The Jerusalem Bird Observatory (JBO) is without doubt one of the secrets places of Jerusalem, and is not all that well known even to Jerusalemites.
Israel is located on the main seasonal migration paths and so is a paradise for bird lovers. The main centers include the Hula Reserve & the Eilat Bird Sanctuary. However, many birds also pass through Jerusalem – hence the Jerusalem Bird Observatory (JBO).
The Jerusalem Bird Observatory is a little green corner of paradise mainly dedicated to research into the birds that pass through, however, there are also some hides to allow the public to observe. We are informed that the best time to visit is in the very early hours of the day around dawn, but, we have not verified this claim ourselves. However, the Jerusalem Bird Observatory is a special place at all hours of the day, completely accessible and a favorite with children. There is also a meadow nearby. You may also enjoy these photos of the JBO ringing birds in the the nearby Jerusalem Park.
Getting to the Jerusalem Bird Observatory
It could not be easier to get to the JBO – it is located just between Gan Sacher and the Knesset. From Gan Sacher take the path that winds its way behind the public toilets (near the children’s playground and the exercise equipment.) It is a short but steep climb and the entrance is on the right a 100m or so past the gate. Wheelchair visitors may prefer access directly from Rothschild Street.