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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)

REQUEST THROUGH RSPB SOMERSET: PLEASE LOOK OUT for Colour-ringed Gt White Egrets this coming autumn and winter. RSPB report another successful breeding season in Somerset with 54 active nests, 118 chicks hatched of which 16 in 9 nests have been colour-ringed. Any subsequent reports will help them understand dispersal across the UK. Thanks. .......................................................... BRECONSHIRE BIRDS 2021 Annual Report is now available for sale at £8/copy (or £10 incl p&p). To purchase your copy, contact Andrew King on email 'andy(at)breconbirds.wales' or on 07967 559787. Sales outlets: CRIC (Crickhowell), Talybont-on-Usk Stores,'Visit Brecon'(Lion Yard in Brecon), BBNP Mountain Centre Shop (Libanus), Llangors Shop and Talgarth TIC......................................... 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: Susanne Daum on Sat 2nd December 23, 06:20pm Sighting location: Cefn Moel. Sighting date: 01/12/23
Several stonechat, mipit, raven.

Entry added by: peter jackson on Fri 1st December 23, 06:22pm Sighting location: usk reservoir. Sighting date: 01/12/23
On a walk around Usk reservoir today there were 50+ crossbill in numerous flocks nearly all the way around. One buzzard and 3 raven. 12 teal and 6 mallard as a final duck count. NO bullfinches for us ! But 4 redwing and about 10 robins, plus 6 blackbirds. 6 long tailed tits and a goldcrest.

Entry added by: peter jackson on Fri 1st December 23, 06:18pm Sighting location: Battle Forest. Sighting date: 01/12/23
One woodcock flushed at Battle forest from an area of old clear fell, plus still approx 20 crosbill.

Entry added by: Andrew King on Fri 1st December 23, 10:08am Sighting location: Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 30/11/23
Increased numbers of ducks in last day or two - incomplete count found 17 Pintail, 250 Wigeon, 48 Shoveler and more regular 29 Goldeneye, 13 Gadwall.