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Novruz 2021. Ters-Ashibulak, Stony Ravine.

2021-03-24| Askar Isabekov

Day of a back way. The weather is mostly sunny, the second day (of five) without rain. This snowy and rainy spring we are lucky have a five sunny or a bit rain consecutive days. By the plan we first go to Ters-Achibulak reservoir. There were no the expected flocks of thousands Cranes and Ducks, in total not many birds in water. But in roadside thickets we have a chance to take photos of little passerines, nothing special but Buntings and Bramblings in bright breeding plumage look so nice, unfotunately light was not so good. Than we go to Assa river started from the reservoir. Here in floodland thickets we heard and watched the first in this spring Cetti's Warblers, which usually good attractable to the sound. Also we sa Blackbirds and Chiffchaffs. In a back way we saw the Cranes after all. Fistly the flying along foothills little flock of five Demoiselle Cranes appeared from east. Than we noticed the large flock of several tens birds flying from opposit direction. Cranes started to hum and both flocks changed the fly direction for joining. That so happened the point of contact was directly above us. That was so touching. One of my familiars said the Crane wedge always makes us feel sadness. It's true.

Then by the Gennady's suggestion we go to Kamennaya Balka (means 'stony ravine'), one of the popular birding spots of our friends from Southern Kazakhstan. It's slightly an early season for the inhabitants of this little gorge, this fact evidented by the still not disappeared Blak-throated Thrushes. But we saw Egypian Vulture, Rock Nuthatch, Common Rock Thrush after all. The nice place, good sunny and windless weather.

It was a time to go back at home, we didn't return to highway but go by the secondary road through Bilikol and Assa in which we expected to view somting interesting. We recorded many Marsh Harriers, one Short-toed Snake Eagle, and made one more stop in 27th Siding. But that moment the not shy Ducks and little passerines of reeds already lost thier freshness therefore we are quickly left this nice spot. In the road around Taraz city we one more time saw the flock of Demoiselle Cranes, and then some time took photos of numerous Black Kites in a local dump. So our five-days birding is finished, and the rest 500 kilometers we drived almost without stops, reaching Almaty at about midnight.

Despite the changing of plan, the more mileage than planned, the permanenty rain, the still a little number of birds, I can to say the trip was good. Hope the birding trip of a multi-days Novruz holiday will become regular. Also we able to try make two-days birding in group, especially since the opportunity to spend night in tents is coming soon. That also will facilitate preparing of itinerary. Thanks a lot for all of participants of trip for a good time of birding together!

1. Eastern Rock Nuthach

2. Bramblings

3. Pine Bunting

4. Blackbird

5. Egyptian Vulture

6. in the process of photographing of Nuthach

7. Black-throated Thrush

8. Rock Bunting

9. Reed Bunting

10. Chiffchaff

11. Demoiselle Crane

12. Black Kite

13. Common Snipe

14. Stony Ravine

15. Gennady near the nest of Nuthach

16. Victoria Zvyagintseva

# species number

1Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)10

2Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)3+10

3Great White Egret (Egretta alba)1

4Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)5

5Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea)5

6Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)1

7Common Teal (Anas crecca)20

8Gadwall (Anas strepera)2

9Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)3

10Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)25

11Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)Р27

12Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)200Р27

13Goosander (Mergus merganser)2Терс

14Black Kite (Milvus migrans)200

15Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus)1

16Western Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)20

17Common Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)1

18Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus)5

19Short-toed Snake-Eagle (Circaetus gallicus)1

20Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus)1

21Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus)1

22Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)5

23Chukar Partridge (Alectoris chukar)3

24Common Crane (Grus grus)10КБалка

25Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides virgo)200

26Common Coot (Fulica atra)300

27Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)30

28Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)1

29Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)3

30Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)6

31Pallas's Gull (Larus ichthyaetus)3

32Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)5

33Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)5

34Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)1

35Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)

36Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

37Hoopoe (Upupa epops)2

38Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)

39Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra)

40Masked Wagtail (Motacilla personata)

41Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus)1

42Steppe Grey Shrike (Lanius pallidirostris)1

43Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

44Common Mynah (Acridotheres tristis)

45Black-Billed Magpie (Pica pica)

46Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)

47Rook (Corvus frugilegus)20000десятки тысяч на гнездах по трассе

48Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)

49Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)

50Northern Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)3

51Cetti's Warbler (Cettia cetti)2+1

52Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)15

53Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis)1

54Eurasian Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)1

55Black-throated Thrush (Turdus atrogularis)5

56Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula)3

57Bearded Tit (Panurus biarmicus)2

58Great Tit (Parus major)3

59Turkestan Tit (Parus bokharensis)1

60Eastern Rock Nuthatch (Sitta tephronota)2

61House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

62Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)

63Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)15

64Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)40

65Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra)30

66Pine Bunting (Emberiza leucocephala)30

67Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia)2

68Northern Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)15

2021-04-02. Геннадий Дякин:

Кроме того что тысячи грачей на гнездах, в сумерках встретилась еще и летящая стая, растянувшаяся на несколько км. Там грачей наверное было уже не десятки, а сотни тысяч.

2021-04-02. Геннадий Дякин:

В Каменной балке с одной стороны была стая красавок, а с другой серые журавли, нужно их в трип-лист добавить, штук 10.

2021-04-02. Геннадий Дякин:

Еще красноголовые нырки на озере 27-го разъезда.

2021-04-02. Аскар Исабеков:

спасибо, Гена, добавил

2021-04-02. Геннадий Дякин:

Красноголовые нырки.

2021-04-02. Аскар Исабеков:

ОК, спасибо, исправил

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rare birds records

White-winged Snowfinch (Montifringilla nivalis)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
VKO Katon-Karagay

The first record of the species in the Kazakh part of Altai, confirmed by a photo.

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)

© Qanatbek Kenzhegulov

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
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).

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Askar Isabekov
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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Анна Ясько: Каменка-плешанка, самка.


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