May 2020

Last update 30.05.2020. at 15:11:06
   
   
30.05.2020.
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 ad M at Vecumnieki surroundings, Varaklani county (D.Ulands).

 
27.05.2020.
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 1 2cy at Rimzati fish ponds, Kuldiga county (D.Boiko, U.Piterans, A.Kapenieks). Rare inland during spring migration. Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) 2 at Orenisi - Drabaki fish ponds, Rezekne county (A.Klepers, J.Ukass). Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 3 at Zvejsala - Lodani fish ponds, Rezekne county (A.Klepers, J.Ukass). Since 16.05.2020. (A.Klepers). Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) 3 at Orenisi - Drabaki fish ponds, Rezekne county (A.Klepers, J.Ukass). White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)at Zvejsala - Lodani fish ponds, Rezekne county (A.Klepers, J.Ukass). Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 1 at Rimzati fish ponds, Kuldiga county (D.Boiko, U.Piterans, A.Kapenieks), 8 (4 nests) at Orenisi - Drabaki fish ponds, Rezekne county (A.Klepers, J.Ukass).

 Chlidonias hybrida
26.05.2020.
Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus) 2 at Kvapani fish ponds, Rezekne county (A.Klapers, J.Ukass). Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 1 at Rezkne river canal, Rezkne county (J.Spics). Present for several days at surroundings. 12th record for Latvia and first since October 1, 2006. White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) 5 at Kvapani fish ponds, Rezekne county (A.Klapers, J.Ukass).

Plegadis falcinellus 
25.05.2020.
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) 1 at Bumburkalns surroundings, Cesu county (A.Klepers). Present since 24.05.2020. (M.Platacis). European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) 3 at Kolka, Dundaga county (A.Klepers et al.).

Phalaropus lobatus 
24.05.2020.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) 1 M at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (M.Jaunzemis). Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) 800 - 900 migrating at Mangalsala pier in two hours (largest flock 430 - 450), Riga (I.Denisovs), 350 - 400 migrating at Mersrags shoreline, Mersrags (I.Brediks et al.). Later flock of the same size with ~200 Dunlins (Calidris alpina) above Engure lake, Engure county - probably the same. Dunlin (Calidris alpina) ~2000 migrating at Mangalsala pier in two hours (largest flock 850 - 900), Riga (I.Denisovs)Broad-billed Sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus) 5 at Mersrags shore line, Mersrags (I.Mardega et. al), 2 at Berzciems, Egure county (A.Klepers et al.). Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) 1 at Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs). White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (M.Jaunzemis). Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 5 at Babites lake next to Straupciems (G.Grandans). Present at this area since 10.05.2020. (G.Grandans, A.Erts).

Netta rufina
Limosa lapponica
Limicola falcinellus
Phalaropus lobatus
 
23.05.2020.
Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 2 in flight at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (I.Mardega et al.). Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) 1 shortly at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (M.Kilups). Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis) 1 M at Kolka, Dundaga county (M.Tirums et al.). 18th record for Latvia. Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) 2 at Krivi surroundings, Cesis county (G.Grandans, A.Erts et al.).

Ficedula albicollis
Anthus cervinus
22.05.2020.
Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 1 at Berzciems, Engure county (M.Tirums et al.).

 
20.05.2020.
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 1 at Susta lake, Preili county (G.Grandans, A.Erts).

Chlidonias hybrida 
19.05.2020.
Dunlin ssp schinzii (Calidris alpina schinzii) 1 with 14 Dunlins (Calidris alpina) at Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs).

Calidris alpina schinzii 
18.05.2020.
Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 1 to NE at Gauja river mouth, Carnikava county (I.Denisovs).
Recurvirostra avosetta 
 
17.05.2020.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1; European Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) 1 F locally at Ezernieki surroundings, Dagda county (A.Klepers).

Milvus milvus
 Picus viridis
16.05.2020.
Canada Goose
(Branta canadensis) 1 at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (E. & V.Smislovs, A.Kurockins). Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 3 at Zvejsala - Lodani fish ponds, Rezekne county (A.Klepers). Single individual present at surroundings on 30.04.2020. (G.Grandans). White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) 2 in the morning and later 10 at Kavapani fish ponds, Rezekne county (K.Millers, later A.Klepers). Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus) 1 at Susta lake, Preili county (G.Grandans, A.Erts). Rare at E Latvia. Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 2 FF Zvejsalas - Lodani fish ponds, Rezekne county (A.Klepers). M present at surroundings on 30.04.2020. (G.Grandans).

Tringa stagnatilis 
Chlidonias leucopterus 
15.05.2020.
White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) 1 at Orenisi - Drabaki fish ponds, Rezekne county (G.Grandans, A.Erts).

 
14.05.2020.
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 1 at Liepaja lake E coast, Grobina county (V.Videnieks, R.Rekmanis). 4th record for Latvia. Blyth's Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus dumetorum) 1 singing at Petermuiza surroundings, Vecumnieki county (M.Kilups). Quite early first spring migrant record.

