Autumn in Ili-Alatau National Park, Tienshan Mountains

Headed into the mountains this morning leaving before dawn.  The colours are impressive now and although no bird photos worth sharing, it was a great morning.  Rained lightly all morning.  Best birding was above Big Almaty Lake at about 2,500m in rocky area with juniper and thinly spread firs.  Showing well today were 1st winter Pied Wheatears, Evermann’s Redstarts, White-winged Grosbeaks, several Mistle Thrushes in close company with lots of Dark (Black)-throated Thrushes in a wide range of plumages. Probably the last trip to these heights for me for this year but who knows?

List of birds today under the photos

Autumn colours in Ili-Alatau National Park

Autumn colours in Ili-Alatau National Park

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Mountains in Autumn, Ili-Alatau National Park, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Seen today in the mountains:

Common Kestrel

Ibisbill – but from a long way off

Nutcracker – heard not seen

Magpie

Carrion Crow

Great Tit

Black-throated Thrush – lots, in all plumages for all ages

Mistle thrush

Evermann’s Redstart

Pied Wheatear – 1st winter plumage

Black-throated Accentor – probable

Tree Pipit

Red-mantled Rosefinch – female

White-winged Grosbeak

Common Crossbill

Grey-necked Bunting

(and Red Squirrels)

About starrywazzoh

I'm a birder in Western Europe (UK, France & Spain) and Central Asia, with occasional visits elsewhere. Birding is my principal hobby and I dedicate as much time around work and other commitments.
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