Saikhin-Shungai. Between Volga and Ural rivers

2017-05-29| Askar Isabekov
equipment Штурман 10х50

# species number comment

1Black Kite (Milvus migrans)1

2Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus)2

3Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis)2

4Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)5

5Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides virgo)3

6Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)3

7Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)10

8Common Swift (Apus apus)10

9European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)15

10Hoopoe (Upupa epops)1

11Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)15

12Northern House Martin (Delichon urbica)15

13Lesser Short-toed Lark (Calandrella rufescens)12

14Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra)8

15White-winged Lark (Melanocorypha leucoptera)5

16White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)2

17Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)1

18Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor)5

19Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)3

20Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)2

21Rook (Corvus frugilegus)50

22Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)2

23Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)3

24Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)3

25House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)5

26Red-headed Bunting (Emberiza bruniceps)1



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rare birds records

Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)

© Askar Isabekov
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

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

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, 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
VKO Katon-Karagay

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

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1. Isabekov Askar (304)
2. Belyaev Alexandr (284)
3. Gubin Boris (255)
4. Dyakin Gennadiy (239)
5. Golubeva Anna (207)
6. Yasko Anna (198)
7. Katuncev Alexandr (177)
8. Vorobyov Vladimir (166)
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