January 2014

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31.01.2014.
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 1 at Kaunata, Rezekne n. (V.Ignatjevs). Rare during winter month at E Latvia. Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) 16 at Nica fields, Nica county (R.Rekmanis). Present since 16.01.2014., when at least 8 (K.Millers).

Calcarius lapponicus
30.01.2014.
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 1 at Rezekne (V.Ignatjevs). Rare during winter month at E Latvia. Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 1 at Ezerkrasts wastewater pipe, Liepaja (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Horned lark (Eremophila alpestris) 1 at Ezerkrasts wastewater pipe surroundings, Liepaja (S.Laime, D.Leimane).

Lymnocryptes minimus
 


29.01.2014.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) 1 at Seaside park, Ventspils (R.Rekmanis).

 
28.01.2014.
Stock Dove (Columba oenas) 1, Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) 1 in the flock of corvids at Brutuli, Smiltene county (A.Klepers). Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) at least 3 together with Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) at Mezaparks, Riga (I.Denisovs).

Columba oenas
 Acanthis hornemanni
25.01.2014.
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) 53 in one flock migrating S over Zirgu isle, Liepaja (K.Millers). Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) 1 at Sausa Daugava end, Kekava county (I.Grinerte). Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 1 at Zirgu isle, Liepaja (K.Millers). Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 1 together with Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) at Saunags, Dundaga county (R.Rekmanis).

Cygnus cygnus


Acanthis hornemanni
24.01.2014.
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes) at least 55 in one flock at Adazi (I.Denisovs). Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 1 together with Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) at Adazi fields, Adazi county (I.Denisovs). Probably the same bird reported already on 18.01.2014. (U.Piterans).

Acanthis hornemanni
23.01.2014.
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 1 at Starpinupite, Engure county (I.Grinerte).

Erithacus rubecula
22.01.2014.
Arctic Redpoll
(Acanthis hornemanni) 1 together with Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) at Barkava (G.Grandans, U.Lolans).

Acanthis hornemanni
20.01.2014.
Tundra Bean Goose
 (Anser serrirostris) 1 at Musa river, Bauska (E.Laucis). Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 1 F/2cy at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (A.Klepers). Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)  2 at Musa river, Bauska (E.Laucis). Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 1 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county. (A.Klepers).  European Robin  (Erithacus rubecula) 1 at Baltezers channel, Adazi county. (A.Klepers), 1 at Darzini, Salaspils county (G.Graubics, V.Adamsons).

Lymnocryptes minimus
19.01.2014.
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)  1 at Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (A. Klepers et al.), 3 at Gauja river, Valmiera (V.Freimanis). Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 1 ad M at "Keramika", Grobina county (R.Rekmanis). European Robin  (Erithacus rubecula) 1 at bird feeder at Teika, Riga (I.Dinsbergs), 1 at Daugavgriva pier, Riga (A.Zacmanis), 1 at bird feeder at Balvi (J.Leja). Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 100 at Nica fields, Nica county (R.Rekmanis). Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) 1 at Zirgu sala, Liepaja (J.Jansons et al.).

 
18.01.2014.
Tundra Swan
 (Cygnus columbianus) 1 ad in Baltic Sea at Bernati, Nica county (M.Kilups). Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) 290 counted along Baltic Sea coast line from Pape to Jurmalciems (14 km), including 23 in compact flock, Rucava county (A.Klepers). White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) 22 counted along Baltic Sea coast line from Pape to Jurmalciems, including 11 from one point, Rucava county (A.Klepers), 11 counted along Baltic Sea coast line from Ulmale to Pavilosta, including 7 from one point (M.Zilgalvis). Wood Lark (Lullula arborea) 1 at L.B.T. grain terminal, Liepaja (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 2 at Pavilosta (G.Grandans), 3 in dunes at "Kursa", Liepaja (R.Rekmanis), 1 at Klapkalnciems area, Engure county (A.Avotins jun.), 1 at Bernati, Nica county (M.Kilups). Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) 500 at Uzava fields, Ventspils county (G.Grandans, A.Kurockins, M.Zilgalvis). Song Trush (Turdus philomelos) 1 in the flock of Fieldfares (Turdus pilaris) flew over at L.B.T. grain terminal, Liepaja (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 120 at Uzava fields, Ventspils county (G.Grandans, A.Kurockins, M.Zilgalvis). Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) 1 at Liepaja S pier, Liepaja (R.Rekmanis), 1 at seashore at Kapupe, Pavilosta county (G.Zembergs). Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) 250 at Uzava fields, Ventspils county (G.Grandans, A.Kurockins, M.Zilgalvis). Lesser Redpoll (Acanthis cabaret) 1, Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 1 together with Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) Adazi fields, Adazi county (U.Piterans).

