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Hotel “Kumbel”. Ile Alatau national Park.

2009-08-30 | Askar Isabekov

At 7.30 am in Small Almaty gorge I saw three Blue Whistling Thrushes. Some later I went to branch of Big Almaty gorge. 10.00 am. In the forest near hotel “Kumbel” despite a late time there were a lot of birds. Hume's Warblers and Great Tit were most of all in number. Dozens of these birds flew by my vision. In addition to these birds I saw Coal Tits and Grey Wagtails too. It was strange to me to see Grey Wagtails in the shadow of birch-tree forest. But the greatest hit of the day is Great Spotted Woodpecker. I assumed that I would see Woodpecker because Tien Shan's birch-tree forest is the habitat where I observed this Woddpecker most often. So this occurring was not surprise but nice. Woodpecker was searching the food on the old dry birch-tree. [...... read more ]


KokJailau. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-08-22 | Askar Isabekov

There were a bit of birds. Both Greenish Warblers and Tree Pipits weren't hearable. But the Nutcrackers became less cautious. They were quite often hearable and sometimes little flocks of them flew by. In spruce forest almost in the high border of forest belt it was interesting to watch the Grey Partridges. The flock of Grey Partridges most probable picked up the ants. The birds flashed out from when I notice them. In the tall spruce I saw two Red Crossbills. The most noticable today's birds were the raptors. In the KokJailau plateau I saw two Booted Eagles (both light and dark morphs), Common Buzzard and Lammergeier. [...... read more ]


Bakbakty. Southern Trans-Balkhash area.

2009-08-15 | Askar Isabekov

In the village I saw Hobbies (probably nesting birds), Mynahs, Collared Doves. In sunset time above the channel the Grey Herons flew by in the small groups by 2-5 birds, in total about 20 birds. [...... read more ]


Karatal.

2009-08-08 | Askar Isabekov

In the river banks I saw the flocks of Wood Pigeons. In the riverside bushes Lesser Whitethroats and Greenish Warblers were visible. Once I saw the Bluethroat. Many Turkestan Shrikes, Hoopoes. The Hobbies flew by. In the wet meadows the Black-headed and Masked Wagtails were observed. Once on the pole I saw the Shikra. [...... read more ]


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Almaty - Ushtobe.

2009-08-07 | Askar Isabekov

Almaty. Samal. At the morning I saw the flock of the Martins about 20 birds. In my opinion they were the Sand Martins. Martins flew some laps around our block and flew off. For a long time I didn't see Martins in the city. The road to Ushtobe. The noticeable observations: the white morph Booted Eagle was recorded near the Arkharly pass. Some earlier near Shengeldy village I saw the Black-bellied Sandgrouse flying to the Kapchagai reservoir side. All other observed birds were common: numerous Black Kites, Rooks, Rollers, flocks of Rosy Starlings, in some places Bee-Eaters and Kestrels. In Arkharly pass I saw Spotted Flycatcher, female Northern Wheatear and Pied Wheatears. Ushtobe. In the dry foothills I was looking for two springs which are the waterplaces to Black-bellied and Pallas's Sandgrouses. But unfortunately I didn't find them. I saw only numerous in this place Tawny Pipits, Spotted Flycatchers, Pied and Isabelline Wheatears. Most birds in paddy fields around Ushtobe town. Most noticeable [...... read more ]


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Almaty. VAZ.

2009-08-03 | Askar Isabekov

At 7 am I saw a little Heron (may be Pond Heron or Night Heron) flying by in sky above the waterless part of the city. I noticed it from the car therefore couldn't identify. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus)

© Ivan Bevza
2017-11-17

The second record in Semirechye. From November 17 to December 7 one Lesser White-fronted Goose and five White-fronted Geese were observed together at one of Karachingil lakes. Before this 3 birds had been met on March 9th of 2003 in the floodplain of Kopy near the Saz railway station (Karpov, Belyalov, Kovshar 2004).
Карпов Ф.Ф., Белялов О.В., Ковшарь В.А. Первая встреча пискульки на юго-востоке Казахстана//Каз. орнитол. бюлл. 2003. Алматы, 2004. С. 135.


Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

© Anna Yasko
2017-11-01
Aktau, Mangystau region

The first record on Mangyshlak. The nearest known record points are located too much to east: Karatau ridge (Nukusbekov, www.birds.kz; Chalikova, Kolbintsev, 2005) and the foothills of Talas Alatau (Belousov, www.birds.kz).


Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
2017-10-28
VKO Katon-Karagay

The easternmost record in Kazakhstan. During migration Blackcap mostly occurs in Western Kazakhstan. For a long time the easternmost record was the observation in Borovoe (Shtegman, 1934). In Kurgaldzhino birds were recorded both in spring and autumn migration (Koshkin, 2017). In Russia this species distributes in east up to Tomsk and Kemerovo oblast (Ryabitsev, 2014; Vasilchenko, 2004). In China first Blackcap was recorded in 2012 in Kashi (Guo H., Ma M., 2013), also birds were later observed at November 21st and December 29th of 2013 (www.xinjiang.birds.watch). Probably the occurring of Blackcaps so far to east relates to the new wintering spots of the eastern populations of this species.

Васильченко А.А. «Птицы Кемеровской области». Кемерово: Кузбассвузиздат, 2004-488 с. Гаврилов Э.И. "Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана". Алматы, 1999. Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.
Рябицев В.К. "Птицы Сибири". Москва-Екатеринбург, Изд-во "Кабинетный ученый", 2014. Guo H., Ma M. Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)-a new bird record in China [Chinese]. Zoological Research, 2013, Oct. 34(5). P. 507-508


Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Alexandr Belyaev
2017-10-15
Almatinskaja obl., Nac. park Altyn-JEmel', Ajnabulak

Rare migrant in Almaty oblast, and first record for Altyn-Emel National Park.

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Big Year 2017

1. Askar Isabekov (306)
2. Alexandr Belyaev (263)
3. Boris Gubin (202)
4. Anna Yasko (200)
5. Gennadiy Dyakin (199)
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unidentified birds


2017-12-18

Александр Катунцев: Есть еще кадры.

2017-12-14

Малик Нукусбеков: здесь определит очень сложно, и не могу сказать 100% восточный..... скрой всего гибрид....

2017-12-07

Александр Катунцев: https://o-prirode.ru/kurgannik/Также встречаются птицы темного окраса с черновато-бурым цветом оперения, маховыми перьями светлыми внизу и с тёмной каемкой,
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2017-12-04

Александр Катунцев: С х о д н ы е в и д ы. К таковым относятся два вида завирушек: черногорлая и бледная. От первой отличается светлым горлом, от второй - яркой окраской.
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