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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!

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Brecknock Bird News by Andrew King, County Bird Recorder (andy[at]breconbirds.wales)

Breeding season reporting: contributors are reminded that they must exercise caution BEFORE reporting rare or scarce birds in (or potentially in) breeding habitat during the months April to July. Sightings may be deleted without explanation. This especially applies to Schedule 1 species as listed and protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981. (If in doubt, please look the species up). Wintering and passage sightings of these species outside the breeding season are acceptable. Thank you...………………………………………………………………………………………. 2017 BRECONSHIRE BIRD REPORT. The 74-page 2017 Annual report covers the occurrence of 173 bird species in the county in 2017, priced £7 if collected. P&P rate set at £1.50 (see below). Published by WTSWW, and of fresh design. Available through the Editor/County Recorder (01874 658351), and to callers at the new office location of WTSWW, on The Watton, Brecon (tel 01874 625708 beforehand). Copies are also available at The Hours Bookshop (Brecon) and Crickhowell Adventure Gear (Crickhowell) during normal opening hours. Full of high-quality colour photos, a Systematic List covering 173 species, Llangorse Ringing Group 2017 Report, the finding of Bonaparte's Gull, Gazetteer of sites, etc. Great value at £7. Please add £1.50 for p&p and apply via WTSWW on 01656 724100 or email info@welshwildlife.org................ ............................................................................................................... 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 18th September 19, 07:27pm Sighting location: Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 18/09/19
Cream crown Marsh Harrier between Llangasty and Ty Mawr wood and later seen by Andrew King along western reed bed. May have gone to roost near the hide. Also a Reed Warbler at Llangasty car park, GW Egret on north shore, single Hobby and Little Egret.

Entry added by: Graham Evans on Wed 18th September 19, 12:50pm Sighting location: Llwyniago Farm Libanus. Sighting date: 18/09/19
Our final brood of 5 Swallow chicks has just fledged today - the latest date I have recorded in recent years. Overall they seem to have had a good year with multiple broods for several pairs. Numbers are thinning out now with peak daily counts of 20-30 birds including a few House Martins.

Entry added by: Andrew King on Tue 17th September 19, 11:25am Sighting location: Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 17/09/19
WeBS visit, first 'duck count' of the autumn/winter season this a/m. Best were 9 Gt Cr Grebe (the six LL-reared youngsters among them), 1 Gt Wh Egret & 2 L Egrets, 139 MSwan incl 7 cygnets, only 12 CGeese, 2 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler fems, 11 Gadwall, 30 Teal, 151 Mallard, male Mandarin on pontoons, 124 Coot, 2 Kingfisher. Also 2 Cettis heard in song, and 60 P Wagtails on the common counted while waiting for the fog to lift!

Entry added by: Martin Bell on Tue 17th September 19, 09:06am Sighting location: Llangors Lake. Sighting date: 15/09/19
Late news from Sunday (15th). Two hobbies hawking over readbeds, possible third bird on opposite side. At least 1 Marsh Tit in the tit flock between Llangasty and the hide