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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!

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Brecknock Bird News by Andrew King, County Bird Recorder (andy[at]breconbirds.wales)

Annual request during the breeding season.....birders should NOT report observations of Schedule 1 species that may be in the area to breed. If birds are showing signs of breeding and in good breeding habitat, observations will be removed promptly and without explanation. Thank you for your understanding, but the bird's welfare and prospect of breeding success is paramount ................................................................................................ 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..................................................................................................................................................... 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: County Recorder on Wed 18th May 22, 04:24pm Sighting location: Crickhowell. (SO219183) Sighting date: 18/05/22
Notice of a training event tomorrow night 19th May in Crickhowell, to monitor Swifts in the Crickhowell area. Meet Crickhowell CRIC, 7.30 - 9pm. This is one of a series of training and awareness events being rolled out this month by Green Connections, Powys. Please book your place on https://crickhowell-monitor-swifts-training.eventbrite.co.uk

Entry added by: Gareth Rees on Mon 16th May 22, 10:58pm Sighting location: Mynydd Aberysgir - Llyn Dwr. Sighting date: 16/05/22
Explored an alternative route to Llyn Dwr today, taking the road from Mynydd Aberysgir to Cefn Bola-maen. Turning off the Aberbran-Cradoc road was immediately surprised to find an unexpected Rook colony of at least 14 nest structures and a few birds still present. Also a singing Spotted Flycatcher below them and ouse Martins present. The pleasing aspect of the climb up to the common land was the 6 Yellowhammer territories found during occasional stops over 4 1 km squares. The less said about the upland bird count and weather the better. Plently of Mipits and Skylark but no trace of Whinchat (multiple Stonechat territories) and nothing interesting on Llyn Dwr. On the way back the rain had dropped 5 migrant Wheatear, 3 of which were female.

Entry added by: County Recorder on Mon 16th May 22, 09:55pm Sighting location: Llangammarch Wells. Sighting date: 13/05/22
Informed by email today, and a good description received with photographs, of a Wryneck feeding on ants on a garden lawn close to the house. Ninth county record; spring occurrence in both 2021 and 2022.

Entry added by: Jerry Lewis on Mon 16th May 22, 04:47pm Sighting location: Llangorse Lake (Llangasty point). Sighting date: 16/05/22
2 Whimbrel flew in at 15.00