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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' should be available at the end of October, or thereabouts. Details to follows. Grateful thanks to all those that have submitted records, photos and articles for inclusion. With few exceptions (mostly remote or hill species), species were covered quite well even with COVID restrictions. Copies of the 2019 'Breconshire Birds are available at £6 at most outlets (prices may vary):'Visit Brecon', Lion Yard, Brecon: Talgarth Tourist Info Centre, The Square, Talgarth: or for sale online through the WTSWW Shop at www.welshwildlife.org/shop (see under 'Books & Guides'). Price £6 (+ £1.60 p&p if required). The Editor, Andrew King also has copies for sale - telephone 01874 658351 for your copy. The 2019 Breconshire Bird Report of 90 pages includes status accounts and sightings of 174 species seen in Breconshire in 2019. |It also includes the annual report of Llangorse Bird-Ringing Group and a history of Barnacle Goose in the county. Thanks to all bird-watchers that have submitted records or photographs for the 2019 Report. 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: Andrew King on Fri 26th November 21, 12:24pm Sighting location: Various sites. Sighting date: 24/11/21
Recent visits to Usk Reservoir found singles/prs of Crossbill, Redwing and Fieldfares in numbers, single Wigeon, 5 Cormorants, Mallards. Pen-y-fan & Cefn Crewe visit - single Kestrel, 2 Raven but no sign of the reported Snow Buntings. Llangorse Lake at dusk confirmed an impressive Starling roost still of an estimated 100,000 arriving into the western reedbeds 4 - 4.30pm. Peregrine and Sp Hawk attended. Normally cold weather or threatening deep water in the reedbeds has pushed them off by now, but maybe Storm Arwen will do that this weekend.

Entry added by: Mark Waldron on Wed 24th November 21, 11:07pm Sighting location: Brecon Beacons. Sighting date: 24/11/21
Walking in the beacons today. On the way up to Pen-y-Fan from Storey Arms, 19 Fieldfare, 2 Red Kite, a Buzzard, 9 Crow and 2 Raven. Heading out then to the Graig Fan Ddu spitfire wreckage a Kestrel was hunting along Rhiw yr Ysgyfarnog and another Red Kite drifted through. With Colin Richards help some predated feather remains found there were identifed as Fieldfare. Back down at Storey Arms a second Kestrel was hunting. A look at Beacons Reservoir gave 3 Little Grebe, 2 Canada's, 3 Mallard and a Cormorant.

Entry added by: Marcus Doolan on Tue 23rd November 21, 09:57pm Sighting location: Pen Cerrig Calch . Sighting date: 21/11/21
I walked from Crickhowell high school to Pen Cerrig Calch on Sunday afternoon. Sightings of Goldcrest, Redwing, Fieldfare and various woodland birds during the ascent. Pair of Ravens near table mountain, but the real prize was the Snow Bunting that greeted me at the trig point of Pen Cerrig Calch at approx. 13:30.

Entry added by: John Lewis on Tue 23rd November 21, 04:30pm Sighting location: Buckland Hill, Bwlch. Sighting date: 23/11/21
Starlings and Gulls etc heading NW towards Llangorse over pass between 15.35 to 16.10. Counted 67 Woodpigeon, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 72 Herring Gull, 950 Starling, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Siskin . Interesting that Herring Gulls are heavily outnumbered by LBBGs at the lake but predominate on this flight. From the South -east.