I went down the hill into some scrub land with less bushes and greenery. The move paid off. The birds changed and I added 3 more to my growing Oman list.
The most common bird was still probably laughing dove. Nevertheless its support cast was quite different.
As might have been expected there were more larks.
male black crowned sparrow lark
Although crested lark was the main lark, I did come across my first black crowned sparrow lark since moving to Oman to work.
Arguably cinnamon breasted bunting was the second most common bird. Without major competition from house sparrow in this part of Oman it seems to thrive in a wide variety of habitats.
cinnamon breasted bunting
White spectacled bulbul and Ruepell's weaver were only seen in the more bushy areas.
white spectacled bulbul
The main migrants observed were once again rufous bush robin and Turkestan shrike. However in one large tree next to a water channel and with many weavers nests as well as several other species jumping (notably Tristram's starting and blackstart) I spied two willow warbler.
This was one of the additions to my country list.
little green bee-eaterAs I headed back at the end I saw another rufous bush robin and the first little green bee-eater (two) and Turkestan shrike of the day.
Then I heard this screeching noise over head. It was a common kestrel trying to mob an eagle. I had reacted quite late and only managed two pictures but it was enough.
It was positively identified as a Bonelli's eagle on BirdForum. Indeed it is an a bird which is shedding its last few immature feathers before having a complete set of adult feathers. It's also a lifer for me.
female common kestrel
One of my last sights before finishing for the day was the common kestrel, which had alerted me to looking up in the air, resting on a bush.