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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)

BRECONSHIRE BIRD REPORT 2016 is now available (3rd November 2017). 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 or BWT Staff on 01874 625708, or by mail to address above. Grateful thanks to all contributors of bird records, as without your records there can be no Bird Report! Back-copies are also available from the Trust Office............................................................................................................... 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 also 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: Steve Wilce on Sat 18th November 17, 09:46am Sighting location: Various. Sighting date: 17/11/17
There have been up to 500 Starlings in an Ash tree in my garden this week, thankfully they have now moved on - I like Starlings but not that many around my house. Around 200 Canada Geese are also regularly feeding in a stubble field near my house. We have about fifty Goldfinches in the garden every day and also a flock of about twenty Chaffinch with two Brambling associating with them. There are no Brambling at Buckland hill forestry this autumn and there are unlikely too be any because there is no 'Beech Mast' there, as opposed to last winter where it was in abundance. However, there is a loose flock of Fieldfare and Redwing and I had the pleasure of seeing eight Bullfinch in one small bush there. At Llangasty one of the GW Egrets was near the car park but flew off as soon as I arrived, albeit very quietly - so spooky! A nice sighting of a Kingfisher briefly in the reeds also near the car park. At Brecon CC field, I could hear a Hawfinch 'PIX' quite plainly and then a bird flew from the Hornbeams to the Oaks near the tennis court. A flight view for about 5 secs, probably the lone female again.

Entry added by: Andrew King on Wed 15th November 17, 11:19am Sighting location: Brecon CC. Sighting date: 15/11/17
Single female Hawfinch in the hornbeams, 10am. Flushed several times by Army 'choppers', until it gave up there and went to feed on ivy berries in the compound by the tennis courts. Good views. Dipper singing, Redwings, Nuthatch, 2 Bullfinches.

Entry added by: Bob and Gwil Griffiths on Tue 14th November 17, 08:45pm Sighting location: South Brecs. Sighting date: 14/11/17
A flock of about 100 Redwing and Fieldfares, a Merlin, and Jay in Cwm Llia with a Dipper on the upper moorland reaches of Avon Llia. On Mynydd Illtyd a Kestrel, several Kites and a Stonechat. On the river near the cricket ground a solitary f. Goosander. At Llangasty a party of 12 Greenfiches, GW Egret and 2 Stonechat.

Entry added by: Alan Salter on Mon 13th November 17, 08:25am Sighting location: Babel. (SN835365) Sighting date: 12/11/17
1 lapwing sighted feeding in field after initially hearing its call.