 
Cygnus columbianus
Lullula arborea
Anthus pratensis
Acanthis cabaret
Acanthis hornemanni
 
17.01.2014.
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 1 M/2cy at Daugava river, Daugavpils (A.Erts). White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) 1 at Kekava surroundings, Kekava county (L.Ozolina).Eurasian Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) 1 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (U.Piterans). Present since 07.12.2013. (U.Piterans). Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) 1 at Dole isle fish ponds, Salaspils county (U.Piterans). Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 2 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (U.Piterans). Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 1 near the reed beds at the end of Sausa Daugava, Kekava county (U.Piterans, I.Grinerte).  Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) 1 at Dole isle, Salaspils county (U.Piterans).

Anas crecca
Botaurus stellaris
Lymnocryptes minimus
16.01.2014.
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 F/2cy at Daugava river, Daugavpils (A.Erts). Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 1 in sea at Ventspils N pier, Ventspils (G.Grandans). Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1 F/2cy at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers). Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis) at least 24 in a one flock at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers). Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) 1 on seashore at Gauja river mouth, Carnikava county (I.Denisovs). European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 1 at Aizpute (R.Rekmanis). Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) 1 on seashore at Gauja river mouth, Carnikava county (I.Denisovs). Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) at least 8 at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers).

Eremophila alpestris
Anthus pratensis
15.01.2014.
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) at least 910 in one flock at Putnu kalva in Liepaja lake, Grobina county (K.Millers). Large number at one place during winter months. Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1 ad M hunting over Liepaja lake reed beds at Mailrags, Nica county (K.Millers). Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 1 flew over at Ezerkrasts wastewater pipe surroundings, Liepaja (K.Millers). Present since 09.12.2013. (K.Millers).

Gallinago gallinago
14.01.2014.
Common Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) 1 2cy to SW at Lielupe river mouth, Riga (G.Graubics).

 
13.01.2014.
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) 1 flew over Engure harbor, Engure (K.Vilks). Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 M at Pape lake, Rucava county (K.Millers, S.Larins). Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 1 F/2cy at Kekavina river, Baldone (I.Grinerte), 2 (M and F/2cy) at Gailu pond, Aizpute county (R.Rekmanis). Teal at Kekavina river present since 05.01.2014. (K.Vilks). Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1 ad M hunting over Pape lake reed beds, Rucava county (K.Millers, S.Larins). Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 2, Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 1 together with Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) at Trikata surroundings, Beverina county (A.Klepers).

Circus cyaneus
Acanthis hornemanni
Carduelis flavirostris
11.01.2014.
Tundra/Taiga Bean Goose (Anser fabalis/serrirostris) 4 at Uzava fields, Ventspils county (K.Vilks). Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) 8 at Sausa Daugava near Dole isle, Salaspils county (A.Platais). Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) 2 in the sea at Abragciems, Engure county (N.Zeidaks). Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 F/2cy at Sausa Daugava near Katlakalns, Kekava county (A.Platais). Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1 at Perkone channel, Liepaja (R.Rekmanis). Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1 F/2cy at Degumnieki fields, Madona county (G.Grandans). European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 1 at Ogre (V.Roze).

Ardea alba
09.01.2014.
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 F/2cy at Daugava river near Kengarags, Riga (M.Kilups).

 
08.01.2014.
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) 3 on the winter crop field at Penkule surroundings, Dobele county (V.Adamsons). European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 2 at Mangalsala, 1 at Vecdaugava, 1 Vecmilgravis, Riga (I.Denisovs). Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 1 at Nica fields, Nica county (M.Tirums).

 
07.01.2014.
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) 1, Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 1 1cy/F at Madona (G.Grandans, A.Avotins jun.).

