I visited Sawnaut farm which is very close to where I live. As I have said before it is out of bounds to the general public but birders peer over the fence.
I visit it with three sets of target birds in mind. First, sociable lapwing are known to come in large numbers but none have been seen this winter. Second, oriental turtle dove have been spotted there this winter in very small numbers against the hundreds of other doves. Third I am interested in any falcon other than lesser kestrel, kestrel and hobby which I have already seen in Oman.
Unfortunately I succeeded with none of these targets this time. Odds of success are higher when one of the pivot bars is spraying close to one of the perimeters. This was not the case on Saturday.
singing bush lark
There were some highlights however. A very confiding singing bush lark sat up on the fence within two metres of me.
second view of singing bush lark
I am told it is a young bird. The streaking is pronounced and comes together in a black patch at the side of the throat.
marsh harrier carrying a lizard
Otherwise I was particularly noticing the amount of harassment birds were giving each other. This marsh harrier was being harassed in the sky by an eastern imperial eagle presumably to drop its food.
eastern imperial eagle
In turn later I saw a resting eastern imperial eagle being mobbed by group of Indian house crow.
Indian house crow
little green bee-eater
On Saturday afternoon, I moved over to the other side of the city to Raysut. Here I added another species to my Oman list in an interesting afternoon.