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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.

Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus)

© Alexandr Belyaev

2017-10-15
Almatinskaja obl., Nac. park Altyn-JEmel', Ajnabulak



Rare birds in South-Eastern Kazakhstan, and first record for "Alty-Emel" National Park.

Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

© Yuriy Malkov

2017-10-22
karabalik



Rare vagrant for the Kustanai region. Previously vagrant birds were recorded in the Naurzum reserve in the autumn of 1974 and 1993. (Bragin, Bragina, 2002).

European Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros gibraltariensis)

© Yuriy Malkov

2016-08-12



The first breeding record of Phoenicurus ochruros gibraltariensis in Kazakhstan! Previously was recorded on migration in Mangyshlak, Northern Caspian, Northern Kazakhstan (Naurzum) and Central Kazakhstan (Kurgaldzhino). European Black Redstart inhabits the south of Europe. In recent decades, this subspecies settled almost to the Urals. Birds with nesting behavior were recorded in the middle of summer in the South Urals reserve and its environs (Lastukhin et al., 2016), and also in the vicinity of Yekaterinburg (Lyakhov, 2014). There are known cases of successful nesting in Western Siberia: in Tyumen (Grazhdan, 2010) and Novosibirsk (Zhimulev et al, 2011). This record complements the general picture of the expansion of European subspecies to the east.

Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2017-10-22
Sorbulak lake, Almaty region



Very rare vagrant species.

Black-throated Thrush (Turdus atrogularis)

© Yuriy Malkov

2017-10-17
karabalik



The first record of the species for the Kustanai region. The bird was feeding by wild apple trees fruits in the forest planting together with Fieldfares and Redwings.

Hume's Warbler (Phylloscopus humei)

© Aleksey Timoshenko

2017-10-16
Karamendy vill., Naurzumn reg., Kostanay oblast



The second record of Hume’s Warbler in the Nauruzum reserve. The first one was recorded by A.Timoshenko on October 18, 2014.

Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

© Malik Nukusbekov

2017-10-16
Ertai. Zhambyl oblast.



This is the first photo fixation of this species in Karatau. The first one was recorded on September 14,2002 in the willow trees in the Karagur river.
Чаликова Е.С., Колбинцев В.Г. К орнитофауне Каратау и Боролдайтау // Selevinia, 2005. С. 110-116.

Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Andrey Kovalenko

2017-10-12
North-west area of Kaspian Sea, Kashagan, Kayran island.



The first record of the species in the region of Caspian Sea. The nearest record was in the east of the Aktobe region at 60 km to the north-east from the Irgiz village. (Timoshenko, 2012).

Eurasian Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus samamisicus)

© Askar Isabekov

2017-10-03
Gorge. Kenderli bay. Mangistau.



The fourth record of the Eurasian Redstart (Ph.ph.samamisicus) in the territory of Kazakhstan. This is the first record on the autumn migration. The bird was recorded by Askar Isabekov and Alexander Belyaev. Before the vagrant was shot in Mangyshlak (Mitropolsky, 1965); also spring observations were on April 20, 2016 in Aktau, Mangistau region (A. Yasko, birds.kz) and April 28, 2016 in the Chagan floodplain in the West Kazakhstan region (A.Isabekov, birds.kz).

Eurasian Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus samamisicus)

© Andrey Kovalenko

2017-10-10
North-west area of Kaspian Sea, Kashagan.



The fifth record for Kazakhstan and the second for this autumn season.

Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Galina Kondratenko

2017-10-16



Rare record for Almaty region. In Almaty region were recorded in Sorbulak on October 2, 2011 (V. Fedorenko, O. Belyalov, www.birds.kz) and in Almaty city on December 19, 2013 (A. Isabekov, www.birds.kz).

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.
The new record was at breeding season, so these two birds could be a sign to the breeding in the region (O. Belyalov, oral report). This record complements the present knowledge and indicates to the pronounced tendency of expansion the breeding range of species which was recorded in recent years in this areas where it wasn’t observed before (Koblik, Arkhipov, 2014). During the Soviet period only one record of this species was known, at April 15th, 1952 in Turkmenistan (Dementyev, 1954). Now vagrant birds were registered in Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia and Russia (Krasnodarsky Krai), but the potential breeding sites are expected for Turkmenistan (Koblik, Arkhipov, 2014).

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).

Pallas's Reed Bunting (Emberiza pallasi)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

2017-07-20
VKO Katon-Karagay



Male, female and juvenile bird were photographed by V.Vorobyov at the Maral lake located in Katon-Karagaysky state national nature park. It's new breeding spot. In the Kazakh part of the Altai the Pallas’s Reed Bunting breeds in the Ukok Plateau in the sources of the river Bukhtarma (Shcherbakov, 1991) and on the South-Altai Ridge in the sources of Kara-Kaba (Berezovikov, Starikov, 1991).

Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)

© Anna Yasko

2017-07-24
Aktau, Mangystau region



The second record of breeding Spotted Flycatchers in Mangyshlak. The first one was found at 50 km to the north of the station Beineu (Levin, Karyakin, 2005).

Striated Scops-Owl (Otus brucei)

© Oleg Belyalov

2017-05-31
Almaty region



This is the first record of Striated Scops-Owl in National Park “Altyn Emel”. The mating call was observed on Mynbulak cordon. Quill feathers of one of the bird were considerably curved and spread which means the bird was staying in its hollow. Although the nest was not found, these observations point to nesting. The most eastern one meeting was on May 24, 2002 in the floodplain of the river Ile at the end of the Malay-Sarah ridge, where the voices of the pair were marked. (Gavrilov, 2002). This record is 150 km further to the east.
Belyalov O.V About the record of Otus brucei in the national park "Altyn-Emel" and a new idea of the distribution of the species in the north and north-east of the area // Rus. ornithol. journal. 2017, Vol. 26 (1457): 2411-2417.

Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

2017-06-05
VKO Kurchum



The first photo on birds.kz site.

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)

© Konstantin Andrussenko

2017-04-01
Ust-Kamenogorsk



The second record of Harlequin Duck during the winter-spring period of 2017 on the Irtysh River.

White's Thrush (Zoothera dauma varia)

© Sergey Domashevsky

2017-05-20
Betpakdala desert. Southern Kazakhstan.



For the first time a vagrant bird was recorded in Betpakdala and in general a rare record for Kazakhstan.

Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

© Alexandr Katuncev

2017-06-20



First photo record of species in Western Kazakhstan in breeding time.

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)

© Ilya Smelansky

2017-06-19
Northern face, Ustyurt Plateau, Aktobe Prov.



The first record for a desert region between the Caspian and Aral Seas. The bird was feeding on a goat's-wheat and a pyrethrum.The nearest breeding ranges for The Red Crossbill are in the Southern Urals (more than 600 km from the site of this record). In the years of poor harvest of conifers seeds they widely roam from the area of their distribution in any direction, flying even into the desert. The nearest known vagrants are on Emba, where the crossbills were marked by S. N. Varshavsky-fed seeds of some cornflower (Kovshar, 1974) and vagrants into the lower reaches of the Ural.
Kovshar A.F Race Red Crossbill - Loxia // Birds of Kazakhstan, vol.5, Alma-Ata, 1974: 320-331

Oriental Cuckoo (Cuculus saturatus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

2017-06-18
VKO Katon-Karagay



This is the first photo fixation of species on birds.kz.

Black-faced Bunting (Ocyris spodocephalus)

© Natalya Borovaya

2017-06-27
poselie Black Uba, VKO



This is the first record for more than 80 years. Only a single record is known at wintering in the Zaisan hollow (Zalesskie, 1931), N.A. Zarudnyi got the vagrants on April 6, 1912 and October 25, 1913 near Tashkent. From the main list of ornithofauna this species was excluded in 2005 by E.I Gavrilov (Gavrilov E., Gavrilov A., 2005) due to the lack of records for a long period.
Gavrilov E. I., Gavrilov A. E. "The Birds of Kazakhstan", Almaty, 2005

Common Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos)

© Anna Yasko

2017-05-08
Saura, Mangystau



This is a rare record for Mangyshlak. There were only a few records in Fetisovo: one bird was on May 3, 2005; The singing of males was heard on May 11 and 23 in 2005 and 2006; one bird was feeding near a hedge on May 15-17, 2012 (Gubin, 2015).
Gubin B.M. Ornithofauna of the Mangyshlak peninsula // Birds of the deserts of Kazakhstan. Book 1. Almaty 2015. P. 22-149.

White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucura)

© Andrey Kovalenko

2017-05-13
Kanshengel, Almaty area.



That was a rare vagrant species in the Semirechye. The nearest places where the breeding range was known is the lower reaches of the river Chu, west of this meeting something about 500 kilometers. For a long time, birds were met in the lower reaches of the river Ile - June 24, 1933 in the tract Miyaly and June 21, 1942 on the lake Akkol (Sludsky, 1953; Dolgushin, 1962). In the last decade, they were marked twice: 1. On July 21 and 23, 2006 (Bevza, 2011), a young bird was seen in the Karachingil tract (lower reaches of the Turgen river); 2. It was photographed at Sorbulak on July 27, 2013 (G. Dyakin, A. Fokina, www.birds.kz).

Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)

© Anna Yasko

2017-05-09
Aktau, Mangystau



It was a rare record for Mangyshlak. Before that, records are known on June 1-2, 1888, in the region of the Sherkala mountain and the Akmysh springs, on May 6, 1947 near of Fort-Shevchenko, on May 7, 1964 in the tract Danga and May 17, 2009 near the Kaunda hollow.
Gubin B.M. Ornithofauna of the Mangyshlak peninsula // Birds of the deserts of Kazakhstan. Book 1. Almaty 2015. P. 22-149.

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

2017-04-23
Sorbulak, Almaty region



That was the fourth record of this species for Semirechye and the third for the Sorbulak system.

Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis saxatilis)

© Alexandr Fedulin

2017-04-15



This was a rare record for the Teniz-Korgalzhinsky region. Before that, only five records had been known: in 1980 and 1983 (Krivitsky et al., 1985), in 2005 (V. Khrokov, oral communication), one female bird in Karazhar, on May 13, 2009, one male bird in Korgalzhyn village on May 22, 2011 (J. Kamp, oral communication).
Koshkin A.V Ornithofauna of the Teniz-Korgalzhyn region (Central Kazakhstan) // Rus. ornithol. journal. 2017, Vol. 26, no. 1415: 909-956.

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Alexandr Belyaev

2017-03-27
Almatinskaja obl.. g. Taldykorgan



For the first time, it was noted for the Dzhungar Alatau region, in general, it is a rare record for the entire Semirechie region, where it was only observed on Sorbulak on May 30, 1995 (Erokhov, 2002) and on April 11, 1999 (Grachev, 2002).

