January 2019

Last update 06.02.2019. at 12:43:20
Section "Local wintering birds 2018/2019" which is located below "January 2019" is active since 15-Dec-2018  
   
31.01.2019.
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 1 F/2cy at Strazdupite river, Riga (R.Matrozis, V.Smislovs). Present since 07.01.2019. (R.Matrozis). Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1 F at Nica fields, Nica county (M.Tirums). Rare during winter months.

 Anas acuta
27.01.2019.
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 24 (10 MM & 14 FF/2cy) at Sarkandaugava distributary, Riga (I.Denisovs). Since 09.01.2019. when 6 MM & 12 FF/2cy (I.Denisovs). Rare during winter months.

 
26.01.2019.
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 M with 80 Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) at Suste river Ezere village, Saldus county (M.Jaunzemis). Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2 at Pavasari water reservoir, Marupe county (I.Orlova). Both species rare during winter months. Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 45 at Parupe str., Bauska (E.Laucis). Large number at one place during winter months.

 
25.01.2019.
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) 1 flew over at Parlielupe next to Ice Hall, Jelgava (J.Lublinskis). Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 3 (2 ad MM & 1 F/2cy) at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers). Present at least since 18.11.2018. when 1 ad M & 2 1cy/F (K.Millers. I.Grinerte). Both species rare during winter months. Pine Bunting (Emberiza leucocephalos) 1 M with Yellowhammers (Emberiza citrinella) at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers). 2nd for Latvia!

Circus cyaneus
Emberiza leucocephalos
Emberiza leucocephalos
Emberiza leucocephalos
24.01.2019.
Eurasian Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) 1 flushed out of the Grivinupite river Gauja NP, Priekuli county (A.Klepers). Present since 06.01.2019. (A.Klepers).

 
21.01.2019.
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) 18 at shore line next to Ventspils harbor S pier, Ventspils (V.Smislovs). Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 at Venta river next to the bridge, Ventspils (V.Smislovs). Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 3 at Roja herbor next to the bridge, Roja (I.Mardega). Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1 at Gauja river mouth, 1 at Carnikava next to Gauja river, 1 at Laveri surroundings, Carnikava county (I.Denisovs). Great Egret at Carnikava present also on 22.01.2019. (I.Denisovs). All species rare during winter months. Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) 1 2cy in the sea at the Ventspils harbor S pier surroundings, Ventspils (V.Smislovs). Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) 1 2cy at Roja harbor, Roja, 1 2cy at Mersrags harbor, Mersrags (I.Mardega). European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 1 at Siksni, Rucava county (A.Ozolins). Rare during winter months.

Ardea alba
Larus hyperboreus
19.01.2019.
Steller's Eider (Polysticta stelleri) 1 F at Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs). Present since 09.01.2019. (I.Denisovs). European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 1 at Sala bog forests, Rezekne county (I.Sausa, E.Kantans). Rare during winter months. Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) at least 1; Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 1; Linnet (Carduelis cannabina) ~20 in the flock of ca 500 passerines Passeriformes at Liepna surroundings, Aluksne county (S. Laime).

 
18.01.2019.
Eurasian Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) 1 flushed at Dunika parish, Rucava county (A.Ozolins). Rare during winter months. Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 1 in the flock of 10 - 12 Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) at Osu str., Jurmala (M.Tirums).

Acanthis hornemanni
16.01.2019.
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 1 F/2cy at Bullupe river, Riga (V.Smislovs, R.Matrozis). Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 1 at Laza water reservoir, Aizpute (R.Rekmanis). European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 1 at Aizpute (R.Rekmanis), 2 at Mezotne, Bauska county (E.Laucis). All species rare during winter months.

 
15.01.2019.
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 1 F/2cy; Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 M; Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 4 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (M.Kilups). Little Grebes since 22.12.2018. when 3 (M.Tirums).

 
14.01.2019.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1 at Jugla canal next to Kanala str., Riga (I.Mardega), 1 at Lielupe river side reeds, Jurmala (M.Tirums). Egret at Jugla canal present since 09.01.2019. (I.Mardega). Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1 ad M at Adazi militāry landfill, Adazi county (I.Mardega). Both species rare during winter months.

