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birdwatching blogs

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Novruz 2021. Ters-Ashibulak, Stony Ravine.

2021-03-24 | Askar Isabekov

Day of a back way. The weather is mostly sunny, the second day (of five) without rain. This snowy and rainy spring we are lucky have a five sunny or a bit rain consecutive days. By the plan we first go to Ters-Achibulak reservoir. There were no the expected flocks of thousands Cranes and Ducks, in total not many birds in water. But in roadside thickets we have a chance to take photos of little passerines, nothing special but Buntings and Bramblings in bright breeding plumage look so nice, unfotunately light was not so good. Than we go to Assa river started from the reservoir. Here in floodland thickets we heard and watched the first in this spring Cetti's Warblers, which usually good attractable to the sound. Also we sa Blackbirds and Chiffchaffs. In a back way we saw the Cranes after all. Fistly the flying along foothills little flock of five Demoiselle Cranes appeared from east. Than we noticed the large flock of several tens birds flying from opposit direction. Cranes started to hum [...... read more ]

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Novruz 2021. Koksarai reservoir.

2021-03-23 | Askar Isabekov

Weather report 100% garanteed the rainy day. Thunder was rattling even in 7 am, it was rainy but horizont was light in all directions, so we hoped weather can become better. Due the rain we first go to the farest point of today trip, using inconvinient for birding rainy time for moving. Dam of Koksarai reservoir is closed by barrier but unlike Shoshkakol it without a lock, as kind of defense of absolutely accidential visitors, I of course agree this mode. All water is ice free, wether is slightly rainy and windy. Fact is special for this trip and probably relating to instable spring, some of species of birds are presented just single specimens, but other ones are definitely counted by hundreds or even thousands birds. Single birds more likely are first migrants, for example today we saw first Barn Swallow. But numerous Red-crested Pochards and Great White Pelicans gathering to huge flocks probably are in pause due the bad weather, before the fly to breeding spots. However the records of [...... read more ]

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Novruz 2021. Kyzylkum desert.

2021-03-22 | Askar Isabekov

One only day of our trip without rainy forecast. We go from Arys to Kyzylkum desert. Driving by Koksarai reservoir we watched flock of Greater White-fronted Geese of about 15 birds, then several flocks of Gulls. Good fact, it's means there are birds in Koksarai, at least we have a hopeness, especially after yesterday's Shashkakol which really disappointed. We crossed Syrdaria river using Bairkum bridge. Landscape in that side of the river is plain desert with Saka's mounds in the beginnig, then after the turn to west it became saxaul forest, which became as denser and higher as we more drive to west. Commonly birding in desert is not in not so rich main habitat, but mostly in tracts, in our case means wells and rocks. We started in well named Les (means 'forest'). There are several high tall Elm trees and corral with a lot of cattle's manure here, which attract birds. Here we recorded Desert Finches, Chaffinch, Black and Eversmann's Redstart, Chiffchaff, Pied Wheatear, Common Starlngs, [...... read more ]

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Novruz 2021. Chulakkurgan - Arys.

2021-03-21 | Askar Isabekov

All around Chulakkurgan is under a snow, the warming and gap between the temperature of air and ground formed the dence mist. That situation is during all road until Karatau ridge. After the pass mist disappeared, snow is absolutely absent, but there is a lot of water in offroad, the side roads either under the puddles or bogged after rains, but impossible to use in any case. In roadside thickets there were the resting birds. Most noticable of them were numerous Eagles, number of them was definitely more then dozen. We saw both Eastern Imperial and Steppe Eagles, some of which was drying wings like a Cormorants. In trees we saw also Corn Buntings, Shrikes, Fieldfires. The migration is of course present, Harriers, Gulls, single birds and little flocks fly from west to east. In the end of Suzak road. in Ekpendy we watched group of Heulgini's and Caspian Gulls. Local man oaid our attention to the broken trees and flexed tower of power line, saying that's result of weighting by ice which is [...... read more ]

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Novruz 2021. Almaty - Chulakkurgan.

2021-03-20 | Askar Isabekov

In 2013 and 2014 birdwatchers of Almaty in a long holidays of Nauryz visited Zhabagly village to meet spring. First visit was very emotional, but not become regular because repeating of watching birds in same places was so bored. However the five days holidays of this year Nauryz should be used for birding exactly, but having last experience we decided to make center of birding not Zhabagly but Kyzylkol salty lake in Suzak district of Turkestan oblast. Lake is interesting for birding ecpecially in migrating season, also in a quite short distance of the lake there are Karatau mountains and Betpakdala and Moinkum deserts. The team of the expedition is formed by Gennady Dyakin, Alexander Belyaev, Victoria Zvyagintseva, Olga and Marina Sivokons, Robert and Krishanti Parkers, and me, in total eight persons in three cars. Due the very unstable weather I before the tour regularly checked weather report which was changed several times a day, but closer to the tour it became more or less good, [...... read more ]

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March 8-12. Chilik, Ile river, Charyn, Sorbulak.

2021-03-12 | Askar Isabekov

Four-days birding around Almaty with Kirill Tanayev. Now is inter-season, difficult to find birds, comparatively many be only in water (migrating ducks in Sorbulak lake), but only Himalayan Vulture, White-winged Woodpecker, and Saxaul Sparrow may be comparatively garanteed ticks for Kiril. We decided to look for them in east of Almaty. Weather forecast was the rain in all days of trip.March 8th. As our birding started after lunch time, and weather forecast was a rain, we tried to take something before the rain. The option to go to Sorbulak was rejected, as all other trips out of city. We went to Sairan reservoir where quickly took photos of both species of Dippers and Masked Wagtials. While we were taking photos I understood that our city is probably one of a littile number of birding spots where birders have opportunity to watch and take photos of two species of Dippers, and even from a short distance. After Sairan we immediately went to Kulja road, then to BAK road, and slowly drived [...... read more ]

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Оплата хостинга

2021-03-11 | Askar Isabekov

Уважаемые пользователи сайта, прошу оказать поддержку в оплате хостинга. Стоимость хостинга 2300 долларов в год. Если поделить общую сумму, необходимую для оплаты хостинга пропорционально объему, то на сайт birds.kz приходится 676 долларов. На сегодняшний день объем материала сайта birds.kz составляет 86.31 Гб информации.Дружескую поддержку сайту оказал Кирилл Танаев из Москвы на сумму 150 долларов, остается собрать 526 долларов, или 221 500 тенге. Можно перечислить на Каспи Голд + 7 (707) 312-02-11, можно также отправить деньги на яндекс-кошелек на главной странице.Отдельное [...... read more ]


2021-03-09 | Svetlana Baskakova

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С праздником 8 марта!

2021-03-08 | Askar Isabekov

Вчера в предгорьях мы с Викторией Звягинцевой нашли первый в этом году шафран алатавский, или, как его у нас называют, подснежник, который является в наших краях одним из символов 8 марта (это он ниже на фото). Международный женский день появился как день солидарности за права женщин, для того, чтобы обратить внимание общества на проблемы женщин. С тех пор много что изменилось в лучшую сторону, но и сейчас ООН использует праздник 8 марта, чтобы обратить внимание международного сообщества на какие-то важные моменты, в частности, в этом году темой [...... read more ]

Ордабасы - Коксарайское водохранилище

2021-03-06 | Svetlana Baskakova

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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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unidentified birds


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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