March 2014

Last update 04.04.2014. at 13:03:18

 
   
31.03.2014.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 at Meirani channel, Madona county (D.Viksere). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 M singing at Ogre (V.Roze). Present since 30.03.2014. (V.Roze).

 
30.03.2014.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2 to SW at Ogre (V.Roze). Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 1 together with >10 000 Anser sp. at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (E.Ledins). Present since 27.03.2014. (U.Piterans, R.Slitere). Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) ~600 at Lanupe flooded meadows, Durbe county (R.Rekmanis). Large number at one place during spring migration. Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) 4 (2 MM and 2 FF) at Kanieris lake near the bird tower, Engure county (M.Riherts). Present since 24.032014. (U.Piterans). Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Nica fields, Nica county (L.Dakne). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 M singing at Ogre (V.Roze), 1 F trapped and ringed at Nereta surroundings, Nereta county (K.Funts), 1 M singing at Kraslava surroundings, Kraslava county (G.Grandans).
 
 Branta ruficollis
Milvus milvus
Regulus ignicapilla
Regulus ignicapilla

29.03.2014.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Uzava river floodplain fields, Ventspils county (A.Klepers). Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) 3 to N over Venta river at Ventspils harbor S pier, Ventspils (A.Klepers).

 
28.03.2014.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 3 at Pravinas, Tukums county (V.Adamsons, G.Saulitis). Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 1 together with ~10 000 Anser sp. at Annasmuiza surroundings, Babite county (A.Klepers, J.Bobrovskis). Present since 23.03.2014. (M.Kruze).  Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) 1 2cy photographed at Ogre railway station siting in the tree, Ogre (G.Gange). 8th record for Latvia. Lesser Black-backed Gull/Heuglin's Gull (Larus fuscus graellsii/heuglini) 1 ad at Demene rubbish dump, Daugavpils county (U.Lolans, G.Grandans, V.Ignatjevs). Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 1 at Mangalsala, Riga (I.Denisovs). Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) 1 at Ronu str., Liepaja (S.Laime). Periodically observed at Liepaja seashore near S pier and Seaside park area since 09.06.2008. (I.Mednis).

Branta canadensis
 Pelecanus onocrotalus
Larus fuscus graellsii/heuglini
Asio flammeus
 
27.03.2014.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 together with ~3000 Anser sp. Adazi fields , Adazi county (I.Denisovs). On 16.03.2014. at the same place 4 Pink-footed Goose (I.Denisovs). Dark-bellied Brant Goose (Branta bernicla) 1 together with >10 000 Anser sp. at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (U.Piterans). Rare inland. Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 1 together with >10 000 Anser sp. at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (U.Piterans, R.Slitere)Video © U.Piterans, 27-Mar-2014. Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 calling and later singing at Olaine surroundings, Olaine county (U.Piterans).

 Anser brachyrhynchus
Branta bernicla
 Branta ruficollis
Regulus ignicapilla
26.03.2014.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2 at lake Lubans, Madona county (G.Grandans), 1 at lake Kalnis, Gulbene county (E.Kantans).

 
25.03.2014.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 4 together with ~6000 Anser sp. at Dzelzava, Madona county (G.Grandans).

 Anser brachyrhynchus
 
24.03.2014.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 2 together with ~5000 Anser sp. at Dzelzava, Madona county (G.Grandans), 1 at "Ozoli", Babite county (G.Zembergs). Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) 4 (2 MM and 2 FF) at Kanieris lake near the bird tower, Engure county (U.Piterans). Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 to S at Pape, Rucava county (K.Millers).
 
Anser brachyrhynchus
Netta rufina
Milvus milvus
 
23.03.2014.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 together with ~3500 Anser sp. at Dzelzava, Madona county (G.Grandans, U.Lolans), 1 together with ~5000 Anser sp. at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (I. Brediks), 1 together with ~800 Anser sp. at Krimunas surroundings, Jelgava county (H.K.Persson)Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2 at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (M.Jaunzemis). Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 1 together with ~2000 Anser sp. at "Ozoli", Babite county (M.Kruze). Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (J.Vigulis). Earliest spring migrant record for Latvia! Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 1 M at dolomite quarry, Cesis (S.Laime).

