arabia, including common and widespread species, to ensure that as 
full a picture is available of any changes occurring for whatever reason.  
Several observers have noted that Crested Larks are harder to find in many 
areas 

nowadays - might this be an effect of climate change?  Or are they  
moving to the large agricultural project areas where they are often super 
abundant?   There are a lot of on-going questions that need an answer 
and a sound knowledge base is an important tool in tackling them.   
 
Those observers living in Arabia, or visiting the peninsula 
are invited to send in details of their observations.  It cannot be 
stressed enough that there is no substitute for the quality of a record 
received 

in the ABBA format direct from an observer.  Of course records can be 
extracted from observers birding lists,  or from a blog site, or one of the 
several ‘global’ bird databases that compete for data, but these sources 
are 

unfortunately less valuable as they invariably do not have the precision of a 
date and place required by ABBA and mostly lack details on habitat, nests and a 

host of other subjects.  Please email if you would like to contribute 
records for the current or earlier years and a pack on instructions, list of 
breeding birds and report forms can be sent to you.  (These can also be 
sent our in hard copy if you provide a postal address).  If observers can 
only manage a list of breeding birds this year from their local patch this 
would 

still be very helpful.  If you have older relevant records these would also 
be appreciated. Indeed very old records are almost as exciting as new breeding 
birds because they help to fill the gaps in knowledge.  The project is just 
as interested in introduced/exotic species as indigenous breeders - 
unfortunately too many observers dismiss exotics as rubbish species,  but 
they need to be tracked all the same.  
 
The ABBA project has always sought to cooperate with 
individuals, institutions and organisations in the region and especially 
national recorders.  Any reports sent direct ABBA should also be copied to 
the local recorder.  Although national recorders regularly send new data on 
their files to ABBA, and this is very helpful,  this is not always in the 
full format required for ABBA purposes, so there is no substitute for the 
proper 

ABBA report form received direct.  
 
Best wishes,
 
Mike Jennings
 
Coordinator: 
Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Arabia
Warners Farm House, Warners 
Drove,
Somersham, Cambridgeshire, PE28 3WD, UK.
Tel: 01487 841733 (Intl 
0044 1487 841733)
Email: ArabianBirds AT dsl.pipex.com 

Subject: BirdLife International's new CEO is announced
From: "vanellus1970 AT yahoo.co.uk [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Aug 2014 23:24:48 -0700
BirdLife has announced the appointment of Patricia Zurita as the new Chief 
Executive of the BirdLife International Partnership. 

 Currently Executive Director of the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund 
(CEPF) and a Vice President of Conservation International, Patricia will begin 
her new role on 1 February, 2015. 

 “Patricia is an outstanding conservationist with a strong track record of 
delivering global scale conservation at a local level. It is this experience 
that makes her a perfect fit for taking on the leading role in the BirdLife 
Partnership”, said Khaled Irani, Chairman of BirdLife’s Global Council. 

 “Patricia joins the organisation at an exciting time and I am very pleased 
to be able to welcome her to the BirdLife family. Patricia's appointment as the 
first woman from the developing world to lead an international conservation 
organisation is a clear statement of what BirdLife is all about; a truly global 
vision for biodiversity conservation.” 

 Originally from Ecuador and currently based in the United States, Patricia has 
a well-established background in Natural Resource Economics and Management. She 
has worked across the globe developing economic initiatives and building civil 
society capacity, in partnership with both the non-profit and the business 
sectors. She takes a pragmatic approach to conservation that has delivered real 
results while working with and helping to develop civil society. 

 Her time with the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund has seen her lead their 
fundraising strategy and develop multi-million dollar strategic partnerships to 
consolidate and expand the existing work of the organisation. She leaves the 
CEPF in a strong position, delivering conservation across the world’s 
biodiversity hotspots. 

 “I am delighted to be taking on this new role as Chief Executive of 
BirdLife, leading the world’s largest civil society Partnership for nature 
and people. BirdLife is recognised throughout the world as a conservation 
leader and is the acknowledged authority on the world’s birds”, said 
Patricia Zurita. 

 
 “BirdLife's conservation reach is unparalleled and it makes me very proud to 
join a genuine local-to-global partnership that brings together 2700 Local 
Conservation Groups across some 120 territories. I strongly believe that global 
problems, like the biodiversity loss crisis, require local solutions, and the 
BirdLife Partnership embodies that strategy seeking for greater harmony, and a 
more equitable and sustainable future for all.” 

 

 Rob Sheldon
 

Subject: Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon’s July newsletter.
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Aug 2014 02:25:36 -0700
Wings and Waves, SPNL latest newsletter, July 2014 has just been issued. It can 
be accessed at: 

 http://www.spnl.org/wings-waves-spnls-newsletter-august-2014/ 
http://www.spnl.org/wings-waves-spnls-newsletter-august-2014/ 

  
 Articles include:
 a) Strengthening of the partnership between SPNL and LPO (Ligue pour la 
Protection des Oiseaux) France. 

 b) IUCN-led workshop: ‘Nurturing NGO Capacity to Engage in Biodiversity 
Conservation in the Eastern Mediterranean Project’ 

 c) Medscapes Project Field Survey
 d) Nature Watch : A smartphone App for IBAs
 

 Ian Harrison, OSME

Subject: Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon’s July newsletter.
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Aug 2014 02:25:40 -0700
Wings and Waves, SPNL latest newsletter, July 2014 has just been issued. It can 
be accessed at: 

 http://www.spnl.org/wings-waves-spnls-newsletter-august-2014/ 
http://www.spnl.org/wings-waves-spnls-newsletter-august-2014/ 

  
 Articles include:
 a) Strengthening of the partnership between SPNL and LPO (Ligue pour la 
Protection des Oiseaux) France. 

 b) IUCN-led workshop: ‘Nurturing NGO Capacity to Engage in Biodiversity 
Conservation in the Eastern Mediterranean Project’ 

 c) Medscapes Project Field Survey
 d) Nature Watch : A smartphone App for IBAs
 

 Ian Harrison, OSME

Subject: Death of former OSME Vice-President, Michael Gallagher, MBE
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Aug 2014 04:51:56 -0700
It is with regret that OSME announces the death of Major Michael Gallagher, on 
27 July, aged 92. Michael worked in the OSME region in Aden and the Western 
Aden Protectorate (now Yemen), Bahrain, Sharjah and then for over twenty years 
in Oman. During his time there he planned and led the Oman Flora and Fauna 
Survey to Dhofar, published The Birds of Oman (later published in Arabic), set 
up the Natural History Museum of Oman, started and edited the newsletter Oman 
Bird News, was secretary of the Oman Bird Records Committee, was a member of 
the Wahiba Sands Project, initiated the development of the National Herbarium 
of Oman and the Botanic Garden and collected a large variety of plants, birds, 
reptiles, insects, mammals which have been used by specialists round the world. 
He was awarded the Zoological Society of London’s Stamford Raffles Prize 
Award in 1993 for his ‘contributions to zoology, in particular to Arabian 
ornithology’ and was appointed Member of the British Empire ‘for services 
to wildlife conservation in Oman’ in 1994. He was a Vice-President of OSME 
from 1987-1997. 


 

 Ian Harrison

 

Subject: OSME at Rutland Birdfair
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 31 Jul 2014 04:10:42 -0700
See you at the Birdfair!
 It's almost time for the birdwatching event of the year - the British 
Birdwatching Fair, or Birdfair for short, or some even refer to it as the 
Birdwatchers’ Glastonbury. Whatever you call it, it is the largest wildlife 
event of its kind anywhere in the world. 

 

 You can find OSME in Marquee 6, stand number 6. 

 

 Most of OSME Council will be at Birdfair and we look forward to seeing as many 
OSME members as possible. If you are a member then please visit the stand and 
say hello, and of course collect the latest issue of Sandgrouse which has just 
been printed. Collecting your copy whilst at the Birdfair really helps us save 
money too - last year we saved more than £200 on postage, and with increasing 
rates we hope to save almost £350 this year. These small savings allow us to 
transfer more money into our Conservation and Research Fund - meaning more 
money going to projects across our region. We also want to hear your ideas 
about how we can do more for conservation - so come and talk to us! 


 

 OSME Council wish to increase the amount of money we allocate to the 
Conservation and Research Fund, from a current average of about £6000 per 
year, to as much as £20,000. To do this OSME needs to grow the amount of 
support we get from those with an interest in bird conservation of The Middle 
East, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Some of this growth needs to come from 
increasing our membership, so if you aren't a member then join at The Birdfair. 
For those who join at the Birdfair, you will receive the 2014 issues of 
Sandgrouse free, and your membership will start from the 1st January 2015. 

 

 Don't forget to check out the Birdfair auction for which Mike Jennings, a 
founding member and long-term supporter of OSME, donated his outstanding "Atlas 
of the breeding birds of Arabia". 

 

 
www.birdfair.org.uk/auction-lots/atlas-breeding-birds-arabia-michael-c-jennings/ 

 

 We look forward to seeing you at the Birdwatchers’ Glastonbury! 
 

Subject: Re: Book: Birds of Prey of Georgia
From: "'John Armitage' jsa AT ornquest.plus.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:55:15 +0100
Hello Alexander. I haven't a copy of the book you refer to but I will, at some 
point, mention your endeavours on my Blog and promote the second Edition of 
your book as well. 


All best wishes,
john.

John S. Armitage
Airigh Sgallaidh,
Portnahaven
Isle of Islay,
Argyll,
Scotland.
PA47 7SZ

01496 860396
http://www.birdingodyssey.blogspot.com/ 
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Alexander Abuladze lesser7kestrel AT yahoo.com [MEBirdNet] 
  To: MEBirdNet 
  Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6:13 PM
  Subject: [MEBirdNet] Book: Birds of Prey of Georgia [3 Attachments]


    
  Dear Colleagues,

 In 2013 I published a book called ”Birds of Prey of Georgia”. Materials 
presented in this book are the part of results of the 40 years of complex 
studies of birds of prey in Georgia as well as in adjacent parts of Southern 
Caucasus and in some regions of Northern Caucasus, carried out since 1973. 

 The number of printed copies was 350 and by now almost of them are out. 
Unfortunately, I don’t have the opportunity to send it by post to each of 
colleagues who are interested in this publication. But I would like that in the 
first place professionals, specialists and raptor fans would recieve this book 
and hence I am sending you a pdf.file. 


 At the moment I am working on several other books – ”Birds of Georgia. An 
annotated Check List; I vol. Non-Passerines” and ”Raptor Migration over 
Georgia”, ”Wintering of Birds of Prey in Georgia” (2014 or 2015), ”Owls 
of Georgia” (2015 or 2016), ”Falconry in Georgia” (2016). 

  Probably, separate books will be dedicated to some other topics
 - results of 40 years monitoring of four vulture species - Bearded Vulture, 
Egyptian Vulture, Eurasian Griffon and Cinereous Vulture, which were collected 
in the whole Caucasus, 

  - Bibliography on Birds of Prey and Owls of Caucasus,
 - Threats, limiting factors and problems of raptor conservation in Georgia as 
well as in adjacent regions of the Caucasus, importance of this region for 
raptors and problems of conservation.... 

 If you are interested in recieving these books, please let know and I will try 
to send books to you. 


 I apologize that the book is not in good English, but I am not a native 
English speaker. 


 Later, probably in 2016 or in 2017, I plan to publish a second edition of this 
book, considerably enlarged and updated the latest data and all your 
corrections, comments, remarks, amendments and advices are welcome. 


  Besides that, I will be grateful for reviewing :) .

 I want to take this opportunity to send you abstracts of the Conference 
”Birds of Prey and Owls of Caucasus”, which was organized by the our 
Institute of Zoology in Tbilisi/Abastumani, Georgia in October 2011 and my 
another book published in 2012 "BIBLIOGRAPHY ON THE BIRDS OF GEORGIA 1654 - 
2011". 


 I will be very happy if these publications will be for someone interesting and 
useful. 


