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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: Mark Waldron on Wed 21st April 21, 05:16pm Sighting location: Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 21/04/21
The Ruff was still present this afternoon along with 4 Common Sandpiper and 3 unringed Oystercatcher. Also 2 lingering Wigeon and 4 Gadwall.

Entry added by: Mark Waldron on Tue 20th April 21, 09:00pm Sighting location: Llangasty, Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 20/04/21
Was it a wader fest or fight night on the point tonight? A very attractive Ruff was on the point with a Redshank, LR Plover and Oystercatcher that were joined by a pair of Curlew (Black 18). A couple of quick record shots of the Ruff then I noticed the Oystercatcher had a blue ring on its one exposed leg. While waiting for the rest of the combination to be revealed 6 Curlew settled on to the point and a fight erupted with the pair already there, then I presume one of the crannog Oystercatchers landed and kicked off with the ringed Oystercatcher chasing it off after a very vocal display and forcing it down behind the church before the victor returned to the point. The 6 Curlew then returned but this time both Black 18 and the crannog Oystercatcher took offence and set to chasing them all off again. While all this was going on a Whimbrel landed and commenced taking a bath with chaos all around it.

Entry added by: Andrew King on Tue 20th April 21, 10:56am Sighting location: Brechfa Pool. Sighting date: 19/04/21
Intergrade Bl-h Wagtail x Yellow Wagtail (= 'Channel Wagtail' as agreed with Brecs Records Comm) is still present, evening. Quite mobile but it returns consistently to feed. Otherwise, just single Red Kite perched in one of the island alders, 2 P Wagtail and pr Canada Goose, and Curlew calling nearby.

Entry added by: John Harper on Mon 19th April 21, 03:14pm Sighting location: Lower Common, Gilwern - vc42. Sighting date: 19/04/21
1st Cuckoo of the season calling