This time I toured the fishing harbour and the rocky beach next to it.
I was still on the look at for a common gull which had been reported 10 days before but only seen by one observer.
The large majority of birds in the harbour were Heuglin's gull, Sooty gull and slender-billed gull.
Unfortunately for me there was once again no sign of a common gull.
First Pallas's gull
Nevertheless there were two Pallas's gull. I used to see this gull on passage in eastern province of Saudi Arabia. It is apparently quite common in northern Oman in winter.
Second Pallas's gull
Only a few make it down to Dhofar and that tends to be only in mid-December through to mid-February.
Terek sandpiper on the move
Whimbrel are regular here except in summer.
Furthermore, it by far the best place to see oystercatcher. There are so few other coasts with the right habitat in Dhofar.
In winter there are usually a variety of terns. In contrast in summer there usually only resident great crested tern and over-summering sandwich tern.
Caspian tern and gull-billed tern were also present this time.
On Friday I took a long day trip to Mazyunah with visiting birder Markus Craig. Mazyunah is on the border with Yemen and in the desert. It was my second trip there. I will blog about this next.