  With best wishes

  Alexander

  Dr. Alexander Abuladze
  Ornithologist
  Institute of Zoology, Ilia State University
  Phone: +995322374335; +995322372621; + (372)6578766;
  Mobil: +995597123560; +3725589510

  
Subject: Book: Birds of Prey of Georgia [3 Attachments]
From: "Alexander Abuladze lesser7kestrel AT yahoo.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:13:56 -0700
Dear Colleagues,
 
In 2013 I published a book called ”Birds of Prey of Georgia”. Materials 
presented in this book are the part of results of the 40 years of complex 
studies of birds of prey in Georgia as well as in adjacent parts of Southern 
Caucasus and in some regions of Northern Caucasus, carried out since 1973. 

The number of printed copies was 350 and by now almost of them are out. 
Unfortunately, I don’t have the opportunity to send it by post to each of 
colleagues who are interested in this publication. But I would like that in the 
first place professionals, specialists and raptor fans would recieve this book 
and hence I am sending you a pdf.file. 

 
At the moment I am working on several other books – ”Birds of Georgia. An 
annotated Check List; I vol. Non-Passerines” and ”Raptor Migration over 
Georgia”, ”Wintering of Birds of Prey in Georgia” (2014 or 2015), ”Owls 
of Georgia” (2015 or 2016), ”Falconry in Georgia” (2016). 

Probably, separate books will be dedicated to some other topics
- results of 40 years monitoring of four vulture species - Bearded Vulture, 
Egyptian Vulture, Eurasian Griffon and Cinereous Vulture, which were collected 
in the whole Caucasus, 

-  Bibliography on Birds of Prey and Owls of Caucasus,
- Threats, limiting factors and problems of raptor conservation in Georgia as 
well as in adjacent regions of the Caucasus, importance of this region for 
raptors and problems of conservation.... 

If you are interested in recieving these books, please let know and I will try 
to send books to you. 

 
I apologize that the book is not in good English, but I am not a native English 
speaker. 


Later, probably in 2016 or in 2017, I plan to publish a second edition of this 
book, considerably enlarged and updated the latest data and all your 
corrections, comments, remarks, amendments and advices are welcome. 


Besides that, I will be grateful for reviewing :) .
 
I want to take this opportunity to send you abstracts of the Conference 
”Birds of Prey and Owls of Caucasus”, which was organized by the our 
Institute of Zoology in Tbilisi/Abastumani, Georgia in October 2011 and my 
another book published in 2012 "BIBLIOGRAPHY ON THE BIRDS OF GEORGIA 1654 - 
2011". 


I will be very happy if these publications will be for someone interesting and 
useful. 

 
With best wishes

Alexander

Dr. Alexander Abuladze
Ornithologist
Institute of Zoology, Ilia State University
Phone: +995322374335; +995322372621; + (372)6578766;
Mobil: +995597123560; +3725589510
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Subject: Re: OSME supporting Hen Harrier Day
From: "Charlie Moores charlie10000birds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:19:35 +0100
Hi All

As was one of the organisers of Hen Harrier Day (I'm part of Birders
Against Wildlife Crime or BAWC) thanks very much to OSME for joining the
Thunderclap. Every single supporter really makes a difference, as their own
followers on Twitter or Facebook are added to the 'running total' showing
how many people will be 'thunderclapped' - ie will receive a single,
one-off message about Hen Harrier Day on August 10th. As of right now over
1,160,000 people will potentially see a message about the illegal
persecution of Hen Harriers in the UK! Awareness of the issue of raptor
persecution is surely at an all-time high, and the pressure really is on
the criminals killing our birds of prey.

Thanks

Charlie Moores


On 30 July 2014 14:54, vanellus1970 AT yahoo.co.uk [MEBirdNet] <
MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Hi All
>
> Many of you will be aware that the campaign against hen harrier
> persecution in the UK has been ramped up in the recent months through a
> number of initiatives, notably BAWC, Mark Avery and Chris Packham to name
> but a few. Interestingly the Hen Harrier has been recorded in every one of
> the countries within the The Middle East, The Caucasus and Central Asia.
>
> You can read more about Hen Harrier Day at Mark Avery's blog.....
>
>
> Hen Harrier Day 2014 | Mark Avery
> 
>        [image: image] 
>      Hen Harrier Day 2014 | Mark Avery
> 
> Hen Harrier Day 2014 Mark ♦ July 21, 2014 ♦ 6 Comments General 
information 

> about Hen Harrier Day 2014 (for specific information about the event in the
> Peak...
>       View on markavery.info
> 
>   Preview by Yahoo
>
>
> As part of the campaign to raise awareness of Hen Harrier Day, there is an
> interesting initiative known as a  Thunderclap. OSME have just signed up to
> show our support via our Twitter account.
>
>
> Hen Harrier Day
> 
>        [image: image]
> 
>      Hen Harrier Day
> 
> I just supported Support Hen Harrier Day on  AT ThunderclapIt
>       View on www.thunderclap.it
> 
>   Preview by Yahoo
>
>
>
> It's an easy way to get involved if you have a Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr
> account
>
>
> Many thanks
>
> Rob Sheldon, OSME Chairman
>
>  
>



-- 
Charlie Moores
Skype charlie.moores
Twitter  AT charliemoores
Subject: OSME supporting Hen Harrier Day
From: "vanellus1970 AT yahoo.co.uk [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Jul 2014 06:54:25 -0700
Hi All
 Many of you will be aware that the campaign against hen harrier persecution in 
the UK has been ramped up in the recent months through a number of initiatives, 
notably BAWC, Mark Avery and Chris Packham to name but a few. Interestingly the 
Hen Harrier has been recorded in every one of the countries within the The 
Middle East, The Caucasus and Central Asia. 


 You can read more about Hen Harrier Day at Mark Avery's blog.....
 

 Hen Harrier Day 2014 | Mark Avery http://markavery.info/hen-harrier-day-2014/

 
 
 http://markavery.info/hen-harrier-day-2014/ 
 
 Hen Harrier Day 2014 | Mark Avery http://markavery.info/hen-harrier-day-2014/ 
Hen Harrier Day 2014 Mark ♦ July 21, 2014 ♦ 6 Comments General information 
about Hen Harrier Day 2014 (for specific information about the event in the 
Peak... 

 
 
 
 View on markavery.info http://markavery.info/hen-harrier-day-2014/ 
 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

 As part of the campaign to raise awareness of Hen Harrier Day, there is an 
interesting initiative known as a Thunderclap. OSME have just signed up to show 
our support via our Twitter account. 

 

 Hen Harrier Day 
https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/14411-hen-harrier-day?locale=en 


 
 
 https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/14411-hen-harrier-day?locale=en 
 
 Hen Harrier Day 
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Subject: Re: Batumi Raptor Count, Georgia
From: "Johannes Jansen johannesjansen AT telenet.be [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:25:22 +0200
Thanks for sharing this, and for your support!

Indeed, if you are looking for a good opportunity to witness Batumi 
migration and contribute to our conservation work, the Batumi Birding 
Week might be something for you. This seven-day event, starting on the 
21st of september guarantees you 8 days of top birding. Every day 
excursions in small groups leave to the birding sites nearby, lead by 
highly experienced BRC birding guides. There will be the opportunity to 
join raptor identification workshops on the raptor watch stations, given 
by Andrea Corso. You are free to attend an exciting evening program, 
including presentations on the identification of some WP rarities such 
as Crested Honey Buzzard, bonfire night, last evenings dinner at the 
seaside. There are a range of nice accommodation options to choose from, 
from local guesthouses to luxury hotels.

More information on our website: 
http://www.batumiraptorcount.org/visit/batumi-birding-week


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Subject: RINGING OPPORTUNITY IN THE NORTHEAST OF TURKEY
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Jul 2014 05:12:46 -0700
OSME has recently put the following news on its website 
http://www.osme.org/#RINGING_OPPORTUNITY_IN_THE_NORTHEAST_OF_TURKEY 
http://www.osme.org/#RINGING_OPPORTUNITY_IN_THE_NORTHEAST_OF_TURKEY 

   

 Ian Harrison
 

RINGING OPPORTUNITY IN THE NORTHEAST OF TURKEY Would you like to volunteer bird 
ringing stations run by KuzeyDoga Society in the northeast of Turkey where 
63,434 birds of 198 species ringed in only 8 years! 

 Ringers are needed to help with the autumn ringing programme at Aras Station 
in northeast Turkey. Ringing will run from 15 August to 31 October and, 
depending on weather conditions, at nearby Lake Kuyucuk from mid-August to the 
end of September. Minimum participation must be at least 15 days, ideally one 
month or more, and the facilities are basic but comfortable. Accommodation at 
Aras is in a village guesthouse with five beds, hot shower, kitchen and 
internet access, and volunteers are responsible for preparing meals with 
supplies provided by KuzeyDoga. 

 While the Society (KuzeyDoga) will cover local expenses including food, 
accommodation and local transportation for licensed ringers, they cannot cover 
travel expenses to/from Kars. Non-ringers who want to provide basic help will 
also need to pay for their local expenses. Any licensed ringers interested in 
coming for the full season (15 August to 31 October) will have their return 
airfare paid for. 

 Aras River Bird Paradise and Lake Kuyucuk Ramsar Site are two of the most 
important wetlands for migratory birds in the eastern part of Turkey. 

 258 bird species, 55% of Turkey's avifauna recorded at Aras River Bird 
Paradise and 232 bird species recorded at Lake Kuyucuk. 

 More details are available online and anybody interested in volunteering 
should fill out an online application. 

 Email: lale 'AT' kuzeydoga.org
 Websites: www.kuzeydoga.org http://www.kuzeydoga.org and www.savearas.org 
http://www.savearas.org 

 Facebook: www.facebook.com/kuzeydoga http://www.facebook.com/kuzeydoga, 
www.facebook.com/arasbirdstation http://www.facebook.com/arasbirdstation. 

 Application: 
http://kuzeydoga.org/index.php/en/volunteership/volunteer-application-form 
http://kuzeydoga.org/index.php/en/volunteership/volunteer-application-form 

 

Subject: Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Arabia - call for records for 2014
From: "'Mike Jennings' ArabianBirds AT dsl.pipex.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:12:38 +0100
Calling all Arabian observers

The ABBA project reached a milestone in 2010 with the publication of the Atlas 
which summarised all knowledge of breeding birds in the Arabian Peninsula to 
that time. It included information from all published sources, contributions 
from almost 500 observers, data collected in over forty targeted field surveys 
and very many museum specimens. Publication of the Atlas was not the end of the 
project because birds are mobile and species are under threat in Arabia for a 
variety of reasons, as well as being subject to a number of dynamic forces such 
as new habitat opportunities. The ABBA project seeks to continue to collect 
data from all sources to ensure information held is fully up to date and 
relevant to the present day. 


The information on the database is available free of charge to any one who 
needs it for research or non-profit purposes. For example prints can be 
supplied with information on range changes, historical records of a species in 
a particular site or region, published sources covering a region or state, 
records on specific issues such as falconry, pollution, endemism, exotic 
species and so on. 


Since the publication of the Atlas in 2010 at least four new breeding species 
have been added to the Arabian list. The most recent was the Grey Hypocolius 
Hypocolius ampelinus which was proved to breed for the first time at Jahra Pool 
Reserve, Kuwait this year. On the other hand some species are in serious 
decline, notably the Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus. This species bred 
or probably bred, in 126 ABBA grid squares on the Arabian mainland up to 2010 
but since that year there has only been breeding or probably breeding recorded 
in two squares. It is important that the project continues to receive updates 
and reports of relevant species in Arabia, including common and widespread 
species, to ensure that as full a picture is available of any changes occurring 
for whatever reason. Several observers have noted that Crested Larks are harder 
to find in many areas nowadays - might this be an effect of climate change? Or 
are they moving to the large agricultural project areas where they are often 
super abundant? There are a lot of on-going questions that need an answer and a 
sound knowledge base is an important tool in tackling them. 


