Go birdwatching in Jordan
Al Tabag hill, a new, easy birding hotspot near B&B Petra Fig Tree Villa (Wadi Moussa-Petra area). A bird watching report by my Spanish guests Carmina & Francesc, Concha & Tomás.
On some final days of March 2018 we have the great pleasure to stay guesting in Petra Fig Tree Village
(Wadi Moussa, Petra area). Apart of the classical visits to nearby Petra and Little
Petra areas, the kindly helpful and arrangements of Jolanda Koopman let us to know a new place
neighbouring the Petra Fig Tree Village with quick access, easy and peaceful walk, good birds and
astonishing “aerial” views over the Petra mountains:
AL TABAG HILL.
In google maps captures we show the access from Petra Fig Tree Village and the general area visited, which can be easily walked from a pavel street, in an environment with not yet urbanize development (which may be could succeed soon…). There is a
viewpoint with great views over the valley, the Petra mountains and wonderful opportunities to watch
raptors flying directly side-by-side with you.
Only two brief visits (morning and afternoon) were enough time to list an interesting number
of bird species, which included Egyptian Vulture, Black Kite, Short-toed Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Steppe Buzzards (hundreds), Alpine Swift, European Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Wryneck, Red-rumped Swallow, Black-eared Wheatear, Blue Rock-Thrush, Palestine Sunbird, Woodchat shrike, Spanish and Rock Sparrows, Fan-tailed Raven, Sinai Rosefinch and, above all, a Pale Rock Sparrow.
Thanks so much, Jolanda!!! for your hosting, company, food and accomodations. We really felt at home in your house! Hoping to come back in the future….Best wishes!!
Carmina Coll & Francesc Vallhonrat, Concha Villar & Tomás Velasco