December 2014

Last update 05.12.2014. at 23:19:45
   
   
31.12.2014.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1, Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) 1 at Golodova dam in Liepaja lake, Liepaja (G.Zembergs). Both species rare during winter months.

Branta canadensis
Anthus pratensis
30.12.2014.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2 together with Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) at Mersrags channel, Mersrags (U.Revalds). Rare during winter months.

 
29.12.2014.
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 M at Zvejniekciems seashore, Saulkrasti county (V.Vigants). Rare during winter months.

Anas penelope
 
28.12.2014.
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 M in Liepaja lake at Zirgu islet, European Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria) 1 flushed at Golodova dam in Liepaja lake, Liepaja (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Mediterranean Gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus) 1 1cy in Daugava river at Kengarags, Riga (U.Piterans). 18th record for Latvia. Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) 1 ad on the ice at Liepaja lake, Liepaja (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Rare during winter months. Woodlark (Lullula arborea) 2 shortly at Ezerkrasts meadow near bird tower, later to S, Liepaja (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Probably extremely late autumn migrants. White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 1 locally at Ezerkrasts meadow near bird tower, Liepaja (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). The same bird as 21.12.2014. - 26.12.2014. at Zirgu islet and Golodova dam (A.Mankus, J.Jansons). Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) 1 at Ezerkrasts meadow near bird tower, Liepaja (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). 8th record for Latvia. Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 2 at Ezerkrasts meadow near bird tower, Liepaja (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Rare during winter months.

 Pluvialis apricaria
Ichthyaetus melanocephalus
Lullula arborea
Motacilla alba
Anthus spinoletta
Emberiza schoeniclus
27.12.2014.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 12 in Liepaja lake at Ezerkrasts bird tower, Liepaja (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). The same birds as on 22.12.2014. at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers). Steller's Eider (Polysticta stelleri) 1 1cy to S together with Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) at Akmensrags, Pavilosta county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) 1 at Lejasstradi, Gulbene county (L.Priedaja-Klepere). 2nd winter record for E Latvia. Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus fuscus) 1 ad to N at Akmensrags, Pavilosta county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Rare during winter months. Common Murre (Uria aalge) 1 at Akmensrags, Pavilosta county (K.Millers). Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) 1 at Cukura str., Liepaja (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Rare during winter months.

Polysticta stelleri
26.12.2014.
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 1cy M at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (U.Piterans). Black-throated Loon (Gavia arctica) 1 Sausa Daugava, Kekava county (U.Piterans). Present since 23.12.2014. (U.Piterans). Rare inland during winter months. White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) 1 at Augsligatne, Ligatne county (Normunds). Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1 ad M at Rude surroundings, Nica county (K.Millers). Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) 1 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county, >2 at Sausa Daugava, Kekava county, 2 at Dole isle fish ponds, Salaspils county (U.Piterans). Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 1 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (U.Piterans). Hedge Accentor (Dunnock) (Prunella modularis) 2 at Zirgu islet in Liepaja lake, Liepaja (J.Jansons). All species rare during winter months.

 Circus cyaneus
25.12.2014.
Redwing (Turdus iliacus) 1 at Kaniera str., Riga (U.Piterans). Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 2 at Daugava river, Daugavpils (A.Erts). Both species rare during winter months.

 Emberiza schoeniclus
23.12.2014.
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) >11 in Liepaja lake at Vitini meadows, Grobina county (R.Rekmanis, I.Ozola). Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 1 1cy M at Daugava river near Kengarags bird tower, Riga (U.Piterans). Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) >23 in Liepaja lake at Vitini meadows, Grobina county (R.Rekmanis, I.Ozola). All species rare during winter months. Black-throated Loon (Gavia arctica) 1 Sausa Daugava, Kekava county (U.Piterans). Rare inland during winter months. Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 4 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (U.Piterans). Single individual present since 21.12.2014. (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). Eurasian Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) 1, Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) 1, Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 1 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (U.Piterans). All species rare during winter months. Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 1 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county, 1 at Sausa Daugava, Kekava county (U.Piterans). Rare during winter months. Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) 1 ad to S at Ziemupe on 11:00 and later in the afternoon at Liepaja harbor N pier, Liepaja (R.Rekmanis, I.Ozola). Pomarine Skua (Stercorarius pomarinus) 1 1cy to S at Ziemupe, Pavilosta county (R.Rekmanis, I.Ozola). Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) 2 to S at Saraiki, Pavilosta county (R.Rekmanis, I.Ozola).

Anas acuta
Gallinago gallinago
22.12.2014.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser) 2 together with 5 Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus), Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 12 together with ~50 Whooper Swans (Cygnys cygnus) at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers). Gadwall (Anas strepera) 14, Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 1 in Liepaja lake at Ezerkrasts bird tower, Liepaja (R.Rekmanis, I.Ozola). All species rare during witer months.

