Information - Hammana

Migration site



Tomas Haraldsson / André Bechara Contacts

Web site

Last count 

27 October 2020

Observation hours

357:26 observation hours, 2 year


21 pictures

lat: 33.80536, lng: 35.73917


Lebanon is situated straight in the east Mediterranean flyway and sees hundreds of thousands of raptors and storks pass every autumn.

Together with OSME, BirdLife Sweden and BirdLife Switzerland, the national BirdLife partner SPNL will carry out a pilot raptor count and capacity building project at Hammana during 10 September - 3 October 2019. This builds on previous Bird Camps done in October 2018 and April 2019 with a focus on youth, learning, awareness raising and the spectacle of bird migration.

There will be a dual focus;
- assessing, counting and identifying as much raptors (primarily) and other soaring birds as possible.
- train, educate, inspire and collaborate with local nature interested volunteers, students, SPNL members and responsible hunters.


Hammana is one of several smaller towns and municipalities at 700-900m above sea level on the western slopes of Mount Lebanon.

It is located some 30-35km east of Beirut.

The observation point is a newly (summer 2019) constructed gravel platform up on a ridge above Hammana, just north of the main Beirut-Damascus highway.


Easy access from roads and also the highway, walking a few hundred meters from a parking area where there also is a small kiosk/stand with refreshments.


Up to 25 species of raptors with day counts of several thousands (as far as known but likely to have days with 10.000+).

White and Black Storks, White Pelican, Common Crane, Bee-eater, Alpine Swift.

Passerines in the area include Blue Rock Thrush, Black Redstart, Woodchat and Masked Shrike, Cretzchmars Bunting, Sardinian Warbler, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Tawny Pipit and Short-toed Lark.