SEEN - SE European Bird Migration Network
Bird Migration at Chokpak Pass in 2003
A.E.Gavrilov, E.I.Gavrilov
Animal Marking Centre, Institute of Zoology, Academgorodok, Al-Farabi av. 93 a, 480060 Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The Chokpak Pass (42?31’N 70o38’E) is located in territory of Kazakhstan in the Western Tien Shan at height of 1200 meters above sea level. Supervision over migration carried out since March 21 till May 30, and from August 17 till October 26, 2003. Birds counted up by visual accounts and trapped using mist nets and large stationary Heligoland-type traps. In total 16,935 birds of 129 species were ringed and 335 individuals were recaptured in the same season.
In spring 118 species were watched. Demoiselle Crane (26,471 specimens counted), Rook (4,585), Black Kite (555), Woodpigeon (605), Spanish and Indian Sparrows, European Bee-eater and Barn Swallow have been dominated. And 6848 birds of 74 species were ringed, Spanish and Indian Sparrows, Barn Swallows, and European Bee-eater mostly.
In autumn 141 species were watched. Numerous on flight were Black Kite, Common Buzzard, European Bee-eater, Barn Swallow, Yellow Wagtail, Starling, Rose-colored Starling, Rook, Jackdaw, Spanish Sparrow, Chaffinch and Brambling. And 10,087 birds of 116 specimens were ringed, Sparrowhawk, Stock Dove, European Bee-eater, Pale Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Rock Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Starling, Jackdaw, Rook, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher, Spanish Sparrows, Chaffinch, Brambling, Linnet, Pine Bunting mostly.
Two individuals of the Eastern House Martin (Delichon dasypus) were trapped in September. This species is new for Kazakhstan and Middle Asia.
Species subjects to special protection like Dalmatian Pelican, Pallid Harrier, Black Vulture, Lesser Kestrel, Great Bustard and Yellow-eyed Stock Dove have been watched too.
Only one Barn Swallow marked on 10th December 2001 in Ngulia station (Kenya) was recaptured.
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