April 2019

Last update 09.05.2019. at 22:25:45
   
   
30.04.2019.
Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus) 1 M at Sunezers lake, Daugavpils (A.Erts, G.Grandans). Earliest spring migrant record! Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) 1 ad M at Cirstes surroundings, Dundaga county (I.Mardega, I.Bojare, M.Kilups), 1 M/2cy at Mazgramzda surroundings, Priekule county (K.Millers et al.). Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) <80 at Berzciems seashore, Engure county (V.Adamsons). Large number at one place during spring migration. Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Vitrupe surroundings, Salacgriva county (I.Brediks, K.Funts), 1 singing at Vidale surroundings, Dundaga county, (I.Mardega et al.). Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 1 ad M at Cirstes surroundings, Dundaga county (I.Mardega, I.Bojare, M.Kilups). Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana) 2 singing MM at Mazgramzda surroundings, Priekule county (D.Ulands). First spring migrant record. Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 1 at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (M.Kilups, I.Mardega). Latest spring migrant record!

Ixobrychus minutus
Falco vespertinus
Turdus torquatus
 Carduelis flavirostris
29.04.2019.
Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at A1 road at Randi meadows surroundings, Salacgriva county (I.Brediks, K.Funts).

 
28.04.2019.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 in the flock of ~250 Greater White-fronted Geese (Anser albifrons) at Viksneskalns surroundings, Madona county (K.Millers), 1 in the flock of ~250 Bean Geese (Anser fabalis) at Adazi fields, Adazi county (I.Denisovs)Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Udrande surroundings, Ventspils county (G.Grandans), 1 at Jurmalciems, Nica county (R.Rekmanis). Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (G.Grandans). Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) 2 FF/2cy and 1 M on the field next to Ozolaine, Bauska county (E.Laucis). European Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria) 1200 at Nica fields, Nica county (P.Daknis et al.). Quite large number at one place during spring migration. Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 1 at Kalngale fields, Carnikava county (I.Denisovs). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 M at Kolka, Dundaga county (G.Grandans).

Anser brachyrhynchus
Anser brachyrhynchus
Turdus torquatus 
27.04.2019.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (G.Grandans). Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 ad M at Kolka, Dundaga county (G.Grandans). Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (G.Grandans, I.Brediks, A.Klepers). Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) 1 ad M at Karavi cemetery surroundings, Vecumnieki county (E.Laucis), 1 ad F at Jaunmuiza surroundings, Ventspils county (A.Klepers). Earliest spring migrant records! Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 1 at Zvejsala - Lodani fish ponds, Rezekne county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). European Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus) 1 M at Pentuli surroundings, Ventspils county (A.Klepers). Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 1 at Indrani surroundings, Lubana county (K.Millers). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 F at Zvejsala - Lodani fish ponds, Rezekne county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers).

Aquila clanga
Falco vespertinus
Saxicola torquatus
 Motacilla citreola
26.04.2019.
European Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus) 1 M at Saraiki manor surroundings, Pavilosta county (I.Mardega). 19th record for Latvia.

 Saxicola torquatus
25.04.2019.
Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (E.Laucis). Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 1 at Mersrags shore line, Mersrags (E.Laucis). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Saldus (V.Jaunzemis), 1 singing at Zilaiskalns slope, Koceni county (A.Klepers). Citrine Wagtail  (Motacilla citreola) 1 M at Kolka, Dundaga county (E.Laucis), 1 M at Mersrags shore line, Mersrags (E.Laucis). Tawny Pipit (anthus campestris) 1 at Mangalsala, Riga (I.Denisovs). First spring migrant record.

 Aquila clanga
24.04.2019.
Quail (Coturnix coturnix) 1 vocalizing 7:30 at Uzava river floodplain fields, Ventspils county (K.Millers). Earliest spring migrant record! Hobby (Falco peregrinus) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (E.Laucis). First spring migrants record. Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (E.Laucis). Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) ~1000 (sum of 5 - 6 flocks) at Liepaja lake E coast, Grobina county (R.Rekmanis). Quite large number at one place during spring migration. Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) 1 migrating, 1 locally at Akmensrags, Pavilosta county (A.Klepers). Single Carrion Crow reported at least since 18.04.2018. (R.Rekmanis et al.). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Jaungulbene surroundings, Gulbene county (G.Grandans).

