I was there until 10 am when it got too hot to bird comfortably. This was the earliest finish to a birding session this year but if you don't go into the mountains there is little option.
On arrival I came across a second flock of blue-cheeked bee-eater (the first had been at Jarziz farm).
Both adult birds and juveniles are duller in winter. Juveniles are are markedly so. I suspect the bird below found on the same tree is a young one which hasn't fully attained adult plumage yet.
a second blue-cheeked bee-eater
The lagoon itself was not particularly active. All the ducks and coot have left. Only common moorhen was obvious on the water and a couple of marsh terns were flying over.
At this point I moved across to the seaward side of the sand bar separating the fresh water khawr from the sea.
I counted five types of tern there which were representative of both marsh terns and salt water terns.
lesser crested tern
There were ten lesser crested tern resting.
There were also two gull-billed tern.
Some young slender-billed gull in Dhofar have not yet left to go north. A few of them were here.
white-winged black tern (left)
The first marsh tern I spotted was a white-winged black tern which incidentally shows little sign of moving into summer plumage.
Three Caspian tern were the biggest bird present.
The final type of tern was another marsh tern:whiskered tern.
It was already getting very warm and I decided to stop birding and head back to the car. It was then that I spotted another European roller. This was the second of the day yet before that I hadn't seen one since around New Year.
Next to the car, the most common passage bird this season made an appearance. A rufous bush robin hopped on to a bush.
Rufous bush robin