April 2020

Last update 07.05.2020. at 12:07:21
   
   
30.04.2020.
Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 1 at Pauri surroundings, Madona county (G.Grandans), 1 at Ikaunieki surroundings, Madona county (D. & D.Vasilevski). Two individuals present at Bozeni - Degumnieki fields since 29.03.2020. (A.Klepers). Corn Crake (Crex crex) 1 vocalizing at Aizrake, Nica county (P.Daknis, Z.Zvirbule). Early first spring migrant record. Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 1 at Zvejsala - Lodani fish ponds, Rezekne county (G.Grandans). Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) 1 ad at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (E. & V.Smislovs, R.Matrozis). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 M at Zvejsala - Lodani fish ponds, Rezekne county (G.Grandans).

Rissa tridactyla
29.04.2020.
Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) ~15 at Muiznieki, Ventspils county (I.Krilova). Present since 28.04.2020. (I.Krilova).

Turdus torquatus 
28.04.2020.
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 F/2cy migrating at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (I.Bojare et al.). Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 1 at Mersrags shore line, Mersrags (M.Sturitis). Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 2 at Kolka, Dundaga county (I.Bojare et al.).

 
27.04.2020.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Ezerplavas meadows, 1 at Kolka surroundings, Dundaga county (I.Bojare et al.). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Vidale, Dundaga county (I.Bojare et al.). Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 6 (1 + 3 + 2) at Kolka/Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (I.Bojare et al.). 3 at the same area on 26.04.2020. (G.Grandans).

 
26.04.2020.
Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 2 MM singing at Lielupe, Jurmala (E.Ledins). Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 3 at Kolka, Dundaga county (G.Grandans).

Regulus ignicapilla 
25.04.2020.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 with Anser sp Geese at Berzkrogs surroundings, Priekuli county (A.Klepers). Present since 08.04.2020. (S.Laime). Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1; Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) 1 at Ance surroundings, Ventspils county (E. & V.Smislovs, A.Kurockins). Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) 1 at Muizupite river mouth, Ventspils county (I.Brediks et al.).
Greater short-toed lark (Calandrella brachydactyla) 1 at Riva surroundings, Pavilosta county (G.Grandans et al.). New species for Latvia! Present since 24.04.2020. (P.Daknis et al.). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Ovisi, Ventspils county (E. & V.Smislovs, A.Kurockins). European Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus) 2 (M & F) at Saraiki, Pavilosta county (G.Grandans). Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 1 M at Riva surroundings, Pavilosta county (I.Brediks, P.Daknis), 3 at Riva surroundings, Pavilosta county (G.Grandans).

Corvus corone
 
Calandrella brachydactyla
Calandrella brachydactyla 
24.04.2020.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1; Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 1 M at Uzava river floodplain fields, Ventspils county (A.Klepers, S.Laime).

 
23.04.2020.
Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 M singing at Jaundubulti, Jurmala (E.Ledins).

 
20.04.2020.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Sukteri surroundings, Grobina county (P.Daknis). Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) 1 2cy at landfill "Kivites", Grobiņa county (I.Brediks). Common Murre (Uria aalge) 2 with 6 Long-tailed Ducks (Clangula hyemalis) to N at Jurmalciems, Nica county (I.Brediks, P.Daknis).

Larus cachinnans
19.04.2020.
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 M at Nida, Rucava county (I.Brediks). Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) 1 singing at Kalnciems quarry, Jelgava county (D.Boiko). Quite early first spring migrant record. European Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus) 2 (M & F) at Nida, Rucava county (I.Brediks, P.Daknis). Present since 27.03.2020. (R.Rekmanis).
Circus macrourus
Saxicola torquatus
 
18.04.2020.
Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 1 M at Rude, Nica county (I.Brediks, P.Daknis).

Turdus torquatus
17.04.2020.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at landfill "Kivites", Grobiņa county (P.Daknis). Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 106 in one flock, Nica county (P.Daknis). Largest flock ever during spring migration!

Carduelis flavirostris 
15.04.2020.
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 2 (M & F) at Kalngale fields, Carnikava county (I.Denisovs). Present till 18.04.2020. (I.Denisovs).

