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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: Andrew King on Thu 14th December 17, 05:44pm Sighting location: Llangorse & Brecon. Sighting date: 14/12/17
No sign of the female Ring-necked Duck today or yesterday. Possible it is still at the Lake, but perhaps the arrival of a female at WWT Penclacwydd, Llanelli the day after the Llangorse sighting is significant. A Kingfisher fishing off the reed-stems within the flooded reedbed in front of the hide this pm caught many small fry. Yesterday, the female Hawfinch was at Brecon CC dropping much lower to take Hawthorn berries (the tree with the drey in it).

Entry added by: Mark Waldron on Wed 13th December 17, 06:42pm Sighting location: Llanhamlach. Sighting date: 13/12/17
A Merlin flew low over the A40 at Llanhamlach.

Entry added by: Andrew King on Wed 13th December 17, 11:15am Sighting location: Corn Du/Pen-y-fan. Sighting date: 12/12/17
Radnor Bird blog ('tspadger') reports 6 Snow Bunting on Corn Du (Beacons) yesterday. That would make the walk in those conditions very worthwhile!

Entry added by: Alan Salter on Tue 12th December 17, 08:38pm Sighting location: Brecon. (SO045297) Sighting date: 12/12/17
6 Black-headed Gulls feeding in garden on scraps during the very icy/snowy weather.