Thursday, October 18, 2007

Bird migration in full swing

The bird migration to the area that begun with the new year (Rosh Hashanah) is now in full swing. Birds, and especially water birds, are migrating from Europe, which is cooling down towards winter, to Africa where they will stay for the winter. Some of the birds will stay here for the winter while others will return in the spring on their way back to Europe.

Luckily for us we are right on their path between the two continents and get to enjoy the spectacle of watching the flocks of birds flying though the sky or resting in the water reservoirs and fish pools. So be sure to look up into the autumn sky to see them. Especially interesting are the flocks of pelicans the fly in upward spiral formations.

If you are traveling south of Atlit by train be sure to look out of the window on the west side (the side where the sea is) and you will get a closer view of the birds in the Ma'agan Michael fish pools.

If you are driving down the Old Costal road (# 4 road ) around Zihron Yakov in the evening you may see the pelicans collect on the Eucalyptus trees for their nights rest. There birds seem to especially like Eucalyptus trees with bare branches so look for those. Another on of these favorite resting places is on a similar tree in Ramat Yishai which you can also see if driving past on the road.

You can see the birds up close at the Nature reserves at their migration resting spots, the main ones which are at Maagan Michael and Hula pond in the Galil. There is also one in Ein Afek right nest to Kiryat Bialik in the Krayot area.

I wasn't able to find much information about these birding sites in English but here is some information that might also be interesting:

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