 Branta ruficollis
Philomachus pugnax
Acanthis hornemanni
 
22.03.2014.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 together with ~350 Anser sp. at Bernati polder, Nica county (K.Millers). Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)together with ~1000 Anser sp. at Remte surroundings, Broceni county (A.Laubergs et al.). 10th record for Latvia. Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 4 at Mersrags harbor, Mersrags (I.Brediks, K.Lacis). Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) 2 at Melnragi (KNP), Tukums county (S.Rabkevics), 1 at Dzelve, Seja county (I.Mardega). Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 3 at Kolka feeding together with 2 Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) FF on the seashore, Dundaga county (V.Smislovs, E.Smislovs). Pied Avocet, Green Sandpiper and Common Chiffchaff - earliest spring migrant records for Latvia!

Branta ruficollis
Recurvirostra avosetta
Tringa ochropus
Phylloscopus collybita
 
21.043.2014.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
 2 at Valpene together with Anser sp. and Cygnus sp., Dundaga county (V.Smislovs).

 
20.03.2014.
Caspian Gull
(Larus cachinnans) 1 3cy at Getlini rubbish dump, Stopini county (U.Piterans). Lesser Black-backed Gull/Heuglin's Gull (Larus fuscus graellsii/heuglini) 1 ad at Getlini rubbish dump, Stopini county (U.Piterans).
Larus cachinnans
Larus fuscus graellsii/heuglini
 
16.03.2014.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) together with ~250 Anser sp. 
at Adazi fields , Adazi county (I.Denisovs).

Anser brachyrhynchus
15.03.2014.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2 at Smarde surroundings, Engure county (S.Rabkevics). Lesser/Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina/clanga) 1 at Vecsaikava surroundings, Madona county (U.Bergmanis). Early spring migrant record.

 Branta canadensis
14.03.2014.
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 1 at Balini pond, Rudbarzi surroundings, Skrunda county (R.Rekmanis). Earliest spring migrant record for Latvia!  

Podiceps grisegena
13.03.2014.
Canada Goose
(Branta canadensis) 3 at Sita - Pededze meadows, Gulbene county (E.Kantans, D.Ozola).

 
12.03.2014.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 together with ~ 1000 Anser sp. at Adazi fields , Adazi county (I.Denisovs).Hedge Accentor (Prunella modularis) 1 migrating at Mazirbe area, Dundagas n. (V.Skuja). Earliest spring migrant record for Latvia!  


 Anser brachyrhynchus
11.03.2014.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1 at Kvapani fish ponds, 4 at Nagli, Rezekne county (G.Grandans, U.Lolans), 1 at Kanieris lake, Engure county (E.Tempelfelds). Earliest spring migrant record for Latvia! Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) 1 on Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs). Present at the surroundings since 30.12.2013. (I.Denisovs). 1st wintering record of Purple Sandpiper for Latvia! Video © I.Denisovs, 25-Feb-2014.

Calidris maritima  
07.03.2014.
Penduline Tit
(Remiz pendulinus) pair in reedbeds at Babite lake, Babite county (B.Strausa). Earliest spring migrant record for Latvia!

Remiz pendulinus
07.03.2014.
Marsh Harried
(Circus aeroginosus) 1 F at Dviete area, Ilukste county (B.Strausa). Earliest spring migrant record for Latvia! Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) 10 in one flock and 2 together with a 14 Skylarks (Alauda arvensis) migrating NNE at Pape lake S end near "Stibeli", Rucava county (K.Millers).

 
06.03.2014.
"Grey Geese"
(Anser sp.) ~20 000 (!!!) migrating/flyby N between Pape heath and Pape lake S end near "Stibeli" in seance 18:30 - 19:10, Rucava county (K.Millers). On 07.03.2014. at the same place ~3000 flew out from Pape lake S in seance 6:35 - 8:50 (K.Millers). Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 1 to N at Ungurs lake, Pargauja county (A.Klepers). Repeated earliest spring migrant record for Latvia.

 
04.03.2014.
White Wagtail
 (Motacilla alba) 1 at Dviete, Ilukste county (G.Skrimblis). Earliest spring migrant record for Latvia! 
 
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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