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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)

Advance Notice of Welsh Ornithological Society Annual Conference, 5th November 2016 at Myddfai Hall, Llandovery. Tickets available for what promises to be an interesting series of talks, opportunity to meet fellow birders, bookstalls, etc. It would be nice to see more Breconshire birdwatchers at this event, especially as it is local this year. Full details of programme, enrolment, etc on birdsinwales.ork.uk ................................................................................... 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. - ................................................... The 2014 Breconshire Bird Report, and back-copies, are available through Brecknock Wildlife Trust. The most recent report covering 2014 includes the Systematic List that includes all birds seen in 2014, with articles on Bird Ringing in 2014 (Llangorse Ringing Group) and arrival of Breconshire's first Lesser Scaup. Gazetteer of sites, and a range of superb photographs and sketches too. All for 7 !! (+ 1 p&p if necessary). Copies available from Clare Morgan and staff in the Brecknock Wildlife Trust Office in Brecon - open to callers in office hours, or contactable on 01874 625708. Cheques payable to Brecknock Wildlife Trust. Also available for collection from the Editor, Andrew King. Grateful thanks again go to all contributors. ........................................................ 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 Fri 28th October 16, 07:02pm Sighting location: Undisclosed. Sighting date: 28/10/16
Tawny Owls hooting last night in a large Ash tree in the garden, time of year. 20 Blackbirds in the garden this morning feeding on pears thrown out for them, We couldn't eat them all, we've had a bumper crop this autumn. Surprisingly four Yellowhammers in the garden, also a flock of Chaffinch and Goldfinch, a Treecreeper and the resident Marsh Tits. On a sadder note while giving a hedge a final cut of the year I found a dead female Sparrowhawk in the lane, one of a pair that visit the garden, an untimely end for a superb bird.

Entry added by: Colin Richards/Andrew King on Thu 27th October 16, 10:44pm Sighting location: Fan Hir and Fan Foel. Sighting date: 27/10/16
22 species, best being 200 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, Dipper, 6 Goldfinch keeping out of the wind. One Crossbill and 34 Mallard flying about. On the ridge (difficult to hold 'bins' steady in the gale) were single Kestrel, Kite, Merlin and a large female 'Greenland' Wheatear in the boulder field up there. There have been later Wheatear records in the county, but certainly not at 750m altitude. Heol Senni - 600+ Fieldfare stirred up by a r/t Hen Harrier.

Entry added by: Neil Farr on Thu 27th October 16, 03:28pm Sighting location: Llangors village and Beacons view. Sighting date: 26/10/16
8 red kites, 2 flying over Llangors village and on the B4560 at Beacons view on the other side of the road looking right, across 3 fields were 6 red kites searching for food on the ground - beautiful.

Entry added by: Peter Howe on Thu 27th October 16, 12:12pm Sighting location: Llangors lake. Sighting date: 27/10/16
2 Great White Egrets showing well at 12pm