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Almaty. Republic Square.

2011-12-29 | Askar Isabekov

Sparrowhawk came flying and scared the flock of Siskins. Siskins circled and were going to come back to the same tree. But Sparrowhawk was here! Siskins scared again and flew out forever. But Sparrowhawk stayed on the birch-tree about 10-15 minutes. It's very strange to me that Siskins came back to the tree where they was scared by the Sparrowhawk. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2011-12-25 | Askar Isabekov

Warm and sunny day. The berries on the trees were already eaten, but were many catkins on the birches. I watched Great Tits, Hooded Crows, Blackbirds, Bramblings, Chaffinches, House Sparrows, Rooks, Mynahs, Pigeons and one Robin. Robin were searching food under the spruces, picking up thuja's seeds from the snow. [...... read more ]


Kim-Asar gorge. Ile-Alatau National Park.

2011-12-23 | Askar Isabekov

Warm and sunny day. The tour to Three-toed Woodpecker. I didn't see and hear Woodpecker but I knew the history of the tallow which I hung on trees. So the food I hung and scattered were eaten during at maximum 5 minutes by the Magpies which permanently watched all the rested visitors of the gorge. I understood it's impossible to attract Woodpecker to the tallow. On the road I saw two White-bellied Dippers and one Azure Tits. [...... read more ]


Kim-Asar gorge. Ile-Alatau National Park.

2011-12-17 | Askar Isabekov

The overcast and cold day. I wanted to watch Three-toed Woodpecker I saw yesterday but did not see anyone, saw only Wallcreeper on the fence of house at the bottom of the gorge. [...... read more ]


Kim-Asar gorge. Ile-Alatau National Park.

2011-12-16 | Askar Isabekov

Sunny but a quite cold day. At the mountains the birds are a bit mostly I noticed the Magpies awaiting the tourists departure that to feed the remnants of food. Carrion Crows sometimes caught the eye of me. One of the tourists told me about a bird larger than a sparrow with a rusty spots on body-flanks, he called this bird the mendicant , because it peck something on the ground directly close to humans, as if solicit the food. I did not understand what species of the bird he described. But just a half of hour I saw this bird - it was the Alpine Accentor. The bird really wasn't afraid of the people, I photographed it from about 2-3 meters. In addition to Alpine Accentor I saw two White-winged Grosbeaks and two Songar Tits. My wife was lucky to see more the Three-toed Woodpecker, but I only heard it. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-12-10 | Askar Isabekov

The warm and sunny day. The Robin was not so timid as before, but my attention worried it. Robin firstly fed on the thawed grass until the Blackbird chased it. Later I saw it were pecking the seeds under the thuja and eating berries on the bush. Robin like other birds prefer to eat the berries on the sunny side of bush, probably because the berries were thawed by the sun. Some Lesser Whitethroats were feeding the berries too, others ones were pecking the birch catkins. One Whitethroat was bathing in the water droplets which were gathered on the leaves of the bush. In addition to Robin and Whitethroats I also saw Bramblings, House Sparrows, Blackbirds, Mynahs, Hooded Crows, Rooks, Magpies, Pigeons, Great Tits. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-12-04 | Askar Isabekov

I took the shot of Robin, though from afar and not good quality but I still recorded the fact of observation. Also I saw Black-throated Thrushes, both single birds and a flock. Lesser Whitethroats behaved cheerfully despite the snow and the slight frost. [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-12-03 | Askar Isabekov

Overcast weather. Yesterday's snow melted away but the new snowfall began. Common birds: Hooded Crows, Rooks, Magpies, a lot of Blackbirds, Mynahs, very active Great Tits; not so many Chaffinches, Bramblings and House Sparrows. The pair of Collared Doves arrived and fed under the thuja. Also I noticed the Greenfinches. In the dark-grey sky the Crows were chasing the raptor looked like Buzzard by the silhouette. Uncommon birds: European Robin; I specially searched it, three times it flashed in my eyes, but I didn't shoot it. Lesser Whitethroats; I saw them in three places, not less than five birds. They fed like all other birds the berries and seeds of thuja. And they hid, like all other birds in the spruce-trees. [...... read more ]


Prosveschenets. Ile Alatau National Park.

2011-12-01 | Askar Isabekov

I saw the Upland Buzzard which was chasing by the Carrion Crow. [...... 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


2017-12-14

Малик Нукусбеков: здесь определит очень сложно, и не могу сказать 100% восточный..... скрой всего гибрид....

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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2017-12-01

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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