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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


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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Big Year 2017

1. Askar Isabekov (306)
2. Alexandr Belyaev (261)
3. Boris Gubin (200)
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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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