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Hume's Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus humei)

© Oleg Formanyuk

Zmeiny island

The second observation of a Hume's Leaf Warbler in Ukraine and the first on the Zmiimyi island

Pygmy Cormorant ( Microcarbo pygmaeus)

© Petro Hryniuk


The first observation of Pygmy Cormorant in Rivne region. It can be observable during migrations in the West Ukraine. Breeding in the Azov-Black See region in the deltas of big rivers.

White's Thrush (Zoothera dauma varia)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

Zailiyskiy Alatau, Almaty region

Rare record. 50 years ago only six records of vagrants were known for Kazakhstan (Gavrilov, 1970). Later, the breeding was established, and fledglings were recorded in the Zailiysky Alatau (Gavrilov, 1974) and in Kungei Alatau (Zhuyko, 1980). Nests not found in Kazakhstan until today. Now there are several spots in Zailiyskiy Alatau where it's possible to observe this cautious bird, but mostly just typical song could be hearable.

Гаврилов Э.И. Род земляной дрозд – Zoothera//Птицы Казахстана. т. 3. 1970, с. 456-458. Гаврилов Э.И. Нахождение земляного дрозда (Zoothera dauma Lath.) на гнездовье в Казахстане. Вестник зоологии № 1, 1974. с. 84-85. Жуйко Б.П. Земляной дрозд в Кунгей Алатау (Тянь-Шань), Орнитология, выпуск 15. 1980. с. 196.

Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Malik Nukusbekov


The first record of species for the region of Talas Alatau. The nearest records are known in the area of Zhuantobe village, South Kazakhstan region - October 10, 2012 (A.Vilyaev, www.birds.kz) and in the Almaty region, at Sorbulak ,on October 2, 2011 (V.Fedorenko, www.birds.kz) and in Alma -Ata - December 19, 2013 (A. Isabekov, www.birds.kz). All of these birds were photographed.

Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica)

© Malik Nukusbekov


Rare vagrant. Near the point of observation, at the Chokpak ornithological station occasionally recorded on the autumn migration (Gavrilov, Gissov, 1985).

Гаврилов Э.И., Гисцов А.П. Сезонные перелеты птиц в предгорьях Западного Тянь-Шаня. Алма-ата, 1985: 223 с.

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

© Oleg Belyalov

Almaty region

Record of fledgling, indicating to the breeding of this species in a new point of the Northern Tian Shan located at 100 km to the east from the previously known breeding spots in the Trans-Ili Alatau. The juvenile Goshawk was recorded on the vicinity of Zhylysai by Moscow ornithologists E. Koblik and V. Ilyashenko; bird was photographed too. Apparently juvenile left the nest in the spruce groves of the nearest slope of the Kuuluktau Range, which are located near the village. For a long time it was considered the Goshawk does not breed in Tian Shan, but observed here only on migrating and wintering (Korelov, 1962). First brood was recorded in the Big Almaty gorge of the Trans-Ili Alatau in 1982 (Korelov, Pfander, 1983). Later broods were recorded in 1996 in the gorge of the Turgen river (Gubin, 2009), in the end of 1990s in the Kaskelen Gorge (O. Belyalov, oral report), and in recent years again in the Great Almaty Gorge (P. Pfander, oral report).

Губин Б.М. Встреча выводка тетеревятника в Заилийском Алатау//Казахстанский орнитологический бюллетень 2008. Алматы, 2009. С. 191. Корелов М.Н. Отряд хищные//Птицы Казахстана, т. 2. Алма-Ата, 1962. С. 488-707.Корелов М.Н., Пфандер П.В. О новом южном районе гнездования тетеревятника//Экология хищных птиц. М., 1983. С. 65.

Vega (Mongolian) Gull (Larus (vegae) mongolicus)

© Natali Kim

VKO, Ust-Kamenogorsk

The second record of the Mongolian Gull in Kazakhstan. Previously juvenile bird was photographed 25th of October in Ust-Kamenogorsk (A.Feldman, www.birds.kz).

Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

© Aktan Muhashov


The ninth and the latest record in the region of Mangyshlak. Before recorded: May 10, 1947 - Fort-Shevchenko (Dolgushin, 1948). September 8-16, 1964 – Shevchenko town (Kovshar, 1972). 2. May 17, 1990 – Karatau mountains (Kovshar AF, 1995). 3. August 9, 1989 - Aktau (Gubin, 2015). 4. May 15, 2009 (Gubin, 2015). 5. October 15, 2013 – The Beket-Ata mosque (C. Aleinikova, www.birds.kz). 6. October 23, 2014 – Kuryk village (Isabekov, 2014). 7. April 18, 2015 - Aktau (A. Yasko, www.birds.kz). 8. April 23, 2015 - Aktau (A. Yasko, www.birds.kz)

Долгушин И.А. О фауне птиц полуострова Мангышлак//Известия АН КазССР, №63, сер. Зоол., вып. 8, 1948. С. 131-160. Губин Б.М. Орнитофауна п-ова Мангышлак//Птицы пустынь Казахстана. Книга 1. Алматы 2015. С. 22-149. Исабеков А. Орнитологические наблюдения в Мангистау осенью и зимой 2014 года//Русский орнитологический журнал 2015, Том 24, Экспресс-выпуск 1092, 2015. С. 55-72. Ковшарь А.Ф. Черноголовая славка Sylvia atricapilla//Птицы Казахстана, Алма-Ата, Т. 4. 1972. С. 173-176. Ковшарь А.Ф. Пролет птиц через Устюрт и Мангышлак весной 1990 г.//Selevinia, 1995, т. 3, № 1. С. 56-62.

Asian Short-toed Lark (Calandrella cheleensis leucophaea)

© Vassiliy Fedorenko

Sorbulak lake, Almaty region

The second photo registration of the species in Sorbulak. Two birds were photographed at the same place, where one bird was observed previously on October 25, 2014 (A. Kovalenko, V. Fedorenko, www.birds.kz). Beafore this records two birds were shot on Sorbulak on November 22, 1978 by Gavrilov E.I . This birds collected in the Institute of Zoology in Alma-Ata; there are 35 specimen in total, 31of them are from the valley of the Ili River and the immediate vicinity, and by one of the lower reaches of the Chu and Syrdarya rivers (Belyalov, 2004). Recent years this Lark almost disappeared from the field of view of ornithologists. Should be noted the taxonomic status of the species still raises doubts, since its range is formed by the isolated patches within the huge range of the Lesser Short-toed Lark (Calandrella rufescens), which is strange case even for subspecies. Perhaps V.L. Bianki was right when found the Asian Short-toed Lark is only a color variation of the Lesser Short-toed Lark, does not have a special area of ​​distribution, and is confined to the special type of landscape as salt march (Bianki, 1905).

Белялов О.В. Что мы знаем о солончаковом жаворонке?//Казахстанский орнитологический бюллетень 2003. Алматы, 2004. С. 178-179. Бианки В.Л. Птицы//Научные результаты путешествий Н.М. Пржевальского по Центральной Азии. Отд.зоол. Т.2. Вып.4, СПб. 1905. С.192-196.

Little Owl (Athene noctua noctua)

© Yuriy Malkov


Little owl (Athene noctua) June 16 - November 12, 2015 – Karabalyk village, Kostanay region (Yuri Malkov). The second breeding record of species in the northern part of Kazakhstan. Breeding point at 53˚00 N was confirmed by regularly photos of breeding birds. Recently, in 2009, the breeding was recorded in the North-Kazakhstan region at 55˚00 N. (Zuban et al., 2010). The new breeding spot was located at 500 km to west of the previous one. The breeding range of this species bypasses the central and northern regions of Kazakhstan in far to south, penetrating to the north only in mountain groups of the Kazakh Plateau. Previously considered the northern border of the distribution of the Little Owl is the 42˚00 N. in the mountains of Kotur-Kyzyltau where it was recorded by I.A. Dolgushin (Gavrin, 1962). In 1963 it was recorded more far to north in the mountains of Kyzyltau (50˚30 N), south of Bayanaul (Cheltsov-Bebutov, 1978). The closest breeding spots of Little Owl in Western Siberia are the areas of the Altaisky Krai, in the similar latitude of this record (Ryabitsev, 2014).

