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Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-04-30 | Askar Isabekov

Today I heard first in this spring Sylvid Warblers. [...... read more ]


Kimasar gorge. Ile-Alatau National Park.

2012-04-21 | Askar Isabekov

Hiking to the mountains with the explore purposes. The upper border of the spruce forest is full snowy; the snow also lies on the eastern and northern slopes down to the bottom of the gorge; but the western and southern slopes are already completely dry. Birds were a bit. I saw the flying by immature Himalayan Vulture, the rounding Kestrel, the soaring Sparrowhawk in the lower part of the gorge, sometimes the flying by and perching on spruce-trees Magpies and Carrion Crows. In spruce-trees I watched Coal Tits and twice the little unidentified birds; also in spruce I heard the singing Blackbirds. The pair of Grey-headed Goldfinches was noticed. Also I heard singing Wren under the roots of the dumped tree. The pair of Blue Whistling Thrushes was feeding in the meadow, and then disappeared into the spruce forest; down the gorge I heard the singing of the other Blue Whistling Thrush but didn't see it. One of the two White-bellied Dippers I watched also sang the song, the same bird kicked out [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Samal.

2012-04-20 | Askar Isabekov

I saw the first Red-rumped Swallows in this spring. In after-dinner time the Hoopoe flew to our Samal. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-04-17 | Askar Isabekov

Yesterday at evening time I watched the resting Peregrine Falcon, but today at 7 am Falcon wasn't at the staying place. [...... read more ]


Ile valley. Kapchagai.

2012-04-14 | Askar Isabekov

Ekpendy. On coming to colony of Grey Herons and Night Herons we saw the flying out Pheasants, both hens and cocks in total about one dozen birds. Pheasants flew from the dry meadow on which they fed to the reed thickets. Both Grey Herons and Night Herons already on the colony, some of them probably on the nests. Other birds we watched near the colony: Pied Wheatears, Kestrel, Tree Pipit, Chiffchaffs, Black-throated Thrush, Common Teal, pair of Turkestan Tits (one is probably hybrid with Great Tit), Turkestan Shrikes. On the midway between Ekpendy and Kyrbaltabai on the little marsh we watched three Common Redshanks and 4 Lapwings which will nest on this marsh. Then on the road to fish ponds in Akzhal we watched Green Sandpiper (on the roadside puddle), Kestrels, Pied Wheatears, Turkestan Shrike, one Isabelline Shrike, and the large flock (about one thousands birds) of Demoiselle Cranes. Fish ponds in Akzhal. In Akzhal we saw the first in this year Barn Swallows, also in the village there [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-04-13 | Askar Isabekov

On the evening walking I noticed the Pigeon feathers on the asphalt; and I guessed that Pigeon was the victim of either Sparrowhawk or Peregrine falcon. And after 20 minutes I was watching the Peregrine Falcon was flying to the lodging for the night. So it didn't migrate yet. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-04-12 | Askar Isabekov

Chiffchaffs became the most numerous birds on the Square, they fed and sang mostly in the fir-trees. Great Tit picked the needles of unknown to me plants and brought to the hole in lamppost, probably to nesting. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-04-11 | Askar Isabekov

One Isabelline Shrike. The pair of Greenfinches peck up seeds on open ground. Bluethroats, Magpies, Chiffchaffs. [...... read more ]


Almaty.

2012-04-10 | Askar Isabekov

Dendropark. Many Magpies and Chiffchaffs. Black-throated Thrushes hid in the spruce-trees. One male Pheasant. Republic Square. Many Magpies and Chiffchaffs. Isabelline Wheatear. Turkestan Shrike didn't migrate yet. I three days watched it on the same bush in which Shrike hid in case of emergency. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-04-09 | Askar Isabekov

Collared Dove took the twigs to the nest building. Chiffchaffs foraged both on the trees and on the ground. One Turkestan Shrike. One male and two females Stonechats searched food in the grass; very cautious birds. One Bluethroat foraged together with Stonechats. Magpies flew by groups (on Sorbulak Magpies flew in group too). Female Grey-headed Goldfinch was building the nest on the pine branch, male was escorting her and singing the songs. [...... read more ]


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rare birds records


Amur (White) Wagtail (Motacilla (alba) leucopsis)

© Sveta Ashby
2018-05-21
Kanshengel

Fist record of Amur Wagtail (Motacilla alba leucopsis) in Kazakhstan. Most of systematics treat this taxon as subspecies of White Wagtail (Mac Kinnon&Phillips, 2000; Степанян, 2003; Roberts, 2006; Brazil, 2014; Clements, 2016; HBW, 2016) but include it to special group of eastern races. Breeding range of this bird contains Far East Russia, Korea peninsula, SW Japan, central and eastern China. Winters in Southern Asia eastward to Northern India. Records of vagrant birds known in Vitim Reserve (Russia, Northern Trans-Baikal area) at April 29, 2014 (S.L.Volkov, www.sibrids.ru) and in Eastern Mongolia (Gombobaatar & Monks, 2011). From November 27 to December 2 of 2015 one male was observed in Finland (Kujala, Päijät-Häme), it's third record in Western Palearctic.


Altai Snowcock (Tetraogallus altaicus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
2018-05-29
VKO Katon-Karagay

The first nest of Altai Snowcock found in Kazakhstan. Previously only several broods were recorded.


Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

© Alexandr Katuncev
2018-05-06

New species for Sorbulak system.


Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)

© Gennadiy Dyakin
2018-05-09
Aktau, Mangistau region

Rare record for Mangyshlak peninsula. Previously the following records are known: June 1-2 1888 in area of Sherkala mountain and Akmysh well, May 06, 1947 in vicinity of Fort-Shevchenko, May 07, 1964 in Danga, May 17, 2009 near Kaundy depression, and May 09, 2017 in the square of Aktau city.

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Big Year 2018

supported by

1. Belyaev Alexandr (264)
2. Isabekov Askar (260)
3. Gubin Boris (227)
4. Dyakin Gennadiy (217)
5. Yasko Anna (170)
6. Katuncev Alexandr (158)
7. Vorobyov Vladimir (146)
8. Malkov Yuriy (137)
9. Nukusbekov Malik (132)
10. Golubeva Anna (126)

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unidentified birds


2018-07-23

Анна Ясько: Тут наверняка так и не скажешь. Похожа на индийскую. Может быть это она, а может садовая камышевка. Только на бровь и приходится ориентироваться,
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2018-07-20

Нурлан: По мне, так это вполне нормальный хвост Центральноазиатского канюка, то есть мохноногого курганника. (Птицы Казахской ССР, там рисунок есть,
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2018-07-17

Анна Ясько: Я пока перенесу на определение, может будут еще мнения - бледная береговушка или нет.

2018-07-06

Анна Ясько: Перенесла пока на определение.

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