Birding conditions weren't ideal as it was 37C at the height of the day. Nevertheless I birded around my hotel early evening and in the Botanical Gardens until mid monring to give myself a chance.
I like Botanical Gardens for many reasaons including a sentimental one concerning Oxford where I was a student.
However the gardens in Bishkek are in a sad condition despite evidence of foreign partnerships aiming to maintain the area.
Some of the taller trees had died and the undergrowth looked untended.
On one of the dead trees ironically I was given very good views of an adult male sparrowhawk.
path in Gareev Botanical Gardens
There were wood pigeon in the denser areas.
While feral pigeon were in the more open spaces.
Common magpie was everywhere.
The two most common birds in the trees were great tit.
Though spotted flycatcher was more easily seen as they adopted more exposed positions.
On one bush in clearing was a Turkestan shrike. This is a bird I see in large numbers in Arabia on migration and in winter.
The botanical gardens are also home to several red squirrel.
Turkestan shrike was also one of the birds observed when I walked around the hotel one evening.
Turkestan shrike in Lebedinovka
In a sense I was disappointed to see laughing dove. This bird is still spreading north out of Africa and has reached Bishkek and even southern Kazakhstan to its north. It would never survive in winter without human settlements providing scraps of food.
Another and even more invasive species is common myna which is indeed common in the city.
More interestingly I came across goldfinch in gardens. These are of an eastern race which doesn't have a black head.
I would have loved to have had more time in Kyrgyzstan. I have checked whether it can be visited en route to anywhere else I am likely to visit in my quest to see every country in the world. There are a couple of options. Who knows I may return some day.