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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: Alan Salter on Thu 14th October 21, 10:18am Sighting location: Beacons park, Brecon. Sighting date: 14/10/21
800 plus redwings flew north and west in several flocks of up to 100 from 7.45 to 8.45 this morning. Also a peregrine and 3 unidentified geese but probably greylags by their size. Plenty of finches about including one unidentified flock of about 10 birds.

Entry added by: Mark Waldron on Wed 13th October 21, 06:32pm Sighting location: Mynyd Illtyd / Taff trail / Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 13/10/21
WeBs count on Mynydd Illtyd gave single Water Rail, Jack Snipe & Grey Heron and 74 Snipe. Outside of the count area 29 Golden Plover were in their usual spot, 50 Redwing flew over west and 115 LBB & 5 Herring Gull were along Warren Road. Later between Beacons & Cantref Reservoir 150 Redwing flew over north and 20 Mipit, 6 Jay and singles of Green & GS Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk and Crossbill were along the Taff Trail. Finally late this afternoon 2 Common Gull were at Llangorse Lake along with a Herring Gull with very white primaries and the Hobby was still perched in the ash tree.

Entry added by: Andrew King on Tue 12th October 21, 07:08pm Sighting location: Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 12/10/21
WeBS count today. Best were 15 Gt Cr Grebe including several home-grown juvs still, 64 Cormorant, GW Egret, only 35 Mute Swan, 168 Canada Geese, 37 Wigeon, 10 Gadwall, 46 Teal, 158 Mallard, 2 male Shoveler, 56 Tufted Duck, now 3 Mandarin on the pontoons. Also 34 Moorhen and 185 Coot. Kestrel, and juv Hobby still finding a few dragonflies.

Entry added by: scott larman on Tue 12th October 21, 12:49pm Sighting location: brecon. Sighting date: 11/10/21
not a bird - but may be of interest, an Otter watched on the Honddu yesterday evening, close to Priory Mill farm in Brecon - seen swimming and then was good enough to get out and walk about the stones on the far bank in the dusk.