The Nili and David Jerusalem Birds Oservatory


The 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 at the bird hide.



The heart of the site is the Beracha Bird Hide where visitors have a great view of the pond and surrounding fruit trees. The hide is open 24/7 and there is no cost.

Every day during the spring (March – May) visitors can observe the bird ringing sessions and get identification tips from the staff and volunteers.

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 where one can buy books, feeders and other bird related gifts; enjoy the latest exhibition at the Gail Rubin Nature Art Gallery and browse the library.


There are a variety of walks, lectures, workshops and trips offered in English and Hebrew throughout the year.  Click here for more information.

Guided tours and activities are also available upon request for groups or all sizes.  Email for more information.

Private birdwatching guides can also be hired for birdwatching trips around the Jerusalem area.


Best time to visit and why?

Any time of the year.  But 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.


Seasonal Highlights (key species / families / spectacles)


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.


Opening times

Beracha Bird Hide - open every day 24/7

Guttman Visitor Center - Sunday to Thursday 9:00 to 15:00 and anytime there is bird ringing.

Ariel Bird Ringing Center - in spring there is ringing every day from March 1st to May 31st. For the rest of the year, ringing takes place 3 - 4 times a week. Ringing sessions start at dawn and continue until around 10:30 or 11:00 depending on the weather. If it is raining, the ringing sessions will be cancelled. For current schedule - click here.


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