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.

2017-04-12. Аскар Исабеков:

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rare birds records

Pale Rock-Finch (Carpospiza brachydactyla)

© Alexandr Belyaev
Mangistauskaja obl., vpadina Karagie

Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis)

© Ainur Iskakova

One more record of rare vagrant visitor in Kazakhstan.

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).

Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)

© Andrey Kovalenko

The first record in Mangyshlak peninsula. The closest breeding spots of Wallcreeper are located in Kopetdag and Great Balkhan mountains (Turkmenia), more than 500 kms to south.

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Анна Ясько: Это песчанки. Пестрый рыжий окрас головы и груди, отсутствие заднего пальца.


Анна Ясько: Сергей, посмотрите вот эту серию чечевицы. Такая же как Ваша. По-моему, вопрос с определением этой птицы решен.


Василий Федоренко: Воротники, действительно, работают только для взрослых птиц. В этом можно убедиться, полистав в сети фотографии тех и других.Тоже был за сипов

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