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Ile Alatau National Park.

2006-10-29 | Askar Isabekov

Today I specially gone to mountains to photograph Nutcracker. Nutcrackers live in high mountains, only once I saw Nutcracker in the bottom of a fir forest. It's usual habitat much above. On road to fir groves I saw only Coal Tits, Treecreepers and Goldcrests. In high mountains there are no much birds, but some ones are present. Above in I snows saw only Mistle Thrushes, and below in the border of a fir forest - one Great Grey Shrike and one Cinereous Vulture. And certainly, expected Nutcracker. [...... read more ]


Almaty.

2006-10-27 | Askar Isabekov

I saw Eurasian Sparrowhawk flying above the center of the city in the company of crow. [...... read more ]


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Almaty.

2006-10-26 | Askar Isabekov

I met several Chiffchaffs and pair of Goldcrests. Chiffchaffs may be still migrate, but Goldcrests sure went down from the mountains to the wintering. More frequently I saw Chaffinches also arrived to wintering. Two days I saw the flying Quails. There are many Crows in the city. Carrion Crows get down to the winter from the mountains. And Hooded Crows arrived to winter from the north. It is amazing, but Common Whitethroats did not fly away still. [...... read more ]


Almaty.

2006-10-20 | Askar Isabekov

First Chaffinches of this autumn. Today I saw three birds - one male and two females. Surely there are more Chaffinches in the foothills. Even more interesting meeting – a small flock of Black-throated Thrushes. Usually Thrushes avoid the city, especially central parts, it is more possible to meet them in the suburbs. [...... read more ]


Karasay region, Almat oblast.

2006-10-10 | Askar Isabekov

Birds have flown almost all. At least there were nobody on the lake. Neither Ruddy Shellducks nor Lapwings. Roadside bushes aren't so populated as at summer. I saw only of Great Tits and Tree Sparrows. But these are our winter inhabitants. Generally there were no many birds, only Rooks and Jackdaws. I saw two raptors - one Common Buzzard and one Steppe Eagle. Popular some weeks ago Kites have migrated. [...... read more ]


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
Almatinskaja obl., Nac. park Altyn-JEmel', Ajnabulak

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

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Big Year 2017

1. Askar Isabekov (306)
2. Alexandr Belyaev (261)
3. Boris Gubin (200)
4. Anna Yasko (198)
5. Gennadiy Dyakin (195)
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unidentified birds


2017-11-23

Анна Ясько: Здесь также камышовая овсянка.

2017-11-23

Анна Ясько: Камышовая овсянка.

2017-11-21

Алексей Тимошенко: Алексею: Мне видится много светлого вокруг "глаза", если это глаз и светлые кончики второстепенных.

2017-11-17

Сергей Л. Волков: Наверное, все-таки красношейная поганочка. Странновато выглядит, но ведь другому-то больше некому быть.

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