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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: Gareth Rees on Fri 12th August 22, 11:26am Sighting location: Fan Brycheiniog . Sighting date: 12/08/22
Four Chough remain on FB. Earlier down near Llyn y Fan Fawr ( heard only). Headed off towards Carms now

Entry added by: Beverley Tucker on Wed 10th August 22, 11:52am Sighting location: Pendre , Cathedine . Sighting date: 10/08/22
Flocks of 12 Starlings feeding on Blackberry bushes and red berries over the last few days , Similar number of Housmartind nesting at Cathedine too

Entry added by: M&W Evans on Wed 10th August 22, 10:04am Sighting location: River Usk below Llangynidr. Sighting date: 10/08/22
A 0530 walk down the Usk from Llangynidr Bridge to Worcester Cottage produced a single Goosander adult female and 500 metres further downstream 10 fully grown young. Dippers 6, Kingfisher 2 (ad), 3 Heron and a Little Egret (a first for us on this stretch of the river), Wren and Goldcrest. We'll take bin bags next time to collect the rubbish strewn in the usual places.

Entry added by: Chris Strickland on Tue 9th August 22, 08:28pm Sighting location: Fan Brycheiniog. (SN827215) Sighting date: 05/08/22
Saw 3 Choughs on the ridge above Llyn y fan Fawr - Fan Brycheiniog (about 1/2 way up on Friday 5th August and Sunday 7th August. Sightings in the same place and mid morning both on both occasions. [ Thanks Chris for your confirmatory post, and for stating Choughs first seen 5/8. AK]