April 2015

Last update 01.05.2015. at 09:43:45
   
   
30.04.2015.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 2 at Ventava surroundings, Ventspils county (R.Rekmanis). Canada Goose (Branta canadenis) 2 at Idena fish ponds, Rezekne county (D.Vasilevskis). Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) 42 at Ventspils air field surroundings, Ventspils county (R.Rekmanis). Large number at one place during spring migration. Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) >3 MM at Kalngale fields, Carnikava county (I.Denisovs). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 2 MM (1 + 1) to S at Liepaja lake E coast, Grobina county (M.Jaunzemis). Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1 F at Vaive mills, Priekuli county (S.Laime).

 Turdus torquatus
 Motacilla cinerea
29.04.2015.
Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 6 (incl. 4 MM) at Varve surroundings, Ventspils county (R.Rekmanis).

 
28.04.2015.
Pink-footed Goose
(Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 together with ~500 Anser sp. Geese at Inciems surroundings, Krimulda county (A.Klepers).

 
27.04.2015.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1
ad at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (E.Laucis). Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 4 at Gaili pond, Aizpute county (R.Rekmanis, I.Ozola). Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 3 at Vecdaugava, Riga (I.Denisovs). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 M at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (E.Laucis).

Turdus torquatus
 Motacilla citreola
26.04.2015.
Pink-footed Goose
(Anser brachyrhynchus) 7 together with ~650 Anser sp. Geese at Ventspils surroundings, Ventspils county (I.Grinerte, M.Koivula, K.Millers). White-cheeked Pintail (Anas bahamensis) 1 together with 4 Gadwalls (Anas strepera) migrating N at Pape (V. & E.Smislovs, A.Kurockins). New E cat. species for Latvia! Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 1 locally in the Riga Gulf at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). Red kite (Milvus milvus) 1 to NE at Liepaja lake E coast, Grobina county (R.Rekmanis). Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) ~2000 feeding at Liepaja lake, Nica county (R.Rekmanis). Large number at one place during spring migration. Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) 1 2cy migrating N at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) 1 singing at Liepaja lake E coast, Nica county (R.Rekmanis). Earliest spring migrant record for Latvia! Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) >50 Dundaga, Ventspils counties, incl. >10 at Kolka, >32 Vidale surroundings, >6 Varve surroundings, >4 Uzava river floodplain fields (K.Millers, I.Grinerte, M.Koivula). Largest number ever observed per day!

 Anas bahamensis
Anas bahamensis
Turdus torquatus
25.04.2015.
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) 1 M photographed at Dambjpurvs lake, Riga (L.Melne). D category record. Red kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Pape, Rucava county (A.Kurockins). Black Kite (Milvus migrans) >5 migrating at Kolka, Dundaga county (M.Koivula, I.Grinerte, K.Millers). Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) 1 2cy, 1 3cy at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (M.Koivula, K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 4 + 1 (incl. 3 MM) at Kolka, Dundaga county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte, M.Koivula).

 Milvus migrans
Larus cachinnans
 Turdus torquatus
24.04.2015.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 to W at Murnieki, Plavinas county (R.Rekmanis). Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) 1 2cy at Pekrags, Mersrags (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing and observed visually at Kanieris lake W coast, Engure county (I.Grinerte, M.Koivula, K.Millers), 1 singing and observed visually at Daugavpils (R.Rekmanis). Firecrest at Kanieris lake W coast present since 22.04.2015. (I.Brediks, K.Funts.).

 Regulus ignicapilla
Regulus ignicapilla
23.04.2015.
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) >7, Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus intermedius) 1 at Getlini rubbish dump, Stopini county (M.Koivula, K.Millers).

Larus cachinnans
 Larus fuscus intermedius
22.04.2015.
Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 2 migrating NE at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (M.Strazds et al.). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing and observed visually at Kanieris lake W coast, Engure county (I.Brediks, K.Funts.).

 
21.04.2015.
Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) 1 migrating N at Lauteri, Salacgrivas n. (G.Graubics).

 
19.04.2015.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 at "Rami" Valmiera surroundings (N Latvia), Burtnieki county (A.Klepers, I.Brediks et al.). Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) 1 at "Rami" Valmiera surroundings (N Latvia), Burtnieki county (A.Klepers et al.). Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria) 1000 at Ezere air field, Saldus county (M.Jaunzemis). Large number at one place during spring migration. Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 18 at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (V. & E.Smislovs, A.Kurockins).

