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Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius)

© Uri Muhin

2015-08-03
Utlyuksky estuary



The fourth registration of Great Spotted Cuckoo in Ukraine and the second registration for this year (2015).

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).

Red Kite (Milvus milvus)

© Konstantin Pismennyi

2015-05-17
Kiev, surrounding forests



The first prooved meeting with red kite in Ukraine for the last 50-60 years.

Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius)

© Viacheslav Kaistro

2015-05-16
Arbatskaya Strelka



The third registration of Great Spotted Cuckoo in Ukraine.

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)

© Uri Muhin

2013-11-08
Dnipropetrovsk



Aerial Kittiwakes on the continent are extremely rare. This bird was found by Paul Bredbier and Aleksandr Nastachenko in Dnepropetrovsk on November 8, 2013. Details about the meeting of the kittiwake before this case we are not know yet.

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).

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)

© Vitalii Kazannyk

2015-05-11
Yahotyn, ponds, Kyiv region



The first meeting with Squacco Heron in Kyiv region at spring.

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.

Paddyfield Warbler (Acrocephalus agricola)

© Andrew Simon

2014-08-31
Yahotyn



The first meeting with Paddyfield Warbler in Kyiv region.

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.

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.

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).

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).

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).

Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

2015-01-03
Kanshengel village, Almaty region



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

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.

Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga)

© Alexandr Katuncev

2014-12-11
Актау



The first winter record in Kazakhstan, confirmed by photography.

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.

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

Hume's Warbler (Phylloscopus humei)

© Alexey Timoshenko

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



The first record in Kostanay region confirmed by photography.

Black-throated Accentor (Prunella atrogularis atrogularis)

© Alexey 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.

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)

© Alexey 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).

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).


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