Anser anser
 Branta canadensis
21.12.2014.
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 at Vidumgravis, Ventspils (A.Klepers, M.Tirums), 1 ad M at Mersrags water treatment plant, Mersrags (S.Rabkevics). Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 1 Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) 2 1cy at Pentuli rubish dump, Ventspils county (A.Klepers, M.Tirums). Stock Dove (Columba oenas) 1 flew over the road at Varve surroundings, 12 in one flock to NE at Pentuli surroundings, Ventspils county (A.Klepers, M.Tirums). Skylark (Alauda arvensis) 1 at Uzava river floodplain fields, Ventspils county (A.Klepers, M.Tirums). Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 1 in coastal dunes bushes at Liepaja S pier surroundings, Liepaja (A.Mankus, J.Jansons). White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 2 at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (M.Ievins), 1 at Zirgu islet near Golodova dam, Liepaja (A.Mankus, J.Jansons). Single bird at Kolka Cape present since 14.12.2014. (M.Ievins). Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) 1 at L.B.T. grain terminal surroundings, Liepaja (A.Mankus J.Jansons), 1 at Uzava river floodplain fields, Ventspils county (A.Klepers, M.Tirums). Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 1 at Zirgu islet, Liepaja (J.Jansons, A.Mankus). All species rare during winter months. Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) >20 on Golodova dam at Liepaja lake, Liepaja (A.Mankus, J.Jansons).

Anas penelope
14.12.2014.
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 1 at Musa river, Bauska (E.Laucis). Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1 1cy/F at Bernati, Nica county (R.Rekmanis). Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 1 ad at Lielupe river estuary, Jurmala (M.Kilups). Probably the same as on Mangalsala pier, 20.11.2014. - 11.12.2014. (I.Kiecis, I.Denisovs). Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) 1 1cy to S at Pape, Rucava county (R.Rekmanis). All species rare during winter months. Skua (Stercorarius sp.) 2 (1 + 1) to S at Akmensrags, Pavilosta county (I.Brediks et al.). Birds to species were not identified, according to Fennoscandia Birds data basis could be Pomarine Skuas (Stercorarius pomarinus). Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle) 2 to S at Akmensrags, Pavilosta county (I.Brediks et al.). Northern Hawk-Owl (Surnia ulula) 1 at Rude surroundings, Nica county (E.Ledins, A.Kalvans). Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) 1 1cy/F at Pape, Rucava county (R.Rekmanis). Rare during winter months. White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 1 at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (M.Ievins). Rare during winter months.

 Tachybaptus ruficollis
Calidris alpina
Surnia ulula
13.12.2014.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 at Lucavsala, Riga (E. and V. Smislovs). Present since 07.12.2014. (I.Mardega).

Branta canadensis
10.12.2014.
Stock Dove (Columba oenas) 41 on the treated corn field at Klaskinu bog, Iecava county (E.Laucis).

Columba oenas
07.12.2014.
Redwing (Turdus iliacus) 1 at Starpinupite river-head at Kanieris lake, Engure county (M.Riherts). Skylark (Alauda arvensis) 1 on Golodova dam in Liepaja lake, Liepaja (J.Jansons). (Siberian?) Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita (tristis?)) 1 in coastal dunes bushes at Liepaja S pier surroundings, Liepaja (J.Jansons).  All the species rare during the winter months.

Phylloscopus collybita (tristis?)
06.12.2014.
Great Egret(Ardea alba) 1 in the ditch at Marupe (N.Jansons). Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 M at Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs). Both species rare during the winter months.

 
05.12.2014.
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 1, Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) 2 (M and F) at Daugava river, Daugavpils (A.Erts). Teal present since 02.12.2014., Pochard since 01.12.2014. when 1 (A.Erts). Both species rare during the winter months.

 
04.11.2014.
Common Crane (Grus grus) 3 on the field in Gavieze surroundings, Grobina county (R.Kidiks). Present since 30.11.2014., when 4 (R.Kidiks). Rare during the winter months.

 
03.12.2014.
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 1 F at Kisezers lake, Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 2 (ad un 1cy) at Sarkandaugava distributary, Riga (I.Denisovs). Both species rare during the winter months, more likely potential locally wintering birds.

 
02.12.2014.
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 1 ad on Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs). Present since 20.11.2014. (I.Kiecis). Rare during the winter months.

Calidris alpina
01.12.2014.
Common Pochard
(Aythya ferina) 1 at Daugava river, Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1 at Sunupe, White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 1 at Sunupe, Daugavpils (A.Erts). All species rare during the winter months.
Ardea alba
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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