For the most part, the birding was very enjoyable except when I nearly got ravaged by a pack of stray dogs which was very frightening and also when the temperatures got too hot after midday.
Dusky turtle dove with a Ruepell's weaver
Like in the more central parts of the wadi, there were hundreds of doves, mostly African collared dove and laughing dove as well as a few feral pigeons. The big surprise was the sighting of three dusky turtle dove. This is normally found above 1000 metres but the main guide does say some move lower in winter. This location was at 650 metres.
African collared dove
The Nile Valley sunbird seen elsewhere in the wadi were supplemented by shining sunbird here.
I decided to spend considerable time within the thickets looking for my main nemesis bird: black crowned tchagra.Once again I failed to see this elusive species. Instead I discovered that the more shaded thickets contained warblers I had failed to see any where else on the trip.
There were a few chiffchaff.
However the most common warbler was lesser whitethroat. A single female blackcap was also seen with one small lesser whitethroat group.
Other western palearctic birds were present too. A female Siberian stonechat was found in an small arable field.
Later on, three passage tawny pipit were observed on scrubby land.
No less than five masked shrike were seen along with one Daurian shrike.
Once again the wadi held both white wagtail and grey wagtail. The latter is more surprising as I didn't see any running water.
As said in a previous blog, little green bee-eater isn't very common.
little green bee-eater
In the air, the two birds of prey this time were long legged buzzard and yellow billed kite.
long legged buzzard
Also in the air were many little swift which are probably resident as well as a few passage red-rumped swallow and alpine swift (which are either summer visitors or resident).
lizard in Wadi Muhayil
I feel I am only scratching the surface at finding good birding places in the Muhayil area. I will keep widening my search every time I visit.