November 2014

Last update 02.12.2014. at 18:39:59
Common Crane (Grus grus) 4 on the field in Gavieze surroundings, Grobina county (R.Kidiks). Late autumn migrant observation. Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis) 1 at S pier, Liepaja (A.Mankus, J,Jansons). Late autumn migrant observation. Hedge Accentor (Prunella modularis) 1 at Zirgu sala, Liepaja (A.Mankus, J,Jansons). Potential wintering bird. White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 1 migrating N at seashore at Karosta, Liepaja (A.Mankus, J,Jansons). Late autumn migrant observation. Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 1 in the vicinity of S pier, Liepaja (A.Mankus, J,Jansons). Late autumn migrant observation.

Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis) 1 at Engure, Engure county (K.Funts). Late autumn record.

Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) 1 ad M at Kisezers lake, Riga (I.Denisovs). Probably the same individual reported from here since 18.05.2014. (I.Denisovs). E category record.

Aix galericulata
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 1 ad on Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs). Present since 20.11.2014. (I.Kiecis). Late autumn record. Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) 1 at Rampa bog, Adazi county (I.Mardega).

 Calidris alpina
Surnia ulula
Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) 1 photographed at Priekuli county (A.Bitmanis). Late autumn record.

 Botaurus stellaris
Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) 1 1cy on Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs). Present since 17.11.2014. (I.Denisovs).

Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) at least 5 (3 1cy, 1 2cy, 1 ad) photographed at Getlini rubbish dump, Stopini county (U.Piterans, G.Grandans). Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) at least 3 1cy Getlini rubbish dump, Stopini county (U.Piterans, G.Grandans). Late autumn record.

Pintail (Anas acuta) 10, Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) 2 1cy at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (M.Jaunzemis). Late autumn record for Pintails, present at least since 09.11.2014., when 17 (M.Jaunzemis). Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (E.Smislovs, V.Smislovs, A.Kurockins). Late autumn record. Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (E.Smislovs, V.Smislovs, A.Kurockins). 2nd latest autumn record.

Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) 1 1cy on Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs).

Calidris maritima
Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 1 at Daugava river, Daugavpils (A.Erts). 2nd latest autumn record. Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 2 local, Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 1 local at Ovisrags, Ventspils county (I.Brediks).

Anas clypeata
Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) 1 ad on Mangalsala pier, Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 1 flew over at Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs). Purple Sandpiper present at least since 09.11.2014. (E.Smislovs).

Carduelis flavirostris
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) 3 1cy at Mersrags seashore, Mersrags (G.Zembergs). Present since 09.11.2014. (S.Rabkevics). Late autumn record.

Pluvialis squatarola
Steller's Eider (Polysticta stelleri) 1 F/1cy together with 2 Long-tailed Ducks (Clangula hyemalis) migrating S at Akmensrags, Pavilosta county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca)at Satini quarries, Saldus county (M.Jaunzemis). Rare inlandRed-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 2 at Prusi water storage, Priekule county (R.Rekmanis, I.Ozola). Rare inland. Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)migrating S at Akmensrags, Pavilosta county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte), 1 at Satini quarries, Saldus county (M.Jaunzemis). Individual at Satini quarries present since 26.10.2014. (M.Jaunzemis). Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) 3 at Mersrags seashore, Mersrags (S.Rabkevics). Late autumn record. Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) 1 ad on Mangalsala pier, Riga (E.Smislovs). Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle) 2 (1 + 1) migrating S at Akmensrags, Pavilosta county (K.Millers). Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) 2 at Liepaja lake E coast, Grobina county (J.Jansons). 7th record for Latvia. Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 3 at L.B.T. grain terminal surroundings, 24 on Golodova dam at Liepaja lake, Liepaja (K.Millers, I.Grinerte), 2 at Mersrags (S.Rabkevics).

Melanitta fusca
Calidris maritima
Anthus spinoletta
Carduelis flavirostris
Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) 1 1cy at Mersrags harbor N pier, Mersrags (E.Laucis, G.Grandans, U.Piterans). Common Murre (Uria aalge) 3 (1 + 1 + 1) migrating NW at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (G.Grandans, E.Laucis).

Calidris maritima
Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca) 1 at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (M.Jaunzemis). Rare inland. Pomarine Skua (Stercorarius pomarinus) 1 1cy at Mangaļsala, Riga (A.Kurockins).

Melanitta fusca
Stercorarius pomarinus

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 together with Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus) at Nica fields, Nica county (M.Kilups et al.).  Pomarine Skua (Stercorarius pomarinus) 1 1cy at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (K.Vilks). Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 2 to S at Pape B.O., Rucava county (M.Kilups).
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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