(photo credit: Yosef Kiat/SPNI)
Birders in the Hermon region have for the first time ever discovered a community
of nesting common chiffchaffs, a type of leaf warbler that typically is found
700 kilometers north of this spot.
Bird experts from the Society for the
Protection of Nature in Israel found a population of 20 pairs of the chiffchaffs
nesting in the winter foliage of a remote valley in the Hermon.
now, the southernmost point at which the chiffchaffs have been identified is 700
kilometers northbound, in Turkey, according to SPNI.
The discovery was
made in the context of a survey – funded by the Hoopoe Foundation – to detail
the presence of incubating birds in the region.
The common chiffchaff is
a tiny songbird, weighing only about 7 grams and found commonly throughout
Europe, SPNI said.
Identifying the birds was very difficult, as they
spend most of their time in the foliage and their appearance very closely
resembles that of many other species.
“The discovery underscores the
tremendous importance of natural sensitive systems in the Hermon and the need to
maintain them strictly,” said Yoav Perlman, of SPNI’s Center for
In addition to identifying the chiffchaffs, the Hermon
incubation survey showed that about 17 species of birds that lay eggs in Israel
do so in that region of the country only, SPNI said.