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The Batareika river gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-31 | Askar Isabekov

Today I saw one male Common Rosefinch, pair of Oriental Turtle Doves, one Mistle Thrush and flock of 4 Nutcrackers. Other Nutcrackers several times shouted in flight, but each time hid in the spruce or pine trees. [...... read more ]


Prokhodnoe gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-28 | Askar Isabekov

The weather was overcast, and rainy. One Black Kite flew quite a low in the gorge. In the bushes and in the tall grass there were a lot of juvenile Great Tits and Grey Wagtails. These birds today were very appreciable. Also I saw two Brown Dippers. There were quite many Blue Whistling Thrushes. During the river at distance about one kilometer I saw 5 or 6 Whistling Thrushes. Blue Whistling Thrushes foraged between the large stones. [...... read more ]


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Ozernoe and Prokhodnoe gorges. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-23 | Askar Isabekov

In Ozernoe gorge I saw two soaring Black Kites, one Kestrel, several Grey-headed Goldfinches, one Common Rosefinch. In Prokhodnoe gorge above the Alma-Arasan I observed only two Brown Dippers. [...... read more ]


Ozernoe gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-20 | Askar Isabekov

Today I saw the low soaring Lammergeier again. The bird didn't pay attention to the people which were quite a close to the bird. The Lammergeier carefully explored the slopes of the gorge. In addition to Lammergeier two Black Kites soared in the sky. Also I saw Kestrel, male Common Rosefinch and juvenile Brown Dipper. [...... read more ]


Degeres. Almaty oblast.

2009-07-18 | Askar Isabekov

After more the one month period without special birding trips I with Raufael Bairashev made the birding tour to Degeres. In the colony of Rosy Starlings there was the noise which I didn't wait. I thought that Rosy Starlings already started the autumn wanderings. But we saw that many juvenile birds couldn't make it. The large part of juveniles still needs the parental support. These short-tailed young birds hid between large rocks, in the bushes and from time to time were shown and asked the food. The parents of these young birds flew all around in the searching of the food. The juveniles which could self forging flew together with adult birds. The second popular today's bird was Lesser Grey Shrike. Shrikes fed juveniles too. The Demoiselle Cranes flew to the lake. There were two Grey Herons on the lake too. The interesting observation: the Black Stork flew out to the west. It was my second observation of the Black Stork in Degeres. Probably Storks nest in the local rocks. Also I saw three [...... read more ]


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Batareika river. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-15 | Askar Isabekov

I saw one quite a low soaring Golden Eagle and some later two Blue Whistling Thrushes in two different places. [...... read more ]


Talgar gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-14 | Askar Isabekov

Saw one Blue Whistling Thrush. [...... read more ]


Prokhodnoe gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-11 | Askar Isabekov

The short trip to Alma-Arasan. The interesting observations were two Common Buzzards and Blue Whistling Thrush. I saw Brown Dipper and Grey Wagtails too. Also today I was in the next gorge (unfortunately without photo camera) where I saw soaring Lammergeier, Azure Tits and White-bellied Dipper. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


Trumpeter Finch (Bucanetes githagineus)

© Fedor Shakula
2022-05-13
The second record of the species on the territory of Kazakhstan. Observed by a group of 6 ornithologists on the eastern coast of the Aral Sea on May 11-12, 2022 and on the northern coast on May 12-13, 2022, where, according to S. Baskakova, it was especially numerous - several males singing at the same time on clayey chinks. For the first time this species was recorded on May 9, 2018 in Mangistau in the Karagie depression near the Ashibulak spring (see the site gallery).

The northernmost record of the Trumpeter Finch on the territory of Kazakhstan. A few more southern records are known: on the territory of Mangystau, on artesians near the village of Kanshengel, both in nesting and non-nesting time. Also recently, in the Turkestan region in the Karatau mountains in the eastern part of the Kyzylkum desert, on May 9-10, 2021, two pairs of the Trumpeter Finch and an unfinished nest, subsequently abandoned, were found (Fedorenko, 2022).


Pale Rock-Finch (Carpospiza brachydactyla)

© Fedor Shakula
2022-05-13
Kyzylorda region, northern coast of Butakov Bay on the Aral Sea

The second record of the species on the territory of Kazakhstan. Observed by a group of 6 ornithologists on the eastern coast of the Aral Sea on May 11-12, 2022 and on the northern coast on May 12-13, 2022, where, according to S. Baskakova, it was especially numerous - several males singing at the same time on clayey chinks. For the first time this species was recorded on May 9, 2018 in Mangistau in the Karagie depression near the Ashibulak spring (see the site gallery).


Red-rumped Swallow (Hirundo daurica)

© Anna Yasko
2022-05-08
Aktau, Mangystau

Rare record to western part of Kazakhstan. Prior to this, two birds were observed in Kenderli on May 6, 2009 (Neve et al., 2010), one bird - in the northern Caspian on April 10, 2015 (Karpov, 2015).


Semi-collared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata)

© Alexandr Fedulin
2022-05-04

The first registration in Central Kazakhstan and the farthest record to the east from the range and, possibly, the most northern one. In Kazakhstan, the Semi-collared Flycatcher occurs on migration off the coast of the Caspian Sea.

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unidentified birds


2022-05-22

Нурум+Сагалиев: мда

2022-05-22

Анна Ясько: Скорее всего, зеленая и есть.

2022-05-20

Сергей Силантьев: Что, соловей, это понятно.....В прошлом году я не одного обыкновенного не встретил, а в этом году только они и попадаются.....Вот и хотел узнать, [....]

2022-05-19

Анна Ясько: Северная бормотушка.

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