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A plan gone awry?

2021-10-21 | Philippe Campeau

There are some days that are worth talking about. Yesterday was such a day. My friend Jérémie and I decided to go to Ala-Archa before the snow covers everything. Our objective: a small nameless peak, 3393m high, from which we hoped to get a glimpse of the Ala-Archa peak and the Golubina glacier. In principle, it is not so a hard one to climb, just a long day of walking in (still shallow) snow. We took a camera and binoculars with us (you never know), but the goal was different. The peak was waiting. It's good that all plans are made to be changed. It started at the very beginning: Jérémie’s car did not want to start (you know, he has a Niva, and an old Niva at that). She argued, protested and only agreed after an hour. So we sat off late. Then we spent a long time crossing the infamous (and old) pylon-bridge. But this was just the beginning. After the bridge, it became difficult to make even 100 steps forward. It started with the ermine. We saw this cutest of all animals for the first [...... read more ]


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rare birds records


Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens)

© Tatiana Menshikova
2021-10-10
Mikhaylovka, Issyk-kul region

The first confirmed record in the Kyrgyz Republic


Slender-billed Gull (Larus genei)

© Tatiana Menshikova
2019-03-11
Ozernoe, Chuy region

Potentially the first record in Kyrgyzstan, at least according to Evgeny A. Koblik and Vladimir Yu. Arkhipov, Avifauna of the States of Northern Eurasia (former USSR), Checklists.


Pallas's Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus)

© Philippe Campeau
2019-10-19
Kashka-Suu

Potentially the first record of a Pallas warbler in Kyrgyzstan.


Yellow-browed Bunting (Emberiza chrysophrys)

© Philippe Campeau
2020-12-27
Karakol gorge, Central Tien Shan.

First record of a yellow-browed bunting in Kyrgyzstan.

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unidentified birds


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Анна Ясько: Черноголовый чекан.

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Анна Ясько: Садовая камышевка.

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2022-05-13

Анна Ясько: Возможно, хохлатый жаворонок, клюв довольно длинный.

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