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Republic Square.

2010-09-26 | Askar Isabekov

Common Whitethroats. Museum. Lesser Whitethroats, Blackbirds, Hume's Warbler. [...... read more ]


Republic Square.

2010-09-22 | Askar Isabekov

Common Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroats, Stonechats (5 birds). [...... read more ]


Republic Square.

2010-09-21 | Askar Isabekov

Evening. Habitual Common Whitethroats anf Hume's Warblers. Stonechats appeared, but I didn't watch males but saw two females. On oak crown Sparrowhawk perched. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2010-09-20 | Askar Isabekov

Evening promenade to the Republic Square. I saw only Leaf Warblers - one Chiffchaff hidden in Roses and some Hume's Warblers. Mynahs in city looks like powdered, probably they are molting. Blackbirds also have bald heads, probably they are molting too. [...... read more ]


Trip to Shelek.

2010-09-18 | Askar Isabekov

Rainy and murky day. Over Kulja I turned to the road closed to foothills. I saw Oriental Turtle Doves, Wood Pigeons, two Kites, several times little birds flying as Tits flew about the road but identify these birds was impossible by reason of permanently rain and murky weather. Many Masked Wagtails. In Kyzylsharyk near pooll there were one Green Sandpiper and two Mallard Ducks. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2010-09-17 | Askar Isabekov

I saw Hobby run by Crow, twice saw Hume's Warblers, once Chiffchaff and once Bluethroat. I watched neither Nightjars nor Whitethroats. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Boraldai.

2010-09-15 | Askar Isabekov

Rollers, one Turkestan Shrike, flock of Common Starlings. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2010-09-14 | Askar Isabekov

Lesser Whitethroats, Common Whitethroat and Booted Warblers. Warblers were in numbers less than recently, and also Warblers were shyer in my opinion, probably on account of many people. Also I shot Ortolan Bunting and saw one Grey Wagtail on fountains. [...... read more ]


Ucharal - Sarkand

2010-09-08 | Askar Isabekov

Ucharal. In morning sunset I saw and heard Isabelline Wheatear and saw flying by Hobbies in twilights. Near Ucharal there were much of Rooks and Jackdaws, some Kites and two flying off Great Cormorants. In roadside thickets during Dzhungar Alatau from Kabanbai until Sarkand I watched much Magpies, Wood Pigeons, Rock Pigeons, sometimes Kites, three times female Harriers (not Pallid, probably Montegu's or Hen). [...... read more ]


Zaisan, Tarbagatai.

2010-09-07 | Askar Isabekov

Ak Mektep. In morning twilight I saw flying Owl (probably Short-eared Owl). On the back way I saw same birds as I saw in yesterday's evening. Even same hybrid Crow. But Steppe Eagles were much more, from Ak Mektep till turning to Ayaguz I countered 11 Steppe Eagles including group of three birds near crushed fox. All eagles were juveniles or subadults. In addition to Eagles I saw Kites (5 birds), Long-legged Buzzards (I countered 8 birds and stop count, Buzzards were very variable from almost white to very dark), about five Pallid Harriers, some Kestrels. On asphalt there were a lot of Short-toed Larks, White, Yellow and Masked Wagtails. In canes I noted pair of Great Cormorants and probably yesterday's White Egret. Also saw unidentified Ducks and one adult male of Pallid Harrier. On gasoline station near Aksuat turning I saw a lot of Swallows, White Wagtails, Common Starlings (which I confused with Mynahs) and female Redstart.I want to say about Quail specially. About four years ago I [...... read more ]


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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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unidentified birds


2021-03-07

Алексей Кошкин: Какой-то башковитый канюк.

2021-03-07

no any comments:

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.

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