The most common bird within the college grounds is probably Abyssinian white eye though they are easily missed due to their small size and mobility.
Abyssinian white eye
There are several old Ruepell's weaver nests and a few Ruepell's weaver around. The males are still in breeding plumage though there don't seem to be any active nests at the moment.
the college garden
Off some of the college buildings several pale crag martin are continually hawking for insects.
white spectacled bulbul
grey headed kingfisher
I was very happy to see a first year grey headed kingfisher on the site two days running.
The first bird of prey I have seen in Oman has been a common kestrel on the edge of the college grounds.
Indian house crow
Indian house crow is all too common in the city and also in the college gardens.
More pleasantly, I spotted a shining sunbird in the gardens. I understand that the Salalah area is the only area in the Middle East where it can be found at sea level. This part of is the effect of khareef (monsoon) which keeps summer temperatures down and makes the area so green in summer and early autumn. Several other birds from highlands and foothills elsewhere can also be found at sea level here.
Two other birds found in the gardens are also very readily seen in the urban city areas. Indeed the pictures were taken there. These are Tristram's starling and Eurasian collared dove.
European collared dove
In the next blog, I'll report on a longer birding session at East khawr which is a lagoon on the east of the city. This area is teeming with birds and I saw an Omani rarity there.