By this time next week I'll hopefully be watching my first Palastine Sunbirds and Spectacled Bulbuls. I'll be in Eilat, visiting the spring migration festival.
All being well, I'll be making daily or near-daily blog posts while I'm out there, so stay tuned from the 19th onwards. In the meantime, here are a few blogs that I've been wetting my appetite for Israeli birding with, all of which are well worth a read:
Yoav Perlman Yoav's fantastic blog details his birding right across Israel; he will also be taking part in festival events next week.
Eilat Birding News from the International Birding and Research Center in Eilat.
Faab's Sightings Fabian has just returned from a week in Israel and visited many of the places the festival tours will be heading to in a week's time.
And for anyone who speaks Dutch, Teun van Kessel and Bram Ubels are volunteering at the IBRCE and blogging about their exploits.