It was not the best start in terms of passage birds which was my main reason for going north this month.
Almost the last bird of the stop provided the most interest. A female Menetries's warbler decided to come right out into the open for a prolonged time.
Menetries's warbler 1
As I have written before in previous blogs, I can't be sure that all Menetries's warbler are passage birds since some winter in suitable clusters of trees and bushes in the desert and semi-desert areas especially in wadis and near farms.
Menetries's warbler 2
As I was watching the bird, an ominous dust storm was heading towards me. In the distance I could see the bright blue sky being eaten up by dust clouds.
Menetries's warbler 3
As the dust approached, the bird went for cover. The skies went pink and all birding was finished for the day. All that was left was to drive on carefully to my over-night stop at Ghaftain resthouse a further 230 kilometres north west.
red-throated pipit 2
Black-crowned sparrow lark is incredibly common in the desert areas directly north of Salalah.
black-crowned sparrow lark
Only one type of wheatear was observed. These were a very small number of lingering desert wheatear which have been on site all winter. Wintering and passage Isabelline wheatear weren't seen. The other wheatears were probably only here fleetingly on passage.
Two harriers were observed in different parts of the farm. A pallid harrier was seen over a remote pivot field.
A marsh harrier was observed near the large cluster of trees and bushes.
Dowkah farm didn't give me anything special but the weekend was young. I was more than happy by the time the weekend was over.