These other two places were the only places I had seen Arabian golden-winged grosbeak before yesterday though I knew that Ayn Tebrak is also recommended for it. I had only seen single birds before too.
Although I pride myself in knowing all the sites in the Salalah area, I have visiting birder Markus Craig to thank for this one. He had researched that this site was good for grosbecks.
So yesterday afternoon I went there.
It managed to exceed my expectations.
Arabian golden-winged grosbeak resting 1
Most activity was near a dripping water holder which also created a stream. Birds were coming to drink and to bathe on top of the tank and in the stream.
The first of six grosbeaks I saw was resting in a bush next to the tank.
Arabian golden-winged grosbeak resting 2
This bird excelled itself my giving me views from all angles as it moved round.
Arabian golden-winged grosbeak resting 3
The grosbeaks were mostly coming to drink at the top of the concrete tank.
drinking Arabian golden-winged grosbeak
grosbeak and bulbuls drinking
I stayed at the site for around 90 minutes. There were times when no birds were around. They came in waves and the waves were mixed species.
Arabian golden-winged grosbeak drinking from the stream
When one wave of birds left, I managed to see where one of the grosbeaks had flown. It went to the top of a tree about 30 metres away and was calling.
Arabian golden-winged grosbeak at a tree top 1
The most grosbeaks I saw at any one moment was three but I believe there were roughly twice as many taking part in the action.
Arabian golden-winged grosbeak at a tree top 2
Several blackstart and a black-crowned tchagra were near-by but I didn't see either drink.
African paradise flycatcher
Ruepell's weaver seemed to be bathing as much as drinking.
Wadi Kheesh was a real find. I think it could be good during the spring passage with migrants coming out into the open to drink. I will certainly visit then to see.