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Miksture now encompass ALL the Central Asian countries, with Turkmenistan and Tadzhikistan as the latest destinations.

ORNITHOLOGICAL: KYRGYZSTAN For the visiting birdwatcher in Kyrgyzstan there is now three tours available: 1-day, 4-days and 7-days. These tours are made to give the best possible birding the time available. We are sure these tours will fill a long-time needed gap for the ornithologically interested visitor. Descriptions and programs available under the section: Ornithological customized-tours.

Kyrgyzstan Birding - 4 days - Essential birding all-year round trip

2011/01/01 - 0000/00/00:

KYRGYZSTAN - ENDEMICS & SPECIALITIES

4-days bird tour with Miksture - Eastern Kyrgyzstan’s pristine and beautiful landscapes.

Miksture is pleased to offer this exclusive journey – a bird tour designed for the eager birder but also for those interested in seeing beautiful landscapes, pristine nature and wonderful people. This is an Kyrgyzstan bird tour, where the participants can expect to watch some of the most sought-after birds in Kyrgyzstan. We know the areas and where to find and identify the birds!

WHEN TO GO: All-year round

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: From one to 25

PRICE: This tour can be specifically crafted and designed individually for You and your fellow travellers. Costs depends of number of participante, route and service. Pls contact Miksture for an non-obligatory quote!

EASE OF BIRDING AND TOUR PACE: Brisk but fair; early up. Birding all day with lunch-break - many birds to watch & long stretches and areas to cover.
Tour start and finish in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Tour start and finish in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Miksture is pleased to offer this exclusive journey – a bird tour designed for the eager birder that wish to watch so many of Kyrgyzstan’s great birds possible - but also for those interested in seeing beautiful landscapes, nature, culture, people, photographing, etc.

The tour takes place in the Eastern part of Kyrgyzstan; around Lake Issyk-Kul. Route depends on the season, e.g. in April we spend more time near the lake, and later in spring we concentrate our efforts in the mountains – all made to maximize the observations and to get the best birds present.

Situated in the northern Himalayas with over 80% of the country straddling the fabled Tien Shan and Pamir Mountains, Kyrgyzstan’s intact and undisturbed alpine nature makes it among the world’s most unique mountainous places.

Kyrgyzstan is one of the Central Asian ex-Soviet states achieving independence in 1991 and since then continues to develop and flower making it to the most peaceful and beautiful of the Central Asian countries. It’s wedged between Kazakhstan in North, Uzbekistan in west, Tadzhikistan in South and the huge China in east. Without any ocean (however the worlds next-biggest mountain lake Issyk Kul) and palm-coral beaches Kyrgyzstan is luckily still visited by few tourists and those coming here does it to marvel the magnificent nature. Both ethnic Kyrgyz and Russians are incredible hospitable and friendly. Here too the Silk Road in centuries formed the civilizations and even today travelers are welcomed.

Year-round the landscapes of Kyrgyzstan provide some of the most interesting and rewarding birding. The birdlife varies of course according the seasons. In winter all the non-resident migrants is long time migrated away, however new species arrive from North, in spring and summer all the migrants are back, and the landscapes are filled with great birds – and so the species varies according time of year. During spring and autumn it’s the time of year where birds gather in the wetlands and the shorebirds migrate between their summer and the winter areas south of the Himalayas. So there is always lots of interesting birds in Kyrgyzstan. Visiting the pristine mountains of Kyrgyzstan, watching its birds and meet the hospitable friendly Kyrgyz people is the best experience and holiday one can make.

Travel conditions in Kyrgyzstan are less comfortable than in Europe but we have the best and most experienced team providing good meals, smooth way of making the tour, and of course the locations are very well known by us – the birds too. We don’t make any compromise, however we always make priority not to flush and frighten the birds. On this journey, we will watch some of the most remarkable bird species and the bird list will be impressive with all the regions special and wanted bird. Prior departure we agree what to look for and provide you with an updated and informative bird list

We have designed this tour to maximize the experience of staying outside as much possible. Its active holiday where we will make relaxed hikes in the pristine nature, and there is time enough to dwell in each traveler’s special interest. We always respect and try to help and support each traveler’s special wishes and projects – e.g. photographing, studying certain species. You can use the day according your wishes, and we will do our best to help in that way. There will be more than enough time being out in the fresh air and use the time for birding.
We look forward to show you some of the most beautiful parts of this magnificent country!

Welcome!

