May 2014

Last update 03.06.2014. at 14:54:13
   
   
31.05.2014. 
Broad-billed Sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus) >12 at Liepaja lake E coast shore line, Grobina county (K.Millers), 5 at Ainazi seashore, Salacgriva county (G.Grandans, G.Graubics). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 2 (M and F) at Nida bog, Dundaga county (K.Millers).

Limicola falcinellus
Motacilla citreola
 
30.05.2014.
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) 1 2cy at Mangalsala, Riga (I.Denisovs).

 Larus cachinnans
 
26.05.2014. 
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) 1 at Gaili pond, Aizpute county (J.Jansons, A.Mankus). Present since 25.05.2014. (R.Rekmanis, I.Ozola, K.Millers, M.Jaunzemis). Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) 1 ad M at Kolka cape migrating SW, Dundaga county (K.Millers u.c.). Different individual as on 24.05.2014. Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) 1 at "Ushi" meadow in Kolka, Dundaga county (K.Millers et al.). Present since 25.05.2014. (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Booted Warbler (Hippolais caligata) 1 singing at Kolka, Dundaga county (K.Millers). First for this year and for W Latvia ever.

Aythya nyroca
Falco vespertinus
Galerida cristata
 
25.05.2014. 
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) 1 at Gaili pond, Aizpute county (R.Rekmanis, I.Ozola, K.Millers, M.Jaunzemis). 15th record for Latvia and 1st since 1994. Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 1 migrating W at Kolka cape, Dundaga county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers, G.Grandans). Broad-billed Sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus) 5 at Kolka cape, Dundaga county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers, G.Grandans). Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) 1 migrating at Kolka cape, Dundaga county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1 M at Kolka cape, Dundaga county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte, G.Grandans et al.). Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) 1 migrating at Kolka cape, Dundaga county (K.Millers).

Aythya nyroca
Recurvirostra avosetta
Motacilla cinerea
 
24.05.2014. 
Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) >8 at Kolka (incl. 1 ad M, 1 ad F, 1 2cy M), Dundaga county (K.Millers, G.Grandans, I.Grinerte et al.) 1 ad M at Babite lake, Babite county (E. and V.Smislov). Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 1 at Babite lake, Babite county (E. and V.Smislov). Broad-billed Sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus) 1 at Kolka cape, Dundaga county (K.Sjolund et al.). European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte, G.Grandans et al.). 7th record at Kolka. Rosy Starling (Pastor roseus) 1 migrating together with 6 Common Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) at Kolka cape, Dundaga county (K.Sjolund, G.Grandans, I.Grinerte et al.). 8th record for Latvija. Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 M at Kolka cape, Dundaga county (K.Sjolund, G.Grandans, I.Grinerte et al.).

Falco vespertinus
 Tringa stagnatilis
Merops apiaster
23.05.2014.
Broad-billed Sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus) 2 at Mersrags seashore, Mersrags (V.Adamsons). White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) 3 migrating NE high over Kanieris lake, Engure county (K.Millers et al.), 1 migrating over Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (M.Jaunzemis). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 M at Mersrags seashore, Mersrags (V.Adamsons).

 
22.05.2014.
Mandarin Duck
(Aix galericulata) 1at Kisezers lake, Riga (J.Vigulis). Present since 18.05.2014. (I.Denisovs). E category record. Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala) 1 M at Skulte surroundings, Limbazi county (R.Steggerda). 3rd record for Latvia and 1st since XIX century!

Aix galericulata
Emberiza melanocephala
19.05.2014. 
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 6 at Kanieris lake, Engure county (K.Millers, P.Palmer et al.).

 
18.05.2014.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)at Kisezers lake, Riga (I.Denisovs). Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) 1 at Bulmeistari surroundings, Madona county, 1 at Kalnagals surroundings, Madona county (A.Klepers et al.). Rare inland. Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) 1at Kisezers lake, Riga (I.Denisovs). E category record. Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 ad M migrating NE at Kolka cape, Dundaga county (K.Millers, P.Palmer et al.), 1 ad M at Lubans lake S end bird tower, Madona county (M.Tirums et al.). Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) 1 imm at Kolka cape, Dundaga county (P.Palmer, K.Millers). 3rd record for Latvia. White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) 5 migrating NE at Kolka cape, Dundaga county (K.Millers, P.Palmer), 4 at Burtnieks lake, Burtnieki county (D.Drazdovskis et al.), 55 at Kisezers lake, Riga (A.Kurockins), >20 over Lubans lake at S end bird tower, Madona county (A.Klepers et al.). Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1 M at Kolka cape, Dundaga county (K.Millers, P.Palmer et al.).

Branta canadensis
Circus macrourus
Circus macrourus
Motacilla cinerea
 
17.05.2014.
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrouros) 1 F at Silzemnieki fields, Burtnieki county (D.Drazdovskis, M.Platacis, M.Zilgalvis). Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) 1 ad F at Dviete river floodplain fields, Ilukste county (R.Rekmanis et al.). White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) 4 at Lodani-Zvejsala fish ponds, Rezekne county (I.Denisovs), >60 at Dviete river floodplain fields, Ilukste county (R.Rekmanis et al.), 12 migrating NE over Saldus stadium, Saldus (A.Mankus). Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 1 at Silzemnieki fields, Burtnieki county (D.Drazdovskis, M.Platacis, M.Zilgalvis).

Falco vespertinus
Circus macrourus
Chlidonias leucopterus
16.05.2014.
White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) >40 in one flock migrating N over Jaunmokas castle, Tukums county (K.Millers, P.Palmer et al.).

