NEW(S)

9 April 2017

On 9 April, Robert Tizard photographed a male Rüppell’s Warbler Sylvia ruppeli 100 km from Gazly, in the Barchan sands in the Kyzylkum desert, Uzbekistan. This is the first record for Central Asia!!

Many thanks to Robert for his permission to publish the photographs.

 

8 April 2017

A Woodlark Lullula arborea was photographed at Rubezhinskoe in the Ural floodplain on 7 April 2017 (Iskakova 2017). This is a very rare species in Kazakhstan.

Reference: Iskakova A 2017. Woodlark. www.birds.kz.

 

2 April 2017

A second calendar-year male Red-throated Thrush Turdus ruficollis was photographed at Taldykurgan, Almaty province on 2 April 2017 (Belyaev 2017). This is the sixth record for Kazakhstan.

Reference: Belyaev A I 2017. Red-throated Thrush. www.birds.kz.

 

28 March 2017

An adult Baltic Gull Larus fuscus fuscus was photographed (right most bird) on 21 March 2017 in the Kyzylkum desert west of Sary-Ozek, South Kazakhstan province (Dyakin 2017). This is the fifth documented record for Kazakhstan. 

Reference: Dyakin G 2017. Lesser Black-backed Gull. www.birds.kz.

 

2 March 2017 

The Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus, still present on 1 March at the same location, can be sexed as a (second-calendar year) female. The head is already moulted and shows a large ear patch. Second calendar-year males should already show a bluish hue to the head, a smaller ear patch and a pale(r) lateral crown-stripe, which are lacking in this bird. 

Thanks to Nils van Duivendijk for discussing the sex of the bird with me.

 

26 February 2017

The Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus is still present at the Irtysh river at Öskemen (Kolesnikov 2017).

Reference: Kolesnikov V 2017. Harlequin Duck. www.birds.kz.

 

21 February 2017

The third calendar-year European Herring Gull Larus argentatus found at Aqtau on 13 December 2016, still proved to be around on 20 February 2017, now in its fourth calendar-year (Yasko 2017).

Reference: Yasko A. European Herring Gull. www.birds.kz.

 

9 February 2017

The first-year Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus found on 13 December 2016 at the Irtysh river at Öskemen, still proved to be present at this location on 4 February 2017 (Sedykh 2017).

Reference: Sedykh I 2017. Harlequin Duck. www.birds.kz.

 

29 January 2017

The adult Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis still proved be around at Aqtau, where it was seen again on 24 January 2017 (Yasko 2017).

Reference: Yasko A 2017. Ring-billed Gull. www.birds.kz.

 

18 January 2017

Today, an adult and second calendar-year Rosy Starling Pastor roseus were found (photo one and two) at Fort Shevchenko, Mangghystau province (Kadirov 2017). This is the first winter record for Kazakhstan.

Reference: Kadirov A 2017. Rosy Starling. www.birds.kz.

 

17 January 2017

On 14 January 2017, a Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis was photographed at Karakol lake (Yasko 2017). This is the second winter record at the eastern Caspian  coast and also the second outside south-eastern Kazakhstan, where the species regularly winters (Wassink 2015). 

References:

Wassink A 2015. The New Birds of Kazakhstan. De Cocksdorp. Texel.

Yasko A 2017. Common Kingfisher. www.birds.kz.

 

On 14 January 2017, a Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus was photographed at the eastern Caspian coast at Karakol lake (Yasko 2017). This is the first winter record outside south-eastern Kazakhstan, where the species occasionally winters (Wassink 2015) .

References:

Wassink A 2015. The New Birds of Kazakhstan. De Cocksdorp. Texel.

Yasko A 2017. Dalmatian Pelican. www.birds.kz.

 

13 January 2017

On 12 January 2017, a second calendar-year Black-eared Kite Milvus migrans lineatus was photographed at Aqtau (Yasko 2017). This is the fourth winter record for Kazakhstan. 

Reference: Yasko A 2017. Black Kite. www.birds.kz.

