April 2018

Last update 08.05.2018. at 22:17:55
   
   
30.04.2018.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 2 at Grisli surroundings, Priekuli county (G.Grandans, S.Laime). Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) ~4200 at Vecsalaca surroundings, Salacgriva county (A.Klepers). Large number at one place in spring. Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 migrating to N at Jurmalciems, Nica county (R.Rekmanis, I.Brediks et al.). Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 to S at Jurmalciems, Nica county (R.Rekmanis, I.Brediks et al.). Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 1 at Kolka cape, Dundaga county (E. & V.Smislovs). Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) 1 at Gauja river mouth, Carnikava county (I.Denisovs). Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) 1 M at Pilka bog surroundings, Salacgrīva county (A.Klepers). 2nd earliest spring migrant record. Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing and observed visually near Randi meadows edge, Salacgriva county (A.Klepers); 1 M singing at Birzgale surroundings, Kegums county (D.Boiko). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 migrating N at Ovisi, Ventspils county (E.Smislovs).
 
Circus macrourus 
Larus hyperboreus
Lanius collurio
 Regulus ignicapilla
29.04.2018.
Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 1 Orenisi - Drabaki fish ponds, Rezekne county (D.Vasilevskis). Presnt since 16.04.2018. (A.Klepers, G.Grandans, K.Millers). Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) 2 (M & F) on flooded field at Murani surroundings E Latvia, Rikava county (D. & D.Vasilevski). Present since 24.04.2018. (R.Kroics). Rare inland. Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Pentuli landfill site, Ventspils county; 1 at Uzava fields, Ventspils county (E. & V.Smislovs). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Panemune forests, Bauska county (E.Laucis), 1 at Caunites, Ozolnieki county (E.Ledins, J.Rubenis et al.). European Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus) 1 M photographed at Jurmalciems, Nica county (R.Rekmanis et al.).

 Regulus ignicapilla
Saxicola rubicola
28.04.2018.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 flew over Daibe rubbish dump, Pargauja county (S. Laime). Heuglin's gull (Larus fuscus heuglini) 1 ad at Daibe rubbish dump, Pargauja county (S. Laime). Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) 2 2cy at Jurmalciems, Nica county (R.Rekmanis et al.). Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 1 at Mezgale, Jekabpils county (N.Zeidaks). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 2 singing at Ceraukste surroundings, Bauska county (E.Laucis). Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) 2 singing at Daugavgriva, Riga (M.Kilups, A.Arnicans). Repeated 2nd earliest spring record.

Milvus milvus
Larus fuscus heuglini
Asio flammeus
27.04.2018.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 at Orenisi - Drabaki fish ponds, Rezekne county (M.Varesvuo). Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 1 flushed at Laucini quarry, Cesis (S. Laime). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Kurcums surroundings, Daugavpils county (G.Grandans), 1 singing at Krivani surroundings, Daugavpils county (G.Grandans, A.Erts).

 
26.04.2018.
Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Jaunborne surroundings, Daugavpils county (G.Grandans), 1 singing at Vitrupe river mouth, Salacgriva county (K.Funts, I.Brediks).
 
 Regulus ignicapilla
25.04.2018.
Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 2 at Kanieris lake surroundings, Engure county (I.Brediks).

 Regulus ignicapilla
 
24.04.2018.
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) 2 (M & F) on flooded field at Murani surroundings E Latvia, Rikava county (R.Kroics). Rare inland. Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) 2 MM at Kanieris lake, Engure county (I.Brediks, K.Funts et al.). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 M trapped and ringed at Vecsaule parish, Bauska county (A.Majevskis).

Tadorna tadorna
Netta rufina
 Regulus ignicapilla
 
23.04.2018.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 2 at Eimuri surroundings, Carnikava county; Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 1 at Eimuri surroundings, Adazi county (I.Mardega). Red-breasted Goose presumed the same individual as on 05.04.2018. at Jaunkulas surroundings, Adazi (L.Arnicane).

