May 2019

Last update 03.06.2019. at 13:31:28
   
   
31.05.2019.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 at Vecdaugava, Riga (I.Denisovs). Presumed the same as on 14.05.2019. when 2 (I.Denisovs); 1 at Kvapani fish ponds, Rezekne county (G.Grandans et al.). Present since 28.05.2019. (K.Millers). Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus) 1 vocalising at Kvapani fish ponds, Rezekne county (G.Grandans et al.). Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 1 at Engure lake E coast bird tower surroundings, Engure county (M.Tirums).

Branta canadensis 
Tringa stagnatilis 
28.05.2019.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 at Kvapani fish ponds, Rezekne county (K.Millers). Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus) 1 at Idena fish ponds, Rezekne county (K.Millers).

Branta canadensis 
26.05.2018.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Tabore parish, Daugavpils county (A.Erts). Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus) 2 at Orenisi - Drabaki fish ponds, Rezekne county (I.Vilskerste, P.Burness). Single bird seen already on 25.05.2019. (I.Vilskerste, P.Burness). Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) 1 at Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs). First spring migrant record.

Milvus milvus
Xenus cinereus
Limosa lapponica
25.05.2019.
Booted Warbler (Hippolais caligata) 1 at Burtnieks lake E coast, Burtnieki county (E. & V.Smislovi, A.Kurockins).

Hippolais caligata 
24.05.2019.
Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 2 at Mersrags seashore, Mersrags (G.Grandans). Broad-billed Sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus) 2, Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) 3 at Orenisi - Drabaki fish ponds, Rezekne county (A.Topp et al.). European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) 3 at Vidzeme region, N Latvia (A.Vilnis et al.). Two individuals seen already on 23.05.2019. evening (A.Vilnis).

 
23.05.2019.
Short-toed Snake Eagle (Circaetus gallicus) 1 at Adazi military landfill, Adazi county (I.Mardega). Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 ad M at Kolka, Dundaga county (C.Kehoe, N.Addy). European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) calls of migrating individuals heard at Laucini quarry, Cesis (S.Laime). Presumed the same individuals as later on 23. and 24.05. at Vidzeme, N Latvia (A.Vilnis). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 2 (pair) at Salaspils cemetery, Salaspils (E. & V.Smislovs, A.Kurockins). Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (N.Addy).

Regulus ignicapilla 
22.05.2019.
Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus) 1 at Kisezers lake, Riga (A.Kurockins), 1 vocalizing (22:40-23:15) at Laza reservoir, Aizpute (R.Rekmanis). Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 2 at Davini surroundings, Bauska county (E.Laucis). Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 80 in a compact flock at Berzciems seashore, Engure county (G.Grandans). Quite large number at one place during spring migration. Mediterranean Gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus) 2 ad at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (N.Addy). 26th record for Latvia. Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) 2 at Kolka, Dundaga county (C.Kehoe, N.Addy). One individual present since 21.05.2019. (C.Kehoe). Booted Warbler (Hippolais caligata) 1 at Dreilini, Stopini county (E. & V.Smislovs).

Ixobrychus minutus
Recurvirostra avosetta
Hippolais caligata
21.05.2019.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (K.Funts). Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) 5 (incl. 3 MM & 1 F) at Kolka, Dundaga county (C.Kehoe, N.Addy). Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 2 locally at Kolka Cape, Dundagas n. (K.Funts, N.Addy). Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (C.Kehoe). Booted Warbler (Hippolais caligata) 1 singing and observed visually at Kolka, Dundaga county (C.Kehoe et al.), 2 at Rumbula, Riga (E. & V.Smislovs, R.Matrozis), 1 at Degumnieki surroundings, Madona county (G.Grandans). Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) 1 at Krivi surroundings, Cesis county (S.Laime).   

Hippolais caligata
Anthus cervinus
20.05.2019.
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 ad M at Kolka, Dundaga county (N.Addy). Booted Eagle (Aquila pennata) 1 dark morph on 11:09 (C.Kehoe) and 1 light morph on 14:09 (C.Kehoe, N.Addy) at Kolka, Dundaga county (C.Kehoe). 4th and 5th record for Latvia! Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) 1 ad M at Kolka, Dundaga county (C.Kehoe). Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 4 (2 pairs) at Zvejsala fish ponds, Rezekne county (G.Grandans, P.Stanbury). 1 individual present since 27.04.2019. (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 2 at Zvejsala fish ponds, Rezekne county (G.Grandans, P.Stanbury). Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 4 migrating at Kolka, Dundaga county (N.Addey).

