April 2014

Last update 04.05.2014. at 14:38:37

 
   
30.04.2014.
Red-breasted Goose
(Branta ruficollis) 3 at Svete river floodplain fields together with other Anser sp. geese, Jelgava county (U.Piterans). 3 present since 12.04.2014. (M.Kilups, I.Bojare) and 1 since  27.03.2014. (U.Piterans, R.Slitere). Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus) 1 at Pure, Tukums county (V.Heidemane). Earliest spring migrant record for Latvia!

 
29.04.2014. 
Barnacle Gooses (Branta leucopsis) >400 at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (M.Tirums). Large number at one place in spring. Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) 2 at Zvejsala-Lodani fish ponds, 4 at Orenisi-Drabaki fish ponds, Rezekne county (G.Grandans et al.)Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) 56 counted local from one spot at Smiltingravis estuary, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). Large number at one place in spring. Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 1 at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (M.Tirums), 4 at Zvejsala-Lodani fish ponds, Rezekne county (G.Grandans et al.). Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) >150 at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (M.Tirums). Large number at one place in spring. White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) 2, Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 1 at
Orenisi-Drabaki fish ponds, Rezekne county (G.Grandans et al.). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 2 (M and F) at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (M.Tirums), 4at Zvejsala-Lodani fish ponds, Rezekne county (G.Grandans et al.).

 
27.04.2014.
Gadwall
(Anas strepera) 158, Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 406 counted in Liepaja lake at Mailrags, Nica county (R.Rekmanis). For both species large number at one place in spring. Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) 960 counted migrating N at Liepaja lake E coast route Vizaini meadows - Otanki, Nica county (R.Rekmanis). Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) 126 counted at Liepaja lake E coast route Vizaini meadows - Otanki, Nica county (R.Rekmanis). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 migrating N at Liepaja lake E coast route Vizaini meadows - Otanki, Nica county (R.Rekmanis).

 
25.04.2014. 
Black Kite (Milvus migrans) 1 at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (I.Grinerte, I.Bojare). Quite early spring migrant record.

Milvus migrans
23.04.2014.
Pink-footed Goose
 (Anser brachyrhynchus)
1 at Kronauce surroundings together with other Anser sp. geese, Tervete county (H.Kampe-Persson).

 
22.04.2014.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 at Ainazi seashore, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics).

 
21.04.2014.
Pink-footed Goose
(Anser brachyrhynchus) 2 at Sunisi suroundings together with Anser sp. geese, Aloja county (A.Klepers), 1 Degumnieku laukos, Madonas n. (G.Grandans). Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 ad M at Kulciems surroundings, Engure county (M.Vimba, M.Kilups). White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucoptera) 2 at Liepaja lake near Vitini meadows, Grobina county (M.Jaunzemis). Earliest spring migrants record for Latvia! Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 1 photographed at Gaili pond, Aizpute county (R.Rekmanis). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 at Vitini meadows, Grobina county (M.Jaunzemis).

 
20.04.2014.
Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 1 ~500 m N at Kuivizi bird tower, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). Present since 15.04.2014. (G.Graubics).

 
19.04.2014.
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) 1 ad seen from the ship 3km off in the sea near Kurmrags, Salacgriva county (V. and E.Smislovs, A.Kurockins).  Mediterranean Gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus)
1 3cy flew over Liekna ponds at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (M.Jaunzemis).

Rissa tridactyla
18.04.2014.
Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 1 at Pekrags, Mersrags (M.Kilups et al.). Present since 11.04.2014. (J.Vigulis, R.Ondzule). Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 1 at Zvejsala - Lodani fish ponds, Rezekne county (I.Denisovs), 1 at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (J.Jansons). Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 1 at "Usi" Kolka, Dundaga county (G.Grandans et al.).

Tringa stagnatilis
Carduelis flavirostris
17.04.2014.
Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 3 together with other Anser sp. at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (E.Haberkorns). 3 present since 12.04.2014. (M.Kilups, I.Bojare) and 1 since  27.03.2014. (U.Piterans, R.Slitere).

 
16.04.2014.
Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 1 at Nereta surroundings, Nereta county (L.Kupce).

 
15.04.2014.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) 2 (M and F) at Kanieris lake near the bird tower, Engure county (A.Avotins jun.). Present since 24.032014. when 4 (2 MM and 2 FF) (U.Piterans). Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 1 at Pekrags, Mersrags (I.Grinerte). Present since 11.04.2014. (J.Vigulis, R.Ondzule), 1 at Ainazi seashore, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics).

Recurvirostra avosetta
13.04.2014.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 at Svete river floodplain fields together with other Anser sp. geese, Jelgava county (E.Ledins). Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) 6 MM at Liepaja lake at Ezerkrasts bird tower (R.Rekmanis). Red Kite Milvus milvus) 1 at Malrags surroundings over road P131, Engure county (P.Dekants et al.). Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) 3 at Mersrags harbor, Mersrags (I.Brediks, K.Lacis, E.Laucis). Earliest spring migrant record for Latvia.

Netta rufina
12.04.2014.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 at Klives, Babite county (M.Kilups, I.Bojare), 1 at Gluda together with other Anser sp. geese, Jelgava county (H.Kampe-Persson). Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 at Pampali surroundings, Saldus county (V.Farnasts). Present since 06.04.2014. Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 3 together with other Anser sp. at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (M.Kilups, I.Bojare). Present since 27.03.2014., when 1 (U.Piterans, R.Slitere). Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 ad M to SE at Kolka, Dundaga county (E.Laucis, K.Millers, G.Grandans). Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) >20 at Vitini meadows, Grobina county (J.Jansons, A.Mankus). Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) 1 M at Kaleti, Priekule county (J.Jansons, A.Mankus). Earliest spring migrant record for Latvia!

Branta canadensis
Circus macrourus
Saxicola rubetra
11.04.2014.
Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 1 at Pekrags, Mersrags (J.Vigulis, R.Ondzule).

 
08.04.2014.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) >150 counted from Zvidze bird tower in Lubans lake, Madona county (K.Millers, G.Grandans). 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
07.04.2014.
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1 M at Renda, Kuldiga county (V.Adamsons).

 
06.04.2014.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 at Pampali surroundings, Saldus county (V.Farnasts). Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 2 together with other Anser sp. at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (E.Ledins). Present since 27.03.2014., when 1 (U.Piterans, R.Slitere). Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Lejasciems surroundings, Gulbene county (A.Freibergs). Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 2 at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 1 to S at Ogre (V.Roze). Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (I.Brediks).

 Branta ruficollis
05.04.2014.
Red Kite
(Milvus milvus) 1 at Nica fields, Nica county (A.Mankus). Present since 30.03.2014. (L.Dakne). Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 1 at Melnragi (KNP), Tukums county (S.Rabkevics). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 M singing at Nereta surroundings, Nereta county (K.Funts).

 Milvus milvus
 Lymnocryptes minimus
04.04.2014.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 at Daugavgriva, Riga (A.Stipnieks, U.Piterans, K.Podins).

 
02.04.2014.
Snow Goose hybrid (Chen caerulescens x ???) 1 filmed together with other Anser sp. Geese at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (L.Goba). D category record. Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 1 M at Druviena surroundings, Gulbene county (G.Grandans).

Chen caerulescens
01.04.2014.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 together with ~5000 Anser sp. at Silzemnieki fields , Burtnieki county (A.Klepers).
 
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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