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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).

Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

© Malik Nukusbekov

2018-02-17
Ertai. Zhambyl oblast.



Rare observation of Black Kite in Kazakhstan in winter time. Previously in winter time recorded in Almaty oblast (Karpov, Belyalov, 2009; Berezovikov, 2014; S.Shmygalev, www.birds.kz); in Mangyshlak (Yasko, 2017); and in Chardara (A.Kovalenko, www.birds.kz).

Березовиков Н.Н. 2014. Зимняя встреча черноухого коршуна Milvus migrans lineatus в городе Алматы // Рус. орнитол. журн. 23 (1082): 3957.
Карпов Ф.Ф., Белялов О.В. 2009. О зимней встрече чёрного коршуна в Алматинской области // Selevinia: 234.
Ясько А.О. 2017. Орнитологические наблюдения в городе Актау // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1399): 382-394.

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)

© Sergey Ukhov

2018-01-22
Bautino, Mangystau



First record in Mangyshlak peninsula.

Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)

© Malik Nukusbekov

2018-01-28
Ertai. Zhambyl oblast.



The second winter record of Black Redstart in S and SE Kazakhstan. Before this record one male was observed in 7th of February, 1998 in Zhabagly village (Чаликова, 2008).

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Alexandr Belyaev

2017-12-23
Almatinskaja obl., g. Taldykorgan



First winter record in Dzhungar Alatau area. The closest wintering spots of Pygmy Cormorant are known in Chu river valley near Korday village, border of Kyrgyz Republic (Белялов, Карпов 2008). Also in wintering recorded in Issyk-Kul lake (Кулагин 2006).

Белялов О.В., Карпов Ф.Ф. 2008. Обследование мест зимовки птиц в предгорной части поймы реки Чу // Каз. орнитол. бюл.: 88-93. Кулагин С.В. 2008. Малый баклан Phalacrocorax pygmaeus – новый зимующий вид Иссык-Куля // Рус. орнитол. журн. 17 (435): 1262 [2006].

White-winged Lark (Melanocorypha leucoptera)

© Andrey Vilyayev

2018-01-16
Iuzhnokazakhstanskaia oblast, Koksaraiskoe vodokhranilishche



First record of so huge number of wintering White-winged Larks in Kazahstan. In Arys irrigated lands the observers recorded eight flocks of 150 to 15 000 birds, totally about 30 000 birds. The reason of the concentration of Larks in one spot is the snowy weather in the day before the day of record.

Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula ulula)

© Aleksandr Klimenko

2017-11-25
Poperechka river, Ridder, VKO



The first photo record of this subspecies on the site birds.kz.

Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus)

© Ivan Bevza

2017-11-17



The second record in Semirechye. From November 17 to December 7 one Lesser White-fronted Goose and five White-fronted Geese were observed together at one of Karachingil lakes. Before this 3 birds had been met on March 9th of 2003 in the floodplain of Kopy near the Saz railway station (Karpov, Belyalov, Kovshar 2004).
Карпов Ф.Ф., Белялов О.В., Ковшарь В.А. Первая встреча пискульки на юго-востоке Казахстана//Каз. орнитол. бюлл. 2003. Алматы, 2004. С. 135.

Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

© Anna Yasko

2017-11-01
Aktau, Mangystau region



The first record on Mangyshlak. The nearest known record points are located too much to east: Karatau ridge (Nukusbekov, www.birds.kz; Chalikova, Kolbintsev, 2005) and the foothills of Talas Alatau (Belousov, www.birds.kz).

Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

2017-10-28
VKO Katon-Karagay



The easternmost record in Kazakhstan. During migration Blackcap mostly occurs in Western Kazakhstan. For a long time the easternmost record was the observation in Borovoe (Shtegman, 1934). In Kurgaldzhino birds were recorded both in spring and autumn migration (Koshkin, 2017). In Russia this species distributes in east up to Tomsk and Kemerovo oblast (Ryabitsev, 2014; Vasilchenko, 2004). In China first Blackcap was recorded in 2012 in Kashi (Guo H., Ma M., 2013), also birds were later observed at November 21st and December 29th of 2013 (www.xinjiang.birds.watch). Probably the occurring of Blackcaps so far to east relates to the new wintering spots of the eastern populations of this species.

Васильченко А.А. «Птицы Кемеровской области». Кемерово: Кузбассвузиздат, 2004-488 с. Гаврилов Э.И. "Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана". Алматы, 1999. Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.
Рябицев В.К. "Птицы Сибири". Москва-Екатеринбург, Изд-во "Кабинетный ученый", 2014. Guo H., Ma M. Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)-a new bird record in China [Chinese]. Zoological Research, 2013, Oct. 34(5). P. 507-508

Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Alexandr Belyaev

2017-10-15
Almatinskaja obl., Nac. park Altyn-JEmel', Ajnabulak



Rare migrant in Almaty oblast, and first record for Altyn-Emel National Park.

Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus)

© Alexandr Belyaev

2017-10-15
Almatinskaja obl., Nac. park Altyn-JEmel', Ajnabulak



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

Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

© Yuriy Malkov

2017-10-22
karabalik



Rare vagrant for the Kustanai region. Previously vagrant birds were recorded in the Naurzum reserve in the autumn of 1974 and 1993. (Bragin, Bragina, 2002).

European Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros gibraltariensis)

© Yuriy Malkov

2016-08-12



The first breeding record of Phoenicurus ochruros gibraltariensis in Kazakhstan! Previously was recorded on migration in Mangyshlak, Northern Caspian, Northern Kazakhstan (Naurzum) and Central Kazakhstan (Kurgaldzhino). European Black Redstart inhabits the south of Europe. In recent decades, this subspecies settled almost to the Urals. Birds with nesting behavior were recorded in the middle of summer in the South Urals reserve and its environs (Lastukhin et al., 2016), and also in the vicinity of Yekaterinburg (Lyakhov, 2014). There are known cases of successful nesting in Western Siberia: in Tyumen (Grazhdan, 2010) and Novosibirsk (Zhimulev et al, 2011). This record complements the general picture of the expansion of European subspecies to the east.

Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2017-10-22
Sorbulak lake, Almaty region



Very rare vagrant species.


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2020-10-25

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2020-10-24

Владимир Казенас: Большое спасибо, Анна. В нашем районе черноголовый чекан обычен, но чаще встречается на поле.

2020-10-24

Иван Бевза: Спасибо, Аскар!

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