I am not showing the glossy ibis, ruff, kentish plover, sooty gull, harriers, eagles, herons and ducks such as pintail and northern shoveller that make up the great majority of birds there in winter.
There were three species I saw only on one occasion each during the month.
One was pheasant-tailed jacana. Several birds can be seen every visit to Khawr Taqah and Khawr Rori but I have only spotted a single bird once at East Khawr.
The second was a black-necked grebe. This is quite uncommon this far south.
The third was a pallidirostris grey shrike which some call steppe grey shrike.
steppe grey shrike
Unfortunately for me, Clements and the e-bird database don't count it as a separate species from the locally breeding aucheri often called a sub species of southern grey shrike.
second view of steppe grey shrike
African sacred ibis
In complete contrast to the birds I have seen just once at the Khawr, the lone African sacred ibis is there every time. It doesn't vist the near-by farm with the glossy ibis. Actually its preferred associates are spoonbill if present and then intermediate egret. It only associates with glossy ibis when they aren't around. Here it is with two sleeping spoonbill even though it is awake. Many birds sleep with their backs to the sea at this time of year because of the regular stiff sea breezes.
black headed gull
young great white fronted goose
gadwell with northern shoveller
If you visit the Khawr very early in the morning there are usually a couple of common snipe walking around and feeding. They are so concerned with feeding than they are less cautious with people.
Dunlin can be common and sometimes they come very close to the car like this one.
As I have said before recently new birds will be tricky from now on.