Those observers living in Arabia, or visiting the peninsula are invited to send 
in details of their observations. It cannot be stressed enough that there is no 
substitute for the quality of a record received in the ABBA format direct from 
an observer. Of course records can be extracted from observers birding lists, 
or from a blog site, or one of the several ‘global’ bird databases that 
compete for data, but these sources are unfortunately less valuable as they 
invariably do not have the precision of a date and place required by ABBA and 
mostly lack details on habitat, nests and a host of other subjects. Please 
email if you would like to contribute records for the current or earlier years 
and a pack on instructions, list of breeding birds and report forms can be sent 
to you. (These can also be sent our in hard copy if you provide a postal 
address). If observers can only manage a list of breeding birds this year from 
their local patch this would still be very helpful. If you have older relevant 
records these would also be appreciated. Indeed very old records are almost as 
exciting as new breeding birds because they help to fill the gaps in knowledge. 
The project is just as interested in introduced/exotic species as indigenous 
breeders - unfortunately too many observers dismiss exotics as rubbish species, 
but they need to be tracked all the same. 


The ABBA project has always sought to cooperate with individuals, institutions 
and organisations in the region and especially national recorders. Any reports 
sent direct ABBA should also be copied to the local recorder. Although national 
recorders regularly send new data on their files to ABBA, and this is very 
helpful, this is not always in the full format required for ABBA purposes, so 
there is no substitute for the proper ABBA report form received direct. 


Best wishes,

Mike Jennings

Coordinator: Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Arabia
Warners Farm House, Warners Drove,
Somersham, Cambridgeshire, PE28 3WD, UK.
Tel: 01487 841733 (Intl 0044 1487 841733)
Email: ArabianBirds AT dsl.pipex.com 
Subject: Re: Batumi Raptor Count, Georgia
From: "Rob Sheldon vanellus1970 AT yahoo.co.uk [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:20:44 +0300
I visited the Batumi Raptor Count last year along with Tristan Reid and 
Jonathan Meyrav - we gave evening talks as part of a wider programme of events. 

This year there is also a Batumi Birding Week - these guys do great 
conservation work with the local communities trying to limit bird hunting. Last 
year the OSME Conservation and Research Fund supported their excellent work. 


Rob

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Subject: Batumi Raptor Count, Georgia
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Jul 2014 14:25:46 -0700
OSME has received the following message from the Batumi Raptor Count group.
 

 Ian Harrison

 

 Only five places left!
 

 As every autumn, the Batumi Raptor Count seeks interested birdwatchers to 
participate in this absolutely extraordinary monitoring camp to record the 
fantastic migration of raptors along the Eastern Black Sea Flyway, in Georgia. 

 

 This flyway is one of the biggest in the world, and last two autumn seasons 
over 1 million birds of prey were recorded on migration from our two 
watchpoints. On peak days, over 150.000 raptors can be seen in a single day. 
Volunteering counters can learn identification skills of up to 35 raptor 
species of the WP. The program is led by highly experienced count coordinators 
from France (Organbidexka) and Spain (Strait of Gibraltar) with lots of 
experience from Batumi. 

 

 Volunteers are asked to engage for at least two weeks, and to work full days 
in an international group to master the migration. At least basic knowledge of 
raptor identification, fluent in English and willing to follow a standardised 
protocol is requested. The last five positions are available, so don't hesitate 
to submit your application! 

 

 More information can be found here: http://www.batumiraptorcount. 
org/visit/raptor-count/autumn- count 
http://www.batumiraptorcount.org/visit/raptor-count/autumn-count 

 

Subject: RE: First Breeding Record of Hypocolius in Arabia
From: "Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan Alenezi alsirhan AT alsirhan.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:27:33 +0300
Hi Mudhafar,
Many thanks for your interest and for the information you provided. Is it a 
very common bird in winter?They do venture into the deserts in winter, and do 
turn up in desert oasis. 

Best wishes,AbdulRahman
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Dear AdulRahman,
Thank you for your and your colleagues' efforts in adding more for the list of 
Kuwait birds and wildlife. It is really interesting to find the Hypocolius 
breeds in Kuwait which was subject for discussions in some occasions! Your 
record represents good contribution for 

 better understanding the breeding of this restricted-ranged species.
I just would like to mention that the closest breeding ground (where a 
confirmed positi 

ve breeding was found) is located around 110km to the north of the Kuwaiti 
borders at the point (30 50' 13.8" N , 46 32' 47.4" ); however, there were 
claims of breeding in some areas in River Shat-Al-Arab closer to your 

 border. 
Best regards, and towards more great findings my friend ;)
Mudhafar SalimIraq 

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[MEBirdNet]"  wrote: 

    

 
 



  


    
      
      
 Very impressive - a big congrats for such an important find from us here in 
the UAE. 

Cheers,Tommy_____________________Tommy P. PedersenCaptain B777 - EmiratesUAE 
Bird Recorder & eBird Reviewertommypepe63 AT gmail.comwww.uaebirding.com 


On 21 Jul 2014, at 02:28, Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan Alenezi alsirhan AT alsirhan.com 
[MEBirdNet]  wrote:Hi all,On 30th June 2014, the Hypocolius has been confirmed 
breeding at Jahra Pools Reserve, Kuwait.A pair has been seen on 3rd June at the 
Jahra Pools Reserve by Khaled Al-Ghanem, and continued to be seen until the 
30th June when a fledgli 

ng seen following an adult.The next day Khaled Al-Ghanem was able to photograph 
the fledgling being fed by an adult female.As far as I know this is the first 
breeding record for Arabia.The Hypocolius was suspected breeding in Kuwait when 
adults are seen in summer in Kuwait. A juvenile of unknown 

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Subject: RE: First Breeding Record of Hypocolius in Arabia
From: "Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan Alenezi alsirhan AT alsirhan.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:20:34 +0300
Hi Tommy,
Many thanks to you, and to the whole birding community in the UAE.
Best wishes,AbdulRahman 


To: MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com
From: MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:21:42 +0400
Subject: Re: [MEBirdNet] First Breeding Record of Hypocolius in Arabia














 

 



  


    
      
      
 Very impressive - a big congrats for such an important find from us here in 
the UAE. 




Cheers,
Tommy
_____________________
Tommy P. Pedersen
Captain B777 - Emirates
UAE Bird Recorder & eBird Reviewer

tommypepe63 AT gmail.com
www.uaebirding.com



On 21 Jul 2014, at 02:28, Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan Alenezi alsirhan AT alsirhan.com 
[MEBirdNet]  wrote:Hi all, 

On 30th June 2014, the Hypocolius has been confirmed breeding at Jahra Pools 
Reserve, Kuwait.A pair has been seen on 3rd June at the Jahra Pools Reserve by 
Khaled Al-Ghanem, and continued to be seen until the 30th June when a fledgling 
seen following an adult.The next day Khaled Al-Ghanem was able to photograph 
the fledgling being fed by an adult female.As far as I know this is the first 
breeding record for Arabia.The Hypocolius was suspected breeding in Kuwait when 
adults are seen in summer in Kuwait. A juvenile of unknown breeding ground was 
once seen at Jahra Farms a couple of years back. 

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Subject: Re: First Breeding Record of Hypocolius in Arabia
From: "mudhafar salim mudhafarsalim AT yahoo.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:23:39 -0700
Dear AdulRahman,

Thank you for your and your colleagues' efforts in adding more for the list of 
Kuwait birds and wildlife.  It is really interesting to find the Hypocolius 
breeds in Kuwait which was subject for discussions in some occasions!  Your 
record represents good contribution for better understanding the breeding of 
this restricted-ranged species. 


I just would like to mention that the closest breeding ground (where a 
confirmed positive breeding was found) is located around 110km to the north of 
theKuwaiti borders at the point (30° 50' 13.8" N , 46° 32' 47.4" ); however, 
there were claims of breeding in some areas in River Shat-Al-Arab closer to 
your border. 


Best regards, and towards more great findings my friend ;)

Mudhafar Salim
Iraq


On Monday, July 21, 2014 2:21 AM, "Tommy Pedersen 777sandman AT gmail.com 
[MEBirdNet]"  wrote: 

 


  
Very impressive - a big congrats for such an important find from us here in the 
UAE. 



Cheers,
Tommy
_____________________
Tommy P. Pedersen
Captain B777 - Emirates
UAE Bird Recorder & eBird Reviewer

tommypepe63 AT gmail.com
www.uaebirding.com


On 21 Jul 2014, at 02:28, Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan Alenezi 
alsirhan AT alsirhan.com[MEBirdNet]  wrote: 



>
>Hi all,
>
>
>On 30th June 2014, the Hypocolius has been confirmed breeding at Jahra Pools 
Reserve, Kuwait. 

>A pair has been seen on 3rd June at the Jahra Pools Reserve by Khaled 
Al-Ghanem, and continued to be seen until the 30th June when a fledgling seen 
following an adult. 

>The next day Khaled Al-Ghanem was able to photograph the fledgling being fed 
by an adult female. 

>As far as I know this is the first breeding record for Arabia.
>The Hypocolius was suspected breeding in Kuwait when adults are seen in summer 
in Kuwait. A juvenile of unknown breeding ground was once seen at Jahra Farms a 
couple of years back. 

>
>Best wishes,
>AbdulRahman
>
>
>Posted by: Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan Alenezi 
>Reply via web post • Reply to sender • Reply to group • Start a New 
Topic • Messages in this topic (1) 

Subject: Re: First Breeding Record of Hypocolius in Arabia
From: "Tommy Pedersen 777sandman AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:21:42 +0400
Very impressive - a big congrats for such an important find from us here in the 
UAE. 


Cheers,
Tommy
_____________________
Tommy P. Pedersen
Captain B777 - Emirates
UAE Bird Recorder & eBird Reviewer

tommypepe63 AT gmail.com
www.uaebirding.com


On 21 Jul 2014, at 02:28, Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan Alenezi alsirhan AT alsirhan.com 
[MEBirdNet]  wrote: 


> 
> Hi all,
> 
> On 30th June 2014, the Hypocolius has been confirmed breeding at Jahra Pools 
Reserve, Kuwait. 

> A pair has been seen on 3rd June at the Jahra Pools Reserve by Khaled 
Al-Ghanem, and continued to be seen until the 30th June when a fledgling seen 
following an adult. 

> The next day Khaled Al-Ghanem was able to photograph the fledgling being fed 
by an adult female. 

> As far as I know this is the first breeding record for Arabia.
> The Hypocolius was suspected breeding in Kuwait when adults are seen in 
summer in Kuwait. A juvenile of unknown breeding ground was once seen at Jahra 
Farms a couple of years back. 

> 
> Best wishes,
> AbdulRahman
> 
> 
> Posted by: Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan Alenezi 
> Reply via web post  Reply to sender  Reply to group  Start a New Topic  
Messages in this topic (1) 

Subject: First Breeding Record of Hypocolius in Arabia
From: "Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan Alenezi alsirhan AT alsirhan.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:28:16 +0300
Hi all,
On 30th June 2014, the Hypocolius has been confirmed breeding at Jahra Pools 
Reserve, Kuwait.A pair has been seen on 3rd June at the Jahra Pools Reserve by 
Khaled Al-Ghanem, and continued to be seen until the 30th June when a fledgling 
seen following an adult.The next day Khaled Al-Ghanem was able to photograph 
the fledgling being fed by an adult female.As far as I know this is the first 
breeding record for Arabia.The Hypocolius was suspected breeding in Kuwait when 
adults are seen in summer in Kuwait. A juvenile of unknown breeding ground was 
once seen at Jahra Farms a couple of years back. 

Best wishes,AbdulRahman 		 	   		  
Subject: The incredible journey of Dobromir
From: "robert.sheldon AT rspb.org.uk [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Jul 2014 07:59:09 -0700
This is pretty impressive data from an Egyptian vulture tagged in Bulgaria. The 
bird visits several OSME countries. See the map at 
http://www.lifeneophron.eu/en/map/10.html 
http://www.lifeneophron.eu/en/map/10.html 

 

 Cheers
 Rob
  
Subject: A Guide to Birds of METU - ODTU'nun Kuslari [1 Attachment]
From: "soner oruç son_eroruc AT yahoo.com.tr [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:26:08 +0100

We are about to publish our book."A Guide to Birds of METU" 
We need help. Would you like to contribute to our dreams?


ODTU'nun kuslari arazi rehberini yayinlamak uzereyiz. 
Yardima ihtiyacimiz var. Siz de hayallerimize katki saglamak ister misiniz?

