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White-winged Grosbeak (Mycerobas carnipes)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

2020-02-01
VKO Katon-Karagay



Rare record of White-winged Grosbeak in Altai. Previously observed at February 7 1978 and November 29 1981 (Berezovikov et al, 1992; Berezovikov, 1989). Sergei Starikov recognizes White-winged Grosbeak as resident of upper Bukhtarma river, in altitude 2200 m he observed territorial behavior of couple (Starikov, 2006).

Blue-capped Redstart (Phoenicurus caeruleocephalus)

© Andrey Kovalenko

2020-02-10
Almaty.



First winter record of Blue-capped Redstart in Kazakhstan. Normally it appears in mid-March, Closest spring record in birds.kz was at March 2nd (20 days gap).

Great Rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilla)

© Malik Nukusbekov

2020-01-18
Ertai. Zhambyl oblast.



First photo record in Kyrgyz Alatau. First Great Rosefinch in upper of Merke gorge was recorded by Fedor Karpov at November 24, 1985 (adult male in juniper belt, KOB-2007, p. 268); in same gorge in altitude about 2400 m at June 03, 2003 one male was recorded in juniper bush by S.Annenkova and V.Ashby (KOB-2003, p.91).

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi)

© Askar Isabekov

2020-01-18
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.



First record in Sorbulak, and generally in southern part of Kazakhstan. First winter record.

Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Branta bernicla)

© Alexey Timoshenko

2019-10-30
Mamyrkol lake



First photorecord in Kazakhstan. Before this record singles and small flocks observed in Northern Kazakhstan (Drobovzev, Vilkov, 1997; Erokhov, 1999), in Naurzum Reserve (Bragin, Bragina, 2002), Selety lake, Kurgaldzhino lakes (21 October 1993; Andrusenko, 2002; Koshkin, 2003), in Zaysan depression, Sasykkol' lake (12 birds 15 October, 1994; Berezovikov, 1999b) and on Sorbulak lake close to Almaty (Erokhov, 1997). Regular recorded in autumn migration in lakes of Pavlodar area, in small flocks of up to 30 in 1970s, and only 2-3 birds in 1990s (Solomatin, 1999b).

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

2020-01-18
Sorbulak, Almaty region



First record in Sorbulak during recent 10 years. Rarely observed in winter time in Sorbulak. Previously was observed at 2002, October 20 and 27 (1 male in winter plumage), and December 15 (female); at 2003, February 02 (1 female in channel); at 2004, December 12 (4 birds), December 19 (3 birds); at 2005 January 23 (1 bird); at 2010 October 24 (1 bird) (Belyalov, Karpov, 2012).

Spotted Great Rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilla severtzovi)

© Andrey Kovalenko

2020-01-11
Almaty area, Zailiysky Alatau.



First photo-record of Great Rosefinch in Ile-Alatau ridge. Previously regularly recorded in winter time in Almaty, but population was destroied in end of 90th by poachers. Recent 20 years was not observed in fact. In addition to autumn-winter records Great Rosefinches were recorded in highlands of Ili-Alatau ridge at May 5th, 1965 in altitude 2900 m (Gavrilov,1974); in first half od August, 1973 in altitude 3000 m, male (Gubin, 2002); and at March 23, 1975 in altitude 3300 m, singning male (Kovshar, et all, 1978).

White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)

© Fedor Karpov

2019-01-20



Fisrt winter record of White-winged Tern in Kazakhstan.

Arctic Skua (Stercorarius parasiticus)

© Ivan Bevza

2019-11-06



First record of Arctic Skua in South-Eastern Kazakhstan. Generally rare bird in inner part of continent. In Kazakhstan was recorded mostly in large lakes (in Caspian Sea near Atyrau and Mangyshlak, in Tengiz, in Aral Sea, in Telikol lakes, in road to Arnasai lake, in Chelkar lake), and also in Naurzum reserve and Chokpak ringing station.

Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)

© Ivan Bevza

2019-11-18



Two Red-brested Geese were recorded in flock of Ruddy Shelducks in Kapchagai reservoir. First record for Kapchagai, thirds one for South-Eastern Kazakhstan.

Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

© Marina Gudimova

2019-11-07
Mangictauskaya oblast', g. Aktau



Second record of Long-tailed Tit in Mangyshlak peninsula. The first one was almost exactly 3 years ago at November 05, 2016 (A.Yasko, www.birds.kz).

Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Aleksey Koshkin

2019-05-06
Korgalzhin



Third record in Central Kazakhstan, first spring record, two previous observations were in time of autumn migration: in Kulanotpes river at September 29th 1960 (Krivitsky et al, 1985), and in Kurgaldzhino village at October 05, 2017 (A.Fedulin, www.birds.kz).

Little Gull (Larus minutus)

© Askar Isabekov

2019-10-12
Sorbulak. Almaty oblast.



Rare bird in SE Kazakhstan. Group of 2 adult and 3 juvenile birds was observed. Fifth record in Sorbulak since 2003. Previously also observed only in autumn migration: August 9, 2003 (1 adult), October 27, 2006 (1), November 6 2004 (2) (Belyalov, Karpov, 2013); and October 5, 2014 (birds.kz).

Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida)

© Askar Isabekov

2019-10-10
Sorbulak. Almaty oblast.



Third record for Sorbulak. Previously was observed at June 5, 2011 (2 birds) (Belyalov, Karpov, 2013), and June 21, 2014 (birds.kz).

