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Urban birding with beginners. Shrikes, Sparrowhawks, Blue Whistling Thrushes.


2017-04-16| Askar Isabekov

I posted the message in Facebook with invitation to join to my birding in Republic Square. Three person joined to me. Given that ordinary citizen of Almaty never awakes at 7am in weekend, three beginners is a large number. In the Square we watched Isabelline and Turkestan Shrikes which were very good models, nesting couple of Carrion Crows, the Bluethroats (I took photos but beginners noticed only the moving from one bush to another one), Chiffchaffs (hard viewable in the crowns of birch-trees). The we went to park where I showed the nests of Sparrowhawks, but birds were not visible. But when we had talking the male Sparrowhawk came with the prey (firstly we guessed the mice but in photo I recognized the female of Chaffinch) and then female appeared too. Birds didn't pay attention to us, were making sounds and doing something probably coupling, I didn't see if be honest. After the watching of Sparrowhawks we went to Blue Whistling Thrushes, and noticed couple of Grey-headed Goldfinches in road. We saw both male and female Thrushes, I was glad because last visit I saw one only bird. By the way, we noticed one of Thrushes faced us immediately after we arrived to spot (it chased Magpie), then it came closer and gave us possibility to take photos. This fact is confirmed the Chinese thesis that not only human watches bird but the bird watches human too. In this case Blue Whistling Thrush came to watch beginners. The birding duration was 2,5 hours, we saw 16 species of birds.


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rare birds records


Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus)

© Ivan Bevza
2017-11-17

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
2017-11-01
Aktau, Mangystau region

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


Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
2017-10-28
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 (www.xinjiang.birds.watch). 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
2017-10-15
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