December 2018

Last update 08.01.2019. at 07:53:27
Section "Local wintering birds 2018/2019" which is located below "December 2018" is active since 15-Dec-2018   
   
31.12.2018.
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) 1; Great Egret (Ardea alba) 11 at Jugla canal, 5 at Kruminsala islet in Daugava river, Riga (E. & V.Smislovs, R.Matrozis). Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) 1 at Burtnieks lake Silzemnieku bird tower, Burtnieku county (J.Ukass), 2 at Kisezers lake, Riga (E. & V.Smislovs, R.Matrozis). All species rare during winter months.

 Rallus aquaticus
29.12.2018.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 5 flying over Lielupe river at Mezotne, Bauska county (E.Laucis). Common Crane (Grus grus) 1 at Kalngale fields, Carnikava county (I.Denisovs). Both species rare during winter months.

 Grus grus
27.12.2018.
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 1 at Daugava river, Kraslava, Kraslava county (J.Vigulis). Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) >20 in one flock at Ganibu str., Liepaja (K.Millers). Rare during winter months. Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) 1 on Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Present since 09.11.2018. (K.Millers). Returning individual. The same as winter 2017/21018 from 06.01.2018. till at least 16.02.2018. (K.Millers, I.Grinerte et al.).

 Anthus spinoletta
26.12.2018.
Eurasian Wigeon
(Anas penelope) 1 at Gulf of Riga at Lapmezciems, Engure county (M.Riherts). Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 1 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (A.Kurockins). Both species rare during winter months.

 
25.12.2018.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 3 at Saka river, Gravani, Salas county (M.Briedis). Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 1 at Valle surroundings, Vecumnieki county (M.Kilups). Both species rare during winter months.

 
24.12.2018.
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 F at Daugava river at Daugavpils surroundings; Teal (Anas crecca) 3 together with Mallards (Apas platyrhynchos) at Daugava river, Daugavpils; Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) at Daugava river at Daugavpils surroundings. 4th known winter record at inland locations; White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 1 at Daugava river, Daugavpils (A.Erts). All species rare during winter months.

 Anas penelope
Phalacrocorax carbo
23.12.2018.
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) 1 at Zvejnieku alley, Liepaja (V. & M.Jaunzemis); 5 at Venta bridge in Skrunda, Skrunda county (A.Mankus). Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 F at Zirgu islet, Liepaja (V. & M.Jaunzemis, A.Mankus). Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Otanki, Nica county (V. & M.Jaunzemis). 10th record on winter months. Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1 F/1cy at Rude surroundings, Nica county; 1 ad M at Nica fields, Nica county; 1 F/1cy at Bernati polders (V. & M.Jaunzemis). Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) 1 at Ezerkrasts, Liepaja (A.Mankus). Moorhen (Galinula chloropus) 1 at Zirgu islet, Liepaja (V. & M.Jaunzemis). Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) 1 at Ezerkrasts bird tower, Liepaja (V. & M.Jaunzemis). Dunnock (Prunella modularis) 1 at Zirgu islet, Liepaja (A.Mankus). Redwing (Turdus iliacus) 1 at Kengarags, Riga (E. & V.Smislovs). All species rare during winter months.


Branta leucopsis
 Anas penelope
 Prunella modularis
22.12.2018.
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) 4 at Riga bypass, Salaspils county; Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 at Mara pond, Riga; Gadwall (Anas strepera) M 1cy at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (J.Vigulis). Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 3 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (M.Tirums). Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) 1 at Aluksne lake, Aluksne county (U.Zavadskis). All species rare during winter months.

Branta leucopsis
Anas penelope
 Botaurus stellaris
16.12.2018.
Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) 1; Jack Snipe (Lymnocriptes minimus) 1 flushed; Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) 1 flushed, Sausa Daugava, Kekava county (E.Smislovs, A.Kurockins). All species rare during winter months.

 
15.12.2018.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 3 at Mersrags shore line, 1 at Mersrags canal, Mersrags (E.Smislovs, A.Kurockins). Rare during winter months.

 
14.12.2018.
Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 9 migrating S at Alejas, Kekava county (K.Millers).

 
13.12.2018.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) 1 foraging at Mangalsala, Riga (I.Denisovs). Rare during winter months.

 
11.12.2018.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1 in Tosele river at "Dailes", Nica county (I.Mednis). Rare during winter months.

 
10.12.2018.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 4 at Daugava river, 1 at Sunupe river, Daugavpils (A.Erts), 1 at Durbe river, Durbe county (R.Rekmanis). Great Egrets at Daugavpils present at surroundings since 02.12.2018., when 2 (A.Erts). Rare during winter months. Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) ~30 at Aistere surroundings, Durbe county (R.Rekmanis). Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) ~300 in one flock at Aistere surroundings, Durbe county (R.Rekmanis). Large number in one flock.

Ardea alba
09.12.2018.
Stock Dove (Columba oenas) 1 at Saldus, Saldus county (A.Mankus). Rare during winter months.

 
07.12.2018.
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 1 at Ezerkrasts bird tower, Liepaja (K.Millers). Rare during winter months.

 
06.12.2018.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 3 at Sunupe river, Daugavpils (A.Erts). Present since 02.12.2018., when 2 (A.Erts). Rare during winter months. Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) 1 2cy at Ventspils harbor S-pier seashore, Ventspils (R.Rekmanis). Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 7 at Ventspils harbor S-pier surroundings, Ventspils (R.Rekmanis).

 
05.12.2018.
Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) 1 at Pavilosta (R.Rekmanis). Rare during winter months.

 
02.12.2018.
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 1 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (E. & V.Smislovs, A.Kurockins). Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 28 (12MM & 16FF) Sarkandaugava distributary, Riga (I.Denisovs). Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2 at Sunupe river, Daugavpils (A.Erts), 13 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (E. & V.Smislovs, A.Kurockins). Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1 1cy at Kalngale fields, Carnikava county (I.Denisovs). Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) 2 individual calls heard at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (E. & V.Smislovs). Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) 1 flew over with calls at Riga HPS surroundings, Salaspils county (A.Kurockins, V.Smislovs). All species rare during winter months.

Anas crecca
Ardea alba 
 Circus cyaneus
01.12.2018.
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 11 at Musa river; Great Egret (Ardea alba) 3 flying along Memele river, Bauska (E.Laucis). Both species rare during winter months. Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 1 M at Gailezers surroundings, Riga (E. & V.Smislovs).
 
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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