The overall theme was that important wintering birds were still around when I had been expecting more passage.
The highlight was three white-breasted waterhen up a bare tree just outside the perimeter fence at the settling pools. This equals the record number of this species seen in Oman.
I didn't even notice there were three until they moved. I had seen one towards the top of the tree. Whether it was me or something else that disturbed them, the bird I was watching flew off a short distance into a larger and more foliated tree. The surprise was that one more and then another followed it from lower down the original bare tree.
Most of the hundreds of wintering eagles around Raysut have one departed. However I easily found an Eastern Imperial eagle and two steppe eagle.
Earlier at the lagoons, pheasant-tailed jacana were present at the inland stretches. This bird is more numerous in winter but is known to occasionally opportunistically stay and breed. The longer they stay the more likely this is to happen.
The same goes for the less glamorous Eurasian coot though I only observed one at the lagoons on Wednesday.
In stark contrast its relative the common moorhen will breed in large numbers almost where ever there is water and some cover.
pheasant-tailed jacana (l) and pin-tailed snipe (r)
Of course not all wintering birds will consider the option of staying and breeding. The pin-tailed snipe above will surely leave soon.
Pretty much all the ducks are in full breeding plumage now and the big majority are either shoveller or garganey.
Although this blog is mostly about wintering birds I can't ignore the osprey scattered all up and down the lagoons even though most other birds of prey have gone.
Yet another late leaver is a Pallas's gull seen there on the last two visits. It is seriously late.
I suspect on my next visit to Raysut the bird cast will have changed quite radically as the winterers move on.
At the weekend I went into the desert again to try to catch part of the passage. I am very pleased with the results. I will use the next three blogs to explain what I saw.