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Urban Birding. Who winters, who will fly?

2016-10-30 | Askar Isabekov

Today me and Natali Kim visited Komsomolsky island. Most of significant observed birds are separated to two groups: new ducks and little passerines. The latter can be also separated to two groups: common winter visitors and surprisingly belated migrans.Ducks. In the dispersed small flocks of Mallards we watched 2 Common Teals, 3 Wigeons, 2 Tufted Ducks. All these ducks more likely stay to rest and feed, and will fly away after one or two days. But the observed two days ago Goldeneyes and one Smew probably arrived to wintering.Little passerines. Common winter visitors or residents: Great Tits, Coal Tits, Willow Tits, Goldcrests, Sparrows. Uncommon to this season birds: Bluethroat and Tree Pipit; this birds were feeding on the snow-free water border. More likely both Bluethroat and Pipit are belated migrants. Yesterday in Dzhambul park I watched one Lesser Whitethroat (was looking for insects in fir-tree) and at least 3 Hume’s Warblers. Lesser Whitethroats winters in Almaty, I regularly [...... read more ]


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Лунная поляна-БАО-Космостанция-БАП-пик Турист-Алмаарасан-Сункар 10-12 октября 2016

2016-10-28 | Svetlana Baskakova

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......Каким ветром занесло,

2016-10-27 | Serg Silan

В ночь с 24 на 25 октября пошел небольшой снег. Над Иртышом подул ветер, который все усиливался и усиливался, пока не превратился в настоящую бурю. Сквозь шум ветра, где-то в вышине слышался печальный голос птиц, застигнутых внезапно начатой непогодой.....крики были похожи на гоготание гусей, но сквозь снежную мглу самих птиц не было видно......... Под утро 27 октября на одной из галечных отмелей Иртыша стояла одинокая птица. При приближении человека, обессилевшая птица не пыталась не взлететь, не убежать, а лишь с удивлением смотрела на приближавшегося [...... read more ]


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Eastern Kazakhstan, Gerasimovka. Rustic Bunting.

2016-10-25 | Askar Isabekov

The short tour to silverberry thickets at Gerasimovka village with Viktor Kolesnikov and Rimma Kim. Very cloudy weather, the frost was not felt in the beginning but was explicite in the end of trip. Birds were a lot because the food is a lot of course. Birds were feeding both in the silverberry trees and on the sunflower field (large harvest). The most numerous species: Greenfinches, Bramblings-Chaffinches, Black-throated Thrushes, Filedfares, Yellowhammers; each of these species from 50 to 300 birds. The less numerous species: Reed Buntings, Great Tits, Azure Tits, Linnets – about two tens of each. And only individuals of Rustic Bunting (1), Howfinch (1), Redwing (1-3). We saw Sparrowhawk was hunting to little passerines; but Great Grey Shrike caught the little mice on the sunflower field, it was surprise to me. Birds of the day to me are Redwing and Rustic Bunting. Rustic Buntnig was feeding in the reeds together with Reed Buntings and flew away with the flock, I tried to find it but [...... read more ]


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С одного места!!!

2016-10-24 | Malik Nukusbekov

Я нашел интересное место, по нашей улицей. Каждый день иду туда наблюдать птиц. Там густой кустарник который по ограду. Вчера не отходя с этого места наблюдал птиц и получилось очень интересно.На кустике прыгала черногорлая завирушка, пока я ждал что бы сделать хорошую кадр, надомной пролетели хищники, вокруг куста кормились и летали туда-суда мелочи. В течение 30 - 45 минута у меня поучилось вот такой список... [...... read more ]


Ust-Kamenogorsk. Left-side Park.

2016-10-23 | Askar Isabekov

Dank and overcast weather. Birding in Left-side Park. Park is very large and very pleasure to walking. In the morning birds are a bit perhaps because there is very cold. The first spot of birds activity is the thickets near labyrinth. We tried to attract Willow tits by sound but not only Willow Tits but Coal Tits, Great Tits came to us. Also Siskins, Long-tailed Rosefinch and Cetti’s Warbler flew to thickets but it’s may be coincidence. We tried to attract the Cetti’s Warbler too; bird twice left the bushes but a short time. Then we walked in the birch grove the place of Woodpeckers; we saw four Great Spotted Woodpeckers but either in fly or very far. Birds of pray: White-tailed Sea-Eagle and Sparrowhawk. Park is very nice place to birding; I think need to repeat the trip but in sunny day. [...... read more ]


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Ust-Kamenogorsk. Irtysh river side.

2016-10-22 | Askar Isabekov

Urban Birding in Ust-kamenogorsk with Rimma Kim and Natalia Kim. Weather is cold, mostly cloudy in morning and sunny after midday. Trip by the right side of Irtysh river from the city beach to the dispensary (Profilaktory). Quite a lot of people especially with dogs, perhaps there is event of dogs lovers. Birds: a lot of tits, mostly Great Tits but we also noticed one Coal tit and some Willow Tits. In some spots there were Leaf Warblers (Chiffchaffs and Hume’s Warblers); Woodpeckers – twice White-backed and four Lesser Spotted. On the open water there were Mallards and Goosanders. Birds of pray: in morning fog the Goshawk flew by accompanied by Crows, then three times we watched flying Sparrowhawk (probably same bird), once we scared Upland Buzzard from the poplar, and in the city we noticed flying by Steppe Eagle. The last one is surprise to me because in the end of October Steppe Eagles were observed only in the Southern Kazakhstan. [...... read more ]


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Urban Birding. Ust-Kamenogorsk.

