Most of my time was spent looking into Sahalnoot farm. As id often the case there, some of the best birds are seen on the walls and fences on the perimeter of the farm. Remember is prohibited to go in for disease prevention reasons.
This time a Bonelli's eagle was happily sitting on a wall at the north east corner of the farm.
Even when it moved off it only moved round the corner and sat under the same wall but on the north side.
Bonelli's eagle moves round
This was a perfectly healthy bird that had no fear.
Bonelli's eagle stares
It was one of the most prolonged close views of I have had with this species.
Bonelli's eagle in flight
Later a Bonelli's eagle was seen flying over the farm. it may well have been the same bird.
Near the site of the original view of the Bonelli's eagle were two barn swallow. Pale crag martin were also seen at the farm yesterday too. Yet I have still not seen a red-rumped swallow since I arrived in Oman almost 6 months ago. This is another species I want to see this spring on passage.
Desert wheatear at the farm
Another bird I am looking out for is pied wheatear. In my Riyadh days they started arriving on passage about the same time as desert wheatear were leaving.I am hoping for something similar here but the bulk may by-pass southern Oman altogether. At the moment there are plenty of desert wheatear still here.
flock of glossy ibis
While I was watching out for passerines, a large flock of glossy ibis made one of its regular commutes towards East Khawr. They fly between the farm and the khawr regularly all winter. The distance is barely 2 kilometres.
The hoped-for passage passerines never really appeared. It must be a little early still. There were plenty of graceful prinia and Ruepell's weaver about but there are resident. Many of the male Ruepell's weaver were changing into breeding plumage.
male citrine wagtail
The other site I visited locally yesterday was Dahariz park with migrants being my main motivation. Again there was little evidence of migration although there were more yellow wagtail and also tree pipit. Both these species winter in Salalah but not in the numbers seen especially among the tree pipit.
Other notable birds in the park were hoopoe and a marsh harrier.
hoopoe at Dahariz Park
I will head for the hills today and see if there is any more sign of migration than in the city yesterday.