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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)

Message to Contributors during Coronavirus: please be extra-cautious about putting any rarity information on the Sightings/Gallery pages currently as birders or this website does not wish to run the risk of encouraging readers to travel and contravene Government policy. Today's sightings (25/3) are fine as they simply record the (early) events of a typical spring. Rarities will be moderated off the pages without warning. THANKYOU for your understanding - and keep well. 9pm 25/3/20. OUT NOW !! and selling fast. Get your copy of 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. Also available at their talks and walks/events. 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: Mark Spirito on Mon 30th March 20, 08:02pm Sighting location: Pont-y-Bat crossroads. Sighting date: 30/03/20
Barn Owl seen hunting again at pont-y-bat crossroads alarmingly close to the A470, 1.5 miles west of Bronllys, 18.45

Entry added by: L,M-A on Mon 30th March 20, 05:22pm Sighting location: spread eagle fishery. Sighting date: 30/03/20
27 greylag geese flying downstream

Entry added by: Andrew Dally on Mon 30th March 20, 01:04pm Sighting location: Near Beulah. Sighting date: 30/03/20
Feeding In the garden: Beyond the usual. Pair of Yellowhammers, last 2 days, with male only most days for about 10 days. Two Rooks frequently visiting from nearby rookery. Flock of c25 House Sparrow in vicinity which is unusually high here.

Entry added by: M&W Evans on Mon 30th March 20, 11:31am Sighting location: Llangynidr and canal towpath. Sighting date: 30/03/20
Over the last 6 days we have taken very early morning walks along the canal and the Usk in both directions from Llangynidr. Splendid Mandarin drake above the triple locks. Numbers of Chiffchaff and singing Blackcaps. It's been a good winter for Song Thrushes, Bullfinches, Wrens, Treecreepers and Robins which appear to be in larger numbers now than previously. Mistle Thrush pairs in at least four territories and 4 pairs of Dipper located one of which is completely new to us. The nest of this pair is perilously close to the low water mark, first time breeders? Our garden in Lower Llangynidr continues to attract Marsh, Long tailed, Blue, Coal and Great Tits in large numbers.