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Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-12-31 | Askar Isabekov

On the square I saw one Chaffinch, few Bramblings and a lot of Backbirds. There are a lot of Blackbirds in Samal district too, especially nearby Ramstore. [...... read more ]


Almaty.

2007-12-30 | Askar Isabekov

Today in the city I met Bramblings and Goldcrests. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-12-29 | Askar Isabekov

All birds which I saw yesterday were met today. Flocks of Siskins and Bramblings flew. Still many Blackbirds, Magpies and Hooded Crows. Occasionally Goldcrests occured, but I didn't see such bright birds such I saw yesterday. Also I again saw Robin, but didn't photograph this timid bird. But I photographed Coal and Great Tits. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-12-28 | Askar Isabekov

Some flocks of the timid Siskins fed in tops of birches. Blackbirds here and there came across. I saw not only Great Tits only but Coal Tits also. On a thuja I saw one Goldcrest. Goldcrest seemed brighter than our usual Tien Shan Goldcrests. Also I met European Robin a new species to me. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-12-22 | Askar Isabekov

Well here I am in Kazakhstan. As usually I carried out a short walk to Republic Square. Nothing unusual. Flocks of Bramblings occured here and there, Siskins are fed on birches. Many Blackbirds, Magpies, Rooks and Hooded Crows. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Dushanbe, Botanical Garden.

2007-12-20 | Askar Isabekov

Today is the holiday - Kurban-Ait or Idi Kurbon as Tadjiks say. Cloudy weather, sometimes strong wind blows. That is weather obviously not to bird watching. The walk to the Botanical garden was short and ineffective. I met Eversmann's Redstart and Bar-tailed Treecreeper in the same places I saw them last time. As well as last time Treecreeper was together with Blackbirds. But Black-throated Thrushes widely wandered on whole garden. Also I saw Magpies, Chaffinches and Mynahs. Once I spied a little warbler. Later I only heard its voice, but it was not possible to see it in high trees against the cloudy sky. It is possible to tell same words about Turkestan Tit, I only heard it but didn't see. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Dushanbe. Komsomol lake.

2007-12-16 | Askar Isabekov

Kingfishers didn't depart, today I saw two birds. Water has receded from the coast, therefore Kingfishers should hunt from coast. The large white gulls like Caspian Gull were added to Black-headed Gulls. Mallards and Waders are on them own places. Today I saw unknown, new to me Sandpiper with some up curved beak (Terek Sandpiper - thanks to Igor). Both Grey Heron and Great White Egret were on lake too, Egret was very well visible from afar, but here I found Grey Heron only in photos. The passerines were Chaffinches, Bramblings and two Masked Wagtails. [...... read more ]


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Tajikistan. Dushanbe.

2007-12-15 | Askar Isabekov

The warm sunny day. I didn't go anywhere, in the city saw Common Starlings only. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Dushanbe, Varzob gorge.

2007-12-09 | Askar Isabekov

Today is very cloudy and rainy day. On early morning I saw one Common Starling. I noticed it because I heard its voice. The Starling sat highly on a plane tree, against the murky sky only its silhouette was visible. But it was accurately visible that it was a Starling, because nearby to Starling on the next branch two Mynahs sat. Mynahs were much larger than Starling. In Varzob gorge there was a rain. Saw only two unknown birds. Small grey birdies scurried about among rocks. They did not fly vertically upwards as a bird but crept as the mouse. Probably birds were Wallcreepers, but I did not notice red wings. I didn't see anything more. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Dushanbe. Komsomol lake.

2007-12-08 | Askar Isabekov

The winter again has left, today is a warm sunny day. In the morning in city centre near the Aini Theatre I met the Masked Wagtail. Then in Kushtepa kishlak I saw two Kites. After a dinner I went to Komsomol lake. The water in lake became much less, in the channel near the lake the water already is not present absolutely. There are a lot of Common Sandpipers and Black-headed Gulls on the lake. On the next to lake small reservoir there are three Green Sandpipers and one Grey Heron. One more Grey Heron and one Great White Egret were fed on lake. Number of Mallards became lesser, also I saw three Common Teal. Today I did not seen any Kingfisher and White-capped Redstart. But I have met the Wallcreeper. The birdie was very mobile and I made only one picture before it departed to other coast of the channel. [...... read more ]


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rare birds records


Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii)

© Sergei Shmygalev
2020-09-05

Fifth record in Kazakhstan. The first two refer to Sorbulak: July 16, 2009 (Kovalenko, Dyakin 2009) and December 7, 2013 (Belyalov, Fedorenko 2014); another bird was observed in December 2014 - January 2015 in the vicinity of Taldykorgan (Belyaev, Berezovikov 2015); On July 10, 2019, one bird was found by A. Putilin in the Kostanaynay region on the territory of the Alty Sai eco park (see www.birds.kz).


Eurasian Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium passerinum)

© Konstantin Andrussenko
2020-11-19
Eastern Kazakhstan, Ridder

A very rare resident bird. On the website birds.kz this is only the third photographic record of the species.


Zarudny's Sparrow (Passer zarudnyi)

© Svetlana Baskakova
2020-10-25
Kyzylorda oblast, Kyzylkum desert.

A new species for the fauna of Kazakhstan. The Passer simplex zarudnyi lives in the Karakum Desert and the southern part of the Kyzylkum Desert (Stepanyan 1990). This is the first find in the northern part of Kyzylkum!


Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris erythropygia)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
2020-10-23
VKO Katon-Karagay

This is the first record of the Prunella collaris erythropygia in the kazakh part of Altai, where it was only supposed to be found (Gavrilov 1999).

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unidentified birds


2020-11-29

Александр Катунцев: теньковка.

2020-11-22

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2020-11-18

Алексей Кошкин: Вроде чернозобик по размеру и клюву. Но если и не перелинял, то темный и не видно пестрых кроющих крыла.

2020-11-17

Сергей Силантьев: тоже на удаление

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