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Almaty. Republic Square.

2009-11-19 | Askar Isabekov

On yesterday's walking on Square I again saw Lesser Whitethroat, but today I saw Sparrowhawk. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2009-11-17 | Askar Isabekov

Became slightly warm, snow melted, on open lands there were much birds. Most of them were common winter birds: Carrion and Hooded Crows, Rooks, Mynahs, Blackbirds, House Sparrows, Great Tits. Still there are a bit of Chaffinches, today I saw only two Chaffinches were feeding in flock together with House Sparrows. Twice I observed Goldcrests and once the Laughing Dove. Today the most interesting is the Lesser Whitethroat. The latest autumn Lesser Whitethroats recorded in the middle of October. Now is already the middle of November. Probably this Lesser Whitethroat will winter in Almaty. Whitethroat was quite cautious, stayed separately from other birds; when aggressive Mynahs or sociable Sparrows came flying Whitethroat hid. It foraged mostly on the thuja. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Little Almatinka river.

2009-11-04 | Askar Isabekov

On Little Almatinka river I saw Blue Whistlig Thrush which regularly winters here. Wintering of Blue Whistling Thrush is one of features of warm winter. In small number the Chaffinches and Bramblings occurred in the city. But Rooks and Hooded Crows are a lot already. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


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.


Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus)

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

Rare birds in South-Eastern Kazakhstan, and first record for "Alty-Emel" National Park.

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Big Year 2017

1. Askar Isabekov (306)
2. Alexandr Belyaev (261)
3. Boris Gubin (200)
4. Anna Yasko (197)
5. Gennadiy Dyakin (195)
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unidentified birds


2017-11-20

Ясько Анна: На одной голове не стоит зацикливаться. Остальной окрас (спины, крыльев) не вполне соответствует даже молодому ремезу. Еще не совсем понятно,
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2017-11-17

Сергей Л. Волков: Наверное, все-таки красношейная поганочка. Странновато выглядит, но ведь другому-то больше некому быть.

2017-11-15

Алексей Кошкин: Да, белошапочная абберативная больше подходит.

2017-11-01

Анна Ясько: Вроде бы полевой жаворонок. Пестрины на груди, ТМ не покрывают кончики видимых ПМ.

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