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birdwatching blogs


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Big Almaty Lake. Ile-Alatau National Park.

2008-04-29 | Askar Isabekov

The lake still isn't free from ice. Junipers groves are dry but there is snow in the fir forest especially on eastern slopes. Below the lake in the fir forest I saw two singing Songar Tits and Hume's Warblers. In the thick fir branches male Blue-capped Redstart sang. Even lower in the birch grove I saw Great Tits and four Mistle Thrushes. About the lake the pair of Ruddy Shelducks flew and gabbled. Many Carrion Crows anything searched on the ice. On the ice border Common Sandpiper and Grey Wagtail were fed. Quite a few of Grey Wagtails. It's a little birds in the juniper groves. Presented birds behaved easy. Birds weren't noticeable and always hid in the juniper bushes. The male of Red-mantled Rosefinch flew by. Only Blackbirds and Black-throated Accentors sang today. Blackbirds sang actively but Accentors sang a little and a low. Accentors sang a little and hid to bushes. Probably it's some early to sing. Some times I enough close saw White-browed Tit-Warblers both bright males and pale [...... read more ]


Temirtau - Almaty.

2008-04-26 | Askar Isabekov

Back road. Very murky. The rain was in all Kazakh Upland. Some places rain was strong some places was easier. Very dark. Despite the rain Harriers flew. Today I observed them less than last time. During 75 km (from 900 to 825 km) I saw 7 Harriers include 4 Montagu's Harriers, 3 Pallid Harriers and one reddish little female, probably female of Pallid Harrier. I think early morning and murky weather affected to number of Harriers. On another time and other weather the number of Harriers may be much more. Also I again met pair of Demoiselle Cranes. Near Aksu-Ajuly I saw one Steppe Eagle. A lot of Common Kestrels, twice near the road flights of Lesser Kestrels turned. Both time there were high enough (15-20 m) rocks nearby the road. On the roadside pools twice saw ducks, once three Shovelers (two males and one female) and pair of Garganeys and once pair of Mallards, male Gadwall and male Garganey. Once Common Redshank and Marsh Sandpiper were occurred. Northern Trans-Balkhash area. The group [...... read more ]


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Temirtau. Nura river.

2008-04-25 | Askar Isabekov

The weather is murky, the wind is very strong. In the Nura holm in willow thickets Bluethroats sang. I hoped to find Warblers but probably it's early enough time to Warblers. Always Magpies were occurred, there were Common Starlings on poplars and Fieldfares in thickets. The female of Marsh Harrier flew out, male Kestrel flushed from poplar and coursed Harrier. On the little lakes I saw Coots, Common Pochards and pair of Red-necked Grebes. [...... read more ]


Temirtau. Samarkand reservoir, Nura river.

2008-04-24 | Askar Isabekov

Samarkand reservoir is large enough, a coastal line is about 56 km. There are groves on the coast of reservoir. In the old poplar grove I saw pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tits, pair of Azure Tits, pair of Fieldfares and singing Common Starlings. Hooded Crows coursed Kestrel. In the grove on directly reservoir coast there is a lot of Fieldfares. The trees are yet without leaves and I found some old nests of Fieldfares, probably they will nest on this place this year. In same grove the pair of Azure Tits were fed. [...... read more ]


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Balkhash - Karaganda.

2008-04-23 | Askar Isabekov

The weather was murky and very windy. First quarter of the road (about 70-80 km) crosses the Balkhash depression. Landscape is plain and desert, there were a bit of birds. I saw only one Common Redshank on roadside pool and two raptors (one Long-legged Buzzard and one Steppe Eagle). Sometimes Caspian Gulls were observed, always single birds. I think Caspian Gulls as raptors hunt to gophers. Further road crosses Kazakh Upland. After late snowfall there is snow on the rocks. Roadside pools got free from ice but somewhere there is snow in depressions. I didn't observe little birds because tried to go quickly. But also they weren't so much. I noticed that Northern Wheaters were instead Isabelline and Pied Wheaters. On the roadside pools I saw ducks (pair of Mallards, much Garganeys, Common Teals, one Ruddy Shelduck, pair of Pintails) and waders (Common Redshanks and Stilts). From time to time Common Kestrels, once the pair of Lesser Kestrels and little Merlin were observed. Almost each ten [...... read more ]


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Almaty - Balkhash.

