Park-e Shahr Birdwatching is an interesting recreational activity for visitors, backpackers, and hitchhikers in Tehran.
Most of visitors or travelers in Tehran, go for historical and cultural sites which is quite a wise thing to do. But, the starting hours of museums in Tehran is 9:00 in the morning. If you are an early bird, go birdwatching. Yes. Birdwatching in Tehran. I did it and it was quite an interesting thing. So, I would like to share my experience with you in here. It might trigger you to catch the early bird!
Where is Park-e Shahr?
Park-e Shahr or City Park is located in the heart of Tehran. You can use Tehran Metro to get there. Get out of Emamkhomini Station-Metro. Walk to the west for 5 minutes until you reach 30th Tir Street. Turn left toward the Bus Terminal. Park-e Shahr is behind the bust Terminal. You can’t miss it.
You need to have bird watching binoculars. That’s is the Must! But, don’t worry if you don’t have one. You can get one from the Park-e Shahr Bird Watching Site. A birdwatching guide will also accompany you to help you detect the birds. It’s free of charge. Awesome, isn’t it?
Best time of day for Birdwatching
Best time for birdwatching in Park-e Shahr is in the morning. Don’t go early into park because it is packed with early bird sportsmen and sportswomen. Be there at 7:30 in the morning, when the sport lovers are gone and its quiet to hear the bird’s short and high-pitched sound chirrups.
Park-e Shahr Birds
I saw 18 different birds within one hour in late September. I know it is not a great deal, but for a novice like me. It was too many! The birds I saw in Park-E Shahr were Great tit, Syrian woodpecker, Common starling, Myna, White wagtail, Rose-ringed parakeet, Alexandrine parakeet etc.
Reasons Behind Park-e Shahr Bird Watching Site
Over 8 million people live in Tehran and it is considered as one of the fast-developing cities in the Middle East. Due to the development, people are losing their contact with nature and natural animals. In order to fill the gap between the fast-pacing life and nature, authorities have tried to promote sustainable development of ecotourism and raise awareness of its city dwellers in term of birds. Therefore, Park-e Shahr Bird Watching Site should be taken as a positive act toward the ecotourism. I suggest you to give it a try. It only costs you 2 sleeping hours. Be early bird to catch the worms!