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Zholaman valley. Almaty oblast.

2009-02-28 | Askar Isabekov

The last day of winter. The noticeable road events were one soaring White-tailed Sea-eagle, two perched on the poplars Buzzards and the most important two flocks of Common Starlings. The Starlings have arrived! Here the true spring is. The Kapchagai reservoir is almost full frozen. On ice-free place near the dam I again saw five Little Grebes (wintering birds) and unidentifying Ducks sitting on the far ice. One Chukar Partridge was appeared and in a trice hid. The steppe near the lake is almost snow-free but on closing to Malai-Sary ridge the snow increases. In the steppe of Zholaman valley the birds were a bit but the emotions were a lot. The birds were mainly Calandra, Sky Larks and near the foothills the Horned Larks. The emotions were mainly glad, here the spring is. The Larks sing the songs but it is not total singing when the steppe's air is filled by the Larks' songs. But it is answerable, it is still early. Excepting the Larks we saw Long-legged Buzzards and one large flock of the [...... read more ]


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Sorbulak lake. Almaty oblast.

2009-02-15 | Askar Isabekov

On the road to Sorbulak in the roadside thickets (mainly on russian olive trees) we saw flocks of Tree Sparrows, Yellowhammers, Bramblings, some Blackbirds and Black-throated Thrushes. Once two Corn Bunting were occurred and once we saw the flock of Horned Larks. During the entire road the lot of Corvids were observed, mainly Rooks and Magpies, few Hooded and Carrion Crows, a bit of Jackdaws. The raptor was one only Kestrel. Sorbulak has frozen so that fishermen go by cars on ice directly. But nevertheless it is not so cold yet, and the ice-hole on which the waterfowl winter is still big. On this ice-hole it is a lot of birds. First of all the Whooper Swans are evident, there were these birds probably more than one hundred. Swans in separate groups (believable families) kept to all lake, both on an ice edge, and on water. The most appreciable ducks were the Goosanders settled most close to the coast. On the opposite side of the ice-hole it was possible to watch by the binocular the Mallards [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Vesnovka (Essentai).

2009-02-09 | Askar Isabekov

Last years the thickets on the Vesnovka river pleased by the plenty and the variety of birds. This year the birds are a bit. Probably it is associated with the new constructions near the river, but probably it is consequent of the abnormal warm winter. Birds were Great Tits, Hooded and Carrion Crows, Rooks, Mynahs, that are common background birds of winter Almaty. Except common birds twice I observed Red-fronted Serins, once alone bird hiding in bushes and once two birds on short time perching on tree. Altogether not glad situation was some carried of by the male Sparrowhawk observed on Al-Farabi street. The Sparrowhawk perched on the elm directly above the endless stream of cars and wasn't going to flew out. The bird looked small to me. [...... read more ]


Tonkeris. Ile valley.

2009-02-07 | Askar Isabekov

The short trip. I wanted to watch the birds on the russian olive thickets. The russian olive trees are almost full cropped. Nothing interesting were observed, birds were a bit. In the reed thickets I saw the flock of Reed Buntings. [...... read more ]


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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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 :)

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