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Zholaman valley. Almaty oblast.

2009-02-28 | Askar Isabekov

The last day of winter. The noticeable road events were one soaring White-tailed Sea-eagle, two perched on the poplars Buzzards and the most important two flocks of Common Starlings. The Starlings have arrived! Here the true spring is. The Kapchagai reservoir is almost full frozen. On ice-free place near the dam I again saw five Little Grebes (wintering birds) and unidentifying Ducks sitting on the far ice. One Chukar Partridge was appeared and in a trice hid. The steppe near the lake is almost snow-free but on closing to Malai-Sary ridge the snow increases. In the steppe of Zholaman valley the birds were a bit but the emotions were a lot. The birds were mainly Calandra, Sky Larks and near the foothills the Horned Larks. The emotions were mainly glad, here the spring is. The Larks sing the songs but it is not total singing when the steppe's air is filled by the Larks' songs. But it is answerable, it is still early. Excepting the Larks we saw Long-legged Buzzards and one large flock of the [...... read more ]


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Sorbulak lake. Almaty oblast.

2009-02-15 | Askar Isabekov

On the road to Sorbulak in the roadside thickets (mainly on russian olive trees) we saw flocks of Tree Sparrows, Yellowhammers, Bramblings, some Blackbirds and Black-throated Thrushes. Once two Corn Bunting were occurred and once we saw the flock of Horned Larks. During the entire road the lot of Corvids were observed, mainly Rooks and Magpies, few Hooded and Carrion Crows, a bit of Jackdaws. The raptor was one only Kestrel. Sorbulak has frozen so that fishermen go by cars on ice directly. But nevertheless it is not so cold yet, and the ice-hole on which the waterfowl winter is still big. On this ice-hole it is a lot of birds. First of all the Whooper Swans are evident, there were these birds probably more than one hundred. Swans in separate groups (believable families) kept to all lake, both on an ice edge, and on water. The most appreciable ducks were the Goosanders settled most close to the coast. On the opposite side of the ice-hole it was possible to watch by the binocular the Mallards [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Vesnovka (Essentai).

2009-02-09 | Askar Isabekov

Last years the thickets on the Vesnovka river pleased by the plenty and the variety of birds. This year the birds are a bit. Probably it is associated with the new constructions near the river, but probably it is consequent of the abnormal warm winter. Birds were Great Tits, Hooded and Carrion Crows, Rooks, Mynahs, that are common background birds of winter Almaty. Except common birds twice I observed Red-fronted Serins, once alone bird hiding in bushes and once two birds on short time perching on tree. Altogether not glad situation was some carried of by the male Sparrowhawk observed on Al-Farabi street. The Sparrowhawk perched on the elm directly above the endless stream of cars and wasn't going to flew out. The bird looked small to me. [...... read more ]


Tonkeris. Ile valley.

2009-02-07 | Askar Isabekov

The short trip. I wanted to watch the birds on the russian olive thickets. The russian olive trees are almost full cropped. Nothing interesting were observed, birds were a bit. In the reed thickets I saw the flock of Reed Buntings. [...... read more ]


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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