October 2018

Last update 08.11.2018. at 12:24:39
   
   
31.10.2018.
Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) 1 ad M on Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (A.Mousseau). 5th record for Latvia and 3rd for Liepaja city!

 Oenanthe deserti
 Oenanthe deserti
 Oenanthe deserti
29.10.2018.
Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 3 (incl. 2 MM) trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (J.Lipsbergs, G.Graubics).

 
28.10.2018.
Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) 6 migrating S at Birzgale surroundings, Kegums county (D.Boiko). Quite late autumn record. Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) 2 on Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (E.Laucis). Present since 23.10.2018. when two individuals or 24.10.2018. when three individuals seen (A.Mousseau). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 at Mangalsala, Riga (I.Denisovs). Lesser Redpoll (Acanthis cabaret) 5 (2 ad FF, 1 ad M, 2 1cy); Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 3 (1 M & 2 1cy) trapped and ringed at Birzgale surroundings, Kegums county (D.Boiko).

 
 Regulus ignicapilla
 Acanthis cabaret
26.10.2018.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 migrating S at Pape B.O., Rucava county (V.Jaunzemis, I.Dinsbergs, T.Endzins, M.L.Pupins). Lesser Redpoll (Acanthis cabaret) 2 1cy; Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 1 ad F & 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Birzgale surroundings, Kegums county (D.Boiko).

 Acanthis hornemanni
25.10.2018.
Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 1 F 1cy trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (E. & V.Smislovs
).

 
24.10.2018.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 to S at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (E. & V.Smislovs). Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) 3 on Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (A.Mousseau). On 23.10.2018. two individuals seen (A.Mousseau). Lesser Redpoll (Acanthis cabaret) 3 1cy trapped and ringed among 240 trapped and ringed Common Redpolls (Acanthis flammea) at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (E. & V.Smislovs, J.Lipsbergs).

 
23.10.2018.
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) 1 on Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (A.Mousseau). Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) 1 1cy at Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (A.Mousseau). Late autumn records for both species.

 Sterna paradisaea
21.10.2018.
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 346 in one flock with Eurasian Wigeons (Anas penelope) and Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) in the Liepaja lake at the end of Jauna str., Liepaja (R.Rekmanis). Largest number ever at one place in autumn! Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) 1 1cy at Pape lake, Rucava county (V.Jaunzemis, T.Endzins). Late autumn record.

 
20.10.2018.
Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus) 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (J.Lipsbergs, E. & V.Smislovs, R.Matrozis). 3rd record for Latvia and 2nd this year. Lesser Redpoll (Acanthis cabaret) 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Nereta surroundings, Nereta county (K.Funts), 1 M trapped and ringed at Birzgale surroundings, Kegums county (D.Boiko).

Tarsiger cyanurus
 Acanthis cabaret
19.10.2018.
Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 4 (2 + 2) flushed at Burtnieks lake, Burtnieks county (J.Ukass).

Lymnocryptes minimus
18.10.2018.
Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus) 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics, J.Lipsbergs). 8th record for Latvia and 2nd this autumn. Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 1 at Vecdaugava, Riga (E. & V.Smislovs).

 Carduelis flavirostris
17.10.2018.
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 2 locally in the sea at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (U.Piterans, K.Funts). Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 7 at Engure harbor, Engure county (U.Piterans, K.Funts).

 
16.10.2018.
Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 M 1cy and Pallas's Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus) 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics, J.Lipsbergs).

 
15.10.2018.
Red Knot (Calidris canutus) 1 to S with 4 Dunlins (Calidris alpina) at Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (K.Millers). Quite late autumn record. Pallas's Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus) 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 16 in one flock migrating S over the dunes at Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (K.Millers).

 
14.10.2018.
Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 3 1cy (2 MM & 1 F) trapped and ringed at Jurmalciems, Nica county (I.Brediks et al.).

