Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring is for the birds

I've mentioned the two hummingbird pairs that come regularly to our patio.

Here is another interesting bird with a long tuft of feathers off the back of it's head, which has shown up this spring.  It has stripes on the body, and it pecks at the ground for bugs.  I've seen them in lawns around the city, including at Ulpan.

On highway 1, out toward Jerusalem, there is a radar station.  It's for monitoring the half a billion European birds that are migrating through Israel every spring and fall to get to Africa in the winter.  Birding is one of the most common reasons tourists visit here (I suppose religion still beats birding, but it's not far behind).

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