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White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)

© Fedor Karpov

2019-01-20



Fisrt winter record of White-winged Tern in Kazakhstan.

Arctic Skua (Stercorarius parasiticus)

© Ivan Bevza

2019-11-06



First record of Arctic Skua in South-Eastern Kazakhstan. Generally rare bird in inner part of continent. In Kazakhstan was recorded mostly in large lakes (in Caspian Sea near Atyrau and Mangyshlak, in Tengiz, in Aral Sea, in Telikol lakes, in road to Arnasai lake, in Chelkar lake), and also in Naurzum reserve and Chokpak ringing station.

Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)

© Ivan Bevza

2019-11-18



Two Red-brested Geese were recorded in flock of Ruddy Shelducks in Kapchagai reservoir. First record for Kapchagai, thirds one for South-Eastern Kazakhstan.

Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

© Marina Gudimova

2019-11-07
Mangictauskaya oblast', g. Aktau



Second record of Long-tailed Tit in Mangyshlak peninsula. The first one was almost exactly 3 years ago at November 05, 2016 (A.Yasko, www.birds.kz).

Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Aleksey Koshkin

2019-05-06
Korgalzhin



Third record in Central Kazakhstan, first spring record, two previous observations were in time of autumn migration: in Kulanotpes river at September 29th 1960 (Krivitsky et al, 1985), and in Kurgaldzhino village at October 05, 2017 (A.Fedulin, www.birds.kz).

Little Gull (Larus minutus)

© Askar Isabekov

2019-10-12
Sorbulak. Almaty oblast.



Rare bird in SE Kazakhstan. Group of 2 adult and 3 juvenile birds was observed. Fifth record in Sorbulak since 2003. Previously also observed only in autumn migration: August 9, 2003 (1 adult), October 27, 2006 (1), November 6 2004 (2) (Belyalov, Karpov, 2013); and October 5, 2014 (birds.kz).

Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida)

© Askar Isabekov

2019-10-10
Sorbulak. Almaty oblast.



Third record for Sorbulak. Previously was observed at June 5, 2011 (2 birds) (Belyalov, Karpov, 2013), and June 21, 2014 (birds.kz).

Arctic Loon (Gavia arctica)

© Askar Isabekov

2019-10-10
Sorbulak. Almaty oblast.



Second record for Sorbulak. Dirst one was at Nay 17, 2002 (Kovshar AF, 2002).

Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)

© Askar Isabekov

2019-10-07
Sorbulak. Almaty oblast.



Red-breasted Goose is a rare vagrant in southern part of Kazakhstan. First obeservation in Sorbulak. Single bird was in flock of Ruddy Shelducks.

Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus)

© Andrey Kovalenko

2019-10-05
Almaty area, Sorbulak.



Second record in Sorbulak. In generally, very rare record in eastern part of Kazakhstan.

Wood Lark (Lullula arborea)

© Aldiyar Saparbayev

2019-07-11
Kirsanov state nature reserve, West-Kazakhstan region



Wood lark is rare passage migrant in Kazakhstan. 3rd photo record in website www.birds.kz. It should also be noted that date of record (11th of July) indicates to possible of breeding.

Yellow-browed Bunting (Ocyris chrysophrys)

© Askar Isabekov

2019-09-21
Kanshengel. Almaty oblast.



First record of Yellow-browed Bunting in Kazakhstan.

Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii)

© Aleksandr Putilin

2019-07-10



Rare and northernmost record in Kazakhstan. Forth record, prevoius three ones were in South-Easthern Kazakhstan: July 4th 2009, December 7th 2013 (both Sorbilak lake), and from December 13, 2014 to January 24, 2015 (Taldykurgan).

Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus)

© Alexandr Fedulin

2019-06-12
Korgalzhyn, Akmola oblast.



New species for Kazakhstan.

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

© Andrey Borodin

2019-05-29




Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)

© Anna Yasko

2019-05-08
Aktau, Mangystau region



The second record of the Woodchat Shrike in Kazakhstan. The first one was recorded on May 3, 2015, also in Aktau (Mangistau).

Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis)

© Yuriy Malkov

2019-04-24
karabalik



Rare passage migrant. One bird was observed in flock of the Greater White-fronted Gooses.

Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)

© Alexandr Fedulin

2019-04-24



The second record of the Spanish Sparrow in the region. One female kept in a flock of the Tree Sparrow. Before one male was observed on the south coast of Tengiz on July 27, 2000 (Koshkin, 2017). This is still the most northern records of vagrant birds of this species.

Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)

© Anna Yasko

2019-02-18
Aktau, Mangystau region



Rare record for Mangyshlak peninsuls. In the middle of the last century Red-breasted Goose was common migrant in coast of Mangyshlak (Gubin, 2015), due wintering place was in Southern Caspian Sea. Then wintering places moved to Black Sea coast in Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine, in that regard the migration path changed.

Губин Б.М. Орнитофауна п-ова Мангышлак // Птицы пустынь Казахстана. Часть 1. Алматы, 2015.

Полевой определитель гусеобразных птиц России / ред.-сост. Е. Е. Сыроечковский. - Москва: Рабочая группа по гусеобразным Северной Евразии: Всероссийский научно-исследовательский ин-т охраны природы, 2011

Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)

© Askar Isabekov

2019-02-15
Koksarai kotregulator. Southern Kazakhstan



Rare vagrant, far from the basic migration path.

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

© Natali Kim

2019-01-19
Eastern Kazakhstan



The nothernmost winter record of Little Grebe in Kazakhstan. Usual Little Grebe winterings are in southern and south-eastern Kazakhstan, but recent years wintering range enlarged to North-East up to Alacol depression (Berezovikov, 2005, 2012).

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

© Kanat Kenzhegulov

2018-12-30
Aktau, Karakol



First winter record for Kazakhstan, second one for Central Asia. First single bird was recorded January 16, 2009 at Issyk-Kul lake.

Kulagin S, Sagymbayev S, Flechtner S, 2008. First winter record of Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) in Cenral Asia // Selevinia: 259.

Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)

© Viktor Grishenkov

2018-10-26
Kamenka, Vostochno Kazakhstanskaya Oblast'.



The northernmost record of Wallcreeper in Kazakhstan. Outside Kazakstan only two more northern records from Alatisky Krai of Russia are known: valley of Chu river (S.Pisarevsky, sibirds.ru) and mouth of Ursul river (V.Pankratov, sibirds.ru).

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Alexey Timoshenko

2018-10-18
Kostanay reg., Naurzum rezerve



New species of Naurzum Reserve. In northern part of Kazakhstan Pygmy
Cormorant previously was recorded at October 6th, 1998 in Kulykol lake
(Pynnonen, 1999), about 180 km to west from the point of new record.
Also singles or group of 2-80 birds were regularly observed in
Kurgaldzhin Reserve since 2001.

Ерохов С.Н., Березовиков Н.Н. 2009. Материалы к орнитофауне озёрной
степи и лесостепи Кустанайской области. Часть 1 // Рус. орнитол. журн.
18 (516): 1715-1742.
Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный
Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

© Alexandr Belyaev

2018-11-03
Almatinskaja obl.,g.Taldykorgan



Rare vagrant visitors in SE Kazakhstan.

Pallas's Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus)

© Andrey Kovalenko

2018-10-14
Northern Caspian, Kalamkas.



Rare vagrant bird. First record in western part of Kazakhstan. Before observed in Central Kazakhstan (Kurgaldzhino), and in S and SE Kazakhstan.

Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)

© Askar Isabekov

2018-10-07
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.



Second photo record of Long-billed Dowitcher in Kazakhstan. The first one was recorded in Sorbulak lakes too at September 7th, 2014 (Fedorenko, Isabekov, Dyakin, 2014). Group of birdwatchers with Peter Kennely also watched this bird in Sholak lake near Kurgaldzhino village at May 15, 2005, but unfortunately no evidence of this record was provided.
Орнитологический вестник Казахстана и Средней Азии, вып. 3, Алматы, 2014: 211-212

Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla)

© Steve Klasan

2018-09-09
Korgalzhyn



The second record for Tengiz-Korgalzhyn area. Before this record one bird was observed at December 12, 1969 in floodland of Nura river.
Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.

Amur (White) Wagtail (Motacilla (alba) leucopsis)

© Sveta Ashby

2018-05-21
Kanshengel



Fist record of Amur Wagtail (Motacilla alba leucopsis) in Kazakhstan. Most of systematics treat this taxon as subspecies of White Wagtail (Mac Kinnon&Phillips, 2000; Степанян, 2003; Roberts, 2006; Brazil, 2014; Clements, 2016; HBW, 2016) but include it to special group of eastern races. Breeding range of this bird contains Far East Russia, Korea peninsula, SW Japan, central and eastern China. Winters in Southern Asia eastward to Northern India. Records of vagrant birds known in Vitim Reserve (Russia, Northern Trans-Baikal area) at April 29, 2014 (S.L.Volkov, www.sibrids.ru) and in Eastern Mongolia (Gombobaatar & Monks, 2011). From November 27 to December 2 of 2015 one male was observed in Finland (Kujala, Päijät-Häme), it's third record in Western Palearctic.

