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Kastek, Degeres.

2011-05-28 | Askar Isabekov

The warm and sunny day. Trip with Raufael Bairashev and Gennady Dyakin to western foothills of Sailisky Alatau ridge.Kastek. There is the military post in the Kastek gorge now, it means that there is not possibility to walk in the gorge. So we had only watching the birds of the foothills and the beginning of gorge. A lot of Lesser grey Shrikes, Red-headed Buntings and Corn Buntings. Once we saw that two “wrestled” Corn Bunting downing by the ground slope, one of them tried to sing the song that moment. We didn't know what it was - the conflict of two males or gender game between male and female. The nesting in holes Common Starlings fed the nestlings. Near the holes the Rollers, Bee-eaters and Isabelline Wheatears were too. If I add to named birds also the colony of Rooks, Jackdaws, Mynahs and Magpies, so I get the list of common birds of Kastek and vicinity. Also we saw Collared Doves, Barn Swallows, Blackbird, Greenfinch, Common Nightingale and Long-tailed Shrikes in the villages; [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Little Almaty gorge.

2011-05-22 | Askar Isabekov

The short one-hour trip to the gorge to shot the Blue Whistling Thrush. A long time I wish to photograph the Blue Whistling Thrush in the sun, but this cautious bird prefers almost all time to be in a shade. Today it was not possible to make good photos too. The scene of the windbreak after the recent hurricane was very impressive, large spruce trees lay on the slopes.In Samal I tried to shot Red-rumped Swallows and House Martins on the fly, and noted that Martins took the fluff of the seal from the broken isolation on the trunk. Probably at first there was a little cut on the isolated textile, but later birds expanded it and used the seal fluff to the nests construction. [...... read more ]


Rocks of Ile river, Ile valley.

2011-05-21 | Askar Isabekov

The first point of trip with Raufael Bairashev is the rocks on the left coast of Ile river. The most popular (notable) bird of this season in southern Kazakhstan is Rosy Starling. Thousands of Rosy Starlings build the nest in the cracks of rocks and among the stones, other Rosy Starlings in the flocks of several tens birds fed in the grass. In addition to Rosy Starlings also bright singing males of Red-headed Bunting are very notable. But the plain colored females of Red-headed Bunting build the nests. Also it's need to note the little grey birds which all time hid in dense bushes. We correctly identified Spotted Flycatcher and Lesser Whitethriat, but we are not sure about Chiffchaff and Syke's Warbler. Twice we saw Oriental Turtle Doves, once Golden Eagle, near the river we saw Caspian Gulls, Common Terns and Rollers. Other birds are usual to this place: Jackdaws, Rock Nuthatches, Pied Wheatears, Lesser Kestrels, Black Kites, Hoopoes, Crag Martins, Red-rumped Swallows and Chukar Partridges. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square, Samal.

2011-05-19 | Askar Isabekov

It's hard to fly to birds during and after the rain. Therefore in case of rain on the migration pass the birds find the applicable place and rest waiting the good weather. Every year at 19-20 of May in Almaty it is rainy. Sometimes rains continue several days, but often 1-2 days. And these days are directly days of Nightjars migration. These night birds migrate in morning and evening twilights and their migration are not notable to people, but in case of rain the Nightjars rest. Once I found 9 Nightjars in one day, but that year was very rainy and Nightjars congregated on Republic Square during one week. Today I found two Nightjars, probably both were females. In addition to Nightjars I saw one Common Whitethroat (probably spruce singers are just they), one female Turkestan Shrike and singing males of Greenfinch. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2011-05-14 | Askar Isabekov

Today I saw Magpie running the Sparrowhawk. And also I saw the pair of Hobbies. It's interesting that I saw Hobbies on Republic Square not first time, probably Hobbies nest in this place. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square, Samal.

