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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)

LATEST - 2017 BRECONSHIRE BIRD REPORT. Publication of Annual Brecs Reports is usually late-October, but currently there are delays in getting the 2017 edition out. It is written in full, and will shortly be going to the printers, but it is unrealistic to suggest it will be available before 1st December. Apologies to attendees of the WOS Conference coming up this next weekend - purchase details will be provided here when available. BRECONSHIRE BIRD REPORT 2016 is available. Another 80 pages packed with information on sightings in the county, sketches, Llangorse Ringing Group report, finding of a County first (Avocet) and 'Ravens in Breconshire' articles. Also the usual excellent photos, including witness to some rare events in the county. Exceptional value again at £7 per copy to callers at BWT Office, Lion House, Bethel Square, BRECON, Powys. LD3 7AY. Copies also available through County Recorder, and other outlets to be arranged. If requiring a copy by post, please include a cheque made out to Brecknock Wildlife Trust for £8.20 (inclusive of £1.20 for p&p). Contact Clare Morgan, BWT on 01874 625708. Back-copies are also available via Clare................................................................................................................ 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: Keith Noble on Sun 18th November 18, 09:46pm Sighting location: Llangorse lake. Sighting date: 18/11/18
Five Great and three Little Egrets roosted together low in trees across from Llangasty, with five Herons nearby. Thousands of Starlings came into the western reeds but did not put on much of a show.

Entry added by: Alan Salter on Sun 18th November 18, 06:38pm Sighting location: Beacons park, Brecon. Sighting date: 18/11/18
From 9.10 to 9.30am. Up to 500 redwing flew east in several groups of 10 to 30 whilst one group of 100 birds included both redwing and fieldfare. Pair of bullfinches feeding on rowan for the past week with 2 pairs on Friday 16th though the original pair did not want to share the spoils.

Entry added by: Mark Waldron on Sat 17th November 18, 07:44pm Sighting location: Usk Reservoir / Priory Groves Brecon. Sighting date: 17/11/18
The Great Grey Shrike was back on its winter territory today successfully hunting by the old bird hide. Also a Goshawk, 2 Crossbill, a pair of Bullfinch, 3 Willow Tit and a Goldeneye of note. Two more Crossbill were seen near Cwmwysg chapel on the way back to Trecastle. Earlier in the day a Brambling was with a handful of Chaffinches along the top path at Priory Groves. Still only 18 Golden Plover in the Mynydd Illtyd roost this evening.

Entry added by: Gareth Rees on Sat 17th November 18, 06:05pm Sighting location: Epynt. Sighting date: 17/11/18
Very breezy up on the hill at dusk, 20 Fieldfare, c25 Golden Plover and c1200 Starling in 6 groups moving to a roost site. Given the windy conditions I thought the chances of raptor/owl activity was low so a Short-eared Owl seen perched on the ground and then flushed from the side of the road was a great end. Managed to pick it up again in the gloom as it few into the red western sky.