January 2020

Last update 31.01.2020. at 21:11:08
 Section "Local wintering birds 2019/2020" which is located below "January 2020" is active since 28-Dec-2019  
   
31.01.2020.
Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1 at Grapji peninsula, Riga (E. & V.Smislovs, R.Matrozis). Rare during winter months. Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) 1 at Durupe surroundings, Rugaji county (I.Brediks, I.Mardega et al.). 8th record for Latvia since 1910. Present since 29.01.2020. (E.Kantans).

Falco columbarius
Strix nebulosa 
29.01.2020.
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 1 Vieniba square, Daugavpils (A.Erts). Present since 28.01.2020. when at Dubrovina park (A.Erts). Rare during winter months.

Motacilla alba
26.01.2020.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 26 at Kisezers lake next to Langa river estuary, Riga (K.Funts). Large number at one place during winter months.

Ardea alba 
25.01.2020.
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) 2 MM at Babite lake E part, Babite county (A.Kurockins, E. & V.Smislovs). Eurasian Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) 1 inactive quietly vocalizing at Kanieris lake, Engure county (E. & V.Smislovs). Extremely early booming! Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 444-456 (counted in photos) at Kisezers lake NW part, Riga (I.Denisovs). Large number at one place during winter months.

Fulica atra 
23.01.2020.
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) 1 M; Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 220-230 next to Snikera islet at Kisezers lake, Riga (I.Denisovs). Pochard quite rare during months, Coot - quite large number at one place during winter months.

Aythya ferina 
22.01.2020.
Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) at least 1 heard singing and observed visually at Skujnieki surroundings, Kekava county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). 1st winter record for Latvia!

 
20.01.2020.
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 3 and Greylag Goose (Anser anser) 118 on the field at Grobina surroundings, Grobina county (I.Mednis, K.Millers). First spring migrants! Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 3 (2 MM & 1 F) at flooded Ezerkrasts meadow, Liepaja (K.Millers). Quite rare during winter months. Common Crane (Grus grus) 6 at Rencenu parish, Burtnieks county (I.Lace).

Anser anser
Anas penelope 
19.01.2020.
Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) 1 with Fieldfares (Turdus pilaris) at Kipsala, Riga (M.Kilups). Rare during winter months. Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes) 26 - 28 in one flock foraging in the garden at Carnikava (I.Denisovs). Quite large number at one place during winter months.

Coccothraustes coccothraustes
18.01.2020.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1 at Kisezers lake next to Langa river estuary, Riga (I.Denisovs). Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) 2 to S at Birzgale surroundings, Kegums county (D.Boiko). Both species quite rare during winter months.

 
17.01.2020.
Tundra Bean Goose (Anser serrirostris) 24 to NNW high over Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers). Greylag Goose (Anser anser) 2 at Rude surroundings, Nica county (K.Millers). Single individual was at surroundings on 12.01.2020. (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). Both species quite rare during winter months. White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 1 at Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs). Rare during winter months.

Anser serrirostris
Anser anser
Motacilla alba 
16.01.2020.
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 1 M at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (M.Kilups). Quite rare during winter months.

 
15.01.2020.
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 1 M at Viski lake, Daugavpils county (G.Grandans). Quite rare during winter months. Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) 130 at Viski lake, Daugavpils county (G.Grandans). Large number at one place during winter months.

 
14.01.2020.
Tundra Bean Goose (Anser serrirostris) 33 to NW at Uzava river floodplain fields, Ventspils county (A.Klepers, M.Tirums). Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 10 at Kirsindikis pond, Ventspils (A.Klepers, M.Tirums). Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 6 (1 ad T, 3 TT, 2 MM/2cy) at Renka darzs, Ventspils (A.Klepers, M.Tirums). White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) 1 at Ziras surroundings, Ventspils county (A.Klepers, M.Tirums). Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1 at Melnais pond, Saldus (A.Mankus). Redwing (Turdus iliacus) 1 at Seaside park, Ventspils (A.Klepers, M.Tirums). Eurasian Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus) 1 on Ventspils harbor S pier, Ventspils (A.Klepers). All species quite rare/rare during winter months.

