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2021-04-08| Askar Isabekov

The short trip to Sorbulak with Victoria Zvyagintseva. Trip was short, not until sunset but until traffic jam, the target is just watching birds without something special. Route was the driving around lakes of Little Sorbulak, in total aproximally half of possible, then the southern coast of Big Sorbulak, and the Savkino lake in final. There are many Ducks, but if in my last visit the majority of Ducks was formed by Pintails, but today the most popular Duck was the Garganey, the rest Ducks were very diverse (14 species) but in small number. Wader species was increased (Ruff, Eurasian Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit were added), the number of Pied Avoset was enlarged much more, now hundreds of Avocets are everywhere. Birds of prey are a few, it's really well noticable, just Kites are relatively numerous, the rest others are single birds. Caspian Gulls are already in nests. White-headed Ducks arrived and began the breeding games, number of males is two times more than females, one time we wathced the six males paid all of their attention to one only female in one moment. We saw Pygmy Cormorants, at least three specimens, it's not first summer record for Sorbulak but nice one. It turned out the traditional Sorbulak photosafari, almost all time we were in the car trying to take good quality photos even of the common birds.

1. Dalmatian Pelican

2. Gargeney, the most numerous Duck of day

3. Typical Caspian Gulls

4. Common Redshank

5. Citrine Wagtail with a lack of yellow

6. Water Pipit

7. Yellow Wagtail (thunbergi)

8. Black-necked Grebe

9. Black-winged Stilt

10. male of Common Shelduck

11. Isabelline Shrike

12. Little Grebe in breeding plumage

13. Pied Avocet

14. Red-crested Pochard

15. Bluethroat

16. Siberian Stonechat

17. Eurasian Curlew

18. Black-tailed Godwit

19. Ruddy Shelduck

20. Pygmy Cormorant perhaps nest in Sorbulak

21. White-headed Duck

# species number

1Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)1

2Black-Necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)250

3Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)100

4Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)2

5Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)70

6Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)3

7Great White Egret (Egretta alba)5

8Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)10

9Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)7

10Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea)10

11Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)10

12Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)10

13Common Teal (Anas crecca)30

14Gadwall (Anas strepera)20

15Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)15

16Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)20

17Garganey (Anas querquedula)200

18Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)50

19Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)50

20Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)30

21Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)50

22Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)100

23White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala)12

24Black Kite (Milvus migrans)15

25Western Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)3

26Common Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)1

27Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus)2

28White-tailed Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)1

29Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)7

30Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)голос

31Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus)2

32Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)4

33Common Coot (Fulica atra)200

34Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)20

35Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)4

36Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)10

37Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)150

38Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)1

39Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)30

40Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)2

41Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata)15

42Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)7

43Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)300

44Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)50

45Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)1

46Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)

47Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)2

48Hoopoe (Upupa epops)голос

49Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)5

50Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)1

51Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra)20

52Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)6

53Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola)50

54White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)1

55Masked Wagtail (Motacilla personata)30

56Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)1

57Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta)5

58Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus)10

59Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides)15

60Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor)

61Steppe Grey Shrike (Lanius pallidirostris)1

62Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)50

63Common Mynah (Acridotheres tristis)

64Black-Billed Magpie (Pica pica)

65Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)

66Rook (Corvus frugilegus)

67Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)

68Cetti's Warbler (Cettia cetti)1

69Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)25

70Common Stonechat (Saxicola torquata)1

71Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka)7

72Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)1

73Eurasian Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)1

74Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)5

75Black-throated Thrush (Turdus atrogularis)15

76Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula)2

77Azure Tit (Parus cyanus)1

78Great Tit (Parus major)2

79Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)

80Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)5

81Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)20

82European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)голос

83Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra)20

84Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella)5

85Northern Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)5

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© Alexandr Fedulin

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

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