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Cosmostation. Northern Tien Shan.

2016-07-24 | Askar Isabekov

When birdwatcher is going to next day trip the first he do is charging of the batteries. But I didn't do it, moreover I didn’t charge the main battery I also forgot to take reserve ones. So my birding day was some problem. To Cosmostation I arrived in 7.30 am, sut has already rosen, weather was windless but cool. The sounds of Hymalayan Snowcocks were hearable from the left slope, Plain Mountain Finches flew back and forth, couple or Red-billed Choughs perched on the roof. Plain Mountain Finches and Water Pipits are only two species already have fledglings. Guldenstad’s Redstart and Brown Accentor were noticed with food in bills but I didn’t saw their fledglings, so birds bring food to the nests as yet. Snowcocks called some time and flew low of the slope; apparently today many mount-trackers worried them. I found no birds in the rocks of Big Almaty Peak but watched group of females and juveniles of Siberian Ibex. Before today I twice saw Ibexes here, both very short time. By the [...... read more ]


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Urban Birding. Almaty.

2016-07-23 | Askar Isabekov

A long time I wasn’t in Republic Square. To be precise the last my visit to Square was in 5th of April, more than three and half months ago. July is the birdless month, there are only breeding birds here not unexpected ones. I came to Square in Saturday especially because less of cars here in weekend. Birds are of course a bit, and of course only representatives of breeding species. It is good because I confirmed the nesting of Wood Pigeon (recorded two fledglings in different parts of square + 1 adult), one more time convinced of nesting of Common Whitethroat (two fledglings) and Great Tit. Blackbirds are very shy perhaps because have egg-laying. Mynahs are moving by broods and searching insects in the grass, and also feeding berries of common dogwood like Whitethroats and Wood Pigeons too. In the park I saw and heard female Sparrowhawk. When sun hid behind the clouds the House Martins come to square. That’s all, expectedly but nice. And one surprise bird in the end of trip. One Golden [...... read more ]


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Birding in Beijing

2016-07-16 | Gennadiy Dyakin

Last year I visited Beijing on late autumn (http://birds.kz/v2blogentry.php?l=ru&a=20151203000501), when there actually was uncharacteristic for Beijing cold and snowly winter. This year I was in Beijing in July, not the best time for birding neither. It was hot almost all the time, thus high humidity, the sun in a haze, whether from a smog, whether from humidity all the time. At the end of my stay it was rainy, but sultry weather still didn't fall down for some reasons.Since the purpose of visit was not birdwatching, my birding was only casual. The most part of time I spent in Shunyi district on the northeast suburb of Beijing, near the airport. Nearby, there was a park where I made morning excursions every day from July 4 to July 16, most often from 7 to 9 o'clock. The park was cultivated, but there wasn't much visitors. On the one hand it is good, birds are not much disturbed, on the other side the birds are not got used to people and not allow as close, as in parks in the center of [...... read more ]


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Last days in Mangyshlak

2016-07-10 | Askar Isabekov

In recent days my birdwatching was presented by rare accidental records, mostly from the car window or during the daily trip to store. Firstly I want to note to numerous fledglings of different Wheatears and Larks; these birds live either directly in village or in adjoined area. The most numerous of local Larks is the Crested Lark; the Horned Lark was observed only in village’s vicinity. The most popular local Wheatear is Pied one; it is numerous, and now due the number of fledglings Pied Wheatear is more numerous even than Sparrow. So in the dorm I live this Wheatear is the Bird #1. The Black-eared Wheatear was recorded only near district Hospital; but regularly both male and female. The Desert Wheatear also lives near my dorm; almost every day I noticed female and once the male. Adult Wheatears began to moult in the end of first decade of July. Some times I saw in village the flocks of Rock Sparrows (once in mixed flock with House Sparrows) feeding the grass seeds. Swifts fly but in [...... 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)
4. Anna Yasko (198)
5. Gennadiy Dyakin (195)
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unidentified birds


2017-11-24

Александр Катунцев: подходит под красношейную! черношейная поменьше,

2017-11-21

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

2017-11-15

Алексей Кошкин: Да, белошапочная абберативная больше подходит.

2017-11-01

Анна Ясько: Вроде бы полевой жаворонок. Пестрины на груди, ТМ не покрывают кончики видимых ПМ.

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