Quite remarkably I saw six birds which I hadn't previously seen in my three weeks in Oman despite the superficial similarity in habitat with East Khawr.
Indian pond heron with grey heron
closer look at Indian pond heron
The dark loral stripe, present on the pond heron but not on a squacco heron, was obvious too. In short it was easy to identify.
The birds seem very relaxed at this site. I particularly liked the attitude of the grey heron.
The two juvenile purple heron which were present weren't shy either.
sooty gull bathing
I don't think that you will find as many sooty gull on fresh water in many other places lie at Baleed.
close up of sooty gull
Heuglin's gull with sooty gull and greater crested tern
Some of the Heuglin's gull seen flying WSW of East Khawr a couple of days before didn't make it too far before landing. There were six seen at Baleed.
gull billed tern with Pacific golden plover and collared dove
At the end of the khawr near the sand bar were many birds including a single gull billed tern, my first in Oman.
First winter Saunders's tern
There were Saunders's tern there and also all along the Khawr. Strangely there were no adults only first winter birds. This was another first for me in Oman.
Pacific golden plover
I solved the mystery about where the big flock of Pacific golden plover went which were seen at East Khawr. It looks like they moved just 3 kilometres down the coast to Baleed.
Greater sand plover
Elsewhere on the land was a red-backed shrike. This was final country first of the visit.
red backed shrike
This male caught itself a big fat spider.
The only red-tailed shrike was yet another Turkestan shrike. They are clearly much more common here at least at this time of year than Daurian shrike.
Male shining sunbird
There is a rudimentary botanical garden in the park. It was here that I observed a pair of shining sunbird.
female shining sunbird
After leaving the park, I walked part way back to my home through plantations. I suspect if I were to spend some time in the banana and coconut areas I might see some different but from the side of the road it was more African silverbill, Ruepells weaver, rose ringed parakeet and house crow.
I birded both Friday and Saturday. I'll blog about that next.