 
13.01.2019.
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 1 at Sunupe, Daugavpils (G.Grandans). Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) >7200 at Liepaja lake, Liepaja (K.Millers, A.Klepers). Largest wintering Mute Swan number! Gadwall (Anas strepera) 4 next to Atteku islet in Liepaja lake, Liepaja (M.Tirums et al.). Present since 06.01.2019., when 5 (V. & M.Jaunzems). Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 F at Venta river, Ranki, Skrunda county (V.Jaunzemis, M.Jaunzemis), 1 M at Ciecere river, Saldus, Saldus county (V.Jaunzemis). Present since december. Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 3 (1M; 2FF) at Cirava, Aizpute county (R.Rekmanis et al.). Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) 7 (3 MM & 4 FF) at Liepaja lake, Grobina county (K.Millers, A.Klepers). Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 1 at Daugava river at Kraslava (G.Grandans), 6 at Daugava river at Daugavpils (A.Erts). Present at area since 24.12.2018., when 1 (A.Erts). Eurasian Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) 1 at Ezerkrasts sewage pipe, Liepaja (A.Klepers et al.). Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) 1 at Ezerkrasts sewage pipe, Liepaja (M.Tirums et al.), 2 at Cirava, Aizpute county (R.Rekmanis et al.). Water Rail at sewage pipe present since 23.12.2018. (A.Mankus). Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 1 at Zirgu islet, Liepaja (K.Millers et al.). Present since 23.12.2018. (V. & M.Jaunzems). European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) >5 in different places at Liepaja (K.Millers et al.), 1 at Skulte surroundings, Limbazi county (K.Funts), 3 at Pavilosta (R.Rekmanis). Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) ~300 at rubbish dump "Kivites", Grobina county (M.Kilups et al.). Large number at one place during January. Hedge Accentor (Prunella modularis) >3 at Zirgu islet, Liepaja (K.Millers, I.Brediks, A.Klepers). Present since 23.12.2018., when 1 (A.Mankus). Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 1 at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (V.Jaunzemis, M.Jaunzemis). Rare during winter months. Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) >20; Common Linnet (Carduelis cannabina) 50 in flock of ca 800 passerines Passeriformes at Aiztere surroundings, Durbe county (R.Rekmanis et al.).

 Anas crecca
12.01.2019.
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) 8 (4 ad + 4 2cy) at Daugava river at Vilnisi, Livani county (G.Grandans, A.Erts). Most likely the same birds (4 ad + 4 2cy) observed at Birzi area, Jekabpils county (I.Sausa). Rare during winter months in E Latvia. Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 M at L.B.T. grain terminal in  Liepaja harbor, Liepaja (K.Millers). Rare during winter months. Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 1 F at Malta river, Rezekne county (I.Vilskerste). Rare during winter months. Steller's Eider (Polysticta stelleri) 1 F/2cy in the Baltic Sea between Akmensrags lighthouse and Rudupe river mouth, Pavilosta county (R.Rekmanis). Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 2 at Roja harbor, Roja (A.Kurockins, E.Smislovs), 2 at Kekava rapids in Sausa Daugava river, Kekava conty (A.Platais). Rare during winter months. Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 1 at Lenkupe river mouth in Baltic Sea, Pavilosta county (A.Klepers). Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2 at Dienvidsuseja river bank, Nereta county (K.Funts), 1 at Malta river, Rezekne county (I.Vilskerste), 1 at Olekte river, Kekava county (A.Platais). Rare during winter months. Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 2cy at Liepaja harbor L.B.T. grain terminal, Liepaja (K.Millers). Very rare during winter months. Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) 1 2cy on Liepaja harbor N pier, Liepaja (K.Millers). Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) 1 2cy at Mersrags harbor, Mersrags (E. & V.Smislovs). Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) >94 at Seaside Park, Liepaja (K.Millers) - largest number ever of wintering Wood Pigeons recorded in Latvia, 4 at Berzciems, Engure county (E. & V.Smislovs). Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) 1 at Atmodas blvd., Liepaja (K.Millers). Present at least since 15.10.2011. (D.Krigens). Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1 F/2cy at Sunupe sewage ponds, Daugavpils (G.Grandans, A.Erts). Present since 07.01.2018. (G.Grandans). Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) 1 at Upesgriva shore line, Mersrags county (A.Kurockins). Rare during winter months. Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) 1 on Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (K.Millers). Present since 09.11.2018. (K.Millers). Returning individual. The same as winter 2017/21018 from 06.01.2018. till at least 16.02.2018. (K.Millers, I.Grinerte et al.).Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus) 1 at Liepaja sewage ponds, Liepaja (A.Klepers). Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) at least 1 in the flock of ca 600 passerines Passeriformes at Sutri surroundings, Livani county (G.Grandans), 2 in the flock of ~30 Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) at Liepaja harbor N pier surroundings, Liepaja (K.Millers), 1 in the flock of ~30 Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) at Rudupe river mouth, Pavilosta county (R.Rekmanis). Common Linnet (Carduelis cannabina) ca 400 (counted in photos) in flock of ca 600 passerines Passeriformes at Sutri surroundings, Livani county (A.Erts, G.Grandans). Largest number at one place during winter months.

