It is the furthest north west farm in Dhofar and so can have rarities which otherwise avoid Oman.
One bird which generally flies north of Oman on passage is black-eared wheatear but Dowkah farm is one of the closest points in Oman to its main passage route.
I was extremely pleased to see one in only the second pivot field that I inspected.
This bird was a pale throated variant. This makes identification easier as the dark throated female-type variant can look very similar to pied wheatear.
black-eared wheatear on the ground
The F1 hybrid "vitata" pied x black-eared wheatear was ruled out as the black on the ear doesn't merge significantly with black on the shoulder. This is best seen in the photo below. However its possible the bird has some pied genes. Quite frankly the DNA studies show these two species should just be sub-species of a single species but we never hear calls for lumping the two together.
back of black-eared wheatear
Having seen my first pied wheatear in Oman two hours before at Ghaftyan, I then saw four more at Dowkah farm. The picture below is of one in the same field as the black-eared wheatear.
As I walked round some other fields, more species were seen. Two hoopoe lark and a few tawny pipit were in a field with fairly long grass. It seemed strange to see hoopoe lark in such greenery.
hoopoe lark walking in grass
The next field round was stumble and full of sandgrouse. Once again I failed to see crowned sandgrouse. However spotted sandgrouse and chestnut-bellied sandgrouse were present.
In the cluster of trees near the water tank, the flies are thick and the shade is good. it is no wonder this particular part of the farm is so good for migrants and wintering birds. This time I saw two bluethroat. One was male and the other female.
There was also one female common redstart on passage and one male black redstart which is presumed to be the same one I saw a month before. This spot should be very good in a month's time when I come for my April visit.
black crowned sparrow lark
Near-by were some of the most common birds on the farm: black-crowned sparrow lark.
female-type black crowned sparrow lark
The female is the bird most often mistaken for a Dunn's lark. It is not helped by the fact that the regional guide to the Middle East describes it as being lightly streaked on the head (compared with darkly streaked Dunn's lark). The black-crowned sparrow lark can clearly be darkly streaked as well. I look for other characteristics.
Asian grey shrike (aucheri)
Once again on the final leg of my walk I observed several brown-necked raven and two aucheri shrike.
I really like Dowkah farm.