 
15.05.2014.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) 2 (M and F) at Kvapani fishponds, Rezekne county (G.Grandans et al.). White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) >50 at Babite lake near Gate, Babite county (P.Palmer, K.Millers et al.).

 
14.05.2014.
White-winged Tern
 (Chlidonias leucopterus) 3 over Musa river, Bauska, 2 at Ladzeni pond, Vecumnieki county (E.Laucis). European Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) 1 M at Garkalne surroundings, Garkalne county (G.Grandans).

 
13.05.2014. 
Black-throated Loon (Gavia arctica) >57 in one flock migrating NW over Daugava river, Ogre (V.Roze).

 
12.05.2014. 
Belated news
07. - 08.04.2014.

European Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus) 1 at Lielupe river bank in Dzintari, Jurmala (G.Clarke, I.Grinerte). 13th record for Latvia.

Saxicola rubicola
Saxicola rubicola
11.05.2014. 
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) 1000 counted on migration at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (G.Grandans, E.Laucis, R.Rekmanis). Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 flew over Milzkalne, Engure county (S.Rabkevics). White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) < 8 at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (E.Ledins et al.). Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 2 at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (K.Millers). Short - eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (G.Grandans et al.). Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (R.Rekmanis). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 F at Kolka, Dundaga county (R.Rekmanis).

Chlidonias hybrida
Motacilla citreola
10.05.2014. 
Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca) 4 at Stameriena lake, Gulbene county (E.Kantans et al.). Rare inland. Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) 1 ad M at Kolka, Dundaga county (S.Brumby, A.Koeman). Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 2 at Mersrags seashore, Mersrags (I.Grinerte). Present since 03.05.2014. (M.Strazds, I.Mardega). Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 1 at Stameriena surroundings, Gulbene county (I.Dinsbergs et al.).

 Tringa stagnatilis
09.05.2014. 
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 at Svete river floodplain fields together with other Anser sp. geese, Jelgava county (M.Riherts). Present at least since 13.04.2014. (E.Ledins). Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 2 at Svete river floodplain fields together with other Anser sp. geese, Jelgava county (E.Laucis). 3 present since 12.04.2014. (M.Kilups, I.Bojare) and 1 since  27.03.2014. (U.Piterans, R.Slitere). Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 1 at Kisezers lake, Riga (J.Beiere). Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) 1 at Mersrags seashore, Mersrags (E.Laucis). 5th record for Latvia.

Podiceps auritus
Charadrius alexandrinus
 Charadrius alexandrinus
08.05.2014. 
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 at Svete river floodplain fields together with other Anser sp. geese, Jelgava county (M.Kilups, E.Haberkorns). Present since 07.05.2014. (G.Grandans, A.Avotins jun.). Eurasian Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus) 1 at Vergale surroundings, Pavilosta county (R.Rekmanis). Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 2 (M and F) at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (A.Klepers, U.Piterans et al.). Present since 07.05.2014. (I.Grinerte). Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 6 at Kolka, Dundaga county (J.Ashton Booth, T.Jones). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 2cy F at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (J.Ashton Booth, T.Jones).

Motacilla citreola
07.05.2014. 
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 at Svete river floodplain fields together with other Anser sp. geese, Jelgava county (G.Grandans, A.Avotins jun.), 2 at lake Sila, Daugavpils county (I.Gasparovica). Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 2 (M and F) at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (I.Grinerte et al.). 2nd record for Latvia! White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) 7 at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (I.Grinerte, E.Laucis). Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 4 at Kolka, Dundaga county (J.Ashton Booth, T.Jones).

Himantopus himantopus
Himantopus himantopus
06.05.2014. 
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 F migrating at Kolka, Dundaga county (J.A.Booch, T.Jones). Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) 1 ad F at Kvapani fish ponds, Rezekne county (K.Millers), 1 ad F migrating at Kolka, Dundaga county (J.Ashton Booth, T.Jones). Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 2 (M and F) at Veclauci - Amatas, Amata county (A.Klepers et al.), 2 at Vaive river, Priekuli county (G.Grandans, U.Lolans).

Falco vespertinus
05.05.2014. 
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (J.Ashton Booth, T.Jones).

Merops apiaster
04.05.2014.
Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 M migrating at Kolka, Dundaga county (J.Ashton Booth, T.Jones).

 
03.05.2014. 
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) >200 at Ovisi, Venstpils county (I.Mardega, M.Strazds). Large number at one place in spring. Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 2 at Pekrags surroundings, Mersrags (M.Strazds, I.Mardega). Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 1 M at Kolka, Dundaga county (T.Jones et al.), 1 M at Purciems surroundings, Roja county, 1 at Dizmezciems, Talsu county, 2 (M and F) at Rude, Roja county (M.Strazds, I.Mardega).

 
02.05.2014.
White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) 2 at Rugeli ponds, Daugavpils (A.Erts). Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (J.A.Booch, T.Jones), 1 at Pape, Rucava county (V. and E.Smislovs). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 at "Ushi" meadow in Kolka, Dundaga county (J.Ashton Booth, T.Jones).

Chlidonias leucopterus
01.05.2014.
Barnacle Gooses (Branta leucopsis) >511 counted at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (E.Ledins). Estimate ~600, large number at one place in spring. Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 2 at Svete river floodplain fields together with other Anser sp. geese, Jelgava county (M.Strazds, I.Mardega). 3 present since 12.04.2014. (M.Kilups, I.Bojare) to 30.04.2014. (U.Piterans) and 1 since  27.03.2014. (U.Piterans, R.Slitere). Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) 1 ad F at Spikeri surroundings, Koceni county (A.Klepers). Barred Warbler (Sylvia nisoria) 1 M at Pilsrundale surroundings, Bauska county (E.Laucis). 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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