67 different bird species spotted during January in Latvia

At the end of January, the Latvian Ornithological Society's (LOB) annual campaign "Report on birds in the garden" listed more than 8,100 birds in 213 places in Latvia, representing 67 different bird species, according to Kitija Balcere, a representative of the society.

The most widely reported species are still the great tit (1,519 birds, in 171 places), the sparrow (1,043 birds in 84 places), the hooded crow (456 birds in 72 places), and the greenfinch (449 birds in 48 places).

"Although there may be slightly fewer reports this year due to the weather, bird watchers have managed to observe 14 more species than last year. It is interesting that this year, during the campaign, the siskin was observed nine times more than last year, while terns - twice as often,” said LOB ornithologist Andris Dekants, adding that the registered data helps ornithologists to identify where and which bird species occur in Latvia during the winter months.

The most interesting observation belongs to Sandis Laime, a member of the Cēsis group of the Latvian Ornithological Society, who, while watching at the Lauciņi quarry in Cēsis, saw and recorded the voice of a twite, a species of songbird that is rare and does not nest in Latvia.

During the campaign last year, 9,838 birds were counted in 280 bird feeding places in Latvia, representing 53 bird species. The aim of the campaign “Report on birds in the garden” is to count birds in the garden or at the bird feeder, reporting them on the nature observation portal or in the mobile app Dabasadati.lv. 

The idea for the "Report Birds in the Garden" campaign is borrowed from Great Britain, where birds have been counted in the gardens in winter since 1979. The campaign is taking place in Latvia for the sixth year in a row,and is organized with the financial support of the Latvian Environmental Protection Fund.

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