Altai Snowcock (Tetraogallus altaicus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

2018-05-29
VKO Katon-Karagay



The first nest of Altai Snowcock found in Kazakhstan. Previously only several broods were recorded.

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

© Alexandr Katuncev

2018-05-06



New species for Sorbulak system.

Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

2018-05-09
Aktau, Mangistau region



Rare record for Mangyshlak peninsula. Previously the following records are known: June 1-2 1888 in area of Sherkala mountain and Akmysh well, May 06, 1947 in vicinity of Fort-Shevchenko, May 07, 1964 in Danga, May 17, 2009 near Kaundy depression, and May 09, 2017 in the square of Aktau city.

Finsch's Wheatear (Oenanthe finschii)

© Malik Nukusbekov

2018-05-25
Ertai. Zhambyl oblast.



The new species for Moinkum desert. The known breeding range of Finsch's Wheatear in Kazakhstan covers Mangyshlak, Ustyurt and Kyzylkum desert. The records in area eastward of Syrdaria river were not known. In May of 2017, Sergey Domashevski recorded adults and huveniles in Togyzkentau, NW of Moinkum desert. This record indicate to expantion of breeding range in eastern direction.

Pale Rock-Finch (Carpospiza brachydactyla)

© Alexandr Belyaev

2018-05-09
Mangistauskaja obl., vpadina Karagie



New species for Kazakhstan. The closest breeding spots are located in Turkmenistan, at a distance about 600 km (Stepanyan, 2003). Also recorded in areas near southern cliff of Ustyurt (Mischenko, Scherbak, 1980; Bukreev, 1997), 400 km in south of this record. In the western coast of Caspian Sea Pale Rock-Finch lives in NE Dagestan (400 km in west direction, behind the sea). It should also be noted that Sergei Bukreev (2000) found birds with territotial behavior in Baskunchak lake (48˚N) near Kazakhstan-Russia border; this record is much more north than Caucasus and Mangyshlak (43˚-44˚N), about 600 km to NW.

Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis)

© Ainur Iskakova

2018-04-25



One more record of rare vagrant visitor in Kazakhstan.

Blue Whistling Thrush (Myophonus caeruleus)

© Andrey Vilyayev

2018-04-22
Almatinskaya obl., Malaisary



Rare record of Blue Whistling Thrush ouside the Northern Tian Shan. In addition to this record the following ones are known: in Taukum desert (April 28-29 1996, Berezovikov, Erokhov, 1996); in Chulak mountains (April 14 1973, Kovshar, Berezovikov, 2001); and in upper Charyn river (June 14 1980, Kubykin, 1991).

Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)

© Andrey Kovalenko

2018-04-25
Aktau



The first record in Mangyshlak peninsula. The closest breeding spots of Wallcreeper are located in Kopetdag and Great Balkhan mountains (Turkmenia), more than 500 kms to south.

Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)

© Askar Isabekov

2018-03-10
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.



First photo of rare wintering species in Sorbulak, and generelly in SE Kazakhstan. Before this record male and female were observed in flock of Tufted Ducks at February 2nd, 2003; and single bird at Jabuary 18th, February 21st, and March 13th of 2004 (Belyalov, Karpov 2012).

Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

© Alexandr Belyaev

2018-03-09
Almaty region, g. Taldykorgan



Second record of Dunnock in South-Easten Kazkahstan. Only one record for region was known before: at January 10, 1993 in northern foothills of Zailisky Alatau ridge, in sandthorn thickets of Chilik river four Dunnocks were recorded (Губин, 2002).

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Askar Isabekov

2018-02-11
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.



First winter record in Sorbulak lakes. Only spring records are known before this one: May 30, 1995 (Erokhov, 2002), April 11, 1999 (Grachev, 2002), and April 23, 2017 (Dyakin, www.birds.kz). In winter time Pygmy Cormorant is not rare in Chardara reservoir (Erokhov et al, 2006; Kovalenko, Kravchenko, 2007; Kovalenko, Karpov, 2008); recent years was observed in Taraz (Kolbintsev, 2009; M.Nukusbekov, www.birds.kz; A.Balykin, www.birds.kz), in foothill part of Chu river valley (Belyalov, Karpov, 2009), one specimen was photographed at December 23, 2017 in Taldykurgan vicinity (A.Belyaev, www.birds.kz).


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