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  1. The trip was awesome, I got 43 lifers in Europe and 1 while stuck in traffic in NYC. I've tried to keep this trip report focused on birds to obey forum rules, there was a lot more that we did and saw! I took a lot of photos, which has improved my knowledge of my camera and I've taken better bird photos than before.

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  2. (Day 20) The second half of Day 19, flew from Riga to Frankfurt. Then was on a long flight from Frankfurt back to NY. The rest of my family got exit row seats and I was the only other person in a row filled with a noisy family with six kids on a nine hour flight. I got window seats both times. Airplane windows are abominable, these were my best shots.

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  3. (Day 16) Drove to Sigulda. We stopped on the way to swim at Jurmala beach, which had about 10C(50F) water. 

    (Day 17) Took a day trip to the town of Cessis to look at its castle, which was first built in the early 1200s. It was a large and fascinating place with nice exhibits.

    (Day 18) Visited Gauja Nt'l park. The trail we took from near to the visitor center was very strange, it mostly connected various captive animal exhibits, including several owl species, bears, elk, and wild boar.

    (Day 19) Went to Turaida castle. Got some very nice views from the top of one of the towers. 

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  4. (Day 11) It was very hot but got several lifers as we went outside of Riga to the Ethnographic Open-air museum of Latvia. 

    (Day 13) Drove from Riga to Tukums. Can hear the shrieks of Common Swifts from our hotel. Saw White Storks on the way.

    (Day 14) Had an amazing day with many lifers! Hiked 3 trails in Kemeri National Park.

    (Day 15) Visited Slitere National Park and Cape Kolka. It initially rained when we were at the cape, but fortunately cleared up again later and I was able to take some photos. This was the spot where I saw the only sandpipers of the trip and lifer Red Knot. https://ebird.org/checklist/S147782793

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  5. (Day 7) Took a tour of part of the vast tunnel systems under Maastricht. There are over 80 km of tunnels and they have a very interesting history. Originally used as a limestone quarry, it was used fro various purposes over the years, and was a shelter during World War II. Got lifer Red Kite near one of the entrances.

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  6. Latvia-

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