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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


Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus)

© Ivan Bevza
2017-11-17

The second record in Semirechye. From November 17 to December 7 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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