This is area is very degraded and probably wouldn't be a natural choice for birding except for it being so close to the lake.
The birding wasn't great with one or two exceptions. The first exception was that this is the closest to the metropolitan Riyadh area that I have seen brown necked raven. Four of the made a prolonged visit. The second exception I will come on to later.
Two of the most common birds were blackstart and house sparrow. The former is typically a rural bird and the latter is usually urban or at least in proximity to man. Seeing them both together shown the mixed identity of the area.
Graceful prinia was the other fairly common bird especially where there was any cover.
White eared bulbul was present. However, the second exceptional point about this birding was the presence of white spectacled bulbul. As noted previously on visiting the lake, this is the only place I know on the east side of Riyadh where this bird is present. Indeed it may be the most easterly population (I now believe there is more than one bird so population is right) in Saudi Arabia.
white spectacled bulbul
little green bee-eater
Rock dove as opposed to pigeons seem to find this area hospitable with its hillsides and crags.
The spring passage was noticeable too but in minor ways. There was a northern wheatear on a flat plain. A common redstart was hopping from bush to bush on the same piece of land.
Finally barn swallow were occasionally seen drifting north in ones and twos.
This weekend I am going to investigate what according to google earth looks like a large waste water treatment lake just north of the city. I dont know why its not be noticed before. I'll probably look out for larks in the plains near-by too.