March 2018

Last update 01.04.2018. at 18:45:17
   
   
31.03.2018.
Lesser Redpoll (Acanthis cabaret) 1 ad F trapped and ringed at Nereta surroundings, Nereta county (K.Funts). Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 4 in the flock of ~30 Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) at Mersrags (I.Brediks).

 Acanthis cabaret
 Acanthis hornemanni
30.03.2018.
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1 at Daugava river shore near Kengarags bird tower, Riga (R.Matrozis, U.Piterans). Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) 1 at Jaunmarupe surroundings, Marupe county (E. & V.Smislovs).

 Motacilla cinerea
29.03.2018.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 at Kengarags, Riga (U.Piterans, J.Vigulis).

 Branta canadensis
25.03.2018.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 7 on the corn field at Druva, Saldus county (D.Riters), 6 migrating at Smarde surroundings, Engure county (M.Sturitis et al.), 14 at Daugava river near Skersseklis, Riga (I.Gaile). Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) 1 2cy at Daugava river near Riga hydroelectric power station, Salaspils county (U.Piterans). Presumed the same individual as on 18.01.2018. (M.Kilups), 03.03.2018. (E. & V.Smislovi) at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county and 22.03.2018. on Daugava river ice near Gluda str., Riga (U.Piterans).

 Branta canadensis
24.03.2018.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1 migrating at Josta station, Dobele county (J.Jansons). First spring migrant. Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 1 in the flock of Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) at Eimuri fields, Adazi county (U.Piterans).

 Acanthis hornemanni
23.03.2018.
Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) 1 at Pape lake, Rucava county (I.Mednis). First spring migrant. Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Ploce, Pavilosta county (M.Strazds, E.Ozolins).

 
22.03.2018.
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) 1 2cy on Daugava river ice near Gluda str., Riga (U.Piterans). Presumed the same individual as on 18.01.2018. (M.Kilups) and 03.03.2018. (E. & V.Smislovi) at at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county.

Larus hyperboreus
20.03.2018.
Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 2 in the flock of >50 Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) at Murmastiene surroundings, Varaklani county (K.Millers, G.Kinnard et al.).

 Acanthis hornemanni
18.03.2018.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1 at Nica fields, Nica county (I.Mednis). First spring migrant.

 Ardea alba
16.03.2018.
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 1 at Basi, Kuldiga county (A.Vejkajs). First spring migrant.

 
15.03.2018.
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) 1 soaring over Riga - Daugavpils highway at Podvinka, Krustpils county (A.Amelins).

 
12.03.2018.
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) 1 migrating  NE at Rucava village, Rucava county (V.Jaunzemis, E.Zacmane, R.Jansons, S.Kalniņa, J.Okonovs). Woodlark (Lullula arborea) totally 15 migrating N at Brusviti wild horses pasture, Nica county (I.Mednis). First spring migrants.

 
11.03.2018.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) 1 F/2cy at Pape channel, Rucava county (V.Jaunzemis et al.). 2nd earliest spring migrant record for Latvia ever. Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 1 at Gauja river mouth, Carnikava county (E. & V.Smislovs). Both species first spring migrants. Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 1 in the flock of ~40 Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) at Getlini, Stopini county (I.Denisovs).

 Acanthis hornemanni
10.03.2018.
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) 1 at Mersrags shore line, Mersrags (J.Vigulis). First spring migrant.

 
09.03.2018.
Anser Goose (Anser sp.) ~2000 at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers). Present at least since 22.12.2017. (K.Millers, I.Grinerte), more detailed information at section "Local wintering birds 2017/2018". First successfully completed wintering in Latvia and furthest point of wintering Geese at NE Europe! Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) 5 at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers). Skylark (Alauda arvensis) 12 (1+1+3+5+2) migrating N at Liepaja harbor S pier (K.Millers), 8 (2+1+5) migrating N at Zirgu islet (K.Millers), 12 (no 8:00 līdz 10:00) to N at Vecā ostmala at Atteku islet (D.Krigens), 7 to N at Ezerkrasts (K.Millers), all records at Liepaja, >200 (migrating N and localy) incl. at least 5 singing at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers). Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) >5 in the flock of ~40 Skylarks on ploughed field at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers). Wood Pigeons, Skylarks and Lapland Longspurs - first spring migrants.

Anser fabalis/serrirostris/albifrons
 Alauda arvensis
07.03.2018.
Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 3 in the flock of Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) at Carnikava (I.Denisovs).

 Acanthis hornemanni
06.03.2018.
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) 1 to N at Brusviti, Nica county (I.Mednis). First spring migrant.

 
04.03.2018.
Common Crane (Grus grus) 2 to W with 6 Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus) at Pape polder, Nica county (I.Mednis). Common Cranes - first spring migrants.

 
03.03.2018.
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) 1 2cy at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (E. & V.Smislovs). Since 18.01.2018. (M.Kilups).
 Larus hyperboreus
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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