What birds can be seen in Almaty right now?

2017-04-07| Askar Isabekov

At morning from 8.15 am to 11.15 am I visited the Republic Square in sunny but cold weather (+5C in average). All the birds were expected, the large flock of White-winged Grosbeaks eating on the ground the seeds of dogwood-tree, the couple of Blue-capped Redstarts, and the Bluethroat. Surpringly I didn't see Shrikes, Stonechats and Bramblings. The Carrion Crow came and looked at me, probably it remember me from the recent years visits. There are a lot of very shy Chaffinches perhaps passage migrants. All the birds are expected but very beauty.

After noon we had one kilometer walking along the snowy channel in Kimasar. The weather was cold and very cloudy. I was thinking we will not see Blue Whistling Thrush but we found it. We also watched three Brown Dippers in mating games, very active and brave Wrens, and Eversmann's Redstarts. The most significant record to me was the Wallcreeper posed a long time in different poses. In the mouth of gorge I took photo of little bird in the birch-tree. I thoght that I photographed Wren or Goldcrest but it was Tit-Warbler. It is very nice record too, but Wallcreeper is best to me.

So, all of these birds can be seen in Almaty right now.

1. Wallcreeper

2. White-winged Grosbeak

3. female Chaffinch

4. male Blue-capped Redstart

5. female Blue-capped Redstart

6. Bluethroat

7. male Eversmann's Redstart

8. Northern Wren

9. male Eversmann's Redstart

10. Blue Whistling Thrush

11. Wallcreeper

12. Brown Dipper

13. Mistle Thrush

14. White-browed Tit-Warbler

15. enter to Kimasar gorge

2017-04-11. Светлана:

Потрясающе! Стенолаз - фантастическая птица, похожа на бабочку, и совсем в городе.

Синяя птица вернулась!

А мы сегодня в печальном месте на Бурундайском кладбище увидели 2 стаи журавлей. Первая кружилась особей 40, сделала несколько кругов, поднимаясь все выше и выше и полетела буквой W на восток.
А через минут 10 вторая стая тоже собралась над нами, они были гораздо ниже и клином полетела на восток.

Вчера, наверное эти же три стаи видели там же. И пролет журавлей наблюдали в районе ниже Саяхата.
Там озеро отстойник возле ТЭЦ.Может они там отдыхали.

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rare birds records

Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus)

© Ivan Bevza

Вторая встреча в Семиречье. На одном из озер Карачингиля 17, 18 и 21 ноября наблюдались вместе одна пискулька и пять белолобых гусей. До этого известна весенняя встреча трех птиц 9 марта 2003 г. на разливах Копы возле железнодорожной станции Саз (Карпов, Белялов, Ковшарь 2004).
Карпов Ф.Ф., Белялов О.В., Ковшарь В.А. Первая встреча пискульки на юго-востоке Казахстана//Каз. орнитол. бюлл. 2003. Алматы, 2004. С. 135.

Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

© Anna Yasko
Aktau, Mangystau region

The first record on Mangyshlak. The nearest known record points are located too much to east: Karatau ridge (Nukusbekov,; Chalikova, Kolbintsev, 2005) and the foothills of Talas Alatau (Belousov,

Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
VKO Katon-Karagay

The easternmost record in Kazakhstan. During migration Blackcap mostly occurs in Western Kazakhstan. For a long time the easternmost record was the observation in Borovoe (Shtegman, 1934). In Kurgaldzhino birds were recorded both in spring and autumn migration (Koshkin, 2017). In Russia this species distributes in east up to Tomsk and Kemerovo oblast (Ryabitsev, 2014; Vasilchenko, 2004). In China first Blackcap was recorded in 2012 in Kashi (Guo H., Ma M., 2013), also birds were later observed at November 21st and December 29th of 2013 ( Probably the occurring of Blackcaps so far to east relates to the new wintering spots of the eastern populations of this species.

Васильченко А.А. «Птицы Кемеровской области». Кемерово: Кузбассвузиздат, 2004-488 с. Гаврилов Э.И. "Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана". Алматы, 1999. Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.
Рябицев В.К. "Птицы Сибири". Москва-Екатеринбург, Изд-во "Кабинетный ученый", 2014. Guo H., Ma M. Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)-a new bird record in China [Chinese]. Zoological Research, 2013, Oct. 34(5). P. 507-508

Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Alexandr Belyaev
Almatinskaja obl., Nac. park Altyn-JEmel', Ajnabulak

Rare migrant in Almaty oblast, and first record for Altyn-Emel National Park.

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