Брагин Е.А., Брагина Т.М. Фауна Наурзумского заповедника. Костанай, 2002. 60 с. Гаврин В.Ф. Отряд совы//Птицы Казахстана, Алма-Ата, т. 2. 1962. С. 708-779. Зубань И.А., Красников А.В., Губин С.В., Гайдин С.Г. Авифаунистические наблюдения и находки в Северо-Казахстанской области//Материалы к распространению птиц на Урале, в Приуралье и Западной Сибири. Вып. 15 Екатеринбург. 2010, С. 43-74. Рябицев В.К. Птицы Сибири. Москва-Екатеринбург, т. 2. 2014. 452 с. Чельцов-Бебутов А.М. Заметки о населении и фауне птиц мало исследованных районов Северного Казахстана//Биол. птиц в Казахстане. Алма-Ата, 1978. С. 120-126.

Bean Goose (Anser fabalis)

© Anna Yasko

Aktau, Karakol

The first confirmed by photo record of the species for the region of Mangyshlak.

Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus)

© Sergey L. Volkov

Vitimsky nature reserve, Northern Transbaikalia

The first regisration for Siberia

Upland Buzzard (Buteo hemilasius)

© Alexei Ebel


First winter meeting for the Altai region, the second documented meeting for the Altai region

Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata)

© Vadim Ivushkin


The first registration of a bird in the Irkutsk region

Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana)

© Vadim Ivushkin


The first registration of a bird in the Irkutsk region

 Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)

© Victor Kalinskiy

Zhitomir oblast. Novgorod-Volonsky raion

The first observation of a Yellow-browed Warbler in the Zhytomyr region and in the north of the country in general. The fourth observation on the mainland of Ukraine (including Crimea). At least 6 fixations of species are known on Zmiimyi Island.

Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides)

© Sergey Pisarevskiy

Savkino, Baganskiy Raion, Novosibirskaya Oblast.

The first registration for the Novosibirsk region.

Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa)

© Miphail Kalashnikov

village Lebazie, SKO

The first photo record of the species in the site from the Northern Kazakhstan. There was, until recently, officially considered the Great Grey Owl in Kazakhstan occurs only in Altai, where it breeds. However, according to Ivan Zuban and Oleg Lyakhov, in the museums of Pavlodar and North-Kazakhstan regions there are stuffed Great Grey Owls, shot in 1966 (in the North Kazakhstan region) and in the early 1980s (in the Pavlodar region).

Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)

© Sergey Ryzhkov

Kinburnska Kosa

Observation of the Dalmatian Pelican outside the Danube Delta and the Crooked Spit are relatively rare. At the time of publication, only single recordings of this species outside these areas were known.

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Alexandr Fedulin


Very long distance record from the known breeding spots. About 80 birds were observed. Recent years several vagrants have been recorded in Kurgaldzhino (Koshkin A.V., 2002, 2003, 2007).

Кошкин А.В. Дополнения к фауне птиц Кургальджинского заповедника//Selevinia, 2002. С. 127-130. Кошкин А.В. Новое в орнитофауне Коргалжынского заповедника // Русский орнитологический журнал 2003, Том 12, Экспресс-выпуск 240. С. 1175-1177. Кошкин А.В. Фауна Коргальджинского заповедника. Астана, 2007. 61 с.

Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)

© Alexandr Fedulin


Rare vagrant species in Kurgaldzhino. Before this record there were single birds and flocks in the spring. (Andrusenko N, Khrokov V, 1981, Koshkin A, 2007).

Андрусенко Н.Н., Хроков В.В. Новая информация о птицах Коргалжынского заповедника // Орнитология, 17. 155. Кошкин А.В. Фауна Коргальджинского заповедника. Астана, 2007. 61 с.

White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)

© Valeriy Gryunberg

Dunga. p Mangystau.

