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Best photos of the month, February 2020.

Grey Partridge | Gleb Bolbotov | 24

White-winged Grosbeak | Vladimir Vorobyov | 22

European Robin | Mikhail Kim | 22

Northern Wren | Alexandr Belyaev | 20

Goldcrest | Viktor Kolesnikov | 18

Brambling | Natali Kim | 18

Redwing | Anna Yasko | 18

Common Kestrel | Askar Isabekov | 17

Long-eared Owl | Viktor Kolesnikov | 17

Smew | Natali Kim | 17

Peregrine Falcon | Natali Kim | 17

Peregrine Falcon | Anna Yasko | 17

Grey-Headed Woodpecker | Natali Kim | 16

Eurasian Blackbird | Natali Kim | 16

Common Redpoll | Natali Kim | 16

Red Crossbill | Viktor Kalyuzhnov | 16

Grey-Headed Woodpecker | Natali Kim | 15

Hawfinch | Natali Kim | 15

Goosander | Natali Kim | 15

Bohemian Waxwing | Serg Silan | 15

Cetti's Warbler | Alexandr Belyaev | 15

Common Pheasant | Ihsan Eroglu | 15

Wood Pigeon | Andrey Shatalov | 15

Long-tailed Tit | Andrey Shatalov | 15

Common Redpoll | Natali Kim | 14

Eurasian Blackbird | Natali Kim | 14

Common Redpoll | Natali Kim | 14

Ibisbill | Alexandr Belyaev | 14

Solitary Snipe | Alexandr Belyaev | 14

Blue Tit | Anna Yasko | 14

Common Sparrowhawk | Ihsan Eroglu | 14

Grey Partridge | Andrey Shatalov | 14

Blue Tit | Andrey Shatalov | 14

Black-throated Thrush | Qanatbek Kenzhegulov | 14

Eastern Buzzard | Askar Isabekov | 13

Common Starling | Malik Nukusbekov | 13

Eurasian Dipper | Serg Silan | 13

White-winged Grosbeak | Vladimir Vorobyov | 13

Great Tit | Viktor Kalyuzhnov | 13

Bohemian Waxwing | Viktor Kalyuzhnov | 13

Common Redpoll | Marina Merz | 13

Great Grey Shrike | Qanatbek Kenzhegulov | 13

Black Redstart | Qanatbek Kenzhegulov | 13

Long-eared Owl | Viktor Kolesnikov | 13

Upland Buzzard | Gennadiy Dyakin | 12

Goosander | Viktor Kolesnikov | 12

Bohemian Waxwing | Viktor Kolesnikov | 12

Eurasian Goldfinch | Natali Kim | 12

European Greenfinch | Natali Kim | 12

Eurasian Siskin | Natali Kim | 12

Eurasian Siskin | Natali Kim | 12

Spotted Nutcracker | Vladimir Vorobyov | 12

Bearded Tit | Sergei Shmygalev | 12

Bohemian Waxwing | Yuriy Malkov | 12

European Robin | Alexandr Belyaev | 12

Rough-legged Buzzard | Alexandr Belyaev | 12

Eurasian Goldfinch | Anna Yasko | 12

Fieldfare | Andrei Kuryashkin | 12

Grey-Headed Woodpecker | Konstantin Andrussenko | 12

Long-tailed Rosefinch | Konstantin Andrussenko | 12

European Greenfinch | Marina Merz | 12

Bohemian Waxwing | Marina Merz | 12

Turkestan Tit | Ihsan Eroglu | 12

Mistle Thrush | Qanatbek Kenzhegulov | 12

Eurasian Siskin | Askar Isabekov | 11

Great Tit | Viktor Kolesnikov | 11

Eurasian Blackbird | Viktor Kolesnikov | 11

Grey-Headed Woodpecker | Viktor Kolesnikov | 11

Northern Bullfinch | Natali Kim | 11

Northern Bullfinch | Natali Kim | 11

Common Redpoll | Natali Kim | 11

Common Goldeneye | Natali Kim | 11

European Greenfinch | Natali Kim | 11

Grey-Headed Woodpecker | Natali Kim | 11

European Greenfinch | Natali Kim | 11

Eastern Buzzard | Yevgeny Belousov | 11

Meadow Bunting | Alexandr Belyaev | 11

Long-tailed Tit | Alexandr Belyaev | 11

Common Chaffinch | Anna Yasko | 11

Grey-headed Goldfinch | Marina Merz | 11

Eurasian Blackbird | Marina Merz | 11

Northern Bullfinch | Marina Merz | 11

Brambling | Aleksandr Polyakov | 11

Black-throated Thrush | Ihsan Eroglu | 11

Fieldfare | Andrey Shatalov | 11

Coal Tit | Andrey Shatalov | 11

Rock Pigeon | Viktor Kolesnikov | 10

Great Spotted Woodpecker | Viktor Kolesnikov | 10

White Stork | Yevgeny Belousov | 10

Red Crossbill | Serg Silan | 10

Azure Tit | Serg Silan | 10

Eversmann's Redstart | Sergei Shmygalev | 10

Ibisbill | Sergei Shmygalev | 10

Mistle Thrush | Anna Yasko | 10

Common Treecreeper | Anna Yasko | 10

Eurasian Dipper | Konstantin Andrussenko | 10

Eurasian Penduline Tit | Ihsan Eroglu | 10

Common Sparrowhawk | Ihsan Eroglu | 10

Long-tailed Tit | Andrey Shatalov | 10

Hawfinch | Andrey Shatalov | 10

Merlin | Andrey Kovalenko | 9

Eurasian Dipper | Viktor Kolesnikov | 9

White-tailed Sea-Eagle | Viktor Kolesnikov | 9

Fieldfare | Viktor Kolesnikov | 9

Eurasian Blackbird | Viktor Kolesnikov | 9

Eurasian Nuthatch | Viktor Kolesnikov | 9