 

11 January 2017

A flock of 12 White Storks Ciconia ciconia was found between Aisha Bibi and Taraz on 10 January 2017 (Nukusbekov 2017). This is the second documented winter record for Kazakhstan.

Reference: Nukusbekov M 2017. White Stork. www.birds.kz.

 

7 January 2017

On 2 January 2017, a second calendar-year Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus was photographed at Sorbulak lake (Belyalov 2017). This is the second winter record at this location. The only other location where this species has been found in winter is Chardara lake, in the most southern part of South Kazakhstan province (Wassink 2015).

References:

Belyalov O V 2017. Dalmatian Pelican. www.birds.kz.

Wassink A 2015. The New Birds of Kazakhstan. De Cocksdorp. Texel.

 

 

1 January 2017

A VERY HAPPY 2017 FOR ALL OF YOU!!!

 

30 December 2016 

The adult Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis was seen again at Aqtau on 29 December (Yasko 2016).

Reference: Yasko A 2016. Ring-billed Gull. www.birds.kz.

 

20 December 2016

The Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus is still present.  With this photo the bird can be aged as a first calendar-year, based on the pale underparts with streaky boundary towards breast and flanks. As the plumage develops, we might be able to establish its sex also. 

Thanks to Nils van Duivendijk for discussing the age of the bird with me.

Reference: Isabekov A 2016. Harlequin Duck. www.birds.kz.

 

18 December 2016

An incredible record…….on 13-18 December 2016, a first calendar-year (male of female) or adult female Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus was present at the Irtysh river at Öskemen (Isabekov 2016)!!!! This is the first documented record for Kazakhstan and Central Asia.

Reference: Isabekov A 2016. Harlequin Duck. www.birds.kz.

 

17 December 2016

On 15 December 2016, a first calendar-year Red-throated Thrush Turdus ruficollis was photographed at Karashengel Game Reserve, Almaty province (Bevza 2016). This the fifth record for Kazakhstan.

References:

Bevza I A 2016. Red-throated Thrush. www.birds.kz.

Wassink A 2015. The New Birds of Kazakhstan. De Cocksdorp. Texel.

 

13 December 2016

On 13 December 2016, a third calendar-year European Herring Gull Larus argentatus was photographed at Aqtau (Yasko 2016). This is the fourth record for Kazakhstan, all from the Caspian coast of Mangghystau province (Wassink 2015).

References:

Yasko A 2016. European Herring Gull. www.birds.kz.

Wassink A 2015. The New Birds of Kazakhstan. De Cocksdorp. Texel.

 

8 December 2016

On 2-4 December 2016, an adult and a first calendar-year Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo were present at Kenes in the Karatau foothills (Nukusbekov 2016). This is the second winter record for this species in Kazakhstan.

Reference: Nukusbekov M 2016. Demoiselle Crane. www.birds.kz.

 

3 December 2016

Presumably the same adult Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis still or again proved to be present at Aqtau (Yasko 2016).

Reference: Yasko A 2016. www.birds.kz.

 

1 December 2016

On 7 January and 5 November 2015, presumably the same adult Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis was photographed (one and twoat the eastern Caspian coast at Aqtau (Yasko 2015). This is a new species for Kazakhstan and Central Asia! After a Franklin’s Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan in 2010 (Wassink et al 2011; Wassink 2015), this is the second Nearctic gull species observed in Kazakhstan.

Many thanks to Hans Larsson for pointing the photos of the 2015 records out to me!!

References:

Wassink A 2015. The New Birds of Kazakhstan. De Cocksdorp. Texel.

Wassink A, Ahmed R, Busuttil S and Salemgareev A 2011. Oriental Plover, Franklin’s Gull, Syrian Woodpecker and Masked Shrike new to Kazakhstan. Dutch  Birding 33: 239-244.

Yasko A 2015, 2016. Ring-billed Gull. www.birds.kz

 

9 November 2016

It seems that the influx of Siberian Accentors Prunella montanella is not only confined to northern and northwestern Europe, but also effects Kazakhstan. Although this accentor is a very rare winter visitor, two records within a few days – 6 November 2016 Kenes (Nukusbekov 2016) and 9 November 2016 Karamendy (Timoshenko 2016) – indicate something is going on there as well.

