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Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-09-30 | Askar Isabekov

Lesser Whitethroats, one Hume's Warbler, one Chiffchaff. [...... read more ]


Trip to Trans-Balkhash area.

2011-09-27 | Askar Isabekov

On the reservoir over Bayserke there are no birds except Great Crested Grebes and Black-headed Gulls. But a lot of Grebes, I think that it's possible to see not less than 50-60 birds simultaneously. In the roadside elm I heard but not saw the Azure Tit.On the way before Kapchagai reservoir and immediately over Kapchagai the Rooks were soaring in the sky, apparently were forming the flocks and were preparing to fly away. Near Kerbulak wintering first time this year I saw Hooded Crows. Also the Chaffinches have already arrived, I saw the single male and several flocks flying over the steppe. On roadside bushes I saw Black Redstart, Hume's Warblers, Isabelline Shrikes, several Kestrels and two Hobbies. Twice I saw the flying Harriers, presumably the Hen Harrier. Black-throated Thrush was sitting on the dry twig, but saw me and flew to the nearby tree and hid in the large Magpie's nest. In the large clay coomb I saw Little Owl (unfortunately wasn't shoot), Hume's Warblers, Chiffchaffs, female [...... read more ]


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Ile Alatau National Park. Little Almaty river.

2011-09-23 | Askar Isabekov

At early evening I passed to the mountains just to sit on the river side. Saw Grey Wagtails. Some Wagtails jumped straight up and caught the insects in flight. On one of the jumps the Sparrowhawk tried to catch the Wagtail. But the Wagtail was quicker than Sparrowhawk, the raptor was left without prey and perched on nearby tree. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2011-09-22 | Askar Isabekov

In the evening, at sunset, I again saw the Quail. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2011-09-19 | Askar Isabekov

Today I saw the stray Dog flushed the Quail. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2011-09-18 | Askar Isabekov

A lot of Lesser Whitethroats, other birds were noticeably less. In some places the Leaf Warblers were hearable. Usually circling in the sky the Sparrowhawk was hunting to someone in the rose bushes. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Akkain.

2011-09-11 | Askar Isabekov

At midday time I with family have gone to rest to mountains, in Akkain sanatorium area. There were no abundance of birds species. I saw many Greenish Warblers, some less of Great Tits, Magpies, Grey Wagtails. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-09-04 | Askar Isabekov

Became much more Lesser Whitethroats, which were quite active even in midday time. The Common Whitethroats became less visible, also I saw female Black Redstart and female Bluthroat, many Hume's Warblers, two females and one male Stonechats, two Wood Pigeions, two Hobbies, Mynahs, Magpies. [...... read more ]


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Karasai region, Almaty oblast.

2011-09-03 | Askar Isabekov

Within day I saw flying by in the sky the Wood Pigeons, Oriental Turtle Doves, Magpies, Black Kites, and the Eurasian Bee-eaters at evening time. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Samal.

2011-09-02 | Askar Isabekov

At night I saw the Hobby hunting the Bats in the light of stadium's projectors. [...... 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

Игорь+Фефелов: Да, с клювом что-то странное. И непохоже, что он был бы испачкан... Он даже для не только монгольского, но и для любоо зуйка слишком мал

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.

more unidentified birds...