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Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa)

© Miphail Kalashnikov

2015-10-10
village Lebazie, SKO



The first photo record of the species in the site from the Northern Kazakhstan. There was, until recently, officially considered the Great Grey Owl in Kazakhstan occurs only in Altai, where it breeds. However, according to Ivan Zuban and Oleg Lyakhov, in the museums of Pavlodar and North-Kazakhstan regions there are stuffed Great Grey Owls, shot in 1966 (in the North Kazakhstan region) and in the early 1980s (in the Pavlodar region).

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Alexandr Fedulin

2015-09-08



Very long distance record from the known breeding spots. About 80 birds were observed. Recent years several vagrants have been recorded in Kurgaldzhino (Koshkin A.V., 2002, 2003, 2007).

Кошкин А.В. Дополнения к фауне птиц Кургальджинского заповедника//Selevinia, 2002. С. 127-130. Кошкин А.В. Новое в орнитофауне Коргалжынского заповедника // Русский орнитологический журнал 2003, Том 12, Экспресс-выпуск 240. С. 1175-1177. Кошкин А.В. Фауна Коргальджинского заповедника. Астана, 2007. 61 с.

Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)

© Alexandr Fedulin

2015-09-08



Rare vagrant species in Kurgaldzhino. Before this record there were single birds and flocks in the spring. (Andrusenko N, Khrokov V, 1981, Koshkin A, 2007).

Андрусенко Н.Н., Хроков В.В. Новая информация о птицах Коргалжынского заповедника // Орнитология, 17. 155. Кошкин А.В. Фауна Коргальджинского заповедника. Астана, 2007. 61 с.

White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)

© Valeriy Gryunberg

2011-05-07
Dunga. p Mangystau.



Rare vagrant in Mangyshlak, and in the whole territory of the western part of Kazakhstan. The closest breeding spots of White Stork are in Dagestan (300 km from the record point) and in Iran, in the southern coast of the Caspian Sea (850 km). Occasionally nesting attempts were noted in the southeast of Turkmenistan (Belousov, 1990). In both cases we are talking about birds of European subspecies. The nearest breeding ranges of Turkestan White Stork (Ciconia ciconia asiatica) are in Khorezm (800 km from the record point), Bukhara and Samarkand oases.

«Птицы России и сопредельных регионов: Пеликанообразные, Аистообразные, Фламингообразные» Москва, 2011. Крaсная книга республики Узбекистан, 2004.

Pallid Scops Owl (Otus brucei)

© Zhaskairat Nurmukhambetov

2015-04-21
Zhanaozen



The first record of this species for the region of Mangyshlak. The nearest known breeding spots for Striated Scops-Owl are located in the lower reaches of the Syrdarya (Gavrin, 1962) and on the southern cliff of Ustyurt (Stepanyan, 2003). Based on the date of the record it's possible to assume the nesting of Striated Scops-Owl in the territory of Zhanaozen city.

Гаврин В.Ф. Отряд Совы // Птицы Казахстана. Т.2. Алма-Ата, 1962. С.708-779. Степанян Л.С. Конспект орнитологической фауны России и сопредельных территорий. Москва, 2003. 806 с.

Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana)

© Anna Yasko

2015-09-01
Aktau, Mangystau



The first photo record of this species from the region of Mangyshlak. Migration through the peninsula Mangyshlak is known, but due to caution and a secretive style of life of this bird it's rarely recorded (Gubin, 2015).

Губин Б.М. Орнитофауна п-ова Мангышлак // Птицы пустынь Казахстана. Часть 1. Алматы, 2015. C. 22-149.

Shikra (Accipiter badius)

© Anna Yasko

2015-06-21
Aktau, Mangystau



The nesting of Shikra in the park of Aktau city was confirmed. On May 16, the adult bird was photographed in the nest, and on July 19 - three fully fledged chicks too. Breeding spots are known in the Western Kopetdag, at 500 km to the south (Stepanyan, 2003); and in the lower reaches of the Syrdarya, at 800 km to the north-east (Gavrilov, 1999) from the place of the new record.