Wood Lark (Lullula arborea)

© Ainur Iskakova

2017-04-07



It was a very rare vagrant species for Kazakhstan and the second photofixation on the site. Before this, Wood Lark was photographed in Fort-Shevchenko on 12 March, 2016, by Aisagali Kydyr.

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

2017-03-21
South Kazakhstan



A rare record in the territory of Kazakhstan outside the Caspian Sea.

Mediterranean Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus brookei)

© Anatoly Levin

2016-06-02
Caspian see north-east part



The first record of the Mediterranean Peregrine Falcon (Falco Peregrinus brookei) in the territory (territorial waters) of Kazakhstan.

Western Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)

© Ivan Bevza

2017-02-04



It was a rare winter record of the species for Semirechie. Before this, one bird was photographed on a plain adjoining the southern coast of the Kapchagai Reservoir on December 17, 2016 (G. Dyakin, birds.kz), one bird was observed on the river Chu in the area near Kordai village in January 2008 (Belyalov, Karpov, 2009).

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)

© Alexandr Katuncev

2014-12-11
Актау



The first photo of the species in the winter.

Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)

© Oleg Belyalov

2017-01-02
Almaty region



That was the fourth winter record of a Dalmatian Pelican in the South-East of Kazakhstan. The first two records were in December 1998 at Sorbulak and in 2007 in the Alakol hollow (Berezovikov, 2008). Another meeting at Sorbulak was on December 27, 2014 (O. Belyalov, www.birds.kz).
Berezovikov N.N. 2008. Winter records of the Dalmatian Pelicans Pelecanus crispus on the reservoirs of South-Eastern Kazakhstan // Rus. ornithol. journal. 17 (413): 613-614

Rosy Starling (Sturnus roseus)

© Aisagali Kadirov

2017-01-18
Tupkaragan, Mangystau.



The first winter record of Rosy Starling in Kazakhstan.

Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

© Anna Yasko

2017-01-12
Aktau, Mangystau



Rare winter record of Black Kite in Kazakhstan. Previously recorded in winter time in Almaty oblast (Karpov, Belyalov, 2009; Berezovikov, 2014; Karpov, no pub) and in Mangysjlak (Yasko, www.birds.kz; V.Kovshar, no pub).

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.

White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)

© Malik Nukusbekov

2017-01-10
Taraz vicinity



Twelve White Storks were recorded by Malik Nukusbekov 10 of January, 2017 near Taraz city. It's first record of group wintering of White Storks in Kazakhstan, and the second winter record in Taraz vicinity, the first one was 10 of January, 1992 (Kolbintsev, 1992). Also winter records of single birds are known to south from Shymkent.

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)

© Askar Isabekov

2016-12-18
Ust-Kamenogorsk. Strelka.



First reliable record of Harlequine Duck in Kazakhstan. There is only note of E.A.Eversmann (1866) about winter records in the lakes of southern steppes, but this record is too unclear. Near the borders of Kazakhstan recorded only at Nezhinka village near Orenburg where male duck was shot by N.A.Zarudny (1888). Both records related to the second half of XIX centure.

Red-throated Thrush (Turdus ruficollis)

© Ivan Bevza

2016-12-15



Rare winter visitor for Almaty region.

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)

© Anna Yasko

2016-12-13
Aktau, Mangystau



Third record of the species in Kazakhstan, confirmed by photography. The first two records were December 9, 2014 in Bautino (Katuncev, www.birds.kz) and December 12, 2014 near Aktau (Katuncev, Isabekov, www.birds.kz).

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

© Anna Yasko

2016-12-03
Aktau, Mangystau



This is a new species for Kazakhstan and Central Asia. Ring-billed Gull inhabits in Northern America, but annually vagrant birds recorded in Western Europe and rarer observed in Central and Northern Europe. This is the first record of this bird in Caspian Sea coast. Probably the same bird was photographed in flock with Common Gulls (Larus canus) in the same place 7th of January and 5th of November 2015 (Yasko, www.birds.kz) but was identified only recently.

Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides virgo)

© Malik Nukusbekov

2016-12-02



Very late and the only one known winter record of Demoiselle Cranes. Usually the autumn migration of Demoiselle Cranes occurs from late August to early September. The latest records on the Chokpak Pass refer to the end of October.

Siberian Accentor (Prunella montanella)

© Aleksey Timoshenko

2016-11-09
Karamendy vill., Naurzumn reg., Kostanay oblast



Second record of Siberian Accentor in Naurzum Reserve, second photo record on site birds.kz

European Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros gibraltariensis)

© Aleksey Koshkin

2016-10-15
Korgalzhin



First record of European Blackstart (Phoenicurus ochruros gibraltariensis) in autumn. Before this record it observed four times in spring (March-April).

Coal Tit (Parus ater ater)

© Anna Yasko

2016-11-11
Aktau, Mangystau



Thirs record in Mangyshlak. Two previous were 57 years ago in November 1959 (pair and flock) (Poslavsky ect, 1964).

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)

© Vladimir Muravskiy

2016-11-01
K-28, Karasay District, Almaty Region



First photo record to South-Eastern Kazakhstan.

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

© Serg Silan

2016-11-06
Eastern Kazakhstan



Second record of straggler Flamingo in Irtysh river near Serebryansk city.

Siberian Accentor (Prunella montanella)

© Malik Nukusbekov

2016-11-06
Zhualy valley. Ertai.



Rare straggler bird. The first photo record in Kazakhstan.

Naumann's Thrush (Turdus naumanni)

© Ivan Bevza

2016-11-05
Almaty region



The first recors of Naumann's Thrush in Kazakhstan.

Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

© Anna Yasko

2016-11-05
Kuryk, Mangystau



The first record of Long-tailed Tits in Mangyshlak.

Baikal Bullfinch (Pyrrhula cineracea)

© Yuriy Malkov

2016-10-18



The westernmost photo record of Baikal Bullfinch. In Kazakhstan only one more western report is known: the vagrant in mouth of Ural river near Atyrau in 18th October 1975.

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

© Serg Silan

2016-10-27
Eastern Kazakhstan



Recent years (2013,2015) some vagrant juvenile Flamingos were found in Siberia, Russia and Xinjiang far from breeding sites mostly in later October. In October 27th, 2016 wounded and exhausted juvenile Flamingo was found in the riverside of Irtysh near Serebryansk city.

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

© Viktor Kolesnikov

2016-10-14
VKO



Th third record in Kazakhstan. On October 16, 1927 one bird was caught by E.Spangenberg in Szhulek village (Syr Darya); on February 16, 2013 photographed by V.Fedorenko near Almaty.

Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius sewerzowii)

© Alexandr Katuncev

2016-10-24



Rare straggler in lower Ural river.

White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala)

© Alexandr Fedulin

2016-09-15



During the first half of September 2016 the officers of Kurgaldzhino reserve and ASBK recorded about 20000 White-headed Ducks on the lakes of Kurgaldzhino lakes, including 8000 ducks in Esei lake and 9300 ducks in Saumalkol lake at September 15-16.

Western Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach erythronotus)

© Fedor Sarayev

2016-08-14
Atyrau. Victory park.



First breeding record to European part of Kazakhstan.

Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)

© Askar Isabekov

2016-06-09
isatai. Atyrau oblast.



Rare record

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)

© Yevgeny Belousov

2016-07-23
South Kazakhstan, Chushkakol lake.



Rare record to the Southern Kazakhstan. In former times breeds in the lower reaches of the Syr Darya. Also recorded on Sorbulak near Almaty (30 May 1982). Breeding area and all other records related to the western part of Kazakhstan.

Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida)

© Yevgeny Belousov

2016-07-22
South Kazakhstan, Chushkakol lake.



Rare record to Southern Kazakhstan.

Common Mynah (Acridotheres tristis)

© Aisagali Kadirov

2016-06-30
Tupkaragan, Mangystau.



Probably first record of Common Mynah in Mandyshlak.

Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)

© Anna Yasko

2016-07-28
Aktau, Mangystau



First record of breeding of Common Cuckoo in Mangyshlak.

European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

© Yuriy Malkov

2016-07-11



First to Birds.kz record of European Robin in breeding time.

Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)

© Alexandr Fedulin

2016-07-03



First photo record of species in Kurgaldzhino.

Eurasian Linnet (Acanthis cannabina cannabina)

© Yuriy Malkov

2016-05-31
Kostanai oblast, Karabalyk region, Toguzak river, Terentievka village area.



First record of couple in breeding time in Kustanai oblast.

Yellow-breasted Bunting (Emberiza aureola)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

2016-06-16
VKO Katon-Karagay



The first photo of male Yellow-breasted Bunting on birds.kz site.

Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis meena)

© Askar Isabekov

2016-05-25
Krasny Svet. Western Kazakhstan.



Rare probably first record of Oriental Turtle Dove in European territory at breeding time. The closest breeding sites in Kazakhstan are in Kustanai oblast (780 km). Probably there are closer breeding sites in Southern Ural in Russian Federation.

Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach)

© Askar Isabekov

2016-06-17
Atyrau. Victory park.



Recorded June 14, 2016 by finnish birdwatcher Ilkka Sahi in Victory park, Atyrau. June 25, 2016 Feodor Sarayev observed two birds in the same place. August 12, 1987 recorded in Beineu (440 km from Atyrau) Closest breeding areas are in Syrdaria river and Bukhara oazis (1100 km).

Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica melanoleuca 'aurita')

© Askar Isabekov

2016-06-01
Inderborsk. Atyrau oblast.



Couple of Black-eared Wheatears were observed during 5 days on territory of das station near Inderborsk (Atyrau oblast). The northernmost record of the Black-eared Wheatear (170 km north of Atyrau, where it was observed June 26, 2009, June 10 2013, by Victoria Kovshar).

Eurasian Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus samamisicus)

© Anna Yasko

2016-04-20
Aktau, Mangystau



The second record of Eurasian Redstart (P.p.samamisicus) in Kazakhstan, previously vagrant bird was shot in Mangyshlak too (Mitropolsky, 1965).

Guldenstadt's Redstart (Phoenicurus erythrogaster)

© Malik Nukusbekov

2016-03-06



The forth record in Karatau. Once recorded in Boraldai (Gavrilov, 1999). In Kokbulak gorge two birds were observed at March 28, 2012 (Chalikova, 2012). Near Bazhi path one bird recorded (S.Domashevsky).

Common Stonechat (Saxicola torquata)

© Malik Nukusbekov

2016-01-17



First winter record in Kazakhstan.

Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata)

© Ivan Bevza

2015-09-05
Turgen river. Almaty oblast.



Second record for Almaty region

Greater Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)

© Alexandr Katuncev

2016-01-10



Third winter record in Kazakhstan. Previous records: one bird at December 12, 2010 (Karakol), three birds at December 14, 2011 (Karpov, Kovshar, 2011).