 
23.04.2019.
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 1 at Rudzati surroundings, Livani county (G.Grandans).


 
22.04.2019.
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) 5 (2 - 3cy, 1 - ad, 1 - 4cy, 1 - 2cy); Heuglin's Gull (Larus fuscus heuglini) 1 ad at Getlini rubbish dump, Stopini county (I.Denisovs). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 2 singing at Vertezu forest, Saldus county (M.Jaunzemis). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 4 - 5 (incl. 4 MM) at Zvejsala - Lodani fish ponds, Rezekne county (A.Klepers).

Larus cachinnans
Larus fuscus heuglini 
 Motacilla citreola
21.04.2019.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 with ~2000 Anser sp. Geese at Laidze lake surroundings, Talsi county (M.Jaunzemis). Present since 20.04.2019. (R.Karvonen, E.Aalto). Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 1 at Jurmalciems, Nica county (I.Brediks), 9 flushed at Liepaja lake E coast, Grobina county (I.Brediks, J.Ukass), 5 flushed at Stende river next to Ance surroundings, Ventspils county (A.Kurockins, E.Smislovs)Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) 1 at Jurmalciems, Nica county (I.Brediks, J.Ukass). Present since spring 2018. (I.Brediks, P.Daknis). Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) 1 at Remte parish, Broceni county (G.Graubics), 1 migrating N at Ovisrags, Ventspils county (V.Smislovs).

 Corvus corone
20.04.2019.
Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus) 1 ad on the field with Greater White-fronted Geese (Anser albifrons) at Laidze surroundings, Talsi county (R.Karvonen, E.Aalto). Not Mr Blue. 14th record for Latvia. Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Valdemarpils, Talsi county (V.Jaunzemis et al.). Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 5 migrating N at Ventspils harbor S pier, Ventspils (E. & V.Smislovs), 4 migrating N at Ovisrags, Ventspils county (E. & V.Smislovs). Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 1 at Laidze lake, Talsi county (M.Kilups). First spring migrant record. Long-tailed Jaeger (Stercorarius longicaudus) 1 migrating N at Saulkrasti (I.Mardega). Rare during spring months. Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Pavasari surroundings, Olaine county (I.Grinerte), 2 (M & F) trapped and ringed at Jurmalciems, Nica county (I.Brediks et al.), 1 singing at Ovisrags, Ventspils county, on 21.04. M and F at the same place (E. & V.Smislovs). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 2 at Vitolini surroundings, Jelgava county (E.Laucis). Present since 18.04.2019. (E. & V.Smislovs).

Recurvirostra avosetta
Regulus ignicapilla 
19.04.2019.
Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus) 1 satellite tagged bird (Mr Blue) 18.04.2019 at 07:00 Between Klostere and Kikuri, Kuldiga county, at 13:00 at Kulciems surroundings (Engure lake), Talsi county, at 19:00 in Laidze lake, Laidze, Talsi county. On 19.04.2019 at 01:00 next to Mazsarcene (S of Laidze lake), Talsi county, at 07:00 Laidze lake, Talsi county. 13th record for Latvia. Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 1 at Orenisi - Drabaki fish ponds, Rezekne county (J.Lampolahti et al.). Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 2 flushed at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (E. & V.Smislovs). Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 1 at Lapmezciems shore line, Engure county (D.Boiko). Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (V.Jaunzemis, J.Jonans). First spring migrant record. Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) 1 trapped and ringed at Jurmalciems, Nica county (P.Daknis, Z.Zvirbule). First spring migrant record. Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) 1 singing at Mezaparks, Riga (G.Graubics). Quite early first spring migrant record.

 Tringa stagnatilis
18.04.2019.
Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) 1 at Sipolciems surroundings, Babite county (E.Ledins). First spring migrant record. Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 1 over Bale quarry, Beverina county (A.Klepers). First spring migrant record. Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Kalkis surroundings, Jelgava county, 1 singing at Kemeri bog, Jelgava county (E. & V.Smislovs). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 2 MM at Vitolini surroundings, Jelgava county (E. & V.Smislovs). Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1 at Kauguri canal next to Kalkis, Jelgava county (E. & V.Smislovs).

