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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 (25/5) - a second print-run of BRECONSHIRE BIRDS - 2019 has now been received. Copies at £6 are available from 'Visit Brecon', Lion Yard, Brecon: Crickhowell Adventure Gear (Crickhowell) or for sale through the WTSWW online Shop at www.welshwildlife.org/shop (see under 'Books & Guides'). Price £6 (+ £1.60 p&p if required). The Editor, Andrew King also has copies for sale - telephone 01874 658351 for your copy..................................................... The 2019 Breconshire Bird Report of 90 pages includes status accounts and sightings of 174 species seen in Breconshire in 2019. |It also includes the annual report of Llangorse Bird-Ringing Group and a history of Barnacle Goose in the county. [Sale points at other local outlets have been arranged -see above]. Thanks to all bird-watchers that have submitted records or photographs for the 2019 Report. 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: Nigel Starnes on Mon 21st June 21, 09:51pm Sighting location: Llangasty. Sighting date: 21/6/21
Brief but good view of a Hobby near the hide this afternoon

Entry added by: Graham Evans on Mon 21st June 21, 07:32pm Sighting location: Llwyniago Libanus. Sighting date: 19/06/21
Good views of a Hobby flying over at treetop level, first sighting for this year.

Entry added by: Andrew King on Sun 20th June 21, 09:45am Sighting location: Usk valley. Sighting date: 19/06/21
The rise and rise of Garden Warbler. Two BBS transect counts on recent mornings saw a return of 4 singing males to woods/scrub near Llangynidr, almost to their numbers of 15 years ago before a complete absence (related to pheasant releases perhaps?? which ceased 2 yrs ago), and 23 singing/alarming GW over 4.5km along the R Usk above Llansantffraed (access by arrangement). Also in the Scethrog/Pencelli area, one alarming fem Mandarin and another with 7 ducklings the first confirmed breeding on the River Usk in the county. Also Cettis Warbler still on territory & prob breeding, pr Oystercatcher, Kingfisher, LRP, Goosander. One alarming Common Sandpiper appeared to push her two small chicks under driftwood as a family of crows settled in the willows above. Other non-natives less welcome - Mink carrying largish black bird to its kits (juv Jackdaw?) and big increase in Japanese Knotweed since 2019.

Entry added by: Graham Hughes on Fri 18th June 21, 09:35am Sighting location: Llanfihangel Talyllyn. Sighting date: 17/06/21
Despite the last 3 days of mindless deafening strimming in our adjacent churchyard, a lone Spotted Flycatcher has returned to perch on the telephone wires to our house. First time in 3 years.