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December 17, 2009

Birding Locations in Syria

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Birding Locations in Syria

Important Birding Areas: Abu Zad; Baath Lake; Buhayrat Homs; Buhayrat al-Asad; Buhayrat al-Khatuiyah; Buhayrat al-aha; Euphrates Valley; Jabal Abdul Aziz; Jabal al-Bilas; Jabal al-Bishri; Jabal al-Shuh; Jabal Sis; Jabal Slenfeh; Ras al-Ayn; Sabkhat al-Jabbul; Tadmur and Sabkhat Muh; Tual al-Abba; Umm al-Tuyyur; Wadi al-Zib; Wadi al-Qam-Burqush; Wadi al-Radd; Yarmouk valley.

Palmyra
Try birding east of Khunayfis. Talila Reserve. Wadi Abied. Al Sokhna reservoir. Halabiayh. Abu Golla Lake, 50km from Palmyra.
Stay at Citadel Hotel or New Afqa Hotel.

Euphrates Valley
Ba’ath Lake, access via railway aqueduct. Wadi Al Thakar.
Deir ez-Zor, the pedestrian footbridge at Deir, walk upstream along the river from city. University Agricultural Research Station.
Mheimideh – Sfeira Tahtani – 15km north-west from Deir ez-Zor towards Ar-Raqqa.

Aleppo
Jabbul lake(Sabkhat al-Jabbul)is a salt lake ~40km south east form Aleppo. Krak des Chevaliers. Maloula.
Stay at Tourist Hotel, Hotel al-Gawaher.

Damascus
Al-Mzwireeb. Yarmuk area.
Stay at Sharia Bahsa area. eg. Al-Rabie Hotel, Ghazal House, Al-Haramain Hotel.

Homs
Bahrat Homs (Lake of Homs / Lake Qattine) is a reservoir South-west of Homs. Try birding around the village of Moudan.
Stay at An-Nasr al-Jedid Hotel.

Aqra Mountains
Qastal Ma’af, Kassab, Fouroq Forest.
At Kassab, stay at Amir(Princess) Hotel.

Lattakia – Hotel Lattakia, Safwan Hotel.
Tartus – Hotel al-Menshieh.
Hama – Riad Hotel.

To get to Syria from Iran, travel from Tabriz to Orumyeh – Van – Qamishli.

Birding Syria Resources

Lonely Planet Syria & Lebanon (Lonely Planet Syria and Lebanon) (Multi Country Guide)

Field Guide to the Birds of the Middle East (Princeton Field Guides)

Syria Trip Report

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