I had less than an hour and the primary reason was to look over to see if any sociable lapwing have arrived. In this I failed.
Nevertheless I came across a rather confiding common cuckoo.
This first winter bird is late leaving Oman for even more southern climes. However I searched some records and this species has been seen occasionally as late as the first week in December before in the Salalah area.
second view of common cuckoo
It very conveniently spent time either on the perimeter fence or in the grass just over the other side.
cuckoo in the grass
rose ringed pararkeet
Apart from the cuckoo several rose ringed parakeet and common myna were in the area.
This section of fencing is the best place in Salalah to see house sparrow which is a rare bird in the city.
There is little doubt that shining sunbird are heading towards a breeding season. The males are now in full breeding plumage.
red wattled lapwing
I am beginning to see patterns of movements between the lush areas in Salalah. While I was next to the farm, 65 glossy ibis flew in next to 40 or so cattle egret already on the farm. The ibis are usually found at East Khawr which is less than 2 kilometres away.
More surprisingly a flock of about 12 Eurasian curlew flew over the farm.
I had just seen a few in a mixed flock at east Khawr in a quick stop there before going onto the farm.
whimbrel with a curlew at East Khawr
On Tuesday evening I had a little bit more time and so I called in on Ayn Hamran. That is the subject of the next blog.