Anser brachyrhynchus
 Branta ruficollis
22.04.2018.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 at Galgauska, Gulbene county (G.Grandans). Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 1 in winter plumage locally at Ungurs lake, Pargauja county (A.Klepers). Rare inland during spring migration. Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 3 flushed at Lielupe river shore line near Hercoga cemetery, Jelgava county (E. & V.Smislovs, R.Matrozis). Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) 3 (2 2cy & 1 3cy) at Daibe rubbish dump, Pargauja county (A.Klepers). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Plavnieki cemetery, Riga (E. & V.Smislovs). Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1 M  at Aleksupite river entrainment in Venta river, Kuldiga (R.Rekmanis.)

 
20.04.2018.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 migrating over "Ushi" meadow at Kolka, Dundaga county (V.Zarins, E.Ledins).

 
19.04.2018.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2 flying N/NW over Katlakalns, Kekava county (U.Piterans). Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) 3 at Mersrags shore line, Mersrags (V.Zarins, E.Ledins), 4 migrating N at Akmensrags, Pavilosta county (R.Rekmanis, G.Shatillo). Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) 3 at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (K.Millers et al.). Second earliest spring migrant record. Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis) 1 observed visually at "Laikas" surroundings, Pavilosta county (R.Rekmanis, G.Shatillo). Earliest spring migrant record! Common Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) 1 M at Dukuri meadow, Priekuli county (S.Laime). 17th record for Latvia. Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) 1 migrating N at Akmensrags, Pavilosta county (R.Rekmanis).

 Recurvirostra avosetta
Riparia riparia
 Saxicola rubicola
18.04.2018.
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) 3270; Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 256 migrating N from 8:00 till 13:00 at Akmensrags, Pavilosta county (R.Rekmanis, G.Shatillo, V.Videnieks). Quite large numbers during spring migration. Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 3 locally in the sea at Akmensrags, Pavilosta county (G.Shatillo et al.). Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) 448; Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) >180; Curlew (Numenius arquata) 1200 migrating N from 8:00 till 13:00 at Akmensrags, Pavilosta county (R.Rekmanis, G.Shatillo, V.Videnieks). Quite large numbers during spring migration.  Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) 1 locally at Akmensrags, Pavilosta county (R.Rekmanis, G.Shatillo, V.Videnieks). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Vilce Nature Park, Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1 M at Vilce river, Jelgava county (E.Laucis).

Corvus corone
Regulus ignicapilla
Motacilla cinerea 
17.04.2018.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 2 locally at Ziemupe, Pavilosta county (R.Rekmanis, G.Shatillo). Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) 1 singing at Orenisi - Drabaki fish ponds, Rezekne county (K.Millers, G.Grandans). Repeated earliest spring migrant record!

 Milvus milvus
16.04.2018.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 at Zorgi, Iecava county (E.Laucis). Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) ~1000 at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (E.Laucis). Large number at one place during spring migration. Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 1 Orenisi - Drabaki fish ponds, Rezekne county (A.Klepers, G.Grandans, K.Millers). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 7 (6 MM & 1 F) Zvejsala fish ponds, Rezekne county (K.Millers, G.Grandans). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Nometnu street surroundings, Riga (D.Drazdovskis, M.Zilgalvis), 1 M observed visually in the forest at Lauteri surroundings, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics), 1 F trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics, J.Lipsbergs).

Branta ruficollis
 Motacilla citreola
 
15.04.2018.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 at Acone, Daugavpils county (G.Grandans). Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2 to S at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) 1 at Demene rubbish dump, Daugavpils county (G.Grandans, A.Erts). Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra) 1 singing at Stakeldanga surroundings, Aizpute county (R.Rekmanis).
       
Emberiza calandra
14.04.2018.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1; Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 F/2cy migrating over "Ushi" meadow at Kolka, Dundaga county (I.Brediks). Heuglins Gull (Larus fuscus heuglini) 5 Ad, Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) 1 3cy at Getlini, Stopini county (I.Denisovs). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 M at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (I.Brediks); Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1 M at Vaive watermill, Priekuli county (S.Laime).

 
Circus macrourus
 Motacilla citreola
 
13.04.2018.
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 ad M migrating at Vecstameriena, Gulbene county (S.Laime).

 Circus macrourus
12.04.2018.
Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 1 flushed at Adazi fields, Adazi county (I.Denisovs). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 2 observed visually at Ogre (V.Roze). Single bird sang also on 11.04.2018. (V.Roze).

