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Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-04-30 | Askar Isabekov

Today I heard first in this spring Sylvid Warblers. [...... read more ]


Kimasar gorge. Ile-Alatau National Park.

2012-04-21 | Askar Isabekov

Hiking to the mountains with the explore purposes. The upper border of the spruce forest is full snowy; the snow also lies on the eastern and northern slopes down to the bottom of the gorge; but the western and southern slopes are already completely dry. Birds were a bit. I saw the flying by immature Himalayan Vulture, the rounding Kestrel, the soaring Sparrowhawk in the lower part of the gorge, sometimes the flying by and perching on spruce-trees Magpies and Carrion Crows. In spruce-trees I watched Coal Tits and twice the little unidentified birds; also in spruce I heard the singing Blackbirds. The pair of Grey-headed Goldfinches was noticed. Also I heard singing Wren under the roots of the dumped tree. The pair of Blue Whistling Thrushes was feeding in the meadow, and then disappeared into the spruce forest; down the gorge I heard the singing of the other Blue Whistling Thrush but didn't see it. One of the two White-bellied Dippers I watched also sang the song, the same bird kicked out [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Samal.

2012-04-20 | Askar Isabekov

I saw the first Red-rumped Swallows in this spring. In after-dinner time the Hoopoe flew to our Samal. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-04-17 | Askar Isabekov

Yesterday at evening time I watched the resting Peregrine Falcon, but today at 7 am Falcon wasn't at the staying place. [...... read more ]


Ile valley. Kapchagai.

2012-04-14 | Askar Isabekov

Ekpendy. On coming to colony of Grey Herons and Night Herons we saw the flying out Pheasants, both hens and cocks in total about one dozen birds. Pheasants flew from the dry meadow on which they fed to the reed thickets. Both Grey Herons and Night Herons already on the colony, some of them probably on the nests. Other birds we watched near the colony: Pied Wheatears, Kestrel, Tree Pipit, Chiffchaffs, Black-throated Thrush, Common Teal, pair of Turkestan Tits (one is probably hybrid with Great Tit), Turkestan Shrikes. On the midway between Ekpendy and Kyrbaltabai on the little marsh we watched three Common Redshanks and 4 Lapwings which will nest on this marsh. Then on the road to fish ponds in Akzhal we watched Green Sandpiper (on the roadside puddle), Kestrels, Pied Wheatears, Turkestan Shrike, one Isabelline Shrike, and the large flock (about one thousands birds) of Demoiselle Cranes. Fish ponds in Akzhal. In Akzhal we saw the first in this year Barn Swallows, also in the village there [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-04-13 | Askar Isabekov

On the evening walking I noticed the Pigeon feathers on the asphalt; and I guessed that Pigeon was the victim of either Sparrowhawk or Peregrine falcon. And after 20 minutes I was watching the Peregrine Falcon was flying to the lodging for the night. So it didn't migrate yet. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-04-12 | Askar Isabekov

Chiffchaffs became the most numerous birds on the Square, they fed and sang mostly in the fir-trees. Great Tit picked the needles of unknown to me plants and brought to the hole in lamppost, probably to nesting. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-04-11 | Askar Isabekov

One Isabelline Shrike. The pair of Greenfinches peck up seeds on open ground. Bluethroats, Magpies, Chiffchaffs. [...... read more ]


Almaty.

2012-04-10 | Askar Isabekov

Dendropark. Many Magpies and Chiffchaffs. Black-throated Thrushes hid in the spruce-trees. One male Pheasant. Republic Square. Many Magpies and Chiffchaffs. Isabelline Wheatear. Turkestan Shrike didn't migrate yet. I three days watched it on the same bush in which Shrike hid in case of emergency. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-04-09 | Askar Isabekov

Collared Dove took the twigs to the nest building. Chiffchaffs foraged both on the trees and on the ground. One Turkestan Shrike. One male and two females Stonechats searched food in the grass; very cautious birds. One Bluethroat foraged together with Stonechats. Magpies flew by groups (on Sorbulak Magpies flew in group too). Female Grey-headed Goldfinch was building the nest on the pine branch, male was escorting her and singing the songs. [...... read more ]


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rare birds records


Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Aleksey Timoshenko
2018-10-18
Kostanay reg., Naurzum rezerve

New species of Naurzum Reserve. In northern part of Kazakhstan Pygmy
Cormorant previously was recorded at October 6th, 1998 in Kulykol lake
(Pynnonen, 1999), about 180 km to west from the point of new record.
Also singles or group of 2-80 birds were regularly observed in
Kurgaldzhin Reserve since 2001.

Ерохов С.Н., Березовиков Н.Н. 2009. Материалы к орнитофауне озёрной
степи и лесостепи Кустанайской области. Часть 1 // Рус. орнитол. журн.
18 (516): 1715-1742.
Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный
Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.


Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

© Alexandr Belyaev
2018-11-03
Almatinskaja obl.,g.Taldykorgan

Rare vagrant visitors in SE Kazakhstan.


Pallas's Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus)

© Andrey Kovalenko
2018-10-14
Northern Caspian, Kalamkas.

Rare vagrant bird. First record in western part of Kazakhstan. Before observed in Central Kazakhstan (Kurgaldzhino), and in S and SE Kazakhstan.


Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)

© Askar Isabekov
2018-10-07
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

Second photo record of Long-billed Dowitcher in Kazakhstan. The first one was recorded in Sorbulak lakes too at September 7th, 2014 (Fedorenko, Isabekov, Dyakin, 2014). Group of birdwatchers with Peter Kennely also watched this bird in Sholak lake near Kurgaldzhino village at May 15, 2005, but unfortunately no evidence of this record was provided.
Орнитологический вестник Казахстана и Средней Азии, вып. 3, Алматы, 2014: 211-212

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Big Year 2018

supported by

1. Isabekov Askar (320)
2. Belyaev Alexandr (304)
3. Gubin Boris (273)
4. Dyakin Gennadiy (250)
5. Yasko Anna (208)
6. Golubeva Anna (207)
7. Katuncev Alexandr (191)
8. Vorobyov Vladimir (169)
9. Malkov Yuriy (158)
10. Zvyaginceva Viktoriya (157)

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unidentified birds


2018-12-15

Шевцов Дмитрий: Однозначно варакушка, и хвост ее виден и передник уже начал образовываться на груди.

2018-11-30

Сергей Л. Волков: Думал я, что у хохотуньи маховые в апреле не столь сильно обтрепанные. А оказывается, бывают такие. Но при этом бывают и совсем целые. Интересно,
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2018-11-24

Анна Ясько: Так вроде камышовая овсянка, самец.

2018-11-21

Николай Балацкий: Лесной конёк, а точнее - Гималайский конёк A.haringtoni.

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