References:

Nukusbekov M 2016. Siberian Accentor. www.birds.kz.

Timoshenko A Y 2016. Siberian Accentor. www.birds.kz.

 

The photographs of the Taiga Flycatchers Ficedula albicilla reported in the Irtysh valley at Öskemen on 31 October (Silan 2016) do not allow a safe identification. The ones photographed there on 5 and 6 November 2016 (Isabekov 2016 one and two) are Red-breasted Flycatchers F parva,  based on for instance the largely pale lower mandible and tertial pattern. There are still no sufficiently documented autumn records of Taiga Flycatcher outside the Altai.

References:

Isabekov A 2016. Taiga Flycatcher. www.birds.kz.

Silan S 2016. Taiga Flycatcher. www.birds.kz.

 

7 November 2016

Naumann’s Thrush Turdus naumanni reportedly photographed (one and two) at the Karashengel game reserve on 5 November 2016 is a hybrid of this species x Dusky Thrush T eunomus. The largely dark tail made me suspicious about its identification. Nial Moores, who has far more experience with this species group than I have, commented as follows: ‘other Dusky-like features included the extensive black on the lores and especially the ear coverts, the darker markings admixed into the breast sides (shown by some perhaps pure but many intergrades); and the contrast of rust and black on the wing’.

 

A Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola was photographed at Aqtau on 3 November 2016 (Yasko 2016). Previously, there were no records known after late October (Wassink 2015). 

References:

Wassink A 2016. The New Birds of Kazakhstan. De Cocksdorp. Texel.

Yasko A 2016. Paddyfield Warbler. www.birds.kz.

 

On 5 November 2016, five Long-tailed Tits Aegithalos caudatus were found at Aqtau (Yasko 2016). This is the first record at the eastern Caspian coast.

Reference: Yasko A 2016. Long-tailed Tit. www.birds.kz.

 

6 November 2016

A first calendar-year Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus was photographed at Komsomol island in the Irtysh river at Öskemen on 5 November 2016 (Isabekov 2016). Previously, no records were known after mid-October (Wassink 2015).

References:

Isabekov A 2016. Red-flanked Bluetail. www.birds.kz.

Wassink A 2015. The New Birds of Kazakhstan. De Cocksdorp. Texel.

 

29 October 2016

Dusky Thrushes Turdus eunomus were reportedly photographed in the Irtysh valley at and south of Öskemen on 14 and 16 October 2016 (Kolesnikov 2016). However, patterns of head and underparts reveal that these bird both are hybrids, most probably with Naumann’s Thrush T naumanni.

References: Kolesnikov V 2016. Dusky Thrush. www.birds.kz.

 

26 October 2016

On 24 October 2016, a Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius was photographed at Atyrau (Katuncev 2016). Very rarely this species has been observed in the lower Ural valley.

Reference: Katuncev A 2016. Eurasian Jay. www.birds.kz.

 

25 October 2016

A very late first calendar-year Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus was photographed at Sorbulak lake on 23 October 2016 (Dyakin 2016). Previously, the latest records were from mid-October (Wassink 2015).

References:

Dyakin G 2016. Caspian Plover. www.birds.kz.

Wassink A 2015. The New Birds of Kazakhstan. De Cocksdorp. Texel.

 

21 October 2016

Only recently became known that a Grey Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula cineracea was photographed at Karabalyk in north-western Qostanay province on 18 October 2014 (Malkov 2014). This is the westernmost record in Kazakhstan, since a report at Atyrau on 18 October 1975 (Gubin 1977; Wassink 2015) is undocumented and therefore rejected. 

References:

Gubin B M, Gavrilov E I and Khrokov V V 1977. Ornithological news on the lower Ural river. Migration of birds in Asia 2: 209-211. In Russian.

Wassink A 2015. The New Birds of Kazakhstan. De Cocksdorp. Texel.

