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Novruz 2021. Chulakkurgan - Arys.


2021-03-21| Askar Isabekov

All around Chulakkurgan is under a snow, the warming and gap between the temperature of air and ground formed the dence mist. That situation is during all road until Karatau ridge. After the pass mist disappeared, snow is absolutely absent, but there is a lot of water in offroad, the side roads either under the puddles or bogged after rains, but impossible to use in any case. In roadside thickets there were the resting birds. Most noticable of them were numerous Eagles, number of them was definitely more then dozen. We saw both Eastern Imperial and Steppe Eagles, some of which was drying wings like a Cormorants. In trees we saw also Corn Buntings, Shrikes, Fieldfires. The migration is of course present, Harriers, Gulls, single birds and little flocks fly from west to east. In the end of Suzak road. in Ekpendy we watched group of Heulgini's and Caspian Gulls. Local man oaid our attention to the broken trees and flexed tower of power line, saying that's result of weighting by ice which is result of wet snowfall and sharp decreasing of temperature of last week. I never seen the flexed after ice weighting tower of power line before today.

Today Shoshkakol is almost without birds. I never seen so little number of birds in this place. Excluding the main grader road all side roads are bogged. In the main road we several times saw driving hunters. This spring contains many natural disasters, a lot of birds definitely died, of course wet snowfalls and sharply decreasing of temperature couldn't just be without bad effects. On my opinion the number of birds which could to survive last week is a bit. We saw just six Geese and two dozens of Ducks (commonly thousands). Is it really hunters in such a situation continue to shoot birds? Surviving Geese and Ducks are a bit. Even understanding that new birds have to appeare soon, in my opinion the hunting should be stop.

Among feeding in steppe Gulls there were many round-headed birds with bright-yellow legs and bills, with a mantle darker than in Caspian Gulls. They are of course not Caspian Gulls, but difficult to say is it Baraba or Heulgini's Gulls, probably both of them. However this Gulls are not rare here. Commonly we think that Heuglini's Gull is rare bird because in our familiar birding spots around Almaty we recorded it rare. I was also surprised when found Heuglini's Gull in the list of Kerala birds as one only species of group of former 'argentatus' Gulls, definitely as a wintering bird. But this Gull is quite a numerous in Kerala. Prbably the migrating path of Heuglini's (and Baraba) Gulls is in west of mountain foothills, therefore they are rare in our location, as Geese too of course which are almost absent.

We attempted to find hotel in Arystanbab, but all hotels are either full or closed due the absence of electricity because the crushing of power lines of previous week. We tryed to looking for nighting place in close cities and villages, but Turkestan (60 km) is so expensive, Shumkent (130 km) is too far and unconvinient located. I am so thanks to Marina and Olga for the finding the hotel in Arys (90 km) located comfortable for the birding of next days.

The natural disasters of last week broke our plan of tour, but it's really nothing in compare with kilometers of destroyed power lines, broken trees, and I think a lot of died birds. Despite the popular opinion of the global warming, during the current winter-spring season there are many huge snowfalls and significant unexpected frosts in many places of the world including Kazakhstan. Unpredictability of climat definitely affects to birds. Two previous snowy springs decreased the population of Whit-winged Grosbeacks around Almaty, this previously common birds in winter city were not recorded in last two winters. Gennady said interesting theory: climat now naturally move to little ice age, but the activity of human civilization affects to latter in opposit direction. The result is climat instability which negatively affects to all around, including birds.


1. Imperial Eagle is drying wings after yesterday rain


2. we left the snowy steppes of Chulakkurgan


3. almost in one moment we watched Steppe Grey Shrike (black secondaried) and ...


