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Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-11-27 | Askar Isabekov

Sunny morning. The flock of about 40 Waxwings flew above the Square. The Black-throated Thrushes were about 2 dozens. Under the bushes on the open ground the Blackbirds were raking up fall leaves; with Blackbirds there were the little bird, probably Robin, but I am not sure because bird hid in the bush. Two Lesser Whitethroats ate the frozen berries but were very active. A lot of Bramblings. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-11-26 | Askar Isabekov

8.30 am, sunny morning. I noted the flock of Waxwings I observed yesterday, one Lesser Whitethroat and two Goldcrests. These are only uncommon birds and only short morning visit! [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square.

2012-11-25 | Askar Isabekov

Sunny, cold day. Generally I planned to find wintering Warblers, and I found one Barred Warbler and two Lesser Whitethroats. All Warblers were very active, so it means they easily survived the night cold (about -15-17 C). So I was pleased, but the most interesting observations were to come. From a distance I saw the flock of flying birds which were same to Mynahs by size and by flight. However it was not visible white on wings. Flock grounded on thuja, I moved closer and saw that they were Waxwings. Flock flew away but after a short time birds came back in two flocks. At the same tuyah thickets where waxwings foraged the Blackbirds, two Black-throated Thrushes and one Redwing (my lifer) were feeding too. Other noticed uncommon birds: Greenfinches, Siskins flock, one Goldcrest and numerous Bramblings. [...... read more ]


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Republic Square

2012-11-21 | Askar Isabekov

Weather is cloudy. At morning I passed through the Square. Warblers were not noticed. I didn’t hope to see any birds, because the birds’ activity in the winter time begin not so early, but later, about 10 am, when the sun warms the air and berries. But surprisingly there were birds on Square. The winter guests of our city which I noted were the flock of Black-throated Thrushes about 20 birds, several Greenfinches and the numerous Bramblings. [...... read more ]


Sorbulak, Zhana Arna

2012-11-18 | Askar Isabekov

In early morning we was in the riparian grove near Zhana Arna village. This grove looks very similar to riparian forest of Chagan river in Western Kazakhstan: dense trees, a thick layer of leaves under the feet. In grove and in djida thickets we saw a lot of birds, most interesting of them were Howfinch, Barbarian Falcon, White-winged Woodpecker, Wood Pigeon.Then we went to Sorbulak and again come round it. Birds were same as yesterday, plus Black-headed Goldfinches. [...... read more ]


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Sorbulak.

2012-11-17 | Askar Isabekov

The sunny but cold and windy day. We drove around Big Sorbulak but birds already were not so many. Around all the lake we saw Whooper Swans in groups of about one-two dozen birds; also we saw Mute Swans but in much less number. Ducks were seen badly because the strong wind caused larger waves, in midday time numerous Ruddy Shelducks appeared at the south sandy coast. Also we saw several flocks of Bean Geese. In shelterbelts of Little Sorbulak it was interesting to observe the flock of Red-fronted Serins. [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Republic Square.

2012-11-11 | Askar Isabekov

At 9 am birds were not active, there were not Mynahs and Crows when the sun rised. But at 10 am birds began active feeding. Today’s objects were the Warblers, I found both Barred Warbler and Lesser Whitethroats (at least 4 birds) [...... read more ]


Kimasar gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2012-11-10 | Askar Isabekov

Excursion to Kimasar with Oleg Belyalov. The weather was overcast but in first half of day we saw many birds. Raptors (Lammergeier and Eastern Buzzard) were soaring in the sky, Three-toed Woodpecker was heard in spruce forest, quite numerous flocks of Crossbills and White-winged Grosbeaks permanently darted back and forth. We could only spare the lack of sun. Generally I satisfied the excursion in spite of no of good photos. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square.

2012-11-04 | Askar Isabekov

So very overcast weather that at 2.00 pm it seemed that it was late evening. But despite the murky weather it was able to see both Warblers and many other birds. Most notable birds in the Square were Mynahs and House Sparrows hundreds of which ate up berries on trees and peck the seeds in the grass. I observed as the Rook hid the walnut under the stone. I always have the question - Where Rooks find the walnuts? Now I have another question - Do birds stock forage on wintering sites? Also I saw (the second time) Rats in the crown of thuja. Is it dangerous to sleeping in the spruce branches Warblers? [...... read more ]


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rare birds records


Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii)

© Aleksandr Putilin
2019-07-10

Rare and northernmost record in Kazakhstan. Forth record, prevoius three ones were in South-Easthern Kazakhstan: July 4th 2009, December 7th 2013 (both Sorbilak lake), and from December 13, 2014 to January 24, 2015 (Taldykurgan).


Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus)

© Alexandr Fedulin
2019-06-12
Korgalzhyn, Akmola oblast.

New species for Kazakhstan.


Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

© Andrey Borodin
2019-05-29



Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)

© Anna Yasko
2019-05-08
Aktau, Mangystau region

The second record of the Woodchat Shrike in Kazakhstan. The first one was recorded on May 3, 2015, also in Aktau (Mangistau).

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