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Almaty.

2009-01-30 | Askar Isabekov

The Blackbirds continue to sing, probably the spring begins. Also Great Tits begin to sing. Both birds sing the songs still in morning twilight. [...... read more ]


Almaty.

2009-01-22 | Askar Isabekov

More than one week the Blackbirds on the dark morning sang the songs. [...... read more ]


Ozerny gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-01-16 | Askar Isabekov

Very sunny and very warm day but the birds are a bit. Two Great Tits, three Chaffinches, two Brown Dippers, one Azure Tit, one European Robin, two Pheasants (one cock and one hen), four Blackbirds. That's all! All the birds including Chaffinches were observed singly. [...... read more ]


Trip to Bartogai.

2009-01-08 | Askar Isabekov

The day is sunny and warm. The trip roughly divided in two parts, the first one is the road among the foothills of Karash ridge and the second one is Sogety valley with Bartogai reservoir. The foothills without wind were hazy. As the last trip to Bartogai the birds were noted almost only in the djida (russian olive) thickets. Today we saw Fieldfares, Greenfinches, Black-throated Thrushes, Corn Buntings, one Yellowhammer, one Eversmann's Redstart, Pine Buntings, Mistle Thrushes were eating djida berries. The most numerous and most appreciable bird was Mistle Thrush (except the Magpie of course). Along the road the flocks of Mistle Thrushes were observed at every step; considering its size and number it's impossible not to note they. Mistle Thrushes are not so shy birds but never long postured. So today we don't have a lot of photos of Mistle Thrushes. Also today we saw birds were feeding on the birch-trees. Several Azure Tits, Long-tailed Rosefinches, Red-fronted Serins. The large flock [...... read more ]


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Ozerny gorge. Ile-Alatau National Park.

2009-01-06 | Askar Isabekov

The short trip to the buckthorn thickets. The results are many Carrion Crows and Magpies, two Great Tits, one Eversmann's Redstart, one Guldenstadt's Redstart, one White-bellied Dipper, one Goldcrest, three Red-mantled Rosefinches (one adult male). And the main is Solitary Snipe. The Snipe were feeding easy on the watercourse and let me possibility to make photos and even video. [...... read more ]


Big Almaty Lake. Ile-Alatau National Park.

2009-01-02 | Askar Isabekov

Day is sunny, quite warm and very windy. On the road I beheld one Red-mantled Rosefinch and one Guldenstadt's Redstart. The lake is already whole frozen but the empty and outflow rivers are almost without ice. The birds were a little probably through the strong wind. At first I beheld only Carrion Crows (which number was a strange little), single Magpies, and the nimble flock of the Red-fronted Serins flew here and there and opposing the wind yet pecked up the seeds from the grass. Later on the ice-hole I saw one White-bellied Dipper and one Wallcreeper. Further on the gorge from time to time the Brown Accentors streaked in the spruce forest. On the ice-hole of mouth of Ozernaya river the Mallard Ducks winter as on last year. Today I have accounted 14 Mallards. The Ducks fed not in river's mouth but some upwards. There is no place to fly out in mountains therefore the casual flashed Mallards having roamed over lake again come back to the ice-hole. Having walked a little upwards the river [...... 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 (279)
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 (147)

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2018-10-06

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