Circus macrourus
 Circus macrourus
 
14.04.2020.
European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) 1 M at Laucinu quarry, Cesis (S.Laime et al.). 22nd record for Latvia.

Saxicola rubicola 
13.04.2020.
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 2 at Vaicaku pond, Pargauja county (A.Klepers). Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 1 to S at Liepaja (A.Podins), 2 flew over Daibe pond, Pargauja county (A.Klepers). First spring migrant records. Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Pumpuri, Jurmala (E.Ledins). Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) 1 M at Arkadijas park, Riga (J.Vigulis). Quite early spring migrant record.

Podiceps auritus 
12.04.2020.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Kanieris lake, Engure county (I.Brediks). European Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) calls heard in the night at Nereta surroundings, Nereta county (K.Funts). Quite early first spring migrant record. Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) 1 between Skanste and Ganibu streets, Riga (A.Arnicans). Quite early first spring migrant recordFirecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing next to Engure lake, Engure county (E.Ledins). Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (I.Brediks).

Jynx torquilla 
Turdus torquatus
11.04.2020.
Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 1 flushed at Aliteni surroundings, Vecpiebalga county (A.Klepers). Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) 1 singing at Mangalsala, Riga (I.Denisovs). Quite early first spring migrant record. Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1 M at Silakrogs ditch, Vecpiebalga county, 2 (M & F) at Grivini mills, Priekuli county (A.Klepers), 1 at Aizpute (P.Daknis, M.Strazds).

 Motacilla cinerea
10.04.2020.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser) 2 ad with 6 nestlings at Engure lake, Mersrags county (L. & M.Sinkas). Extremely early brood! Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Riva, Pavilosta county (P.Daknis). Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus) 1 at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (J.Vigulis). Quite early first spring migrant record. Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica cyanecula) 1 singing M at Sunezers lake, Daugavpils (A.Erts, G.Grandans). Quite early first spring migrant record. Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) 1 M at Riva, Pavilosta county (P.Daknis). Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 77 in one flock at Uzava river floodplain fields, Ventspils county (M.Strazds, P.Daknis). Large flock during spring migration.

Anser anser
Luscinia svecica cyanecula 
Turdus torquatus
09.04.2020.
Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 2 at Burtnieki surroundings, Burtnieki county (J.Ukass). Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 1 flushed at Dukuri surroundings, Priekuli county (S.Laime).

Branta ruficollis 
08.04.2020.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 with 1000 Anser sp Geese at Berzkrogs surroundings, Priekuli county (S.Laime). Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 7 at Burtnieki surroundings, Burtnieki county (J.Ukass). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Mangalsala, Riga (I.Denisovs).

Branta canadensis
Regulus ignicapilla 
07.04.2020.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 with 1500 Anser sp Geese at Kamarce meadows, Ventspils county (K.Millers). Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Punas, Talsu county (K.Millers). Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis) 1 to NNE at Gaujas river mouth, Carnikava county (I.Denisovs). Quite early first spring migrant record.

 
06.04.2020.
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 2 (M & F) at Vaive mills, Priekuli county (S.Laime).

 
05.04.2020.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 at Dviete river floodplain, Ilukste county (A.Erts, G.Grandans, Z.Krievans). Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 1 at Ungurs lake, Pargauja county (A.Klepers). Rare inland during spring migration. Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 2 flushed at Liepaja lake E coast, Grobina county (M.Strazds, L.Jagmina).

 
04.04.2020.
Velvet Scoter
(Melanitta fusca) 2 (M & F) at Ungurs lake, Pargauja county (M.Platacis, A.Gaile, S.Laime). Rare inland during spring migration. Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 2 (photographed) at the Gulf of Riga next to Kesterciems, Engure county (M.Riherts).

 
02.04.2020.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 at Auce surroundings, Auce county (J.Tipovska). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Meza cemetery, Riga (I.Denisovs).

Branta canadensis
Regulus ignicapilla 
 
01.04.2020.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 with 3800 Anser sp Geese at Skangali manor, Priekuli county (A.Klepers).
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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