CONTRIBUTE NOW!

A Guide to Birds of METU - ODTU'nun Kuslari 



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Good birding 
Bol kuslu gunler


Soner Oruc         soneroruc AT gmail.com
Kasim Kirlangic   kasimkirlangic AT outlook.com

Nature of METU
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Previous report-Onceki rapor:
 
"Birds of METU 1995-2008" "ODTU'nun Kuslari 1995-2008"   (in attached also or 
ask for digital copy) 

http://www.trakus.org/kods_bird/pdf/69374.pdf
Subject: RINGING OPPORTUNITY IN THE NORTHEAST OF TURKEY
From: "cj.parry AT tiscali.co.uk [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Jul 2014 11:19:40 -0700
Ringers are needed to help with the autumn ringing programme at Aras Station in 
northeast Turkey. Ringing will run from 15 August to 31 October and, depending 
on weather conditions, at nearby Lake Kuyucuk from mid-August to the end of 
September. Minimum participation must be at least 15 days, ideally one month or 
more, and the facilities are basic but comfortable. Accommodation at Aras is in 
a village guesthouse with five beds, hot shower, kitchen and internet access, 
and volunteers are responsible for preparing meals with supplies provided by 
KuzeyDoga. 

 
 While the Society (KuzeyDoga) will cover local expenses including food, 
accommodation and local transportation for licensed ringers, they cannot cover 
travel expenses to/from Kars. Non-ringers who want to provide basic help will 
also need to pay for their local expenses. Any licensed ringers interested in 
coming for the full season (15 August to 31 October) will have their return 
airfare paid for. 

 
 
 Aras River Bird Paradise and Lake Kuyucuk Ramsar Site are two of the most 
important wetlands for migratory birds in the eastern part of Turkey. 

 258 bird species, 55% of Turkey's avifauna recorded at Aras River Bird 
Paradise and 232 bird species recorded at Lake Kuyucuk. 

 More details are available online and anybody interested in volunteering 
should fill out an online application. 

 
 Email: lale AT kuzeydoga.org mailto:lale AT kuzeydoga.org
 Websites: www.kuzeydoga.org http://www.kuzeydoga.org/ and www.savearas.org 
http://www.savearas.org/ 

 
 Facebook: www.facebook.com/kuzeydoga http://www.facebook.com/kuzeydoga , 
www.facebook.com/arasbirdstation http://www.facebook.com/arasbirdstation 

 Application: 
http://kuzeydoga.org/index.php/en/volunteership/volunteer-application-form 
http://kuzeydoga.org/index.php/en/volunteership/volunteer-application-form 

 

 Posted by Carlton Parry, on behalf of KuzeyDoga Society 
 

Subject: Re: Volunteers needed to join raptor migration census in Turkey
From: "Jeff Gordon jeffandolga AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:09:32 +0100
I didn't think what I was doing.

I have a friend who is currently in Turkey and thought she might be
interested in the job.

So embarrassing!

Just got back from Fuerteventura, was there for 15 days; brilliant.

Jeff


On 14 July 2014 20:28, clamsdell AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet] <
MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
>  Hi Jeff
>
> there is always plenty of space in the world for more love :)
>
> hope you are both keeping well
>
> Chris
>
>  ------------------------------
> *From:* MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com]
> *Sent:* 14 July 2014 15:08
> *To:* ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]
> *Subject:* Re: [MEBirdNet] Volunteers needed to join raptor migration
> census in Turkey
>
>
>
> Are you up for it?
> Love,
> Jeff
>
> "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]"  wrote:
>
>
>
>
> The following was recently posted on the OSME website.
>
> Ian Harrison
>
>
> DoğaDerneği the BirdLife partner in Turkey are establishing long-term
> population monitoring of raptors on their autumn migration. They are
> seeking experienced volunteers to join the monitoring teams in Adana
> Province.
>
> The full details are given below and anyone interested should contact
> DoğaDerneği directly via their web-site.
>
>
>
> *Location:*                                Adana Province, Turkey
>
> *Duration:*                                15 August 2014 - 15 October
> 2014
>
> *Job Type:*                               Number of Volunteer Openings: 10
>
> *Application Deadline:*            Open until filled.
>
> *Job Description:*                     The Egyptian Vulture is an
> endangered raptor that is widespread across southern Europe, Africa, and
> Asia. Birds from SE Europe migrate around the eastern coast of the 
Mediterranean 

> Sea, and pilot work in 2013 identified suitable raptor migration
> monitoring stations to count Egyptian Vultures and other raptors in
> southern Turkey. In 2014, the first full fall migration census will take
> place near Sarimazi, Adana province, Turkey. This project is a
> collaboration between several BirdLife International partner organizations
> led by DoğaDerneği and will offer spectacular views of mass migration
> (>100.000 raptors of >20 species, >100.000 storks and countless smaller
> migrants).
>
> *Duration:*                                15 August 2014 - 15 October
> 2014, but applicants are welcome to participate for only parts of this
> period. Minimum duration of commitment is two weeks for highly skilled
> participants, four weeks for volunteers who will require substantial
> training.
>
> *Duties*:                                    (1) daily observations and
> censuses of all migrating raptors, with a particular focus on Egyptian
> Vultures; (2) assisting in data entry; daily chores around the field base.
>
> ***Basic housing (shared rooms), local transportation, and basic food
> will be provided.
>
> *Required qualifications:* Keen bird watcher with good eyesight and
> raptor identification skills; physical fitness to endure exposure to direct
> hot sunlight for > 8 hours every day (7 days a week); ability to follow
> established protocols and record data accurately; proficiency with
> computers and data entry; must be flexible and capable of working
> independently and as part of a culturally diverse team.
>
> *Preferred qualifications:* experience in raptor migration monitoring;
> valid driver's license and a good driving record.
>
> *To Apply: *Please return your application to DoğaDerneği at
> doga AT dogadernegi.org together with a CV and a cover letter quoting ‘Ref:
> RMC2014’ in the e-mail subject line
>
>
>
>
>
>
>   
>



-- 
Jeff and Olga Gordon
Subject: Latest issue of the Egyptian Vulture project, Bulgaria
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Jul 2014 13:31:26 -0700
Stoyan Nikolov, Project Manager of the LIFE Neophron project, has informed OSME 
that the latest issue of their Newsletter – issue no 4 – is available at 
the following link: 

 
 
 http://www.lifeneophron.eu/en/ newsletter-view/44.html 
http://www.lifeneophron.eu/en/newsletter-view/44.html 

  
 You may remember that Stoyan gave a talk on this project at the OSME Summer 
Meeting in 2012 which was very well received. 

  
 Ian Harrison 

Subject: RE: Volunteers needed to join raptor migration census in Turkey
From: "clamsdell AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:28:12 +0100
Hi Jeff
 
there is always plenty of space in the world for more love :)
 
hope you are both keeping well
 
Chris

  _____  

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Sent: 14 July 2014 15:08
To: ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]
Subject: Re: [MEBirdNet] Volunteers needed to join raptor migration census
in Turkey


  

Are you up for it?
Love,
Jeff

"ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]"  wrote:

  






The following was recently posted on the OSME website.  

Ian Harrison





DoaDernei the BirdLife partner in Turkey are establishing long-term
population monitoring of raptors on their autumn migration. They are seeking
experienced volunteers to join the monitoring teams in Adana Province. 


The full details are given below and anyone interested should contact
DoaDernei directly via their web-site.

 

Location:                                Adana Province, Turkey

Duration:                                15 August 2014 - 15 October 2014

Job Type:                               Number of Volunteer Openings: 10

Application Deadline:            Open until filled. 

Job Description:                     The Egyptian Vulture is an endangered
raptor that is widespread across southern Europe, Africa, and Asia. Birds
from SE Europe migrate around the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea,
and pilot work in 2013 identified suitable raptor migration monitoring
stations to count Egyptian Vultures and other raptors in southern Turkey. In
2014, the first full fall migration census will take place near Sarimazi,
Adana province, Turkey. This project is a collaboration between several
BirdLife International partner organizations led by DoaDernei and will
offer spectacular views of mass migration (>100.000 raptors of >20 species,
>100.000 storks and countless smaller migrants). 

Duration:                                15 August 2014 - 15 October 2014,
but applicants are welcome to participate for only parts of this period.
Minimum duration of commitment is two weeks for highly skilled participants,
four weeks for volunteers who will require substantial training. 

Duties:                                    (1) daily observations and
censuses of all migrating raptors, with a particular focus on Egyptian
Vultures; (2) assisting in data entry; daily chores around the field base. 

*Basic housing (shared rooms), local transportation, and basic food will be
provided.

Required qualifications: Keen bird watcher with good eyesight and raptor
identification skills; physical fitness to endure exposure to direct hot
sunlight for > 8 hours every day (7 days a week); ability to follow
established protocols and record data accurately; proficiency with computers
and data entry; must be flexible and capable of working independently and as
part of a culturally diverse team. 

Preferred qualifications: experience in raptor migration monitoring; valid
driver's license and a good driving record.

To Apply: Please return your application to DoaDernei at
doga AT dogadernegi.org together with a CV and a cover letter quoting 'Ref:
RMC2014' in the e-mail subject line 

 

 




Subject: Re: Volunteers needed to join raptor migration census in Turkey
From: "Ian Harrison ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:28:15 +0100
Jeff

Not certain who you are writing to but you need to write to him or her
outside MEBirdnet. If you do a 'Reply' all of MEBirdnet can see the
conversation!

Ian Harrison


On 14 July 2014 15:09, Jeff Gordon jeffandolga AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet] <
MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Sorry,sent that to the wrong person.
>
> Forgive me:-)
>
> Jeff Gordon
>
>
> Jeff Gordon  wrote:
>
> >Are you up for it?
> >Love,
> >Jeff
>
>  
>
Subject: Re: Volunteers needed to join raptor migration census in Turkey
From: "Jeff Gordon jeffandolga AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:09:21 +0100
Sorry,sent that to the wrong person.

Forgive me:-)

Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon  wrote:

>Are you up for it?
>Love,
>Jeff

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Subject: Re: Volunteers needed to join raptor migration census in Turkey
From: "Jeff Gordon jeffandolga AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:07:43 +0100
Are you up for it?
Love,
Jeff

"ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]"  wrote:

>  
>
>
>The following was recently posted on the OSME website.  
>
>Ian Harrison
>
>
>DoğaDerneği the BirdLife partner in Turkey are establishing long-term 
population monitoring of raptors on their autumn migration. They are seeking 
experienced volunteers to join the monitoring teams in Adana Province. 

>
>The full details are given below and anyone interested should contact 
DoğaDerneği directly via their web-site. 

>
> 
>
>Location:                                Adana 
Province, Turkey 

>
>Duration:                                15 
August 2014 - 15 October 2014 

>
>Job Type:                               Number 
of Volunteer Openings: 10 

>
>Application Deadline:            Open until filled. 
>
>Job Description:                     The Egyptian Vulture 
is an endangered raptor that is widespread across southern Europe, Africa, and 
Asia. Birds from SE Europe migrate around the eastern coast of the 
Mediterranean Sea, and pilot work in 2013 identified suitable raptor migration 
monitoring stations to count Egyptian Vultures and other raptors in southern 
Turkey. In 2014, the first full fall migration census will take place near 
Sarimazi, Adana province, Turkey. This project is a collaboration between 
several BirdLife International partner organizations led by DoğaDerneği and 
will offer spectacular views of mass migration (>100.000 raptors of >20 
species, >100.000 storks and countless smaller migrants). 

>
>Duration:                                15 
August 2014 - 15 October 2014, but applicants are welcome to participate for 
only parts of this period. Minimum duration of commitment is two weeks for 
highly skilled participants, four weeks for volunteers who will require 
substantial training. 

>
>Duties:                                    
(1) daily observations and censuses of all migrating raptors, with a particular 
focus on Egyptian Vultures; (2) assisting in data entry; daily chores around 
the field base. 

>
>*Basic housing (shared rooms), local transportation, and basic food will be 
provided. 

