Rare Warbler Sighting in Hula Valley

YERUSHALAYIM -
A Paddyfield Warbler (Acrocephalus agricola) seen in its usual habitat in Bengal, India.
A Paddyfield Warbler (Acrocephalus agricola) seen in its usual habitat in Bengal, India.

Have you ever seen a Paddyfield Warbler in Israel?

Almost certainly not, since its home address is in the grassy meadows of India and Pakistan and it’s almost never seen in Israel.

But if you were in the Hula Valley on Wednesday, you might have been able to catch a glimpse of the songbird, where it was sighted for only the twelfth time ever in Israel’s history. It was likely in the country more often than that, but at 5.1 inches long with a wingspan of 5.9–6.9 inches, it’s easy to miss.

The Paddyfield Warbler only touches down in Israel if there was some mistake in navigation, said Nadav Israeli, director of the Hula Valley Birding Center.

Meanwhile, birding centers in the Galil are preparing for the spectacular annual winter migration for four weeks in November and December.