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Welcome to Brecknock Birds

Welcome to Brecknock Birds. This site has been set up to encourage interest in bird watching and ornithology in Brecknockshire.

This is a child friendly site and in common with other bird sightings websites, we appeal to contributors to put the birds first. Particularly for sensitive species, please can we ask that no reference is made to breeding sites or aspects of behaviour that would indicate breeding at a set locality in your postings. If in any doubt, then please contact Andrew King, Brecknock County Bird Recorder, first (email below). In view of this, any postings made that are deemed inappropriate will be removed by the moderators without warning or explanation. Please note that all photographs remain the property of the person posting them. Permission must be obtained from the relevant owner before they may be reproduced or copied. We hope these pages will build on our knowledge of birds rather than provide valuable information to those few people that may wish to target species for their own purposes.

The district of Brecknockshire covers approximately 500 square miles, stretching from Rhayader to Merthyr Tydfil, Ystradgynlais to Hay on Wye. We hope very much you enjoy bird watching here as much as we do and look forward to hearing about your bird sightings. Happy birding!


Brecknock Bird News by Andrew King, County Bird Recorder (andrew.king53[at]virgin.net)

2017 BRECONSHIRE BIRD REPORT....NOW AVAILABLE 7/12/2018. The 74-page 2017 Annual report covering the occurrence of 173 bird species in the county in 2017 is now available, priced £7 if collected. P&P rates to be confirmed Monday 10th December. Published by WTSWW, and of fresh design, it is available through the Editor/County Recorder from 7th December, and to callers from 10th December at.....Mondays and Weds to the old BWT Offices, Lion Yard, Brecon (tel 01874 625708)....Thursdays & Fridays to Biodiversity Information Offices, The Watton, Brecon (tel 01874 610881 beforehand). Full of high-quality colour photos, Systematic List covering those 173 species, Llangorse Ringing Group 2017 Report, the finding of Bonaparte's Gull, Gazetteer of sites, etc. Great value! Other outlets will be arranged and publicised here, as will the P&P address from Monday 10th December................................................................................................................ Gallery page - if you have photographs of birds taken in Breconshire and would like to place them on our Gallery page. To be set up with a password, etc please email Andrew King on the email address above. ............................................................ FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS SITE. Users are reminded that sightings are placed on these pages on the understanding that they become publically available. Sightings may be used by the Breconshire Records Committee for monthly summaries, annual reports and for adding records of sufficient interest to the County archive (subject to long-standing arrangements for rarity verification). Occasional downloads to Local Records Centres are made from the archive, with data extending as far only as the observers name. Similarly photos are placed without extensive controls on further use on the internet, so contributors may wish to consider adoption of copyright inhibitors.

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Entry added by: Nigel Starnes on Thu 13th December 18, 08:18pm Sighting location: Tirabad. Sighting date: 13/12/18
Barn Owl hunting by side of road just outside village at 17:30 this evening .

Entry added by: Andrew King on Thu 13th December 18, 05:39pm Sighting location: Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 13/12/18
Even with a strong, cold SE wind making waves, a higher than usual 2300 waterfowl were counted (excl gulls). Best were 61 Cormorant, 3 LEgret, 2 Gt Egret, 314 Canada Geese, 245 Wigeon, 64 Gadwall, 150 Teal, 324 Mallard, 15 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 451 Tufteds, 1 Shelduck, 39 Goldeneye, 546 Coot, 1 Kingfisher. Two Cettis chasing each other nr the bird-hide.

Entry added by: Mark Waldron on Wed 12th December 18, 11:19pm Sighting location: A470 Brecon to Libanus. Sighting date: 12/12/18
Barn Owl hunting along A470 between Brecon and Libanus this evening at 9:30.

Entry added by: Alan Salter on Wed 12th December 18, 10:12pm Sighting location: beacons Reservoir. Sighting date: 12/12/18
Drove past Beacons Reservoir today and probably the 2 geese seen on Sunday 9th Dec are I believe hybrids showing the size and large orange beak of a greylag but with the white facial patches of white fronted.[Off-line, others have confirmed these geese arrived back in the summer - whether by flight or in the back of a vehicle is questionable. Probable Swan Goose x Greylag, farmyard-type (not wild). VAK]