birdwatching blogs

Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-02-29 | Askar Isabekov

Magpies and Pigeons picked up the twigs to nests. Also I saw the singing Blackbirds and Great Tits. [...... read more ]

Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-02-26 | Askar Isabekov

Some days ago I watched female White-winged Grosbeak but today I saw the flock (five male and one female). I thought that birds stayed overnight in the next spruce-trees. The second day I went to the City Hall at 8 am hoping to watch the Peregrine Falcon, but didn't see it. More likely Falcon flew out at sunrise. But I am sure that Falcon stayed overnight in the niche of building because I twice saw it here at night, and the asphalt under this niche is strong dirtied. [...... read more ]

Kimasar gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2012-02-23 | Askar Isabekov

The day was cloudy and snowy in afternoon. I again watched the same Alpine Accentor which I saw in last year December. I'm sure it's the same bird because unlikely there is another absolutely trustful bird. I noticed Accentor when it explored the snow under the spruce-trees for food, and didn't find anything it flew off to the distant spruce-tree. I waited when the other people go out and put the wheat on the compacted snow. Accentor came back about ten minutes later, and actively pecking the wheat for 30-40 minutes. I photographed it so close that sometimes it did not fit into the frame. When I fast moved the Accentor flew off but then making a circle returned to the same location or flew into the lower branches of the next spruce-tree. All the time while I was sitting under the spruce and was shooting the Accentor, about one dozen Magpies were waiting me. And when I departed the Magpies immediately came flying to search the food remains, but found nothing were also peck the wheat. When [...... read more ]

Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-02-14 | Askar Isabekov

Yesterday evening I watched the perched in the niche of City Hall Peregrine Falcon which probably was going to stay to night. Today I tried to find it but didn't find. But I found quite a large flock (about 20-25 birds) of the White-winged Grosbeaks. It was surprised that Grosbeaks ate the acacia seeds. Earlier I didn't see Grosbeaks feeding the acacia seeds. [...... read more ]

Almaty, Republic Square.

2012-02-12 | Askar Isabekov

I watched feeding on the birch-tree the little (5-6 birds) flock of Red-fronted Serins, one male White-winged Grosbeak, Peregrine Falcon on the building of City Hall. Falcon caught the victim (probably Pigeon) and parted it on the niche of the building. I didn't make any good quality photos because the weather was very cold and misty. Probably Falcon hunted in the vicinity of City Hall because there was the mist and the Peregrine's high fly was meaningless. [...... read more ]

rare birds records

Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)

© Askar Isabekov
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

First photo of rare wintering species in Sorbulak, and generelly in SE Kazakhstan. Before this record male and female were observed in flock of Tufted Ducks at February 2nd, 2003; and single bird at Jabuary 18th, February 21st, and March 13th of 2004 (Belyalov, Karpov 2012).

Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

© Alexandr Belyaev
Almaty region, g. Taldykorgan

Second record of Dunncock in South-Easten Kazkahstan. Only one record for region was known before: at January 10, 1993 in northern foothills of Zailisky Alatau ridge, in sandthorn thickets of Chilik river four Dunncocks were recorded (Губин, 2002).

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Askar Isabekov
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, 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,; A.Balykin,, in foothill part of Chu river valley (Belyalov, Karpov, 2009), one specimen was photographed at December 23, 2017 in Taldykurgan vicinity (A.Belyaev,

Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

© Malik Nukusbekov
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,; in Mangyshlak (Yasko, 2017); and in Chardara (A.Kovalenko,

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.

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unidentified birds


Сергей Л. Волков:


Александр Катунцев: Предполагаю. что это vulpinus Для восточного мелковат!


Анна Ясько: Тут я пас. Не знаю признаков pseudorufinus.


Сергей Силантьев: Даже визуальное сравнение с большим крохалем на снимке говорит о том, что птица не маленькая...Кряква.

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