 

20 September 2016

On 13-16 September 2016, more than 20,000 White-headed Ducks Oxyura leucocephala were counted in the Tengiz-Korgalzhyn region. The vast majority was found at Saumalkol lake (9,500), Esey lake (8,000) and Tengiz lake (2,500). The number in this region alone is already 20% higher than the 16,000 that was estimated to be the world population (ACBK).

Reference: Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK). www.acbk.kz.

 

14 September 2016

In the period 2013–2015, at least three mixed pairs Steppe A nipalensis x Eastern Imperial Eagle A heliaca were found in northern- and in the Urda sands in south-western West Kazakhstan province. There were indication that mixed breeding occurs more widely, for instance in the Betpak-Dala desert (Karyakin et al 2016). The authors suggest this phenomenon is somehow connected with the rapid decline of Steppe Eagle (40% over the last 10 years), whereas Eastern Imperial Eagle increases and occupies the habitat of the former.

Reference: Karyakin I V, Zinevich L S, Schepetov D M and Sorokina, S Y 2016. Population structure within range of Steppe Eagle and preliminary data of the genetic diversity of the population and the status of the subspecies. Raptors Conservation 32: 67-88.

 

7 September 2016

On 6 September 2016, a first calendar-year male Pied Bush Chat Saxicola caprata was photographed at Aqtau (Yasko 2016). This is the first autumn record at the eastern Caspian coast, where this species previously has been recorded four times between late April and early June (Wassink 2015).

References: 

Wassink A 2015. The New Birds of Kazakhstan. De Cocksdorp. Texel.

Yasko A 2016. Pied Bush Chat. www.birds.kz.

 

1 September 2016

On 2 June 2016, a small and compact juvenile male peregrine falcon-type bird was photographed at the north-eastern Caspian Sea, south of the Tyulen islands (Levin 2016). Since it is to early for any migrant to occur at this location, the bird must originate from the local breeding population, i.e. south or west of the Caspian Sea, which seems to be a mixing zone between Peregrine F peregrinus brookei and Barbary Falcon F pelegrinoides (birds from this region are sometimes described as ‘caucasicus‘?).  A pure pelegrinoides should be clearly browner on the upperparts and, therefore, can be excluded. Whether this bird is a pure brookei Peregrine Falcon or an intergrade with pelegrinoides remains uncertain. Detailed photos of the underparts would have helped a correct id. 

Thanks to Andrea Corso and Dick Forsman for their comment on the photographs.

Reference: Levin A 2016. Barbary Falcon. www.birds.kz.

 

10 August 2016

One of the DNA analysis of Lesser Whitethroats Sylvia curruca, Patrick Palmen and I trapped in the Nura valley in the Tengiz-Korgalzhyn region, central Kazakhstan in May 2013, showed the profile of a bird belonging to the subspecies halimodendri  (Peter de Knijff in list; Wassink in prep). This is the first documented record north of the semi-desert belt in Kazakhstan.    

 

 

6 August 2016

A Common Tern Sterna hirundo with characters of subspecies minussensis was photographed (one and two) at the northern Caspian Sea on 29 May 2016 (Kondratenko 2016). Previously, such birds have only be recorded in eastern parts of Kazakhstan (Wassink 2015).

References

Kondratenko G 2016. Common Tern. www.birds.kz.

Wassink A 2015. The New Birds of Kazakhstan. De Cocksdorp. Texel.

 

24 July 2016

On 23 July 2016, a first-summer or adult Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides was photographed at the Shoshkakol lakes in South Kazakhstan (Belousov 2016). Formerly, this species bred in the nearby Syrdarya valley. Currently, it is only known to breed in the Volga and Ural deltas (Wassink 2015). 

References:

Belousov E M 2016. Squacco Heron. www.birds.kz.

Wassink A 2015. The New Birds of Kazakhstan. De Cocksdorp. Texel.

 

On 2 July 2016, a White-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava leucocephala was reported west of Ulken-Burly lake in north-western Qostanay province (Malkov 2016). However, the darkish looking lores do not seem to fit this species and a pale-headed Sykes’s Wagtail M f beema cannot be excluded.

Reference: Malkov Y 2016. www.birds.kz.

