Previous Festivals

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“Every spring up to 2 million soaring birds pass over the Eilat Mountains and on a good day thousands of raptors and storks can be seen.

The pools and reservoirs north of the city are an important stopover site for hundreds of thousands of shorebirds that migrate to and from their Eurasian breeding grounds. Any visit to the famous K19 and K20 pools can produce a mouth-watering list of waders and other species.


the developing Southern Arava region is dotted with fields, plantations, pools and reed beds that host highly localized residents like Namaqua Dove and Indian Silverbill. During the spring the agricultural areas are full of migrating pipits, wagtails, wheatears, hirundines, buntings and larks.


The open desert areas of the Southern Rift Valley and the Southern Negev Plateau hold exciting residents like Trumpeter Finch, Desert Wheatear, Spotted and Crowned Sandgrouse and more. These areas are also important sites for rare and nomadic Desert Larks which peak during March.

Temminck's and Hoopoe Larks require searching for and previous springs have produced sightings of the rare and unpredictable Thick-billed, Dunn's and Black crowned Finch Larks.



The Spring Migration Festival is organized by the Israel Ornithological Center and the IBRCE (International Birding and Research Centre Eilat), aims to bring together birders from all around the world again.


219 species were recorded during the week in 2007 including a first for Israel.

2008 produced an even higher total of 238 species including a wealth of highly desired rarities such as Caspian and White-tailed Plovers, Turkestan Shrike, Black Bush-Robin and Thick-billed Lark.






2009 produced 221 species with the rarity highlights including Crested Honey Buzzard, Caspian Plover, Black Bush Robin, Bimaculated Lark, Asian Buff-bellied Pipit, Asian Desert Warbler, Hill Sparrow, Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters, Cinereous Bunting and much more.


2010 scored 248 species and 2011 came in with 224 species recorded.

2012 was a record spring for both commoner and rarer birds and came home with a total of 239 species.

Migration does not get any more exciting than this!”





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