Anser serrirostris
Branta canadensis
Anas penelope
Ciconia ciconia
 Turdus iliacus
13.01.2020.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser) 1 to N over Baltic sea; Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) 1 2cy at Liepene surroundings flaying forwards and backwards over the Baltic sea, Ventspils county (E. & V.Smislovs). Both species quite rare/rare during winter months.

 
12.01.2020.
Tundra Bean Goose (Anser serrirostris) 7 to W at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Greylag Goose (Anser anser) 1 over Liepaja lake, Nica county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1 at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). Present at surroundings since 26.12.2019. (M.Jaunzemis). Gadwall (Anas strepera) 1 M in Liepaja lake next to Zirgu islet, Liepaja (I.Brediks et al.). Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 F/2cy in Daugava river next to Pumpuri, Kegums county (M.Kilups). Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 2 (M & F) at Dubna river, Livani (G.Grandans, A.Erts). Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) 3 MM at Dubna river, Livani (G.Grandans, A.Erts), 1 F/2cy at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). Individual at Satini fish ponds present since 05.01.2020. (M.Jaunzemis). Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1 in Daugava at Cirsenieki, Livani county, 2 in Dubna river, Livani; 2 in Daugava river at Lugenieki, Krustpils county, 1 in Daugava river at Daugavsala, Salas county, 1 in Barans river, Jekabpils county (A.Erts, G.Grandans). Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Sukteri, Durbe county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1 F 2cy at Nica fields, Nica county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). Present at surroundings since 11.01.2020. (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 2cy at Tirdzniecibas channel, Liepaja (I.Brediks et al.). Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 1 M at Nica fields, Nica county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). All species quite rare/rare during winter months.

 
11.01.2020.
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) 8 (6 ad + 2 juv) at Arones fields, Daugavpils county (G.Grandans, A.Erts). Rare at E Latvia during winter months. Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 1 at Ezere surroundings, Saldus county (M.Jiaunzemis). Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 in Daugava river at Dunava, Jekabpils county (G.Grandans, A.Erts). Rare during winter months. Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 5 in Daugava river, Daugavpils (A.Erts). Rare during winter months. Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 13 in Daugava river at Cukurini, Jekabpils/Daugavpils county (G.Grandans, A.Erts). Rare inland during winter months. Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca) 1 M at Stropu lake, Daugavpils (G.Grandans, A.Erts). Rare inland during winter months. Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 850 at Sauka lake, Viesite county (K.Funts). Large number at one place during winter months. Black-throated Loon (Gavia arctica) 3 at Sauka lake, Viesite county (K.Funts). Rare inland during winter months. Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 1 locally in the Baltic sea at Cenkone surroundings, Nica county (I.Brediks). Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 1 locally in the Baltic sea at Jurmalciems surroundings, Nica county (I.Mardega). Rare during winter months. Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) >430 counted from single spot in the Baltic sea at Perkone surroundings, Nica county (I.Brediks). Extremely large number at one place. Great Egret (Ardea alba) 3 in Daugava river, Kraslava (G.Grandans). Rare during winter months. Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1 ad M next to Kalnciems, Jelgava county (D.Boiko, R.Steggerda). Rare during winter months. Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) 1 at Atmodas blvd., Liepaja (K.Millers). Present at least since 15.10.2011. (D.Krigens). Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 1 at Daugavgriva water treatment plant, Rīga (A.Arnicans). Rare during winter months. Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) 18 in one flock at Ziemupe surroundings, Pavilosta county (E. & V.Smislovs, E.Gulbe). Rare during months. Hedge Accentor (Dunnock) (Prunella modularis) 3 at Zirgu islet, Liepaja (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). Rare during winter months. Single individual present since 22.12.2019. (I.Brdeiks et al.) Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) 1 on Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Since 09.11.2019. (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Presumed the same individual as winter 2017/2018 from 06.01.2018. till at least 16.02.2018. (K.Millers, I.Grinerte et al.) and winter 2018/2019 from 09.11.2018. till at least 22.02.2019. (K.Millers et al.). Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 2 at Bullupe river next to Bolderaja, Riga (A.Arnicans). Present since 28.11.2019. (A.Arnicans). Quite rare during winter months. Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 8 at seaside dunes next to Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (K.Millers, I.Grinerte), 13 to S over seaside dunes at Perkone surroundings, Nica county (I.Brediks). Twites at S pier surroundings present since 14.12.2019. (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). Linnet (Carduelis cannabina) 20 in mixed flock with Yellowhammers (Emberiza citrinella) at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (D.Boiko, R.Steggerda). Quite large number in Central Latvia during winter months.

