The plan was to look for migrant passerines as apparently the peak migration time for them. I also wanted to look again for Palestine sunbird which is an upland bird here and this was suitable terrain.
The plan didn't work out.
black stork lands in the river at wadi Darbat
black stork originally flews away
black stork turns
Interestingly Dave Kilmister, a birder on holiday from Saudi texted me to tell me he saw one days before in a Khawr near Mirbat. It could easily be the same bird.
Tree pipit was arguably the most abundant migrant.
grey headed kingfisher with big meal
I think all the Dideric cuckoo have gone. I have seen or heard one in a week.
Grey headed kingfisher are still here though. One in the woods at Wadi Darbat certainly had a big meal before his travels.
grey headed kingfisher later
After Wadi Darbat I headed up the mountain further to Tawi Atair and out the other side of that village and up. I welcomed the lower temperatures with the altitude. Its still hot here in the afternoons and very difficult to bird.
rufous tailed rock thrush
At the higher elevations I reacquainted myself with rufous-tailed rock thrush on the wires. European roller were there too.
I had no luck with passerines or the sunbird.
I stopped the car on the way back as I had seen a greater spotted eagle high in the sky. As I got out, I realised a lesser kestrel was on a bush in front of me.
first lesser kestrel
It flew off quickly but as I tracked it I noticed it flew straight over a second lesser kestrel perched at the top of a tree and in a better viewing position.
second lesser kestrel
I haven't written about visiting Ayn Hmaran before breakfast as it was mostly uneventful. However I did see white morph African paradise flycatcher there which was my first time in Oman. The regional guide says this morph is rare in Arabia.
white morph African paradise flycatcher
Otherwise I was scanning for the elusive palestine sunbird and picking up views of other small birds as I looked including this grey wagtail which was momentarily sharing a tree with sunbird candidates.
female shining sunbird