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General Birdwatching InXformXation

 

Over 300 bird species within 30 km2! 

Supporting a wide diversity of habitats 

that are uniquely located along the 

main migratory path that joins Europe, 

Asia and Africa makes this one of the 

best birding hotspots in the Western 

Palearctic. This is the place to watch 

flocks of tens of thousands of soaring 

birds such as storks, pelicans and 

many species of raptors. The wetland 

habitat around the Jordan River and 

fishponds attract a wide variety of 

waterbirds from great black-headed 

gulls to common shelduck. The 

limestone cliffs bordering the Jordan 

River are particularly attractive to cavity 

nesters such as bee-eaters and rollers. 

The open grassland and scrub areas 

provide natural habitat for the black 

francolin. The surrounding fields attract 

a wide variety of migrating and 

wintering birds such as sociable and 

white-tailed plovers, pallid and Montagu's 

 

 

 

harriers, wagtails, pipits and buntings.

Within easy reach of the center, other 

attractive birding sites are located such 

as the Hula Valley, one of the most 

important wetland areas in the Middle 

East. Wintering within an area of 20 

km2 are over 25,000 Eurasian cranes, 

as well as 17 species of raptors 

including good numbers of rare species 

such as imperial and spotted eagles. 

This is also the best area to observe 

resident marbled teal, a globally 

threatened species.

 

 

 

Seasons

Each season has its own unique set of 

species that can be found near the 

center. During spring and autumn, 

migration is one of the most notable 

seasonal phenomena in Israel

(see below). However, the winter 

months between November and 

March can also provide excellent 

opportunities for birding. Large 

concentrations of waterbirds such

as herons, cormorants, and waterfowl 

are present at the fishponds; where 

as, a great variety and abundance of 

bird of prey can be found throughout 

the area. During spring and summer, 

resident and some migrant species 

commence nesting. Specialties here

include large rookeries of herons 

including some pygmy cormorants 

(another globally threatened species), 

and colonies of cavity nesting bee-

eaters and rollers. 

 

 

 

 

Migration

The Jordan Valley is host to an almost continual flux of migrating birds, although the main seasons

are during March to May, and again from September to November. Several hundred, million birds

of over 300 species pass through the Jordan Valley in autumn and spring. Many of these species

breed in mid and Eastern Europe and a significant portion of their entire population pass through

the region. Indeed, the entire population of some species such as the Lesser Spotted Eagle and

the White Stork passes through the area twice a year. The annual autumn survey of soaring

migrants is conducted from the center and includes observation points west to Haifa. During the

spring, soaring birds pass in lower concentrations but with the same variety of species. However,

species composition does vary between seasons making birdwatching in this area always

exciting.

 






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