I don't really know why all the mountain hotspots are east of the main road.
I headed for a random village called Shiboob.
I have to confess I saw nothing new but on the other hand it appeared as good as many of the more easterly places.
In Shiboob, I carried out the leaking tap method of birding. This is where you sit in the car and wait and do nothing but watch a water leak. Its very effective on hot days but seemed to work well even in mid-winter at Shiboob.
Tristram's starling spent a lot of time on top of the water tank.
Ruppell's weaver drank from the tap itself.
White wagtail and laughing dove drank from the run-away.
Cinnamon bunting did both. They drank from the tap and the run-way.
House sparrow visited a near-by tree.
young Arabian wheatear
There were several birds of prey in the skies in the area. Most were steppe eagle. Common kestrel was also seen.
fan tailed raven and steppe eagle
After visiting Shiboob I took a side road east back onto the main Thumrait highway. I had a little time to visit Wadi Rabkout.
It is one of the places recommended to go to look for for African collared dove. Once again I failed to see any.
collared dove in the village
However I did discover for the first time that the village has ten or twenty times more collared dove than the rest of the wadi put together. My tip is to look in the village if you want more chances. I know African collared dove well from birding in south west Saudi Arabia. They are just as much a town as a country bird.
another collared dove in the village