December 2020

Last update 07.01.2021. at 05:07:27
   
   
31.12.2020.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2 at Bolderaja, Riga (B.Dimants).

 
30.12.2020.
Tundra Bean Goose (Anser serrirostris) >304 (54 + >250) at Nica fields, Nica fields (I.Mednis). Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 1 1cy at Zunds channel, Riga (A.Arnicans). Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) 3 at Nica fields, Nica fields (I.Mednis). Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 1 M at Zunds channel, Riga (A.Arnicans). Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2 at Vecdaugava peninsula, Riga (I.Denisovs). Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) 1 flushed at Kalniski surroundings, Nica county (I.Mednis). All species quite rare during winter months.

Anser albifrons
28.12.2020.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser) 1 at Kalngale fields, Carnikava county (I.Denisovs). Since 27.12.2020. (I.Denisovs). Great Egret (Ardea alba) 12 foraging at Baltezers channel, Adazi county (I.Denisovs). Presumed the same as on 23.12.2020 at Baltezers (I.Denisovs). Both species quite rare during winter months.

Anser anser
27.12.2020.
Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) 1 at Smerlupite river mouth in Kisezers lake, Riga (A.Kurockins, E. & V.Smislovs). Quite rare during winter months.

 
26.12.2020.
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 15 (7 MM & 8 FF/1cy) at Ciekurkalns, Riga (A.Arnicans), 5 (1 M & 4 FF/1cy) at Sunupe and Daugava rivers. Daugavpils (A.Erts). Teals at Daugavpils since 14.12.2020. (A.Erts). Great Egret (Ardea alba) 4 at Eimuri, Adazi county (I.Denisovs). Both species quite rare during winter months. Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 370 - 400 at Kalngale fields, Carnikava county (I.Denisovs). Large number at one place during winter months.

Anas crecca
Sturnus vulgaris
25.12.2020.
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 1 1cy at Sunupe river, Daugavpils (A.Erts). Quite rare during winter months. Since 15.12.2020. (A.Erts). Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 1 at Sunupe river, Daugavpils (A.Erts). Since 14.12.2020. (A.Erts). Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) 12 at Leci surroundings, Ventspils county (G.Grandans). Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) 1 at Lielvarde park, Lielvarde (J.Vigulis). Both species quite rare during winter months.

Anser albifrons
Columba palumbus
24.12.2020.
Tundra Bean Goose (Anser serrirostris) 1 at Salaspils (D.Boiko). Gadwall (Anas strepera) 1 at Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs). Since 15.12.2020. (I.Denisovs). Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 2 at Mangalsala, Riga (I.Denisovs). Since 13.12.2020. when 1 (I.Denisovs). All species quite rare during winter months.

Anas strepera
Emberiza schoeniclus
23.12.2020.
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 2 1cy at Daugava river next to Kengarags, Riga (M.Riherts). 1 individual from 29.10.2020. (V.Spungis) till 10.12.2020. (E. & V.Smislovs). Great Egret (Ardea alba) 16 at Lielais Baltezers Lake, Adazi county (I.Denisovs). Both species quite rare during winter months.

 Ardea alba
21.12.2020.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 1 on the ice at Stameriena lake, Gulbene county (B.Puspure). Rare in E Latvia during winter months. Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 flew over Siksni - Jeci road at Dunika parish, Rucava county (A.Ozolins). Rare during winter months.

 
20.12.2020.
Red Knot (Calidris canutus) 1 at Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (A.Klepers). Rare during winter months.
Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) 2 at Seaside Park, Liepaja (A.Klepers). Quite rare during winter months. Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) 1 at Atmoda boulevard, Liepaja (A.Klepers). Present at least since 15.10.2011. (D.Krigens). Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) 1 at Liepaja water treatment plant, Liepaja (A.Klepers). Rare during winter months. Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) 1 ad with 4 Eurasian Rock Pipits (Anthus petrosus) at Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (A.Klepers). Present since 31.10.2020. (K.Millers, I.Grinerte).