2016-10-21 | Askar Isabekov

Morning, 8am. Dzhambul Park. Weather is very nice, almost sunny and cold. Thrushes were eating berries (viburnum, barberry, but mostly little apples). I saw two Blackbirds, two Fieldfares and many Black-throated Thrushes. The local Blackbirds are very shy unlike ones in Almaty. Also in park I watched Great Tits, Nuthatch and about five Hume’s Warblers.After the park I decided to visit the Irtysh river side. Though I went to river about 9.30am the birds were a bit. Usually numerous Rock Pigeons were invisible. First time there were a bit of Ducks too. But later two large flocks of Gulls (while not id) appeared; one flock was a long time soaring above the island, then flew away. Then a large wedge of Cormorants flew away to the East, then I twice saw Gooslanders moving upstream. And then I spotted 6 barn Swallows. After October 21st I recorded Barn Swallows only October 25th in Sorbulak and twice in November beginning in Mangyshlak, but both of record point are at least 1000 km to south [...... read more ]


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Медео

2016-10-20 | Alexey Kurochkin

Утром выехал в Медео. Выше от дамбы на реке отметил парочку бурых оляпок, и на дамбе горного конька. на склоне в зарослях сквозь растительность снял когото неопределенного. У восточного края дамбы заметил парящего над перевалом в ущелье Кимасар молодого беркута. Решил прогулятся по перевалу. Еще внизу мне попозировал крапивник. По ходу вверх отметил двух красномпинных горихвосток, парочку черногорлых завирушек и похоже одну альпийскую. вместе с черногорлыми завирушками, хорошо попозировал князек. На пол пути наверх встретил стайку гималайских [...... read more ]


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Peregrine Falcon in Ust-Kamenogorsk

2016-10-08 | Askar Isabekov

Yesterday in Ust-Kamenogorsk there was the rain turning into the first of this autumn snow. Today is mostly cloudy weather but without precipitation. I again went to the riverside. Noticed the hybrid Crow and thought that this crow may be the most important record of today. But then I watched two other hybrid Crows. And interesting records still to come. When there are Gulls and Cormorants in the island in middle of river this is a normal. But the Barn Swallows flying over the island is interesting record. Yesterday there was a snow but today I watch Swallows! When I photographed Swallows I noticed the movement on island; little birds flew from stones, then Gulls flew from ground, and then I saw the middle-size bird low level flying above the birds group in island. It was Peregrine Falcon. Falcon made a circle from the island and flew directly above me. It not got into the frame; camera not focused to it; very close is bad too. In the site’s gallery there is the series by Vladimir Shefer [...... read more ]


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rare birds records


Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus)

© Anna Yasko
2017-10-02
Aktau, Mangystau region

The new species of the fauna of Kazakhstan. Eyebrowed Thrush is distributed from the east of Western Siberia (approximately to the line of Tomsk) to the Pacific Ocean. Vagrants were recorded in Western Europe.


Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Alexandr Fedulin
2017-10-05
Korgalzhin v.

The second record in Kurgaldzhinho. Three birds were observed. The first bird was recorded on Kulanotpes river on September 29th 1960. (Krivitsky et al, 1985).


Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus)

© Mark Pestov
2017-05-13
Southern Ustyurt

The second record of this species in Kazakhstan. Two birds were observed on trees near the railway junction Taigyr in the Karakiyan district of Mangystau region. In the latest research of birds of Mangyshlak, Ustyurt and Peninsula Buzachi B.M. Gubin (2015) mentions the records of 31th August and 8th September 2010, when Patrick Palmen took the photos of the female bird in Fetisovo village.


Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
2017-07-24
VKO Katon-Karagay

The first evidence of the nesting this species on the Altai Tarbagatai Ridge in the Katon-Karagai National Park, where it was previously assumed to be Y.A. Kotukhov. He observed there a worried female bird on the mountain pass Burkhat (Starikov, 2006). First in breeding season for the territory of Kazakhstan it was noted on the Ivanovo Ridge in 1969, species later turned out to be common in the damp dark coniferous forest areas not only of Ivanovo, but also of the Lineysky ridge (Shcherbakov, 1974, 1978).

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Big Year 2017

1. Askar Isabekov (306)
2. Alexandr Belyaev (235)
3. Gennadiy Dyakin (190)
4. Boris Gubin (189)
5. Anna Yasko (189)
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unidentified birds


2017-10-20

Юрий Малков: Помогите определиться.С последующим удалением-так как снята в Сибири.Слёток европейская горихвостка чернушки?Если так-то это ещё немного
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2017-10-17

Анна Ясько: Альберт, есть ли фото, где видны пестрины на боках? Чисто визуально, я бы сказала, что это лесной конек: клюв довольно толстый и основание подклювья
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2017-10-15

Анна Ясько: Похож, только тот взрослый (и все же непонятно у него с цевками, неужели все же оперенные?). Может это та пара начудила? Шучу, но вдруг?

2017-09-21

Олег Белялов: Да, Анна, в этом случае нельзя и зелёную исключать. Иногда светлая полоса едва различима, а очень ярко смотрится видимо только у первогодков.
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