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Almaty. Samal.

2010-04-22 | Askar Isabekov

7 am. I watched this year's first Red-rumped Swallows. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2010-04-18 | Askar Isabekov

Sunny day. Hume's Warbler were very active, they flew almost everywhere. The Blackbirds, Great Tits and Greenfinches sang. The Lesser Whitethroats appeared. Also I noticed one flying by Hoopoe and one Common Kestrel perching on he building of city administration. [...... read more ]


Almaty.

2010-04-17 | Askar Isabekov

At day I saw Turkestan Shrike and at evening I heard this year's first Scops Owl. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Little Almaty river.

2010-04-13 | Askar Isabekov

In early morning on the river I saw one Wood Pigeon, several Grey Wagtails, unidentified little Leaf Warblers and probably one Cetti's Warbler. [...... read more ]


Almaty.

2010-04-12 | Askar Isabekov

Today I saw Hoopoe in the city. [...... read more ]


Ile river valley.

2010-04-03 | Askar Isabekov

Today I with Raufael Bairashev made trip to Ile valley in Kapchagay area. During all time we saw many Black Kites both in flocks of about 30 birds and singles. Twice we saw flocks of Demoiselle Cranes. There are a lot of Coots, Crested Grebes in the small lakes; we saw Common Pochards and one Eurasian Bittern too. On the roadsides we noticed one Hoopoe, one Black Redstart, dozens of Pied Wheatears, one Isabelline Wheatear, Chaffinches, Azure Tits, Great Tits, one Corn Bunting, one Stonechat, Turkestan Shrike, Isabelline Shrike, Water Pipit, Tree Pipit, and a lot of Rooks, Jackdaws, Carrion Crows. On one meadow we observed the large mixed flock of different Wagtails. There were White, Masked, Yellow, Citrine and Black-headed Wagtails. [...... read more ]


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rare birds records


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).

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Big Year 2018

1. Askar Isabekov (81)
2. Andrey Vilyayev (55)
3. Boris Gubin (49)
4. Alexandr Katuncev (44)
5. Anna Yasko (44)
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unidentified birds


2018-02-19

Аскар Исабеков: Определиться с этим курганником мешает лишь то, что окрас его характерен для мохноногого. Вот сегодня разбирались с гибридными щеглами на
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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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2017-11-30

Николай Балацкий: Однозначно, что ремез. Голова в анфас, то есть клювом к фотографу.

2017-11-15

Алексей Кошкин: Да, белошапочная абберативная больше подходит.

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