Bohemian Waxwing | Natali Kim | 9

Baikal Bullfinch | Natali Kim | 9

Great Spotted Woodpecker | Natali Kim | 9

Brambling | Natali Kim | 9

Brambling | Natali Kim | 9

Common Redpoll | Natali Kim | 9

Brambling | Natali Kim | 9

White-winged Grosbeak | Yevgeny Belousov | 9

Golden Eagle | Yevgeny Belousov | 9

Godlewski's Bunting | Vladimir Vorobyov | 9

Great Spotted Woodpecker | Yuriy Malkov | 9

Corn Bunting | Alexandr Belyaev | 9

Common Sparrowhawk | Alexandr Belyaev | 9

Goosander | Alexandr Belyaev | 9

Hawfinch | Anna Yasko | 9

Yellowhammer | Anna Yasko | 9

Northern Bullfinch | Viktor Kalyuzhnov | 9

Grey-Headed Woodpecker | Viktor Kalyuzhnov | 9

Great Spotted Woodpecker | Viktor Kalyuzhnov | 9

Bohemian Waxwing | Marina Merz | 9

Long-tailed Rosefinch | Ihsan Eroglu | 9

Common Sparrowhawk | Ihsan Eroglu | 9

House Sparrow | Ihsan Eroglu | 9

Willow Tit | Andrey Shatalov | 9

Long-tailed Tit | Andrey Shatalov | 9

Blue Tit | Qanatbek Kenzhegulov | 9

Common Kestrel | Qanatbek Kenzhegulov | 9

Corn Bunting | Georgiy Shakula | 9

Grey-Headed Woodpecker | Natali Kim | 9

Mallard | Askar Isabekov | 8

Red-fronted Serin | Alexey Timoshenko | 8

Grey-headed Goldfinch | Natali Kim | 8

Brambling | Natali Kim | 8

Eurasian Goldfinch | Natali Kim | 8

European Greenfinch | Natali Kim | 8

Common Mynah | Yevgeny Belousov | 8

Masked Wagtail | Yevgeny Belousov | 8

Great White Egret | Yevgeny Belousov | 8

Northern Reed Bunting | Yevgeny Belousov | 8

Pygmy Cormorant | Yevgeny Belousov | 8

Northern Bullfinch | Serg Silan | 8

Black-throated Thrush | Serg Silan | 8

Hawfinch | Alexandr Belyaev | 8

Common Chiffchaff | Alexandr Belyaev | 8

Grey-headed Goldfinch | Alexandr Belyaev | 8

Bearded Tit | Alexandr Belyaev | 8

Eurasian Blackbird | Alexandr Belyaev | 8

Brambling | Anna Yasko | 8

Hybrid Bunting | Anna Yasko | 8

Common Chiffchaff | Anna Yasko | 8

Tree Sparrow | Viktor Kalyuzhnov | 8

Bohemian Waxwing | Viktor Kalyuzhnov | 8

Northern Bullfinch | Viktor Kalyuzhnov | 8

Brown Dipper | Viktoriya Zvyaginceva | 8

Hooded Crow | Konstantin Andrussenko | 8

Tree Sparrow | Ruslan Telegin | 8

Bohemian Waxwing | Ruslan Telegin | 8

Hawfinch | Marina Gudimova | 8

White-tailed Sea-Eagle | Marina Gudimova | 8

Eurasian Goldfinch | Marina Merz | 8

Fieldfare | Marina Merz | 8

Eurasian Siskin | Marina Merz | 8

Great Spotted Woodpecker | Marina Merz | 8

Grey-headed Goldfinch | Marina Merz | 8

Great Tit | Marina Merz | 8

Common Pheasant | Ihsan Eroglu | 8

Desert Finch | Ihsan Eroglu | 8

Wood Pigeon | Andrey Shatalov | 8

Blue Tit | Andrey Shatalov | 8

Eurasian Jay | Andrey Shatalov | 8

Northern Reed Bunting | Qanatbek Kenzhegulov | 8

Grey-Headed Woodpecker | Natali Kim | 8

Common Sparrowhawk | Ihsan Eroglu | 8

Pander's Ground-Jay | Georgiy Shakula | 8

rare birds records


Trumpeter Finch (Bucanetes githagineus)

© Fedor Shakula
2022-05-13
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. Also recently, in the Turkestan region in the Karatau 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).


Pale Rock-Finch (Carpospiza brachydactyla)

© Fedor Shakula
2022-05-13
Kyzylorda region, northern coast of Butakov Bay on the Aral Sea

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).


Red-rumped Swallow (Hirundo daurica)

© Anna Yasko
2022-05-08
Aktau, Mangystau

Rare record to western part of Kazakhstan. Prior to this, two birds were observed in Kenderli on May 6, 2009 (Neve et al., 2010), one bird - in the northern Caspian on April 10, 2015 (Karpov, 2015).


Semi-collared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata)

© Alexandr Fedulin
2022-05-04

The first registration in Central Kazakhstan and the farthest record to the east from the range and, possibly, the most northern one. In Kazakhstan, the Semi-collared Flycatcher occurs on migration off the coast of the Caspian Sea.

unidentified birds


2022-05-29

Алдияр+Сапарбаев: Садовая камышовка?

2022-05-28

Игорь Фефелов: Похоже, но, на мой взгляд, хвост кукушки еще длиннее (раза в полтора длинней, чем ширина крыла у тела) а тут ближе к перепелятнику. Не исключаю [....]

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