Black-throated Accentor (Prunella atrogularis atrogularis)

© Alexandr Fedulin

2016-02-13
Korgalzhyn village



It was the first wintering of Black-Throared Accenter of nominative subspecies in Central Kazakhstan.

Coal Tit (Parus ater rufipectus)

© Malik Nukusbekov

2016-01-01
Southern Kazakhstan. Sairam Ugam National Park. Saraigir.



That was the second vagrant into the Kazakh part of the Western Tiаn Shan. The first bird was in Aksu Dzhabagly on December 15, 1996 (Kolbintsev, 1999). The nearest breeding range for Coal Tit P.a rufipectus are in spruce forests on the Chatkalskyi Range (Sary Chilek Reserve in Kyrgyzstan), 130 km to the southeast of the place of this record.

Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)

© Anna Yasko

2016-01-04
Aktau, Mangystau



The first event of wintering in Kazakhstan.

Masked Wagtail (Motacilla personata)

© Alexandr Belyaev

2016-01-01
Almatinskaja obl. okrest. g. Taldykorgana



The most northernmost of wintering of Masked Wagtail.

White-crowned Penduline Tit (Remiz coronatus)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

2015-12-13
Almaty region, Bayserke



The rare record of wintering of the White-crowned Penduline Tit

Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea melanope)

© Askar Isabekov

2015-12-16
Almaty. Big Almaty river.



The second winter record of The Grey Wagtail. The first one was on January 6th,1986 (Korelov, Gubin, Levin, 1988). The Grey Wagtails start to migrate in September. The latest migrants were observed until the middle of October.

Brandt's Rosefinch (Leucosticte brandti margaritacea)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

2015-11-06
VKO Katon-Karagay.



The first photography of the bird of this subspecies and the fourth record in Kazakhstan. Since the previous records more than one hundred years have passed. No breeding records in the Kazakhstan part of Altai. The nearest breeding spots there are in the North Chu Ridge on Russian territory, in 150 km to the north-east of the place of this record. Once catched in the winter in the area of Katon-Karagai. Apparently this subspecies was described in 1904 by this specimen. The nesting of this taxon was supposed in Saur, where it was recorded in summertime of 1904 by P.P Sushkin and in 1907 by V.A.Khakhlov (Dementiev, 1937, Kovshar, 1974, Gavrilov, 1999). No new records reported up to the present time (Starikov, 2006).


Гаврилов Э.И. Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана. Алматы, 1999. 198 с. Дементьев Г.П. Птицы СССР. Воробьиные М. Л., 1937. 334 с. Ковшарь А.Ф. Род горный вьюрок. Птицы Казахстана. т. 5. Алма-Ата, 1974. С 344-362. Стариков С.В. Аннотированный список птиц Катон-Карагайского национального парка и прилегающих территорий Алтая//Труды Катон-Карагайского национального парка. Т. 1. Усть-Каменогорск, 2006. С. 147-241.

Godlewski's Bunting (Emberiza godlewskii godlewskii)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

2015-11-25
VKO Katon-Karagay



The rare wintering species at the Bukhtarma Valley. The fourth winter record of the species at these places. The previous records: on February 10, 1978 in the area of Berel village (B.V Shcherbakov), in February 2006 at Beloye village (SV Starikov), in November 25, 2015 in Katon-Karagai (V. Vorobiev, www.birds.kz). There were also two records during the autumn dispersing in the Bukhtarma Valley on September 14, 2002 (Starikov, Prokopov, 2006) and on October 6, 2007 at the Burkhat Pass (Starikov, 2008)


Стариков С.В. Аннотированный список птиц Катон-Карагайского национального парка и прилегающих территорий Алтая//Труды Катон-Карагайского национального парка. Т. 1. Усть-Каменогорск, 2006. С. 147-241. Стариков С.В. Орнитологические исследования в Катон-Карагайском национальном парке в 2007 г.//Казахстанский орнитологический бюллетень 2007. Алматы, 2008. С. 94-97. Стариков С.В., Прокопов П.К. Экспедиции. Южный Алтай//Казахстанский орнитологический бюллетень 2002. Алматы, 2002. С. 39-41.

Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica)

© Alexandr Belyaev

2015-10-28
JUzhnoe Pribalhash'e p. Akdala



The rare passage mogrant, known by the some number of records in the plain Semirechye (Gavrilov, 1999). In January 2015, for the first time recorded on the wintering near Taldykorgan (A.Belyaev, www.brds.kz)


Гаврилов Э.И. Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана. Алматы, 1999. 198 с.

Northern Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)

© Aisagali Kadirov

2015-10-31
Tupkaragan, Mangystau.



Rare vagrants for the region of Mangyshlak. Before this record two ones were known in Fort Shevchenko: in the end of the19th century. (Zarudny, 1896) and on December 13, 2009 (Kovshar, Karpov, 2009).


Зарудный Н.А. Орнитологическая фауна Закаспийского края (Северной Персии, Закаспийской области, Хивинского оазиса и равнинной Бухары)//Мат-лы к позн.фауны и флоры Рос.империи. Отд. зоол., вып. 2. 1896. С. 1-555. Ковшарь В.А., Карпов Ф.Ф. О зимней фауне птиц побережья Мангистау//Selevinia 2009. C. 133-142.

Northern Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)

© Anna Yasko

2015-11-29
Aktau, Mangystau



Rare vagrant for the region of Mangyshlak. This record of Northern Bullfinch is first for Aktau, before was recorded only in Fort-Shevchenko.

White's Thrush (Zoothera dauma varia)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2015-09-25
Zailiyskiy Alatau, Almaty region



Rare record. 50 years ago only six records of vagrants were known for Kazakhstan (Gavrilov, 1970). Later, the breeding was established, and fledglings were recorded in the Zailiysky Alatau (Gavrilov, 1974) and in Kungei Alatau (Zhuyko, 1980). Nests not found in Kazakhstan until today. Now there are several spots in Zailiyskiy Alatau where it's possible to observe this cautious bird, but mostly just typical song could be hearable.


Гаврилов Э.И. Род земляной дрозд – Zoothera//Птицы Казахстана. т. 3. 1970, с. 456-458. Гаврилов Э.И. Нахождение земляного дрозда (Zoothera dauma Lath.) на гнездовье в Казахстане. Вестник зоологии № 1, 1974. с. 84-85. Жуйко Б.П. Земляной дрозд в Кунгей Алатау (Тянь-Шань), Орнитология, выпуск 15. 1980. с. 196.

Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica)

© Malik Nukusbekov

2015-10-24



Rare vagrant. Near the point of observation, at the Chokpak ornithological station occasionally recorded on the autumn migration (Gavrilov, Gissov, 1985).

Гаврилов Э.И., Гисцов А.П. Сезонные перелеты птиц в предгорьях Западного Тянь-Шаня. Алма-ата, 1985: 223 с.

Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Malik Nukusbekov

2015-09-05



The first record of species for the region of Talas Alatau. The nearest records are known in the area of Zhuantobe village, South Kazakhstan region - October 10, 2012 (A.Vilyaev, www.birds.kz) and in the Almaty region, at Sorbulak ,on October 2, 2011 (V.Fedorenko, www.birds.kz) and in Alma -Ata - December 19, 2013 (A. Isabekov, www.birds.kz). All of these birds were photographed.

Vega (Mongolian) Gull (Larus (vegae) mongolicus)

© Natali Kim

2015-09-17
VKO, Ust-Kamenogorsk



The second record of the Mongolian Gull in Kazakhstan. Previously juvenile bird was photographed 25th of October in Ust-Kamenogorsk (A.Feldman, www.birds.kz).

Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

© Aktan Muhashov

2015-11-16



The ninth and the latest record in the region of Mangyshlak. Before recorded: May 10, 1947 - Fort-Shevchenko (Dolgushin, 1948). September 8-16, 1964 – Shevchenko town (Kovshar, 1972). 2. May 17, 1990 – Karatau mountains (Kovshar AF, 1995). 3. August 9, 1989 - Aktau (Gubin, 2015). 4. May 15, 2009 (Gubin, 2015). 5. October 15, 2013 – The Beket-Ata mosque (C. Aleinikova, www.birds.kz). 6. October 23, 2014 – Kuryk village (Isabekov, 2014). 7. April 18, 2015 - Aktau (A. Yasko, www.birds.kz). 8. April 23, 2015 - Aktau (A. Yasko, www.birds.kz)


Долгушин И.А. О фауне птиц полуострова Мангышлак//Известия АН КазССР, №63, сер. Зоол., вып. 8, 1948. С. 131-160. Губин Б.М. Орнитофауна п-ова Мангышлак//Птицы пустынь Казахстана. Книга 1. Алматы 2015. С. 22-149. Исабеков А. Орнитологические наблюдения в Мангистау осенью и зимой 2014 года//Русский орнитологический журнал 2015, Том 24, Экспресс-выпуск 1092, 2015. С. 55-72. Ковшарь А.Ф. Черноголовая славка Sylvia atricapilla//Птицы Казахстана, Алма-Ата, Т. 4. 1972. С. 173-176. Ковшарь А.Ф. Пролет птиц через Устюрт и Мангышлак весной 1990 г.//Selevinia, 1995, т. 3, № 1. С. 56-62.

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

© Oleg Belyalov

2015-08-12
Almaty region



Record of fledgling, indicating to the breeding of this species in a new point of the Northern Tian Shan located at 100 km to the east from the previously known breeding spots in the Trans-Ili Alatau. The juvenile Goshawk was recorded on the vicinity of Zhylysai by Moscow ornithologists E. Koblik and V. Ilyashenko; bird was photographed too. Apparently juvenile left the nest in the spruce groves of the nearest slope of the Kuuluktau Range, which are located near the village. For a long time it was considered the Goshawk does not breed in Tian Shan, but observed here only on migrating and wintering (Korelov, 1962). First brood was recorded in the Big Almaty gorge of the Trans-Ili Alatau in 1982 (Korelov, Pfander, 1983). Later broods were recorded in 1996 in the gorge of the Turgen river (Gubin, 2009), in the end of 1990s in the Kaskelen Gorge (O. Belyalov, oral report), and in recent years again in the Great Almaty Gorge (P. Pfander, oral report).


Губин Б.М. Встреча выводка тетеревятника в Заилийском Алатау//Казахстанский орнитологический бюллетень 2008. Алматы, 2009. С. 191. Корелов М.Н. Отряд хищные//Птицы Казахстана, т. 2. Алма-Ата, 1962. С. 488-707.Корелов М.Н., Пфандер П.В. О новом южном районе гнездования тетеревятника//Экология хищных птиц. М., 1983. С. 65.

