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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


Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)

© Askar Isabekov
2018-03-10
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

First photo of rare wintering species in Sorbulak, and generelly in SE Kazakhstan. Before this record male and female were observed in flock of Tufted Ducks at February 2nd, 2003; and single bird at Jabuary 18th, February 21st, and March 13th of 2004 (Belyalov, Karpov 2012).


Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

© Alexandr Belyaev
2018-03-09
Almaty region, g. Taldykorgan

Second record of Dunncock in South-Easten Kazkahstan. Only one record for region was known before: at January 10, 1993 in northern foothills of Zailisky Alatau ridge, in sandthorn thickets of Chilik river four Dunncocks were recorded (Губин, 2002).


Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Askar Isabekov
2018-02-11
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

First winter record in Sorbulak lakes. Only spring records are known before this one: May 30, 1995 (Erokhov, 2002), April 11, 1999 (Grachev, 2002), and April 23, 2017 (Dyakin, www.birds.kz). In winter time Pygmy Cormorant is not rare in Chardara reservoir (Erokhov et al, 2006; Kovalenko, Kravchenko, 2007; Kovalenko, Karpov, 2008); recent years was observed in Taraz (Kolbintsev, 2009; M.Nukusbekov, www.birds.kz; A.Balykin, www.birds.kz), in foothill part of Chu river valley (Belyalov, Karpov, 2009), one specimen was photographed at December 23, 2017 in Taldykurgan vicinity (A.Belyaev, www.birds.kz).


Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

© Malik Nukusbekov
2018-02-17
Ertai. Zhambyl oblast.

Rare observation of Black Kite in Kazakhstan in winter time. Previously in winter time recorded in Almaty oblast (Karpov, Belyalov, 2009; Berezovikov, 2014; S.Shmygalev, www.birds.kz); in Mangyshlak (Yasko, 2017); and in Chardara (A.Kovalenko, www.birds.kz).

Березовиков Н.Н. 2014. Зимняя встреча черноухого коршуна Milvus migrans lineatus в городе Алматы // Рус. орнитол. журн. 23 (1082): 3957.
Карпов Ф.Ф., Белялов О.В. 2009. О зимней встрече чёрного коршуна в Алматинской области // Selevinia: 234.
Ясько А.О. 2017. Орнитологические наблюдения в городе Актау // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1399): 382-394.

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1. Isabekov Askar (178)
2. Gubin Boris (168)
3. Yasko Anna (114)
4. Katuncev Alexandr (109)
5. Belyaev Alexandr (105)
6. Nukusbekov Malik (86)
7. Andrussenko Konstantin (84)
8. Vorobyov Vladimir (75)
9. Dyakin Gennadiy (71)
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unidentified birds


2018-04-20

Аскар Исабеков: Перевожу - анонимный комментатор высказывает мнение, что это северная бормотушка.

2018-04-17

Аскар Исабеков: Мне кажется общий зеленоватый фон может ввести в заблуждение. Мне кажется, что бровь более желтого цвета, чем окружающие части головы. Плюс
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2018-04-09

Александр Катунцев: хоть в канюках множество окрасок предположу, что этот-ближе к малому !

2017-12-01

Ясько Анна: На мой взгляд, пропорции у этих двух птиц одинаковые. Сидящая птица также по пропорциям на канюка не похожа (маленькая голова).Кстати, вот
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