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Tishlovit and Kefar Baruch Reservoirs - BirdForum Opus



Only relatively recently has this area in the Jezreel Valley become added to the Israeli birding scene but if these two reservoirs fulfil their early promise they will regularly appear on the itineraries of a great many visitors to the country.

Tishlovit and neighbouring Kefar Baruch are both very attractive to passage and wintering waterfowl and host a wide variety of species, many in excellent numbers.

Large numbers of raptors pass thrcugh this valley on migration and there is a survey station 1km south of kibbutz Ginnegar.


Notable Species

Among ducks, White-headed Duck, Marbled Duck and Ferruginous Duck are all present in winter as well as Red-crested Pochard and many of the more common species. Black-necked Grebe, Great White Pelican and Common Crane also winter here and a range of herons and egrets can be seen.

In addition there are waders such as Pied Avocet, Ruff and Little Stint and Temminck's Stint, Marsh Sandpiper in good numbers, as well as Spotted Crake and Baillon's Crake. Highly sought-after Middle Eastern specialities such as White-breasted Kingfisher and Pied Kingfisher occur here.

The most numerous raptors are Short-toed Eagle and Lesser Spotted Eagle, European Honey Buzzard, Levant Sparrowhawk and Red-footed Falcon but many other species occur regularly including Steppe Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle and Booted Eagle, all four harriers, Eleonora's Falcon and Lesser Kestrel.


Birds you can see here include:

Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Great Cormorant, Great White Pelican, Western Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Glossy Ibis, Ruddy Shelduck, Common Shelduck, Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Common Teal, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Marbled Duck, Common Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Tufted Duck, Red-crested Pochard, White-headed Duck, European Honey Buzzard, Black Kite, Short-toed Eagle, Western Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Levant Sparrowhawk, Steppe Buzzard, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Booted Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Common Kestrel, Red-footed Falcon, Eleonora's Falcon, Common Quail, Water Rail, Spotted Crake, Little Crake, Baillon's Crake, Common Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Common Crane, Pied Avocet, Collared Pratincole, Black-winged Pratincole, Stone-curlew, Spur-winged Plover, Little Stint, Temminck's Stint, Ruff, Jack Snipe, Eurasian Curlew, Common Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Black Tern, White-winged Black Tern, Whiskered Tern, Eurasian Collared Dove, Laughing Dove, Little Owl, White-breasted Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Crested Lark, Tawny Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Eurasian Robin, Cetti's Warbler, Graceful Prinia, Savi's Warbler, Moustached Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Lesser Grey Shrike, Hooded Crow, Common Starling, Chaffinch, European Goldfinch, Cretzschmar's Bunting, Ortolan Bunting, Corn Bunting

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Tishlovit Reservoir can be reached from Route 73, turning south about 1km west of Kibbutz Ginnegar. This leads to a lorry park and from here turn left for Tishlovit or continue straight on to Kefar Baruch village. Turn left in the village for the reservoir which is best approached from the western end.

There is a track around the reservoir but the shoreline is accessible on foot, the eastern end has a reedbed and looks to be one of the most promising areas.

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Content and images originally posted by Steve