May 2018

Last update 14.06.2018. at 14:23:30
   
   
27.05.2018.
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 6 to N along the Sausa Daugava river bank, Kekava county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). Rosy Starling (Pastor roseus) 1 ad at Kolka, Dundaga county (I.Brediks). Present since 10.05.2018. (K.Millers, P.Palmer u.c.).

 
26.05.2018.
Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) 1 (3cy ?) at Ventspils (V.Steinbergs). 5th for Latvia.

Aquila heliaca
25.05.2018.
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) 5 at Vidzeme (A.Vilnis). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 M on the Pape lake footboard at Brusviti surroundings, Nica county (I.Mednis).

 
23.05.2018.
Booted Warbler (Hippolais caligata) 2 at Degumnieki surroundings, Madona county (K.Millers, D. & B.Grundy). Earliest ever spring migrant record.

 Hippolais caligata
22.05.2018.
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 2 at Orenisi - Drabaki fish ponds, Rezekne county (K.Millers, D. & B.Grundy). Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 2 in the puddle at Murani surroundings E Latvia, Rikava county, 1 flew over at Orenisi - Drabaki fish ponds, Rezekne county (K.Millers, D. & B.Grundy). Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) 1 at Orenisi - Drabaki fish ponds, Rezekne county (K.Millers, D. & B.Grundy). Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 7 (6 + 1) to S at Idena fish ponds, Rezekne county (K.Millers, D. & B.Grundy).

 Podiceps auritus
 Tringa stagnatilis
21.05.2018.
Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus) 1 vocalizing at Orenisi - Drabaki fish ponds, Rezekne county (K.Millers, D. & B.Grundy). Present since 16.05.2018 (P.Daknis et al.). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 4 (3 MM & 1 F) Zvjsala - Lodani fish ponds, Rezekne county (K.Millers, D. & B.Grundy). Present since 16.04.2018., when 6 MM & 1 F (K.Millers, G.Grandans).

 
20.05.2018.
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 2 at Lubana lake W part next to Zvidze bird tower, Madona county (M.Kilups, I.Brediks et al.). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Dimzukalns, Iecava county (E. & V.Smislovs).

 
19.05.2018.
Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) 1 ad M at Seda bog, Strenci county (M.Jaunzemis et al.).
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 2 feeding at Silzemnieki fields, Burtnieku county ( I.Mardega et al.).

 
16.05.2018.
Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus) 1 M at Orenisi - Drabaki fish ponds, Rezekne county (P.Daknis et al.). Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 1 trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics).

 Ixobrychus minutus
14.05.2018.
Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (G.Grandans et al.). 2nd record for Latvia. Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 over Engure lake, Engure county (P.Daknis et al.). European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) 1 heard at Kolka, Dundaga county (G.Grandans et al.).

 Aquila nipalensis
13.05.2018.
Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 2 singing at Vertezi forest, Saldus county (M.Jaunzemis). Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 M in the meadow at Stunisi, Olaine county (A.Platais). Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) 2 MM and 1 F/2cy locally at Aliteni surroundings, Vecpiebalga county (A.Klepers, S.Laime).

 Anthus cervinus
12.05.2018.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) 2 MM (1 M at WSW part + 1 M at W part) at at Kanieris lake, Engure county (K.Millers, P.Palmer et al.). On 24.04.2018. 2 MM at Kanieris lake boat station, Engure county (I.Brediks, K.Funts et al.). Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 2cy migrating at Kolka, Dundaga county (I.Brediks). Photos compared - different individual as on 10. and 11.05.2018. (K.Millers, P.Palmer). Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) 1 2cy at Kolka, Dundaga county (I.Brediks). White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) >1 hunting shortly over Kanieris lake with Black terns (Chlidonias niger),Engure county (K.Millers). Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 2 to SW over Kanieris lake, Engure county (K.Millers), 2 at at Ozolaine pond, Bauska county (M.Kilups). Single individual at Ozolaine pond on 01.05.2018. (E.Laucis). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 2 couples and 1 M at Gaizins surroundings, Madona county (V.Jaunzemis et al.); 5 singing in forests at Pavilosta and Ulmale, Pavilosta county (R.Rekmanis).