Corvus corone
Phylloscopus collybita
Emberiza schoeniclus
Carduelis flavirostris
 
10.01.2020.
Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) 3 at Seaside Park, Liepaja (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Present at surroundings at least since 14.12.2019., when 8 (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 12 at Tabore surroundings, Daugavpils county (G.Grandans). Rare at E Latvia during winter months.

 
09.01.2020.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser) 4 at Pape lake, Rucava county (K.Millers, I.Mednis). Present since end of December 2019 (I.Mednis). Eurasian Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) 1 at Kisezers lake next to Snikera islet, Riga (I.Denisovs). Both species rare during winter months.

Botaurus stellaris 
08.01.2020.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1 at Ezerkrasts meadow next to Liepaja lake, Liepaja (K.Millers). Can not exclude that the same individual who was on 07.01.2020. at opposite coast of lake, Grobina county (K.Millers). Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1 at Plosti surroundings, Grobina county (K.Millers). Both species quite rare during winter months.

Circus cyaneus 
07.01.2020.
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 1 at Liepaja lake next to Ezerkrasts bird tower, Liepaja (K.Millers). Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1 at Liepaja lake, Grobina county (K.Millers). Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 1 at Mangalsala reedbeds, Riga (I.Deņisovs). 4 individuals at this area on 23.12.2019. (R.Blukis et al.). All species quite rare during winter months.

Emberiza schoeniclus 
05.01.2020.
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 2 (M & F/2cy) at Spilve meadows, Riga (I.Gaile). Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 1; Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) 1 F/2cy at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (M.Jaunzemis). Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 1 at Sarkandaugava distributary, Riga (I.Denisovs). All species quite rare/rare during winter months. Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 30 at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (M.Jaunzemis).

Anas strepera 
Gallinula chloropus
04.01.2020.
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 1 at Vecdaugava peninsula, Riga (I.Denisovs). Rare during winter months. Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 3 at Vecdaugava peninsula, Riga (I.Denisovs). 2 present since 28.11.2019. (I.Denisovs). Quite rare during winter months.

Gallinago gallinago 
03.01.2020.
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 1 at Laveri, Carnikava county (E. & V.Smislovs). Present since 19.12.2019. (M.Silina). Woodlark (Lullula arborea) 1 Gaujas grīvā, Carnikava county (E. & V.Smislovs). Both species quite rare during winter months.
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02.01.2020.
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) 58 at Gumelis, Rezekne county (A.Klepers, A.Jesko). Rare at E Latvia during winter months. Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 2 at Kvapani fish ponds, Rezekne county (A.Klepers). Rare at E Latvia during winter months. Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus) 4 at Idena fish ponds, Rezekne county (A.Klepers). Rare at E Latvia during winter months. Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) 1 at Saulkrasti (M.Tirums). Rare during winter months. Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) 22 at Degumnieki fields, Madona county (A.Klepers). Rare at E Latvia during winter months. Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 34 at Nakotne, Jelgava county (H.Kampe-Persson). Present since November (H.Kampe-Persson).

Turdus viscivorus 
01.01.2020.
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 1 at Daugava river next to Kengaraga, Riga (E. & V.Smislovi). Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 7 in the waterbody at Ciekurkalns, Riga (A.Arnicans). Black-throated Loon (Gavia arctica) 1 at Sausa Daugava river next to Alejas, Kekava county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). Rare inland during winter months. Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) >3 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers). Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 1 at Grobina surroundings, Grobina county (V.Jaunzemis, M.Jaunzemis). Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1 ad M at Ciekurkalns, Riga (A.Arnicans). Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) 1 - 2 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 1 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (I.Grinerte, K.Millers), 1 at Zirgu islet, Liepaja (V.Jaunzemis, M.Jaunzemis). Stock Dove (Columba oenas) 21 at Slampe surroundings, Tukums county (M.Tirums). Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) 1 at Alejas, Kekava county (K.Millers). Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus) 1 on Golodova damb at Liepaja lake, Liepaja (V.Jaunzemis, M.Jaunzemis). All species quite rare/rare during winter months.
Falco columbarius
Columba oenas
 
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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