Urban Birding. Eversmann's Redstarts and other birds.

2017-03-20| Askar Isabekov

After two day snowfall all around became white. In first day after snowfall the pitiable birds were tring to find food in the open asphalt roads but unsuccessfully. Today snow is melt and birds feel relied.

Morning was cold and overcast, but I went to Sairan because my new friend Francesc Cuscó watched there the Blue Whistling Thrush. I didn't find Whistling Thrush but watched the first in city Masked Wagtails, and also Eversmann's Redstarts and flock of Water Pipits. Probably later in the wet sands of Sairan be possible to watch migrating shorebirds too.

In Dendropark I was close to midday time, mostly I wanted to find White-browed Tit-Warblers. I found the couple feeding in spruce-trees, thujas and in open grass under the spruce-trees. In addition to Tit-Warblers I saw one Red-mantled Rosefinch, Magpies building nests, flock of Bramblings, and Eversmann's Redstarts. Latter is bird of the day because I saw everywhere the significant number of them. During the watching day I saw about ten Redstarts including one female.

1. Bird of the day - Eversmann's Redstart

2. Greater Short-toed Larks were trying to find food in the city roads because all around covered by snow

3. Male Brambling is ready to breeding season

4. Red-mantled Rosefinch

5. First Masked Wagtail in city in this spring

6. Water Pipit is rare visitor to city

7. Magpies are building nests

8. Local subspecies of Goldcrest - tristis

9. Blackbird

10. White-browed Tit-Warbles are still in city park

11. One more Eversmann's Redstart. today I saw about ten of this birds.

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rare birds records


© Alexandr Belyaev
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Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis)

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Blue Whistling Thrush (Myophonus caeruleus)

© Andrey Vilyayev
Almatinskaya obl., Malaisary

Rare record of Blue Whistling Thrush ouside the Northern Tian Shan. In addition to this record the following ones are known: in Taukum desert (April 28-29 1996, Berezovikov, Erokhov, 1996); in Chulak mountains (April 14 1973, Kovshar, Berezovikov, 2001); and in upper Charyn river (June 14 1980, Kubykin, 1991).

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Сергей Силантьев: Извиняюсь....белолобого..


Анна Ясько: Понимаю, что в первую очередь нужно рассматривать именно tristis. Мне бросились в глаза некоторые особенности окраса этой пеночки: довольно


Анна Ясько: Мне кажется, что все эти чайки вполне могут быть одного вида. Во-первых, стоящие чайки, извините за тавтологию, - стоят и практически боком,

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