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Aksuek - Almaty

2006-11-30 | Askar Isabekov

Yesterday when I saw Hen Harrier in Gulshat area I thought that birds do not depart far from the same places. Today I had a confirmation. There are pair of Ravens near Kanshengel, Upland Buzzard and Steppe Eagle in Aidarly area. All were in the same places where I saw them four days ago.Bend of the Kurty River. There was more than pair of ducks. There were different ducks also. I have seen Ruddy Shelducks, Goosanders, Mallard Ducks and Wigeons. And one Mew Gull also.There were flocks of Goldfinches in roadside spinney. I have not had time to identify its. But I think its were be Grey-Headed Goldfinches because Black-Headed Goldfinches rare migrate so far to south. One very beautiful male Hen Harrier flew above canes near Sorbulak Lake. [...... read more ]


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Astana - Aksuek.

2006-11-29 | Askar Isabekov

The blizzard in Astana is the beginning of the way, the rain in Saryshagan is the end. There was nothing interesting in the way. Only one flock of Grey Partridges and female of Hen Harrier may be referenced. [...... read more ]


Astana.

2006-11-28 | Askar Isabekov

The weather has some cold. There are not many birds in winter Astana, except Pigeons and the mixed flocks of Tree and House Sparrows anybody is not present. I went aside Kurgaldzhino, wished to look Snow Owls who enough winter in local places. But nobody has found, only one flock of Grey Partridges. Saw some more places of Partridges feedings on a snow but nothing more. Last winter I found Mallard Ducks on channel in the center of Astana. But this year channel is frozen and ducks are not present. [...... read more ]


Karaganda - Astana.

2006-11-27 | Askar Isabekov

This year first Bullfinch nearby Osakarovka. Flocks of Tree Sparrows, Pigeons and Magpies that's all that I have seen today. [...... read more ]


Almaty - Karaganda.

2006-11-26 | Askar Isabekov

Business have called to Astana urgently. I had no time to observe birds therefore wrote only the facts of meetings. The dawn has caught me near Chemolgan. In roadside spinney Blackbirds, Waxwings (this winter first Waxwings), four females of Common Pheasant, Magpies were fed.Wintering ducks were visible through a morning fog on Sorbulak Lake. Some later on a bend of the Kurty river the pair of ducks was fed also. To identify the ducks was difficult from afar. Saw two Upland Buzzards and two Steppe Eagles. One of them was looked very large I thought that it may be a Golden Eagle.Behind Kanshengel two flocks of Geese flew to the West above road. Each flock of ten birds approximately. Amazing geese above the snow steppe. There was a little falcon, probably Merlin. Also there were two pairs of Ravens. I didn't can to lose this rare birds. I stopped and tried to photograph, but Ravens are very clever birds. At once they have understood that have interested me, but at the same time also have [...... read more ]


Ile Alatau National Park.

2006-11-25 | Askar Isabekov

Any times I met very beautiful male Rufous-backed Redstart in mountains in winter, but never photographed it. One time the weather was cloudy, another time the bird was too far. Today I have specially gone hoping to meet with Redstart, but have met other birds. I have a glimpse of Wren, but frequent meeting with Wrens during last two weeks have shown that Wrens will be frequent guests this winter. Four Brown Dippers. During the year all things vary, but the Dippers are the most stable birds. They are always on one place always appreciable. The Blackbird and the Blue Whistling Thrush. Not all Blackbirds have gone down from mountains to the city. And the meeting with a Blue Whistling Thrush shows that this rare bird will winter the third year in succession. All meetings in brief therefore as the meeting with the Lammergeier has eclipsed all others.Some times I saw Lammergeiers in our mountains but saw them from afar and a short time. Today the Lammergeier flew low and sat close. I have seen [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2006-11-23 | Askar Isabekov

Here the first snow came down in Alma Ata. It came down already two weeks ago yet in the mountains but in the city yesterday only. In spite of cloudy weather I specially went to the New Square to look to Common Whitethroats. It was interesting to me to see did they migrate or not. No they did not fly away! Whitethroats looks interesting among the snow-covered branches. There are much more Blackbirds on the Square. Blackbirds eat the frozen berries. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square, Gorky Park.

2006-11-19 | Askar Isabekov

The Gorky Park is a main and largest park of Alma Ata. The trees in the Park are very high. To examine anything in the heavy foliage is very difficult. Only Great Tits, Mynahs and Blackbirds catch the eye. Appears nobody else present in the park. But if look carefully it is possible to see other birds. Today I saw Goldcrests and one Wren. Local Goldcrests named “gold crest”. But they have a little yellow color on the head, only one small light yellow speck. Goldcrest searched food in the moss-grown crust of elms, especially at the significant height. I hoped they alight but has not waited.Also I saw one Wren. As usually Wren was visible through the branches, but wasn't photographed. And one more there was Sparrowhawk chased by crows.Republic Square. Several weeks ago I was surprised Common Whitethroats still not migrated. Today they again surprised me. Ten days are remain to the winter and Whitethroats still not flew away! [...... read more ]


Butakovka, Jubileiny.

2006-11-18 | Askar Isabekov

Dippers are common inhabitants of Butakovka. In this place they are not fear the people. They allow to approach closely therefore the observer has the possibility to see much of the life of these unique birds. Today I have a glimpse of one White-bellied Dipper but it rapidly flew away. But almost one hour I observed Brown Dipper. In Butakovka area, in the section of Little Almatinka river always can be seen as one Dipper at least. Today I saw three ones. I speak confidence because saw all three ones at once. Usually calling Dippers rush along the river therefore their correct quantity can't be count. As it is assumed in autumn Brown Dippers most time fed. They searched large worms between the stones under water. Searching the food in the ice-cold water is not light process. Dipper finds one worm of every three-five minutes average. After finding Dipper eat the worm sitting on stone. It seemed me (see video) that Dipper washes worm in the water before get down it. May be Dipper cleaned food [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Little Almatinka river.

2006-11-15 | Askar Isabekov

This little river places between houses. This place is shadow and cool. May be therefore there are not many birds in this river. But sometimes interesting birds can be met by you, especially on autumn and winter. Two years ago we met Blue Whistling Thrush and Azure Tit. Today I saw one Goldcrest and one Wren (local subspecies both). And many Blackbirds and Great Tits were searching food in the old leaves. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus)

© Ivan Bevza
2017-11-17

The second record in Semirechye. On November 17,18 and 21st 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.

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Big Year 2017

1. Askar Isabekov (306)
2. Alexandr Belyaev (263)
3. Boris Gubin (202)
4. Anna Yasko (200)
5. Gennadiy Dyakin (199)
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unidentified birds


2017-12-07

Александр Катунцев: https://o-prirode.ru/kurgannik/Также встречаются птицы темного окраса с черновато-бурым цветом оперения, маховыми перьями светлыми внизу и с тёмной каемкой,
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2017-12-04

Александр Катунцев: С х о д н ы е в и д ы. К таковым относятся два вида завирушек: черногорлая и бледная. От первой отличается светлым горлом, от второй - яркой окраской.
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2017-12-04

Ясько Анна:
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2017-12-01

Ясько Анна: На мой взгляд, пропорции у этих двух птиц одинаковые. Сидящая птица также по пропорциям на канюка не похожа (маленькая голова).Кстати, вот
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