Гаврилов Э.И. Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана. Алматы, 1999. 198 с. Степанян Л.С. Конспект орнитологической фауны России и сопредельных территорий. Москва, 2003. 806 с.

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)

© Alexandr Katuncev

2015-07-25
Алматы sorbulakskaj sistema ozer



The rare vagrant, which is the 11th for Kazakhstan. Most of the records are related to the Sorbulak lake (Erokhov et al., 1978; Khrokov et al., 1980; Belyalov, Karpov, 2012), the last of which occurred on August 11, 2013, when the single bird was also photographed (Dyakin, Isabekov, 2013). It was also noted in Alakol lake in 1981 and 1989. (Khrokov et al, 1993).

Белялов О.В., Карпов Ф.Ф. Птицы Сорбулакской системы озёр (Алматинская обл.)//Selevinia, 2012. С. 82-108. Дякин Г.Ю., Исабеков А.А. www.birds.kz Ерохов С.Н., Гаврилов Э.И., Хроков В.В. Новые находки куликов на юго-востоке Казахстана//Изв. АН КазССР, 1978, сер. биол., № 6. С. 22-24. Хроков В.В., Гаврилов Э.И., Ерохов С.Н. Песочник-красношейка – новый вид в фауне птиц Казахстана//Изв. АН КазССР, 1980, сер. биол., № 3. С. 82-83. Хроков В.В., Ерохов С.Н., Лопатин В.В., Гаврилов Э.И., Гаврилов А.Э., Карпов Ф.Ф. Орнитологические находки в Алакольской котловине. //Фауна и биология птиц Казахстана. Алматы, 1993. С. 194-196.

Broad-billed Sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus)

© Alexandr Belyaev

2015-07-25
Almatinskaja obl. Sorbulakskaja sistema ozer



Rare record for the plain Semirechie region. The last time was recorded at Sorbulak on August 26, 2001 (Belyalov, Karpov, 2012). In the initial period of the Sorbulak reservoir forming the Broad-billed Sandpiper was quite common on migration, according to A.E. Gavrilov for the period of stationary works in 1981-1986 250 birds were caught (Belyalov, 2013). However, for more than ten years, despite to regular observations, it didn't record here. Records of this species are also known in the Alakol depression (Gavrilov et al., 1990, 1994).

Белялов О.В. Новые данные по птицам Сорбулакской системы озёр (Алматинская область) // Selevinia, 2013, Том 21. С. 102-106. Белялов О.В., Карпов Ф.Ф. Птицы Сорбулакской системы озёр (Алматинская область) // Selevinia, 2012, Том 20. С. 82-108. Гаврилов Э.И., Гаврилов А.Э., Ерохов С.Н., Хроков В.В. Осенняя миграция грязовика в Казахстане//Миграции птиц в Азии. Ашхабад, 1990. С. 137-145. Гаврилов Э.И., Ерохов С.Н., Хроков В.В., Карпов Ф.Ф. Осенний пролет куликов на озере Алаколь (Алакольская котловина)//Орнитология, вып. 26. М., 1994. С. 153-157.

Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor)