Himantopus himantopus 
12.05.2020.
Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus) 1 M at Sunezers, Daugavpils (G.Grandans, A.Erts). Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Kamarce meadows, Ventspils county (K.Millers). White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) <10 at Sunezers (18:00), Daugavpils (G.Grandans). 1 individual at this place on 12:00 (A.Erts). Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 1 at Sunezers, Daugavpils (G.Grandans). Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) 2 at Vecdaugava, Riga (E. & V.Smislovs). 3 individuals on 13.05.2020. (I.Denisovs).

Milvus milvus
Anthus cervinus
11.05.2020.
Eurasian Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus) 2 (M & F) at Nica fields, Nica county (M.Strazds, P.Daknis). 17th record for Latvia.

Charadrius morinellus
Charadrius morinellus 
10.05.2020.
Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 4 at Mersrags seashore (15:00), Mersrags (I.Brediks). 2 individuals were on 12:00 (G.Grandans, A.Erts, M.Riherts). Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) 1120 - 1200 (1120 counted in photos) at Nica fields, Nica county (M.Strazds, P.Daknis). Large number at one place during spring migration. Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) 480 - 520 at Gulf of Riga next to Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs). Large number at one place during spring migration. White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) >20 at Babites lake next to Straupciems, Babite county (G.Grandans, A.Erts). Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) at Babites lake next to Straupciems, Babite county (G.Grandans, A.Erts). Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) 1 to N  at Ovisrags, Ventspils county (E. & V.Smislovs). Different individual as on 09.05.2020. (E. & V.Smislovs). Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) >5 at Mersrags coastal meadow (G.Grandāns, A.Erts, I.Brediks). Three individuals observed already on 06.05.2020. (A.Klepers, I.Gaile).

Philomachus pugnax
Hydrocoloeus minutus 
09.05.2020.
Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 4 migrating at Ovisrags, Ventspils county (E.Smislovs). Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Apriki surroundings, Aizpute county (P.Daknis, M.Strazds). Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 imm at Kolka, Dundaga county (I.Brediks, G.Grandans), 1 migrating at Labrags next to Muizupite, Pavilosta county (P.Daknis). Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) >503 at Apriki surroundings next to Zveju pond, Aizpute county (M.Strazds, P.Daknis). Large number at one place during spring migration. Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) 2 migrating at Ovisrags, Ventspils county (E. & V.Smislovs).

Branta ruficollis
Circus macrourus 
Corvus corone
08.05.2020.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 at Baltinava surroundings, Baltinava county (K.Millers). Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 3 migrating NNE at Gauja river mouth, Carnikava county (I.Denisovs).

Branta canadensis 
07.05.2020.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 ad at Ezermuiza surroundings, Dundaga county (V.Smislovs).

 
06.05.2020.
White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) 2 at Babite lake next to Straupciems, Babite county (I.Brediks). Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) 3 at Mersrags coastal meadow, Mersrags (A.Klepers, I.Gaile).

 
05.05.2020.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (A.Klepers). Different individual as on 04.05.2020. (A.Klepers).

 
04.05.2020.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1; Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1; Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) at Kolka, Dundaga county (A.Klepers). Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) 1 at Jurmalciems, Nica county (I.Brediks). Present at surroundings since April 2018 (I.Brediks, P.Daknis). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Lacupe cemetery, Riga (V.Smislovs). Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis) 1 M trapped and ringed at Kolka, Dundaga county (A.Priedniece et al.). 16th record for Latvia.

Ficedula albicollis 
03.05.2020.
Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 3 (1 + 1 + 1) flushed at Mersrags coastal meadows, Mersrags (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) 1 M at Skanste, Riga (A.Arnicans). Quite early first spring migrant record. Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus) 2 (M & F) Nica fields S end, Nica county (I.Brediks). Early first spring migrants record. Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin) 1 trapped and ringed at Jurmalciems, Nica county (I.Brediks, P.Daknis). Early first spring migrant record. Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 F + 2 (M & F) + 1 M at Mersrags shore line, Mersrags (K.Millers, I.Grinerte), 1 M at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (U.Kolonovs). Common Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus) 1 at Mangalsala, Riga (I.Denisovs). Early first spring migrant record. Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 2 flushed at Roja harbor surroundings, Roja (A.Klepers).

Lanius collurio
Motacilla citreola
Carpodacus erythrinus 
02.05.2020.
Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) >1000 At Liepaja lake E coast, Grobina county (I.Brediks, P.Daknis). Large number at one place during spring migration. Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 F trapped and ringed at Jurmalciems, Nica county (I.Brediks).

Philomachus pugnax
 
01.05.2020.
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 1 at Dervaniski surroundings, Daugavpils county (G.Grandans). Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina) 1 trapped and ringed at Jurmalciems, Nica county (I.Brediks, P.Daknis).
 
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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