I go to look for any passing Amur falcon which is known to come through on passage and especially in spring. It has been seen at the farm in previous seasons.
Once again I failed to see one. One day it will happen as I am in Oman for the long-term.
Some sort of compensation was received by spotting a male lesser kestrel.
Another interesting observation were the European roller. I counted seven all together all in one corner area just outside the farm.
Two European roller
As I walked along the western perimeter fence (and away from the rollers), I came across some house sparrow. House sparrow may be a very common bird in the world but in Salalah it is rare. Indeed this farm is only one of two places in the city that I have seen them. I suspect the city population is well below 100.
female house sparrow
female Ruppell's weaver
Another observation on the western fence at the farm was a very young Namaqua dove. This bird was almost certainly born in 2015.
young Namaqua dove
The fence keeps proving itself to be valuable to me for spotting birds. Further along the same fence was a little green bee-eater.
little green bee-eater
Futher along still I came across a very large flock of African silverbill. I see a lot of these at present at the two farms.
flock of African silverbill
You may recall I also saw a mixed flock including scaly-breasted munia at Jarziz farm last week.
All the time I was making these observations I was looking out for Amur falcon. Just as I was about to leave I spotted a second falcon in the far distance. It proved to be a peregrine falcon. I would guess it is the same bird that has been seen on and off here for nearly three months now.
I will continue to visit the farms searching among other for an Amur falcon but time is starting to run out for this season.