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Enbekshikazakh region. Almaty oblast.

2011-01-15 | Askar Isabekov

Short trip to foothills with Javier Piedra and Mark Ashcroft. Weather is murky and quite cold. Twice we saw Hawfinches, probably it was same bird. One Great Grey Shrike perched on tree near flock of Yellowhammers. It was my second observation Great Grey Shrike together with Yellowhammers. I guess that these birds together arrived to wintering to our places. Pair of Red-mantled Rosefinches. A lot of Grey-headed Goldfinches, Siskins, some Bramblings, Greenfinches, Chaffinches. Great and Azure Tits. Blackbirds and Mistle Thrushes. There were Redpolls in the flocks of Siskins. All little passerines fed in the thickets of russian olives. Twice we saw large falcon (it was unidentified), some Upland Buzzards, one Rough-legged hunted on tillage barely snow covered. Near Baltabai nursery on birch-trees we saw Great Spotted Woodpecker. Rarities: Woodpecker, Hawfinches, Redpolls, Great Grey Shrike. [...... read more ]


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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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unidentified birds


2018-02-22

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2018-02-22

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2018-02-22

Аскар Исабеков: Анна, согласен, что седоголовый, четких признаков черноголового нет.

2018-02-22

Аскар Исабеков: согласен, признаков седоголового щегла не видно.

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