Rare vagrant in Mangyshlak, and in the whole territory of the western part of Kazakhstan. The closest breeding spots of White Stork are in Dagestan (300 km from the record point) and in Iran, in the southern coast of the Caspian Sea (850 km). Occasionally nesting attempts were noted in the southeast of Turkmenistan (Belousov, 1990). In both cases we are talking about birds of European subspecies. The nearest breeding ranges of Turkestan White Stork (Ciconia ciconia asiatica) are in Khorezm (800 km from the record point), Bukhara and Samarkand oases.

«Птицы России и сопредельных регионов: Пеликанообразные, Аистообразные, Фламингообразные» Москва, 2011. Крaсная книга республики Узбекистан, 2004.

Pallid Scops Owl (Otus brucei)

© Zhaskairat Nurmukhambetov


The first record of this species for the region of Mangyshlak. The nearest known breeding spots for Striated Scops-Owl are located in the lower reaches of the Syrdarya (Gavrin, 1962) and on the southern cliff of Ustyurt (Stepanyan, 2003). Based on the date of the record it's possible to assume the nesting of Striated Scops-Owl in the territory of Zhanaozen city.

Гаврин В.Ф. Отряд Совы // Птицы Казахстана. Т.2. Алма-Ата, 1962. С.708-779. Степанян Л.С. Конспект орнитологической фауны России и сопредельных территорий. Москва, 2003. 806 с.

Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana)

© Anna Yasko

Aktau, Mangystau

The first photo record of this species from the region of Mangyshlak. Migration through the peninsula Mangyshlak is known, but due to caution and a secretive style of life of this bird it's rarely recorded (Gubin, 2015).

Губин Б.М. Орнитофауна п-ова Мангышлак // Птицы пустынь Казахстана. Часть 1. Алматы, 2015. C. 22-149.

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)

© Alexandr Katuncev

Алматы sorbulakskaj sistema ozer

The rare vagrant, which is the 11th for Kazakhstan. Most of the records are related to the Sorbulak lake (Erokhov et al., 1978; Khrokov et al., 1980; Belyalov, Karpov, 2012), the last of which occurred on August 11, 2013, when the single bird was also photographed (Dyakin, Isabekov, 2013). It was also noted in Alakol lake in 1981 and 1989. (Khrokov et al, 1993).

Белялов О.В., Карпов Ф.Ф. Птицы Сорбулакской системы озёр (Алматинская обл.)//Selevinia, 2012. С. 82-108. Дякин Г.Ю., Исабеков А.А. www.birds.kz Ерохов С.Н., Гаврилов Э.И., Хроков В.В. Новые находки куликов на юго-востоке Казахстана//Изв. АН КазССР, 1978, сер. биол., № 6. С. 22-24. Хроков В.В., Гаврилов Э.И., Ерохов С.Н. Песочник-красношейка – новый вид в фауне птиц Казахстана//Изв. АН КазССР, 1980, сер. биол., № 3. С. 82-83. Хроков В.В., Ерохов С.Н., Лопатин В.В., Гаврилов Э.И., Гаврилов А.Э., Карпов Ф.Ф. Орнитологические находки в Алакольской котловине. //Фауна и биология птиц Казахстана. Алматы, 1993. С. 194-196.

Broad-billed Sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus)

© Alexandr Belyaev

Almatinskaja obl. Sorbulakskaja sistema ozer

Rare record for the plain Semirechie region. The last time was recorded at Sorbulak on August 26, 2001 (Belyalov, Karpov, 2012). In the initial period of the Sorbulak reservoir forming the Broad-billed Sandpiper was quite common on migration, according to A.E. Gavrilov for the period of stationary works in 1981-1986 250 birds were caught (Belyalov, 2013). However, for more than ten years, despite to regular observations, it didn't record here. Records of this species are also known in the Alakol depression (Gavrilov et al., 1990, 1994).

Белялов О.В. Новые данные по птицам Сорбулакской системы озёр (Алматинская область) // Selevinia, 2013, Том 21. С. 102-106. Белялов О.В., Карпов Ф.Ф. Птицы Сорбулакской системы озёр (Алматинская область) // Selevinia, 2012, Том 20. С. 82-108. Гаврилов Э.И., Гаврилов А.Э., Ерохов С.Н., Хроков В.В. Осенняя миграция грязовика в Казахстане//Миграции птиц в Азии. Ашхабад, 1990. С. 137-145. Гаврилов Э.И., Ерохов С.Н., Хроков В.В., Карпов Ф.Ф. Осенний пролет куликов на озере Алаколь (Алакольская котловина)//Орнитология, вып. 26. М., 1994. С. 153-157.

