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Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-11-29 | Askar Isabekov

The overcast day. More likely the Lesser Whitethroats were located in three places where they could feed close to the spruce-trees. One of Whitethroats fed on the frozen birch-tree. The unusual event, but Whitethroat was not seemed faint or lethargic, behaved quite an active. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-11-20 | Askar Isabekov

I still wait when Lesser Whitethroats fly away. They still did not migrate, today I photographed one of them. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-11-17 | Askar Isabekov

Sunny and warm day. Snow was melting. Birds actively fed the thawed berries. In this action most active was the Mynahs and Hooded Crows especially. (Earlier I didn't see in the berry bushes neither Mynahs nor Crows, therefore I presume that Mynahs and Crows are capable to eat all the berries on bushes, that other birds will not have forage until the spring.) Other birds (House Sparrow , Chaffinches, Bramblings) prefered to peck out the seeds of thuja. I watched Greenfinches (about 5-6 birds), Lesser Whitethroats (3-4 birds), Bramblings more than a hundred (!), Chaffinches (about 10-20), a few Blackbirds, Great Tits. No rarities during one-hour walking were not run into. [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-11-16 | Askar Isabekov

After the heavy snowfall the weather is cold, snow is all around. The birds probably hide and waited for warmth. [...... read more ]


Ile Alatau National park. Batareika river.

2011-11-14 | Askar Isabekov

During the very short mountain trip I ran into the awaiting White-bellied Dipper. [...... read more ]


Little Sorbulak lakes.

2011-11-13 | Askar Isabekov

In Karaoi I saw the flying wedge of Gulls, which I could not identify. At entrance to Sorbulak in the morning twilight I saw the Saker Falcon perched on the pole. I thought that have time to take photo of perching Falcon, but unfortunately could not. As a result, only the photo of bird in flight.At the first lake I immediately saw the group of White-tailed Sea-eagles which flew out when I closed. On the lakes there were Great Cormorants, Steppe Gulls, Black-headed Gulls and Common Gulls, but not so much as a week ago. The number of the Crested Grebes became a less too. The wedge of Pallas's Gulls flew to south. The Ducks which I observed were the several flocks of Mallards, three males of Goosander, and large flock of Common Pochards (from afar). Also from afar I saw two adult Whooper Swans with two juveniles. Near the coast only Coots (about a hundred) and five Black-necked Grebes were floating. Then I watched the hunt of Peregrine Falcon to Pigeons. Peregrine Falcon chased two flocks [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-11-12 | Askar Isabekov

The day was sunny and warm. Though the morning was cool. The Warblers were not departed as yet, today in the morning I saw Barred Warbler, Common and Lesser Whitethroats. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-11-11 | Askar Isabekov

Unlike Chaffinches and Sparrows which are feeding mostly the seeds of thujahs, the Bramblings prefer the birch catkins. However, there are both the Bramblings on tuyah, and Chaffinches on the birches. Also I saw the Sparrowhawk flying quite a high. Warblers are not departed, today I saw Barred Warbler, Common and Lesser Whitethroats. I noticed that all the Warblers always are in the same places - where the feeding bush is close to spruce, in which the warblers hide and most likely stay to night. [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-11-10 | Askar Isabekov

Yesterday, after the heavy snowfall in the darkness I saw the Lesser Whitethroat, but today it is not found. But I ran into the Barred Warbler, perching among the snow-covered branches. In the tuyahs many House Sparrows together with Chaffinches were feeding. Only one Brambling was noticed. Throughout the area the Blackbirds became noticeable. [...... read more ]


Sorbulak. Almaty oblast.

2011-11-05 | Askar Isabekov

Trip with ornithologists. We saw Little Grebes, Black-necked Grebes, Great Crested Grebes, Mute and Whooper Swans, juvenile Pelican, White Egrets and Grey Herons, many Great Cormorants, Coots, White-tailed Sea-Eagles, Twites and other birds, in total 31 species. [...... read more ]


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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.

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