Calidris canutus
Corvus corone
Phoenicurus ochruros
19.12.2020.
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 1; White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) 2 at Getlini quarry, Stopini county (A.Kurockins, E. & V.Smislovs). Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) 1 at Vaidava lake next to Strikupe river source, Koceni county (A.Klepers). All species quite rare during winter months. Water Rail since 13.12.2020. (A.Klepers).

Ciconia ciconia
18.12.2020.
Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) 2 flew over at Mangalsala, Riga (I.Denisovs). Quite rare during winter months.

Columba palumbus
17.12.2020.
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 1 at Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs). Quite rare during winter months. Since 15.12.2020. (I.Denisovs). Lesser Redpoll (Acanthis cabaret) 1 at Mangalsala, Riga (I.Denisovs).


Anas strepera
Acanthis cabaret
 
13.12.2020.
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 1 M at Sunupe river, Daugavpils (A.Erts). Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 1 at Mangalsala, Riga (I.Denisovs). Both species quite rare during winter months.

Anas strepera
Emberiza schoeniclus
 
12.12.2020.
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 1; Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 18 (8 MM & 10 FF) at Sarkandaugava distributary, Riga (I.Denisovs). Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1 at Salacgriva harbor, Salacgriva, 2 foraging at Jumara river, Koceni county (A.Klepers). Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1 at Adazi surroundings, Adazi county (E. & V.Smislovs, A.Kurockins). Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 2 (ad & 1cy) at Sarkandaugava distributary, Riga (I.Denisovs). Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) 1 flushed in the forest next to Ciekuru str., Salacgriva (A.Klepers). All species quite rare/rare during winter months.
Anas acuta
Anas crecca
Ardea alba
Gallinula chloropus
11.12.2020.
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 2 flushed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). Quite rare during winter months. Since 05.12.2020. (G.Graubics).

 
10.12.2020.
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 1 1cy at Daugava river next to Kengarags, Riga (E. & V.Smislovs). Quite rare during winter months. Since 29.10.2020. (V.Spungis).

 
09.12.2020.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 4 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (E.Smislovs). Quite rare during winter months.

 
08.12.2020.
Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 3 flushed; Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 4 flushed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). Present at least since 05.12.2020. (G.Graubics). Both species rare during winter months.

 
07.12.2020.
European Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria) 79 at Aizstrautnieki surroundings, Dobele county (K.Millers). Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 2 flushed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics), 2 flushed at at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (V.Smislovs). Both species rare during winter months. Redwing (Turdus iliacus) 2 at Darzini, Salaspils county (V.Smislovs). Quite rare during winter months.

Pluvialis apricaria
06.12.2020.
Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 3 flushed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). Rare during winter months. Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 3 locally at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics).

 
05.12.2020.
Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 3 flushed; Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 2 flushed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). Both species rare during winter months. Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) 7 locally at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics).

 
04.12.2020.
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 1 trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). Rare during winter months.

 
03.12.2020.
Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) 3 at Darzini distributary, Salaspils county (E.Smislovs). Quite rare during winter months. Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) 1 ad trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). Rare during winter months. Stock Dove (Columba oenas) 2 foraging on a corn field at Brutuli surroundings, Smiltene county (G.Grandans). Quite rare during winter months. Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) 1 1cy M trapped and ringed at Lauteri, Salacgriva county (G.Graubics). Rare during winter months.

 
02.12.2020.
Tundra Bean Goose (Anser serrirostris) ~200 with >4 Greater White-fronted Geese (Anser albifrons) and 1 Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) at Kakenieki surroundings, Dobele county (V.Roze). All species rare during winter months. Tundra Bean Goose (Anser serrirostris) ~50 at surroundings since 30.11.2020. (K.Millers). Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) >85 at Sudrabini cemetery surroundings, Tukums county (K.Millers), >2 at Biksti surroundings, Dobele county (V.Roze). Rare during winter months. European Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria) >90 at Dobele parish, Dobele county, 4 at Sudrabini cemetery surroundings, Dobele county (K.Millers), a few dozens at Erzeli, Dobele county (V.Roze). Rare during winter months. 
Vanellus vanellus
Pluvialis apricaria
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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