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Big Year 2021

The winner will submit the pictures of the largest number of bird species taken on the territory of our country during this year.

You can see previous years competitions results here: 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

participants


* number inside brackets means the number of species photographed in 2021
9. Yasko Anna (37)
10. Silan Serg (34)
13. Sivokon Olga (27)
20. Bolbotov Gleb (18)
21. Merz Marina (18)
25. Malkov Yuriy (15)
26. Magazov Aibar (14)
28. Bevza Ivan (10)
43. Khumar Timur (1)

all species photographed in 2021


* in order of appearance (number inside brackets means the date of first record "month-day" )
1. Hawfinch (2021-01-01)
2. Northern Bullfinch (2021-01-01)
3. Tree Sparrow (2021-01-01)
4. Great Tit (2021-01-01)
5. Yellowhammer (2021-01-01)
6. Eurasian Siskin (2021-01-01)
7. Black-Billed Magpie (2021-01-01)
8. Fieldfare (2021-01-01)
9. Eurasian Blackbird (2021-01-01)
10. House Sparrow (2021-01-01)
11. Eurasian Dipper (2021-01-01)
12. Red-fronted Serin (2021-01-01)
13. Long-tailed Rosefinch (2021-01-01)
14. Guldenstadt's Redstart (2021-01-01)
15. Red-mantled Rosefinch (2021-01-01)
16. Azure Tit (2021-01-01)
17. Bohemian Waxwing (2021-01-01)
18. Little Grebe (2021-01-01)
19. Common Snipe (2021-01-01)
20. Redwing (2021-01-01)
21. Common Starling (2021-01-01)
22. Rock Pigeon (2021-01-01)
23. Merlin (2021-01-01)
24. Hen Harrier (2021-01-01)
25. Brown Dipper (2021-01-01)
26. Grey-headed Goldfinch (2021-01-01)
27. Eastern Buzzard (2021-01-01)
28. Eurasian Goldfinch (2021-01-01)
29. European Greenfinch (2021-01-01)
30. Eurasian Jay (2021-01-01)
31. Northern Goshawk (2021-01-01)
32. Carrion Crow (2021-01-02)
33. Black-throated Thrush (2021-01-02)
34. Great White Egret (2021-01-02)
35. Mallard (2021-01-02)
36. Brambling (2021-01-02)
37. Common Chaffinch (2021-01-02)
38. Turkestan Tit (2021-01-02)
39. Laughing Dove (2021-01-02)
40. Common Mynah (2021-01-02)
41. Golden Eagle (2021-01-02)
42. Common Buzzard (2021-01-02)
43. Grey-Headed Woodpecker (2021-01-02)
44. White-tailed Sea-Eagle (2021-01-02)
45. Steppe Eagle (2021-01-02)
46. Rough-legged Buzzard (2021-01-02)
47. Western Marsh-Harrier (2021-01-02)
48. Common Kestrel (2021-01-02)
49. Masked Wagtail (2021-01-02)
50. Common Pochard (2021-01-02)
51. Tufted Duck (2021-01-02)
52. Smew (2021-01-02)
53. Common Sparrowhawk (2021-01-02)
54. Whooper Swan (2021-01-02)
55. Great Spotted Woodpecker (2021-01-02)
56. Eurasian Nuthatch (2021-01-02)
57. Mute Swan (2021-01-02)
58. Pygmy Cormorant (2021-01-02)
59. Meadow Pipit (2021-01-02)
60. Water Pipit (2021-01-02)
61. Green Sandpiper (2021-01-02)
62. Northern Wren (2021-01-02)
63. Mew Gull (2021-01-02)
64. Corn Bunting (2021-01-02)
65. Common Shelduck (2021-01-02)
66. Eurasian Jackdaw (2021-01-02)
67. Crested Lark (2021-01-02)
68. Goosander (2021-01-02)
69. Common Goldeneye (2021-01-02)
70. Northern Reed Bunting (2021-01-02)
71. Eurasian Linnet (2021-01-02)
72. Water Rail (2021-01-02)
73. Long-legged Buzzard (2021-01-02)
74. European Robin (2021-01-02)
75. Upland Buzzard (2021-01-02)
76. Common Pheasant (2021-01-02)
77. Solitary Snipe (2021-01-02)
78. Grey Partridge (2021-01-02)
