January 2013

Last update 10.02.2013. at 09:37:57
   
   
31.01.2013.
Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator) 5 (2 ad MM and 3 ad FF/2cy) feeding on Larches Larix sp. at Stameriena, Gulbene county (B.Puspure).

 
29.01.2013.
Eurasian Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) 1 in unfrozen forest stream, Kegums county (J.Margevics). Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 1 flushed from stream close to Liela Jugla river, Ropazi county (U.Piterans). Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) 2 at Mezaparks, Riga (I.Brediks).

Botaurus stellaris
28.01.2013.
Pine Grosbeak
(Pinicola enucleator) 4 (2 ad MM and 2 ad FF/2cy) at Durbe castle park, Tukums (V.Adamsons). Present since 14.01.2013. when 5 (3 ad MM and 2 ad FF/2cy) (V.Adamsons).

 
27.01.2013.
Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator) 1 ad M/2cy at Stameriena, Gulbene county (E.Kantans, D.Ozola).

 
21.01.2013.
Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator) 3 ad FF/2cy feeding on larches Larix sp. at Kalsnava arboretum, Madona county (G.Grandans). Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 30, Arctic Redpoll (Ācanthis hornemanni) at least 3, Common Linnet (Carduelis cannabina) 70 in mixed small passerine flock at Degumnieki fields, Madona county (A.Avotins jun.). All species documented by photo.

20.01.2013.
Eurasian Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) 1 flushed from reed beds at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (U.Piterans, R.Rekmanis). Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) 1 provocated with voice record at Sausa Daugava, Salaspils county (U.Piterans, R.Rekmanis). Northern Hawk-Owl (Surnia ulula) 1 2cy at Adazi military landfill, Adazi county (I.Brediks et al.). Present since 03.12.2012. (I.Mardega). European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 1 at Jerceni, Strenci county (A.Klepers).

 
19.01.2013.
Steller's Eider (Polysticta stelleri) 1 F migr. to W at Baltic Sea at Pitrags, Dundaga county (U.Piterans). Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 1 F, Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1 M at Nica fields, Nica county (M.Jaunzemis et al.). Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) 1 at Liepaja lakeside, Liepaja (M.Jaunzemis et al.). Pine Grosbeak (Pinicicola enucleator) 5 (3 ad MM and 2 ad FF/2cy) at Durbe castle park, Tukums (S.Rabkevics, A.Poiss). Present since 14.01.2013. (V.Adamsons).

16.01.2013.
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 1 in Musa river near Berzkalni, Bauska (E.Laucis). European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 1 at A. Pumpura street, Riga (E.Ledins).

 
15.01.2013.
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 1 F, Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 1 F at Daugava river near Riteri, Plavinas county (G.Grandans). Merlin (Falco colubarius) 1 ad F, Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 1 F and 1 unidentifiedat Nica fields, Nica county (U.Piterans).
 
14.01.2013.
Skylark (Alauda arvensis) 1, Wood Lark (Lullula arborea) 1 at L.B.T. grain terminal, Liepaja (G.Grandans, U.Piterans, R.Rekmanis). Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator) 5 (3 ad MM and 2 ad FF/2cy) at Durbe castle park, Tukums (V.Adamsons).

13.01.2013.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 ad at L.B.T. grain terminal, Liepaja (K.Millers, E.Laucis). Present since 22.12.2012. (J.Janons, A.Mankus). Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) 1 imm at Baltic Sea near Vaide, Dundaga county (M.Briedis). 2nd record for Latvia! Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) 1 at Mazirbe, Dundaga county (K.Vilks). European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 1 at Aizpute (R.Rekmanis).

12.01.2013.
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 1 at Karosta channel, Liepaja (U.Piterans).Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) 1 migrating to S at Pape, Rucava county (R.Rekmanis).Redwing (Turdus iliacus) 1 at Daugavpils (A.Erts), 1 migrating to S at Pape, Rucava county (R.Rekmanis). Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) at least 2 MM at Nica fields, Nica county (E.Laucis, K.Millers, G.Grandans). Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator) 3 (1 ad M and 2 ad FF/2cy M) at Brenguli, Beverina county (M.Tirums).



11.01.2013.
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 1 in reedbeds at Mangalsala, Riga (I.Denisovs). Rare during winter months.

10.01.2013.
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 1 at Pulvera str, Liepaja. Stock Dove (Columba oenas) 12, Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 1, Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis) >36 in one flock (!!!), Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) 2, Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) 1, Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) ~20 at Nica fields, Nica county. All records K.Millers.

Asio flammeus
09.01.2013.
Northern Hawk-Owl (Surnia ulula) 1 2cy at Adazi military landfill, Adazi county (I.Mardega). Present since 03.12.2012. (I.Mardega). Wood Lark (Lullula arborea) 3 at Pulvera street, Liepaja (S.Laime). Song Trush (Turdus philomelos) 1 on the bank of Maza Jugla river, Ogre county (U.Piterans). Rare during winter months. Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 18 at Stacijas Street, Daugavpils (A.Erts). Rare during winter months at Eastern Latvia.

 
07.01.2013.
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 2, Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) 30 at Liepaja lake, Liepaja (R.Rekmanis). Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1 F/2cy at "Kalnaji" farm, Tukums county (I.Lidaka et al.). European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 1 at Liepa, Priekuli county (V.Vladimirovs), 1 at Dunalka street, Liepaja (R.Rekmanis). Common Linnet (Carduelis cannabina) >70 at Viksele surroundings, Tukums county (V.Adamsons et al.).

 
06.01.2013.
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1 ad and 1 ad M at Nica fields, Nica county (R.Rekmanis). Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) 1 at Engure harbour, Engure county (D.Elferts, S.Elferte). European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 1 at Vecmilgravis, Riga (I.Denisovs), 1 at Darzini, Salaspils county (U.Piterans, M.Briedis). Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator) 1 ad M and 1 ad F/2cy M at Vaidava, Kocenu county (A.Klepers), 1 ad M and 2 ad FF/2cy MM feeding on Larches Larix sp. at Lejas Kleperi, Smiltene county (L.Klepere, R.Grabovska).

Columba palumbus
04.01.2013.
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 1 M and 1 F at Liepaja lake, Liepaja (R.Rekmanis). Eurasian Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus) 1 at Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (R.Rekmanis). Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) 1 at Liepaja seashore near S pier, Liepaja (R.Rekmanis). Periodically observed at this area since 09.06.2008. (I.Mednis).

02.01.2013.
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) 1 at Ventspils marina, Ventspils (K.Vilks et al.). Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 1 in Gulf of Riga at Kolka, Dundaga county (U.Piterans et al.). Both species rare during the winter months. Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) 1 3cy+ shortly at Ovisrags and then to SW, Ventspils county (U.Piterans et al.).

Larus hyperboreus
01.01.2013.
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 in Liepaja lake at Zirgu isle, Liepaja (K.Millers). Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 1 at Maras dikis, Riga (J.Vigulis, I.Markuse). Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) >5 MM in Liepaja lake at Golodova dam, Liepaja (K.Millers). All the species rare during the winter months.
Anas acuta
M – male, F – female, 1cy – 1st calendar year bird, imm – immature bird, ad – adult bird
N – North, S – South, W – West, E – East

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