Miksture/Michael, Bishkek 10.June 2011

Itinerary

Day 01: Bishkek – Karakol. Night in Karakol

Day 02: Karakol-area; birding in the mountain and lake-area. Night in Karakol

Day 03: Lake Issyk-Kul; Karakol – Jeti Oghuz - Tamga. Night in Tamga

Day 04: Tamga - Bishkek, birding enroute. Tour concludes at your accommodation.

Tour Fact Sheet:

BIRDS PRESENT DURING THE YEAR:

NB! Prior departure Miksture mail a detailed list of birds.

Present all-year round is species like Himalayan Snowcock, Lammergeier, Himalaya Griffon Vulture, Eurasian Black Vulture, Long-legged Buzzard, Golden Eagle, Upland Buzzard, Saker Falcon, Ruddy Shelduck, Red-crested Pochard, Chukar, Common Pheasant, Great Egret, Horned Grebe, Ibisbill, Caspian Gull, Laughing Dove, Eurasian Hoopoe (few in winter), White-winged Woodpecker, Horned Lark, Brown Dipper, White-throated Dipper, Black-throated Accentor, Brown Accentor, Altai Accentor, Eversmann’s Redstart, Güldenstädt’s Redstart, White-browed Tit Warbler, Bearded Reedling, Azure Tit, Yellow-breasted Tit, Rufous-naped Tit, Songar Tit, Wallcreeper, Red-fronted Serin, Plain Mountain Finch, Brandt’s Mountain Finch, Red-mantled Rosefinch, White-winged Grosbeak, Alpine Chough, Red-billed Chough, Carrion Crow, Spanish Sparrow, Common Myna, Rock Bunting, etc.

NOTE! There will be an overlap between the species during the months, as weather conditions naturally fluctuate the occurrence, distribution and arrival/departure time both for resident and migrating birds.

DECEMBER – JANUARY - FEBRUARY:

The Central Asian Avifauna is one of the most exciting and challenging for European birdwatchers. There is so much to find out about the birds here in Kyrgyzstan – and it makes it both challenging and exciting for those birders leading in new knowledge of field-identification and expand their knowledge. There is always guarantee for the latter too – it’s not easy to go in depth with such projects, but its uttermost interesting! The areas we will visit are host to a vanity of seldom encountered variants, and what we especially will seek out include tricky reed-buntings in drab and sometimes rather cryptic plumages (more ssp of Reed-buntings occur), winter plumaged Black-throated Accentor and Brown Accentor (it’s probably just a matter of time before we find Siberian Accentor too), winter plumaged Pine Buntings in mixed flocks with Yellowhammer – hybrids between the two latter species, raptors: odd Long-legged Buzzards, and odd subspecies of Common Buzzards – here you see plumages not to found in any field guides!, Thrushes – usually Black-throated Thrush and Mistle; but other things can occur. Resident mountainous species in mixed flocks – one really have to keep eyes open to get everything
This is a journey made for the eager birders but in addition it’s also a journey in beautiful landscapes. It’s of course open for any birder – there are great birds to find during the wintertime here: some Pine Bunting males occur in beautiful plumages even its winter, Ibisbill. It’s a great project to find out. Several redstart species are resident’s e.g. Eversmann’s Redstart and Güldenstädt’s Redstart. More resident mountainous species occur in the areas we will visit, the gardens in the villages or near the lakeshore: Long-legged Buzzard, Solitary Snipe, Great Black-headed Gull, Common Pheasant (the “real” one), Pygmy Cormorant, Great Egret, White-winged Woodpecker, Horned Lark, White-throated Dipper, Brown Dipper, Black-throated Accentor, Brown Accentor, Wallcreeper - in the winter 2010/2011 twenty meters from our guesthouse, White-browed Tit Warbler, Azure Tit, Yellow-breasted Tit, Rufous-naped Tit, Wallcreeper, Great Grey Shrike, Spotted Nutcracker, Alpine Chough, Red-billed Chough, Western Jackdaw ssp soemmerringii, Common Myna, Red-fronted Serin, European Goldfinch ssp paropanisi, Plain Mountain Finch, Brandt’s Mountain Finch, Red-mantled Rosefinch, Long-tailed Rosefinch, White-winged Grosbeak, and of course the buntings: Pine Bunting, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, Meadow Bunting, Rock Bunting ssp par, Corn Bunting, etc. BUT I’m sure there are other buntings species present and just wait to be found…

