Both times I visited the western perimeter which is where most of the cover is and where plenty of birds roost. It is also a good place to look into the farm in the afternoons being east facing. However it is truly awful looking inward in the mornings.
On arrival I found a large flock of rosy starling and almost as many common myna in the field right next to the fence. Of course the views were poor. However I was looking to see if any common starling were among them. It may be called common but it is rare in southern Oman.
There were no common starling among them. However I continue walking down the lane northward and I found five in a tall tree next to the farm fence.
second view of common starling
third view of common starling
The rosy starling were fairly close but remained stubbornly in the fields where visibility was much poorer.
rosy starling in field
Common myna were hopping either side of the fence frequently and so were sometimes in good view.
As I have said before, the fence itself often has birds perched on it which afford good views.
Just by the fence on the ground were a number of crested lark.
On the same wire as the squacco heron but some distance away was a tree pipit.
I returned to the same place in late afternoon.
One of the first things that happened was that I flushed a common quail. I saw roughly where it landed and followed it. Unfortunately it flushed again and away. This was species 237 on my country list. I really believe there can't be that many more available before the spring migration. Let's see.
The fence itself keeps turning up interesting birds. On one fence post was a European turtle dove.
European turtle dove
This was the second time I had seen one at the farm but this one was much closer. The overall impression of this bird is quite dark but component features point to European turtle dove rather than oriental turtle dove. For example it has broad orange scapulars and vague dark centres to these feathers.
Hundreds of doves took to the air when a pallid harrier turned up.
They seem more comfortable next to a kestrel for some reason.
The fence itself keep producing more and more perched species. Here was a desert wheatear.
I will keep visiting the farm two or three times a week to see if the cast continues to change.