Netta rufina
Circus macrourus
Falco vespertinus
 Chlidonias hybrida
 
11.05.2018.
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 2cy at Kolka, Dundaga county (K.Millers et al.). Presumed the same as on 10.05.2018. which to SE and later back to NW (K.Millers, P.Palmer). Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) 1 ad M + 1 ad F + 1 2cy at Kolka, Dundaga county (P.Palmer, K.Millers et al.). 2cy presumed the same as on 09.05.2018. (K.Millers, P.Palmer). Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) >7 at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (M.Jaunzemis). Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 1 Suda bog, Ligatne county (S. Laime). Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) 1 shortly over "Usi" at Kolka and after to SE, Dundaga county (K.Millers). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing and observed visually at Valgums lake, Engure county (K.Millers). Marsh Warbler (Acrocephalus palustris) 1 singing at Zvanu cliffs, Cesis (S. Laime). 3rd earliest spring migrant record. Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 2cy M at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (A.Thompson et al.).
   
 Falco vespertinus
Asio flammeus 
Regulus ignicapilla
Motacilla citreola 
 
10.05.2018.
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 6 (1 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 1) migrating at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (K.Millers, P.Palmer). Largest number ever of Pallid Harriers recorded per day! Rosy Starling (Pastor roseus) 1 ad M with 7 Common Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) shortly over Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (K.Millers, P.Palmer et al.). 8th record for Latvia. Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 3 (1 + 1 F + 1 M) migrating with Yellow Wagtails (Motacilla flava) at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (K.Millers, P.Palmer). Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) 1 observed visually migrating together with Yellow Wagtails (Motacilla flava) at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (K.Millers), 1 at Eimuri surroundings, Adazi county (G.Graubics, E.Gulbe).

Circus macrourus
 Pastor roseus
 Motacilla citreola
09.05.2018.
Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) 1 2cy F at Kolka, Dundaga county (K.Millers, P.Palmer at al.).

 
08.05.2018.
Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis) 1 M at Sieksate, Skrunda county (R.Rekmanis). Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) 1 2 cy at Berzciems, Engure county (K.Millers, P.Palmer et al.).

 Anthus cervinus
07.05.2018.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 at Marsneni surroundings, Priekuli county (S. Laime).

 Anser brachyrhynchus
06.05.2018.
Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 singing at Kemeri S part next to Kauguri canal, Tukums county (U.Piterans). Barred Warbler (Sylvia nisoria) 1 M trapped and ringed at Nereta surroundings, Nereta county (K.Funts). 3rd earliest spring migrant record.

 Sylvia nisoria
05.05.2018.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 next to puddle together with Been Geese (Anser sp.) and Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus) at Stelpe surroundings, Vecumnieki county (M.Kilups, A.Ezerniece). Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 2 at Orenisi - Drabaki fish ponds, Rezekne county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers).

 Tringa stagnatilis
04.05.2018.
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 at Degumnieki fields, Madona county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte, P.Palmer). Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 1 locally at Alauksts lake, Vecpiebalga county (A.Klepers). Rare inland during spring migration. Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) 1 at Zvejsala - Lodani fish ponds, Rezekne county (P.Palmer, K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Earliest spring migrant record!

 Anser brachyrhynchus
Gavia stellata 
Calidris ferruginea
 
03.05.2018.
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 3 at Daugava river, Kengarags, Riga (U.Piterans). Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus) 1 M at Sunezers lake, Daugavpils (A.Erts). Earliest spring migrant record! White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) 12 to N at Liepaja lake E coast, Grobina county (P.Daknis, J.Ukass).

Podiceps auritus
 Ixobrychus minutus
02.05.2018.
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 2 at Mazums lake, Cesis county (S.Laime). White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) 1 imm at Renda parrish, Kuldiga county (A.Justs, M. & V.Jaunzemis). Probably the same individual as one reported from Svete floodplains, Jelgava county on 29.04.2018. (R.Simanis). 11th record for Latvia. Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis) 1 M trapped and ringed at Jurmalciems, Nica county (P.Daknis, J.Ukass). 10th record for Latvia.

 Pelecanus onocrotalus
 Ficedula albicollis
01.05.2018.
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 3; Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) 9 at Ladzeni ponds, Vecumnieki county (E.Laucis). Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 3 flushed at Mersrags shore line, Mersrags (E. & V.Smislovs). Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 1 at Ozolaine pond, Bauska county (E.Laucis).

 Chlidonias hybrida
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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