This time I was joined by work colleague and friend Michael Immel.
He was present when early on on Thursday's visit we came across a small group of swallows. They were hawking for insects over two of the back settling pools but also perching for rest from time to time. What was special is that one of them was a red-rumped swallow.
The red-rumped swallow was the first I have seen in Oman and makes species number 269 on my country list.
red-rumped swallow 2
Dhofar is an the eastern edge of their migration route in spring and numbers can't be very high.
Barn swallow numbers on the other hand are high and a few winter here too.
rufous bush robin
There is definitely a peak in the numbers of red-tailed shrike at the moment too. At the pools were one of both Daurian shrike and Turkestan shrike.
Even though the spring passerine passage is relatively weak in southern Dhofar, it has some small strength at this moment since this is peak season.
wood sandpiper and Temminck's stint
However the waders were reduced from last week but the quality was good. There were several wood sandpiper and Temminck's stint. A red-wattled lapwing and the vagrant spur-winged lapwing which had been here most of the winter were seen again. They were together. Black winged stilt and little stint were the main other waders.
flamingo and black winged stilt
The group of flamingo had split in two but was otherwise the same as last week.
western reef heron
Grey heron and western reef heron were present along with one squacco heron and an Indian pond heron.
The four little grebe were also still present in exactly the same settling pool as before.
whiskered tern 1 (by Michael Immel)
There has been one whiskered tern reported here for months. I don't know whether it has always been the same bird. Either way, one was present yesterday and it was in full summer plumage.
whiskered tern 2 (by Michael Immel)
Michael got better images than me and has kindly allowed me to show two of them.
whiskered tern 3
The bird now was a neat black cap, bright red legs and bill as well as a grey belly and upper parts. It can be no other bird.
whiskered tern 4
another Turkestan shrike
Today, I am going out early and will hope the heat doesn't stop me too soon. I will blog about what I see.