Jerusalem Bird Observatory

The Nili and David Jerusalem Bird Observatory, Israel’s first urban wildlife site, is located the heart of the busy city right next to the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. Although only 1.5 acres in size, the site acts like a magnet, attracting thousands of migrating songbirds to its pond and fruit trees. This makes it the perfect place to conduct research into migration via the bird ringing station, and for some seriously quality birdwatching from the Beracha bird hide at the Nyman Pond.

The Guttman Visitor Center

The Guttman visitor center is open Sunday to Thursday from 9:00 to 15:00, and whenever there is a bird ringing session. The Center includes a shop with books, bird feeders and other bird related gifts available for purchase. Visitors can also enjoy the latest exhibition at the Gail Rubin Nature Art Gallery and browse the library.

Tours and Programs

There are a variety of walks, lectures, workshops and trips offered in both English and Hebrew throughout the year. Every day during the spring (March – May) visitors can observe the bird ringing sessions and get identification tips from the staff and volunteers.

 

Visitors are welcome any time, but remember the early bird catches the worm and the best time to visit is early morning when the birds are active and the ringing sessions are occurring.

 

Guided tours and activities are available upon request for groups of all sizes. Private birdwatching guides can also be hired for birdwatching trips around the Jerusalem area. Email jbo@inter.net.il for more information.

Seasonal Highlights

Spring – a wide range of migrants are passing through the site.  Wrynecks, Olive Tree warblers, Redstarts, Collared, Semi-Collared and Pied flycatchers, and so much more.

 

Summer – this is our quiet period and many of our local birds can be observed with their young.

 

Autumn – Fall migration starts in July and continues on to November.  This is often the time for interesting surprises that can show up suddenly.

 

Winter – wintering thrushes and seedeater, European robins and Grey wagtails are frequent visitors.  And in some years this is one of the best places to see Hawfinches, Bramblings, Siskins, and Song thrushes.

Visitor Information

Visitors are welcome anytime, free of charge.

 

The Guttman visitor center is open Sunday to Thursday from 9:00 to 15:00, and whenever there is a bird ringing session.

 

Guided tours and activities are available upon request for groups of all sizes. Private birdwatching guides can also be hired for birdwatching trips around the Jerusalem area. Email jbo@inter.net.il for more information.

 

Address: Rothschild St, Jerusalem, Israel