I kept to that resolution but in the end there were 13 additional species seen either there or walking to and from home to the khawr. One was a lifer too.
African sacred ibis with Eurasian spoonbill
The single African sacred ibis was one of those of which I achieved better photos and it was still associating with the Eurasian spoonbill.
This view came about half way through my visit. However starting at the beginning, I elected to bird the west bank at the inland end, head towards the sea and then bird the east side up into the wadi back inland.
The khawr looking towards the sea
The first sign of anything different from the previous visit came with a view of four greenshank well inland and at the reeds edge.
Suddenly in the distance a flock of 25 glossy ibis took to the air and headed right next to the sand bar at the far end of the lagoon. I am pretty sure I wasn't the cause of their movement.
As I moved on towards the sea I passed a common moorhen which I assume was displaying.
I could see a duck swimming with moorhen in the distance and right at the far seaward end of the Khawr. It was a garganey.
garganey with moorhen
Much of the change in the cast of birds was actually seen when I reached the seaward end of the Khawr especially among the waders. All the ruff from a few days previous were gone.
lesser sand plover
New replacements included several lesser sandplover.They were behaving aggressively chasing some common sandpiper and little stint off.
Greater crested tern
Another was a greater crested tern (a.k.a. swift tern).
The number of Eurasian spoonbill had increased from 4 to 6 over the week.
However two fly-overs on the land directly east of the khawr as I walked passed enlivened things. First, a young curlew flashed past. It's very pale underside marked it out as the eastern sub species orientalis. It's very short bill and paucity of under-body streaking marked it out as a young bird.
a flock of garganey
Even here I managed to add to my Oman list. The best moment was when I almost walked into a spotted thick-knee. It had positioned itself directly in front of me as I followed a worn makeshift path. It allowed me within 3 metres before it slowly walked away.
The second addition was a pair of Namaqua dove which were surprisingly skittish.
The final new bird of the day, also seen in the wadi, was a male Turkestan shrike. I am very familiar with this bird from my Riyadh days.
All in all I was very satisfied with this birding session.
List of birds seen at East Khawr, Salalah and in Wadi Dahariz just north of the khawr. O=new to my Oman list. L= a lifer
African sacred ibis
Little bittern O
Spotted thick-knee O, L
Common ringed plover
Lesser sand plover O
Common snipe O
Black tailed godwit O
Little stint O
White-winged black tern
Great crested tern
Common tern O
Eurasian collared dove
Namaqua dove O
Turkestan shrike O
Pale crag martin
Cinnamon breasted bunting