 Tadorna ferruginea
 Lymnocryptes minimus
18.04.2015.
Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) 18 migrating N (seance 8:00 - 13:00) at Liepaja lake E coast, Nica county (R.Rekmanis). Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 ad F migrating NE at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (V.Steinbers, G.Grandans, E.Laucis). Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1 M at Sigulda county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers).

 
17.04.2015.
Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 1 together with other Anser sp. Geese at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (U.Revalds). One individual observed at that place on 14.03.2015. (I.Bojare, I.Mardega), two on 20.03.2015. (M.Tirums). More likely the same birds which were reported every spring from this place at least since 2012. Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) 2 (M and F) at Kvapani fish ponds, Rezekne county (I.Brediks). Present since 11.04.2015. (D.Vasilevskis, D.Viksere). Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) 6 migrating N at Uzava river mouth, Ventspils county (R.Rekmanis).

 Branta ruficollis
 Netta rufina
16.04.2015.
Canada Goose (Branta canadenis) 1, Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) 3, Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) 1 3cy at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). Common Shelduck rare inland. Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 1 M at Kuldiga (R.Rekmanis).

 Branta canadensis
14.04.2015.
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 1 at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics).

 
13.04.2015.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 to S at Liepaja lake E coast, Grobina county (M.Jaunzemis). Little Crake (Porzana parva) 1 at Orenisi - Drabaki fish ponds, Rezekne county (K.Millers, G.Grandans). Earliest spring migrant record for Latvia!

 
12.04.2015.
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) 1 migrating N at Libciems, Ventspils county (R.Rekmanis). Earliest spring migrant record for Latvia! Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 1 flushed on Golodova dam at Liepaja lake, Liepaja (A.Klepers). Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) 1 at Ventspils (R.Rekmanis).

 Galerida cristata
11.04.2015.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) 2 (M and F) at Kvapani fish ponds, Rezekne county (D.Vasilevskis, D.Viksere). Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 ad hunting Teals (Anas crecca) at Uzava lighthouse, Ventspils county (R.Rekmanis), 1 ad migrating at Priedaine, Kuldiga county (R.Rekmanis). Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 13 at Pekrags, Mersrags (I.Brediks, E.Haberkorns). Present since 10.04.2015., when 5 (M.Tirums).

 Netta rufina
10.04.2015.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 migrating N at Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (K.Millers). Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 ad M at Vikuli, Babite county (J.Vigulis, A.Arnicans). Earliest spring migrant record for Latvia! Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 5 at Pekrags, Mersrags (M.Tirums).

Circus macrourus
06.04.2015.
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) 316 at Udrande surroundings, Ventspils county (R.Rekmanis, I.Ozola). Large number at one place during spring migration. Canada Goose (Branta canadenis) 9 to N over the sea at Ainazi pier, Salacgriva county (A.Klepers). Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) 258 at Kamarce meadows, Ventspils county (R.Rekmanis, I.Ozola). Large number at one place during spring migration. Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) 268 migrating N in 3,5 h seance at Uzava lighthouse, Ventspils county (R.Rekmanis). Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 2 flushed at Brocenmuiza surroundings, Broceni county (A.Mankus). Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus intermedius/heuglini) 1 at Getlini rubbish dump, Stopini county (I.Denisovs).

 Lymnocryptes minimus
Larus fuscus intermedius/heuglini
 Larus fuscus intermedius/heuglini
05.04.2015.
Canada Goose (Branta canadenis) 7 at Kaleji ponds, Kuldiga county (R.Rekmanis, I.Ozola). Present in this area since 26.03.2015. (A.Tjagunovics). Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 1 trapped and ringed at Jurmalciems, Nica county (I.Brediks et al.).

 Asio flammeus
04.04.2015.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) a pair at Vartaja area, Grobina county (J.Jansons). Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 1 flushed at Ezere aerodrome surroundings, Saldus county (M.Jaunzemis, V.Jaunzemis).

 
03.04.2015.
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) ca 800 together with Anser sp. geese at Durbe lake, Durbe county (R.Rekmanis). Stock Dove (Columba oenas) 142 in a compact flock at  Apriki, Aizpute county (R.Rekmanis). Large number at one place for both species during spring migration.

 
02.04.2015.
Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 1 to N over Liepaja lake, Grobina county (K.Millers).

 Recurvirostra avosetta
01.04.2015.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 2 at Zorgi, Iecava county (E.Laucis).
Anser brachyrhynchus 
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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