2011-05-06 | Askar Isabekov

Today I tried to wait the Warblers' flying off from spruce, but unsuccessfully. I think that it's possible to obtain of Warblers' flying off only by the bait on sound. Stonechats still not fly out. Yesterday I tried to bait the Scops Owl by sound record. At first the Owl sang together with my record but later flew off. Probably anything troubled the Owl. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2011-05-04 | Askar Isabekov

Stonechats are still on migration pass. Today I saw 4-5 birds. Inside the spruce trees the little warblers sing but it's impossible to watch them. I propose that they are Lesser Whitethroats but I am not sure. Grey-headed Goldfinch today sang in Samal. [...... read more ]


Kim-Asar gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2011-05-02 | Askar Isabekov

The sunny warm day. Birds were a bit, probably on account of our late arriving (9.50 am). In first I noted the singing White-bellied Dipper. In addition to Dipper also Greenish Warblers, Coal Tits and Tree Pipits were singing a lot. Greenish Warblers were singing among the spruce-trees branches, but Tree Pipits were singing from the top of spruce-trees. Also today I heard very perfect song of Blue Whistling Thrush. The Black-throated Accentors already didn't sing so actively, today I heard them twice only and noted one only pair hid in spruce-tree. Probably Accentors have clutch already. As songs of birds were everywhere hearable, but singing birds (Tree Pipits and Greenish Warblers) are small, not bright and so not well visible birds. On the northern slope of gorge, especially in the spruce-trees shadows there were the snow; on the border of snow and wet ground I saw feeding Red-rumped Rosefinches, Coal Tits and Mistle Thrushes.My trying to find birds in the juniper thickets was unsuccessful. [...... read more ]


Ushkonyr, Ile Alatau ridge. Almaty oblast.

2011-05-01 | Askar Isabekov

The sunny day. Not all of my waiting from the trip to Ushkonyr gorge measured up. I wanted to watch the Rock Bunting and the soaring birds of prey. But the raptors were a bit and they were soaring very high. We saw one Lammergeyer, one Long-legged Buzzard and one Black Kite. Birds were a bit but the resting people were a lot. The majority of birds we saw in very short time, so short that we couldn't identify them. So I can only presumably tell that we noted Black-throated Thrush. The Chiffchaffs were identified mostly by the sounds, the quickly flying by Grey-headed Goldfinches were identified by the calls too. But we also noted both Goldfinches and Chiffchaffs perching on trees. Other noted birds: Stonechats (2 males), Hoopoes, Pied Wheatears (2 females), Jackdaws, Magpies, Chukar Partridges, one flew by Raven. Twice we saw singing Rock Buntings. Some time we watched the pair of Grey Wagtails which presumably were building the nest. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
2022-06-03
VKO Katon-Karagay

A new species for the Katon-Karagai National Park. A flock of 12 birds was recorded on May 20, 2022 in the floodplain of the middle reaches of the Bukhtarma in the Taylakova Yama tract, one bird on May 27, 2022 in the valley of the middle reaches of the Kara-Kaba on Lake Shoptykol, on June 3, 2022 in the Karazher tract, June 6 on the lake Yazevoe. Воробьёв В.М. 2022. Встреча белокрылой крачки Chlidonias leucopterus в среднем течении реки Бухтармы на Южном Алтае // Рус. орнитол. журн. 31 (2191): 2376-2379.


Great Snipe (Gallinago media)

© Martin Grienenberger
2022-04-21
Betpak Dala

The first record of the Great Snipe in Kazakhstan, after more than 30 years, confirmed by photography. The last record of this species dates back to 1987, when on May 7 a migrating Great Snipe was caught in the Tentek delta (Khrokov et al. 1993).


Ural Owl (Strix uralensis)

© Yuriy Malkov
2022-06-04
karabalik

The first nesting record in the Kostanay region. It is known that the Ural Owl breeds in the South-Western Altai and Kalba, there is also evidence of nesting in the North Kazakhstan region (Zuban, Kalashnikov 2017) and in the East Kazakhstan region in forests north of Semey (Karpov, Levin 2005). In the Kostanay region, this species was occasionally found only during wintering (A.Yu. Timoshenko, G.Yu. Timoshenko 2021, Yu. Malkov, birds.kz).


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. According to unpublished data, one birds was observed on May 13, 2021 on artesians in western Betpakdala by Svetlana Baskakova and Nicolas Moulin. Also recently, in the Turkestan region in the Karaktau 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).

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unidentified birds


2022-07-02

Анна Ясько: Вероятно, южная бормотушка.

2022-07-02

Анна Ясько: Тусклая пеночка.

2022-07-02

Анна Ясько: Может быть, молодой чекан черноголовый или может варакушка. Но уверенно по данному фото не могу сказать.

2022-07-02

Анна Ясько: Фото одно? Если есть еще (в другом ракурсе), то загрузите, пожалуйста. Тут вариантов два: садовая камышевка или северная бормотушка. Я склоняюсь [....]

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