79. White-Backed Woodpecker (2021-01-03)
80. Mistle Thrush (2021-01-03)
81. Eurasian Collared Dove (2021-01-03)
82. Black Redstart (2021-01-03)
83. Pine Bunting (2021-01-03)
84. Saker Falcon (2021-01-03)
85. Hooded Crow (2021-01-03)
86. Ibisbill (2021-01-04)
87. Black-Necked Grebe (2021-01-04)
88. Red-breasted Merganser (2021-01-04)
89. White-Winged Woodpecker (2021-01-04)
90. Eversmann's Redstart (2021-01-04)
91. Great Grey Shrike (2021-01-04)
92. Chukar Partridge (2021-01-04)
93. Caspian Gull (2021-01-04)
94. Common Chiffchaff (2021-01-04)
95. Black Woodpecker (2021-01-05)
96. Song Thrush (2021-01-05)
97. Blue Tit (2021-01-06)
98. Snowy Owl (2021-01-06)
99. Peregrine Falcon (2021-01-06)
100. Long-tailed Tit (2021-01-06)
101. Willow Tit (2021-01-06)
102. Horned Lark (2021-01-06)
103. Lesser Short-toed Lark (2021-01-06)
104. Lammergeier (2021-01-06)
105. Common Raven (2021-01-06)
106. Goldcrest (2021-01-06)
107. Short-eared Owl (2021-01-07)
108. Common Redpoll (2021-01-09)
109. Wood Pigeon (2021-01-09)
110. Eurasian Woodcock (2021-01-09)
111. Yellow-breasted Tit (2021-01-10)
112. Bearded Tit (2021-01-11)
113. Ruddy Shelduck (2021-01-11)
114. Baikal Bullfinch (2021-01-12)
115. Common Treecreeper (2021-01-14)
116. Black-headed Gull (2021-01-14)
117. Dunnock (2021-01-15)
118. Black Lark (2021-01-15)
119. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (2021-01-15)
120. Calandra Lark (2021-01-15)
121. Ring-billed Gull (2021-01-16)
122. Black-throated Accentor (2021-01-16)
123. Coal Tit (2021-01-16)
124. Pallas's Rosefinch (2021-01-16)
125. Eastern Imperial Eagle (2021-01-16)
126. Black Kite (2021-01-16)
127. Grey Wagtail (2021-01-16)
128. Pine Grosbeak (2021-01-16)
129. Yellow-billed Chough (2021-01-16)
130. Himalayan Snowcock (2021-01-16)
131. Red-breasted Rosefinch (2021-01-16)
132. Meadow Bunting (2021-01-17)
133. Ural Owl (2021-01-17)
134. Altai Snowcock (2021-01-17)
135. Great Rosefinch (2021-01-17)
136. White Wagtail (2021-01-19)
137. Baraba Steppe Gull (2021-01-19)
138. Grey Heron (2021-01-19)
139. Long-eared Owl (2021-01-20)
140. Red Crossbill (2021-01-21)
141. Eurasian Eagle-Owl (2021-01-22)
142. Red-crested Pochard (2021-01-23)
143. Greater Scaup (2021-01-23)
144. White-crowned Penduline Tit (2021-01-24)
145. White-winged Lark (2021-01-24)
146. Wallcreeper (2021-01-24)
147. Spanish Sparrow (2021-01-26)
148. Sky Lark (2021-01-29)
149. Rook (2021-02-02)
150. Alpine Accentor (2021-02-05)
151. Stock Pigeon (2021-02-13)
152. Great Bustard (2021-02-15)
153. Common Crane (2021-02-15)
154. Black-Bellied Sandgrouse (2021-02-15)
155. Gadwall (2021-02-16)
156. Common Coot (2021-02-17)
157. Cinereous Vulture (2021-02-17)
158. Northern Lapwing (2021-02-17)
159. Little Owl (2021-02-17)
160. Pallas's Gull (2021-02-18)
161. Northern Pintail (2021-02-18)
162. Common Teal (2021-02-18)
163. Variable Wheatear (2021-02-18)
164. Rock Sparrow (2021-02-18)
165. Great Cormorant (2021-02-19)
166. Eurasian Wigeon (2021-02-19)
167. Little Bustard (2021-02-19)
168. Ferruginous Duck (2021-02-25)
169. Northern Shoveler (2021-02-26)
170. Dusky Thrush (2021-02-27)
171. Red-throated Thrush (2021-02-27)
172. Great Black-backed Gull (2021-03-01)

rare birds records


Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)

