October 2020

Last update 17.11.2020. at 12:03:49
   
   
31.10.2020.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 42 migrating SSW at Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs). Curlew (Numenius arquata) 1 migrating S at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). Late autumn record. Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin) 1 trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). Latest autumn record! Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) 1 ad with 1 Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) and 3 Rock Pipits (Anthus petrosus) on Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Returning individual, the same as winter 2017/2018 from 06.01.2018. till at least 16.02.2018. (K.Millers, I.Grinerte et al.), winter 2018/2019 from 09.11.2018. till at least 22.02.2019. (K.Millers et al.) and winter 2019/2020 from 09.11.2019. till 17.01.2020. (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Still 9th record for Latvia. Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 2; Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 10 at Liepaja harbor S pier (I.Grinerte, K.Millers), 14 at Karosta channel, Liepaja (A.Mankus), 4 trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics).

Branta canadensis
Anthus spinoletta
Acanthis hornemanni
Carduelis flavirostris
 
30.10.2020.
Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 9 flushed at Berzciems shore line, Engure county (E. & V.Smislovs). Lesser Redpoll (Acanthis cabaret) 5 (4 MM & 1 T) trapped and ringed at Kolka, Dundaga county (E. & V.Smislovs). Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 1 M at Laucini quarry, Cesis (S.Laime), 1 1cy M trapped and ringed at Kolka, Dundaga county (E. & V.Smislovs), 1 at Mangalsala, Riga (I.Denisovs). Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 5 trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics).

Lymnocryptes minimus
Acanthis hornemanni
29.10.2020.
Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Kolka, Dundaga county (E. & V.Smislovs).

 
27.10.2020.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 1cy migrating S at Akmensrags, Pavilosta county (E. & V.Smislovs). Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) 3 at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (K.Millers). Quite late autumn record. Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) 1 at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (K.Millers). Latest autumn record! Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius) 1 at Pavilosta N pier, Pavilosta (E. & V.Smislovs). Present since 22.10.2020. (R.Rekmanis). Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Pumpuri, Jurmala (E.Ledins). Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) 230-240 in one flock at the shore line between Mangalsala and Vecaki, Riga (I.Denisovs). Large number at one place during autumn migration. Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 18 foraging at Akmensrags surroundings, Pavilosta county (E. & V.Smislovs).

Phalaropus fulicarius
Phylloscopus inornatus
26.10.2020.
Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 1 trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics).

 
25.10.2020.
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) 1 at Karosta, Liepaja (A.Klepers). Present at least since 15.10.2011. (D.Krigens). Pallas's Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus) 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Pape, Rucava county (V.Jaunzemis et al.). Lesser Redpoll (Acanthis cabaret) 1 ad F trapped and ringed at Nereta surroundings, Nereta county (K.Funts).

Corvus corone
 Phylloscopus proregulus
24.10.2020.
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 2 in the Gulf of Riga next to Silinupe river mouth, Engure county (E. & V.Smislovs). Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) 1 in the Gulf of Riga next to Starpinupite river mouth, Engure county (E. & V.Smislovs). Late autumn record. Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) 1 on Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs). Different individual as on 20.10.2020. Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 1 1cy F trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Jurmalciems, Nica county (A.Klepers, I.Brediks, J.Ukass). Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) 1 on Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (A. Klepers, J. Ukass, I. Brediks). Lesser Redpoll (Acanthis cabaret) 3 (1 ad M & 2 1cy) trapped and ringed at Nereta surroundings, Nereta county (K.Funts). Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 1 at Liepaja harbor S pier surroundings, Liepaja (A.Mankus), 2 trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics).

Calidris maritima
Phylloscopus inornatus
 Carduelis flavirostris
23.10.2020.
Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius) 1 at Pavilosta N pier, Pavilosta (R.Rekmanis). Present since 22.10.2020. (R.Rekmanis). 16th record for Latvia. Common Murre (Uria aalge) 4 migrating at Akmensrags, Pavilosta county (R.Rekmanis).

 
20.10.2020.
Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) 1 on Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs).

Calidris maritima
 
18.10.2020.
Barn Owl (Tyto alba guttata) 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Jurmalciems, Nica county (B.Rubene, J.Cibula, I.Brediks, P.Daknis). Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 2 locally at Kuivizi harbor, Salacgriva county (A.Klepers), 1 locally at Pape B.O., Rucava county (V.Jaunzemis).