>
>Required qualifications: Keen bird watcher with good eyesight and raptor 
identification skills; physical fitness to endure exposure to direct hot 
sunlight for > 8 hours every day (7 days a week); ability to follow established 
protocols and record data accurately; proficiency with computers and data 
entry; must be flexible and capable of working independently and as part of a 
culturally diverse team. 

>
>Preferred qualifications: experience in raptor migration monitoring; valid 
driver's license and a good driving record. 

>
>To Apply: Please return your application to DoğaDerneği at 
doga AT dogadernegi.org together with a CV and a cover letter quoting ‘Ref: 
RMC2014’ in the e-mail subject line 

>
> 
>
> 
>
>
>
>
> 
Subject: Volunteers needed to join raptor migration census in Turkey
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Jul 2014 05:35:34 -0700

 The following was recently posted on the OSME website.  
 Ian Harrison

 

 DoğaDerneği the BirdLife partner in Turkey are establishing long-term 
population monitoring of raptors on their autumn migration. They are seeking 
experienced volunteers to join the monitoring teams in Adana Province. The full 
details are given below and anyone interested should contact DoğaDerneği 
directly via their web-site. 

  
 Location:                                Adana Province, Turkey
 Duration:                                15 August 2014 - 15 October 2014
 Job Type:                               Number of Volunteer Openings: 10
 Application Deadline:            Open until filled. 
 Job Description: The Egyptian Vulture is an endangered raptor that is 
widespread across southern Europe, Africa, and Asia. Birds from SE Europe 
migrate around the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, and pilot work in 
2013 identified suitable raptor migration monitoring stations to count Egyptian 
Vultures and other raptors in southern Turkey. In 2014, the first full fall 
migration census will take place near Sarimazi, Adana province, Turkey. This 
project is a collaboration between several BirdLife International partner 
organizations led by DoğaDerneği and will offer spectacular views of mass 
migration (>100.000 raptors of >20 species, >100.000 storks and countless 
smaller migrants). 

 Duration: 15 August 2014 - 15 October 2014, but applicants are welcome to 
participate for only parts of this period. Minimum duration of commitment is 
two weeks for highly skilled participants, four weeks for volunteers who will 
require substantial training. 

 Duties: (1) daily observations and censuses of all migrating raptors, with a 
particular focus on Egyptian Vultures; (2) assisting in data entry; daily 
chores around the field base. 

 *Basic housing (shared rooms), local transportation, and basic food will be 
provided. 

 Required qualifications: Keen bird watcher with good eyesight and raptor 
identification skills; physical fitness to endure exposure to direct hot 
sunlight for > 8 hours every day (7 days a week); ability to follow established 
protocols and record data accurately; proficiency with computers and data 
entry; must be flexible and capable of working independently and as part of a 
culturally diverse team. 

 Preferred qualifications: experience in raptor migration monitoring; valid 
driver's license and a good driving record. 

 To Apply: Please return your application to DoğaDerneği at 
doga AT dogadernegi.org together with a CV and a cover letter quoting ‘Ref: 
RMC2014’ in the e-mail subject line 

  
  
 

Subject: Re: New paper on Lanner falcon nest-sites
From: "Giovanni Leonardi areleo AT yahoo.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 03:33:57 -0700
Dear collegues,

We publish our new paper "Influence of habitat and nest-site quality on the 
breeding performance of Lanner Falcons 

Falco biarmicus." in the last issue of Acta Ornithologica. Anyone 
interested in receiving a copy can contact me through FB or my email 
address: areleo AT yahoo.com

Best wishes,

Giovanni Leonardi
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Subject: Birdlife Lebanon, SPNL July 2014 Newsletter
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Jul 2014 03:27:27 -0700
The latest newsletter (July 2014) from Birdlife Lebanon - SPNL - can be found 
at the following link. 


http://www.spnl.org/wings-waves-spnls-newsletter-july-2014/ 
http://www.spnl.org/wings-waves-spnls-newsletter-july-2014/ 


 Topics include:
 a report on Birdlife International's 48th Global Council meeting in Amman, 
Jordan; 

 Female Chukar photographed on nest by shepherd in Lebanon;
 a number of reports on SPNL's involvement in the different Hima areas in 
Lebanon. 

 

 Ian Harrison

Subject: Re: OSME Summer Meeting, Saturday 5 July
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Jul 2014 09:47:04 -0700
My apologies to Johannes Kamp who I inadvertently called Johannesburg Kamp in 
my last post about the OSME Summer Meeting. The joys of predictive texting and 
a lack of checking! Ian Harrison. 
Subject: OSME Summer Meeting, Saturday 5 July
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Jul 2014 07:42:09 -0700
Final reminder! The OSME Summer Meeting will be held at BTO headquarters in 
Thetford. Doors open at 10.00. Speakers include: David Lindo (The Urban 
Birder), Raffael Aye (Tajikistan avifauna - recent discoveries), Johannesburg 
Kamp (Black Larks in Kazakhstan), Szabolcs Nagy (waterbird censuses in the OSME 
region). All welcome. Further details on the OSME website - www.osme.org Ian 
Harrison 
Subject: Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre, Cley, Norfolk, UK
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 May 2014 15:01:54 -0700
I have been asked to point out that as well as Nature Iraq, the Emirates Bird 
Records Committee also contributed generously to the above centre. 


Ian Harrison
 

Subject: Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre, Cley, Norfolk, UK
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 May 2014 03:14:34 -0700
Richard Porter has sent the following news item (see also 
http://www.osme.org/news/index.shtml#Simon_Aspinall_Wildlife_Education_Centre 
http://www.osme.org/news/index.shtml#Simon_Aspinall_Wildlife_Education_Centre ) 

 

 Ian Harrison
 

 Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre
  
 Simon, who died from Motor Neuron disease in 2011, made a very important 
contribution to ornithology and conservation in the Middle East and was a great 
supporter of OSME. When in the UK he lived in Cley, Norfolk and in his honour a 
wildlife education centre is being built at Cley nature reserve belonging the 
Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT). 

  
 The education centre is a major part of NWT’s vision for Cley Marshes, which 
has included the purchase of Pope's Marsh - an area of grazing marsh, pools and 
reedbeds to the east of the existing reserve. NWT has been fundraising for two 
years and has now met its £2.6million target, thanks to a wonderful grant of 
£1.5million from the UK's Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Many others 
contributed, including Nature Iraq in the spirit of brotherhood for global 
wetland conservation. 

  
 On the 16 May 2014 the first turf for the centre was cut by Simon's father, 
Jack, along with the NWT chairman, Martin Shaw and HLF's Philip Venning. 

  
 For those who know Cley the new education centre will sit behind the visitor 
centre and will have panoramic views across the marshes and reedbeds to the 
North Sea. It will be a multifunctional building, giving flexibility for 
visitors, community groups, classes, workshops and exhibitions. When the centre 
opens in Spring 2015, NWT will embark on a new education programme for schools 
and young people which will include such subjects as ‘wildlife filmmakers for 
the future’ and ‘careers in conservation’. Being named after Simon, I'm 
sure the centre will feature flavours from the Middle East. 

 

 Richard Porter

 

Subject: Dicclofenac authorised in Europe. Vulture future not good.
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 May 2014 05:29:19 -0700
Simon Tull posted the link to the petition mentioned below in early March but 
since just over 9,000 signatures are still required, I thought I would remind 
anybody who was intending to sign but hasn't yet! 

 
 Diclofenac is a powerful anti-inflammatory drug that has wiped out vulture 
populations in India, Pakistan and Nepal. Now, a repeat of this ecological 
disaster is threatening Europe. Despite the fact that safe alternative drugs 
are readily available, Diclofenac has been authorised for use on domestic 
animals in Italy, and in Spain where 80% of European vultures live, and is now 
becoming widely available on the EU market. According to experts in 
SEO/BirdLife (BirdLife in Spain), RSPB (BirdLife UK) and the Vulture 
Conservation Foundation http://www.4vultures.org/, this may cause a European 
mass die off of endangered and ecologically valuable wildlife. 

 
 The EU and its Member States have a legal obligation to conserve vultures 
under the EU Birds Directive and EU Veterinary Drugs legislation that require 
avoiding ecological damage. An immediate ban on veterinary Diclofenac is needed 
to protect our vultures from the fate of their Asian cousins, and would also 
send a crucial signal encouraging African countries to stop the spread of 
Diclofenac, which is already affecting the highly endangered populations of 
African vultures. 

 
 The link to the petition is:
 Janez Potočnik, European Union: Diclofenac the Vulture killing drug is now 
available on EU market 
http://www.change.org/petitions/european-union-diclofenac-the-vulture-killing-drug-is-now-available-on-eu-market 

 
 
http://www.change.org/petitions/european-union-diclofenac-the-vulture-killing-drug-is-now-available-on-eu-market 

 
 Janez Potočnik, European Union: Diclofenac the Vultu... 
http://www.change.org/petitions/european-union-diclofenac-the-vulture-killing-drug-is-now-available-on-eu-market 
Diclofenac is a powerful anti-inflammatory drug that has wiped out vulture 
populations in India, Pakistan and Nepal. Now, a repeat of this ecological... 

 
 
 
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Subject: Israel trip report
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 May 2014 04:47:47 -0700
The following was posted on WestPalBirds by Steve Smith. 

 In early April, I sneaked away for a 9 day trip to Israel (6 - 14th) with 3 
mates from Southampton - Mark Edgeller, Nigel Jones & Simon Ingram. We had all 
been before on different trips, so the key things for this trip was Nightbirds 
(Hume's Tawny Owl, Pharaoh Eagle Owl & Nubian Nightjar) and what ever we could 
pick up in terms of additional ticks or Western P ticks. Thrown in plans for 
lots of general birding, photography & ice creams (whenever possible) & the 
planning was just about done. 

 

 The first couple of nights were based around the Dead Sea where the highlights 
included our best day of Raptor passage, including Steppe, Lesser Spotted & 
Short-toed Eagles, and Striolated Bunting, Tristram's Grackle, Fan-tailed 
Raven, Palestine Sunbirds etc. This was following by an evening with local 
guide Yoav Perlman who showed us 4+ Nubian Nightjars on a border kibbutz, 
followed by a couple of Hume's Tawny Owls. Soon after we met up, he had us 
twitching a Black Bush Robin which was our first bonus. Also tried for 
Long-billed Pipits while we were in the Dead Sea, without success, but did see 
Rock & Pale Rock Sparrows. 


 

 Then it was onto Eilat for the next 4 nights, but no sooner than arriving, we 
were heading back North to Yotvata for a second Owling session for Pharaoh 
Eagle Owl with another guide Itai. After a couple of hours of search that 
evening, we saw one & had better views & photos compared to the one seen 
earlier in the year on the Western Sahara trip. 

 

 The following morning was another early start as a Caspian Plover had been 
found close to Ovda airport. In hindsight, we could have gone for it before 
looking for the Pharaoh Eagle Owl, but we hadn't appreciated how close it was. 
Fortunately, we saw it, but soon after for no apparent reason it got up & 
heading about 2 miles closer to Ovda & it wasn't clear where it had come down. 
It was a toss up of trying to get better views or go back for breakfast. Result 
no photos, but well fed. 


 

 Also caught up with 2 White-cheeked Terns which had been hanging around the 
Eilat North Beach for a while & 2 Striated Herons & 3 White-eyed Gulls in the 
Eilat area. Also spent quite a bit of time around the slaine & fresh water 
tanks at km 19 - 20 where there was a good selection of general wetland birds, 
some bush species, Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse, Ruppell's Warbler & a few migrant 
raptors with Imperial Eagle being the best species. We returned on a few 
occasions to this area as it was some of the best Eilat area birding & on one 
morning found a Grey Phal amongst the Red-necked Phals. There are not many more 
than about 30 Israeli records so a good bird to find & which resulted it going 
out as a Rare Bird Alert for the area. We can't rule out the Grey Phal having 
already been found by other birders earlier than morning, but soon after we 
found it Itai bowled up & wasn't aware of it. 


