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Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla)

© Alexandr Belyaev

Almatinskaja obl., Nac. park Altyn-JEmel'

The first record for "Alty-Emel" National Park.

Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica)

© Alexandr Belyaev

Almatinskaja obl., Nac. park Altyn-JEmel'

Second record for the Altyn-Emel National Park. For the first time this species was recorded in the park in the crowns of elm on October 12, 2017. Also, on October 14, 15 and 19, the one birds kept in the same place (Belyaev, 2018).

Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus)

© Alexandr Belyaev

Almatinskaja obl., Nac. park Altyn-JEmel'

Rare birds in South-Eastern Kazakhstan, and second record for "Altyn-Emel" National Park.

Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus)

© Alexandr Belyaev

Almatinskaja obl., Nac. park Altyn-JEmel'

A new species for the Altyn-Emel National Park and the first photo record of the species on the site www.birds.kz in South-Eastern Kazakhstan.

Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Alexandr Belyaev

Almatinskaja obl., Nac. park Altyn-JEmel'

Rare birds in South-Eastern Kazakhstan, and second record for "Altyn-Emel" National Park.

Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus)

© Alexandr Belyaev

Almatinskaja obl., Nac. park Altyn-JEmel'

The first record for "Altyn-Emel" National Park. Rare birds in South-Eastern Kazakhstan.

Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis)

© Alexandr Belyaev

Almatinskaja obl., Nac. park Altyn-JEmel'

Second record for the Altyn-Emel National Park. For the first time, two birds of this species were recorded in a flock of Water Pipits on October 14, 2017 feeding in a swamp by a pond. On October 18 and 20, one bird was seen in the same place (Belyaev 2018).

Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

VKO Katon-Karagay

First found in Southern Altai. The first find was fixed by photographing A. Gabdulina on October 21, 2020 in the gorge of the middle reaches of the Bukhtarma River above the village of Moyildy (Kamenka). The next day it was observed there. On October 23, it was fhotographing V.M. Vorobyov a one kilometer from this place. // Габдуллина А.У., Березовиков Н.Н., Воробьёв В.М. 2020. Первая находка краснокрылого стенолаза Tichodroma muraria на Южном Алтае // Рус. орнитол. журн. 29 (1993): 5131-5135.

Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata)

© Andrey Kovalenko

Caspian Sea, Tup-Karagan.

The first photo record in birds.kz website. A rare pass migrant for Kazakhstan. It is known that in Mangyshlak the red-throated loon was found on migration and, possibly, wintered occasionally in the Caspian Sea (Dolgushin, 1960).

Caucasian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus lorenzii)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

Fakel, Mangistau region

A new species for Kazakhstan. The habitat of Phylloscopus lorenzii covers Turkey, the Caucasus, Transcaucasia and northern Iran.

Grey-headed Lapwing (Microsarcops cinereus)

© Ivan Bevza

lowerTurgen river, Almaty oblast.

first record in Kazakhstan

Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius)

© Qanatbek Kenzhegulov


The third sighting of the species at Mangyshlak. Before to this, one migrant bird was recorded on April 11, 2009 in South Mangyshlak and another on April 19, 2009 in the Kaundy depression (Neve et al., 2010).

White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala)

© Aldiyar Saparbayev

Zhanaqala v., Zhanaqala district, West-Kazakhstan region

First record in Western Kazakhstan oblast for birds.kz.

Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina)

© Anna Yasko

Aktau, Mangystau region

Rare pass mugrant in Mangyshlak peninsula. First record in Mangyshlak for birds.kz

White's Thrush (Zoothera dauma)

© Gleb Bolbotov

East Kazakhstan region, Ivanovsky ridge

First photo of White's Thrush from Kazakhstan part of Altai in birds.kz. Perhaps it's first evident of breeding of this species in South-Western Altai.

Pallas's Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucoryphus)

© Sean Minns

Prorva area, Atyrau Oblast

Pallas's Sea-Eagle is rare summer visitor in Kazakhstan. Mostly recorded in eastern part of country. In western Kazakhstan in former times it was recorded in Mangyshlak, relatevely recent record is only observation of two birds in Urda forest in the end of June, 1990. So this record is first for western part of Kazakhstan in recent 30 years.

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

© Natali Kim

Eastern Kazakhstan

First record of breeding Peregrine Falcon in high-rise building in large city. Before 1950-60-s Peregrine Falcon was regular breeding bird in cities of Europe, but desapeared after using pesticides by human. In XXI centure Peregrine Falcon became to appeare in large cities, there are articles about nesting in Irkutsk, Ufa, Moscow. But in Kazakhstan this is first record ever.

Egyptian Nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius)

© Svetlana Baskakova


First photorecord in birds.kz

White's Thrush (Zoothera dauma)

© Alexey Timoshenko

Uly-Zhylanshyk riv., Kostanay reg.

Second record of White's Thrush in Kustanai oblast. At September 03, 1938 one bird was observed in Naurzum reserve.

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)

© Berik Ryspaev

Korgalzhinski zapovednik.Egindikolski raion. Akmolinskaya oblast.

first record in Central Kazakhstan

Lanceolated Warbler (Locustella lanceolata)

© Konstantin Andrussenko

Eastern Kazakhstan, Ust-Kamenogorsk

Second photo record in birds.kz website.

Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach)

© Aisagali Kadirov

Tupkaragan, Mangystau.

First photo record of Long-tailed Shrike in Mangyshlak peninsula. At August 1987 it was observed in Beineu. Also breeding was recorded in summer 2016 in Atyrau.

Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)

© Sean Minns


Third record of Woodchat Shrike in Kazakhstan. During one week male and female were observed in one spot. Previously observed also in Mangyshlak peninsula, Aktau city at May 03 2015 and May 08 2019 (A.Yasko).

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

© Alexandr Fedulin


Generaly rare observation in Kazakhstan. Only 4 birds were observed before this record: one bird was shot at October 16, 1927 in Syrdaria by E.Spengenberg; other 3 were photographed at February 16, 2013 near Almaty (V.Fedorenko), at October 15 and 16, 2016 in Ust-Kamenogorsk (V.Kolesnikov). First record in Kurgaldzhino.

Saxaul Sparrow (Passer ammodendri)

© Alexandr Fedulin


First record for Kugaldzhino. Closest breeding spot is located in Southern Trans-Balkhash area, in 600 km to SE.

Asiatic Dowitcher (Limnodromus semipalmatus)

© Ivan Zuban


Rare record for Kazakhstan, second photo record in birds.kz. During recent 20 years two time observed in Kurgadzhino lakes (August 05,1999; July 09, 2001), and at once near Petropavlovsk (one bird, July 28, 2003).

Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

VKO Katon-Karagay

First record in Katon-Karagai. First photo record in Southern Altai.

White-winged Grosbeak (Mycerobas carnipes)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

VKO Katon-Karagay

Rare record of White-winged Grosbeak in Altai. Previously observed at February 7 1978 and November 29 1981 (Berezovikov et al, 1992; Berezovikov, 1989). Sergei Starikov recognizes White-winged Grosbeak as resident of upper Bukhtarma river, in altitude 2200 m he observed territorial behavior of couple (Starikov, 2006).

Blue-capped Redstart (Phoenicurus caeruleocephalus)

© Andrey Kovalenko


First winter record of Blue-capped Redstart in Kazakhstan. Normally it appears in mid-March, Closest spring record in birds.kz was at March 2nd (20 days gap).

Great Rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilla)

© Malik Nukusbekov

Ertai. Zhambyl oblast.

First photo record in Kyrgyz Alatau. First Great Rosefinch in upper of Merke gorge was recorded by Fedor Karpov at November 24, 1985 (adult male in juniper belt, KOB-2007, p. 268); in same gorge in altitude about 2400 m at June 03, 2003 one male was recorded in juniper bush by S.Annenkova and V.Ashby (KOB-2003, p.91).

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi)

© Askar Isabekov

Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

First record in Sorbulak, and generally in southern part of Kazakhstan. First winter record.

Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Branta bernicla)

© Alexey Timoshenko

Mamyrkol lake

First photorecord in Kazakhstan. Before this record singles and small flocks observed in Northern Kazakhstan (Drobovzev, Vilkov, 1997; Erokhov, 1999), in Naurzum Reserve (Bragin, Bragina, 2002), Selety lake, Kurgaldzhino lakes (21 October 1993; Andrusenko, 2002; Koshkin, 2003), in Zaysan depression, Sasykkol' lake (12 birds 15 October, 1994; Berezovikov, 1999b) and on Sorbulak lake close to Almaty (Erokhov, 1997). Regular recorded in autumn migration in lakes of Pavlodar area, in small flocks of up to 30 in 1970s, and only 2-3 birds in 1990s (Solomatin, 1999b).

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

Sorbulak, Almaty region

First record in Sorbulak during recent 10 years. Rarely observed in winter time in Sorbulak. Previously was observed at 2002, October 20 and 27 (1 male in winter plumage), and December 15 (female); at 2003, February 02 (1 female in channel); at 2004, December 12 (4 birds), December 19 (3 birds); at 2005 January 23 (1 bird); at 2010 October 24 (1 bird) (Belyalov, Karpov, 2012).

Spotted Great Rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilla severtzovi)

© Andrey Kovalenko

Almaty area, Zailiysky Alatau.

First photo-record of Great Rosefinch in Ile-Alatau ridge. Previously regularly recorded in winter time in Almaty, but population was destroied in end of 90th by poachers. Recent 20 years was not observed in fact. In addition to autumn-winter records Great Rosefinches were recorded in highlands of Ili-Alatau ridge at May 5th, 1965 in altitude 2900 m (Gavrilov,1974); in first half od August, 1973 in altitude 3000 m, male (Gubin, 2002); and at March 23, 1975 in altitude 3300 m, singning male (Kovshar, et all, 1978).

White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)

© Fedor Karpov


Fisrt winter record of White-winged Tern in Kazakhstan.

Arctic Skua (Stercorarius parasiticus)

© Ivan Bevza


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


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

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


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

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).

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Анна Ясько: Может методом исключения попробовать определить? Не курганник (по окрасу хвоста с темной вершинной полосой и без рыжины). Дело за малым... [....]


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