March 2020

Last update 01.04.2020. at 15:02:02
Brant Goose (Branta bernicla) 1 with ~1500 Anser sp Geese at Kalnagals surroundings next to Meirani canal, Madona county (A.Klepers). Rare inland and quite early first spring migrant record. Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2 at Adazi fields, Adazi county (I.Denisovs). Canada Goose x Greater White-fronted Goose (Branta canadensis x Anser albifrons) 1; Canada Goose x Barnacle Goose (Branta canadensis x Branta leucopsis) 1 Degumnieku laukos, Madonas n. (A.Klepers). Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 1 at Degumnieki surroundings, 1 at Kalnagals surroundings next to Meirani canal, Madona county (A.Klepers). Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 2 migrating N at Vecpunas surroundings, Talsu county (N.Zeidaks). Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) >5 at Demene rubbish dump, Daugavpils county (G.Grandāns, A.Erts).

Branta bernicla
Branta canadensis
Branta canadensis x Anser albifrons
Branta canadensis x Branta leucopsis
Branta ruficollis 
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2 at Engure lake next to Krievragciems, Mersrags county (E. & V.Smislovs, A.Kurockins). Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus graellsii/intermedius) 1 at Getlini rubbish dump, Stopini county (I.Denisovs). European Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) breeding pair at Lielindrica surroundings, Kraslava county (G.Grandans, A.Erts).

Larus fuscus graellsii/intermedius
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 2 + 1 at Eimuri surroundings, Adazi/Carnikava county (I.Brediks). Two individuals present at surroundings since 21. & 24.03.2020. (I.Denisovs). Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) 1 at "Bitenieki" surroundings, Dobele county. Present since 21.03.2020. (K.Millers). Category "D" record.

Phasianus colchicus 
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 at Eimuri surroundings, Adazi county (I.Denisovs), 1 at Burtnieks lake surroundings, Burtnieku county (A.Klepers), 1 at Dviete river floodplain fields, Ilukste county (G.Grandans). Individual at Eimuri surroundings different as on 21.03.2020. at Kalngale fields, Carnikava county (I.Denisovs). Individual at Dviete river floodplain fields present since 19.03.2020. (G.Grandans, A.Erts). Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 3 + 1 at Dviete river floodplain fields, Ilukste county (G.Grandans).

Anser brachyrhynchus
Anser brachyrhynchus 
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 with ~350 Anser sp. Geese at Kalngale fields, Carnikava county (I.Denisovs). Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 17 at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (I.Brediks).

Anser brachyrhynchus
Branta canadensis 
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 at Davini surroundings, Bauska county (E.Laucis). Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) 1 F foraging at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (E. & V. Smislovs). Earliest spring migrant record! Serin (Serinus serinus) 1 singing at Meza cemetery, Riga (I.Denisovs). Early first spring migrant record.

Anser brachyrhynchus 
Serinus serinus
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) 1 at Dviete river floodplain fields, Ilukste county (G.Grandans, A.Erts). Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 1 at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (E. & V.Smislovs). Present at surroundings since 15.03.2020. (E.Laucis). Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 migrating E at Laucinu quarry, Cesis (S.Laime). Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) 1 flew over at Gluda surroundings, Ozolnieki county (E. & V.Smislovs). Early first spring migrant record. Long-tailed Tit ssp europaeus (Aegithalos caudatus europaeus) 1 trapped and ringed at Velena, Gulbene county (J.Leja).

Branta ruficollis
Milvus milvus
Aegithalos caudatus europaeus 
Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) 1 flew over Mangalsala pier, Riga (I.Denisovs). Repeated earliest spring migrant record.

Haematopus ostralegus 
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 8 at Uzava river floodplain fields, Ventspils county (J.Vigulis). Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) 1 at Svete river floodplain fields, Jelgava county (E.Laucis). Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 2 at Iecava quarry pond, Iecava county (E.Laucis). Early inland spring migrants record.

Branta ruficollis
Podiceps grisegena 
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) 1 soaring over Vainode (D.Grietens), 1 migrating N at Cesis (S.Laime). First spring migrant records.

Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) 1 singing at Vecmilgravis, Riga (U.Kolonovs). White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 1 M at Gauja river mouth, Carnikava county (I.Denisovs). For both species quite early first spring migrant records.

Motacilla alba 
Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) 1 at Jaunmuiza surroundings, Skrunda county (V.Farnasts). Earliest spring migrant record!

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) 1 at Randi meadows, Salacgriva county (E. & V.Smislovs, A.Kurockins). Repeated earliest spring migrant record!

Charadrius hiaticula 
Woodlark (Lullula arborea) 1 migrating E at Ogre (V.Roze). Quite early first spring migrant record. Eurasian Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus) 7 on Liepaja harbor S pier, Liepaja (S.Laime). First spring migrants record and large number at one place during spring migration.

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 1 sat on a pole at the  of the Bauska outskirts, Bauska (E.Laucis). First spring migrant record.

Red Kite (Milvus milvus) 1 at Pope surroundings, Ventspils county (K.Bernans).
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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