Little Owl (Athene noctua noctua)

© Yuriy Malkov

2015-07-20



Little owl (Athene noctua) June 16 - November 12, 2015 – Karabalyk village, Kostanay region (Yuri Malkov). The second breeding record of species in the northern part of Kazakhstan. Breeding point at 53˚00 N was confirmed by regularly photos of breeding birds. Recently, in 2009, the breeding was recorded in the North-Kazakhstan region at 55˚00 N. (Zuban et al., 2010). The new breeding spot was located at 500 km to west of the previous one. The breeding range of this species bypasses the central and northern regions of Kazakhstan in far to south, penetrating to the north only in mountain groups of the Kazakh Plateau. Previously considered the northern border of the distribution of the Little Owl is the 42˚00 N. in the mountains of Kotur-Kyzyltau where it was recorded by I.A. Dolgushin (Gavrin, 1962). In 1963 it was recorded more far to north in the mountains of Kyzyltau (50˚30 N), south of Bayanaul (Cheltsov-Bebutov, 1978). The closest breeding spots of Little Owl in Western Siberia are the areas of the Altaisky Krai, in the similar latitude of this record (Ryabitsev, 2014).


Брагин Е.А., Брагина Т.М. Фауна Наурзумского заповедника. Костанай, 2002. 60 с. Гаврин В.Ф. Отряд совы//Птицы Казахстана, Алма-Ата, т. 2. 1962. С. 708-779. Зубань И.А., Красников А.В., Губин С.В., Гайдин С.Г. Авифаунистические наблюдения и находки в Северо-Казахстанской области//Материалы к распространению птиц на Урале, в Приуралье и Западной Сибири. Вып. 15 Екатеринбург. 2010, С. 43-74. Рябицев В.К. Птицы Сибири. Москва-Екатеринбург, т. 2. 2014. 452 с. Чельцов-Бебутов А.М. Заметки о населении и фауне птиц мало исследованных районов Северного Казахстана//Биол. птиц в Казахстане. Алма-Ата, 1978. С. 120-126.

Bean Goose (Anser fabalis)

© Anna Yasko

2015-11-29
Aktau, Karakol



The first confirmed by photo record of the species for the region of Mangyshlak.

Asian Short-toed Lark (Calandrella cheleensis leucophaea)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2015-10-25
Sorbulak lake, Almaty region



The second photo registration of the species in Sorbulak. Two birds were photographed at the same place, where one bird was observed previously on October 25, 2014 (A. Kovalenko, V. Fedorenko, www.birds.kz). Beafore this records two birds were shot on Sorbulak on November 22, 1978 by Gavrilov E.I . This birds collected in the Institute of Zoology in Alma-Ata; there are 35 specimen in total, 31of them are from the valley of the Ili River and the immediate vicinity, and by one of the lower reaches of the Chu and Syrdarya rivers (Belyalov, 2004). Recent years this Lark almost disappeared from the field of view of ornithologists. Should be noted the taxonomic status of the species still raises doubts, since its range is formed by the isolated patches within the huge range of the Lesser Short-toed Lark (Calandrella rufescens), which is strange case even for subspecies. Perhaps V.L. Bianki was right when found the Asian Short-toed Lark is only a color variation of the Lesser Short-toed Lark, does not have a special area of ​​distribution, and is confined to the special type of landscape as salt march (Bianki, 1905).


Белялов О.В. Что мы знаем о солончаковом жаворонке?//Казахстанский орнитологический бюллетень 2003. Алматы, 2004. С. 178-179. Бианки В.Л. Птицы//Научные результаты путешествий Н.М. Пржевальского по Центральной Азии. Отд.зоол. Т.2. Вып.4, СПб. 1905. С.192-196.

Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa)

© Miphail Kalashnikov

2015-10-10
village Lebazie, SKO



The first photo record of the species in the site from the Northern Kazakhstan. There was, until recently, officially considered the Great Grey Owl in Kazakhstan occurs only in Altai, where it breeds. However, according to Ivan Zuban and Oleg Lyakhov, in the museums of Pavlodar and North-Kazakhstan regions there are stuffed Great Grey Owls, shot in 1966 (in the North Kazakhstan region) and in the early 1980s (in the Pavlodar region).

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Alexandr Fedulin

2015-09-08



Very long distance record from the known breeding spots. About 80 birds were observed. Recent years several vagrants have been recorded in Kurgaldzhino (Koshkin A.V., 2002, 2003, 2007).

Кошкин А.В. Дополнения к фауне птиц Кургальджинского заповедника//Selevinia, 2002. С. 127-130. Кошкин А.В. Новое в орнитофауне Коргалжынского заповедника // Русский орнитологический журнал 2003, Том 12, Экспресс-выпуск 240. С. 1175-1177. Кошкин А.В. Фауна Коргальджинского заповедника. Астана, 2007. 61 с.

Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)

© Alexandr Fedulin

2015-09-08



Rare vagrant species in Kurgaldzhino. Before this record there were single birds and flocks in the spring. (Andrusenko N, Khrokov V, 1981, Koshkin A, 2007).

Андрусенко Н.Н., Хроков В.В. Новая информация о птицах Коргалжынского заповедника // Орнитология, 17. 155. Кошкин А.В. Фауна Коргальджинского заповедника. Астана, 2007. 61 с.

White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)

© Valeriy Gryunberg

2011-05-07
Dunga. p Mangystau.



Rare vagrant in Mangyshlak, and in the whole territory of the western part of Kazakhstan. The closest breeding spots of White Stork are in Dagestan (300 km from the record point) and in Iran, in the southern coast of the Caspian Sea (850 km). Occasionally nesting attempts were noted in the southeast of Turkmenistan (Belousov, 1990). In both cases we are talking about birds of European subspecies. The nearest breeding ranges of Turkestan White Stork (Ciconia ciconia asiatica) are in Khorezm (800 km from the record point), Bukhara and Samarkand oases.

«Птицы России и сопредельных регионов: Пеликанообразные, Аистообразные, Фламингообразные» Москва, 2011. Крaсная книга республики Узбекистан, 2004.

Striated Scops-Owl (Otus brucei)

© Zhaskairat Nurmukhambetov

2015-04-21
Zhanaozen



The first record of this species for the region of Mangyshlak. The nearest known breeding spots for Striated Scops-Owl are located in the lower reaches of the Syrdarya (Gavrin, 1962) and on the southern cliff of Ustyurt (Stepanyan, 2003). Based on the date of the record it's possible to assume the nesting of Striated Scops-Owl in the territory of Zhanaozen city.

Гаврин В.Ф. Отряд Совы // Птицы Казахстана. Т.2. Алма-Ата, 1962. С.708-779. Степанян Л.С. Конспект орнитологической фауны России и сопредельных территорий. Москва, 2003. 806 с.

Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana)

© Anna Yasko

2015-09-01
Aktau, Mangystau



The first photo record of this species from the region of Mangyshlak. Migration through the peninsula Mangyshlak is known, but due to caution and a secretive style of life of this bird it's rarely recorded (Gubin, 2015).

Губин Б.М. Орнитофауна п-ова Мангышлак // Птицы пустынь Казахстана. Часть 1. Алматы, 2015. C. 22-149.

Shikra (Accipiter badius)

© Anna Yasko

2015-06-21
Aktau, Mangystau



The nesting of Shikra in the park of Aktau city was confirmed. On May 16, the adult bird was photographed in the nest, and on July 19 - three fully fledged chicks too. Breeding spots are known in the Western Kopetdag, at 500 km to the south (Stepanyan, 2003); and in the lower reaches of the Syrdarya, at 800 km to the north-east (Gavrilov, 1999) from the place of the new record.

Гаврилов Э.И. Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана. Алматы, 1999. 198 с. Степанян Л.С. Конспект орнитологической фауны России и сопредельных территорий. Москва, 2003. 806 с.

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)

© Alexandr Katuncev

2015-07-25
Алматы sorbulakskaj sistema ozer



The rare vagrant, which is the 11th for Kazakhstan. Most of the records are related to the Sorbulak lake (Erokhov et al., 1978; Khrokov et al., 1980; Belyalov, Karpov, 2012), the last of which occurred on August 11, 2013, when the single bird was also photographed (Dyakin, Isabekov, 2013). It was also noted in Alakol lake in 1981 and 1989. (Khrokov et al, 1993).

Белялов О.В., Карпов Ф.Ф. Птицы Сорбулакской системы озёр (Алматинская обл.)//Selevinia, 2012. С. 82-108. Дякин Г.Ю., Исабеков А.А. www.birds.kz Ерохов С.Н., Гаврилов Э.И., Хроков В.В. Новые находки куликов на юго-востоке Казахстана//Изв. АН КазССР, 1978, сер. биол., № 6. С. 22-24. Хроков В.В., Гаврилов Э.И., Ерохов С.Н. Песочник-красношейка – новый вид в фауне птиц Казахстана//Изв. АН КазССР, 1980, сер. биол., № 3. С. 82-83. Хроков В.В., Ерохов С.Н., Лопатин В.В., Гаврилов Э.И., Гаврилов А.Э., Карпов Ф.Ф. Орнитологические находки в Алакольской котловине. //Фауна и биология птиц Казахстана. Алматы, 1993. С. 194-196.

Broad-billed Sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus)

© Alexandr Belyaev

2015-07-25
Almatinskaja obl. Sorbulakskaja sistema ozer



Rare record for the plain Semirechie region. The last time was recorded at Sorbulak on August 26, 2001 (Belyalov, Karpov, 2012). In the initial period of the Sorbulak reservoir forming the Broad-billed Sandpiper was quite common on migration, according to A.E. Gavrilov for the period of stationary works in 1981-1986 250 birds were caught (Belyalov, 2013). However, for more than ten years, despite to regular observations, it didn't record here. Records of this species are also known in the Alakol depression (Gavrilov et al., 1990, 1994).

Белялов О.В. Новые данные по птицам Сорбулакской системы озёр (Алматинская область) // Selevinia, 2013, Том 21. С. 102-106. Белялов О.В., Карпов Ф.Ф. Птицы Сорбулакской системы озёр (Алматинская область) // Selevinia, 2012, Том 20. С. 82-108. Гаврилов Э.И., Гаврилов А.Э., Ерохов С.Н., Хроков В.В. Осенняя миграция грязовика в Казахстане//Миграции птиц в Азии. Ашхабад, 1990. С. 137-145. Гаврилов Э.И., Ерохов С.Н., Хроков В.В., Карпов Ф.Ф. Осенний пролет куликов на озере Алаколь (Алакольская котловина)//Орнитология, вып. 26. М., 1994. С. 153-157.

Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor)

© Steve Klasan

2015-09-08
NE Bay of Maly Tengiz



New species for Kazakhstan. Two adult birds were observed in the NE bay of Tengiz lake together with Greater Flamingo. 10 of September these birds were recorded by R.Urazaliev too. Afterwards, Ruslan Urazaliev watching the video shot by Alena Shmalenko (Koshkina) of June 14, 2009 in a large number of Greater Flamingos found a bird, whose size and coloring did not leave any doubts that it was a Lesser Flamingo. Thus, the record in 2009 became the first documented evidence. This is third record for all former USSR area. The first record of Lesser Flamingo was at 3rd of August 2007 in Limanskoe, Odesskaya oblast, Ukraine (Rednikov K.A.). The main breeding range of this species is located in eastern regions of Equatorial Africa in the salt lakes of Kenia and Tanzania. Also there are some colonies in the coast of Persian Gulf, and in Sambhar lake in Indian state Radjastan. The closest breeding spots are located at 3500 km to south from the record in Kazakhstan. It’s interesting that this species mostly feeds the Cyanobacteria and Diatom plants, unlike of breeding in Tengiz lake Greater Flamongo (Phoenicopterus roseus) which feeds mostly by Artemia salina.
Уразалиев Р.С. Малый фламинго Phoenicopterus minor Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1798 - новый вид в фауне Казахстана // Орнитологический вестник Казахстана и Средней Азии. Вып. 4. Алматы: МОО - СОПК, 2017. С. 311.

Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus)

© Fedor Karpov

2015-05-19
Eastern Caspian Sea. 70 km to north-west from Buzachi peninsula.



Rare vagrant and the first photo record of this species for Kazakhstan. Known only a few records of this Gull: several birds were recorded in May and July of 1951 and 1952 in Bautino and Mangistau islands (Gladkov, Zaletayev, 1956); July 12, 1968 in the Sorkol lake, WKO (Lindeman et al., 2005), also in the Sorkol this Gull was recorded in 1996 (Davygora, "Материалы к распространению птиц на Урале, в Приуралье и Западной Сибири", 1998); in July 24, 1999, two birds recorded at Zhanybek-Shalkar lake (Koshkin, 2002); and in May 13, 2009, one adult bird was recorded at the Kenderli Resort (Le Neve et al., 2010).

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)

© Yuriy Malkov

2015-06-17



The third vagrant in Kostanay region. The nearest vagrants are known for the Aksuat lake (Naurzum), where on May 29, 1980, the male was recorded and shot (Gordienko, 1991); and in August 17, 2000 on the Kamysh-Ayat river between Rudnyi and Kartaly (Russia) the adult single bird recorded (Berezovikov, Erokhov, 2004).

Ibisbill (Ibidorhyncha struthersii)

© Alexandr Belyaev

2015-05-03
Almatinskaja obl. okrest. g. Taldykorgana



For the first time the nesting of the Ibisbill in the Karatal river is confirmed by the finding of the nest. Earlier, on August 8, 2013 here the already grown up juvenile bird together with adults was recorded (Belyaev, Berezovikov, 2013).

Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)

© Anna Yasko

2015-04-26
Aktau



The first time the nesting locating at almost 400 km to the south of the known species distribution boundary, which passes at approximately 47˚00 N lat. on the northern coast of the Caspian Sea (Gavrilov, 1999) and 46˚30 in the Northern Priaralye (Warshavskyi, 1965), was found.

Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)

© Anna Yasko

2015-05-03
Aktau



New species for Kazakhstan. Recorded bird is related to L.s.niloticus subspecies. Closest breeding spots are located in the south and west coast of Caspian Sea. Isolated populations found in Baku vicinity (40˚25΄N, Panov, 2008) and Dagestan (43˚00΄N, Bukreev, Dzhamirzoev), in the almost same latitude with Aktau (43˚40΄N). The closest record in the east coast of caspian Sea is record of couple in Turkmenistan, Kurendag mountains (Mischenko, Scherbak, 1980), about 400 to south from Aktau. This vagrant bird could indicate to the extending of breeding range, which probably present in the west coast of Caspian Sea.

Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2015-04-29
Sorbulak lake, Almaty region



The third record of species in Sorbulak. "In reality Bar-tailed Godwit in the Semirechye is probably just an occasional and extremely rare visitor, and gets here only getting lost during migration" wrote by V.N Shnitnikov in the book. "Birds of the Semirechie", 1949, p. 151. Shnitnikov knew one specimen from Issyk-Kul from the collections of Almashi in 1900. At the time of the publication of the second part of "Birds of Kazakhstan" in 1962, where the essays about waders were written by I.A. Dolgushin, there were no data for the southern, southeastern and eastern regions. In Sorbulak one bird was ringed during the study of migrations in 1970-80. (Ring Center database). The second case was in July 21, 2008, the young bird was found dead of poisoning by the toxins of blue-green algae (Karpov, Belyalov, 2008). Another record occurred on August 4, 2004 at the Teke reservoir in the Kazakhstan part of the Central Tien Shan.

Березовиков H.H., Винокуров А.А., Белялов О.В. Птицы горных долин Центрального и Северного Тянь-Шаня // Tethys ornithological research. Almaty, 1, 2005. С. 19-130.

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2015-03-22
Sorbulak lake, Almaty region



The second vagrant bird in Almaty region (earlier shot by Y. Grachev in Ili river) and the eighth record in whole Kazakhstan territory.

Godlewski's Bunting (Emberiza godlewskii godlewskii)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

2015-02-17
VKO Katon-Karagay



That is the first photo of the bird of nominee subspecies of Godlewski’s Bunting made in the territory of Kazakhstan. The records of February 1978 were known in the upper reaches of Bukhtarma in the Kalmachikha and Krutoyarka rivers, where B.V Shcherbakov shot one male bird; and of March 1998 at the foot of the Ivanovo range on the Gray meadow, where Y.A. Kotukhov caught three male birds (Berezovikov, Rubinich, 2001).

Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica)

© Alexandr Belyaev

2015-01-31
Almatinskaja obl. okrest. g. Taldykorgana r. Karatal



This is the first photo of the species made in Kazakhstan in winter. The nearest place where several December and January records are known is the surroundings of Alma-Ata (Kuzmina, 1974). Birds were recorded more than 50 years ago in very little snow-covered and warm winters.

Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus)

© Alexandr Belyaev

2015-01-25
Almatinskaja obl. okrest. g. Taldykorgana r. Karatal



The first winter record of the species in Semirechye, confirmed by photography. According to data by Dolgushin the single Jack Snipes stay in winter time near the unfrozen springs in Almaty region, but not every year. In recent decades information about wintering is known only for Karachingil in the lower reaches of the Turgen river, where in December 2006 it was seen by I.A. Bevza (2011).

Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus)

© Alexandr Katuncev

2015-02-13
Актау 43км



The first record of the species in the region of Mangysjlak confirmed by photography. Before this record only the winter one at the end of the 19th century from the area of Fort Shevchenko (Zarudny, 1896) was known.

Steppe Greater Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla longipennis)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2015-01-03
Kanshengel village, Almaty region



The second winter record in Kazakhstan. The first one was on December 11, 1972, when male was shot near Berezovka village(VKO) (Berezovikov et al., 2007).

Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)

© Askar Isabekov

2014-12-27
Сорбулак. Almaty oblast.



The third record of the species at the end of December in the South-East of Kazakhstan. The first was recorded on Sorbulak in 1998, and the second one was in 2007 at the Alakol hollow (Berezovikov, 2008).

Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2015-01-03
Kanshengel village, Almaty region



The first record of this species in Kazakhstan in winter time.

Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga)

© Alexandr Katuncev

2014-12-11
Актау



The first winter record in Kazakhstan, confirmed by photography.

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)

© Alexandr Katuncev

2014-12-09
Баутино-Форт-Шевченко



First reliable record of Herring Gull for Kazakhstan confirmed by photos, considering the new status of different forms of former subspecies of Larus argentatus sensu lato.

Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis)

© Aisagali Kadirov

2014-12-19
Tupkaragan, Mangystau.



The first photo fixation of this species in the region of Mangyshlak at the beginning of the winter.

Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii)

© Alexandr Belyaev

2014-12-13
Almatinskaja obl. okrest. g. Taldykorgana



The third record of species in Kazakhstan. The first two ones were recorded on Sorbulak: July 16, 2009 (Kovalenko, Dyakin, 2009) and December 7, 2013, (Belyalov, Fedorenko, 2014). See the gallery of species in the site.

Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2014-12-27
Sorbulak lake, Almaty region



The second record of this species in winter perod. The first time two birds kept on the canal at the confluence of Sorbulak on December 22, 2007 and January 2, 2008 (Belyalov, Karpov, 2012).

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)

© Askar Isabekov

2014-12-12
Aktau.



The second record of this species in the Caspian Sea during the winter. In the city of Aktau, one bird was recorded on January 16, 2009 (Kovshar, Karpov, 2009, photo is in the gallery of species).

Bewick's Swan (Cygnus bewickii)

© Alexandr Katuncev

2014-12-11
Актау



The first record in winter in the coast of Mangyshlak. Winter records are known a century ago in the Ili river basin (Zarudnyi, Koreiev, 1905), and recent ones were recorded by A.V. Kovalenko in 2010 and 2011 at the Chardara (Berezovikov, 2012).

Trumpeter Finch (Bucanetes githagineus)

© Askar Isabekov

2014-11-02
Zhulandy cape, Mangystau.



The second photo fixation of the species for the Mangystau region. The first time was photographed on April 26, 2011 in Kokesem, the western chink of Ustyurt (Zh. Nurmukhambetov, see the gallery of the species). For the first time in Mangyshlak was recorded on May 1, 1993 in Western Karatau by VA. Gorbatov (Gavrilov & Gavrilov, 2005).

Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla)

© Yuriy Malkov

2014-10-31



The first photo fixation of the rare species in the northern regions of Kazakhstan. Several records are known for the valley of Irtysh river, the foothills of the Altai and the Zaysan depression. It was recorded in the vicinity of Alma-Ata and other places of the Semirechie. Single birds were recorded in Kurgaldzhino and the lower reaches of Sarysu.

Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina)

© Yuriy Malkov

2011-07-22



The third breeding record in Kazakhstan. The previous ones are located at 500 km to the east, in the forests of the Kokchetav upland (Korelov, 1972) and at 800 km to the west, in the floodplain of the Ural river (Gubin, Levin, 1982). A new record is located slightly north of the first two ones.

Pallas's Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus)

© Yevgeny Belousov

2014-10-27
South Kazakhstan, Dzhabagly village



The 13th record of vagrant of this species in Kazakhstan (Kovshar, 1966, Gubin, 1989; Starikov, Tsikh, 1990; Khrokov et al., 1991; Kovalenko, 2002; Koshkin, 2002; Gavrilov & Gavrilov, 2005; Chalikova, 2005; Kovalenko, Belousov, www.birds.kz).

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus regulus)

© Askar Isabekov

2014-10-19
Tuzbair spring. Mangystau oblast.



The first record of the species in Mangystau. The nearest records were on Northern Trans-Caspian area.

Siberian Pipit (Anthus rubescens japonicus)

© Artem Vorobyov

2014-09-25
VKO



The first record in the eastern part of Kazakhstan. Before that, only a few records were registered (birds were caught) in the western, southern and south-eastern regions of the country (Gavrilov & Gavrilov, 2005). Records at Sorbulak in 2012-2014 confirmed by photo fixation. (see the gallery of the species www.birds.kz).

