For a start I found my first chiffchaff in the country.
It's an uncommon bird in southern Oman. It is so uncommon I saw 202 species ahead of it.
pools at Wadi Salalah
I never thought I would be so happy at seeing this "ordinary" bird.
second view of chiffchaff
Indeed the habitat appeared more amenable to migrant passerines than most others I have seen in Dhofar. Though I have made a mental note to get into the local plantations and see what they can offer.
third view of chiffchaff
While I only saw one chiffchaff, I observed three great reed warbler in the wadi.
great reed warbler
One was in a barren tree next to the one with the chiffchaff and was very confiding.
second view of great reed warbler
This small cluster of trees over hanging the reeds and in the shade caused by the wadi's side wall were a "purple patch". A male and female shining sunbird also hopped on to them at one stage.
Several graceful prinia were seen in the wadi including in the same cluster of barren trees.
I suspect there were sedge warbler there but I failed to get any good views.
second view of bluethroat
Bluethroat were of all ages and both genders.
female or immature bluethroat
Both citrine wagtail and white wagtail were noisily present.
Thanks are due to an anonymous commenter who recommended I re-look at the identification which had been common redshank in earlier versions of this blog. I should have been more careful particularly as this wadi is very similar to the muddy estuaries they prefer in winter.
little ringed plover
Little ringed plover was there last time I visited too.
Dunlin was the second most common wader though.
Despite the low water levels, five flamingo were in the deepest water which was only 10-15 centimetres.
greater white fronted goose
Next to the wadi is some dry scrub land with scattered trees and birds from that habitat drifted over from time to time. These included tawny pipit and crested lark.
One bird in the scrub land which didn't appear in the wadi this time was Ruepell's weaver.
I was pleased to visit a different an uncommon habitat at wadi Salalah. The next day I went to West Khawr for the first time which only about 2 kilometres from the wadi. There I once again added to my Oman list. I will blog about that next.