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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)

2018 BRECONSHIRE BIRD REPORT. 'BRECONSHIRE BIRDS' 2018 will be available from Friday 15th November 2019, priced £7. Copies can be purchased through the County Recorder or the local WTSWW office on The Bulwark, Brecon. Telephone 01874 625708 prior to visiting to collect your copy. Another 80-page edition features the Systematic List of 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. P&P rates will be announced over the next few days. 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: Mark Waldron on Wed 13th November 19, 05:29pm Sighting location: Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 13/11/19
The Ferruginous Duck was back at the lake today to the left of the hide but close in to the reeds. Managed to get a photo of one leg that does not appear to have any rings. The female Scaup was still in front of the hide and there was an increased number of Pochard with 6 drakes and 2 ducks.

Entry added by: Breconshire Orn Records Committee on Tue 12th November 19, 10:54pm Sighting location: Breconshire county. Sighting date: 12/11/19
………...announce that the 2018 'Breconshire Birds' Report will be published on 14th November. SEE HOME PAGE. It will be available through the local Brecon office of WTSWW from 15th November, priced £7. Copies will also be available for sale at the Welsh Ornithological Society Annual Conference on Saturday16th Nov, and other county sales outlets will be notified in due course.

Entry added by: Joyce Morgan-Gervis on Tue 12th November 19, 08:16pm Sighting location: Llangasty. Sighting date: 12/11/19
Barn owl on Ty-Mawr drive

Entry added by: Andrew King on Tue 12th November 19, 06:43pm Sighting location: Llangasty birdhide.. Sighting date: 12/11/19
Rewarding visit to the hide 3.30 - 4.50pm. Probable Black-necked Grebe off Ty Mawr Wood bobbing on the waves, head under wing - then lost it! Duck numbers good - 485 Tufteds (including a/the nasal-saddle 2nd cal yr male but distant), 8m Pochard, 40 Goldeneye, 11 Shoveler, 60+ Wigeon, 10 Gt-Cr Grebes. 2 Water Rail heard. Starling roost of 40-50000 birds in the reedbed towards the wall, but gave up counting them when I realised there was a pre-roost flight through them of 3000-4000 Redwing and 800-1000 Fieldfare all appearing to drop into Caeau Ty Mawr/Ty Mawr Fm or even the Allt beyond.