Best time to travel to Jerusalem

Jerusalem Bird Observatory (JBO)

A unique park and research station right in the heart of Jerusalem

Jerusalem Bird Observatory (JBO) in Jerusalem 2020 - Best Time
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Very few world capitals display such a diversity of avian life right in the centre of the city the way Jerusalem does. The Jerusalem Bird Observatory (JBO) covers 5,000 sq m of land between Knesset, the Israeli parliament building, and the Supreme Court. The observatory offers conservation and environmental activities, birdwatching tours, and even hosts a birdwatching club for kids and adults.

Starred agama 2020
Starred agama

Israel lies on one of the main bird migration routes. This provides ornitрologists with an ideal tool for conservation studies and monitoring bird populations. Frequent visitors to the bird observatory include wrynecks, Palestine sunbirds, collared flycatchers, thrush nightingales, masked and red-backed shrikes, hawfinches, European robins, and bulbuls. You can also see the national bird of Israel here —the hoopoe.

Hoopoe 2020
Hoopoe
Hoopoe in profile 2020
Hoopoe in profile

Due to urbanization, Jerusalem has lost many of its bird-watching spots, but after the JBO was created, birds started to arrive in greater numbers every year. The endangered lesser kestrels can be seen nesting nearby in springtime and many short-toed eagles and little owls also live in the hills

Palestine Sunbird 2020
Palestine Sunbird

The Jerusalem Bird Observatory can be visited year round, but winter is the best time to spot migrating European species.

White-throated Kingfisher 2020
White-throated Kingfisher