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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)

LATEST (20th December 2020) - the 2019 'BRECONSHIRE BIRDS' Annual Bird Report IS NOW available for purchase through the County Recorder. An expanded report of 90 pages includes status accounts and sightings of 174 species seen in Breconshire in 2019, the annual report of Llangorse Bird-Ringing Group and a history of Barnacle Goose in the county. Copies are selling fast, so to reserve your copy at £6 (+ 1.50p&p if mailing req'd) contact the Editor/County Bird Recorder at email address above or telephone 01874 658351. [Sales at other local outlets have been arranged but due to Xmas/January lockdown arrangements those stores will not be open]. Thanks to all bird-watchers - that have submitted records or photographs during 2019, many of which first appeared on this site. Diolch yn fawr. .............................................................................................................. 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: Andrew King on Fri 15th January 21, 09:35pm Sighting location: Allt yr Esgair/Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 15/01/21
Local walk found 52 species. Best were flocks of 100 Chaffinch and 60 Reed Bunting, 25 House Sparrow, 3 Gt Egret, 3 L Egret, 8 Heron, 57 Cormorant, 19 Goosander, 445 Canada Geese (half at Scethrog) and a single Barnacle Goose, pr Lapwing SCM, 3 Little Grebe, 200+ Wigeon, 200 Tufted Duck, 57 Goldeneye, 5 Pintail, 14 Shoveler.

Entry added by: Peter Jackson on Sun 10th January 21, 01:46pm Sighting location: Battle, Brecon, above Battle Fawr Farm. (SO005324) Sighting date: 10/01/21
Walking from home we came across a field with 31 worming Buzzards, 3 patrolling Ravens and a mixed flock C200 redwing and field fare competing with the buzzards.

Entry added by: Alan Salter on Sat 9th January 21, 08:55pm Sighting location: Y Byddwn, Groesffordd. Sighting date: 09/01/20
Barn owl at dusk hunting along roadside at SO083277. Also at dusk 200 starling flying west towards Brecon, unusual as I normally see them flying east towards Llangors.

Entry added by: M&W Evans on Sat 9th January 21, 03:02pm Sighting location: River Usk. Sighting date: 09/01/21
Walk downstream from Llangynidr Bridge to Cyffredin at midday in brilliant sunshine. Dipper, 1 pair plus 7 individuals with much singing. Goosander, 1pair and 2 males. Cormorant 1, Grey Wag 2, Song Thrush 1, Mistle Thrush 2, Bullfinch fem 1, Robins and Wrens too numerous to count.