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Shelek, Bartogay.

2009-04-25 | Askar Isabekov

It's always breezy in Shelek area, but today the wind is stronger. Additionally, its direction, from east to west, is not fair for migrant birds. Probably, that's why we saw few birds in Shelek surroundings. There were almost no small passerines seen. Birds of prey were represented by Common Kestrels (both perched and soaring), one perched Black Kite who later flew off and soared around, and one quite a small and reddish Common Buzzard. A couple of Red-crested Pochards floated in back-water of Shelek river. Small salty swamps along the road attract a variety of birds. We saw a male Mallard, a Lapwing, a Great White Egret and a Turkestan Shrike and once a Pheasant hen leaped to the road. There were many Sand Martrins and Magpies. Bartogay. There is a plenty of Wheatears in the steppe zone of Sogety valley and in foothills. Mainly Isabelline Wheatears, but also Pied Wheatears, and we even saw a Northern Wheatear. Some Isabelline Wheatears already feed nestlings, while others collect nesting [...... read more ]


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Almaty.

2009-04-24 | Askar Isabekov

In the evening I head the singing Scops Owls in the three different places. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2009-04-19 | Askar Isabekov

One Turkestan Shrike. A lot of Chiffchaffs. [...... read more ]


Janashar. Enbekshikazakh region. Almaty oblast.

2009-04-18 | Askar Isabekov

Janashar is the place where observation of the Black-headed Wagtail is guaranteed. Today we saw not too many. Probably the windy day told upon it. In addition to the Black-headed Wagtails we saw the singing Corn Buntings on the wires and Masked Wagtails. The Black-headed Gulls and Common Terns flew over the small lakes. There were also ducks on the lakes but they floated afar and we couldn't discern them. There was a lot of Chiffchaffs in the russian olive thickets on the Besaghash river. About two dozens of House Martins and a single Barn Swallow flew by. On the sandy banks of the river the flock of Sandpipers (either Green or Common) looked for the food. Also we saw the first Lapwings this year. The birds of the day were Demoiselle Cranes. The east wind was not fair to Cranes but the birds flew anyway. Cranes flew to North-East. The wind was strong and we saw that their flight was very hard, but the Cranes flew all the same. [...... read more ]


Degeres. The foothills of Ile Alatau.

2009-04-10 | Askar Isabekov

It's one of the rare sunny days in a rainy spring. All the foothills are covered with green grass and blooming apricot trees. There are busy Jackdaws and resting Rock Pigeons and Mynahs around the holes in clay steeps. Common Starlings are not met often but catch our eyes every time. We saw many Rooks. Large and well noticeable birds collect in nesting settlements at wayside elms, or follow the plowing tractors. We saw a few small birds yet, one Stonechat on the wire, Masked Wagtails here and there in villages, and many singing Corn Buntings on wires and trees. It's rather early for most of small Passerines. As usual in the foothills, birds of prey were represented mainly by Long-legged Buzzards resting on telegraph poles or soaring. We saw Kestrels, four singles and one pair. A Greater Spotted Eagle, whom we diverted from its meals, filed away, but did not abandon the prey, carrying it in pounces. In Sunkar we met a Hoopoe, the first in this year. Many small brooks flow from the mountains [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Republic Square.

2009-04-09 | Askar Isabekov

A cloudy day. Apparently, Chaffinches have flew away. Today I have not seen any Chaffinches, though lately there were a lot of them in the city. I met the first Bluethroat in this year, a White-winged Grosbeak and watched singing Greenfinches twice. It's raining during the week in Almaty, and probably snowing in mountains, that is probably the reason why the Grosbeak is still in the city. Great Tits are flying here and there in pairs. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2009-04-05 | Askar Isabekov

On evening time I had the walk onto the Square. In first my attention was fixed by the Black Redstart. The Redstart flew from tree to another but on high branches and I didn't have possibility to observe it. Later I saw the first Turkestan Shrike. Shrike perched on the bushes and from time to time flew off to hunt to insects. Once high in the sky the Sparrowhawk flew by. Perching on the birch-tree Greenfinch sang very loudly. Now it's time when the new species of birds will appear every day. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2009-04-03 | Askar Isabekov

The murky and rainy day. The Sparrowhawk, Chaffinches, Greenfinches and this spring first Chiffchaff. [...... read more ]


Almaty.

2009-04-01 | Askar Isabekov

On evening I saw the first this year Grey Wagtail. [...... read more ]


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

supported by

1. Isabekov Askar (320)
2. Belyaev Alexandr (301)
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


2018-12-11

Сергей Резниченко: Спасибо, Дмитрий.

2018-12-11

Шевцов Дмитрий: Здесь тоже белохвост по тем же признакам + светлые без контрастов голова и шея.

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.

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