First record of Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) for Tunisia


This video is called Lesser Yellowlegs, Tringa flavipes, foraging.

I was privileged to see this beautiful species in Costa Rica.

After the comprehensive annotated checklist of the birds of Tunisia published in 2005, this report deals with records collected between 2005 and 2014. Ten (or perhaps eleven) new species for the country could be added (Lesser Flamingo, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Black-winged Pratincole, Spotted Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Sabine’s Gull, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Citrine Wagtail, Palla’s Leaf Warbler and presumably African Reed Warbler). Four species were found breeding for the first time (Yelkouan Shearwater, Glossy Ibis, Black-headed Gull, Grey Wagtail) and the breeding of two others need to be confirmed (Northern Goshawk, African Reed Warbler). Some rarely recorded species have been recorded again (Red-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Yellow-billed Stork, Greater Scaup, Greater Spotted Eagle, American Golden Plover, Sociable Lapwing, Red Phalarope, Grey-hooded Gull, Caspian Gull, White-rumped Swift, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Hooded Crow, Brambling). The Slender-billed Curlew having not been recorded in recent years must be considered as extinct: here.

Originally posted on North African Birds:

Bradshaw, Chr. G. 2015. First record of Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes for Tunisia. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 22 (1): 82-83.

This short note describes the first Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) for Tunisia. The bird was observed at a wetland near Douz, southern Tunisia on 18 March 2014.

Cette note brève décrite la première observation du Petit Chevalier (Tringa flavipes) pour la Tunisie. L’oiseau a été observé dans une zone humide près de Douz, sud de la Tunisie le 18 Mars 2014.

Lesser Yellowlegs - Chevalier à pattes jaunes (Tringa flavipes) Lesser Yellowlegs – Chevalier à pattes jaunes (Tringa flavipes), Jamaica Bay (New York). (photo: Wolfgang Wander, license: GFDL-1.2, via Wikipedia).

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Terrorists in Tunisia trained in ‘new’ Libya

This video says about itself:

18 March 2015

Gunmen opened fire at a leading museum in Tunisia’s capital. Tunisian security forces have surrounded the museum while tourists run for cover.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

The terrorists who perpetrated a massacre Wednesday in Tunisia were trained in neighbouring Libya. The Tunisian Interior Minister Rafik Chelli said this. The two are said to have traveled to Libya in December.

In the final analysis, the atrocity in Tunis was the result of the spillover from the catastrophes created by the US wars in Iraq and Libya and the proxy war Washington has waged in Syria, backing Islamist militias in an attempt to oust the government of President Bashar al-Assad: here.