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White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

© Dmitry Korobov

Primorsky Krai

Rare record north american species for Far East Russia

Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis)

© Nina Shteinbrenner


Presumably, the first record of this species in Khakasia.

Grey-capped Woodpecker (Dendrocopos canicapillus)

© Vasiliy Dugintsov

Amurskaya oblast, Blagoveschensk

Rare (3th) record for Amur region

Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Alexandr Fedulin

Korgalzhin v.

The second record in Kurgaldzhinho. Three birds were observed. The first bird was recorded in Kulanotpes river at September 29th 1960. (Krivitsky et al, 1985).

Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus)

© Anna Yasko

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.

Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis)

© Yuri Gluschenko

Primorskyi kray, Khasan

Yet another proof for Yellow bittern nesting in Primorye

White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)

© Alexey Antonov

Amur region, Khingan Nature Reserve, Lebedinoe lake

Rare records for Amur region

Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula)

© Tatiana Semenova


The first record in Buryatia. The point if it mighr belong to the eastern form T. (merula) mandarinus is being discussed.

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

© Viacheslav Kaistro


Rare flying bird on the territory of Ukraine. In recent decades, the frequency of meetings has increased - since the beginning of the century, more than 20 registrations of species in the country. The closest known breeding grounds are in Turkey.

Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus)

© Alexey Zolotov


A rare type of vagrants in the nothern regions of Ukraine.

White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera)

© Viktorija Ostrovska

Berezne, Rivne region

A rare type of vagrants. It was registered mainly in the northwestern part of the country. It is known only a few meetings.

Blyth's Pipit (Anthus godlewskii)

© Yuri Gluschenko

Bolshoi Pelis Is.

Second record Blyth's pipit for Far East Russia

Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus)

© Mark Pestov

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).

Grey-headed Lapwing (Microsarcops cinereus)

© Ilya Ukolov

Primorsky kray, Khasan region

Rare visitor for Russia

Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus)

© Nikolay Yakushev

Meynypilgyno, Chukotka

Eastern White Egret (Casmerodius modestus)

© Vladimir Arkhipov

Kurilskoe Lake, Kamchatka, Russia

Об этом залёте восточной белой цапли на Камчатку и других интересных находках подробнее здесь

Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes)

© Evgeny Mamaev

Commander I., Commander Islands Nature and Biosphere Reserve

Quite rare for the Commander Islands waters

Fairy Pitta (Pitta nympha)

© Yuri Gluschenko

Bolshoy Pelis island

Firds record for Russia

Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)

© Alexandr Masalev


Upland Buzzard (Buteo hemilasius)

© Vladislav Zhizhkov


The 3rd documented record for Altai Province. Also, very rare vagrant on plain parts of this region.

Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

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

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

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).

Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus)

© Vadim Ivushkin

Res. Buryatia

Sixth species registration in Buryatia. In total, there are 10 meetings of this species in the Baikal area. In Buryatia 3 - for the second half of the 20th century. At the beginning of the 21st century: in the Irkutsk region 3, in Buryatia - 3. In 2017, two registrations (in Western and Southern Buryatia). Data on materials Yu.I. Melnikov (2016).

Pallid Scops Owl (Otus brucei)

© Oleg Belyalov

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

VKO Kurchum

The first photo on birds.kz site.

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)

© Ilya Smelansky

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

Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

© Alexandr Katuncev


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

White's Thrush (Zoothera dauma varia)

© Sergey Domashevsky

Betpakdala desert. Southern Kazakhstan.

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

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)

© Konstantin Andrussenko


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

Yellow-billed Loon (Gavia adamsii)

© Anna Golubeva


Black-faced Bunting (Ocyris spodocephalus)

© Natalya Borovaya

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

Oriental Cuckoo (Cuculus saturatus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov

VKO Katon-Karagay

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

Slender-billed Gull (Larus genei)

© Igor Fefelov

Selenga River delta, Kabansk District, Buryatia

The 2nd registration in the Selenga River delta. In total, only about ten records is known in the Eastern Asia east from the breeding range of this species.

Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus)

© Olexandr Ghryb

Zhytomyr region, Chudniv district, near the village of Krasnohirka

A rare type of vagrants. Possibly it is the first meeting with this specie in Zhytomyr region.

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

© Maxim Yakovlev


A rare type of vagrants. It is known about a dozen meetings of this specie in the country for all time of observation.

Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus)

© Vlad Gedziuk

Rivnenske smitiezvalische

The first registration of this specie in Rivne region.

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

© Aleksandr Gontcharov


The first observation in Kemerovo Region after 1926.

Common Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos)

© Anna Yasko

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

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).

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unidentified birds


Игорь Фефелов: Или из группы желтых, или на худой конец желтоголовая не исключена.


Николай Балацкий: Степной молодой лунь.


Мария Шведко: Андрей, да, причем головная и не проходящая)


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