4. Great Grey Shrike homeyeri subspecies (white secondaries)


5. Steppe Eagle


6. subadult Caspian Gull and Heuglini's Gull


7. the tower of power line flexed by the ice


8. Isabelline Shrike


9. Common Redstart


10. Greater White-fronted Goose


11. Alexander Belyaev and Gennady Dyakin


12. Marina


13. Black-headed Wagtail


14. Yellow-headed Wagtail


15. Northern Pintail


16. the side roads are bogged after the rains


17. migration of Black-headed Gulls in Syrdaria river


18. double rainbow


# species number

1Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)2

2Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)5

3Great White Egret (Egretta alba)2

4Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)2

5Greylag Goose (Anser anser)6

6Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)4

7Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)30

8Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus)5

9Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea)2

10Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)5

11Common Teal (Anas crecca)30

12Gadwall (Anas strepera)10

13Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)5

14Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)20

15Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)1

16Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)1

17Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)1

18Western Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)10

19Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus)10

20Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis)10

21Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)5

22Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)10

23Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)2

24Great Bustard (Otis tarda)5

25Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)4

26Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)5

27Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)5

28Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)10

29Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)100

30Siberian Black-backed Gull (Larus heuglini)20

31Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)

32Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)

33Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

34Hoopoe (Upupa epops)3

35Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)

36Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra)

37Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla feldegg)1

38Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola)10

39White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)10

40Masked Wagtail (Motacilla personata)

41Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta)5

42Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus)10

43Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides)1female

44Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor)2

45Steppe Grey Shrike (Lanius pallidirostris)3

46Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)50

47Common Mynah (Acridotheres tristis)

48Black-Billed Magpie (Pica pica)

49Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)

50Rook (Corvus frugilegus)

51Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)

52Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)

53Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka)7

54Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti)1

55Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)1

56Eurasian Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)2

57Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)8

58Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica)2

59Black-throated Thrush (Turdus atrogularis)10

60Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)2

61Turkestan Tit (Parus bokharensis)2

62House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)2

63Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)25

64Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra)50

65Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella)20

66Northern Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)50

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rare birds records


Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

© Askar Isabekov
2021-02-28
Uzunagach, Almaty oblast.

A rare vagrant species for Kazakhstan. On February 27 and 28, two birds kept in the thickets of silverberries near the village of Uzynagash (43 km west of Almaty). This is the sixth record of the Dusky Thrush for Kazakhstan. Records of this species are known for the Syrdarya, near the village of Dzhulek (October 16, 1927), near Almaty (February 16, 2013), as well as Ust-Kamenogorsk (October 14 and 16, 2016), Kurgaldzhino (May 7, 2020).


Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Askar Isabekov
2021-01-09
Almaty, Aitykov str.

The first record of Pygmy Cormorant in Almaty in general and, in particular, during the winter. The expansion of the Pygmy Cormorant to the northeast concerns not only the probable nesting area, but also the wintering grounds. The nearest winter finds are Sorbulak and Taldykorgan (winter 2017-18, one bird each). In this connection, it is worth noting a significant number of birds in the Almaty (40) and Sorbulak (20) records this winter.


Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

© Askar Isabekov
2020-12-22
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

First winter record for Sorbulak (-10 ° С). Before that, the latest sighting at Sorbulak was on November 24, 2006 (3 birds, Belyalov, Karpov, 2013). Twice the wintering of Pied Avocet were recorded on Shardara (7 birds on January 14, 2018 and 35 birds on January 11, 2020, B. M. Gubin, S. Baskakova, A. Isabekov).


Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens)

© Askar Isabekov
2020-12-22
Komsomol. Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

First winter record of the Buff-bellied Pipit.

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2020-10-28

Аскар Исабеков: спасибо, Виктор! ктырей много вдов и они, конечно, сильно похожи друг на друга, боюсь, что придется их ловить в следующем году, чтобы опознать. [....]

2020-10-25

Viktor: Напоминает легендарный военный истребитель И-16! ))

2020-09-29

Аскар Исабеков: если бы было до рода, я бы наверное, согласился, но тут пока определение до ранга семейства.

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