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Enbekshikazakh region. Almaty oblast.

2011-01-15 | Askar Isabekov

Short trip to foothills with Javier Piedra and Mark Ashcroft. Weather is murky and quite cold. Twice we saw Hawfinches, probably it was same bird. One Great Grey Shrike perched on tree near flock of Yellowhammers. It was my second observation Great Grey Shrike together with Yellowhammers. I guess that these birds together arrived to wintering to our places. Pair of Red-mantled Rosefinches. A lot of Grey-headed Goldfinches, Siskins, some Bramblings, Greenfinches, Chaffinches. Great and Azure Tits. Blackbirds and Mistle Thrushes. There were Redpolls in the flocks of Siskins. All little passerines fed in the thickets of russian olives. Twice we saw large falcon (it was unidentified), some Upland Buzzards, one Rough-legged hunted on tillage barely snow covered. Near Baltabai nursery on birch-trees we saw Great Spotted Woodpecker. Rarities: Woodpecker, Hawfinches, Redpolls, Great Grey Shrike. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)

© Gennadiy Dyakin
2020-01-18
Sorbulak, Almaty region

First record in Sorbulak during recent 10 years. Rarely observed in winter time in Sorbulak. Previously was observed at 2002, October 20 and 27 (1 male in winter plumage), and December 15 (female); at 2003, February 02 (1 female in channel); at 2004, December 12 (4 birds), December 19 (3 birds); at 2005 January 23 (1 bird); at 2010 October 24 (1 bird) (Belyalov, Karpov, 2012).


Spotted Great Rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilla severtzovi)

© Andrey Kovalenko
2020-01-11
Almaty area, Zailiysky Alatau.

First photo-record of Great Rosefinch in Ile-Alatau ridge. Previously regularly recorded in winter time in Almaty, but population was destroied in end of 90th by poachers. Recent 20 years was not observed in fact. In addition to autumn-winter records Great Rosefinches were recorded in highlands of Ili-Alatau ridge at May 5th, 1965 in altitude 2900 m (Gavrilov,1974); in first half od August, 1973 in altitude 3000 m, male (Gubin, 2002); and at March 23, 1975 in altitude 3300 m, singning male (Kovshar, et all, 1978).


White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)

© Fedor Karpov
2019-01-20

Fisrt winter record of White-winged Tern in Kazakhstan.


Arctic Skua (Stercorarius parasiticus)

© Ivan Bevza
2019-11-06

First record of Arctic Skua in South-Eastern Kazakhstan. Generally rare bird in inner part of continent. In Kazakhstan was recorded mostly in large lakes (in Caspian Sea near Atyrau and Mangyshlak, in Tengiz, in Aral Sea, in Telikol lakes, in road to Arnasai lake, in Chelkar lake), and also in Naurzum reserve and Chokpak ringing station.

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unidentified birds


2020-01-23

Дмитрий Шевцов: Да, только арчовый.

2020-01-21

Марина Гудимова: Нашла еще кадры. Тут лучше видно птичку.

2020-01-20

Андрей Баздырев: Линяющая чёрная крачка - верх крыла серый.

2020-01-20

Андрей Коваленко: Вот с этого места, Олександр, поподробнее... ))))))

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