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Tajikistan. Dushanbe. Komsomol lake.

2008-03-26 | Askar Isabekov

The lake is full. Wintering Mallards and Gulls already migrated. I saw only 5-7 Garganeys probably were on migrate pass. Over the water Common Swifts, House Martins and Barn Swallows flew. A lot of Black Kites. Most interesting birds today are Grebes. One some bigger was Black-necked Grebe and lesser one was Little Grebe. The kayakers trained on the lake and Grebes were some disquiet. But even kayakers left from the lake Grebes still clung the center of the lake. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Dushanbe.

2008-03-25 | Askar Isabekov

Chiffchaffs and Common Swifts became a lot. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Hoja Obigarm.

2008-03-23 | Askar Isabekov

On morning time Martins appeared again, but in less number. Saw the large light Falcon sat on the juniper in high slope. The pair of Carrion Crows tried to send off Falcon from the juniper, finally they did it. Falcon flew out to high mountains, its light color was noticed very good. On morning Tits were very active. I saw all three local Tits - Turkestan Tit, Black-breasted Tit and Yellow-breasted Tit. Black-breasted Tit has white neck like a Coal Tit. Altogether this Tit looks like Coal Tit but has more black on the breast, dark grey belly and larger crest. And Coal Tit lives in coniferous woods but Black-breasted Tit in the mountain foliar woods. Trip to the mountain. Blue-capped Redstart, female Chaffinch, White-winged Woodpecker. Raptors were Cinereous Vulture, Falcon which I saw at morning time, Long-legged Buzzards. Falcon was some lesser than Buzzards, very light with dark bar on the tail like on a Peregrine Falcon. Long-legged Buzzards built the nest on the rocks, both birds carried [...... read more ]


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Tajikistan. Hoja Obigarm.

2008-03-22 | Askar Isabekov

At early morning to my surprise birds were a little. Yellow-breasted and Turkestan Tits sang the songs. First time I heard song of Streaked Laughingthrush, the song isn't intricate, common whistle. In first I even thought that it was human's whistle. The Martins (look like House Martin) arrived, on morning I saw several tens birds. Martins actively explored old nests which are a lot. At dinner time Woodpecker came again, but Woodpecker doesn't like attention to self person. When I stopped only, Woodpecker moved to other side of the branch and after flew out. Before the dinner I climbed to the slope. On the low belt some times saw Black Redstarts, always by pairs, once the pair of Stonechats. The male Stonechat was absolutely known, but female looked some greenish to me. Both Stonechats and Black Redstarts searched feed on the damp ground. Climbed some higher some times I saw the flying Grey-headed Goldfinches. Some higher on the high junipers I saw the pair of Blue-capped Redstarts. Heard [...... read more ]


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Tajikistan. Hoja Obigarm.

2008-03-21 | Askar Isabekov

The sun comes to the gorge later (about 7.30 am), but already at 6.00 am birds begin to sing. At morning I saw all yesterday's birds exclude Black-breasted Tit. Probably all birds live nearby sanatorium. White-winged Woodpeckers arrived two times, once before the dinner time I saw the pair and once male only. Today Woodpeckers fed not on ground but on the walnut tree, but drummed very easy. Turkestan and Yellow-breasted Tits were noticed regularly. Yellow-breasted Tits began the spring games, flew with songs by pairs or sometimes by three birds. One Yellow-breasted Tit explored the hollow on the walnut tree. The pair of Rock Nuthatches arrived, once the male Nuthatch sang the song. Some times I saw Long-legged Buzzards over the rocks. After the dinner time the Lammergeier flew by. On the dry slopes of the gorge there were a bit of birds. I saw one Yellow-breasted Tit and the pair of Bramblings (male and female) only. Passing in the gorge river already was not full free from the ice. Above [...... read more ]


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Tajikistan. Hoja Obigarm.

2008-03-20 | Askar Isabekov

“Hoja Obigarm” sanatorium is placed in the high of same named gorge. From the window of my room I saw the pair of Turkestan Tits and the pair of Yellow-breasted Tits. Unfortunately I came to sanatorium at evening time, the sun was down, but I made to see Blackbirds, Black-throated Thrushes, Masked Wagtails, Tree Sparrows, Carrion Crows, one male Chaffinch, Streaked Laughingthrushes, pair of White-winged Woodpeckers and one very beauty singing Black-breasted Tit. All birds include Woodpeckers fed on the ground. [...... read more ]


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Tajikistan. Dushanbe.

