I had fun looking out the window (and standing on the balcony) from the apartment where we stayed in Beit Shemesh, Israel. Beit Shemesh seems to be a combination of urban with rural. I heard roosters crying on my first morning in Israel – they were up at 4 am. Watching birds in Beit Shemesh is not as exciting as watching them in the Hula Valley or in Eilat, but I enjoyed the show.
The sparrows don’t look that different than our sparrows in New Jersey.
This photo of pigeons on a roof can give you a bit of an idea of how the urban buildings are right next to the rural countryside.
Oooh, I got this pigeon in flight!
I got to see this etrog on a tree in my friend’s backyard. It’s too bad I didn’t have a chance to take photos from her balcony – she lives on top of a high hill in Beit Shemesh, so you can see all around from up high.
I think this is the edge of Ramat Beit Shemesh. There are several sections to the city – it’s grown a lot in the past twenty years.
From this photo of apartment buildings, you can see what I mean by urban.
I believe this is where the roosters live, right outside Beit Shemesh in this farm.