Black-throated Accentor (Prunella atrogularis atrogularis)

© Aleksey Timoshenko

2014-10-20
Karamendy vill., Naurzum reg., Kostanay oblast



The first record confirmed by photo in Kostanay region. It was previously recorded twice in October 1996 and 1998 (Bragin, Bragina, 2002), but the species was not included in the list of local fauna without confirmation of the record.

Hume's Warbler (Phylloscopus humei)

© Aleksey Timoshenko

2014-10-18
Karamendy vill., Naurzum reg., Kostanay oblast



The first record in Kostanay region confirmed by photography.

Little Gull (Larus minutus)

© Askar Isabekov

2014-10-05
Sorbulak system. Almaty oblast.



The rare record for Sorbulak. Earlier, Little Gull was recorded here on the autumn migration on August 9, 2003, November 6, 2004 and October 27, 2006 (Belyalov, Karpov, 2012).

Macqueen's Bustard (Chlamydotis macqueenii)

© Aleksandr Feldman

2014-10-08



The northernmost point of Macqueen’s Bustard's record confirmed by photography for Kazakhstan. For many years, there were no reliable information from Semipalatinsk region. The obtained photos confirm the literature data of the species’ records in the region of Semipalatinsk in the past (Khakhlov, Selevin, 1928; Gavrin, 1962; Gubin, 2004).

Pomarine Skua (Stercorarius pomarinus)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2014-09-24
Sorbulak lakes, Almaty region



The first record of Pomarine Skua in Almaty region. In general, there are a little more than a ten records for Kazakhstan, the closest of which are known from Chokpak on September 13, 1967 and 1972. (Gavrilov, Gistsov, 1985).

Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Aleksey Timoshenko

2014-09-13
Karamendy vill., Naurzum reg., Kostanay oblast



The second vagrant to the Naurzum reserve area in recent years. The first one was recorded on October 10, 2012 (Timoshenko, Moiseyev, 2012). The nearest record was in 1920 in the Kostanay area, 200 km to the north (Geptner, 1925).

Siberian Crane (Grus leucogeranus)

© Murat Baidildin

2014-09-11
Naurzum reserve. Shoshkaly lake.



Naurzum's lakes always be the place of traditional stop-offs of Siberian Cranes of the West Siberian population on the migration route passing through the Aral-Turgai depression. Earlier records were regular (Kovshar, 1982). In recent years, birds are not seen annually. The last ones were August records of singles in 2007 and 2010 (Bragin, 2011).

Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2014-09-07
Small Sorbulak lakes, Almaty region



The first reliable record of Long-billed Dowitcher in Kazakhstan. This species nests in tundra zone of Chukotka and Yakutia. Known only several records in the inside of continent: in spring migration of 1972 in Baikal lake (Durnev etc, 1996); 21-22 of September in vicinity of Sahyurte village, Maloe More (Pyzhyanov, 1989); 26 of September young male was shot in fish factory Filippovka, Kirovo-Chepetzky region, Kirovskaya oblast (Sotnikov, 2009); from 22 to 29 of September of 2011 juvenile bird was observed in taiga zone of NE Trans-Baikal area in Charskaya depression, in the edge of Chara village (Goroshko, 2014).

Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor mollis)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

2014-09-13
VKO Katon-Karagay



For the first time bird of mollis subspecies was photographed in the territory of Kazakhstan. The Great Grey Shrike of this subspecies is described by Eversmann in 1853. The breeding range covers Altai, Sayan, Khangai and Kentei. There are several winter specimens shot in the area of Katon-Karagaya and in the vicinity of Alma-Ata. The only one summer record of the young male was made by Y.N. Grachev on Markakol on July 17, 1966 (Korelov, 1970).

Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni)

© Valentin Zenkov

2014-07-20
Sarsenbay, Katon



Until recently, was known in Kazakhstan only on migration, but the records are rare till present day. E.I. Gavrilov (1999) assumed that in the Kazakh Altai it should be recorded not only on migration, but also on nesting. The lack of data of the species he explained by the fact that Oive-backed Pipit is easily confused with Tree Pipits which is commonest bird here. In 2001, in the upper reaches of Bukhtarma (the area of Berel village, 1200m) was first recorded on the breeding (N. Berezovikov, B.Rubinich, Selevinia-2001, p. 60); it was assumed the expansion of the species breeding range from the Russian part of Central Altai to the west. Photo confirms that nesting in the Kazakh part of Altai is not an exceptional case.

Hume's Short-toed Lark (Calandrella acustirostris)

© Fedor Karpov

2014-07-17
Karzhantau



First photos of this species in the territory of Kazakhstan. High mountain range of Karzhantau, the only place where the breeding population is known; and there are reliable data about it. M.N. Korelov (1956) in 1949 found it here as numerous, it was confirmed by the observations of V.I Kapitonov (1969) in 1961 and 1962. The next data were reported only many years later: in the summer of 2003. E.S Chalikova saw birds here (KOB-2003, p. 96). In Aksu-Jabagly was recorded in 1930-40 years (shot by LM Shulpin and DF Zheleznyakov), but later disappeared for unknown reasons (Kovshar, 1966, Korelov, 1970).

Eurasian Stone Curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus)

© Aleksandr Feldman

2014-07-05



Photographed in the vicinity of Semipalatinsk for he first time. More than 80 years ago the only record of the species in this region was published (Zalesskie, 1931). For the eastern regions of Kazakhstan this record is the northernmost.

Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida)

© Askar Isabekov

2014-06-21
Sorbulak lakes system.



The first record at Sorbulak confirmed by photography. Previously, there is record of two vagrant birds here of June 5, 2011 (Belyalov, Karpov, 2012). The nearest known breeding range is the Alakol system of lakes, where the first nests were found in 2000 (Berezovikov, 2004, Berezovikov, Levinsky, 2008).

Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata rossorum)

© Victoria Kovshar

2014-06-22
low Ural River, Atyrau region



For the first time ever recorded in the Northern Pre-Caspian. Breeding in Kazakhstan is known only for Kyzylkum. Several vagrants were recorded to the east of the breeding range: at Bilikol (Gubin, 1991, oral report); at Aksu-Jabagly (Kolbintsev, 1999); at Chokpak (Gavrilov & Gavrilov, 2005); at Sorbulak (Kovalenko, 2007, www.birds.kz), and to the west from the breeding range: in Mangyshlak (Gubin, Vilyaev, 2012, www.birds.kz). The northernmost until this day record is the report about male of May 14, 1882, near Orenburg (Zarudny, 1897).

Menetries Warbler (Sylvia mystacea turcmenica)

© Andrey Kovalenko

2014-05-09
Zhambyl area. Chu river.



The Menetries Warbler breeds in Kazakhstan along the valley of the Syrdarya river. However for a long time Oleg Belyalov suggested that Menetries Warblers regularly caught at the Chokpak station can breed much to east from the known breeding range. After more than 10 years these assumptions were confirmed. This is the first record of a Menetries Warbler proving its breeding on the Chu river, at 400 km to the east of the previously known breeding spots.

Menetries Warbler (Sylvia mystacea turcmenica)

© Askar Isabekov

2014-05-26
Ile river holm



And then one even more eastern record of the Menetries Warbler confirming its habitat in the floodplain of the Ile river. That expands the range of the habitat for more than 600 km to the east of the previously known breeding spots in Kazakhstan.

Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis)

© Aleksey Timoshenko

2014-04-20
Shili lake., Auliekol reg., Kostanay obl.



The first vagrant confirmed by a photography. In addition to this record there are several more ones are known: in 1900-1901 birds were observed on the Irtysh in autumn (Yablonsky, N.I, 1904); on August 27, 1998 a flock was observed on the Sorkol lake, on May 4, 1999 single bird was observed in the mixed flock between the Bozshakol and Pyatikhatka lakes (Erokhov SN, Berezovikov N.N, 2000); on February 13, 2006, on Shoshkakol lakes 6 Barnacle Gees were observed (A.V Kovalenko, SA Kravchenko, 2006).

Common Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2014-05-09
Sorbulak lake, Almaty region



For the first time Common Oystercatcher breeds in Sorbulak last year. But the eggs were not measured, and the history of the nest was not traced. This year the birds made the clutch in the same place. The size of the eggs and the behavior of the bird confirmed their breeding.

Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

2014-04-23
VKO Katon-Karagay



For the first time recorded on Altay. The nearest records are known from Alakol depression (Berezovikov,2008).

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba baicalensis)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2014-04-12
Sorbulak lake, Almaty region



Two birds were observed on Sorbulak.

Slender-billed Gull (Larus genei)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2014-04-12
Small Sorbulak lakes, Almaty region



First record from Sorbulak.

Bewick's Swan (Cygnus bewickii)

© Andrey Kovalenko

2014-03-29
Almaty area. Sorbulak.



The first record in Semirechye confirmed by photography. The spring records are known in two places: on Ile in the mouth of Khorgos (Alferaki, 1891) and in the delta of Tentek river (Berezovikov, 2002). On Sorbulak it was previously recorded once in the beginning of winter (Belyalov, Karpov, 2012).

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

© Alexandr Katuncev

2014-01-10
актау



First winter record in western part of Kazakhstan. Earlier only several records were in Southern Kazakhstan, Zhambyl and Almaty oblasts.

Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis)

© Galina Kondratenko

2011-11-25
Aktau



First record of Laughing Dove on Mangyshlak.

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

© Ivan Zuban

2013-12-09
Aktau



First winter record in Kazakhstan confirmed by photos. Earlier the latest records in Ural river delta were in the third ten days of October (Gistsov, 2012). There is the information about December record in foothills of Western Tien Shan (Kolbintsev, 1997).

Great Rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilla kobdensis)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

2014-03-03
VKO Katon-Karagay



First confirmed by photos record of Great Rosefinch in Kazakhstan part of Altai. Earlier at July 20 of 2005 Raffael Aye observed couple in upper of Katun river near the border with Russia (KOB-2005, p183).

Blyth's Rosefinch (Carpodacus grandis kotschubeii)

© Andrey Kovalenko

2014-02-09
South Kazakstan area. Zhabagly.



New species of fauna of Kazakhstan. First birds were shot in Zhabagly (Southern Kazakhstan) at January 12 2014 by E.Belousov. In same place at 8-9 of February A.Isabekov, A.Kovalenko and V.Fedorenko also photographed these birds. Previously known in localities of Uzbekistan bordered to Kazakhstan territory, nests in Ugam and Pskem ridges.

Pallas's Rosefinch (Carpodacus roseus)

© Serg Silan

2014-02-08
Serebrjansk



The first photos of this species on the site. In the Kazakhstan’s part of Altai the nesting of Pallas’s Rosefinch is known only in several sites. In winter time was observed in foothills.