 

20 July 2016

Fantastic news! The Western Tien Shan has been designated as Unesco World Heritage Site on Sunday 17 July 2016. After ‘the Steppes and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan’, this is the second World Heritage Site in Kazakhstan.

Reference: Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK). www.acbk.kz.

 

19 July 2016

Fefelov (2016) confirmed my conclusion that the alleged Pallas’s Fish Eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus breeding at Bisen in West Kazakhstan province refers to Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca (see 3 and 12 July underneath).

Reference: Fefelov, I V 2016. Incorrect species identification of birds of prey nesting in Bokey Orda district in West Kazakhstan province. The Russian Journal of Ornithology 25, express issue 1319: 2859–2860. In Russian.

 

12 July 2016

Unfortunately, although the photos again (see 3 July underneath) clearly show Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca, the authors persist in their believe that they found a pair of breeding Pallas’s Fish Eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus at Bisen, West Kazakhstan province……within the Western Palearctic.

Reference: Oparin, M L, Oparina, O S, Mamaev, A B and Ruban, O A 2016. Confirmation of breeding Pallas’s Fish Eagle in Bokey Orda district in West Kazakhstan province in summer 2016. The Russian Journal of Ornithology 25 Express issue 1314: 2693–2697. In Russian.

 

10 July 2016

On 9 June 2016, a singing male Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala was photographed at Isatai at the northern Caspian coast (Isabekov 2016). This  species is only a more or less regular spring passage migrant at the eastern Caspian coast (Wassink 2015).

References: 

Wassink A 2015. The New Birds of Kazakhstan. De Cocksdorp. Texel.

Isabekov A 2016. Black-headed Bunting. www.birds.kz. 

 

On 31 December 2015 to 20 February 2016, a Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis was found at Taldy-Kurgan, Almaty province (Belyaev 2015, 2016). This is the first winter record away from the eastern Caspian coast, where the species winters regularly (Wassink 2015).

References:

Belyaev A I 2015, 2016. Meadow Pipit. www.birds.kz. 

Wassink A 2015. The New Birds of Kazakhstan. De Cocksdorp. Texel.

 

On 1 July 2009, a nest of Redwing Turdus iliacus containing four young and two eggs was photographed (one and two) in the Ishim valley at Ivanovka, North Kazakhstan province (Gubin 2009). This is the first documented breeding record  outside the Altai.

Reference: Gubin S V 2009. Redwing. www.birds.kz.

 

On 30 November-31 December 2015, a Redwing Turdus iliacus was found at Karabalyk, north-western Qostanay province (Malkov 2015). This is the first winter record in northern Kazakhstan.

Reference: Malkov Y 2015. Redwing. www.birds.kz.

 

On 16, 22 and 24 May 2015, second calendar-year Meditterranean Gulls Ichthyaetus melanocephalus were photographed (one, two and three) at the north-eastern Caspian Sea (Mischenko 2015). There are now nine records for Kazakhstan.

Reference: Mischenko V 2015. Mediterranean Gull. www.birds.kz.

 

On 12 January 2016, a Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia was photographed at Karakol lake at the eastern Caspian coast (Katuncev 2016). This is the first winter record away from south-eastern Kazakhstan, where the species has been repeatedly found in winter (Wassink 2015).

Reference: Katuncev A 2016. Common Greenshank. www.birds.kz.

 

9 July 2016

New breeding locations of Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina became known at Balykty (Tarasov 2008) and between Ulken-Burli lake and Syrdak lake (Malkov 2016). Northernmost Qostanay province remains the only region where breeding has been confirmed.

References:

Tarasov V 2008. Icterine Warbler. www.birds.kz.

Malkov Y 2016. Icterine Warbler. www.birds.kz.

 

6 July 2016

On 4 June 2016, adult Upcher’s Warblers Hippolais languida feeding young were photographed in the Karynzharyk desert in southern Mangghystau province (Kornev 2016).  The occurrence in this region was only known from a record on 16 June 1955 (Wassink 2015).

References:

Kornev S V 2016. Upcher’s Warbler. www.birds.kz.

