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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)

OUT NOW !! and selling fast. Get your copy of 2018 BRECONSHIRE BIRD REPORT. 'BRECONSHIRE BIRDS' 2018 is now for sale priced at £7 to collect, or £8.50p P&P. Copies can be purchased through the County Recorder or the local WTSWW (Brecon office), 6 The Bulwark, Brecon, Powys LD3 7LB. Telephone 01874 625708 prior to visiting the office to collect your copy, or to enquire over mailing a copy out. Also available at their talks and walks/events. Copies also available through The Hours Bookshop, Ship St, Brecon price £7. Another 80-page edition featuring the Systematic List covering 172 species found in the county in 2018, the Llangorse Ringing Group Annual Report and a paper on 'Breeding Golden Plover in Breconshire - a Review'. The Editor and local Ornithological Records Committee thank WTSWW for publishing this annual report, and the many birders that have provided records, including through this blog. Enquiries to Brecknock Group office, WTSWW, Brecon on 01874 625708....................................................... 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: Peter Seaman on Mon 21st September 20, 03:36pm Sighting location: Llangorse lake. Sighting date: 21/09/20
A hot afternoon amble on the meadows between Llangasty and Ty Mawr revealed one Tawny Owl, one Common Snipe and one Hobby.

Entry added by: Steve Wilce on Mon 21st September 20, 02:28pm Sighting location: As above. Sighting date: 21/09/20
Synopsis of the last few days around the area. Very little on Mynydd Illtud, just a rew flocks of Mipit and Linnet. Battle Hill, one lingering Northern Wheatear at the rocks, in the forestry one Willow Tit calling and showing briefly. Aberysgir trig point, also one Northern Wheatear and two Red Kites bathing in the small pool below. On the Usk two Dippers, Kingfisher and a few Grey Wags.The trout season finishes today so hopefully a bit quieter for wildlife from now on. At the 'Lake' a single Common Snipe flushed from the mud at the side of the car park, a Kingfisher persists from the car park railings across to the landing in front of the hide.Three Hobbies, one adult and two juv's still hunting dragonflies.The forecasted north wind will probably see the end of them this week. A single Reed Warbler in the reeds and willows at the car park today. Disappointingly yesterday I again witnessed two canoes full of people thrashing about around the east shore adjacent to the car park (You know the so called 'Nature Reserve') with one individual actually wading around the shallows shouting and waving its arms - perhaps in some sort of mating ritual, I'm not qualified to say really!

Entry added by: Andrew King on Sun 20th September 20, 09:43pm Sighting location: Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 20/09/20
Mostly just the usual species today on WeBS count. Of most interest were 47 Cormorant, just 58 Canada Geese, 16 Wigeon which arrived high from the north at 07.15am as I started, 1 GW Egret, 3 Teal, 7 Gadwall, 189 Mallard, 49 Moorhen and 215 Coot. Also saw 130 Linnets at Cathedine, 120 Goldfinches (one taken by male Sparrowhawk) and 8 Stonechats scattered about the Llangasty meadows. Hobby hawking Dragonflies from Ty Mawr Wood.

Entry added by: Shelley Evans on Sun 20th September 20, 02:49pm Sighting location: Glasbury Fford Fawr. Sighting date: 20/09/20
Webs Count today (despite 20+ canoes several with screaming occupants): 8 Cormorant, 2 Goosander, 2 Great White Egret, 8 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Little Egret, 71 Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 4 Mute Swan and 10 Teal. Only one Swan and 11 Mallard actually braving the river with 2 (possibly deaf) Goosander pretending to be rocks on the bank. The remainder keeping away from the canoe hubbub were on the oxbow and other pools. The middle field had been freshly sown with wheat attracting a large throng of 55 LBB and 45 BH Gulls, 80 Crows, 25 Jackdaw, 6 Rooks, 12 Pied Wagtail plus 1 Wheatear.