Caucasian White-winged Snowfinch (Montifringilla nivalis alpicola)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2014-02-02
Space station, Zailiysky Alatau



First winter record in Ile Alatau. In this ridge only three observations of the little flocks (15, 25 and 27 of October 2003) in Middle Talgar (3000-3400 m) was known (Dzhanyspaev, 2004). The nearest breeding sites are in the Kyrgyzstan part of Kungei Alatau. In Kazakhstan was found in Terskei Alatau, Kyrgyz Alatau, Talas Alatau and Ugam ridges (Gavrilov, 1974). Probably this record shows to the nesting on the southern slope of the Ile Alatau which is almost unexplored by scientists.

Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

2009-08-13
VKO Katon-Karagay



First time photographed in Kazakhstan. Before only one record was known in Kazakhstan - in the upper Bukhtarma river at August 27, 1987 Boris Scherbakov (1990) observed the brood.

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)

© Andrey Kovalenko

2014-01-21
South Kazakhstan area. Shardara.



Very rare vagrant to Kazakhstan. Earlier recorded on Caspian sea (Dolgushin I.A.., 1962), at 30 of October 1969 on Ile river (Gavrilov E., Gavrilov A., 2005), at 1st of October, 2006 on Koibagar lake (Berezovikov N.N., 2007) and at January of 16, 2009 in Aktau (Kovshar V., 2009)

Spotted Great Rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilla severtzovi)

© Yevgeny Belousov

2014-01-12
South Kazakhstan, Dzhabagly village.



Rare resident occurring at long intervals. The first record at December 15, 1938 (Kovshar, 1966). Next winter observations was in 1970/71 and 1971/1972 years. (Gubin, 1989). Later observed in 1989, 1991, 1995, 2003. (Chalikova, 2004; Kolbintsev, 2004). The last records was at March 7 and 16, 2011 - (E.S. Chalikova, unpublished information).

White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera)

© Aleksey Timoshenko

2014-01-10
Kostanay



The 6th record in Kazakhstan.

Red-throated Thrush (Turdus ruficollis)

© Madina Dyussebayeva

2013-12-20
Almaty city



The 10th record of Red-throated Thrush in Almaty oblast and the 4th in 2013. This year Red-throated Thrush was observed at January 19 (Dyakin G., Isabekov A., Kovalenko A., www.birds.kz) , at February 17 (Isabekov A., Fedorenko V., www.birds.kz) and at February 23 (Fedorenko, V., www.birds.kz). Earlier the six records (Nikolsky, 1887, Shnitnikov, 1949, Gavrilov, 1970) and several unpublished records were known.

White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera)

© Ivan Zuban

2013-12-18
Petropavlovsk



The fifth record of White-winged Crossbill in Kazakhstan, but the first record confirmed by the photos. Previous records: in 20s of November 1971 near Semipalatinsk (Kovshar A.F., 1974); at August 19, 1999 on the lake Sultankeldy (Heinicke, 2006); at August 30, 2002 at the lake Shangin (Belyalov O.V., 2002); at January 27, 2008 in the upper river Tautekeli (Starikov S.V., 2009).

Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Askar Isabekov

2013-12-19
Almaty. Republic Square.



The first winter record in Kazakhstan. Breeds only on Lineisky and Ivanovsky ridges of Altai (Scherbakov, 2002). In all the rest territory only six autumn records are known: in 1920 near Kustanai (Geptner, 1925); in 1925 near Semipalatinsk (Selevin, 1930); in 1960 at Kurgaldzhino (Krivitsky et al, 1985); in 2011 at Aktobe steppes (Timoshenko, 2012) and near Sorbulak (V.Fedorenko, www.birds.kz); in 2012 at Betpak-Dala (A.Vilyaev, www.birds.kz).

Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)

© Oleg Belyalov

2013-12-14
Sorbulak



Only few winter observations are known for South-Eastern Kazakhstan (Gavrilov, 1999). The third winter record in Sorbulak vicinity, the previous two were at December 09, 2000 and February 20, 2011 (Belyalov, Karpov, 2012).

Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

2011-07-20
VKO Katon-Karagay



Very interesting record. The nearest nesting sites were on Zaysan lake and Black Irtysh river, but the reality of nesting in recent years is unknown. (Starikov, 2002; Gistsov, 2012). Spoonbill is rare bird of fauna of Kazakhstan. Despite the widespread breeding, its total number is least than 1000 pairs.

Pander's Ground-Jay (Podoces panderi panderi)

© Aleksey Timoshenko

2013-11-08
UKO, Kyzylkum



Lives in the distant parts of the Kyzlkum desert and rare recorded by researchers. The subspecies transcaspius (Zarudny Kudashev, 1916) was described from this area, but later combined to P. p. panderi.

Blyth's Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus dumetorum)

© Askar Isabekov

2013-11-02
Almaty, Republic Square.



The latest date record in Kazakhstan. In prior only some records were known in the south of the country, but all of them belonged to the end of October (Kovshar, 1966; Gavrilov, Gistsov, 1985). That the latest date record was the observation by Severtsov N.A. at October 26 in Shymkent, but it was about 150 years ago.

Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)

© Fedor Sarayev

2011-10-03
Mangystau oblast. Buzachi.



The first record from the western part of Kazakhstan was confirmed by the photos.

Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

© Svetlana Aleinikova

2013-10-15



The first record on the Ustyurt plateau. The closest recording sites are on the Peninsula Mangishlak, where it was observed by only three ornithologist - Dolgushin I.A. (10 May 1947), Korelov M.N. (8-16 September 1964) and Kovshar A.F. (17 May 1990).

Siberian Pipit (Anthus rubescens japonicus)

© Andrey Kovalenko

2013-10-20
Almaty area. Sorbulak lake.



The first photo was taken from the territory of Kazakhstan. On Sorbulak alone birds were seen at December 25, 2004; March 7, 2005 and October 9, 2011 (Belyalov, Karpov, 2012), but none of them has been confirmed by photography.

Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis)

© Andrey Kovalenko

2013-10-20
Almaty area. Sorbulak lake.



Photographed for the first time in South-Eastern Kazakhstan. On Sorbulak previously not observed. In the region there are only old records: November's observation near Dzharkent in 1899 (Zarudny, Koreev, 1905); record at 20-21 April 1907 in the meadows near Otar; the river Chu at October 1, 1915; and at river Lepsy (Shnitnikov, 1949). Of course the rarity of observations because the Meadow Pipit does not stand out in the mass of other Pipits passing through Kazakhstan.

Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)

© Viktor Kolesnikov

2013-09-02
Ust-Kamenogorsk



A rare encounter and the first photo of this species on the site. Over the past few years, known several meetings of Yellow-browed Warbler in Kazakhstan: 13.09.2001 and 27.09.2002 ensnared by st. Chokpak, Jambul region (Kovalenko A.V. and others), and several times was fixed at Kanshengel village, Almaty region. - 14,18.05.2002 and 26.05.2003 (Kovshar A.F.) and 19-20.05.2002 (Kovshar V.A.) noted twice in western Kazakhstan 17-18.10.2002 and 29.04.2005 in the Fetisovo village, Mangystau region. (Gubin B.M.).

Pallas's Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus)

© Yevgeny Belousov

2013-10-22
South Kazakhstan, Dzhabagly v.



One of the rarest birds of the fauna of Kazakhstan. It’s 12th record of this species. Previous records: 1. Mass passage migration in Aksu-Zhabagly at October 7-23, 1960, one bird obtained at October 7th (Kovshar, 1966); 2. Mass passage migration in Aksu-Zhabagly at October 3-17, 1960, one bird obtained at October 3th (Kovshar, 1966); 3. Mass passage migration in Aksu-Zhabagly at November of 1970 (Gubin, 1989); 4. Mass passage migration in Aksu-Zhabagly at November of 1971 (Gubin, 1989); 5. Observed in Ust-Kamenogorsk at October 31, 1981 (Starikov, Tsikh, 1990); 6. Caught in lower Sarysu at September 27, 1986 (Khrokov ect,1991); 7. Observed in Kapchagai city vicinity at May 22, 1990 (Kovalenko, 2002); 8. Caught in Kurgalzhini reserve at September 18, 1999 (Koshkin, 2002); 9. Caught in Chokpak at October 21, 2001 (Gavtilov E., Gavrilov A., 2005); 10. Caught in Chokpak at October 24, 2002 (Gavtilov E., Gavrilov A., 2005); 11. Observed in Aksu-Zhabagly reserve at April 13, 2004 (Chalikova, 2005).

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Andrey Kovalenko

2013-10-14
Almaty area. Balkhash lake.



Pygmy cormorant was photographed for the first time on lake Balkhash. Previously it was recorded in Ile river delta on october 21, 2007 (Panov, 2008). There are records from Sorbulak lake on May 30, 1995 (Erokhov, 2002), April, 11, 1999 - 2 birds (Grachev, 2002). Winters on river Chu close to Kurday pass (Karpov, Belyalov, 2009).

White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucura)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

2013-07-27
Almaty region, Sorbulak lake



The first meeting on the Sorbulak lake. Two birds were observed on the west side of the lake near the dam. Nearest famous meeting occurred in the lower reaches of the Ili river on June 24 (I.A. Dolgushin, 1962) and in Karachengil hunting farm on July 21 and 23 2006 (I.A. Bevza, 2007).

Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

© Aleksey Timoshenko

2013-10-19
Karamendy vill., Naurzum reg., Kostanay oblast



This is the first photographic record of this species in Kazakhstan on this website. Dunnock was recorded in Kustanay oblast previously only several times. N.M. Smetana (1974) E.A and T.M. Bragin (2002). The breeding range in Western Siberia (per Ryabitsev 2008) comes very closely to Kazakhstan border - in the forested areas close to Ural mountains. Also recorded on migration along Ural river near the Caspian and the Mangyshlak peninsula (Gavrilov, 1999).

Sociable Lapwing (Chettusia gregaria)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

2013-09-08
Almaty region, Sorbulak



This is the first record of the sociable lapwing in the Sorbulak lake system over more than 50-years of ornithological observations in this area. There are irregular records close to this location. On river Kaskelen (by Shnitnikov, 1949), Itzhon plateau, right-side bank of Ile river (Dolgushin, 1962) and at the edge of the Taukun desert in Kanshengel (Berezovikov et al., 1999). Two broods have been recorded in Kanshengel on June 21, 2003 (Belyalov, Karpov, 2004).

Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

2013-07-13
East Kazakhstan, Yazevoye lake



This is the first photographic record at lake Yazevoye (Listvaga mountain range). In July 2006 two broods each of brown and red-backed shrikes (Chelyshev, Nagibina, 2007). In Kazakhstan brown shrike has also been noted for Western Altay (Kuzmina, 1948; Sherbakov 1986) and Markakol Lake Depression (Berezovikov, 1989).