© Qanatbek Kenzhegulov
2021-03-01
Aktau

The first reliable record of the Great Black-backed Gull on the territory of Kazakhstan. There are indications of finds of this gull in the Caspian Sea between the mouths of the Volga and the Urals, as well as near Omsk (Dolgushin 1962). Vagrant are known to the Makhachkala region (Tatarinkova 1970).


Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

© Askar Isabekov
2021-02-28
Uzunagach, Almaty oblast.

A rare vagrant species for Kazakhstan. On February 27 and 28, two birds kept in the thickets of silverberries near the village of Uzynagash (43 km west of Almaty). This is the sixth record of the Dusky Thrush for Kazakhstan. Records of this species are known for the Syrdarya, near the village of Dzhulek (October 16, 1927), near Almaty (February 16, 2013), as well as Ust-Kamenogorsk (October 14 and 16, 2016), Kurgaldzhino (May 7, 2020).


Ural Owl (Strix uralensis)

© Alexey Timoshenko
2021-01-17
Karamendy vill., Kostanay reg.

The first record of this species in more than half a century on the territory of the Naurzum reserve.


Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Askar Isabekov
2021-01-09
Almaty, Aitykov str.

The first record of Pygmy Cormorant in Almaty in general and, in particular, during the winter. The expansion of the Pygmy Cormorant to the northeast concerns not only the probable nesting area, but also the wintering grounds. The nearest winter finds are Sorbulak and Taldykorgan (winter 2017-18, one bird each). In this connection, it is worth noting a significant number of birds in the Almaty (40) and Sorbulak (20) records this winter.

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recent video

2021-02-25. Northern Bullfinch (Gleb Bolbotov).

2021-02-23. Eurasian Blackbird (Raouf Bairashev).

2021-01-19. Water Rail (Viktoriya Zvyaginceva).

2021-01-15. Pygmy Cormorant (Sergey Sidorov), Great White Egret (Sergey Sidorov), Grey Heron (Sergey Sidorov).

2021-01-10. Pygmy Cormorant (Sergey Sidorov), Pygmy Cormorant (Sergey Sidorov), Great White Egret (Sergey Sidorov).

2020-10-08. Eurasian Goldfinch (Andrei Kuryashkin).

2020-09-13. Black Woodpecker (Aldiyar Saparbayev), White-Winged Woodpecker (Viktoriya Zvyaginceva).

2020-07-21. Peregrine Falcon (Natali Kim).

2020-07-18. Common Cuckoo (Anna Yasko).

2020-07-04. Caspian Gull (Aldiyar Saparbayev).

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unidentified birds


2021-02-22

Андрей Баздырев: Вульпинусы очень разнообразны по окраске - от тёмно-бурых до рыжих и рыжевато-буроватых. И да, некоторые варианты очень похожи на восточного, [....]

2021-02-12

Михаил Невский: мне тоже кажется, что это восточный канюк.

2021-02-04

Алексей Кошкин: У Свенсона длинноклювый чернозобик-C.a.alpina, здесь на сайте длинноклювый 39 мм (фото нет)-C.a.centralis, с меньшим клювом 37 мм - C.a. alpina. Может опять в галерее [....]

2021-01-22

Владимир Муравский: Не сильно обнадёжили, хочется всё-таки какой-то определённости, ну или консенсуса хотя бы :)

2020-12-06

Алексей Кошкин: Высылал на определение П. Томковичу, российскому специалисту по куликам. "...окраска оперения странная...", "...предположил, что если не какой-то [....]

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