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Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-11-27 | Askar Isabekov

Sunny morning. The flock of about 40 Waxwings flew above the Square. The Black-throated Thrushes were about 2 dozens. Under the bushes on the open ground the Blackbirds were raking up fall leaves; with Blackbirds there were the little bird, probably Robin, but I am not sure because bird hid in the bush. Two Lesser Whitethroats ate the frozen berries but were very active. A lot of Bramblings. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-11-26 | Askar Isabekov

8.30 am, sunny morning. I noted the flock of Waxwings I observed yesterday, one Lesser Whitethroat and two Goldcrests. These are only uncommon birds and only short morning visit! [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square.

2012-11-25 | Askar Isabekov

Sunny, cold day. Generally I planned to find wintering Warblers, and I found one Barred Warbler and two Lesser Whitethroats. All Warblers were very active, so it means they easily survived the night cold (about -15-17 C). So I was pleased, but the most interesting observations were to come. From a distance I saw the flock of flying birds which were same to Mynahs by size and by flight. However it was not visible white on wings. Flock grounded on thuja, I moved closer and saw that they were Waxwings. Flock flew away but after a short time birds came back in two flocks. At the same tuyah thickets where waxwings foraged the Blackbirds, two Black-throated Thrushes and one Redwing (my lifer) were feeding too. Other noticed uncommon birds: Greenfinches, Siskins flock, one Goldcrest and numerous Bramblings. [...... read more ]


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Republic Square

2012-11-21 | Askar Isabekov

Weather is cloudy. At morning I passed through the Square. Warblers were not noticed. I didn’t hope to see any birds, because the birds’ activity in the winter time begin not so early, but later, about 10 am, when the sun warms the air and berries. But surprisingly there were birds on Square. The winter guests of our city which I noted were the flock of Black-throated Thrushes about 20 birds, several Greenfinches and the numerous Bramblings. [...... read more ]


Sorbulak, Zhana Arna

2012-11-18 | Askar Isabekov

In early morning we was in the riparian grove near Zhana Arna village. This grove looks very similar to riparian forest of Chagan river in Western Kazakhstan: dense trees, a thick layer of leaves under the feet. In grove and in djida thickets we saw a lot of birds, most interesting of them were Howfinch, Barbarian Falcon, White-winged Woodpecker, Wood Pigeon.Then we went to Sorbulak and again come round it. Birds were same as yesterday, plus Black-headed Goldfinches. [...... read more ]


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Sorbulak.

2012-11-17 | Askar Isabekov

The sunny but cold and windy day. We drove around Big Sorbulak but birds already were not so many. Around all the lake we saw Whooper Swans in groups of about one-two dozen birds; also we saw Mute Swans but in much less number. Ducks were seen badly because the strong wind caused larger waves, in midday time numerous Ruddy Shelducks appeared at the south sandy coast. Also we saw several flocks of Bean Geese. In shelterbelts of Little Sorbulak it was interesting to observe the flock of Red-fronted Serins. [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Republic Square.

2012-11-11 | Askar Isabekov

At 9 am birds were not active, there were not Mynahs and Crows when the sun rised. But at 10 am birds began active feeding. Today’s objects were the Warblers, I found both Barred Warbler and Lesser Whitethroats (at least 4 birds) [...... read more ]


Kimasar gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2012-11-10 | Askar Isabekov

Excursion to Kimasar with Oleg Belyalov. The weather was overcast but in first half of day we saw many birds. Raptors (Lammergeier and Eastern Buzzard) were soaring in the sky, Three-toed Woodpecker was heard in spruce forest, quite numerous flocks of Crossbills and White-winged Grosbeaks permanently darted back and forth. We could only spare the lack of sun. Generally I satisfied the excursion in spite of no of good photos. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square.

2012-11-04 | Askar Isabekov

So very overcast weather that at 2.00 pm it seemed that it was late evening. But despite the murky weather it was able to see both Warblers and many other birds. Most notable birds in the Square were Mynahs and House Sparrows hundreds of which ate up berries on trees and peck the seeds in the grass. I observed as the Rook hid the walnut under the stone. I always have the question - Where Rooks find the walnuts? Now I have another question - Do birds stock forage on wintering sites? Also I saw (the second time) Rats in the crown of thuja. Is it dangerous to sleeping in the spruce branches Warblers? [...... read more ]


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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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