 

 Other general birding during our stay in Eilat added Hooded Wheatear (on the 
Eilat Mountains Rd), Crowned Sandgrouse & Scrub Warbler (Ovda), Little Crakes, 
Citrine Wag, Masked Shrike (Yotvata) & Greater Sandplover (km 20 water tank). 


 

 After 4 nights in Eliat, we headed up through the West Bank & had 2 nights at 
Kfar Ruppin kibbutz in the Jordan valley. This is an excellent birding location 
with lots of birds throughout the kibbutz & extensive fish farms. Accommodation 
is self catering on the kibbutz & is very convenient for the birding. I haven't 
totalled up the number of species seen, but it would be more like an impressive 
wetland woodland nature reserve than a UK farm. Highlights included Long-billed 
Pipits (on hills about 30 mins drive away), Clamorous Reed Warbler, White 
Pelicans, Black Francolin, Bee-eater, Collared Flycatcher & the bird of the 
trip (for me) several Scops Owls. When you see the photos you will see why it 
got my high approval. 

 

 Finally, on the last afternoon, we had a quick look around Tel Aviv where 
connected with a couple of Vinous-breasted Starlings & Monk Parakeets (to add 
to the Common Mynas we had already seen). So ended up with 3 Cat C Western P 
ticks, with the Vinous-breasted Starling being a species that was actually a 
world tick having failed to find them in the past in SE Asia. 

 

 In the end I had 4 world ticks & a further 7 Western P ticks which was much 
better than I had expected. 


 

 Didn't do too badly with mammals with Nubian Ibex, Dorcas Gazelle, Mountain 
Gazelle, Desert Hedgehog, Rock Hyrax, Fox & Jackal. 


 

             But a really good trip, no hassle & a good bunch to travel with.
 

 I've finished the blog updates with the last posting today. Best to start at 
the 6 April & move forward in time from this post 

 

 http:// birdingpooleharbourandbeyond. blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/6- 
april-14-back-to-desert.html 
http://birdingpooleharbourandbeyond.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/6-april-14-back-to-desert.html 


 

 

         Steve Smith

 Blog Birding Poole Harbour & Beyond 
http://birdingpooleharbourandbeyond.blogspot.co.uk/ 

 
 http://birdingpooleharbourandbeyond.blogspot.co.uk/ 
 
 Birding Poole Harbour & Beyond 
http://birdingpooleharbourandbeyond.blogspot.co.uk/ Last couple of hours at the 
Kfar Ruppin kibbutz, before heading back to Tel Aviv. 

 
 
 
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Subject: Re: Latest volume of Zoology in the Middle East (Vol 60,Issue 2)
From: "Ian Harrison ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 May 2014 22:34:27 +0100
Hi Andrea
Further information is as follows:

Please be informed that Zoology in the Middle East is published now by
Taylor & Francis both as online edition and in print version. Please visit
the journal’s new web site at
http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tzme20/current#.UZ8HgJ3wCih. The old web
site at http://www.kasparek-verlag.de/ZME-allgem.htm will remain valid for
some time.

Hope that helps!

Ian


On 17 May 2014 11:19, Andrea Corso voloerrante AT yahoo.it [MEBirdNet] <
MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Hello Ian
>
> I do not understand from their web page how to subribe to the journal, and
> also, it is a printed journal (which I still like and want) or it is only
> an online journal ?
>
> Thanks for the help
>
> Andrea
>   Il Sabato 17 Maggio 2014 10:59, "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <
> MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com> ha scritto:
>
>
>
>   Zoology in the Middle East, Volume 60, Issue 2 (2014) has just been
> published. The following two articles concern birds in the OSME area.
>
> On the diet of the Pharaoh Eagle Owl, *Bubo ascalaphus* (Savigny, 1809),
> in Qatar, with an overview of its feeding habits (*Ivan Mohedano,
> Mohammad A. Abu Baker, Brian Hunter, Jamie Buchan, Christopher J. Michaels,
> and Nobuyuki Yamaguchi)*
>
> Paddyfield Pipit (*Anthus rufulus*) in south-eastern Iran: a species new
> to the Middle East  (*Raffael Ayé, Tobias Roth, and Thomas Stalling)*
>
> Further details from
> http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tzme20/current#.UZ8HgJ3wCih   (note new
> website address).
>
> Ian Harrison
>
>
>    
>
Subject: RE: another new raptor for the WP in the ME
From: "'Richard Klim' richard AT klim.co.uk [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 May 2014 16:03:31 +0100
Dick Forsman's website....
www.dickforsman.com/2014/04/22/wahlbergs-eagle-a-new-bird-for-the-western-pa
laearctic-list/


Richard Klim
Somerset, UK

 

From: MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: 17 May 2014 15:17
To: MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEBirdNet] another new raptor for the WP in the ME


Wahlberg's Eagle - a new bird for the Western Palaearctic list 


I have just (22nd Apr 9 am. local time) received an email from Ahmed Waheed
in Egypt, who sent me some eagle images for identification. The pictures are
very good and leave no doubt as to the id. of the bird -it is a juvenile
pale morph Wahlberg's Eagle, the forst for the WP subregion!
The Wahlberg's Eagle Aquila wahlbergi (Wally) has a wide distribution in
Sub-Saharan Africa. Some populations are thought to be resident, but at
least South African birds migrate north for the austral winter, almost
reaching the Sahel.
Ahmed's original mail did not give site or date, but I have asked him for
more information on this sensational record.
I hope more will follow, perhaps even with the images.

Some hours later I have now received a reply from Ahmed. The bird was
photographed on the west coast of Gulf of Suez, Red Sea, near Ras Shuqeir,
some 120 kms north of Hurghada on May 3rd, 2013. He also kindly gave me
permission to post his images here. Thanks!

Here you can check Ahmed's Facebook account
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ahmed-Waheed-Nature-Photography/5794165820710
28
Subject: another new raptor for the WP in the ME
From: "clamsdell AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 May 2014 15:17:28 +0100
Wahlberg's Eagle - a new bird for the Western Palaearctic list 


I have just (22nd Apr 9 am. local time) received an email from Ahmed Waheed
in Egypt, who sent me some eagle images for identification. The pictures are
very good and leave no doubt as to the id. of the bird -it is a juvenile
pale morph Wahlberg's Eagle, the forst for the WP subregion!
The Wahlberg's Eagle Aquila wahlbergi (Wally) has a wide distribution in
Sub-Saharan Africa. Some populations are thought to be resident, but at
least South African birds migrate north for the austral winter, almost
reaching the Sahel.
Ahmed's original mail did not give site or date, but I have asked him for
more information on this sensational record.
I hope more will follow, perhaps even with the images.

Some hours later I have now received a reply from Ahmed. The bird was
photographed on the west coast of Gulf of Suez, Red Sea, near Ras Shuqeir,
some 120 kms north of Hurghada on May 3rd, 2013. He also kindly gave me
permission to post his images here. Thanks!

Here you can check Ahmed's Facebook account
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ahmed-Waheed-Nature-Photography/5794165820710
28
Subject: Re: Latest volume of Zoology in the Middle East (Vol 60,Issue 2)
From: "Andrea Corso voloerrante AT yahoo.it [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 May 2014 11:19:20 +0100 (BST)
Hello Ian

I do not understand from their web page how to subribe to the journal, and 
also, it is a printed journal (which I still like and want) or it is only an 
online journal ? 


Thanks for the help

Andrea


Il Sabato 17 Maggio 2014 10:59, "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" 
 ha scritto: 

 


  
Zoology in the Middle
East, Volume 60, Issue 2 (2014) has just been published. The following two 
articles concern birds in the OSME area. 



On the diet of the Pharaoh Eagle Owl, Bubo
ascalaphus (Savigny, 1809), in Qatar, with an overview of its feeding
habits(Ivan Mohedano,
Mohammad A. Abu Baker, Brian Hunter, Jamie Buchan, Christopher J. Michaels, and
Nobuyuki Yamaguchi)

Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus) in
south-eastern Iran: a species new to the Middle East  (Raffael Ayé, Tobias 
Roth, and Thomas Stalling) 


Further details from 
http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tzme20/current#.UZ8HgJ3wCih   (note new 
website address). 


 
Ian Harrison
Subject: Latest volume of Zoology in the Middle East (Vol 60,Issue 2)
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 May 2014 01:59:35 -0700
Zoology in the Middle East, Volume 60, Issue 2 (2014) has just been published. 
The following two articles concern birds in the OSME area. 


 

 
 On the diet of the Pharaoh Eagle Owl, Bubo ascalaphus (Savigny, 1809), in 
Qatar, with an overview of its feeding habits (Ivan Mohedano, Mohammad A. Abu 
Baker, Brian Hunter, Jamie Buchan, Christopher J. Michaels, and Nobuyuki 
Yamaguchi) 

 

 Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus) in south-eastern Iran: a species new to the 
Middle East (Raffael Ayé, Tobias Roth, and Thomas Stalling) 

 

 Further details from 
http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tzme20/current#.UZ8HgJ3wCih 
http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tzme20/current#.UZ8HgJ3wCih (note new website 
address). 


  
 Ian Harrison

Subject: SPNL Newsletter - correct link
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 May 2014 02:13:44 -0700
Apologies - my very recent post re the SPNL Newsletter had an incomplete web 
address. The correct link is: 


http://www.spnl.org/wings-waves-spnls-newsletter-may-2014/ 
http://www.spnl.org/wings-waves-spnls-newsletter-may-2014/ 


Ian Harrison
Subject: May Issue of Wings & Waves - SPNL/Birdlife Lebanon
From: "ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 May 2014 02:02:51 -0700
The May 2014 issue of Wings and Waves, the Newsletter of the Society for the 
Protection of Wildlife in Lebanon (SPNL) in conjunction with Birdlife Lebanon 
and Birdlife International is available at the following link. 

  
 
http://www.spnl.org/spnl-volunteer-caught-wild-animals-and-filmed-them-in-anjar/ 
http://www.spnl.org/spnl-volunteer-caught-wild-animals-and-filmed-them-in-anjar/ 

  
 Topics include: 
 1. Wild animals filmed in Anjar province.
 2. Adoption of sustainable hunting plan in Anjar.
 3. Profitable yet bird-friendly agricultural practices in the Rift Valley / 
Red Sea flyway region 

 4. Hima Anjar, a wildlife sanctuary and refuge to the Eurasian Penduline Tit, 
Remiz pendelinus 


 

 Ian Harrison

Subject: Re: OSME Summer Meeting, Saturday 5 July
From: "Ian Harrison ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 9 May 2014 14:11:12 +0100
Oops! My apologies. Thanks for pointing it out. Thought Chris had written
to personal email.

Ian


On 9 May 2014 10:30, Axel Braunlich braunlich AT ipn.de [MEBirdNet] <
MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
>  All list members are seeing your private conversations!
> Cheers, Axel
>
> On 09.05.2014 11:17, Ian Harrison ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet] wrote:
>
>
>  Not sure myself this year really. Will make decision when I know when
> daughter is coming home.
>
>  Ian
>
>
> On 8 May 2014 23:58,  wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> not sure I will get there - D is not keen on these and the meal at the
>> Mulberry, looking at their menu is a little high cost wise - it would do
>> visits to the local pub, so would not do the evening bit, so is another
>> thing that will not help deciding whether to go to nor - alas
>>
>> Chris
>>
>>  ------------------------------
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>> Behalf Of *ianbirds AT gmail.com
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>> *Subject:* [MEBirdNet] OSME Summer Meeting, Saturday 5 July
>>
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>> *The Wonder of Birds** in the OSME Region*
>>
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Subject: Re: OSME Summer Meeting, Saturday 5 July
From: "Axel Braunlich braunlich AT ipn.de [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 09 May 2014 11:30:41 +0200
All list members are seeing your private conversations!
Cheers, Axel

On 09.05.2014 11:17, Ian Harrison ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet] wrote:
> Not sure myself this year really. Will make decision when I know when 
> daughter is coming home.
>
> Ian
>
>
> On 8 May 2014 23:58,  > wrote:
>
>     not sure I will get there - D is not keen on these and the meal at
>     the Mulberry, looking at their menu is a little high cost wise -
>     it would do visits to the local pub, so would not do the evening
>     bit, so is another thing that will not help deciding whether to go
>     to nor - alas
>     Chris
>
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Subject: Re: OSME Summer Meeting, Saturday 5 July
From: "Ian Harrison ianbirds AT gmail.com [MEBirdNet]" <MEBirdNet@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 9 May 2014 10:17:35 +0100
Not sure myself this year really. Will make decision when I know when
daughter is coming home.

