Quest for a Banded newt

If you do follow/have seen my observations recently, you can very clearly tell I am trying to start off my 2017 bioblitz on a bang, and find the Southern banded newt, Ommatotriton vittatus, a species believed to be extirpated from Jordan. I have been going to the King talal dam and Ajloun to attempt to find one, but have turned up nothing but a few other amazing species on the bioblitz. Even though I will go back to said localities during spring and summer, it is unlikely I will find a newt at those temperatures. We may go back to the dam tomorrow (And possibly Dibeen forest reserve) and try one last time to find one, but I would still like some pointers of what, when and where to look for said newts, even though I already know a vast majority of their behavior. Thanks for reading, and I'll just leave the photos of each time I went here, so you can see the variety of wildlife there:

Posted by cliygh-and-mia cliygh-and-mia, January 15, 2017 11:54

Observations

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What

Eurasian Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 1, 2017 11:42 AM EST

Place

Jordan (Google, OSM)

Description

Hovering above the dam

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Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 2, 2017 10:23 AM EST

Place

Jordan (Google, OSM)

Description

It may be the same one I saw attack and kill a Laughing dove

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White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 2, 2017 10:16 AM EST

Description

On my list, extremely happy about seeing one

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Common Crane Grus grus

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 2, 2017 10:31 AM EST

Description

A group of three was flying overhead. You can tell it's a type of stork by the wing shape, and the small amount of head you can see being outstretched by said birds

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What

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 2, 2017 10:36 AM EST

Place

Jordan (Google, OSM)

Description

Killing and eating a Laughing dove. It dramatically flew over my father, landed, and promptly started disabling the dove

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What

Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 2, 2017 10:36 AM EST

Place

Jordan (Google, OSM)

Description

Being eaten by an Eurasian sparrowhawk

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Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 2, 2017 10:57 AM EST

Place

Jordan (Google, OSM)

Description

A feather I collected once the Sparrowhawk flew away with its prey. I have it in a plastic bag so it doesn't get lost

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Domestic Cat Felis catus

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 5, 2017 11:08 AM EST

Description

I don't truly know, but this is most likely the species these prints belong to

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White Wagtail Motacilla alba

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 5, 2017 11:43 AM EST

Description

Perching in front of the river

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Smooth Harvester Ants Genus Messor

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 5, 2017 11:38 AM EST

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Palestine Sunbird Cinnyris osea

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 5, 2017 11:50 AM EST

Description

A male and female. The male is on the left, and the female is directly to the right of the male

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White Wagtail Motacilla alba

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 10, 2017 08:55 AM EST

Description

With a Gray wagtail

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Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 10, 2017 08:55 AM EST

Description

With a White wagtail

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What

Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 10, 2017 09:01 AM EST

Description

I have no clue, either a pair of Rock pigeons, Eurasian collared doves, or Turtle doves

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What

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 10, 2017 08:55 AM EST

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White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 10, 2017 09:17 AM EST

Description

Behind a fence

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Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 10, 2017 09:29 AM EST

Description

One of my favorite birds, happy and lucky to see one

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What

White Wagtail Motacilla alba

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 12, 2017 10:51 AM EST

Description

Seen on the way to Aljoun forest reserve

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Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 12, 2017 12:51 PM EST

Description

On the road into the reserve

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Woodlouse Spider Dysdera crocata

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 12, 2017 12:18 PM EST

Description

Underneath a flipped rock

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Domestic Sheep Ovis aries

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 12, 2017 10:50 AM EST

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Mantises Order Mantodea

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 12, 2017 12:25 PM EST

Description

On my father's glove

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What

Black-capped Jay Garrulus glandarius ssp. atricapillus

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 12, 2017 12:32 PM EST

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What

Black-capped Jay Garrulus glandarius ssp. atricapillus

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 12, 2017 01:13 PM EST

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What

Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs

Observer

cliygh-and-mia

Date

January 12, 2017 12:16 PM EST

Description

Some good outdoor shots

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I am very interested in this. Your profile says that you currently live in the US. Do you still come to Jordan? I had really like for us to do something together, since I live in Amman and I did some wildlife exploration myself.

Posted by abbad almost 3 years ago (Flag)
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No, we have moved back to the USA, and I don't think we'd come back other than a day trip to Wadi Rum or the Aqaba Bird Observatory. I do know we likely would visit Israel if that is a possibility. Again, sorry.

-Xavier

Posted by cliygh-and-mia almost 3 years ago (Flag)

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