Ibisbill (Ibidorhyncha struthersii)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

2013-06-30
Almaty region, Borohudzir



Earlier breeding of Ibisbill only supposed in this region, but until now there was no significant findings.

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

2013-08-11
Almaty region, Sorbulak



Rare bird. Previous known meeting on Sorbulak was 16 years ago - May 19, 1997 (Belyalov, Karpov - Selevinia, 2012, pp. 82-108)

Merlin (Falco columbarius pallidus)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2013-07-27
Alakol salt lake, Zhambyl region



Very early meeting and away from nesting sites. This may indicate a nesting Merlins in the region.

White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)

© Albert Salemgareyev

2013-09-18



September 18, 2013 Salemgareevym Albert and Urazalieva Ruslan was met white stork in the vicinity of the village Sadyrbaev, Akmola region. It is not known to what sub-species is the bird. However, this is the first meeting of the White Stork in the region and fly very far from known nesting sites, and from the venues of the species as a whole.

Altai Snowcock (Tetraogallus altaicus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

2010-05-20
Altai Mts



This is the first photographic record of Altai snowcock from Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan is the westernmost tip of this species distribution and there are only several small populations in remote areas of Altai mountain ranges.

Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix)

© Aibar Magazov

2013-09-07
Western Kazakhstan oblast, Syrym region, Ulenta.



Photographed by Aibar Magazov in Ulenta (Western Kazakhstan oblast) at September 07, 2013.

Menetries Warbler (Sylvia mystacea mystacea)

© Victoria Kovshar

2009-04-21
artifitial island in North-East Caspian Sea



One bird was photographed at April 24, 2009 on artificial island in North Caspian Sea by Victoria Kovshar.

Yellow-breasted Bunting (Emberiza aureola)

© Oleg Lyakhov

2013-08-01
Pavlodar Area, Borly



Female (or jyvenile) was photographed by Oleg Lyakhov at Borly lake (Pavlodar oblast).

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)

© Aisagali Kadirov

2013-03-28
Tupkaragan, Mangystau.



At January 12, 2013 on coast of caspian Sea near Fort-Shevchenko Victoria Kovshar observed the flock of Long-tailed Ducks (about 800 birds) in mixed flock with Common Goldeneyes (more than 3000 birds). At March 28, 2013 the same birds were observed by Aisagali Kadirov.

Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

© Oleg Belyalov

2013-06-21
Almaty region



Nesting of Chiffchaff was found in Zhetizhol ridge (Tien Shan) by Oleg Belyalov and Victoria Kovshar.

Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata sarudnyi)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2013-06-15
Akterek village, Almaty region



Nesting of Spotted Flycatcher was found in Zhetizhol ridge (Tien Shan) by Oleg Belyalov and Vassily Fedorenko.

Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis)

© Aleksey Timoshenko

2012-05-04
Batpakkol lake, Kamysty reg, Kostanay oblast,



Female Flycatcher was photographed by Aleksei Timoshenko on May 04, 2012 at Batpakkol lake, Kustanai oblast.

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Aleksey Koshkin

2007-05-06
korgalzhin



Photographed by Aleksei Koshkin in Kurgaldzhin Reserve in May 6th 2007.

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2013-02-16
Bayserke village, Almaty region



Presumably adult male Dusky Thrush was photographed by Vassily Fedorenko in group of Black-throated Thrushes in the Russian Olive thickets near Baiserke village (Ile region, Almaty oblast) at Fenruary 16, 2013.

Red-throated Thrush (Turdus ruficollis)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

2013-01-19
Akbastau, Almaty region



Single Red-throated Thrush was recorded by Gennady Dyakin at January 19, 2013 in mixed flock of different birds feeding on the russian olive thickets in valley of Ile river near Akbastau village (Almaty oblast).

Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica)

© Denis Afanasiev

2013-01-03
Almaty. Observatory.



Japanese Waxwing was caught by Denis Astafiev at January 3rd 2013 in the apple garden in foothills of Ile Alatau. New species for Kazakhstan.

White's Thrush (Zoothera dauma varia)

© Madina Dyussebayeva

2012-08-01
Kolsay lake, Almaty obl.



The second record in the Kazakhstan's part of Kungei Alatau.

Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)

© Fedor Sarayev

2012-05-24
Atyrauskaja oblast, Priembenskaja ravnina, karier Munajlemola



The colony of Spanish Sparrow was founded by Fedor Sarayev on the Emba valley at Munajlemola quarry on May 24, 2012.

Redwing (Turdus iliacus)

© Askar Isabekov

2012-11-25
Almaty, Republic Square.



One foraging on thuja bird was observed in flock with Black-throated Thrushes and Blackbirds at 25th November 2012. Next days this bird was also noticed by other birdwatchers.

Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius)

© Aleksey Koshkin

2007-04-12
korgalzhin



The second vagrant bird in Kurgaldzhino.

Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus aureus)

© Zhaskairat Nurmukhambetov

2012-11-05
Kokesem, Ustyurt.



Probably vagrant from Big Balkhan (Turkmenia).

Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni)

© Aleksey Koshkin

2008-05-10
karazhar



Passage migrant was recorded by Aleksey Koshkin in Kurgaldzhino.

Ile Pander's Ground-Jay (Podoces panderi ilensis)

© Ivan Belyaev

2012-07-05
South Balkhash, Bakanass plain



Brood of Pander's Ground-Jay was found by Ivan Belyaev in Southern Trans-Balkhash area.

Arctic Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis)

© Ruslan Urazaliyev

2011-05-28
Korgalzhyn, Akmola oblast.



At May 28, 2012 observed by Ruslan Urazaliev in Korgalzhyn village, Akmola oblast.

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

© Ruslan Urazaliyev

2012-05-17
Nygyman village vicinity. Karaganda oblast.



May 17, 2012 in Korgalzhyn Reserve, near the Nygyman village (Karaganda region), one Cattle Egret (Bubulbus ibis) was observed by Ruslan Urazaliyev, Timur Iskakov and Ksenia Yakhnovets. The bird was kept next to the small herd of horses.

Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Andrey Vilyayev

2012-10-10
Betpackdala, N-W Zuantube village



At October 10, 2012 one feeding on ground bird in the mixed flock of Chaffinches and Bramblings was observed by Andrey Vilyayev from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Rufous-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)

© Machiel Valkenburg

2012-09-23
Almaty oblast - Sorbulak Lake



On 23 September 2012 Machiel Valkenburg was birding together with Mats Waern and Alexander Hellquist at the Sorbulak Dam. In a small group of Little Stints was also a juvenile stint. The bird immediately attracted attention due to head pattern, grey centers of the wingcoverts and a weakly developed mantle stripe.

Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla)

© Andrey Kovalenko

2012-09-13
Southern Kazakhstan, Zhuantobe.



Observed by Andrei Kovalenko in Western Betpakdala, in 50 km to NW from Zhuantobe village.

Pander's Ground-Jay (Podoces panderi panderi)

© Andrey Kovalenko

2012-09-03
Southern Kazakhstan, Kyzylkum



Photographed by Andrei Kovalenko in Kyzylkum desert.

Oriental Plover (Charadrius veredus)

© Klaus Nigge

2009-05-09
Atanbaschink, Irgiz region, Aktobe oblast.



The single male of Oriental Plover was observed by Albert Salemgareev and Klaus Nigge in May 9, 2009 at Atanbaschink, in 25 km to east from the border of Irgiz-Turgay reserve (Irgiz region, Aktobe oblast). Oriental Plover was with pair of Caspian Plovers, where the male was permanently trying to banish it.

Semi-collared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata)

© Boris Gubin

2012-04-24
Mangistau. Fetisovo.



Pair of Semi-collared Flycatchers was observed in Fetisovo in April 24, 2012 by Boris Mikhailovich Gubin.

Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus)

© Antonina Fokina

2012-05-13
Sorbulak lake, Almaty region



One Lesser Sand Plover was noticed in May 9, 2012 on the sandy shore of southern coast of Sorbulak lake. Another birds was observed in same place in May 13, 1012.

Pander's Ground-Jay (Podoces panderi panderi)

© Aleksandr Kostukov

2011-03-17
Kyzylkumy. South Kazakhstan.



The bird stayed the Arab camp in the desert during the second half of winter until the end of March. Every day Jay fed at the saltmarsh near the camp. In late March bird disappeared, probably migrated to the nesting sites in the sand.

Red-breasted Rosefinch (Carpodacus puniceus)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

2012-01-01
Zailiyskiy Alatau, Kosmostancia



January 1, 2012, near Cosmostation (BAO) Gennady Dyakin and Andrei Kovalenko recorded three birds feeding on the thawed slope.

Trumpeter Finch (Bucanetes githagineus crassirostris)

© Zhaskairat Nurmukhambetov

2011-04-26
Kokesem well, Ustyurt.



Trumpeter Finches were shot under the chink at well Kokesem in the rocky area in April 26, 2011 by Zhaskayrat Nurmuhambetov.

Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2011-10-02
Zhamankum lake, Almaty region



One bird was observed by Vassiliy Fedorenko and Oleg Belyalov at Sorbulak lakes.

White-capped Redstart (Chaimarrornis leucocephalus)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

2008-09-08
Almarasan gorge, Ile Alatau National Park



The first observation in Kazakhstan. Gennady Dyakin observed one bird in the gorge Almarasan.

Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii)

© Andrey Kovalenko

2009-07-16
Sorbulak lake, Almaty oblast



The first record of Indian Pond Heron in Kazakhstan. Observed in Lake Sorbulak by Gennady Dyakin and Andrei Kovalenko.

Plumbeous Water Redstart (Rhyacornis fuliginosus)

© Gabor Papp

2011-06-09
Ayagoz river, Aktogay vicinity, Ayagoz region, East Kazakhstan oblast



First record of Plumbeous Water Redstart for Kazakhstan, bird was observed by Gabor Papp at June 09, 2011 on the Ayagoz river, close to Aktogai station, East Kazakhstan Oblast.

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)

© Vladimir Shefer

2011-01-10
Ust-Kamenogorsk, Irtysh river



One bird was photographed by Vladimir Shefer on Irtysh river in the period of hard frost.

Godlewski's Bunting (Emberiza godlewskii decolorata)

© Vladilen Karassev

2009-01-02
Big Almaty Lake, Ile-Alatau National Park



Little flock was observed by Vladilen Karasyov near the Big Almaty lake.

Pallas's Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucoryphus)

© Ulrike Knappen-von den Driesch

2008-08-05
Amanat, Zaisan lake, Eastern Kazakhstan



Adult Pallas's Sea Eagle was photographed on northern coast of Zaisan lake.


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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2017-11-30

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

2017-11-15

Алексей Кошкин: Да, белошапочная абберативная больше подходит.

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