2008-04-22 | Askar Isabekov

Before the Sorbulak lake I saw only Coots, one Moorhen near Shamalgan station, Citrine Wagtails, one Gull and two Kestrels. Sorbulak lake. Near the Sorbulak lake I saw the flock of Lesser Kesrels. The day was sunny but wind was very strong. Ducks and waders hid from the wind on the little salt lake hidden from the wind by the mound. There were not a lot of birds but the number of species was very diverse. So the longer watch to birds the more birds occurred. Ducks: Shovelers (most number), pair of Mallards, Ferruginous Ducks (5 birds), Red-crested Pochards (pair), Common Pochard (one male), Gadwalls, Garganeys, Common Shelduck, Ruddy Shelduck (pair), Pintails (5-6 birds). Waders: Pied Avocets (pair), Black-winged Stilts (a lot), Common Redshank, Little Ringed Plovers, Common Snipes, Bar-tailed Godwits, one Lapwing. Also Coots, Moorhen, White-winged Terns, Common Terns, Black-headed Gulls, Caspian Gulls. Sand Martins, Common Starlings, Masked Wagtails and one of Yellow Wagtails group. The [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square, Botanical Garden.

2008-04-20 | Askar Isabekov

On the Republic Square I occurred large (about 20 birds) flock of Black-throated Thrushes feeding in the grass. The larger Blackbirds showed some aggressions to Black-throated Thrushes. On the same place I saw pair of Greenfinches. In the Botanical Garden all same birds such as yesterday. There was the pair of hovering Sparrowhawks in the sky. The Wood Pigeon males high hefting tails gallanted to females. And they did it both on the ground and on the branches. A lot of Great Tits. Some times I saw Chiffchaffs. Some times I heard sounds of Pheasants. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Atakent, Botanical Garden.

2008-04-19 | Askar Isabekov

There were mostly Magpies and Great Tits on Atakent. Once I saw Hooded Crow coursed Sparrowhawk, heard singing Greenfinches, saw flock of Tree Sparrows. That's all, there are nothing another on Atakent. Good news, the Botanical Garden opened to all people. Public was a little, probably not all know about opening. A lot of Magpies and Wood Pigeons on Botanical Garden. Sparrowhawk coursed Carrion Crow but Magpies coursed Sparrowhawk. Magpies played. Botanical garden is main nesting place of Wood Pigeons in Almaty. Wood Pigeons hooted and sat on the trees by large flocks, someone flew, whirled and hovered. Also Blackbirds, Great Tits presented. Pheasants and Chiffchaffs were hearable. Chiffchaffs were fed on the birch trees. I saw a flock of Black-throated Thrushes. One Black-throated Accentor hid in the procumbent juniper, didn't sing but cheeped. Blackbirds sang actively. Twice I saw the Fox and once the Squirrel. [...... read more ]


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Almaty.

2008-04-18 | Askar Isabekov

It snows. Birds hid. Only Mynahs, Great Tits and Blackbirds were observed. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2008-04-14 | Askar Isabekov

Birds were a little. Exclude Great Tits I saw only several Chiffchaffs, two singing Greenfinches and one male Grey Wagtail. Probably it's cold in mountains therefore Grey Wagtail stay in the city. [...... read more ]


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rare birds records


Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

© Askar Isabekov
2013-10-19
Almaty, Dendropark.

rare record for Almaty region


African Queen (Danaus chrysippus)

© Askar Isabekov
2016-06-23
Zhylandy cape. Mangystau oblast.

Rare record for Kazakhstan. Paleotropical species, living in tropical and subtropical areas of Easter Hemisphere. Collected in large number at July 18-23, 1900 by L.S.Berg in Menshikov, Chushka-Bas, Uyaly islands of Aral sea which now are part of eastern coast.


Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus)

© Askar Isabekov
2020-03-14
Bishkek

Very rare or probably unique case of nesting of Long-legged Buzzards in the center of large city.


Red-throated Thrush (Turdus ruficollis)

© Askar Isabekov
2020-03-01
Bishkek, Ozernoe

Third record of Red-throated Thrush in Kyrgyz Republic. First one was shot at March 22, 1958 in valley of At-Bashi river (Yanushevich et al, 1960). Second record of Red-throated Thrush was at February 10, 2002 near Ananievo village, coast of Issyk-Kul lake (Kulagin, 2009). Basing in this records Red-throated Thrush was included to checklist of birds of Kyrgyz Republic with a status of vagrant bird (Toropova, Kulagin, 2006).

Торопова В.И., Кулагин С.В. Третий систематический список птиц Кыргызстана// Selevinia, 2006. – С. 44-54.
Янушевич А.И., Тюрин П.С., Яковлева И.Д., Кыдыралиев А., Семёнова Н.И. 1960. Птицы Киргизии. Фрунзе, 2: 1-272.

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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.

2020-09-20

Viktor: Обыкновенная стрекоза Sympetrum vulgatum.?

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