© Steve Klasan

2015-09-08
NE Bay of Maly Tengiz



New species for Kazakhstan. Two adult birds were observed in the NE bay of Tengiz lake together with Greater Flamingo. 10 of September these birds were recorded by R.Urazaliev too. Afterwards, Ruslan Urazaliev watching the video shot by Alena Shmalenko (Koshkina) of June 14, 2009 in a large number of Greater Flamingos found a bird, whose size and coloring did not leave any doubts that it was a Lesser Flamingo. Thus, the record in 2009 became the first documented evidence. This is third record for all former USSR area. The first record of Lesser Flamingo was at 3rd of August 2007 in Limanskoe, Odesskaya oblast, Ukraine (Rednikov K.A.). The main breeding range of this species is located in eastern regions of Equatorial Africa in the salt lakes of Kenia and Tanzania. Also there are some colonies in the coast of Persian Gulf, and in Sambhar lake in Indian state Radjastan. The closest breeding spots are located at 3500 km to south from the record in Kazakhstan. It’s interesting that this species mostly feeds the Cyanobacteria and Diatom plants, unlike of breeding in Tengiz lake Greater Flamongo (Phoenicopterus roseus) which feeds mostly by Artemia salina.
Уразалиев Р.С. Малый фламинго Phoenicopterus minor Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1798 - новый вид в фауне Казахстана // Орнитологический вестник Казахстана и Средней Азии. Вып. 4. Алматы: МОО - СОПК, 2017. С. 311.

Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus)

© Fedor Karpov

2015-05-19
Eastern Caspian Sea. 70 km to north-west from Buzachi peninsula.



Rare vagrant and the first photo record of this species for Kazakhstan. Known only a few records of this Gull: several birds were recorded in May and July of 1951 and 1952 in Bautino and Mangistau islands (Gladkov, Zaletayev, 1956); July 12, 1968 in the Sorkol lake, WKO (Lindeman et al., 2005), also in the Sorkol this Gull was recorded in 1996 (Davygora, "Материалы к распространению птиц на Урале, в Приуралье и Западной Сибири", 1998); in July 24, 1999, two birds recorded at Zhanybek-Shalkar lake (Koshkin, 2002); and in May 13, 2009, one adult bird was recorded at the Kenderli Resort (Le Neve et al., 2010).

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)

© Yuriy Malkov

2015-06-17



The third vagrant in Kostanay region. The nearest vagrants are known for the Aksuat lake (Naurzum), where on May 29, 1980, the male was recorded and shot (Gordienko, 1991); and in August 17, 2000 on the Kamysh-Ayat river between Rudnyi and Kartaly (Russia) the adult single bird recorded (Berezovikov, Erokhov, 2004).

Ibisbill (Ibidorhyncha struthersii)

© Alexandr Belyaev

2015-05-03
Almatinskaja obl. okrest. g. Taldykorgana



For the first time the nesting of the Ibisbill in the Karatal river is confirmed by the finding of the nest. Earlier, on August 8, 2013 here the already grown up juvenile bird together with adults was recorded (Belyaev, Berezovikov, 2013).

Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)

© Anna Yasko

2015-04-26
Aktau



The first time the nesting locating at almost 400 km to the south of the known species distribution boundary, which passes at approximately 47˚00 N lat. on the northern coast of the Caspian Sea (Gavrilov, 1999) and 46˚30 in the Northern Priaralye (Warshavskyi, 1965), was found.

Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)

© Anna Yasko

2015-05-03
Aktau



New species for Kazakhstan. Recorded bird is related to L.s.niloticus subspecies. Closest breeding spots are located in the south and west coast of Caspian Sea. Isolated populations found in Baku vicinity (40˚25΄N, Panov, 2008) and Dagestan (43˚00΄N, Bukreev, Dzhamirzoev), in the almost same latitude with Aktau (43˚40΄N). The closest record in the east coast of caspian Sea is record of couple in Turkmenistan, Kurendag mountains (Mischenko, Scherbak, 1980), about 400 to south from Aktau. This vagrant bird could indicate to the extending of breeding range, which probably present in the west coast of Caspian Sea.

Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2015-04-29
Sorbulak lake, Almaty region



The third record of species in Sorbulak. "In reality Bar-tailed Godwit in the Semirechye is probably just an occasional and extremely rare visitor, and gets here only getting lost during migration" wrote by V.N Shnitnikov in the book. "Birds of the Semirechie", 1949, p. 151. Shnitnikov knew one specimen from Issyk-Kul from the collections of Almashi in 1900. At the time of the publication of the second part of "Birds of Kazakhstan" in 1962, where the essays about waders were written by I.A. Dolgushin, there were no data for the southern, southeastern and eastern regions. In Sorbulak one bird was ringed during the study of migrations in 1970-80. (Ring Center database). The second case was in July 21, 2008, the young bird was found dead of poisoning by the toxins of blue-green algae (Karpov, Belyalov, 2008). Another record occurred on August 4, 2004 at the Teke reservoir in the Kazakhstan part of the Central Tien Shan.