 
13.10.2018.
Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) at Trisciems surroundings nearp Kisezers lake, Riga (E. & V.Smislovi, R.Matrozis). Northern Hawk-Owl (Surnia ulula) 1 at Kaderi heath surroundings, Kuldiga county (M.Kruze). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 7 1cy (5 MM & 2 FF) trapped and ringed at Jurmalciems, Nica county (I.Brediks et al.).

Lymnocryptes minimus
 Surnia ulula
12.10.2018.
Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) 1 1cy landed shortly on Mangalsala pier then to SW, Riga (I.Denisovs). Pallas's Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus) 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). 1st record of Pallas`s Leaf Warbler this year. Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) 3 migrating S at Pape B.O., Rucava county (M.Jaunzemis, I.Dinsbergs).

Calidris maritima
11.10.2018.
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 ad F and 1 1cy migrating S at Pape B.O., Rucava county (M.Jaunzemis, I.Dinsbergs, A.Zacmanis). Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) 1 at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (K.Millers). 2nd latest autumn record. Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 F 1cy trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (J.Lipsbergs, G.Graubics).

 
08.10.2018.
Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus) 1 trapped and ringed at Ainazi, Salacgriva county (A.Kalvans). 7th record for Latvia. Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) 1 at Daugavpils (A.Erts). 2nd latest autumn record.

Phylloscopus fuscatus
 Luscinia svecica
07.10.2018.
Mediterranean Gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus) 1 1cy with Black-headed Gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) and Mew Gulls (Larus canus) on the field at Eimuri surroundings, Adazi county (E. & V.Smislovs), 1 1cy at Ezerkrasts meadow near Liepaja Lake, Liepaja (R.Rekmanis). 24th & 25th record for Latvia.  Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Kolka, Dundaga county (G.Grandans), 5 1cy trapped and ringed at Jurmalciems, Nica county (I.Brediks, P.Daknis). Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) 1 observed visually at Ciecere parish, Broceni county (G.Graubics), 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Jurmalciems, Nica county. (I.Brediks). Red-flanked bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus) 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Jurmalciems, Nica county (I.Brediks, P.Daknis). 2nd record for Latvia.

Ichthyaetus melanocephalus
 Tarsiger cyanurus
06.10.2018.
Storm Petrel species (Oceanodroma sp) 1 to S at Ventspils harbor S pier, Ventspils (R.Rekmanis). Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 ad to S at Jurmalciems, Nica county (I.Brediks). Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) 1 1cy on Ventspils harbor S pier, Ventspils (R.Rekmanis), 3 1cy on Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (A.Mankus). Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius) 1 1cy at Burtnieks lake, Burtnieku county (J.Ukass). 15th record for Latvia. Still present on 07.10.2018. (A.Klepers). Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) 1 1cy to E at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (K.Millers, G.Grandans), 1 1cy to S at Ventspils harbor S pier, Ventspils (R.Rekmanis). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 2 MM 1cy trapped and ringed at Jurmalciems, Nica county (I.Brediks et al.).

Calidris maritima
 Phalaropus fulicarius
05.10.2018.
Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Birzgale surroundings, Kegums county (D.Boiko).

 
04.10.2018.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 ad to S/SW over Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (K.Millers), 1 at Vecdaugava, Riga (U.Piterans). Dunlin (Calidris alpina) >450 at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (K.Millers). Largest number at one place in October. Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) 1 1cy together with Dunlins (Calidris alpina) at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (K.Millers). Quite late autumn record, present since 13.09.2018. (K.Millers). Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) 1 heard and later observed visually at Aizpute (R.Rekmanis).

 
02.10.2018.
Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 2 trapped and ringed; Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) 2 trapped and ringed at Jurmalciems, Nica county (V.Jaunzemis, B.Rubene).

 
01.10.2018.
Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 F trapped at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (J.Lipsbergs). Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) 2 trapped and ringed at Jurmalciems, Nica county (V.Jaunzemis, B.Rubene).

 
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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