Branta leucopsis
Anas acuta
06.01.2014.
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) 1 F at Stameriena lake, Gulbene county (B.Puspure). Rare during winter months at E Latvia. European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 1 at Bullupe, Riga (G.Graubics). Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 3 in the flock of 47 Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) at Loka str., Cesis (S.Laime).

Acanthis hornemanni
05.01.2014.
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) 1 at Skrunda fish ponds, Skrunda county (U.Piterans), 1 on the seashore at Salacgriva surroundings, Salacgriva county (G.Grandans). Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 1 flushed at the side of the coastal reed beds at Salacgriva surroundings, Salacgriva county (G.Grandans). Northern Hawk-Owl (Surnia ulula) 1 trapped and ringed at Svetciems surroundings, Salacgriva county (G.Grandans). Present since 30.12.2013. (A.Soms). White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 1 at the side of the coastal reed beds at Salacgriva surroundings, Salacgriva county (G.Grandans). European Serin (Serinus serinus) 1 at Winter harbor, Salacgriva (A.Klepers). Video © A.Klepers, 05-Jan-2014. 1st European Serin winter record in Latvia!

Vanellus vanellus
Surnia ulula
Motacilla alba
04.01.2014.
Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1 at Liepaja harbor S pier surroundings, Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) at least 1 in the flock of Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) at Liepaja 15. secondary school surroundings, Liepaja (R.Rekmanis). Arctic Redpoll present at 15. secondary school surroundings since 01.01.2014., when 2 (K.Millers, M.Jaunzemis).

Acanthis hornemanni
02.01.2014.
Greater White-fronted Goose
(Anser albrifons) 1 together with 6 Tundra Bean Geese (Anser serrirostris), Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) and Tundra/Whooper Swans (Cygnus columbianus/cygnus) at Nica fields, Nica county (R.Rekmanis, U.Piterans). Tundra Bean Geese at this vicinity present at least since 01.01.2014. (K.Millers, M.Jaunzemis), Barnacle Goose since 01.01.2014. (R.Rekmanis). Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 1 F/2cy at Liepaja lake near Ezerkrasts bird tower, Liepaja (U.Piterans, R.Rekmanis). Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 1 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (I.Grinerte). Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) 1 on Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs), the same bird shortly on opposite coast of Daugava river on Daugavgriva pier, Riga (G.Graubics). Video © I.Denisovs, 02-Jan-2014. Present since 30.12.2013. (I.Denisovs). Common Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) 7 at Zalu str., Liepaja (R.Rekmanis, U.Piterans). Hedge Accentor (Dunnock) (Prunella modularis) 2 at Zirgu isle, Liepaja (U.Piterans, R.Rekmanis). 8th winter record.

Tachybaptus ruficollis
Calidris maritima
Columba palumbus
Prunella modularis
01.01.2014.
Tundra Bean Goose (Anser serrirostris) 4 at Sejejciems surroundings, Nica county (K.Millers, M.Jaunzemis). Greylag Goose (Anser anser) 1 together with Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) at Nica fields, Nica county (R.Rekmanis, M.Jaunzemis, K.Millers). Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) 3 at Ezerkrasts meadow, Liepaja (M.Jaunzemis, K.Millers), 1 together with ar Greylag Goose (Anser anser) at Nica fields, Nica county (R.Rekmanis, M.Jaunzemis, K.Millers). Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 5 (4 MM and 1 F) at Ezerkrasts meadow, Liepaja (K.Millers, M.Jaunzemis). Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1 F/1cy at Sejejciems surroundings, Nica county (K.Millers, M.Jaunzemis). Stock Dove (Columba oenas) 11 (9 locally + 1 + 1 in flight) at Sejejciems surroundings, Nica county (R.Rekmanis). Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 1 flushed at Nica fields, Nica county (R.Rekmanis). Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis) at least 2 in different places at Nica fields, Nica county (M.Jaunzemis, K.Millers). European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) at least 4 at Zirgu Isle, Liepaja (K.Millers, M.Jaunzemis). Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 2 in the flock of Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) at Liepaja 15. secondary school surroundings, Liepaja (K.Millers, M.Jaunzemis).
Anser anser/Branta leucopsis
Branta leucopsis
Asio flammeus
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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