birdwatching blogs

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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 ]


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

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: Анна, действительно, бывают и бекасы с таким исподом крыла. У нас бекасы довольно редки, и у наблюдал только светлый испод. Теперь буду знать.Я


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


Ясько Анна: На мой взгляд, пропорции у этих двух птиц одинаковые. Сидящая птица также по пропорциям на канюка не похожа (маленькая голова).Кстати, вот


Николай Балацкий: Однозначно, что ремез. Голова в анфас, то есть клювом к фотографу.

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