On Saturday I made the long trip again because of the high possibility of seeing a difficult bird. This time the bird was hypocolius.
Thanks are due to Jens Eriksen who told me some time ago that it winters there.
Indeed it was found quite easily near the main pool. I counted 14 in all.
I know this bird well as up to 200 winter every year in the diplomatic quarter in Riyadh but it is much common in Oman. I have seen it in three countries now. The third is Bahrain.
white spectacled bulbul with hypocolius
These birds were mostly keeping to the shade as it was a hotter day than average for this time of year.
male house sparrow
In the shade with them were a large number of house sparrow. These are the local type which shun houses and are overall paler.
Nile valley sunbird
second view of Nile Valley sunbird
My one regret about this area was getting two fleeting glimpses of a thrush which may well have been a song thrush. However the bush is so thick there I never got a clear view. I won't count it.
Last time I came to the village there were tens of laughing dove and I only observed one European collared dove.
first European collared dove
second European collared dove
I left the village by noon when it getting very warm. I made a long stop off at the very top of the mountains on the way back. Here there is an abrupt change from green seawards facing places to the arid inland facing side. I chose to bird right on the cusp behind the police check point at the top on the observatory road.
There was lightly vegetated wadi which I birded thoroughly. I was looking for hooded wheatear and scrub warbler but failed with both.
another Nile Valley sunbird
Less surprisingly there were several rock dove seen.
No bird was present in large numbers but Arabian wheatear was seen more than any other.
The next time i went out birding was mid-week at the start of a two day national holiday. I will blog on that next.