December 2019

Last update 13.01.2020. at 11:32:28
   
   
31.12.2019.
Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) 1 M attending feeder at Saulkrasti (I.Mardega). Rare during winter months.

 
28.12.2019.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2 at Dubna river, Livani (G.Grandans). Quite rare during winter months. Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) 1 1cy at Getlini rubbish dump, Stopini county (E. & V.Smislovs, R.Matrozis). Rare during winter months. White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 3 at Getlini rubbish dump, Stopini county (E. & V.Smislovs, R.Matrozis). Present since 09.11.2019., when 15 (A.Kurockins, E. & V.Smislovs). Rare during winter months. Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 2 (M & F/1cy) Bolderaja, Riga (A.Arnicans). Quite rare during winter months.

Larus fuscus
Emberiza schoeniclus 
26.12.2019.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (M.Jaunzemis). Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1 M at Skarduciems surroundings, Babite county (E. & V.Smislovs, R.Matrozis). Quite rare during winter months.

Branta canadensis
25.12.2019.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1 at Riteri, Plavinas county (D.Boiko). Quite rare during winter months.

 
24.12.2019.
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 1 at Getlini rubish dump, Stopini county (E.Smislovs, A.Kurockins). Rare during winter months.

 
23.12.2019.
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 1 at Liepaja herbor S pier, Liepaja (M.Tirums et al.). Rare during winter months. Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1 at Slokenbeka mill lake, Engure county (V.Adamsons). Quite rare during winter months. Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) 1 at Ezerkrasts near bird watching tower, Liepaja (G.Grandans et al.). Quite rare during winter months. Hume's Warbler (Phylloscopus humei) 1 at seaside dunes next to Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (K.Funts et al.). Present since 21.12.2019. (fb/A.Mankus). Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 4 at Mangalsala coastal dunes scrub, Riga (R.Blukis et al.). Quite rare during winter months. Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 8 at seaside dunes next to Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (G.Grandans). Present since 14.12.2019. (I.Grinerte, K.Millers).

Phylloscopus humei 
22.12.2019.
Brant Goose (Branta bernicla) 1 at Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs). Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) 1 at Ezerkrasts sewage pipe, Liepaja (A.Klepers et al.). Quite rare during winter months. Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 1 at Sunupe river, Daugavpils (A.Erts). Rare at E Latvia during winter months. Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 41 at L.B.T. grain teminal, Liepaja (A.Klepers et al.). Quite large number at one place during winter months. Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) 1 at Akmensrags, Pavilosta county (A.Kurockins, E. & V.Smislovs). Single individual reported at least since 18.04.2018. (R.Rekmanis et al.). Two on 24.04.2019. (A.Klepers). Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) 1 at L.B.T. grain terminal surrroundings, Liepaja (A.Klepers et al.). Redwing (Turdus iliacus) two calls of overlying bird heard at Cesu str., Riga (I.Brediks, A.Klepers). Hedge Accentor (Dunnock) (Prunella modularis) 1 at Zirgu islet, Liepaja (I.Brediks et al.). Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) >1 at Liepaja harbor S pier surroundings, Liepaja (I.Brediks et al.). Last four species quite rare during winter months. Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) 1 on Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (A.Klepers et al.). Since 09.11.2019. (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Presumed the same individual as winter 2017/2018 from 06.01.2018. till at least 16.02.2018. (K.Millers, I.Grinerte et al.) and winter 2018/2019 from 09.11.2018. till at least 22.02.2019. (K.Millers et al.). Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus) 5 at Liepaja water treatment plant, Liepaja (E. & V.Smislovs, A.Kurockins).

Branta bernicla
Gallinula chloropus
21.12.2019.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2 at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Bernans et al.). Quite rare during winter months. Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1 ad M at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Bernans et al.). Present at least since 10.11.2019., when 2 ad MM & 3 FF/1cy (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Quite rare during winter months. Hume's Warbler (Phylloscopus humei) 1 at seaside dunes next to Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (fb/A.Mankus). 2nd record for Latvia. Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) 1 on Pavilosta harbor N pier, Pavilosta (E.Smislovs, A.Kurockins). Rare during winter months.

Phylloscopus humei 
Phoenicurus ochruros
17.12.2019.
Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) 1 F/1cy trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (J.Lipsbergs). Rare during winter months.

 
15.12.2019.
Tundra Bean Goose (Anser serrirostris) 1 at Mangalsala pier, Riga (A.Arnicans). Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 13 (5 MM & 8 FF/1cy) at Sarkandaugava distributary, Riga (I.Denisovs). Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) 1; Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 1 M at Grapji peninsula, Riga (E. & V.Smislovs). All species rare during winter months.

Anser serrirostris
Anas crecca
Turdus viscivorus
14.12.2019.
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 7 (2 MM & 5 FF/1cy) at Smerlupite, Riga (E. & V.Smislovs). Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 4 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (J.Vigulis, A.Arnicans). Great Egret (Ardea alba) 11 at Baltezers lake next to Alderi, Adazi county (J.Vigulis, A.Arnicans). Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 1 at seaside dunes next to the end of Kurmaja Avenue, Liepaja (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). 15th record during winter months. Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 1 at Lielupe river mouth, Jurmala (I.Denisovs). Quite rare during winter months. Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 8 at seaside dunes next to Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (I.Grinerte, K.Millers).

Phylloscopus collybita
Emberiza schoeniclus
12.12.2019.
Redwing (Turdus iliacus) 1 at Vecmilgravis, Riga (E. & V.Smislovs). Quite rare during winter months.

Turdus iliacus
10.12.2019.
Woodlark (Lullula arborea) 2 at Mangalsala shore line, Riga (I.Denisovs). Rare during winter months.

 
09.12.2019.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1 at Daugava river, Daugavpils (A.Erts). Quite rare during winter months.

Ardea alba 
07.12.2019.
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 2 1cy in Mazjumprava pond at Kengarags, Riga (E. & V.Smislovs). Present since 16.10.2019. (R.Matrozis). Quite rare during winter months. Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) >900 at Sauka lake, Viesite county (K.Funts). Large number at one place during winter months. On 21.12.2019. at the same place >800 (K.Funts). Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) 1 1cy at Kengarags next to Daugava river, Riga (E. & V.Smislovs). Rare during winter months.

Larus fuscus 
04.12.2019.
Redwing (Turdus iliacus) 1 at Maza Krasta str., Riga (E. & V.Smislovs). Quite rare during winter months.

 
01.12.2019.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) >13 at Sausa Daugava river next to Alejas, Kekava county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1 1cy at Annasmuiza surroundings, Babite county (J.Vigulis). Both species quite rare during winter months.
 
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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