Ian


On 8 May 2014 23:58,  wrote:

>
>
>  not sure I will get there - D is not keen on these and the meal at the
> Mulberry, looking at their menu is a little high cost wise - it would do
> visits to the local pub, so would not do the evening bit, so is another
> thing that will not help deciding whether to go to nor - alas
>
> Chris
>
>  ------------------------------
> *From:* MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com] *On
> Behalf Of *ianbirds AT gmail.com
> *Sent:* 08 May 2014 22:17
> *To:* MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com
> *Subject:* [MEBirdNet] OSME Summer Meeting, Saturday 5 July
>
>
>
> *The Wonder of Birds** in the OSME Region*
>
>
>  The OSME Summer Meeting and 36th AGM will be held at BTO Headquarters,
> Thetford, Norfolk on Saturday 5 July. The Programme is as follows.
> Non-members welcome. No attendance charge.
>
> 11.10 Latest update on the BTO satellite-tagged cuckoos.
> 11.30 An overview of the OSME Conservation and Research Fund*. *Rob
> Sheldon
>
> 12.15 The ecology and breeding behaviour of Black Larks in Kazakhstan.
> Johannes Kamp
>
> 13.00 Lunch break   A range of sandwiches and drinks will be available
> for purchase.
> 14.00 36th Annual General Meeting
>
> 14.30 The Champions of the Flyway. David Lindo, The Urban Birder
>
> 15.15 Short break
>
> 15.30  The avifauna of Tajikistan – and some recent surprises. Raffael Aye
>
> 16.15  Reviving mid-winter waterbird censuses in the Middle East, the
> Caucasus and Central Asia. Szabolcs Nagy
>
> 17.00  Drawing of raffle and closing remarks.
>
> 17.15  Close of meeting
>
>
> *DINNER.* We have again arranged a meal at the Mulberry restaurant in
> Thetford after the meeting. We hope you will be able to join us. Please
> contact Helen Demopoulos – events AT osme.org  – from whom further details
> can also be obtained.
>
>
>
> *DAVID LINDO, THE URBAN BIRDER, *will have a stand at the Summer Meeting
> promoting the joys of bird-watching in urban environments.
>
> *OSME RAFFLE.* On the day, a raffle will be held with a range of prizes.All 
profits will go towards the OSME Conservation and Research Fund that 

> supports a range of projects throughout our region.
>
> Sunday 6th July 07.30 – 10.30 Join us on a Breckland birding trip
>
> Possibilities of seeing Eurasian Stone-curlew, Woodlark, Firecrest.
> Contact Phil Cannings
>
> (secretary AT osme.org) to reserve a place and to obtain more details. We
> hope you can join us!
>
>
> Getting to the BTO
> By Rail to Thetford Station Thetford is on the Birmingham-Norwich line.
> From London travel via Cambridge. Taxis are available at Thetford station.
> By Road The Nunnery is on Nuns' Bridge Road which is off the A134 to the
> south of the town. To obtain a map of the area visit www.multimap.co.ukand 
enter postcode IP24 2PU. There is a large car park at The Nunnery. 

>
> Accommodation can be found in Thetford, Bury St.Edmunds, Norwich,
> Newmarket, Barton Mills.
>
>
>   
>
Subject: RE: OSME Summer Meeting, Saturday 5 July
From: <clamsdell AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 23:58:32 +0100
not sure I will get there - D is not keen on these and the meal at the
Mulberry, looking at their menu is a little high cost wise - it would do
visits to the local pub, so would not do the evening bit, so is another
thing that will not help deciding whether to go to nor - alas
 
Chris

  _____  

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Of ianbirds AT gmail.com
Sent: 08 May 2014 22:17
To: MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEBirdNet] OSME Summer Meeting, Saturday 5 July


  

The Wonder of Birds in the OSME Region 






The OSME Summer Meeting and 36th AGM will be held at BTO Headquarters,
Thetford, Norfolk on Saturday 5 July. The Programme is as follows.
Non-members welcome. No attendance charge. 

11.10 Latest update on the BTO satellite-tagged cuckoos. 
11.30 An overview of the OSME Conservation and Research Fund. Rob Sheldon

12.15 The ecology and breeding behaviour of Black Larks in Kazakhstan.
Johannes Kamp

13.00 Lunch break   A range of sandwiches and drinks will be available for
purchase.
14.00 36th Annual General Meeting

14.30 The Champions of the Flyway. David Lindo, The Urban Birder 

15.15 Short break 

15.30  The avifauna of Tajikistan - and some recent surprises. Raffael Aye

16.15  Reviving mid-winter waterbird censuses in the Middle East, the
Caucasus and Central Asia. Szabolcs Nagy

17.00  Drawing of raffle and closing remarks. 

17.15  Close of meeting


DINNER. We have again arranged a meal at the Mulberry restaurant in Thetford
after the meeting. We hope you will be able to join us. Please contact Helen
Demopoulos -   events AT osme.org  - from whom further
details can also be obtained.

 

DAVID LINDO, THE URBAN BIRDER, will have a stand at the Summer Meeting
promoting the joys of bird-watching in urban environments. 

OSME RAFFLE. On the day, a raffle will be held with a range of prizes. All
profits will go towards the OSME Conservation and Research Fund that
supports a range of projects throughout our region.

Sunday 6th July 07.30 - 10.30 Join us on a Breckland birding trip

Possibilities of seeing Eurasian Stone-curlew, Woodlark, Firecrest. Contact
Phil Cannings 

(  secretary AT osme.org) to reserve a place and to
obtain more details. We hope you can join us!



Getting to the BTO
By Rail to Thetford Station Thetford is on the Birmingham-Norwich line. From
London travel via Cambridge. Taxis are available at Thetford station. 
By Road The Nunnery is on Nuns' Bridge Road which is off the A134 to the
south of the town. To obtain a map of the area visit www.multimap.co.uk and
enter postcode IP24 2PU. There is a large car park at The Nunnery.

Accommodation can be found in Thetford, Bury St.Edmunds, Norwich, Newmarket,
Barton Mills.




Subject: OSME Summer Meeting, Saturday 5 July
From: <ianbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: 08 May 2014 14:17:17 -0700
The Wonder of Birds in the OSME Region 

 The OSME Summer Meeting and 36th AGM will be held at BTO Headquarters, 
Thetford, Norfolk on Saturday 5 July. The Programme is as follows. Non-members 
welcome. No attendance charge. 

 
 11.10 Latest update on the BTO satellite-tagged cuckoos. 
 11.30 An overview of the OSME Conservation and Research Fund. Rob Sheldon
 12.15 The ecology and breeding behaviour of Black Larks in Kazakhstan. 
Johannes Kamp 

 13.00 Lunch break A range of sandwiches and drinks will be available for 
purchase. 

 14.00 36th Annual General Meeting
 14.30 The Champions of the Flyway. David Lindo, The Urban Birder 
 15.15 Short break 
 15.30  The avifauna of Tajikistan – and some recent surprises. Raffael Aye
 16.15 Reviving mid-winter waterbird censuses in the Middle East, the Caucasus 
and Central Asia. Szabolcs Nagy 

 17.00  Drawing of raffle and closing remarks. 
 17.15  Close of meeting
 
 DINNER. We have again arranged a meal at the Mulberry restaurant in Thetford 
after the meeting. We hope you will be able to join us. Please contact Helen 
Demopoulos – events AT osme.org mailto:events AT osme.org – from whom further 
details can also be obtained. 

  
 DAVID LINDO, THE URBAN BIRDER, will have a stand at the Summer Meeting 
promoting the joys of bird-watching in urban environments. 

 OSME RAFFLE. On the day, a raffle will be held with a range of prizes. All 
profits will go towards the OSME Conservation and Research Fund that supports a 
range of projects throughout our region. 

 Sunday 6th July 07.30 – 10.30 Join us on a Breckland birding trip
 Possibilities of seeing Eurasian Stone-curlew, Woodlark, Firecrest. Contact 
Phil Cannings 

 (secretary AT osme.org mailto:secretary AT osme.org) to reserve a place and to 
obtain more details. We hope you can join us! 

 
 Getting to the BTO
 By Rail to Thetford Station Thetford is on the Birmingham-Norwich line. From 
London travel via Cambridge. Taxis are available at Thetford station. 

 By Road The Nunnery is on Nuns' Bridge Road which is off the A134 to the south 
of the town. To obtain a map of the area visit www.multimap.co.uk and enter 
postcode IP24 2PU. There is a large car park at The Nunnery. 

 
 Accommodation can be found in Thetford, Bury St.Edmunds, Norwich, Newmarket, 
Barton Mills. 

 

Subject: Latest issue of Sandgrouse
From: <ianbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: 08 May 2014 07:17:12 -0700
Dear Subscriber
 
 The latest issue of Sandgrouse, the Journal of the Ornithological Society of 
the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia (OSME) - Volume 36,1 (2014) - 
was published last month and has been mailed to members on the current OSME 
membership list. Please note: if you have not renewed your OSME membership you 
will NOT receive this issue! 

 
 If you wish to receive this copy of Sandgrouse or if you are interested in 
getting future issues, please contact the Treasurer at treasurer AT osme.org, or 
join online at www.osme.org 

  
 The list of contents of the current issue is given below. 

 

 Ian Harrison
 

 

 Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius in Syria during 2011: status, presence, 
habitat survey. Nabegh Ghazal Asswad 

  
 The populations and distribution of the breeding birds of the Socotra 
archipelago, Yemen: 2. Shearwaters to Terns. RF Porter & Ahmed Saeed Suleiman 

  
 Bird records from south-central Uzbekistan, 2010–2013. Thomas Edward Martin, 
Valentin Nivet-Mazerolles, Cecile Landsmann, Mathieu Guillemin, Jérôme Dubos, 
Frédéric Vallejo & Valery Dombrovski 

  
 Further records of Small Buttonquail Turnix sylvaticus and ‘mangrove 
white-eye’ Zosterops sp in southwest Saudi Arabia. Jem Babbington & Philip 
Roberts 

  
 Desert bird species found in the Afro-Arabian rift valley desert of the gulf 
of Aden and southern Red sea region. PJ Cowan 

  
 The mystery of the ‘Syrian’ Serins wintering in northern Iraq is solved. 
RF Porter 

  
 First record for Iran of Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea, near Jask 
city, Hormozgan province. Ali Alieslam 

  
 Is the Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala displacing the endemic Cyprus 
Warbler S. melanothorax on Cyprus? Peter Flint & Alison McArthur 

  
 From the Rarities Committees. Ian Harrison (compiler)
  
 Reviews.
  
 OSME News. Robert Sheldon
  
 News & Information. Dawn Balmer (compiler)
  
 Around the Region. Ian Harrison & Chris Lamsdell (compilers)
  
 

 

Subject: Re: Re: Aqaba Bird Observatory
From: Mary Megalli <marydmegalli AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 1 May 2014 23:20:42 +0200
Huzzah! That is GREAT, Ianbirds and Colin. Such important and great
communication, I think I must GO THERE!


On Thu, May 1, 2014 at 11:14 PM,  wrote:

>
>
> The full trip report from Colin Mackenzie-Grieve (Aqaba and Petra) has
> now been placed on the OSME website in the Trip Reports section under
> Jordan - 
http://www.osme.org/tripreports/index.shtml#jordan 

>
> Ian Harrison
>
>
>
>  
>
Subject: Re: Aqaba Bird Observatory
From: <ianbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: 01 May 2014 14:14:36 -0700
The full trip report from Colin Mackenzie-Grieve (Aqaba and Petra) has now been 
placed on the OSME website in the Trip Reports section under Jordan - 
http://www.osme.org/tripreports/index.shtml#jordan 
http://www.osme.org/tripreports/jordan_aqaba.shtml 

 
 Ian Harrison
 
  
Subject: Aqaba Bird Observatory
From: <ianbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: 01 May 2014 02:47:33 -0700
Colin Mackenzie-Grieve has sent the following useful information on Aqaba Bird 
Observatory. 

