Birdwatchers Warbling: Firecrest Sighted

Flame-topped firecrest sighted in Israel for first time ever, in Golan Heights.

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A European bird called the firecrest was officially spotted for the first time ever in Israel Sunday, in the Golan Heights.

The bird is small, grayish-yellow, with a yellow-orange crest. It seems to have reached Israel from Turkey, according to the Voice of Israel radio.

This winter has seen quite a few unusual northern visitors, according to bird watchers – but the firecrest is causing the most excitement.

The Common Firecrest is a member of the kinglet family. It breeds in most of temperate Europe and northwestern Africa, and is partially migratory, with birds from central Europe wintering to the south and west of their breeding range.