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Almaty.

2009-03-26 | Askar Isabekov

There are a lot of Chaffinches in the city. In all open places the Chaffinches pick something. On the road to Medeo I saw the flock of Waxwings. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2009-03-23 | Askar Isabekov

A lot of Magpies, Chaffinches, Great Tits, Siskins and Bramblings. The Blackbirds already are on nests. [...... read more ]


Jubileiny. Foothills of Ile Alatau.

2009-03-22 | Askar Isabekov

There is almost the summer in the city, I even saw the Masked Wagtail. But the snow on foothills is still almost knee-deep. Birds are a little. Calls of the Pheasants are audible, the Chaffinches and Bramblings are fed on thawed patches. In apple-trees gardens we saw only Great Tits and Magpies, and once the flock of Black-throated Thrushes has flown by. About the dinner time there were predators. One Golden Eagle. And once two Buzzards (Long-legged one and Upland one) and one this year first Black Kite together soared. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Kamenskoye Plateau.

2009-03-15 | Askar Isabekov

The searching of the unidentified Accentor was unsuccessful. But we saw a lot of other little birds such as Chaffinches, Grey-headed Goldfinches, Red-fronted Serins, Black-throated Accentors, Long-tailed Rosefinches, Great Tits, Azure Tits, Tree Sparrows, one White-winged Grosbeak, one Rock Bunting, one Eversmann's Redstart, one Black-throated Thrush. As yesterday two Upland Buzzards soared in the sky. Some times we heard the calls of Pheasants, once two hens of Pheasant flew by slope. There were a lot of different butterflies. [...... read more ]


Ile-Alatau National Park.

2009-03-14 | Askar Isabekov

Ozernoye gorge. Unfortunately, we did not reach the Big Almaty Lake because of slippery road. But in half a day we managed to visit two more neighboring gorges. Carrion Crows, Magpies and Great Tits could be seen more often than other birds. Rock Bunting and Black-throated Accentor sang their songs in low sea-buckthorn brushwood. We also met a small flock of Grey-headed Goldfinches in fir grove, and heard Goldfinches' voices a couple of times. Yet the first birds we saw in the gorge were a screaming Goshawk making off several Crows. It carried a bloodstained pray in its claws, supposedly a Magpie. Sadly, the scene was too short to permit taking pictures. In Prohodnoye gorge the berries at sea-buckthorn shrubs are still in abundance. It seems that besides Great Tits no other birds eat it. At least I did not see any other birds in the shrubs. Several Chaffinches fed at thawed patches among the sea-buckthorn bushes. Carrion Crows made circles above the western slope that was already free of [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Butakovka.

2009-03-12 | Askar Isabekov

Today I have seen the singing White-bellied Dipper. [...... read more ]


Almaty.

2009-03-11 | Askar Isabekov

Today I saw the Sparrowhawk chased the Crow, not vice versa. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2009-03-08 | Askar Isabekov

The murky wet day. Two noticeable appearance were today. The flock of the Siskins more than one hundred birds pecked up birch seeds from the ground. Siskins shied the cars but allowed me to close on about one and a half meter. I even made the video. The second noticeable appearance was two females of White-winged Grosbeak. Both birds pecked up seeds from ground and later ate the gemmas from the tree. These birds were my first Grosbeaks this winter. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Botanical Garden.

2009-03-06 | Askar Isabekov

There is the typical view of the spring forest in the Botanical Garden. The snow is on some places but mostly the last-year old grass has opened. The background birds were Magpies and Great Tits. Tits have sung but Magpies have flown one after another, jumped from branch to branch, and sometimes have concentrated to groups up to ten birds. From time to time we have observed flocks of Chaffinches and Bramblings, once the Siskin have occurred. Birds of Prey were the glimpsing in spruces Sparrowhawk and the three Long-legged Buzzards. The Buzzards were very pale or looked very pale to me. Long-legged Buzzards showed us the aerial acrobatics, flew one after another, ascent and finally hid in the sky. One of the Buzzards later came back, but not soared but nosedived, its flight with almost furled wings looked very darting. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2009-03-01 | Askar Isabekov

The first spring day as it must was very sunny. There were a bit of birds on the Square because all the thickets were cut. But near the prosecutor's office the grass thicket were stayed and the birds were present. Three Black-throated Thrushes, several tens Grey-headed Goldfinches, Red-fronted Serins, Siskins and one Chaffinch. The Serins and Siskins were eating the birch seeds but the Goldfinches were eating its favorite burr. And the Goldfinches actively sang too, its not loud songs were hearable in many places. [...... read more ]


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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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