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Back in Korgalzhyn

2018-09-01 | Steve Klasan

Hi together,after three years I’m back at the Tengiz and Korgalzhyn Lakes.It’s really great to be here again and visit all the nice lakes, riverbanks and endless steppes. As in 2015 my main task is to do waterbird census in the area and provide reliable data on valuable species like White-headed Duck, Dalmatian Pelican and further species. Along this job I also like to watch out for passerine migration, taking photos and just spending time in the steppes.Passerine migration already started of course but is still a bit slow at the moment. Numerous flocks of Yellow Wagtails gather and are joined by some Citrine Wagtails and single Red-throated Pipits. In gardens, plantations and bushes Spotted Flycatchers and Lesser Whitethroats seems so to be the most common passerine at the moment followed by Greenish Warblers. Goodies within the gardens so far were a Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix) and up to three Pied Flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca) but also Tree Pipits, Common Whitethroat [...... read more ]


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Some migrants in Korgalzhyn

2015-08-25 | Steve Klasan

Hi everybody,last days I routinely checked the bushes and trees in the center of Korgalzhyn (Akmola District) and found some interesting passerines. It all started on 22.08. when I did my first walk trough the city and just found two Pied Flycatchers and a quite colorful Phylloscopus-Warbler, after some brief views it turned out to be a Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix), other birds present where several Spotted Flycatchers and local Greenish Warblers and Lesser Whitethroats. During the last days I did the same round and found up to four Pied Flycatchers in the city center, other birds found during my walk where: Great Tit, Great spotted Woodpecker and some migrating Tree Pipits. Additionally the Wood Warbler was still present today (25.08.).The local Hobbys are still around with their fledged chicks, attacking noisily every Kestrel or Pallid Harrier thats passing the village.See attached some pictures of these guys. Greetings Steve [...... read more ]


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rare birds records


Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)

© Anna Yasko
2019-05-08
Aktau, Mangystau region

The second record of the Woodchat Shrike in Kazakhstan. The first one was recorded on May 3, 2015, also in Aktau (Mangistau).


Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis)

© Yuriy Malkov
2019-04-24
karabalik

Rare passage migrant. One bird was observed in flock of the Greater White-fronted Gooses.


Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)

© Alexandr Fedulin
2019-04-24

The second record of the Spanish Sparrow in the region. One female kept in a flock of the Tree Sparrow. Before one male was observed on the south coast of Tengiz on July 27, 2000 (Koshkin, 2017). This is still the most northern records of vagrant birds of this species.


Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)

© Anna Yasko
2019-02-18
Aktau, Mangystau region

Rare record for Mangyshlak peninsuls. In the middle of the last century Red-breasted Goose was common migrant in coast of Mangyshlak (Gubin, 2015), due wintering place was in Southern Caspian Sea. Then wintering places moved to Black Sea coast in Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine, in that regard the migration path changed.

Губин Б.М. Орнитофауна п-ова Мангышлак // Птицы пустынь Казахстана. Часть 1. Алматы, 2015.

Полевой определитель гусеобразных птиц России / ред.-сост. Е. Е. Сыроечковский. - Москва: Рабочая группа по гусеобразным Северной Евразии: Всероссийский научно-исследовательский ин-т охраны природы, 2011

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2019-05-22

Николай Балацкий: Молодец, Сергей! Разложил по полочкам. Знатоки боятся попасть в лузеры. Между Зелёной пеночкой и Таловкой есть заметное отличие в размере
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2019-05-22

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2019-05-21

Сергей Л. Волков: А я так и остался в непонимании, хотя большую горлицу знаю хорошо. Разве что большое количество сизого оттенка на кроющих перьях крыла склоняет
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2019-05-20

Марина Гудимова: Ань, она все-таки пела. Только уже не помню, как...

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