There were good numbers of Little Green Bee-eaters in the Jericho area
I met a Palestinian girl while on a bus from East Jerusalem into Palestine on our ways to Ramallah, two mornings ago. Before I carry on, I really don't care who I offend or upset. I say this because two people, pro-Israeli no doubt, have emailed me trying to defend Israel and telling me that I should stop
writing the (truth) about Israel on my blog!
Israel passes law to strip residency of Jerusalem's Palestinians
As I had been in Palestine before, I had an idea what to expect. I spent one night in Ramallah and all I saw were Common Swifts out of the window of Hostel D before catching a shared mini-van to Jericho. Here, I stayed at the digs as the same as last time, Auberginn Hostel SW of the city.
06.00 this morning and I was out on one of the bikes that you can use and made myself south on one of the many dirt tracks. It was already light and 3 vocal Night Heron were overhead where there were also Alpine Swift, Black Kite and next to the digs, 20+White-throated Minia and 2 Little Green Bee-eater. I was heading towards the Dead Sea on the Palestinian side and on the map I could see that there were large bodies of water nearby.
I saw two flocks of White-throated Minia included these birds just outside where I was staying.
There were lots of Little Green Bee-eater always in pairs and always on wires
There is a small flock of Tristram's Crackle near to the digs
One of the distant Ferruginous Duck
Over 530 Shoveler were also on the res
There were up to 6 Little Stint
Spur-winged Plover are all over the shop and there must of been over 40 on the res
Steppe Buzzard and Marsh Harrier
Also had this escaped Parrot sp in Jericho
I wanted to get to the shore of the Dead Sea but there is barbed wired fence preventing you from doing this. The only way to get there is by goin through a resort, like the ones above, and pay to get into an area that was once Palestinian land and has now been occupied by the Israeli's!
This was on a sign as I came out of one of the resorts. Peace is one thing that Israel has no idea what it means. Conflict with Lebanon, Threatening so many countries, the latest one being Iran, steeling the Golan Heights from Syria and land from Palestinian! The latter country also suffers from children as young as six ending up in a cell and released in one case I know, five years later!
As that mad man, Trump, recognizing that Jerusalem is the 'capital of Israel' somehow I don't think what Steve sings when he says in this powerful song 'That I believe that one fine day all the children of Abraham, will lay down their swords together in Jeruslam' And after what Deri, the interior minister for Israel said about stripping residency of Jerusalem's Palestinians, that it will ever happen!