Beirut Lebanon birds watching tours

“Lebanon Bird Watching” One Day Tour

Lebanon has a wide variety of habitats including the Mediterranean coastline and coastal plains leading up to the Mount Lebanon mountain range which runs north-south through the country. Further east, lies the Beqaa Valley with areas of wetland in the center around Aammiq and Anjar. There is semi-desert in the north around Ras-Baalbek, and to the west of the Beqaa Valley are the anti-Lebanon mountains.

The eastern Mediterranean Flyway passes straight through Lebanon, which for its small size, has a very diverse avifauna. European and Middle Eastern species are well represented and the country’s location may explain why so many vagrant species have been recorded.

The migration seasons are truly spectacular. On a good day, thousands of raptors, storks and other soaring birds can be observed along the flyways and at bottlenecks. There is also considerable passage of passerines along the coast and through the Beqaa Valley. The Aammiq Wetlands (IBA and Ramsar site) and the artificial Lake Qaraoun (IBA) are havens for breeding, resting and feeding waterbirds. In recent years, seabirds have started to attract the attention of Lebanese birdwatchers. These are best observed at the Palm Islands off the coast of Tripoli but may be seen at other sites along the coast.

Lebanon is the ideal territory for a large number of regional specialties including Chukar Partridge, local birds being intermediate between the subspecies cypriotes and synaica. Syrian Serins can be found at various locations across the country and this globally-vulnerable species commonly breeds in Lebanon. Lebanon is one of the few Middle Eastern countries that has a breeding population of Eurasian Blue Tits. Other key breeding species include Short-toed Snake Eagle and Long-legged Buzzard, pairs of which can be found in nearly every village. Stone Curlews, Cream-coloured Coursers and Penduline Tits breed in the northern Beqaa Valley, the latter also breeding at Anjar. The semi-desert areas in the north Beqaa Valley also produce interesting species that are more typical of a drier climate, with Desert Lark and Temminck’s Lark being observed in recent years. Horned Larks are very common in the mountains (the bicornis subspecies, now included in pencillata, was at one time considered a separate species).

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So, in one day, I visited the coast, historical monuments and then leapt in 5 foot snow in the mountains! In ONE day!!! Nothing was too much trouble for my guide, he simply wanted me to enjoy my time in Lebanon and discover the beauties of the country that he is so proud of. And proud he should be! Not only is Lebanon unbelievably safe (I am a young, blonde, solo traveler who walked alone at all times of the day and night and didn’t not experience or witness a single bit of hassle or trouble – do not allow recent news to put you off – I was there during the ‘protests’…I put this word in quotes because it was a polite demonstration contained to just one square in Beirut!!) and so welcoming – every day I was greeted with smiles, welcomes and offers of help from literally everyone I encountered! Dave Lebanon DMC is a professional, bespoke service – anywhere I wanted to go, my guide drove me, even driving up snowy mountains when I mentioned I enjoy snow, just to let me take some photos! He took me to Tripoli (again – SAFE! and so interesting!!) where we ate delicious pastries and toured lots of interesting and historical sites. I was shown around downtown Beirut; again, taken up to the mountains (an absolute highlight) and spent the whole day having the most interesting discussions with my guide, who I now feel is a friend, so much so, that I hope to come back in May, bringing some friends along with me! I will of course, without question, go with Dave Lebanon tours again – professional, real integrity, bespoke service and a genuine desire to do everything they can to ensure their customers receive the trip of the lifetime…thank you so very much for making my time in Lebanon so enjoyable; I was sad to leave! Looking forward to seeing you again in May!
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