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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


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.


Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

© Alexandr Katuncev
2018-05-06

New species for Sorbulak system.


Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)

© Gennadiy Dyakin
2018-05-09
Aktau, Mangistau region

Rare record for Mangyshlak peninsula. Previously the following records are known: June 1-2 1888 in area of Sherkala mountain and Akmysh well, May 06, 1947 in vicinity of Fort-Shevchenko, May 07, 1964 in Danga, May 17, 2009 near Kaundy depression, and May 09, 2017 in the square of Aktau city.

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Big Year 2018

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1. Isabekov Askar (279)
2. Belyaev Alexandr (267)
3. Gubin Boris (242)
4. Dyakin Gennadiy (217)
5. Yasko Anna (181)
6. Katuncev Alexandr (165)
7. Vorobyov Vladimir (157)
8. Golubeva Anna (150)
9. Malkov Yuriy (139)
10. Andrussenko Konstantin (132)

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unidentified birds


2018-08-15

Андрей Баздырев: Молодые озёрные чайки - на верхней части охристый налёт, клюв не очень длинный.

2018-08-15

Анна Ясько: Туркестанский. Обыкновенный жулан гнездится севернее.

2018-08-15

Николай Балацкий: Похоже, что на камнях сидят парой самец и самка красноухой овсянки.

2018-08-15

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