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birdwatching blogs

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Talgar Pass. Ile Alatau.

2013-06-30 | Askar Isabekov

Every year in Apliniada Day the funicular to the Talgar Pass is free. Sanzhar Abdikhalyk initiated this trip with the nest of Red-breasted Rosefinch as main target, and other birds of highlands in this less explored by birdwatchers spot. Day is sometimes sunny but mostly overcast with rain and snow. We tried to find birds in the rather fresh moraine under the rocks, but unsuccessfully. There are no insects and plants in this moraine. We only heard the sounds of Raven and Red-bill Choughs from a far. We thought that birds could be in the places with insects, but insects could be in the place with plants, and went to the old moraine covered by mosses and lichens and joined to juniper bushes. In the bushes we immediately noticed singing Black-throated Accentors, Himalayan Accentors flying with insects in beaks, and the couple of Himalayan Rubythroats. Male Rubythroat came, perched in the top of spruce-tree and flew away; but female with food in beak was flying into the juniper bush, but was [...... read more ]

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Бура, Жельтуранга, Топар

2013-06-30 | Vassiliy Fedorenko

В прошлый раз, быстро проехав от Каншенгеля до Баканаса, практически ничего из птиц не увидели, поэтому решили съездить ещё раз. На этот раз предварительно изучили перспективные точки по сайту и забили их в навигатор. Однако поездка получилась не более успешной.Долгая дорога до Буры и вот, наконец, нашли саксаульного воробья на кладбище у поселка. Здесь же прыгали индийские и полевые воробьи, а так же сизые голуби и деревенские ласточки. Вокруг под саксаулами за нами наблюдали множество больших песчанок. Проехав немного по пустыне вокруг, кроме [...... read more ]

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Караганда - трясогузки

2013-06-28 | Gennadiy Dyakin

Белая и маскированая трясогузки носили корм в одно ито же место конструкции стадиона Шахтер в Караганде. Получается это смешаная пара и там либо гнездо либо слетки. [...... read more ]

Алматы. Окольцованный сизый голубь

2013-06-25 | Alexandra Makhnina

Не знаю, можно ли о таком здесь писать. Если что, сообщите, я удалю. Нашёлся сизый голубь, окольцованный, не летает. Поймали его, посадили в коробку, дали воды, хлеба, сидит в тишине, в гараже. Людей не боится. Номер на кольце: 109426 CHN 2008-30. Нашелся в Алматы, в районе гаражей на р. Весновка выше ул. Сатпаева. Я лично его пока не видела, поэтому фото нет. Позвонили, сообщили. Что с ним делать? (этот же текст на форуме сайта СОПР).заранее спасибо. [...... read more ]

Alakol. Akchi village.

2013-06-23 | Askar Isabekov

The sunny and windy day. Due to today is departing day I was all the time in the beach with my family. Only after the lunch during the trip to shops I watched birds. I saw couple of Kites soaring over the village. I guess that Kites were hunting to chickens because Kite were flying very low and always over the backyards. Also in the village there were House Martins and two Mynahs. Nests of House Martins are on the two-floors buildings, but without nestlings and Martins didn’t approach to nests. Due to wind I couldn’t take photos both House Martins and Mynahs. [...... read more ]

На колонию кумаев в Чарыне

2013-06-23 | Vassiliy Fedorenko

Весной мы так не смогли проехать к колонии кумаев на Чарыне. Пришло время повторить заезд, пока птенцы ещё в гнездах. К тому же, в прошлый раз на кокпекском перевале мы с Тоней слышали одну птичку, песня которой потом мне показалась похоже на запись соловья-белошейки в интернете, и надо было попытаться поискать и его. Поехали с Олегом.Дорогу до Маловодного я решил проехать вдоль БАКа, там машин и гаишников нет, и хотелось снять кладку иволги в одном из гнезд, которое было пустым неделей ранее. Однако, в прошлую поездку на Актереке я раздавил свой [...... read more ]

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Alakol. Akchi village.

2013-06-22 | Askar Isabekov

I was in the beach all day again. Sun and heat. The most significant birds in the hotel vicinity were two Common Nightingales. Also to the list of birds of previous days I added two new species: I heard Golden Oriole and saw two Collared Doves. Unfortunately I didn't watch Oriole, it's interesting in which of subspecies related this birds. I wanted to visit the sandy spit once again, but didn't have some hours of free time. [...... read more ]

Каншенгель - Топар

2013-06-22 | Vassiliy Fedorenko

По пути заскочили на Савковое, поглядеть чего там народилось. Савки плавают среди массы молодых чаек все на том же месте у ближнего берега. Примерно с десяток взрослых самцов с самками и всего одна самка с маленьким утёнком. Вероятно, это только первый вылупившийся птенец. Не может же быть он единственным? Кроме савок из интересного, наверное, только волчки на канале, которые сейчас стали заметны.Где-то за Куртами на трассе пробило заднее колесо. И, хотя, колесо починили на месте, в итоге в Каншенгель прибыли уже после восьми. Первым делом поехали [...... read more ]

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Alakol. Akchi village.

2013-06-21 | Askar Isabekov

Today is sunny and hot day. All the day I was in the beach with my family. To the yesterday list of birds I added House Martins which were flying over the hotel in lunch time; but Barn Swallows this time were feeding the fledglings. I wanted to take photos of House Martins but they were flying very high. Barn Swallows came to the fledglings not many a time. I saw Gull-billed Terns flying over the bay. I guess this species because I saw long wings and sprawling flight but I am not sure in 100%. Over the beach and the joined part of lake I periodically saw birds, mostly Cormorants, Common and Little Terns, sometimes other birds, for example today I saw Pranticoles. There are Little Ringed Plovers, Black-winged Stilts, both Terns in the bay. I didn’t see birds from the target list of Alakol – Relict Gull, Pallas’s Gull, Caspian Tern, Pelicans. [...... read more ]

Alakol. Akchi village.

2013-06-20 | Askar Isabekov

Day is cloudy or even overcast. I went to the sand spit where I saw Relict Gulls and many Caspian Terns in the May. It’s short distance to car, and I thought I reach it after about 30-40 minutes. I was without clocks but all today trip from the hotel to the end of sand spit and back was 6.5 hours of permanently hiking with some crawl on sand to birds. What did I see? The last visit I was worry that I didn’t explore the saline marsh on the road to sand spit. Now I crossed it twice and noticed nothing only tens Black-headed Wagtails of different age and gender. As at last visit in the bay in base of spit the White-winged Terns, Black-winged Stilts, Common Redshanks, Collared Pratincoles were noticed, today Black and Little Terns added to lists. The last visit numerous Caspian Terns are absent now. But Common Terns flying with fish in bill are abundant. When I move on to spit I was attacked by the screaming flock of Common Terns. I continued moving and Caspian Gulls and couple of Caspian [...... read more ]

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rare birds records

White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
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
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

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
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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Анна Ясько: Вероятно, южная бормотушка.


Анна Ясько: Тусклая пеночка.


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


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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