 

 a) To visit the observatory requires only a ticket, which costs 7 Jordanian 
dinars for a day. Tickets are obtainable from the tourist information office in 
Aqaba. In fact I got mine from the reception desk at the Movenpick Hotel and 
Residences, where we were staying (on the seafront at Aqaba and not to be 
confused with the Movenpick Hotel down the coast at Tala Bay). It could be that 
all the main hotels have the tickets but I don't know this. 

 b) The observatory is closed on Fridays. I was given conflicting information 
as to whether it is also closed on Saturdays (it could well be, as in Jordan 
most government offices etc are closed on both Fridays and Saturdays, though 
private companies work on Saturdays). I think the opening hours on other days 
are about 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closing was definitely 3pm but I am not sure about 
the opening time). 

 c) To access the observatory, head out of Aqaba on the airport road. Just 
short of the airport there is a left turn, sign-posted to Eilat. At this 
turning there is also a signpost to the Observatory. Follow the Eilat road for 
a few hundred metres to a military checkpoint (you are not yet at the border 
checkpoint). I assume that, at this juncture, you need to be ready to explain 
that you are going to the observatory. I was told to have my observatory ticket 
and passport ready for inspection but I was being driven by a Jordanian and in 
the event did not need to produce either. After the checkpoint, continue for 
perhaps 1km towards the border and the crossing into Israel. The observatory 
entrance is on the left, about 400m before the border checkpoint. 

 d) At the observatory, report to the visitor centre , which is the first 
building you come to after the entrance. 

 e) The Observatory Manager is Eng. Feras Rahahleh. His contact details, as of 
late March 2014: 

 Tel: +962 3 205 88 25
 Fax: +962 3 205 88 27
 Mobile: +962 7 979 90 450
 PO Box 2227 
 Aqaba - Jordan.
 Email: feras.rahahleh AT rscn.org.jo mailto:feras.rahahleh AT rscn.org.jo. 
 Feras speaks excellent English and it would make sense to contact him before 
visiting, for updates to the above. Updates might also be available through the 
RSCN website, which is http://www.rscn.org.jo/ http://www.rscn.org.jo/. 

 I believe that the Observatory has a page on Facebook but I have not 
investigated this. 

 

 Posted by Ian Harrison
 [I see that the closing time is now apparently 3pm - when I visited in April 
2007 it was open dawn to dusk although no staff were present; midday 
temperatures were then up to 40°C so a break then was useful as was the 
opportunity to walk round as the heat was getting less. A pity that this may no 
longer be possible but I can see that staffing all day is a problem. Ian] 


 
 

Subject: "FALCO" Nr. 43 is available for downloading
From: Jevgeni Shergalin <zoolit2 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:58:08 +0000
Dear Colleagues,

A new "FALCO" Nr. 43 is available for downloading at:

http://www.savethesaker.com/images/falco/falco43.pdf

The table of contents is the following:

 
Editorial-.................................................................................................................3International 
falcon research on behalf of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi in 2013....... 
4Survey 

 for Houbara Bustards and Saker Falcons in the southern  Gobi in 
Mongolia................. 11Southeast Europe Saker network (SESN): activities 
and results 2006-201.... 13 Falconry 

 in Uzbekistan from the Falconry Heritage Trusts image 
collection........................19
Veterinarians
 for 

vultures....................................................................................................23Veterinary 
medicine for falconry into the 21st 
century..........................................................25Whats New 
in the Literature 
............................................................................................30 


With best regards

Jevgeni Shergalin


 		 	   		   		 	   		  
Subject: "FALCO" Nr. 43 is available for downloading
From: Jevgeni Shergalin <zoolit2 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:58:08 +0000
Dear Colleagues,

A new "FALCO" Nr. 43 is available for downloading at:

http://www.savethesaker.com/images/falco/falco43.pdf

The table of contents is the following:

 
Editorial-.................................................................................................................3International 
falcon research on behalf of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi in 2013....... 
4Survey 

 for Houbara Bustards and Saker Falcons in the southern  Gobi in 
Mongolia................. 11Southeast Europe Saker network (SESN): activities 
and results 2006-201.... 13 Falconry 

 in Uzbekistan from the Falconry Heritage Trusts image 
collection........................19
Veterinarians
 for 

vultures....................................................................................................23Veterinary 
medicine for falconry into the 21st 
century..........................................................25Whats New 
in the Literature 
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With best regards

Jevgeni Shergalin


 		 	   		   		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Digest Number 2715
From: Ian Harrison <ianbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:53:46 +0100
Thanks Nick for the Black-bellied Sandgrouse info. As you say, distressing
whatever the species.

Concerning numbers, the figure of 2,100 is indeed huge but on reflection I
assumed:
a) that a mixture of species might be involved - borne out by the photo.
b) the photograph is of the spoils of one particular day - in 21 days, the
total therefore seems about right.
c) more northerly populations over-winter further south and are presumably
therefore involved in the slaughter.

Thanks also for the reminder about being open about names.

Ian Harrison


On 25 April 2014 10:35, Nick Moran  wrote:

>
>
> Hi
>
> Regarding the photo of the 11 dead bustards and other birds, circulated in
> response to the Dawn media group story, I think the remainder are
> Black-bellied Sandgrouse - particularly poignant/distressing from an OSME
> perspective.
>
> A polite request - please sign off posts on MEBirdNet with your name -
> mjd4uk is a bit cryptic :)
>
> All the best
> Nick Moran
>
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Subject: Re: Digest Number 2715
From: Nick Moran <nick.moran AT bto.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:35:47 +0100
Hi

Regarding the photo of the 11 dead bustards and other birds, circulated in
response to the Dawn media group story, I think the remainder are
Black-bellied Sandgrouse - particularly poignant/distressing from an OSME
perspective.

A polite request - please sign off posts on MEBirdNet with your name -
mjd4uk is a bit cryptic :)

All the best
Nick Moran


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> Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:13 am (PDT) . Posted by: mjd4uk 
 

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From: <mjd4uk AT yahoo.co.uk>
Date: 24 Apr 2014 08:13:45 -0700
That's a lot of dead birds in one photo. I can't make out what the birds are 
which are surrounded by several dead bustards? 
Subject: Re: Alleged Houbara Bustard hunting on an industrial scale by Saudi royal in Pakistan.
From: <asmustim AT gmx.de>
Date: 23 Apr 2014 22:20:16 -0700

 
 In this case birds of the migratory Kazakh and Mongolian breeding population 
should be involved which according to my knowledge overwinter concentrated in 
quite a few core region of Iran and Pakistan and are therefore quite easily 
eradicated. 

 

 Just as modern industrial fish trawlers with high-tech equipment might easily 
deplete the fish stock of entire ocean regions these so called Arabian 
„hunting groups“ might consist of hundreds of all-wheel SUV and 
helicopters, satelitte telephones etc. entering the deserts, being informed by 
stuff and officials with up to date information where bustards gather… 

 

 Let`s call a spade a spade! As mentioned before in this forum I just don`t 
understand the stifling political correctness - why do we euphemistically 
continue to use the term „hunting“ in such issues which gives a completely 
wrong idea of what´s going on here! In this case we are dealing with the 
industrial high-tech based harvesting of tons of meat of Chlamydotis undulata! 
Numenius tenuirostris – mission accomplished; which is next?? 

 

 Best regards
 

 Asmus Schröter
Subject: Re: Alleged Houbara Bustard hunting on an industrial scale by Saudi royal in Pakistan.
From: Eran Tomer <erantomer AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:13:35 -0400
Not to belittle the gravity of the phenomenon, but the reported number of
birds hunted seems excessive.

Houbara / MacQueen's Bustard is a large bird with low population densities.
2,100 birds hunted in 21 days averages 100 birds a day. I'd be hard-pressed
to think of an area where this species is abundant to the point where such
a number can be encountered daily. 2,100 Houbaras would constitute the
whole population of an entire region, as well as c. 2% of the species'
global population.

Moreover, this bird has been declining in the said region, which makes the
reported number hunted seem even more dubious. From BirdLife International:

"...a very preliminary estimate of the global population is 106,000-110,000
individuals...

The population of race *macqueenii* in the mid-1990s was estimated to be in
the range 39,000-52,000, of which over 75% were in Kazakhstan and 15% in
Uzbekistan (Goriup 1997). In more recent discussions, however, a reliable
estimate for the number of individuals in the Middle East and central Asia
has also not been considered achievable without huge confidence limits.
Instead, the region has been broken into two, west Asia (the resident
population distributed from the Arabian Peninsula to Pakistan and
Uzbekistan) with around 20% of the total population, and east Asia (the
migrant population distributed from Kazakhstan to China) with around 50%.
With no new information on the rate of decline in west Asia, that of c.25%
estimated in 2004 (F. Launay pers. comm. 2004, Tourenq *et al. *2004) is
retained here. The species has declined "sharply" in east Asia (O. Combreau in
litt. 2012). Whilst this rate has been highly variable (ranging from a 40%
increase in east Kazakhstan to a 90% decline in west Kazakhstan), an
overall decline rate of c.40-50% as estimated in 2004 (F. Launay pers.
comm. 2004, Tourenq *et al. *2004) is thought to remain sensible...

If 50% (east Asia) of the species is declining by 40-50%, 20% (west Asia)
is declining by c.25%, and the remaining 30% (North Africa) is now
increasing (at a conservative estimate, by 1-10%) the global population is
currently declining by c.20-29%."


Best regards,

- Eran Tomer
  Atlanta, Georgia, USA




On Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 11:22 AM,  wrote:

>
>
> *Saudi prince allegedly hunts 2,100 Houbara Bustards in a three week stay
> in Pakistan*
>
>
>
> *A Saudi prince, *Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud,* has allegedly
> hunted a massive 2,100 Houbara Bustards during a 21-day hunting trip in
> January to Chagai, Balochistan, Pakistan during which the royal also
> apparently indulged in illegal hunting in protected areas, according to a
> recent report in the Pakistan newspaper, Dawn.*
>
Subject: RE: Alleged Houbara Bustard hunting on an industrial scale by Saudi royal in Pakistan. [1 Attachment]
From: Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan Alenezi <alsirhan AT alsirhan.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:12:10 +0300
Hi Ian,
I was sent is attached photograph. I found it also in this 
link.https://www.facebook.com/BAWCUK 

Regards,AbdulRahman Al-Sirhan
To: MEBirdNet AT yahoogroups.com
From: ianbirds AT gmail.com
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:08:33 +0100
Subject: Re: [MEBirdNet] Alleged Houbara Bustard hunting on an industrial scale 
by Saudi royal in Pakistan. 















 

 



  


    
      
      
      
At present we have no further information. If anybody knows of any other 
information sources which could disprove, corroborate or shed further light on 
the alleged hunting expedition and the alleged numbers of birds involved, then 
this would be very helpful. 



Ian Harrison


On 22 April 2014 17:57, Howard King  wrote:














 

 



  


    
      
      
      
The Prince probably did kill a large number but that said "Dawn" is a sectarian 
publication - do you have an other more objective independent source to verify 
data 





On 22 April 2014 18:22,   wrote:















 

 



  


    
      
      
      


Saudi prince allegedly hunts
2,100 Houbara Bustards in a three week stay in Pakistan

 

A Saudi prince, Fahd bin Sultan bin
Abdul Aziz Al Saud, has allegedly hunted a massive 2,100 Houbara Bustards 
during 

a 21-day hunting trip in January to Chagai, Balochistan, Pakistan during which
the royal also apparently indulged in illegal hunting in protected areas, 
according 

to a recent report in the Pakistan newspaper, Dawn.  

 

Full details of the reported daily tallies and where
the birds were allegedly killed can be found at the following link:

 


http://www.dawn.com/news/1101272/arab-royal-hunts-down-2100-houbara-bustards-in-three-week-safari 




 

Ian Harrison






    
     

    
    






  








-- 
Howard King
Bahrain