male purple sunbird
My prize sighting was a male purple sunbird. This was a lifer for me and also a bird I can't see in Salalah where I am now working.
another angle on the purple sunbird
It was in eclipse plumage which means yellow underneath with a vertical purple line through its throat.
two Indian silverbill
immature laughing dove with house sparrow
Surprisingly I have not seen any house sparrow in Salalah so it is possible that seeing them in Muscat was also important at least for listing purposes.
adult laughing dove
white spectacled bulbul
I managed to find a heavily eutrophic pool with some trees near-by which seemed to be the centre of some bulbul activity (and also housed a green sandpiper).
I spotted "three and a half"" species of bulbul here. Not only were white-eared bulbul, white-spectacled bulbul and red-vented bulbul present but so was a hybrid "orange vented bulbul".
white eared bulbul
"Orange vented bulbul" is a hybrid between red vented bulbul and white spectacled bulbul. I have seen this hybrid before in Riyadh.
hybrid red vented x white spectacled bulbul
This one was spending time with a pure red-vented bulbul.
little green bee-eater
Within 2 days I have seen another 30 species in Salalah. I will blog about this next.