Arctic Loon (Gavia arctica)

© Askar Isabekov

2019-10-10
Sorbulak. Almaty oblast.



Second record for Sorbulak. First one was at May 17, 2002 (Kovshar AF, 2002).

Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)

© Askar Isabekov

2019-10-07
Sorbulak. Almaty oblast.



Red-breasted Goose is a rare vagrant in southern part of Kazakhstan. First obeservation in Sorbulak. Single bird was in flock of Ruddy Shelducks.

Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus)

© Andrey Kovalenko

2019-10-05
Almaty area, Sorbulak.



Second record in Sorbulak. In generally, very rare record in eastern part of Kazakhstan.

Wood Lark (Lullula arborea)

© Aldiyar Saparbayev

2019-07-11
Kirsanov state nature reserve, West-Kazakhstan region



Wood lark is rare passage migrant in Kazakhstan. 3rd photo record in website www.birds.kz. It should also be noted that date of record (11th of July) indicates to possible of breeding.

Yellow-browed Bunting (Ocyris chrysophrys)

© Askar Isabekov

2019-09-21
Kanshengel. Almaty oblast.



First record of Yellow-browed Bunting in Kazakhstan.

Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii)

© Aleksandr Putilin

2019-07-10



Rare and northernmost record in Kazakhstan. Forth record, prevoius three ones were in South-Easthern Kazakhstan: July 4th 2009, December 7th 2013 (both Sorbilak lake), and from December 13, 2014 to January 24, 2015 (Taldykurgan).

Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus)

© Alexandr Fedulin

2019-06-12
Korgalzhyn, Akmola oblast.



New species for Kazakhstan.

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

© Andrey Borodin

2019-05-29




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

Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)

© Askar Isabekov

2019-02-15
Koksarai kotregulator. Southern Kazakhstan



Rare vagrant, far from the basic migration path.

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

© Natali Kim

2019-01-19
Eastern Kazakhstan



The nothernmost winter record of Little Grebe in Kazakhstan. Usual Little Grebe winterings are in southern and south-eastern Kazakhstan, but recent years wintering range enlarged to North-East up to Alacol depression (Berezovikov, 2005, 2012).

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

© Kanat Kenzhegulov

2018-12-30
Aktau, Karakol



First winter record for Kazakhstan, second one for Central Asia. First single bird was recorded January 16, 2009 at Issyk-Kul lake.

Kulagin S, Sagymbayev S, Flechtner S, 2008. First winter record of Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) in Cenral Asia // Selevinia: 259.

Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)

© Viktor Grishenkov

2018-10-26
Kamenka, Vostochno Kazakhstanskaya Oblast'.



The northernmost record of Wallcreeper in Kazakhstan. Outside Kazakstan only two more northern records from Alatisky Krai of Russia are known: valley of Chu river (S.Pisarevsky, sibirds.ru) and mouth of Ursul river (V.Pankratov, sibirds.ru).

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Alexey 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

Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla)

© Steve Klasan

2018-09-09
Korgalzhyn



The second record for Tengiz-Korgalzhyn area. Before this record one bird was observed at December 12, 1969 in floodland of Nura river.
Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.

Amur (White) Wagtail (Motacilla (alba) leucopsis)

© Sveta Ashby

2018-05-21
Kanshengel



Fist record of Amur Wagtail (Motacilla alba leucopsis) in Kazakhstan. Most of systematics treat this taxon as subspecies of White Wagtail (Mac Kinnon&Phillips, 2000; Степанян, 2003; Roberts, 2006; Brazil, 2014; Clements, 2016; HBW, 2016) but include it to special group of eastern races. Breeding range of this bird contains Far East Russia, Korea peninsula, SW Japan, central and eastern China. Winters in Southern Asia eastward to Northern India. Records of vagrant birds known in Vitim Reserve (Russia, Northern Trans-Baikal area) at April 29, 2014 (S.L.Volkov, www.sibrids.ru) and in Eastern Mongolia (Gombobaatar & Monks, 2011). From November 27 to December 2 of 2015 one male was observed in Finland (Kujala, Päijät-Häme), it's third record in Western Palearctic.

Altai Snowcock (Tetraogallus altaicus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

2018-05-29
VKO Katon-Karagay



The first nest of Altai Snowcock found in Kazakhstan. Previously only several broods were recorded.

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

© Alexandr Katuncev

2018-05-06



New species for Sorbulak system.

Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

2018-05-09
Aktau, Mangistau region



Rare record for Mangyshlak peninsula. Previously the following records are known: June 1-2 1888 in area of Sherkala mountain and Akmysh well, May 06, 1947 in vicinity of Fort-Shevchenko, May 07, 1964 in Danga, May 17, 2009 near Kaundy depression, and May 09, 2017 in the square of Aktau city.

Finsch's Wheatear (Oenanthe finschii)

© Malik Nukusbekov

2018-05-25
Ertai. Zhambyl oblast.



The new species for Moinkum desert. The known breeding range of Finsch's Wheatear in Kazakhstan covers Mangyshlak, Ustyurt and Kyzylkum desert. The records in area eastward of Syrdaria river were not known. In May of 2017, Sergey Domashevski recorded adults and huveniles in Togyzkentau, NW of Moinkum desert. This record indicate to expantion of breeding range in eastern direction.


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