Aquila pennata
Aquila pennata 
19.05.2019.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 at Kaltene seaside, Roja county (I.Brediks et al.). Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 migrating at Kolka, Dundaga county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte, C.Kehoe). Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) 1 ad M at Kolka, Dundaga county (N.Addy). Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 ad migrating SE at Mersrags lighthouse, Mersrags county (R.Rekmanis). White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) ~200; Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 3 at Kvapani fish ponds, Rezekne county (G.Grandans, P.Stanbury). Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 1 M migrating with 2 Fieldfares (Turdus pilaris) at Kolka, Dundaga county (C.Kehoe, K.Millers). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Jaunkemeri surroundings, 1 singing at Meza Maja surroundings, 1 singing at Sloka lake parking, Jurmala (G.Grandans, P.Stanbury).

Milvus milvus 
18.05.2019.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 3 to N at Kuivizi, Salacgriva county (A.Klepers et al.). Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) 3 (2TT & 1M) at Kanieris lake, Engure county (E.Laucis et al.). Present since 06.04.2019. when M & F (I.Brediks). Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) 1 migrating SE at Mersrags lighthouse, Mersrags county (R.Rekmanis). White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) >10; Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) <10 at Kanieris lake, Engure county (E.Laucis et al.). Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 1 hunting at Kuivizi over Randi meadows, Salacgriva county (A.Klepers et al.). Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) 2 at Vecdaugava, Riga (E. & V.Smislovs).

Netta rufina
Anthus cervinus
17.05.2019.
Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Vidale surroundings, Dundaga county (G.Grandans). Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis) 1 M at Kolka, Dundaga county (C.Kehoe, G.Grandans, P.Stanbury). 14th record for Latvia. Different individual as on 15.05.2019., photos compared. Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1 at Milzgravis, Dundaga county (P.Stanbury).

Ficedula albicollis 
16.05.2019.
Little Stint (Calidris minuta) 1 foraging with 5 Temminck's Stints (Calidris temminckii); White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) 9; Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing; Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) 5 at Engure lake E coast bird tower surroundings, Engure county (E. & V.Smislovs). Little Stint - first spring migrant record. Red-throated Pipits present since 15.05.2019., when 2 (V.Adamsons).

Anthus cervinus 
15.05.2019.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 migrating at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (K.Millers, P.Palmer et al.). Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis) 1 M at Kolka, Dundaga county (P.Palmer, K.Millers et al.). 13th record for Latvia. Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 1 F/2cy at Kolka, Dundaga county (P.Palmer, K.Millers et al.). Present since 09.05.2019. (D.Branch et al.). Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) 2 at Engure lake E coast bird tower, Engure county (V.Adamsons).

Falco peregrinus
Ficedula albicollis 
14.05.2019.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2 at Vecdaugava, Riga (I.Denisovs). White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) 1 over Lielupe river at Lepsas, Bauska county (E.Laucis). Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) 1 migrating at Kolka, Dundaga county (K.Millers).

Branta canadensis 
13.05.2019.
Kukaiņu piekūns (Falco vespertinus) 1 T Šlīteres apkārtnē, Dundagas n. (H.Taffs, P.Gregory). Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) 1 2cy at Kolka harbor, Dundaga county (C.Kehoe). European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) 3 - 4 at Kolka, Dundaga county (K.Millers at al.). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Viesturdarzs, Riga (K.Funts). River Warbler (Locustella fluviatilis) 1 singing at Titurga surroundings, Kekava county (I.Grinerte). First spring migrant record.

Rissa tridactyla 
Merops apiaster
12.05.2019.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 64 in one flock + 10 scattered locally at Liepaja lake E coast, Grobina county, (M.Kilups). Large number at one place in May. Short-toed Snake Eagle (Circaetus gallicus) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (H.Taffs, P.Gregory). Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) 1 2cy at Kolka, Dundaga county (I.Grinerte). Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (H.Taffs et al.). Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 2 at Engure lake E coast bird tower surroundings, Engure county (M.Zilgalvis, E.Laucis, I.Brediks). 3rd record for Latvia. Greenish Warbler (Phylloscopus trochiloides) 2 singing at Usuru lake E coast, Gulbene county (U.Lolans). First spring migrants record. Blyth's Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus dumetorum) 1 trapped and ringed at Nereta surroundings, Nereta county (K.Funts). 2nd earliest spring migrant record. Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) >5 (incl. 4 MM & 1 F) at Mersrags shoreline and surroundings, Mersrags (K.Millers, P.Palmer et al.), 1 F at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (I.Brediks et al.). Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) ~20 at Mersrags shoreline and surroundings, Mersrags (K.Millers, P.Palmer et al.). Largest number ever recorded at one place in Latvia! Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) 1 at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (I.Brediks, J.Ukass, E.Laucis). 10th record for Latvia.
Circaetus gallicus
Himantopus himantopus
Himantopus himantopus
Acrocephalus dumetorum
Motacilla citreola
Anthus cervinus 
Anthus spinoletta
11.05.2019.
White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) 5 at Skuku lake, Ilukstes county, 3 migrating over Daugava river at Glaudani, Ilukstes county (G.Grandans, A.Erts, D.Branch). Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 1 F/2cy at Kolka, Dundaga county (I.Brediks, J.Ukass). Present since 09.05.2019. (D.Branch et al.). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 2 (M & F) at Ezerkrasts meadow, Liepaja (M.Kilups).