Lake Issyk-Kul itself is a great site for waterfowls - thousands of wintering waterfowls that spend the winter in this lake which never freezes even in the harshest winter months. The reason for this is numerous thermal streams that keep the water ice-free year-round. An visiting German birdwatchers wrote about his visit few winters ago: Yet as soon we drove out of Bishkek heading along the Chui river, the rising sun broke through making the fog disappear, exposing a clear dark-blue sky contrasting sharply with the heavily snowed in Tien-Shan mountain-chain". "Bird-presence was extraordinary in and along the water - I have never seen as many ducks and coots in one area as I was privileged to observe by the western lakeside - literally tons and tons of biomass floating on the water surface, at times it looked entirely black while looking through the binoculars…! Raptor sightings were excellent and plentiful, so were buntings, finches and larks" It’s possible to find flocks of thousands of Red-crested Pochard! And in addition lots of other ducks - Common Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Mallard, Common Teal, etc. There is thousands of wintering Black-necked Grebe spiced with fewer Horned Grebe. I already mentioned the occurrence of odd subspecies of raptors – in addition it’s possible to watch: White-tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Black Vulture, Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Lammergeier, Northern Goshawk, Hen Harrier, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Rough-legged Buzzard, Upland Buzzard, Merlin, Saker, etc

In addition some really fine species that usually rare found outside the winter-season: Common Kingfisher, Black-throated Thrush, Long-tailed Rosefinch, Solitary Snipe, Great Black-headed Gull, Tengmalm’s Owl, Spotted Nutcracker, Meadow Bunting, etc.

March - April:

The onset of springtime is surprisingly quick in Kyrgyzstan.
Early springtime is a favorite time of year for birding. The early migrants already turned up, thickets and bushes hide migrants and provide challenging and exciting birds – everything can occur, so to speak. The spring makes the vegetation fresh and green, the light clear and sunny excellent for photographing not blurred by heat – the temperature is moderate and comfortable for birding. The leaves yet not appeared hiding the birds providing good views of woodpeckers, Tits, etc. and overhead Black-throated thrushes and Demoiselle Cranes migrate northwards. The latter species is one of our target birds in April. On this journey as we will find them roosting in good numbers in Eastern Kyrgyzstan. Of course some of the most sought after birds in central Asia is on site, however most warblers and buntings is not yet appeared.
In Karakol we use most of the day near the lake area. One of the most rewarding and great experiences is to find roosting Demoiselle cranes. This time of year provide the best option for seeing this magnificent bird on its way from the winter quarters in Northern India to its breeding grounds in Kazakhstan and Mongolia. Other target birds is Ibisbill, Pine Bunting and several montane species Golden Eagle, Upland Buzzard, Oriental Turtle Dove, Ruddy Shelduck, Black-throated Accentor, White-winged Grosbeak, Grey Wagtail, Dipper (White-throated Dipper),Brown Dipper, Greenish Warbler, Hume's Yellow browed Warbler, Red billed Chough, Alpine Chough, Fire fronted Serin. Needless to say there would be excellent photo opportunities this day.

We also try to get the impressive Ibisbill on the list (which so far have been 100%). The valley is one of the most beautiful spots in Kyrgyzstan and in addition a very good birding-area. Other birds could be: Golden Eagle, Black eared Kite, Oriental Turtle Dove, Hoopoe, Grey Wagtail, Dipper (White-throated Dipper),Brown Dipper, Hume's Yellow browed Warbler, Turkestan Shrike, Red billed Chough, Alpine Chough, Fire fronted Serin, Rock Bunting etc. In the afternoon we arrive to the little village Tamga on the south coast of Issyk-Kul. The guesthouse is situated with excellent view to the surroundings, in south, the towering Jetim-Bel range at the end of Barskaun valley. Across the road there is an apricot orchard which feathered inhabitants make frequently visits to the gardens a.o. Azure Tits, Hoopoe, Common Mynah, etc. Five minutes from the guesthouse is the lakeshore. There are always plenty of water birds to observe. The fields east of the village are excellent for birding. In spring and autumn the area teems with roosting migrants. In breeding season plenty interesting birds as: Black eared Kite, Hobby, Common Quail, Corncrake, Common Pheasant, Oriental Turtle Dove, Hoopoe, European Roller, more species of larks, Citrine Wagtail e.g. ssp. M.c.calcarata, Grey Wagtail, five species of wheatears, Isabelline Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Rose coloured Starling, Golden Oriole, (Grey headed) Goldfinch, more species of buntings, etc. Furthermore there is several species associated with semi-desert and mountain habitats. In our guesthouse it’s possible to try real Russian sauna. There is Azure Tit in the garden.

