February 2014

Last update 04.03.2014. at 20:50:33

 
   
28.02.2014.
Barnacle Goose
(Branta leucopsis) >10 at Ziras surroundings in the flock of ~4000 Anser sp. Geese, Nica county (K.Millers, E.Ledins).Earliest spring migrant record! 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. Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) >478 in one flock (counted at photo) at Uzava river floodplain fields, Ventspils county (K.Millers). Large flock during spring migration.

Calidris maritima
Plectrophenax nivalis
27.02.2014.
Pink-footed Goose
(Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 at Nica fields in the flock of ~4000 Anser sp. Geese, Nica county (K.Millers). Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) 3 at Berzciems, Engure county (V.Adamsons). Earliest spring migrant records for both species.

 
24.02.2014.
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 9 (6MM and 3 FF) at Darzini distributary, Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) 2 flew over Dole isle fish ponds, Salaspils county (U.Piterans). Earliest spring migrant records for both species.

Anas penelope
23.02.2014.
European Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria) 18 together with ~200 Northern Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers). Early spring migrant record.

Pluvialis apricaria
22.02.2014.
Eurasian Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus) at least 4 on Liepaja harbor S pier, 2 on Liepaja harbor N pier, Liepaja (J.Jansons). Can not exclude that some of the pipits are first spring migrants. On Liepaja harbor S pier 1 present since 14.12.2013. (K.Millers) and 3 on 08.02.2014. (A.Mankus, J.Jansons).

 
21.02.2014.
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) 4 (3 ad and 1 2cy) in the flock of 80 Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus) at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers). Earliest spring migrant record.

Cygnus columbianus
20.02.2014.
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) 1 at Lielirbe surroundings, Ventspils county (V.Skuja). Present at this area since 19.02.2014. (M.Zilgalvis, L.Zilgalve).

 
18.02.2014.
"Grey Geese" (Anser sp.) ~140 to NNW at Rude surroundings, Nica county (K.Millers). Taiga Bean Goose (Anser fabalis) 26, Tundra Bean Goose (Anser serrirostris) 136, Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 2, Greylag Goose (Anser anser) 27 in one flock on plowed field at Rude surroundings, Nica county (K.Millers). For the Greater White-fronted Goose earliest spring migrant record. Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) 5 ad migrating N at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers), 1 feeding on the field at Kursisi surroundings, Saldus county (M.Viniarskis), 2 at Puikule surroundings, Aloja county (A.Meinards). Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 1 at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers). Present since 01.01.2014. (R.Rekmanis). Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis) at least 60 (total number of migrating individuals) migrating N at Nica fields, Nica county, 12 to N at Pape lake N end, Nica county, 9 migrating at Pape, Rucava county (K.Millers). All species, except Short-eared Owl, first spring migrants.

Anser fabalis/serrirostris
Asio flammeus
Alauda arvensis
17.02.2014.
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) 1 at Skrunda surroundings, Skrunda county (V.Farnasts). Common Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) 2 on wires at Stameriena surroundings (NE Latvia), Gulbene county (G.Grandans). First spring migrants.

 
16.02.2014.
Eurasian Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) 2 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (A.Arnicans, J.Vigulis). One individual present since 07.12.2013. (U.Piterans). Second - first spring migrant?

 
15.02.2014.
Eurasian Crane (Grus grus) 1 at Kursisi surroundings, Saldus county (V.Kveksis, K.Kveksis). Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) 4 at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers). First spring migrants. Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) 1 at Lielirbe surroundings, Ventspils county (M.Zilgalvis, L.Zilgalve).

Vanellus vanellus
13.02.2014.
Eurasian Crane (Grus grus) 1 at Tukums surroundings, Tukums county (M.Dobelis). First spring migrant in 2014!

 
13.02.2014.
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) 7 at Nica surroundings, Nica county (K.Millers).

 
10.02.2014.
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 1 flushed at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (U.Piterans).

 
08.02.2014.
Eurasian Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus) 3 on Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (A.Mankus, J.Jansons).

 
07.02.2014.
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1 imm M at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers).

 
05.02.2014.
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 1 at Arkadija park, Riga (M.Riherts). Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 2 together with Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) at Kalngale fields, Carnikava county; at least 2 together with Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) at Adazi fields, Adazi county (I.Denisovs).

Acanthis hornemanni



03.02.2014.
European Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus europaeus) 1 at Cesis (S.Laime). European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 1 at Cirulisi, Cesis (S.Laime).

Aegithalos caudatus



02.02.2014.
Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 1 at Starpinupite at Lapmezciems, Engure county (M.Riherts).

Lymnocryptes minimus
01.02.2014.
Stock Dove (Columbe oenas) 1 at Rudzu str. Trisciems, Riga (I.Denisovs).
Columba oenas
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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