On Wednesday, headed out for our last trip into the wilds of Kazakhstan to check out the migration scene. It is all but over! Wildfowl are still moving through though, but in reduced numbers. The surprise of the day were 13 Great White Pelicans late in the season. Next visit will be early December so winter will have started. Should still be wildfowl though as the lake won’t be iced over yet. Another late traveler was a lonely Black-bellied Sandgrouse (female I think) feeding on a sandy track in the steppes.
It was a bit chilly yesterday. A week ago it was around +15C but yesterday was hovering around zero. No wind chill though thankfully. It was misty for most of the morning too until a weak sun broke through.
We set off at 07.00, before dawn, and were out of the city at first light. Our first stop is at a quarry on the Kaskelen River, where the first birds I saw other than corvids were 1 male and 2 female Long-tailed Rosefinches, another lifer for me. That’s 2 lifers this month!
Bird list for the day (37 species):
Great White Pelican
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Lifer)