31 Dec '13, 11am

Good news: 35 Sociable Lapwing found wintering in the Negev, Israel @BirdLife_News #osmeregion

Good news: 35 Sociable Lapwing found wintering in the Negev, Israel @BirdLife_News #osmeregion

Sociable Lapwing has become an increasingly scarce winter visitor to Israel, so news of at least 35 wintering there in 2013 brings us great cheer this Christmas. Jonathan Meyrav of The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (BirdLife International’s national Partner in Israel) brings us this news and provides a recent historical perspective… “Ever since I started birding in the late 1980’s, small numbers of these elegant waders wintered at various sites throughout the country. Back in those days Israel was much less heavily populated and a few small groups of ‘Sociable Plovers’ – as they were then known – could usually be found wintering in agricultural areas – some even on the outskirts of Tel Aviv as well as at more regular, remoter sites in Israel’s Eastern Valleys and the Western Negev region. Jonathan Meyrav - SPNI © David Callahan For the past 30 years Sociab...

Full article: http://www.birdlife.org/sociable-lapwing/2013/12/sociable...

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