Ardea alba
Larus hyperboreus
 Falco peregrinus
Columba palumbus
Anthus pratensis
Anthus spinoletta
Anthus petrosus 
Acanthis hornemanni
11.01.2019.
Steller's Eider (Polysticta stelleri) 1 F at Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs). Present since 09.01.2019. (I.Denisovs). Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 8 at Musa river, 4 at Memele river, Bauska (E.Laucis). Present at area since 01.12.2018., when 11 at Musa river (E.Laucis). Rare during winter months.

Polysticta stelleri
10.01.2019.
Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 1 at Sunupe, Daugavpils (A.Erts). 1st winter record for E Latvia!

 Phylloscopus collybita
09.01.2019.
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 at Gulf of Riga between Mangalsala - Vecaki, Riga (I.Denisovs). Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 18 (6 MM & 12 FF) at Sarkandaugava distributary, Riga (I.Denisovs). Both species rare during winter months. Steller's Eider (Polysticta stelleri) 1 F at Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs). Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 3 (2 ad & 1 2cy) at Sarkandaugava distributary, Riga (I.Denisovs). Rare during winter months. Common Crane (Grus grus) 1 at Kalngale fields, Carnikava county (I.Mardega). Present at surroundings since 29.12.2018. (I.Denisovs). Rare during winter months. Eurasian Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus) 1 on Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs). Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 1 in the flock of ca 250 passerines Passeriformes at Zorgi, Iecava county (E.Laucis).

 Anas penelope
Anas crecca
 Polysticta stelleri
07.01.2019.
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) 1 M; Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 2 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (M.Tirums). Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 1 at Sunupe, Daugavpils (G.Grandans). All species rare during winter months. Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1 F/2cy at Sunupe sewage ponds, Daugavpils (G.Grandans). 3rd winter record for Latvia!

 Motacilla cinerea
06.01.2019.
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 1 at Zirgu islet; 4 at Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (V.Jaunzemis, M.Jaunzemis). Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 M with Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) locally at Grivinupite river mouth Gauja NP, Priekuli county (A.Klepers). Eurasian Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) 1 flushed out of the Grivinupite river Gauja NP, Priekuli county (A.Klepers). European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 2 at Kengarags, Riga (M.Tirums). Dunnock (Prunella modularis) at least 1 at Zirgu islet, Liepaja (V.Jaunzemis, M.Jaunzemis). Present since 23.12. (A.Mankus). Both species rare during winter months.

 
05.01.2019.
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 1 M with 110 Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) at Cempu str. ponds, Valmiera (J.Ukass, A.Klepers). Rare during winter months. Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 1 flushed out of the stream at Burtnieks lake S end next to Burtnieki village, Burtnieks county (J.Ukass, A.Klepers.) 1st winter record for N Latvia! Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) 4 at Seaside Park, Liepaja (I.Mednis). Present at surroundings at least since 18.11.2018., when >38 (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Rare during winter months.

Anas crecca
 Lymnocryptes minimus
04.01.2019.
Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) at least 1 in the flock of ca 3000 passerines Passeriformes at Griva surroundings, Daugavpils county (G.Grandans, A.Erts).

 
02.01.2019.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 4 at Kisezers Lake next to Ozo Golf Club, Riga (I.Denisovs). Rare during winter months. Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 1 in flock of ca 500 passerines Passeriformes at Arone fields, Daugavpils county (G.Grandans). Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) at least 4000 (counted in photos) together with ca 1000 passerines Passeriformes at Griva surroundings, Daugavpils county (G.Grandans, A.Erts). Large number at one place during 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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