March 2015

Last update 01.04.2015. at 12:20:08
   
   
30.03.2015.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 flew over Vidzeme highway at Garkalne surroundings, Garkalne county (A.Klepers).

 
29.03.2015.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 6 together with other Anser sp. Geese, Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) 160, Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 20 at Udrande surroundings, Ventspils county (R.Rekmanis, I.Ozola). Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 ad at Udrande surroundings, Ventspils county (R.Rekmanis). Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 1 flew over at Mangalsala, Riga (I.Denisovs).

 Anser brachyrhynchus
 Asio flammeus
28.03.2015.
Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) ~35 at Starupciems surroundings, Babite county (A.Dekants).

 Carduelis flavirostris
26.03.2015.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 ad together with ~300 other Anser sp. Geese at Nica fields, Nica county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). The same individual as on 22.03.2015. at Skuburi surroundings, Nica county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 7 at Snepele parish, Kuldiga county (A.Tjagunovics).

 Branta canadensis
25.03.2015.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 6 at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (I.Brediks, E.Haberkorns). Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) >5 flushed at Liepaja lake E coast, Grobina county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Earliest spring migrants record for Latvia! Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) >60 flushed at Liepaja lake E coast, Grobina county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Large number at one place during spring migration.

 
24.03.2015.
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) 1 at Pekrags, Mersrags (U.Revalds). Earliest spring migrant record for Latvia!
 
 
22.03.2015.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 ad together with ~50 other Anser sp. Geese at Skuburi surroundings, Nica county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers), 1 together with other Anser sp. Geese between Ventava and Piltene, Ventspils county (R.Rekmanis).

Anser brachyrhynchus
 Anser brachyrhynchus
21.03.2015.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 at Eimuri fields, Adazi county (G.Zembergs). Present since 18.03.2015. (G.Graubics). Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 35 at Rude surroundings, Nica county (M.Strazds). Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 flew over at Valtaiki surroundings, Skrunda county (M.Strazds).

 
20.03.2015.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 together with other Anser sp. Geese at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (M.Tirums). One individual observed at that place on 12.03.2015. (G.Zembergs). Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) <10 migrating at Kemeri National park, Tukums county (U.Piterans). Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 2 together with other Anser sp. Geese at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (M.Tirums). One individual observed at that place on 14.03.2015. (I.Bojare, I.Mardega). More likely the same birds which were reported every spring from this place at least since 2012.

 Branta ruficollis
19.03.2015.
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) 1 at Remte surroundings, Broceni county (G.Krastins). Earliest spring migrant record for Latvia! Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 5 to N Lizesmuiza surroundings, Kuldiga county (R.Rekmanis).

 
18.03.2015.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 ad at Eimuri fields, Adazi county (G.Graubics).

 
15.03.2015.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1 migrating at Alejas, Kekava county (I.Grinerte). Earliest spring migrant record for Latvia! Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) 2 ad, 1 3cy, 1 2cy, Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus graellsii/heuglini) 1 ad at Getlini rubbish dump, Stopini county (I.Denisovs).

 Larus cachinnans
14.03.2015.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 at Durbe lake, Durbe county (R.Rekmanis). Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 1 together with other Anser sp. Geese at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (I.Bojare, I.Mardega). 3rd record for Latvia this spring. Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 1 M at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (I.Bojare, I.Mardega). Earliest spring migrant record for Latvia! Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 1 in the Baltic sea at Libciems, Ventspils county (R.Rekmanis). Repeated earliest spring migrant record for Latvia.

Branta canadensis
Podiceps grisegena
12.03.2015.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 together with ~600 other Anser sp. Geese at Uzava river floodplain fields, Ventspils county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte), 1 at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (G.Zembergs). 1st records for Latvia this spring.

 Anser brachyrhynchus
11.03.2015.
Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 1 together with other Anser sp. Geese at Code parish, Bauska county (E.Laucis). 11th record for Latvia.

 Branta ruficollis
09.03.2015.
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 2 (M and F) at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (K.Millers). Repeated earliest spring migrant record for Latvia! Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 5 observed at the same time at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers). Earliest spring migrants record for Latvia! More photos here and here. Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 25 migrating N at Mailrags, Nica county (K.Millers).

 Asio flammeus
08.03.2015.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1 at Kanieris lake, Engure county (M.Riherts). Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) 1 to SE at Strpinupite river mouth, Engure county (M.Riherts). Earliest spring migrant records for Latvia!

 
05.03.2015.
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) ~900, Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) ~4500 counted from Golodova dam in Liepaja lake, Liepaja (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Large numbers at one place for both species during spring migration.

 
04.03.2015.
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) 1 flew over at Nature Park "Dviete" (SE Latvia), Ilukste county (B.Strausa). Earliest spring migrant record for Latvia!

 
01.03.2015.
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) ~400, Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) ~3000 counted from Golodova dam in Liepaja lake, Liepaja (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Large numbers at one place for both species during spring migration.
 
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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