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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).

Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)

© Anna Yasko

Aktau, Mangystau

It was a rare record for Mangyshlak. Before that, records are known on June 1-2, 1888, in the region of the Sherkala mountain and the Akmysh springs, on May 6, 1947 near of Fort-Shevchenko, on May 7, 1964 in the tract Danga and May 17, 2009 near the Kaunda hollow.
Gubin B.M. Ornithofauna of the Mangyshlak peninsula // Birds of the deserts of Kazakhstan. Book 1. Almaty 2015. P. 22-149.

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

Sorbulak, Almaty region

That was the fourth record of this species for Semirechye and the third for the Sorbulak system.

Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis saxatilis)

© Alexandr Fedulin

Korgalzhyn, Akmola oblast.

This was a rare record for the Teniz-Korgalzhinsky region. Before that, only five records had been known: in 1980 and 1983 (Krivitsky et al., 1985), in 2005 (V. Khrokov, oral communication), one female bird in Karazhar, on May 13, 2009, one male bird in Korgalzhyn village on May 22, 2011 (J. Kamp, oral communication).
Koshkin A.V Ornithofauna of the Teniz-Korgalzhyn region (Central Kazakhstan) // Rus. ornithol. journal. 2017, Vol. 26, no. 1415: 909-956.

Sociable Lapwing (Chettusia gregaria)

© Nadezhda Orlova

Sychevka, Altai Krai

The first photo record of this species for the eastern part of Altaiski Krai.

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Alexandr Belyaev

Almatinskaja obl.. g. Taldykorgan

For the first time, it was noted for the Dzhungar Alatau region, in general, it is a rare record for the entire Semirechie region, where it was only observed on Sorbulak on May 30, 1995 (Erokhov, 2002) and on April 11, 1999 (Grachev, 2002).

Wood Lark (Lullula arborea)

© Ainur Iskakova


It was a very rare vagrant species for Kazakhstan and the second photofixation on the site. Before this, Wood Lark was photographed in Fort-Shevchenko on 12 March, 2016, by Aisagali Kydyr.

White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellochettusia leucura)

© Mikhail Kalagin


New species for Ulyanovsk region

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

© Valerii Bogdanovich

Buryatia. Selenginsky region, Gusinoe lake.

A rare vagrant in Transbaikalia. First foto-proof for Republic of Buryatia. These birds may be arrived migrants or may have spent winter in the open water close to the electric plant.

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)

© Gennadiy Dyakin

South Kazakhstan

A rare record in the territory of Kazakhstan outside the Caspian Sea.

Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)

© Igor Torgachkin

City Novorossiysk, Krasnodar region, Sudzhukskaya lagoon.

The second year of observations purple sandpiper in Novorossiysk (the first meeting was in 2016 in the same place), made by a number of observers.

Pomarine Skua (Stercorarius pomarinus)

© Ilya Ukolov

Moscow region

rare record in Moskow region

Mediterranean Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus brookei)

© Anatoly Levin

Caspian see north-east part

The first record of the Mediterranean Peregrine Falcon (Falco Peregrinus brookei) in the territory (territorial waters) of Kazakhstan.

Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)

© Sofia Buntovskaya

Listvyanka, Irkutsk Oblast', Lake Baikal

A rare vagrant in the southern part of the Lake Baikal area. The first wintering trial.

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Big Year 2020

1. Golubeva Anna (291)
2. Isabekov Askar (276)
3. Dyakin Gennadiy (251)
4. Bazdyrev Andrey (241)
5. Sikorsky Igor (238)
6. Semenov Andrey (236)
7. Sofronov Evgeniy (236)
8. Sukhov Ilya (235)
9. Belyaev Alexandr (234)
10. Sapuga Alex (222)

unidentified birds


Илья Сухов: Ноги вот только почему то серые смущают


Александр Рогаль: Вот еще одно фото. Ну если это тоже чернобровка, то уж и не знаю, кто в тех камышах мог так мелодично петь. :)


Дмитрий Шевцов: Ну с такого ракурса сложно понять.


Аскар Исабеков: спасибо, Сергей, я подумал, что краснозобый, поскольку передник сплошной (не штрихами) и не черный.


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