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Almaty.

2011-08-31 | Askar Isabekov

Within a day I saw in the city's center one Hoopoe (near Tulpar autoshop) and two Hobbies (near Republic Palace). [...... read more ]


Medeo, Ile Alatau National Park.

2011-08-30 | Askar Isabekov

In the thickets of Little Almaty river over the dam I observed a lot of Leaf Warblers, mostly Greenish Warblers, but I also noticed Sulphur-bellied Warblers and probably Chiffchaffs. The Grey Wagtails were very actively too. In addition to Warblers and Wagtails I watched one Brown Dipper, one Azure Tit, one Blue Whistling Thrush, Magpies, Mynahs. [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-08-29 | Askar Isabekov

I saw A lot of Common Whitethroats and some Barred Warblers, and also one Sparrowhawk, Stonechats (females only), one Spotted Flycatcher and Lesser Whitethroats which became quite more. [...... read more ]


Karasai region, Almaty oblast.

2011-08-27 | Askar Isabekov

Near our summer house I saw one Spotted Flycatcher and the flock of soaring Bee-eaters which also were perching on wires. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-08-25 | Askar Isabekov

The Turkestan Shrike's migration became active, today I saw about 6-7 Shrikes both adults and juveniles. Also I watched Common Whitethroats, Stonechats (about ten birds, all females), Lesser Whitethroats, one Hoopoe, Bluethroat, Barred Warbler, Sparrowhawk, Mynahs, Magpies. In the crown of high birch-trees I notices many little birds, but couldn't shoot of even observe them. I guess that they were Leaf Warblers and also Stonechats and Lesser Whitethroats. [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-08-21 | Askar Isabekov

Today most of all I watched the Common Whitethroats. Aslo I saw several female Stonechats, three Lesser Whitethroats, two Barred Warblers, one Hume's Warbler, Sparrowhawk, two Wood Pigeons, Mynahs, Magpies and probably Booted Warbler. [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-08-14 | Askar Isabekov

Morning. All the yesterday's birds, plus - one Sparrowhawk, minus - Stonechats. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-08-13 | Askar Isabekov

Morning. I saw not less than three tens Common Whitethroats, it was surprising to me that Whitethroats were feeding on the ground, searching the food among the roses. Two Barred Warblers were as usually shyer than Whitethroats, the Common Nightingales were hiding in bushes. I ran into also other little birds, but I had not time to make out them. Again I saw yesterday's Stomechats and Turkestan Shrike.In the square at Republic Museum I heard Warblers, and in Samal saw one Wood Pigeon and two Laughing Doves. [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-08-12 | Askar Isabekov

At the evening, almost at sunset time, I walked on the square near the city's akimat. I saw two Turkestan Shrikes, several Common Whitethroats and three females of Stonechat. Once the Hobby flew by. Probably I ran into the Barred Warblers and one Bluethroat but I am not sure. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus)

© Ivan Bevza
2017-11-17

Вторая встреча в Семиречье. На одном из озер Карачингиля 17, 18 и 21 ноября наблюдались вместе одна пискулька и пять белолобых гусей. До этого известна весенняя встреча трех птиц 9 марта 2003 г. на разливах Копы возле железнодорожной станции Саз (Карпов, Белялов, Ковшарь 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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1. Askar Isabekov (306)
2. Alexandr Belyaev (261)
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unidentified birds


2017-11-23

Анна Ясько: Здесь также камышовая овсянка.

2017-11-23

Анна Ясько: Камышовая овсянка.

2017-11-21

Алексей Тимошенко: Алексею: Мне видится много светлого вокруг "глаза", если это глаз и светлые кончики второстепенных.

2017-11-17

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

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