Wassink A 2015. The New Birds of Kazakhstan. De Cocksdorp. Texel.

 

5 July 2016

On 14-25 June 2016, a Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach was found at Aqtau, within the western Palearctic (Sahi 2016; Saraev 2016). This the first record for Atyrau province and the fourth in the northern half of Kazakhstan.

References:

Sahi I 2016. Long-tailed Shrike. www.netfugl.dk.

Saraev F F 2016. Long-tailed Shrike. www.birds.kz.

 

Spring records of Caspian Stonechat Saxicola maurus hemprichii photographed at Aqtau in 2015 and 2016 (Yasko 2015, 2016 one and two) indicate that this taxon is a rare but more or less regular spring passage migrant at the eastern Caspian coast.

Reference: Yasko A 2015, 2016. Caspian Stonechat. www.birds.kz.

 

On 17 January 2016, a second calendar-year Siberian Stonechat S maurus maurus was photographed at Chardara lake in southernmost South Kazakhstan province. This is the first winter record for Kazakhstan (Kovalenko and Gubin 2016; Nukusbekov 2016).

References:

Kovalenko, A V and Gubin, B M 2016. First winter record of Siberian Stonechat Saxicola torquata maura in Kazakhstan. The Russian Journal of Ornithology 25 Express issue 1286: 180. In Russian.

Nukusbekov, M 2016. Siberian Stonechat

 

On 30 November 2015 to 8 January 2016, a Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea was found at Almaty (Isabekov 2015, 2016). This is the second winter record for Kazakhstan.

Reference: Isabekov A 2015. Grey Wagtail. www.birds.kz.

 

On 29 November 2015, a Taiga Bean Goose Anser fabalis fabalis/johanseni was photographed at Karakol lake at the eastern Caspian coast (Yasko 2015). This is the first documented record for western Kazakhstan.

Reference: Yasko A 2015. Taiga Bean Goose. www.birds.kz.

 

Between 25 November 2015 to 17 February 2016, two Godlewski’s Buntings Emberiza godlewski godlewski were found at Katon-Karagay in the southern Altai (Vorobyov 2015, 2016). This is the fourth record of this subspecies for Kazakhstan.

Reference: Vorobyov 2015, 2016. www.birds.kz.

 

On 1 December 2015 to  9 January 2016, a third calendar-year Heuglin’s Gull Larus heuglini was photographed (one and two) at the eastern Caspian coast at Aqtau (Yasko 2016). This is the first winter record for Kazakhstan.

Reference: Yasko A 2016. Heuglin’s Gull. www.birds.kz.

 

On 1 December 2015 to 1 January 2016, an adult Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria was found at Almaty (Isabekov 2015, 2016). This is the second winter record for Kazakhstan.

Reference: Isabekov A 2015. Barred Warbler. www.birds.kz.

 

On 5 September 2015, a pair of Pied Bush Chats Saxicola caprata was photographed (one and two) at the Turgen valley (Bevza 2015). This is the  second record for Almaty province and the easternmost in Kazakhstan ever.

Reference: Bevza I A 2015. Pied Bush Chat. www.birds.kz.

 

On 21 December 2015 to 24 January 2016, a Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus was found at Sorbulak lake (Shmygalev 2016). This is the second winter record for Kazakhstan.

Reference: Shmygalev S S 2015, 2016. Spotted Redshank. www.birds.kz.

 

On 4 January 2016, a Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus was photographed at the eastern Caspian coast at Aqtau (Yasko 2016). This is the first winter record for Kazakhstan.

Reference: Yasko A 2016. Kentish Plover. www.birds.kz.

 

On 15 January 2015, a male Common Scoter Melanitta nigra was photographed in a large flock of Long-tailed Ducks Clangula hyemalis at the Caspian Sea, off the coast of Bautino (Kovshar and Karpov 2015). Since previous records were all insufficiently documented (Wassink 2015), this is a new species for Kazakhstan.

References: 

Kovshar V A and Karpov F F 2015. On winter records of Long-tailed Duck, Common Scoter and Velvet Scoter in the north-eastern Caspian Sea. Selevinia 2014: 218. In Russian.