On day 3 or 4 we usually visit the mountainous areas south of Tamga. There are more roads leading to good bird locations. The most accessible but less charming is the Kumtor Mine road. Species to be seen include: Himalaya Snowcock, Black Vulture, Upland Buzzard, Lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Golden Eagle, Long legged Buzzard, Songar Tot, Altai Accentor [Himalayan Accentor], Güldenstädt’s Redstart, Black Redstart, Eversmann's Redstart, Blue headed Redstart, Carrion Crow, Fire fronted Serin, Red Crossbill, Brandt's Mountain Finch (Brandt's Rosy Finch), Plain Mountain Finch (Hodgson's Rosy Finch, Hodgson's Mountain Finch) and Rock Bunting.

MAY:

May is a special month ornithological. The last migrants arrive, and some days the bushes and trees in the parks can be filled with migrants; e.g. Blyth Reed warbler. It’s also the month where temperatures increase – beautiful Rollers, Bee-eaters and White-throated Rubythroats makes birding cool!
The bird-list include most of Aprils birds and the residents, but in addition late migrants as warblers fill the air with song: Oriental Turtle Dove, Greenish Warbler, Hume's Yellow browed Warbler, Paddyfield Warbler, Syke’s Warbler, Barred Warbler, Blyth Reed Warbler, Sulphur-bellied Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Common Grasshopper Warbler, Clamorous Reed Warbler, Hume’s Leaf Warbler, Hume’s Whitethroat, etc. Common Rosefinch, Black eared Kite, Hoopoe, Turkestan Shrike, Hobby, Common Quail, Corncrake, Lesser Grey Shrike, Long-tailed Shrike, Rose coloured Starling, Indian Oriole, Red-headed Bunting, etc.

On day 3, we spend the majority of the days in the mountainous areas south of Tamga. There are more roads leading to good bird locations. The most accessible but less charming is the Kumtor Mine road. Species to be seen include: Black Vulture, Upland Buzzard, Lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Golden Eagle, Long legged Buzzard, Altai Accentor [Himalayan Accentor], Himalayan Rubythroat, Güldenstädt’s Redstart, Black Redstart, Eversmann's Redstart, Blue headed Redstart, Carrion Crow, Fire fronted Serin, Red Crossbill, Brandt's Mountain Finch, Plain Mountain Finch, Alpine Swift, Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow and Rock Bunting.

Himalayan Snowcock is more difficult in late spring and summer, but is possible, Lammergeier, Himalaya Griffon Vulture, Eurasian Black Vulture, Long-legged Buzzard, Black-eared Kite, Pallid Harrier, Montague’s Harrier, Upland Buzzard, Booted Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Eurasian Hobby, Barbary Falcon, Saker Falcon, Common Shelduck, Red-crested Pochard, Chukar, Common Quail, Common Pheasant, Little Bittern, Great Egret, Horned Grebe, Ibisbill, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Terek Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Pallas’s Gull, Caspian Gull, Oriental Turtle Dove, Hill Pigeon, Laughing Dove, European Scops Owl, Short-eared Owl, Alpine Swift, European Bee-eater, European Roller, Eurasian Hoopoe, White-winged Woodpecker, Horned Lark, Pale Sand Martin, Eurasian Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Tawny Pipit, Water Pipit, Citrine Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Black-headed Wagtail. Masked Wagtail, Brown Dipper, White-throated Dipper, Black-throated Accentor, Brown Accentor, Altai Accentor, Common Nightingale, Bluethroat, White-tailed Rubythroat, Eversmann’s Redstart, Blue-capped Redstart, Güldenstädt’s Redstart, Black Redstart, Siberian Stonechat, Isabelline Wheatear, Pied Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Blue Whistling Thrush, White-browed Tit Warbler, Bearded Reedling, Azure Tit, Yellow-breasted Tit, Rufous-naped Tit, Songar Tit, Wallcreeper, White-crowned Penduline Tit, Indian Oriole, Turkestan Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Long-tailed Shrike, Rose-coloured Starling, Red-fronted Serin, Plain Mountain Finch, Brandt’s Mountain Finch, Red-mantled Rosefinch, White-winged Grosbeak, Grey-necked Bunting, Red-headed Bunting, Pine Bunting, Alpine Chough, Red-billed Chough, Carrion Crow, Spanish Sparrow, White-winged Snowfinch, Twite, Mongolian Finch, Common Rosefinch, Rock Bunting, etc.

