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Tajikistan. Romit gorge.

2008-06-22 | Askar Isabekov

On the later evening the Little Owl flew in the front of the car. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Iskanderkul.

2008-06-15 | Askar Isabekov

High mountain lake Isakanderkul places not far from Dushanbe but the road is difficult now. On spring and autumn time Iskanderkul as one of the rare large lakes used by the migrated birds as rest place. Now I don't see any bird on the water table. In the poplar forest I saw only Carrion Crow looked very large. A lot of Masked Wagtails on the coast. It is necessary to note Bar-tailed Treecreepers. They are common birds but Treecreepers more hearable than visible. Once I saw Yellow-breasted Tit and once Roller on the slope. It's uncommon to meet Roller in the high mountain. On the bushes some times I met Black Redstart and on spring one Blue Whistling Thrush. Sometimes on the rock slopes the flocks of Red-billed Choughes were observed. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Takob.

2008-06-09 | Askar Isabekov

I again saw the pair of Blue Whistling Thrushes. On the sky Kestrel coursed Long-legged Buzzard. [...... read more ]


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Tajikistan. Romit gorge.

2008-06-08 | Askar Isabekov

The short trip to the nest of Blue Whistling Thrush. Today I spied nestlings. Only after one week they capped not by fluff but by feathers. Adult Thrushes were more wild than last visit. I counted four chicks. Except Whistling Thrushes I saw also Orioles, one Kestrel, Masked Wagtails. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Tavildara.

2008-06-07 | Askar Isabekov

All same birds I saw last trip. Orioles, Red-headed Buntings, White-capped Buntings, Nightingales. One Cinereous Vulture. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Trip to Kulob.

2008-06-06 | Askar Isabekov

Very hot day. Birds were not visible. I can notice only one Egyptian Vulture roamed above the road. My suggestion is Vulture searched downed gophers on the asphalt. Also near Dangara I saw Crested Larks. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Romit gorge.

2008-06-03 | Askar Isabekov

Short trip. Saw only one Golden Oriole and Red-rumped Swallows. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Dushnbe.

2008-06-02 | Askar Isabekov

On the outdoors near my office Blackbirds feed juveniles. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Romit gorge.

2008-06-01 | Askar Isabekov

Today I got up on Romit gorge. Birds were a little. Somehow there were a little Dippers. All day I saw one only Brown Dipper and heard one. Even Grey Wagtails were a little. Most visible today birds were Masked Wagtails and Spotted Flycatches. Other birds were several Carrion Crows, one Hobby and one Common Sandpiper (on dry mountains!), one Eversmann's Redstart, one Blackbird, Red-rumped Swallows. I heard but didn't see Nightingales and Orioles. On unmoving sitting I saw also wild Oriental Turtle Doves. Three times I saw Blue Whistling Thrushes. Whistling Thrushes of Pamir are more wild that ones in Almaty. Nothing allowed to close them. But today I first time saw the nest of Blue Whitling Thrush. The location of the nest is classical, on the rock above the streams of mountain river. From time to time Thrushes flew to the nest and fed chicks. Chicks (the number of them was very difficult to count yet by binocular, probably 3-4 chicks) capped by bluish purple fluff. [...... 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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