It is about 40 kilometres south of Bishkek and climbs steadily from the city's 800 metres to over 2000 metres though I didn't walk quite that far up.
hobby looking away
One of the best birds seen was indeed the only bird of prey I sighted there.It was a hobby.
hobby looking round
The second time I tracked it and found it had settled on top of a juniper tree from where I got some pictures.
This habitat is classic hobby breeding territory though I have no proof in this particular case.
the river in Alamedin valley
There were plenty of feral pigeon in the valley but I regret not looking closer at some as hill pigeon was a possibility there that I over-looked. Hill pigeon is a very smilar looking bird.
wood pigeon 1
wood pigeon 2
blue whistling thrush
greenish warbler 1
It was not the only warbler in the bushes.
greenish warbler 2
I also spotted a Blyth's reed warbler.It did not give such good views as the greenish warbler but has been positively identified by those with local expertise on birdforum.
Blyth's reed warbler 1
Interestingly this (adult) bird is moulting early. Work carried out on the west of the range shows they normally moult in their wintering grounds in September to December.
Blyth's reed warbler 2
Apart from Alamedin valley, I managed two shorter sessions of birding in the city. One was in the neighbourhood of my hotel and the other was at the botanical gardens. I will blog about that next.