Shikra (Accipiter badius)

© Anna Yasko

Aktau, Mangystau

The nesting of Shikra in the park of Aktau city was confirmed. On May 16, the adult bird was photographed in the nest, and on July 19 - three fully fledged chicks too. Breeding spots are known in the Western Kopetdag, at 500 km to the south (Stepanyan, 2003); and in the lower reaches of the Syrdarya, at 800 km to the north-east (Gavrilov, 1999) from the place of the new record.

Гаврилов Э.И. Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана. Алматы, 1999. 198 с. Степанян Л.С. Конспект орнитологической фауны России и сопредельных территорий. Москва, 2003. 806 с.

Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor)

© Steve Klasan

NE Bay of Maly Tengiz

New species for Kazakhstan. Two adult birds were observed in the NE bay of Tengiz lake together with Greater Flamingo. 10 of September these birds were recorded by R.Urazaliev too. Afterwards, Ruslan Urazaliev watching the video shot by Alena Shmalenko (Koshkina) of June 14, 2009 in a large number of Greater Flamingos found a bird, whose size and coloring did not leave any doubts that it was a Lesser Flamingo. Thus, the record in 2009 became the first documented evidence. This is third record for all former USSR area. The first record of Lesser Flamingo was at 3rd of August 2007 in Limanskoe, Odesskaya oblast, Ukraine (Rednikov K.A.). The main breeding range of this species is located in eastern regions of Equatorial Africa in the salt lakes of Kenia and Tanzania. Also there are some colonies in the coast of Persian Gulf, and in Sambhar lake in Indian state Radjastan. The closest breeding spots are located at 3500 km to south from the record in Kazakhstan. It’s interesting that this species mostly feeds the Cyanobacteria and Diatom plants, unlike of breeding in Tengiz lake Greater Flamongo (Phoenicopterus roseus) which feeds mostly by Artemia salina.
Уразалиев Р.С. Малый фламинго Phoenicopterus minor Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1798 - новый вид в фауне Казахстана // Орнитологический вестник Казахстана и Средней Азии. Вып. 4. Алматы: МОО - СОПК, 2017. С. 311.

Siberian Thrush (Zoothera sibirica)

© Ilya Ukolov

Republic of Altai

The first observation in the Altai mountains.

Eurasian Roller (Coracias garrulus)

© Sergey Pisarevskiy

Tobeler, Altai Republic.

The first observation for Altai Republic.

Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)

© Sergey Pisarevskiy

Aigulak-Ak-Bom, Chuya River, Altai Republic.

Previously unknown place.

Swan Goose (Anser cygnoides)

© Sergey Pisarevskiy

Kosh-Agach, Altai Republic.

The first observation in the Altai Republic over the past 100 years.

Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor)

© Sergey Pisarevskiy

Yarkul, Lake Chany, Novosibirskaya Oblast.

The first sign up for 40 years

Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis)

© Sergey Pisarevskiy

Khabarovka, Altai Republic.

the most Eastern point registration for this species

Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus)

© Egor Dyachenko

Tomsk Region, Tomsk

The rare species, the forth registration in Tomsk oblast

Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)

© Alexei Ebel

Lake near Khosh-Agatch, Altai Republic

The fifth registration ever recorded in Altai

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)

© Yuriy Kodrul


One of the few Great black-backed gull registrations in Ukraine. In total, about ten observation are known.

Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)

© Yuriy Kodrul

Tiligul frith, near Kobelevo

In general, a rare bird for the country. <br>Observed on the spring migartion in<br>North-Western Black Sea Coast.<br>Vagrants were observed in Kharkiv, Odesa, Vinnytsia, Kyiv<br>regions and in the Crimea.

Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius)

© Uri Muhin

Utlyuksky estuary

The third or four registration of Great Spotted Cuckoo in Ukraine and the second registration in 2015.

Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus)

© Fedor Karpov

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).

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