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Almaty. Samal.

2010-03-25 | Askar Isabekov

The warm sunny day. Today there were three-four singing Grey-headed Goldfiches. They were singing and flying from branch to another one. [...... read more ]


Almaty.

2010-03-24 | Askar Isabekov

This year's first Masked Wagtail in the city. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Samal.

2010-03-22 | Askar Isabekov

In mixed flock of feeding birds I noted some Meadow Buntings. Rare birds in the city. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Samal.

2010-03-18 | Askar Isabekov

Today I watched singing Grey-headed Goldfinches. Last year I saw juvenile Grey-headed Goldfinches near my home. Probably they will nest in my block this year too. [...... read more ]


Almaty.

2010-03-16 | Askar Isabekov

Today I saw this year's first Black Kite, directly in the city. [...... read more ]


Ile-Alatau National Park.

2010-03-13 | Askar Isabekov

I with Andrey Kovalenko walked on foothills to look for the Great Rosefinch. Unfortunately we didn't find it probably because of snowfall which was in the previous day. Birds were a bit. In the gardens we saw only one Black-throated Accentor, Great Tits, Coal Tits, Goldcrests, Blackbirds, Bramblings; in the riverside bushes saw also Great Tits, Azure Tits, Blackbirds, one Eversmann's Redstart. Raptors: two Buzzards, probably Eastern Buzzards. [...... read more ]


The foothills of Ile Alatau mountains.

2010-03-08 | Askar Isabekov

The trip to Daurian Jackdaw with Andrey Kavalenko, Oleg Belyalov and Javier Piedra. We saw several Daurian Jackdaws which fed on open places in mixed flocks with Eurasian Jackdaws and Rooks. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula ulula)

© Aleksandr Klimenko
2017-11-25
Poperechka river, Ridder, VKO

The first photo record of this subspecies on the site birds.kz.


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

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Big Year 2018

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2. Askar Isabekov (42)
3. Serg Silan (40)
4. Anna Yasko (39)
5. Andrey Vilyayev (37)
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unidentified birds


2018-01-22

Аскар Исабеков: Темные курганники совершенно не обязательно являются гибридами с мохноногим. Мне кажется, что вблизи гор их не больше, чем где-нибудь в Кургальджино.
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2018-01-21

Сергей Л. Волков: Сибирская чечевица. Но я думаю, молодой самец. Красноты много на голове. Хотя может быть и от солнца.

2018-01-20

Сергей Силантьев: Пожалуйста на удаление.

2018-01-20

Сергей Силантьев: Пожалуйста на удаление.

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