In the middle section of the Ayn I came across a male Asian Koel. It was not only new to my Oman list making species 255 but also a lifer.
male Asian Koel
The bird is apparently rare but possible all over Oman in winter. However, there a concentration on Masirah island. I presume this particular bird is passing through as it hasn't been seen at Ayn Hamran before.
close-up of Asian Koel
male masked shrike
The male masked shrike has been an ever-present bird too. It is looking particularly fine in its spring plumage.
second view of masked shrike
Furthermore, the song thrush was still around too though it has moved away from the largest shaded area. This is probably because it is very popular with picnickers and can be quite disturbed even at night.
Despite the count of primary tips, it doesn't look short winged and must be a Turkestan shrike.
back of the shrike
Many of the usual resident birds were seen including Arabian warbler, Abyssinian white-eye and plenty of African paradise flycatcher.
Long-billed pipit is a less regular visitor to the public areas of the Ayn.
At night, fruit bats are seen in large numbers. However I observed one for the first time in daylight.
Egyptian fruit bat
I presume they roost far away from the centre of the Ayn but this one was hanging right in the middle.
back of an Egyptian fruit bat
The Asian koel and the bat made the visit quite special.