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Birding Tours in Kazakhstan

Birds of Mountains and Deserts (May 15 - May 25, 2018)

Day 1. Arrival. Red-headed Bunting, Eurasian Roller, Eurasian Bee-eater
Day 2. Dalmatian Pelican, White-headed Duck, White-tailed Sea-Eagle
Day 3. Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Greater Sand Plover, Brown-necked Raven
Day 4. Yellow-eyed Pigeon, White-winged Woodpecker, Saxaul Sparrow
Day 5. Golden Eagle, Eastern Rock Nuthatch, Lesser Kestrel
Day 6. Mongolian Finch, Crimson-winged Finch, Pallas's Sandgrouse
Day 7. Himalayan Vulture, Meadow Bunting, Rock Bunting
Day 8. Moving to highlands. Indian Orilole, White-crowned Penduline Tit
Day 9. Hodgson's Rosefinch, Guldenstadt's Redstart, Lammergeier
Day 10. Himalayan Rubythroat, White-browed Tit-Warbler, Red-mantled Rosefinch
Day 11. Departure. City Birding.

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Birds of Silk Road (June 1 - June 11, 2018)

Day 1. Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Inidan Golden Oeiole, Shikra
Day 2. Egyptian Vulture, Long-legged Buzzrad, Eastern Rock Nuthatch
Day 3. Demoiselle Crane, Little Bustard, Collared Pratincole
Day 4. Golden Eagle, White-throated Robin, Upcher's Warbler
Day 5. Desert Wheatear, Chukar Partridge, Eurasian Eagle-Owl
Day 6. Griffon Vulture, Black Vulture, Raven
Day 7. Great White Pelican, Oriental Lark, Black-bellied Sandgrouse
Day 8. Pygmy Cormorant, Glossy Ibis, Ferruginous Duck
Day 9-10. Black-breasted Tit, Yellow-breasted Tit, Blue Whistling Thrush
Day 11. Moving to Almaty. Departure.

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50 species of mountain birds (July 1 - July 11, 2018)

Day 1. Golden Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Mongolian Finch, Crimson-winged Finch
Day 2. Himalayan Vulture, Meadow Bunting, Rock Bunting
Day 3. Moving to highlands. Indian Orilole, White-crowned Penduline Tit
Day 4. Hodgson's Rosefinch, Guldenstadt's Redstart, Lammergeier
Day 5. Himalayan Rubythroat, White-browed Tit-Warbler, Red-mantled Rosefinch
Day 6. Moving to Western Tien Shan. White Stork, Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Day 7. Egyptian Vulture, Long-legged Buzzrad, Eastern Rock Nuthatch
Day 8. Black-breasted Tit, Yellow-breasted Tit, Blue Whistling Thrush
Day 9. Griffon Vulture, Black Vulture, Raven
Day 10. Golden Eagle, Upcher's Warbler
Day 11. Moving to Almaty. Departure.
During 10 days we will watch 50 species of special mountain birds

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Big Year 2018

rare birds records


Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Askar Isabekov
2018-02-11
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

First winter record in Sorbulak lakes. Only spring records are known before this one: May 30, 1995 (Erokhov, 2002), April 11, 1999 (Grachev, 2002), and April 23, 2017 (Dyakin, www.birds.kz). In winter time Pygmy Cormorant is not rare in Chardara reservoir (Erokhov et al, 2006; Kovalenko, Kravchenko, 2007; Kovalenko, Karpov, 2008); recent years was observed in Taraz (Kolbintsev, 2009; M.Nukusbekov, www.birds.kz; A.Balykin, www.birds.kz), in foothill part of Chu river valley (Belyalov, Karpov, 2009), one specimen was photographed at December 23, 2017 in Taldykurgan vicinity (A.Belyaev, www.birds.kz).


Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

© Malik Nukusbekov
2018-02-17
Ertai. Zhambyl oblast.

Rare observation of Black Kite in Kazakhstan in winter time. Previously in winter time recorded in Almaty oblast (Karpov, Belyalov, 2009; Berezovikov, 2014; S.Shmygalev, www.birds.kz); in Mangyshlak (Yasko, 2017); and in Chardara (A.Kovalenko, www.birds.kz).

Березовиков Н.Н. 2014. Зимняя встреча черноухого коршуна Milvus migrans lineatus в городе Алматы // Рус. орнитол. журн. 23 (1082): 3957.
Карпов Ф.Ф., Белялов О.В. 2009. О зимней встрече чёрного коршуна в Алматинской области // Selevinia: 234.
Ясько А.О. 2017. Орнитологические наблюдения в городе Актау // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1399): 382-394.


Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)

© Sergey Ukhov
2018-01-22
Bautino, Mangystau

First record in Mangyshlak peninsula.


Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)

© Malik Nukusbekov
2018-01-28
Ertai. Zhambyl oblast.

The second winter record of Black Redstart in S and SE Kazakhstan. Before this record one male was observed in 7th of February, 1998 in Zhabagly village (Чаликова, 2008).