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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)

2020 'Breconshire Birds' was published in late-November 2021. 90 pages packed full of sightings of 163 species, a respectable total in a pandemic year. Also articles on local ringing in 2020, early history of bird ringing at Llangorse, and the history of Black-tailed Godwits in the county. Copies now available at £7 (add £1.60p if requiring mailing) from Andrew King (County Recorder/Editor), from The Hours Bookshop and Visit Brecon stores in Brecon Town, and from Talgarth Tourist Information Centre, Talgarth Square. They will also be sold at WTSWW and BIS events in the county. Grateful thanks go to all who have submitted 2020 records, photos and articles for inclusion........................................................................................ Back-copies of many past editions of 'Breconshire Birds' are also available at knock-down prices through the County Recorder. Contact 07967 559787 for current or past editions. 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: Keith Noble on Fri 28th January 22, 12:29pm Sighting location: Brecon. Sighting date: 28/01/22
Big Garden Birdwatch, Brecon, 32 birds of 14 species: Jackdaw 2; Woodpigeon 2; Blackbird 5; Robin 1; Dunnock 1; Great Tit 1; Coal Tit 1; Blue Tit 3; Greenfinch 1; Chaffinch 4; Goldfinch 7; Siskin 2; House Sparrow 1; Goldcrest 1. Overhead, 4 Buzzard, 2 Kite, 1 Goshawk.

Entry added by: John Lewis on Thu 27th January 22, 09:52pm Sighting location: Buckland Hill. Sighting date: 27/01/22
Buckland Hill. Late afternoon to dusk visit. 31species. Highlights: 1 Mallard ( a rarity here!), 3 Woodcock flying from the wood to a boggy area at dusk, 4 Buzzard, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker -male, 1Jay, 2 singing Mistle Thrush and 1 SongThrush, 1Fieldfare, 1Redwing,1 m Stonechat - first returnee, 1 Greenfinch, 16 Siskin. Watching the gulls flying over the pass to roost at Lla ngorse Lake, observed that Herring Gulls are generally 20 minutes later than Lesser Black-backed Gulls and no BH Gulls take this route

Entry added by: ALAN J SALTER on Wed 26th January 22, 11:04pm Sighting location: Llangasty. Sighting date: 26/01/22
11 greenfinches at Llangasty Church this afternoon.

Entry added by: Andrew King on Wed 26th January 22, 10:59pm Sighting location: Breconshire's Rookeries. Sighting date: 26/01/22
WELSH ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY - ALL-WALES ROOK SURVEY. This rookery survey to be conducted in March/April is now open for volunteers to book priority tetrads (2x2 km sq). Rooks appear to be in steeper decline than elsewhere in the UK which makes this a timely and important survey. It is also very simple!! You do not need to be a member of WOS or BTO, just check what is involved on the WOS website at http://birdsin.wales The map will show you the vacant tetrad squares, but all rookery counts will be important this year as Breconshire is conducting a county-wide survey to compare with previous surveys in 1996 and 1975. Please get involved. Thanks.