 
11.04.2018.
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 1 trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) 1 M at Stameriena, Gulbene county (G.Grandans, K.Millers). Present since 22.02.2018. (B.Puspure).

 Picus viridis
10.04.2018.
European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) 2 at Brusviti cemetery, Nica county (I.Mednis). Earliest spring migrant record! European Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) 1 observed visually when attacked in clearing by Ural Owl (Strix uralensis) at Vecumi forests, Vilaka county (K.Millers). Second earliest spring migrant record.

 
09.04.2018.
Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana) 2 (1 + 1) migrating at Vecumi forests E Latvia, Vilaka county (K.Millers, G.Grandans). Quite early first spring migrants record. Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) 1 2cy at Daugava river near Riga hydroelectric power station, Salaspils county (U.Piterans). Present since 25.03.2018. (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). Willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) 2 sining at Mangalsala, Riga (I.Denisovs). Repeated earliest spring record.

 Phylloscopus trochilus
08.04.2018.
Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Rumba street surroundings, 2 at S of Zakusala island, Riga (U.Piterans), 1 singing at Vandzene surroundings, Talsi county (R.Rekmanis), 1 singing at Tukums (V.Adamsons). Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1 M at Renda, Kuldiga county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte), 1 M at Ieriki, Amata county (G.Grandans).

 Regulus ignicapilla
07.04.2018.
Geese (Anser fabalis/serrirostris/albifrons and Branta leucopsis/canadensis) ~60 000 at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Largest number ever at one place for Latvia!!! Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 23 at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (E. & V.Smislovs). Whooper Swan  (Cygnus cygnus) >1500 at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Large number at one place in spring. Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) >1000 at Liepaja lake, Grobina/Nica counties (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Large number at one place in spring. Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) 1 at Daibe rubbish dump, Pargauja county (A.Klepers). Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica cyanecula) 1 M at Daugavpils (A.Erts). Quite early spring record. Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) 1 flew over calling at Straupciems surroundings, Babite county (G.Grandans).

Larus cachinnans
Luscinia svecica cyanecula 
06.04.2018.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 9 at Brasla reservoir, Pargauja county (G.Krastins). Black Kite (Milvus migrans) 1 migrating E over Laucini quarry, Cesis (S.Laime, M.Platacis). Black Kite first spring migrant.

 Milvus migrans
05.04.2018.
Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 1 at Jaunkulas surroundings, Adazi (L.Arnicane). Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 ad M migrating NE over Laucini quarry, Cesis (S.Laime). Earliest spring migrant record! Lesser Spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina) 1 migrating NE over Laucini quarry, Cesis (S.Laime). Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) 1 at Lielupe river mouth, Jurmala (K.Millers). Curlew (Numenius arquata) 2 at Jaunmarupe surroundings, Marupe county (K.Millers). Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 1 flushed at  Ragakāpa Nature Park, Jurmala (K.Millers). Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 1 singing at Lielupe river mouth, Jurmala (K.Millers), 1 singing at Jaungulbene, Gulbene county (U.Lolans), 1 singing at Kalniski surroundings, Nica county (I.Mednis), 1 singing at Ragakāpa Nature Park, Jurmala (K.Millers), 3 singing at Daugavpils (A.Erts), 1 singing at Rumbas str., Riga (U.Piterans), 1 singing at Zemgale, Jelgava county (A.Platais). Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) 2 MM singing at Ramava, Kekava county (K.Funts). Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) 1 M at Starti surroundings, Priekuli county (S.Laime, M.Platacis), 1 M Dukuli surroundings, Priekuli county (S.Laime, M.Platacis), 2 MM at Marupe, Riga (N.Zeidaks). All species - first spring migrants! Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1 M at Ligatne river upē, Ligatne county (A.Klepers).

Branta ruficollis
 Circus macrourus
04.04.2018.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 ad at Dviete surroundings, Ilukste county (G.Grandans). Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 in low flight over Aizpute road at Tadaiki parish, Durbe county (A.Ozolins).

 
02.04.2018.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 2 at Jaunmarupe surroundings, Marupe county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 7 at Nica fields, Nica county (I.Mednis). Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) 1 2cy at Daugava river near Riga hydroelectric power station, Salaspils county (K.Bernans et al.). Present since 25.03.2018. (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).
 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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