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Almaty. Republic Square.

2006-12-29 | Askar Isabekov

Barred Warbler still has fed on snowberry bushes. [...... read more ]


Alma-Ata. Butakovka.

2006-12-27 | Askar Isabekov

There is damp in the city but sunny in mountains. I have seen White-bellied Dipper and Upland Buzzard only. [...... read more ]


Almaty.

2006-12-26 | Askar Isabekov

The weather is murky and snowy. Only White-winged Grosbeaks, Blackbirds and Great Tits have leaved on New Square. Chaffinches and Bramblings have flied. May be they can't find the seeds and berries under the snow. But Blackbirds have cleared snow and leaves lightly. In the 28 Guardians Park Great Tits have got fed from the hand. Near the Circus I have seen the flock of Red-fronted Serins. [...... read more ]


Enbekshikazakh region. Almaty oblast.

2006-12-22 | Askar Isabekov

Last time I have gone into mountains and city but some interesting places on steppe were overpassed. Today I have gone to Tonkeris. Near the road on the little lake I have spied the little waterfowls. But when I have stopped they have flew. But I have spied Great White Egret. White Egrets are wintering in Almaty vicinity already second winter.There are many Rooks and Tree Sparrows near the road. Once I have seen Yellowhammers. Behind Tonkeris roadside brushwood of djidah begin. On winter time there are much birds. Today I have seen same birds as last winter. There were Greenfinches, Black-throated Thrushes, Mistle Thrushes in the main. Also there were several Azure Tits and one female Rufous-backed Redstart. I didn't find male Redstart which I wanted to see. Also I have seen flying pair of Long-tailed Tits.Raptors. Common there are many Long-legged Buzzards and Rough-legged Buzzards. But today I have seen only Common Buzzard and Upland Buzzard. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Vesnovka.

2006-12-19 | Askar Isabekov

Winter temperature in Alma Ata always keeps over 0 C degrees. This winter some warmer, dayly temperature +5+7 C. In conjunction with thaw much birds have flew from city. Today I walked by Vesnovka river, saw Chaffinches, Wren, some Red-fronted Serins. Heard chirp of Goldfinches and saw at the outset one Black-headed (Eurasian) Goldfinch and later several flocks of Grey-headed Goldfinches. There are many bushes of bur. But wide known fact that bur is the fancy feed of Goldfinches. [...... read more ]


Ile Alatau National Park. Little Almaty gorge.

2006-12-18 | Askar Isabekov

Today already saw the pair of Cinereous Vultures. Unfortunately they fly so high. It is impossible to photograph them. [...... read more ]


Ile Alatau National Park. Little Almaty gorge.

2006-12-16 | Askar Isabekov

When I have moved away from little village in the chine I at once have seen a lot of birds. On chine's bellow near the river mixed flocks have fed on willows and wild apricots. Flocks contains Azure Tits in main. Today I have seen roughly speaking thirty-forty ones. Except Azure Tits there were Songar Tits, Treecreepers, Coal Tits, Goldcrests. But no one Great Tit! Above in birch groves there were much Red-fronted Serins. If to sit under the birch on which Serins feed then birch seed snowed to you from above. Droll.Raptors. Saw two Golden Eagles (one on morning and one after dinner), Black Vulture and the pair of Lammergeiers. Lammergeiers have hovered low enough. One some higher and one some lower above the trees.Today is Independent Day in Kazakhstan. Therefore on New Square (aka Independent Square) there are concerts, loud music but firework on evening. Birds have flied from this place. But I have found Barred Warbler. Also have met Sparrowhawk. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2006-12-15 | Askar Isabekov

There are much more White-winged Grosbeaks on New Square. Today I have seen its once and again. They have fed thuja's nuts in the main. Mixed flocks of Chaffinches, Bramblings and Sickins also have fed near thujas. Chaffinches and Bramblings have fed under the tree but Siskins on the tree. On the thawed places Blackbirds and Great Tits have fed. Siskins also have fed on the birches in company with Red-fronted Serins. So all have fed. Also I have found Barred Warbler but one only. The bird have tried separate white berry from the ice. When Warbler has seen me it has ceased to move. I have carefully moved to it. Step by step I have closed but bird has taken no notice of me. I have could to touch Warbler. Then bird has disappeared in bushes. I thought that need to capture Warbler and help to winter. But in evening Barred Warbler have run alive in the bushes. Also there were Blackbird and White-winged Grosbeak. I have touched berries. Berries were pappy not frozen. Hope Warblers will not need [...... read more ]


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Astana. City park

2006-12-13 | Askar Isabekov

Met in the park one Nuthatch and one Hawfich. [...... read more ]


Astana.

2006-12-12 | Askar Isabekov

The weather in Astana is murky and snowy. The birches and viburnums are not croped by birds. Rare can to see Pigeon has fed not on ground but in Astana Pigeons eat berries from trees. There are little birds (Siskins, Redpolls) on the birches in north Kazakhstan towns. Last winter I photographed on birches both Siskins and Redpolls. Today I have observed trees carefully and have seen two Siskins and later have met the flock of Red Crossbills. Crossbills are some larger than sparrows therefore I have took heed of them. In first I have seen only grey-grennish females and have thought that it may be common Greenfinch. But later have seen reddish males also. One Crossbills have ate birch catkins other have pecked pine-cones. They have sat very close and have not took heed of me. Then Crossbills have flew to the viburnum. They have sat so close as I have looked them curved beacks. [...... read more ]


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rare birds records


Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)

© Anna Yasko
2019-02-18
Aktau, Mangystau region

Rare record for Mangyshlak peninsuls. In the middle of the last century Red-breasted Goose was common migrant in coast of Mangyshlak (Gubin, 2015), due wintering place was in Southern Caspian Sea. Then wintering places moved to Black Sea coast in Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine, in that regard the migration path changed.

Губин Б.М. Орнитофауна п-ова Мангышлак // Птицы пустынь Казахстана. Часть 1. Алматы, 2015.

Полевой определитель гусеобразных птиц России / ред.-сост. Е. Е. Сыроечковский. - Москва: Рабочая группа по гусеобразным Северной Евразии: Всероссийский научно-исследовательский ин-т охраны природы, 2011


Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)

© Askar Isabekov
2019-02-15
Koksarai kotregulator. Southern Kazakhstan

Rare vagrant, far from the basic migration path.


Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

© Natali Kim
2019-01-19
Eastern Kazakhstan

The nothernmost winter record of Little Grebe in Kazakhstan. Usual Little Grebe winterings are in southern and south-eastern Kazakhstan, but recent years wintering range enlarged to North-East up to Alacol depression (Berezovikov, 2005, 2012).


Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

© Kanat Kenzhegulov
2018-12-30
Aktau, Karakol

First winter record for Kazakhstan, second one for Central Asia. First single bird was recorded January 16, 2009 at Issyk-Kul lake.

Kulagin S, Sagymbayev S, Flechtner S, 2008. First winter record of Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) in Cenral Asia // Selevinia: 259.

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unidentified birds


2019-04-21

Анна Ясько: Мне кажется вид лунихи точно определить будет сложновато. Даже по фото, на которых объект в фокусе и в более удобном для определения ракурсе,
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2019-04-20

Николай Балацкий: Сергей, согласен, что овсянка на последнем фото может являться самкой, как и вот эта.

2019-04-18

Руслан Телегин: Похоже, гибридная. Возле здания акимата города снял на клумбе. Поздно уже было, пасмурно. Бегали и кормились особей 6-7, видно только прилетели,
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2019-04-17

Вадим Ивушкин: Этот по маховым точно малый.

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