If time allows, we try to include the fishponds near Bishkek, where good numbers of waterfowl present: Terek Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Temminck’s Sandpiper, Red-winged Pratincole, White-winged Tern, etc.

JUNE – JULY – AUGUST:

Himalayan Snowcock is more difficult in late spring and summer, but is possible. Oriental Honey-buzzard, Lammergeier, Himalaya Griffon Vulture, Eurasian Black Vulture, Long-legged Buzzard, Black-eared Kite, Pallid Harrier, Montague’s Harrier, Upland Buzzard, Booted Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Eurasian Hobby, Barbary Falcon, Saker Falcon, Common Shelduck, Red-crested Pochard, Chukar, Common Quail, Common Pheasant, Little Bittern, Great Egret, Ibisbill, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Terek Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Pallas’s Gull, Caspian Gull, Oriental Turtle Dove, Hill Pigeon, Laughing Dove, European Scops Owl, Alpine Swift, European Bee-eater, European Roller, Eurasian Hoopoe, White-winged Woodpecker, Horned Lark, Pale Sand Martin, Eurasian Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Tawny Pipit, Water Pipit, Citrine Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Black-headed Wagtail. Masked Wagtail, Brown Dipper, White-throated Dipper, Black-throated Accentor, Brown Accentor, Altai Accentor, Common Nightingale, Bluethroat, White-tailed Rubythroat, Eversmann’s Redstart, Blue-capped Redstart, Güldenstädt’s Redstart, Black Redstart, Siberian Stonechat, Isabelline Wheatear, Pied Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Blue Whistling Thrush, Cetti’s Warbler, Paddyfield Warbler, Common Grasshopper Warbler, Clamorous Reed Warbler, Sykes’s Warbler, Hume’s Leaf Warbler, Barred Warbler, Hume’s Whitethroat, Greenish Warbler, Sulphur-bellied Warbler, White-browed Tit Warbler, Bearded Reedling, Azure Tit, Yellow-breasted Tit, Rufous-naped Tit, Songar Tit, Wallcreeper, White-crowned Penduline Tit, Indian Oriole, Turkestan Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Long-tailed Shrike, Rose-coloured Starling, Red-fronted Serin, Plain Mountain Finch, Brandt’s Mountain Finch, Red-mantled Rosefinch, White-winged Grosbeak, Grey-necked Bunting, Red-headed Bunting, Pine Bunting, Alpine Chough, Red-billed Chough, Carrion Crow, Spanish Sparrow, White-winged Snowfinch, Twite, Mongolian Finch, Common Rosefinch, Rock Bunting, etc.

In late summer the shorebirds is a welcomed sight in the Kyrgyz Avifauna, and several species occurs – rarities occur as Black-winged Pratincole, Pacific Golden Plover, Red-necked Stint, Long-toed Stint, etc. So the shorebirds present a wonderful challenge.

SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER – NOVEMBER:

Is the quietest months, but the birds are still present. It’s also the time of year, where the vegetation really should be careful checked – rare migrants can turn up everywhere! Northerly breeding Siberian migrants can be found by careful examination of the more common migrants and residents. In addition it’s the most beautiful season being outside – the light is crisp-clear and the vegetation’s colors are stunning. The cooler temperatures makes birding more comfortable, and the days are long making the bird list impressive. We spend much time in higher altitude searching the mountainous species that already can be found in flocks of variable numbers – sometimes hundreds. The residents mix with migrants making birding challenging. On the Issyk-Kul Lake the numbers of waterfowl increases as the days get shorter and cooler. In September many of the late summer birds still are present, while the October and November birding reminds more and more of winter birding in December.

Price include: Guiding by Miksture/Michael Westerbjerg Andersen ● Local (English, German, French or Russian-speaking) interpreters ● Transportation according program ● All accommodation mentioned in the program; except in Bishkek ● All food during the tour ● All permits ● Services of tour leader & administration from Miksture ● Local entrees and fees according day-to-day program

Price does NOT include Alcoholic drinks at meals in restaurants and cafes ● Personal expenses for eventual extra arrangements not mentioned in the program ● Tips to drivers and interpreter ● Extra arrangements not mentioned in the program ● Money for own expenses ● anything strictly personal (e g laundry, phone calls, snacks, etc).

Single room: Is usual available on the tour. A single room surcharge might apply.

Welcome!

Miksture/Michael Westerbjerg Andersen

Phone/SMS:00996555036635

E-mail: info@miksture.com

I speak Danish (my native language), English, German,French and Russian. I understand Spanish (speak poor…) and speak other Swedish and Norwegian languages

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