Turdus torquatus 
10.05.2019.
Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus) at least 4 (3 MM and 1 F) at Sunezers, Daugavpils (A.Erts, G.Grandans, D.Branch). Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus) >4 at Vircava surroundings, Jelgava county (K.Millers, P.Palmer et al.), 1 at Lubasts lake surroundings, Daugavpils county (G.Grandans, A.Erts, D.Branch). First spring migrant records. White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) 1 at shore line between Mangalsala - Vecaki, Riga (I.Denisovs). Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) 1 at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (P.Palmer).

Chlidonias leucopterus 
09.05.2019.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 3 at Kolka, Dundaga county (G.Grandans et al.). Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 ad M between Ivande and Kuldiga, Kuldiga county (R.Rekmanis). Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 2cy at Kolka, Dundaga county (D.Branch, G.Grandans). Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 1 at Melnragi, Tukums county (K.Millers, P.Palmer et al.). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 2 singing at Sloka lake surroundings, Jurmala (P.Palmer, K.Millers et. al). Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 1 F/2cy at Kolka, Dundaga county (D.Branch et al.). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 M at Kolka, Dundaga county (D.Branch, G.Grandans).

 
08.05.2019.
Yellow-billed Diver (Gavia adamsii) 1 ad migrating at Kolka, Dundaga county (D.Branch). 6th record for Latvia. Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 3 (2+1) at Kolka, Dundaga county (G.Grandans, D.Branch).

 
06.05.2019.
Firecrest (Luscinia luscinia) 2 singing at Dimzukalns surroundings (E. & V.Smislovs), 1 singing at Mezole, Smiltene county (G.Grandans, D.Branch), 2 singing at Mersrags surroundings, Mersrags county (I.Brediks). Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina) 1 at Skujnieki, Kekava county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). First spring migrant record. Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 M at Mersrags seashore, Mersrags (G.Grandans, D.Branch). Present since 25.04.2019. (E.Laucis).

 
05.05.2019.
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 1 at Nica fields, Nica county (P.Daknis). Thrush Nightingale (Luscinia luscinia) 1 at Burtnieks lake, Burtnieks county (G.Grandans), 1 at Rugeli ponds, Daugavpils (A.Erts). First spring migrant records. Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (M.Hobbs et al.).

 
04.05.2019.
Red Knot (Calidris canutus) 1 Ventspils shore line, Ventspils (A.Kurockins).First spring migrant record. Pomarine Skua (Stercorarius pomarinus) 1 ad migrating at sea to to NE at Kolka, Dundaga county (M.Hobbs et al.). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Pumpuri, Tukums c. (E.Ledins). Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis) 1 M at Skaune old cemetery, Dagda county (S.Laime). 12th record for Latvia. Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva) 1 singing at forest next to Zaube, Amata county (N.Zeidaks). First spring migrant record. Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 3 at Kolka, Dundaga county (M.Hobbs et al.).

Calidris canutus
Regulus ignicapilla
Ficedula albicollis
 
03.05.2019.
Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana) >30 vocalizing in 1,5 km coastal meadows section along the Burtnieks lake (Bird tower - Ezerpriedes), Burtnieks county (G.Grandans, D.Branch). Best acoustic count!

 
02.05.2019.
Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (E. & V. Smislovs).

 
01.05.2019.
Pink Footed Goose 
(Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 with ~2000 Anser sp. Geese at Varini surroundings, Smiltene county (J.Ukass, P.Daknis). Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) 1 at Ainazi shore line, Salacgriva county (E. & V.Smislovs). 6th record for Latvia. Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 1 at Lauteri shore line, Salacgriva county (E. & V.Smislovs). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 M at Liepaja lake E coast, Grobina county (A.Klepers).
Anser brachyrhynchus
Charadrius alexandrinus
 
Tringa stagnatilis
Motacilla citreola
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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