I decided it still worth visiting for birding on my way home. I did this on three evenings this week (Sunday, Monday and Wednesday). I am glad I did.
semi-collared flycatcher on Sunday
On Sunday evening, there was a male semi-collared flycatcher on site. I have seen plenty in the south west of the country but this was my first in the Riyadh area. However Riyadh is on a known migration route.
I didn't see it on Monday evening but I did see a male semi-collared flycatcher again on Wednesday evening. Of course, I can't be entirely sure it was the same bird.
semi-collared flycatcher on Wednesday
Given how small the remaining gardens are on the former farm, tracking the flycatcher(s) as it moved around wasn't difficult.
The terrain is now inhospitable for little green bee-eater which are seldom seen so far within the city.
little green bee-eater
I am pretty sure it is the temporary storage of so many bee hives which is keeping them anchored to the old farm!