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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 (andy[at]breconbirds.wales)

OUT NOW (mid-November)!! - 2018 BRECONSHIRE BIRD REPORT. 'BRECONSHIRE BIRDS' 2018 is now for sale priced at £7 to collect, or £8.50p P&P. Copies can be purchased through the County Recorder or the local WTSWW (Brecon office), 6 The Bulwark, Brecon, Powys LD3 7LB. Telephone 01874 625708 prior to visiting the office to collect your copy, or to enquire over mailing a copy out. Copies also available through The Hours Bookshop, Ship St, Brecon price £7. Another 80-page edition featuring the Systematic List covering 172 species found in the county in 2018, the Llangorse Ringing Group Annual Report and a paper on 'Breeding Golden Plover in Breconshire - a Review'. The Editor and local Ornithological Records Committee thank WTSWW for publishing this annual report, and the many birders that have provided records, including through this blog. Enquiries to Brecknock Group office, WTSWW, Brecon on 01874 625708....................................................... 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 personal 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 Sat 7th December 19, 02:55pm Sighting location: Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 07/12/19
Ferruginous Duck flew around and on landing tossed his head at a female Tufty. Also female Scaup, five Pintail, three Pochard. Goshawk, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Kingfisher, G and L Egrets.

Entry added by: Andrew King on Wed 4th December 19, 09:12am Sighting location: Lower Chapel. Sighting date: 30/11/19
Following up a Lower Chapel resident telling me last week of Tree Sparrows coming daily to his feeders at the moment, I went over the weekend to check it out. 7+ were present queueing for the feeders. I should have twigged that this area could host a discreet colony (in the last decade reports from two other locations are equi-distant 3 kms away) as well as game-cover crops that held them there in the '90s. Thanks Ian for letting me know.

Entry added by: Sean Wilcox on Mon 2nd December 19, 03:11pm Sighting location: Cefn Gafros / Mynydd Fforest. Sighting date: 01/12/19
First Woodcock of the season at Cefn Gafros and a dozen Crossbills at Mynydd Fforest.

Entry added by: Mark Waldron on Sun 1st December 19, 05:12pm Sighting location: Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 01/12/19
11 Pintail were to the west of the hide that had earlier been found by Chris who reported that the female Scaup was still there but no sign of the Ferruginous Duck. A Green Sandpiper was in the flooded sailing club meadows. 4 Great and 2 Little Egret around the lake. 3 Stonechat were in the meadows to the west of the hide. A dead swan was near one of the shooting hides but the water was too deep for my wellies to check for a ring.