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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 (Oct 2020) - the 2019 'BRECONSHIRE BIRDS' Annual Bird Report has gone to the printers, and will be on sale in mid-November. Thanks to all bird-watchers - locals or visiting - that have submitted records during 2019. Please watch this space for further details. 'BRECONSHIRE BIRDS' 2018 is on 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: Andrew King on Tue 24th November 20, 09:43am Sighting location: Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 24/11/20
Long-tailed Duck - no sign around 9am today, but diving duck can be difficult so not saying its definitely gone. Pr Pintail, 25 Goldeneye, L & Gt Egrets.

Entry added by: Chris Dyson on Mon 23rd November 20, 07:52pm Sighting location: Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 23/11/20
Long-tailed Duck - one female type (bill looks a bit pinkish, might possibly be a 1st winter male) with Tufted Ducks in the middle of the lake between the hide and the sailing club at 12.45-13.00 today. (Got a record shot which I'll upload if I can have a password please Andy)

Entry added by: J Hole on Mon 23rd November 20, 07:01pm Sighting location: Llanfilo. Sighting date: 23/11/20
Male Siskin in the garden today, very unusual to get them this early in the winter on the feeders here.

Entry added by: Andrew Dally on Mon 23rd November 20, 01:41pm Sighting location: Near Beulah. Sighting date: 23/11/20
Kingfisher - just 2 weeks after a major clean-up of our garden pond which had all but disappeared we have just had our first ever Kingfisher sighting in the garden. Perching in a willow and also on a bamboo stalk it dived into the pond once and flew out with something and flew off trailing some weed. It seemed to cause a lot of upset for other garden birds who alarmed continually during it's 15 minute stay. We're about 200 yards from a stream. Best sighting since the Water Rail of a few winters ago.