Березовиков H.H., Винокуров А.А., Белялов О.В. Птицы горных долин Центрального и Северного Тянь-Шаня // Tethys ornithological research. Almaty, 1, 2005. С. 19-130.

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2015-03-22
Sorbulak lake, Almaty region



The second vagrant bird in Almaty region (earlier shot by Y. Grachev in Ili river) and the eighth record in whole Kazakhstan territory.

Godlewski's Bunting (Emberiza godlewskii godlewskii)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

2015-02-17
VKO Katon-Karagay



That is the first photo of the bird of nominee subspecies of Godlewski’s Bunting made in the territory of Kazakhstan. The records of February 1978 were known in the upper reaches of Bukhtarma in the Kalmachikha and Krutoyarka rivers, where B.V Shcherbakov shot one male bird; and of March 1998 at the foot of the Ivanovo range on the Gray meadow, where Y.A. Kotukhov caught three male birds (Berezovikov, Rubinich, 2001).

Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica)

© Alexandr Belyaev

2015-01-31
Almatinskaja obl. okrest. g. Taldykorgana r. Karatal



This is the first photo of the species made in Kazakhstan in winter. The nearest place where several December and January records are known is the surroundings of Alma-Ata (Kuzmina, 1974). Birds were recorded more than 50 years ago in very little snow-covered and warm winters.

Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus)

© Alexandr Belyaev

2015-01-25
Almatinskaja obl. okrest. g. Taldykorgana r. Karatal



The first winter record of the species in Semirechye, confirmed by photography. According to data by Dolgushin the single Jack Snipes stay in winter time near the unfrozen springs in Almaty region, but not every year. In recent decades information about wintering is known only for Karachingil in the lower reaches of the Turgen river, where in December 2006 it was seen by I.A. Bevza (2011).

Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus)

© Alexandr Katuncev

2015-02-13
Актау 43км



The first record of the species in the region of Mangysjlak confirmed by photography. Before this record only the winter one at the end of the 19th century from the area of Fort Shevchenko (Zarudny, 1896) was known.

Steppe Greater Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla longipennis)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2015-01-03
Kanshengel village, Almaty region



The second winter record in Kazakhstan. The first one was on December 11, 1972, when male was shot near Berezovka village(VKO) (Berezovikov et al., 2007).

Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)

© Askar Isabekov

2014-12-27
Сорбулак. Almaty oblast.



The third record of the species at the end of December in the South-East of Kazakhstan. The first was recorded on Sorbulak in 1998, and the second one was in 2007 at the Alakol hollow (Berezovikov, 2008).

Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2015-01-03
Kanshengel village, Almaty region



The first record of this species in Kazakhstan in winter time.

Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga)

© Alexandr Katuncev

2014-12-11
Актау



The first winter record in Kazakhstan, confirmed by photography.

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)

© Alexandr Katuncev

2014-12-09
Баутино-Форт-Шевченко



First reliable record of Herring Gull for Kazakhstan confirmed by photos, considering the new status of different forms of former subspecies of Larus argentatus sensu lato.

Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis)

© Aisagali Kadirov

2014-12-19
Tupkaragan, Mangystau.



The first photo fixation of this species in the region of Mangyshlak at the beginning of the winter.

Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii)

© Alexandr Belyaev

2014-12-13
Almatinskaja obl. okrest. g. Taldykorgana



The third record of species in Kazakhstan. The first two ones were recorded on Sorbulak: July 16, 2009 (Kovalenko, Dyakin, 2009) and December 7, 2013, (Belyalov, Fedorenko, 2014). See the gallery of species in the site.

Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2014-12-27
Sorbulak lake, Almaty region



The second record of this species in winter perod. The first time two birds kept on the canal at the confluence of Sorbulak on December 22, 2007 and January 2, 2008 (Belyalov, Karpov, 2012).

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)

© Askar Isabekov

2014-12-12
Aktau.



The second record of this species in the Caspian Sea during the winter. In the city of Aktau, one bird was recorded on January 16, 2009 (Kovshar, Karpov, 2009, photo is in the gallery of species).

Bewick's Swan (Cygnus bewickii)

© Alexandr Katuncev

2014-12-11
Актау



The first record in winter in the coast of Mangyshlak. Winter records are known a century ago in the Ili river basin (Zarudnyi, Koreiev, 1905), and recent ones were recorded by A.V. Kovalenko in 2010 and 2011 at the Chardara (Berezovikov, 2012).

Trumpeter Finch (Bucanetes githagineus)

© Askar Isabekov

2014-11-02
Zhulandy cape, Mangystau.



The second photo fixation of the species for the Mangystau region. The first time was photographed on April 26, 2011 in Kokesem, the western chink of Ustyurt (Zh. Nurmukhambetov, see the gallery of the species). For the first time in Mangyshlak was recorded on May 1, 1993 in Western Karatau by VA. Gorbatov (Gavrilov & Gavrilov, 2005).

Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla)

© Yuriy Malkov

2014-10-31



The first photo fixation of the rare species in the northern regions of Kazakhstan. Several records are known for the valley of Irtysh river, the foothills of the Altai and the Zaysan depression. It was recorded in the vicinity of Alma-Ata and other places of the Semirechie. Single birds were recorded in Kurgaldzhino and the lower reaches of Sarysu.

Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina)

© Yuriy Malkov

2011-07-22



The third breeding record in Kazakhstan. The previous ones are located at 500 km to the east, in the forests of the Kokchetav upland (Korelov, 1972) and at 800 km to the west, in the floodplain of the Ural river (Gubin, Levin, 1982). A new record is located slightly north of the first two ones.

Pallas's Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus)

© Yevgeny Belousov

2014-10-27
South Kazakhstan, Dzhabagly village



The 13th record of vagrant of this species in Kazakhstan (Kovshar, 1966, Gubin, 1989; Starikov, Tsikh, 1990; Khrokov et al., 1991; Kovalenko, 2002; Koshkin, 2002; Gavrilov & Gavrilov, 2005; Chalikova, 2005; Kovalenko, Belousov, www.birds.kz).

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus regulus)

© Askar Isabekov

2014-10-19
Tuzbair spring. Mangystau oblast.



The first record of the species in Mangystau. The nearest records were on Northern Trans-Caspian area.

Siberian Pipit (Anthus rubescens japonicus)

© Artem Vorobyov

2014-09-25
VKO



The first record in the eastern part of Kazakhstan. Before that, only a few records were registered (birds were caught) in the western, southern and south-eastern regions of the country (Gavrilov & Gavrilov, 2005). Records at Sorbulak in 2012-2014 confirmed by photo fixation. (see the gallery of the species www.birds.kz).

Black-throated Accentor (Prunella atrogularis atrogularis)

© Alexey Timoshenko

2014-10-20
Karamendy vill., Naurzum reg., Kostanay oblast



The first record confirmed by photo in Kostanay region. It was previously recorded twice in October 1996 and 1998 (Bragin, Bragina, 2002), but the species was not included in the list of local fauna without confirmation of the record.

Hume's Warbler (Phylloscopus humei)

© Alexey Timoshenko

2014-10-18
Karamendy vill., Naurzum reg., Kostanay oblast



The first record in Kostanay region confirmed by photography.

Little Gull (Larus minutus)

© Askar Isabekov

2014-10-05
Sorbulak system. Almaty oblast.



The rare record for Sorbulak. Earlier, Little Gull was recorded here on the autumn migration on August 9, 2003, November 6, 2004 and October 27, 2006 (Belyalov, Karpov, 2012).


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