Regulus ignicapilla
Motacilla citreola
 Motacilla cinerea
15.04.2019.
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 ad M at Kuja surroundings, Madona county (D.Ulands et al.). First spring migrant record. Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Ploce surroundings, Pavilosta county (R.Rekmanis).

 Circus macrourus
14.04.2019.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Lutrini, Saldus county (R.Rekmanis). Great Snipe (Gallinago media) 1 flushed at Preili county (A.Ceirans). First spring migrant record. Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 1 at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). First spring migrant record. Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 M at Zvejsala - Lodani fish ponds, Rezekne county (I.Brediks et al.). Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) 1 M at Uzava river floodplain fields, Ventspils county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers).

Motacilla citreola
 Calcarius lapponicus
13.04.2019.
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) 1 M at Zvejsala - Lodani fish ponds, Rezekne county (R.Kroics). Rare inland. Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (E.Smislovs). Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus) 4 at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (E.Smislovs et al.). First spring migrants record. Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) 2 at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (V.Smislovs, A.Arnicans). First spring migrants record. Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 1 flushed at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (E.Smislovs, A.Kurockins).

 Tadorna tadorna
11.04.2019.
Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 1 flushed at Ezerkrasts meadow, Liepaja (R.Rekmanis). First spring migrant record. Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 at Brizule, Tukums county (E.Ledins).

 
10.04.2019.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 at Dviete river floodplain, Ilukste county (G.Grandans). Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) 1 in the puddle next to Davini, Bauska county (E.Laucis), 1 at Arone fields, Daugavpils county (G.Grandans). First spring migrants record.

 
08.04.2019.
European Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) 1 M vocalizing at Piliskas, Varkava county (G.Grandans).
 
 Picus viridis
07.04.2019.
Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) 2 locally at Lauteri shore line, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). First spring migrants record.

 
06.04.2019.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 with ~1000 Anser sp. Geese at Udrupe surroundings, Smiltene county (A.Klepers). Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 with ~200 Anser sp. Geese at Allazmuiza surroundings, Sigulda county (J.Vigulis), 2 with ~1000 Anser sp. Geese at Udrupe surroundings, Smiltene county (A.Klepers). Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) 2 (T & M) at Kanieris lake, Engure county (I.Brediks). Black Kite (Milvus migrans) 1 at Demene rubbish dump, Daugavpils county (G.Grandans). Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis) 3 (1+2) to E at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (I.Brediks). First spring migrants record. Penduline Tit (Remiz pendulinus) 1 at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (V.Jaunzemis et al.), 1 at Ozolaine pond, Bauska county (E.Laucis), 1 at Sunezers, Daugavpils (G.Grandans). First spring migrants record.

Anser brachyrhynchus
Branta canadensis
05.04.2019.
Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) 1 at Varaklani surroundings, Varaklani county (I.Vilskerste). First spring migrant record.

 Oenanthe oenanthe
04.04.2019.
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) >1500 in one flock with other Turdus sp. at Pienava fields, Dobele county (K.Millers). Large number at one place during spring migration.

 
03.04.2019.
Lesser Spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina) 1 at Kalna parish, Jekabpils county (A.Perkons). Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) 1 foraging with Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) at Adazi fields, Adazi county (I.Denisovs). Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) 1 at Lielupe river, Jurmala (M.Jaunzemis), 2 to NE at Gauja river mouth, Carnikava county (I.Denisovs). First spring migrant records.

 Limosa limosa
02.04.2019.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 with ~1200 Anser sp. Geese at Dimzukalns surroundings, Iecava county (V.Smislovs). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 migrating at Skujnieki, Kekava county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). Individual heard on 01.04.2019. still singing at the same place.

 Anser brachyrhynchus
01.04.2019.
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1 M at Renda, Kuldiga county (G.Grandans, E.Dzenis). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Skujnieki, Kekava county (I.Grinerte), 1 singing at Mezvalde surroundings, Kuldiga county (G.Grandans).
 
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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