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Almaty.

2007-02-27 | Askar Isabekov

Much snow, very cold. Birds keep close, now it is very difficult to find fed. But all around very beautiful. There are only Blackbirds and Great Tits in the city. [...... read more ]


Jubileiny, Talghar region. Almaty oblast.

2007-02-25 | Askar Isabekov

Apple gardens. A little of birds. Several Great Tits, Black-billed Magpeis, one female Red-mantled Rosefinch, one Goldcrest, several Pheasants. Only shy Black-throated Thrushes are a lots. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Vesnovka.

2007-02-17 | Askar Isabekov

The birds' songs are all around. The irregular chirps of Tree Sparrows are heard mostly. The songs of Red-fronted Serins are more low and more melodical. Serins are ever so lesser than sparrows therefor they are more invisible. But they are a lot also. Loud Great Tits are not fly on the flocks but also flashy. Grey-headed Goldfinches are the best singers on this place but they aren't so numerous and more scary than other birds. There are a few Chaffinches. They have been washed in the river. Also Mynahs and Crows have been washed on shallow.When I have closed Mynahs and Crows have made hullabaloo together and I have prefered to go home. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-02-07 | Askar Isabekov

I didn't watch birds so long. Today I have gone to New (Republic) Square and have seen a little changes. February is not snowy and snow under birches and bushes was melted by warm air. There are much more Mynahs and Blackbirds. Saw Blackird washing in the puddle like at spring. The songs of a some birds are changed. Blackbirds not only chatter but yet sing. Greate Tits also sing more. Chaffinches, Bramblings, Great Tits feed in the shank leaves. Saw a flock (20-30 birds) of White-winged Grosbeaks. Grosbeaks are less scary than other birds. I have squated and Grosbeaks have not taken heed of me about ten minutes. One female have fed about one and half meters over me. Also I saw several Greenfinches. Greenfinches appear in Alma-Ata on early spring. On the spring you can hear everywere the songs of Greenfinches with specific whir. This year I heard Greenfinch's whir in the middle of February yet. Bramblings, Grosbeaks and Chaffinches have mostly fed but Greenfiches else gamed. [...... read more ]


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rare birds records


Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Aleksey Timoshenko
2018-10-18
Kostanay reg., Naurzum rezerve

New species of Naurzum Reserve. In northern part of Kazakhstan Pygmy
Cormorant previously was recorded at October 6th, 1998 in Kulykol lake
(Pynnonen, 1999), about 180 km to west from the point of new record.
Also singles or group of 2-80 birds were regularly observed in
Kurgaldzhin Reserve since 2001.

Ерохов С.Н., Березовиков Н.Н. 2009. Материалы к орнитофауне озёрной
степи и лесостепи Кустанайской области. Часть 1 // Рус. орнитол. журн.
18 (516): 1715-1742.
Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный
Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.


Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

© Alexandr Belyaev
2018-11-03
Almatinskaja obl.,g.Taldykorgan

Rare vagrant visitors in SE Kazakhstan.


Pallas's Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus)

© Andrey Kovalenko
2018-10-14
Northern Caspian, Kalamkas.

Rare vagrant bird. First record in western part of Kazakhstan. Before observed in Central Kazakhstan (Kurgaldzhino), and in S and SE Kazakhstan.


Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)

© Askar Isabekov
2018-10-07
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

Second photo record of Long-billed Dowitcher in Kazakhstan. The first one was recorded in Sorbulak lakes too at September 7th, 2014 (Fedorenko, Isabekov, Dyakin, 2014). Group of birdwatchers with Peter Kennely also watched this bird in Sholak lake near Kurgaldzhino village at May 15, 2005, but unfortunately no evidence of this record was provided.
Орнитологический вестник Казахстана и Средней Азии, вып. 3, Алматы, 2014: 211-212

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Big Year 2018

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1. Isabekov Askar (320)
2. Belyaev Alexandr (304)
3. Gubin Boris (273)
4. Dyakin Gennadiy (250)
5. Yasko Anna (208)
6. Golubeva Anna (207)
7. Katuncev Alexandr (191)
8. Vorobyov Vladimir (169)
9. Malkov Yuriy (158)
10. Zvyaginceva Viktoriya (157)

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unidentified birds


2018-12-15

Шевцов Дмитрий: Однозначно варакушка, и хвост ее виден и передник уже начал образовываться на груди.

2018-11-30

Сергей Л. Волков: Думал я, что у хохотуньи маховые в апреле не столь сильно обтрепанные. А оказывается, бывают такие. Но при этом бывают и совсем целые. Интересно,
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2018-11-24

Анна Ясько: Так вроде камышовая овсянка, самец.

2018-11-21

Николай Балацкий: Лесной конёк, а точнее - Гималайский конёк A.haringtoni.

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