At Jarziz farm, I once again came across both chestnut-bellied sandgrouse and common quail. I flushed three of the latter. Two of them were flushed without me seeing them from less than two metres away.
Also in the fields was the now familiar mix of crested lark and singing bush lark. Early in the morning the singing bush lark make a considerable amount of noise.
singing bush lark
Another bird I see on every visit is Asian grey shrike (aucheri).
aucheri Asian grey shrike
One of the three birds seen had a pigmentation issue. Some of its wing feathers were brown and not black.
There seem always to be birds of prey at the site. There are always kestrel and usually other species. This time there was an Eastern Imperial Eagle and a pallid harrier. This is one place I really must watch out for passage Amur falcon in the coming weeks.
female pallid harrier
However there was still no sign of a major passerine passage in the massive pivot field or in the cluster of trees and bushes. Even the tawny pipit could be wintering birds.
After the farm I moved on to the city park. It is actually closed on Saturday morning for the gardeners to work. However I find I am allowed it if alone and go about my birding quietly.
Salalah city park
Several resident species are breeding or heading towards it. The park was alive with their activity. I believe the shining sunbird above is moulting into breeding plumage rather than moulting out.
lizard in the park
Once again there were several common sandpiper walking around the lawns.
In the more shaded parts of the lawns were several yellow wagtail and tree pipit. Nearly all the white wagtail have gone.
Unfortunately there were far too many common myna on the grass too and Indian house crow in the trees for that matter. These two invasive species are far too common in parks.
second lizard in the park
I haven't mentioned possibly the most common bird of all in the park: Abyssinian white-eye. It is actually a distraction when looking for warblers but attractive in its own right.
I finished in the park at about noon. After a three hour break in the heat of the day, I resumed some more local birding. This time I went off to Raysut. I can't fault the sheer numbers of species I saw there. I will blog about that next.