I saw my first two on April 28th. In total I have visited the farm six times more since then. Each time there were between two and four birds present. I went there yesterday and there were two.
Each time, as far as I can tell, they have been different birds. There have been 20 in the seven visits.
The most (four) were on May 19th. This blog looks at my birding on that day both at the farm and later at East Khawr (Khawr Dahariz).
female Amur falcon
The only adult male I observed was on April 28th. This is consistent with the adult males returning first. Of the other 19 birds only six have been immature males. The other thirteen have been either adult females or immature females.
female Amur falcon 2
three Amur falcon clustered together
On May 19th, four Amur falcon were all perched on the bar at the same time.
four Amur falcon
immature male Amur falcon
On each of the days I visited, there was always at least one European roller.
Very large numbers of both African silverbill and Singing bushlark have always been present on each day.
Singing bush lark
great white egret
The glossy ibis are also still present at east Khawr. There is no sign of any breeding with these either. Some thirty or so birds of this species also seem to be over-summering.
Very few waders were present. However, one interesting one was a grey plover.
grey plover 1
grey plover 2
The orange at the base of the bill intrigued me. I can't find it referred to in any guidebook or on-line reference. However in the end I did find two images of birds showing this feature.
grey plover 3
The main waders however were lesser sand plover. Most had some degree of summer plumage.
lesser sand plover
They don't breed this far south and must have been on passage.
lesser sand plover 2
On Friday I went to Khawr Rori for the first time in over a month. I will write about what I saw next.