Wassink A 2015. The New Birds of Kazakhstan. De Cocksdorp. Texel.

 

On 20 May 2016, no less than 20 Crested Honey Buzzards Pernis ptilorhynchus were roosting at Korgalzhyn (Iskakov 2016; Clark 2016). After previous records at this location in spring 2012 and 2013 (Wassink 2015), it seems that this raptor is a rare but more or less regular spring passage migrant in central Kazakhstan.

References:

Wassink A 2015. The New Birds of Kazakhstan. De Cocksdorp. Texel.

Clark J 2016. Crested Honey Buzzard. www.ebird.org.

 

On 3 December 2014, an adult Common Tern Sterna hirundo was found at the Tentek delta, Almaty province (Berezovikov & Filimonov 2016). This is the first winter record for Kazakhstan.

Reference: Berezovikov N N and Filiminov A N 2016. December record of Common Tern Sterna hirundo in the Tentek delta (south-eastern Kazakhstan). The Russian Journal of Ornithology 25 Express issue 1247: 489–491. In Russian.

 

3 July 2016

On 17 September 2015, a subadult Mongolian Gull Larus vegae mongolicus was reported in the Irtysh valley at Öskemen (Kim 2015). Since from the photo the identification did not seem convincing, Andreas Buchheim and Chris Gibbins who both have extensive experience with this taxon, were consulted. They both agreed that based on the photograph the bird seems a Caspian Gull L cachinnans cachinnans and that only a set of flight images showing a wing pattern outside the range of Caspian would be needed to confirm the identification as Mongolian. So far, there are no documented records of Mongolian Gull in Kazakhstan (Wassink 2015).

Reference: Kim N 2015. Vega Gull. www.birds.kz.

 

On 10 October 2015, a Great Grey Owl Strix nebulosa was photographed at Lebyazhe, North Kazakhstan province (Krasnikov 2015). This is the first documented record outside the Altai.

Reference: Krasnikov A 2015. Great Grey Owl. www.birds.kz.

 

On 20 April 2016, a first calendar-year male Ehrenburg’s Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus samamisicus was reported at Aqtau at the eastern Caspian coast (Yasko 2016; Ławicki and van den Berg A 2016. At least on one of the photos it is clearly visible that the white on the outer edges of the inner tertial and outer secondaries is not broadening at the base, a pattern not excluding the nominate with some white in the wing. In the light of this report, a record at Mangghystau peninsula on 15 April 1963 (Wassink 2015) has been reviewed. Since the skin now seems to be lost, the identification cannot be verified. As a consequence, there are now no documented records of Ehrenberg’s Redstart in Kazakhstan (Ławicki and van den Berg 2016; Wassink in prep).

References:

Wassink A 2015. The New Birds of Kazakhstan. De Cocksdorp. Texel.

Ławicki Ł and van den Berg A B 2016. WP reports. Dutch Birding 38: 240-254.

Ławicki Ł and van den Berg A B 2016. WP reports. Dutch Birding 38: 320-336.

Yasko A 2016. www.birds.kz.

 

On 14 May 2016, a breeding pair of Pallas’s Fish Eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus was reported at Bisen, West Kazakhstan province (Oparin et al 2016). This would be the first documented breeding record in Kazakhstan and the Western Paleartic. However, photos of the birds show Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca.

Reference: Oparin, M L, Oparina, O S, Mamaev, A B and Ruban, O A 2016. Discovery of Pallas’s Fish Eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus breeding in Bokey Orda district in West Kazakhstan province in spring 2016. The Russian Journal of Ornithology 25 Express issue 1305: 2389–2395. In Russian.

 

On 16 June 2016, a male Yellow-breasted Bunting Emberiza aureola was photographed at Katon-Karagay in the southern Altai (Vorobyov 2016). This is the first record of this globally threatened species in Kazakhstan since 2013 (Wassink 2013).

References:

Vorobyov V 2016. Yellow-breasted Bunting. www.birds.kz.

Wassink A 2015. The New Birds of Kazakhstan. De Cocksdorp. Texel.