Tyto alba guttata
Carduelis flavirostris
17.10.2020.
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) 3 at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Late autumn record. Temminck's Stint (Calidris temminckii) 1 at Satini fish ponds, Saldus county (K.Millers, I.Grinerte). Latest autumn record! Pallas's Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus) 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). Lesser Redpoll (Acanthis cabaret) 2 1cy trapped and ringed at Nereta surroundings, Nereta county (K.Funts). Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 1 trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics).

Acanthis cabaret 
16.10.2020.
Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 2 flushed at Roja shore line, Roja, ~20 flushed at Mersrags shore line, Mersrags, >25 flushed at Berzciems shore line, Engure county (E. & V.Smislovs).

 
15.10.2020.
Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) 4 at Kolka Cape, Dundaga county (E. & V.Smislovs).

 
13.10.2020.
NEW SPECIES FOR LATVIA!
Stejneger's scoter (Melanitta stejnegeri) 1 ad M in the sea at Kolka Cape 11th to 13rd October, Dundaga county (E. & V.Smislovs). Pallas's Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus) 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Kolka, Dundaga county (E. & V.Smislovs). Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) 1  at Zirni islet, Darzini, Salaspils county (U.Piterans), 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Kolka, Dundaga county (E. & V.Smislovs). Red-flanked bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus) 1 at Veselava parish, Priekuli county (Y.Yankevich). 4th record for Latvia.

Melanitta stejnegeri
Melanitta stejnegeri
Phylloscopus inornatus
 Tarsiger cyanurus
12.10.2020.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 ad migrating S at Jurmalciems, Nica county (P.Daknis et al.). Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (E. & V.Smislovs). 10th record for Latvia. Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) 1 at Kolka, Dundaga county (E. & V.Smislovs).

Phylloscopus fuscatus 
11.10.2020.
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 8 at Gulf of Riga next to Kolka, Dundaga county (E.Smislovs). Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) 1  at Jurmalciems, Nica county (I.Brediks et al.). Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) 1 1cy at Jurmalciems pier Nica county (A.Klepers, I.Brediks et al.). 6th record for Latvia. Parrot Crossbill (Loxia pytyopsittacus) 1 to S at Ovisrags, Ventspils county (V.Smislovs).

Phylloscopus inornatus
Oenanthe deserti
Oenanthe deserti 
10.10.2020.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 1cy at Skrunda fish ponds, Skrunda county (E. & V.Smislovs). Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Jurmalciems, Nica county (J.Ukss et al.), 1 at Liepaja harbor S pier surroundings, Liepaja (I.Brediks et al.). Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Jurmalciems, Nica county (I.Brediks et al.). Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) 1 Laucini quarry surroundings, Cesis (S.Laime, D.Heiberga). Latest autumn record.

 
07.10.2020.
Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) 1 in the bushes at Lielupe river mouth, Jurmala (E. & V.Smislovs).

 
   
06.10.2020.
Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus) 1 trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). 9th record for Latvia.

 
05.10.2020.
Lesser Redpoll (Acanthis cabaret) 1 1cy trapped and ringed at Birzgale surroundings, Kegums county (D.Boiko).

 
04.10.2020.
Beleted news 08.09.2020. Thrush Nightingale (Luscinia luscinia) 1 trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). Late autumn record. Parrot Crossbill (Loxia pytyopsittacus) 3 flew over at Melnsils surroundings, Dundaga county (E.Smislovs).

 
03.10.2020.
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 42; Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) 1 in the Baltic sea between Kolka Cape and Vaide, Dundaga county (E.Smislovs). Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 1cy at Kolka Cape bird tower surroundings, Dundaga county (E. & V.Smislovs). Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus) 3 on Daugavgriva pier, Riga (M.Kilups).

 
02.10.2020.
Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 16 flushed at Berzciems shore line, Engure county, 1 flushed at Mersrags shore line, Mersrags (E. & V.Smislovs).

 
01.10.2020.
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1 1cy migrating S at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) 12 trapped and ringed between 01.-30.09.2020. 6 MM at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics), 1 1cy M at Nereta surroundings, Nereta county (K.Funts), 5 1cy MM at Birzgale surroundings, Kegums county (D.Boiko).
 
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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