2008-03-19 | Askar Isabekov

Warblers were really Chiffchaffs. Saw one flying Common Swift. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Dushanbe.

2008-03-17 | Askar Isabekov

In the center of the city saw flying Sparrowhawk. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Varzob gorge.

2008-03-15 | Askar Isabekov

The wild apricot trees begin to bloom in Dushanbe also. Warm day. There were a lot Masked Wagtails on Dushanbe outskirts. Varzob gorge is one of the most popular rest places of Dushanbe people. All around when it's possible there are tea-houses. It was cold in the gorge, some places were snow. Birds were not a lot. Masked and Grey Wagtails, one White-bellied Dipper, one White-capped Redstart. Several very little birdies on the another bank of Varzob. Female Eversmann's Redstart. More wild places are not in Varzob gorge but in secondary gorges less habitable to human's live. Hoja Obigarm gorge. On the high part of gorge there are hot wells and sanatorium. Yet a lot of snow in the gorge. Many Carrion Crows. In the rocks we found nest of Rock Nuthatch. Many large raptors. Flock of Eurasian Griffon-Vultures about six-seven bird soared in the sky. One Long-legged Buzzard, one Common Buzzard, two Lammergeiers. Lammergeiers flew low looking to goats grazed on the slopes. From afar saw a little [...... read more ]


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Tajikistan. Vakhsh valley.

2008-03-12 | Askar Isabekov

Day is hot but cloudy. It's very hot in the Vakhsh valley. Apricot trees bloom all around in the valley. In some places green grass cleaves. From Dushanbe till Kurgan-Tube everywhere Black Kites milled in the sky. Today I saw about ten flocks of Black Kites each about 10 birds. On Kurgan-Tube's market saw flying hawk. In the Tajikistan's birds list I didn't find Goshawk, but I think to Goshawk because Hawk was very large. At sight Hawk living on the market Laughing Doves rushed right and left. Little birdies were Larks and once flock of Common Starlings. Alpine Swifts already fly in the villages. Large soaring raptors are exactly more noticeable than small passerines. I saw two Long-legged Buzzards, two Imperial Eagles, one Hen Harrier and one Upland Buzzard. On the rock talus Tohir beheld arrived Long-legged Buzzard. It's happen that Buzzards nest on the rock. Sitting on the nest bird is absolutely unnotable. Reddish color of Buzzard's plumage so good accords to color of reddish rocks. [...... read more ]


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rare birds records


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


Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla)

© Steve Klasan
2018-09-09
Korgalzhyn

The second record for Tengiz-Korgalzhyn area. Before this record one bird was observed at December 12, 1969 in floodland of Nura river.
Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.


Amur (White) Wagtail (Motacilla (alba) leucopsis)

© Sveta Ashby
2018-05-21
Kanshengel

Fist record of Amur Wagtail (Motacilla alba leucopsis) in Kazakhstan. Most of systematics treat this taxon as subspecies of White Wagtail (Mac Kinnon&Phillips, 2000; Степанян, 2003; Roberts, 2006; Brazil, 2014; Clements, 2016; HBW, 2016) but include it to special group of eastern races. Breeding range of this bird contains Far East Russia, Korea peninsula, SW Japan, central and eastern China. Winters in Southern Asia eastward to Northern India. Records of vagrant birds known in Vitim Reserve (Russia, Northern Trans-Baikal area) at April 29, 2014 (S.L.Volkov, www.sibrids.ru) and in Eastern Mongolia (Gombobaatar & Monks, 2011). From November 27 to December 2 of 2015 one male was observed in Finland (Kujala, Päijät-Häme), it's third record in Western Palearctic.


Altai Snowcock (Tetraogallus altaicus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
2018-05-29
VKO Katon-Karagay

The first nest of Altai Snowcock found in Kazakhstan. Previously only several broods were recorded.

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Big Year 2018

supported by

1. Isabekov Askar (304)
2. Belyaev Alexandr (284)
3. Gubin Boris (252)
4. Dyakin Gennadiy (239)
5. Golubeva Anna (207)
6. Yasko Anna (198)
7. Katuncev Alexandr (177)
8. Vorobyov Vladimir (166)
9. Malkov Yuriy (148)
10. Nukusbekov Malik (148)

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unidentified birds


2018-10-18

Аскар Исабеков: Разделил серию, не халея отправляю на определение.

2018-10-17

Шевцов Дмитрий: Видимо степняк, белая полоса по низу крыла, маховые выглядят темнее кроющих.

2018-10-16

Аскар Исабеков: разделил

2018-10-15

Александр Беляев: Какой-то

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