It certainly has the highest density of birds in the any of the khawrs and possibly of any habitat in the region.
I went there before breakfast on Friday morning.
The number of flamingo is still growing and now includes adults. The very large flocks of ruff and glossy ibis form the backbone of the bird population.
As for differences, I hadn't seen a great cormorant there before though I have twice at Khawr Rori. It was being harassed by the resident Indian house row which were also mobbing almost any large bird including osprey, marsh harrier and greater spotted eagle.
There was one wader separated from the hundreds of others. I tracked it but it appears to be nothing more than a curlew sandpiper.
sleeping common redshank
thirteen sleeping redshank
Among the 150 or so ruff, there were a few with partial summer plumage and a very few with juvenile plumage but nothing more exciting. The ruff so dominate the wader population that it is sometimes difficult to get past them and concentrate on other medium sized waders. They have been present for the past two months too.
juvenile and adult ruff
In the end I decided to go "bush bashing" at the northern end of the Khawr. I am not a great believer in the necessity of early morning birding while next to water since birds need the water all day. However there are exceptions such as for crake and warbler activity.
Certainly the graceful prinia were much more active than in the heat of the later day. I also saw another warbler in the same area as the graceful prinia.
clamorous reed warbler
This was a new bird for my Oman list though I had heard them several times before at Khawr Rori.
My visit to East Khawr was only the start of a long birding day. I headed west for the rest of it and I'll report on that next.