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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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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. - ................................................... The 2014 Breconshire Bird Report, and back-copies, are available through Brecknock Wildlife Trust. The most recent report covering 2014 includes the Systematic List that includes all birds seen in 2014, with articles on Bird Ringing in 2014 (Llangorse Ringing Group) and arrival of Breconshire's first Lesser Scaup. Gazetteer of sites, and a range of superb photographs and sketches too. All for 7 !! (+ 1 p&p if necessary). Copies available from Clare Morgan and staff in the Brecknock Wildlife Trust Office in Brecon - open to callers in office hours, or contactable on 01874 625708. Cheques payable to Brecknock Wildlife Trust. Also available for collection from the Editor, Andrew King. Grateful thanks again go to all contributors. ........................................................ 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 also 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 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 Sun 28th August 16, 03:54pm Sighting location: Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 28/08/16
Juv White-winged Black Tern still showing really well at the lake, all key features as Keith described and also the lack of a dark shoulder patch is easily seen when the bird is resting on the bouys in front of the hide. Well done Keith!

Entry added by: Mark Waldron on Sun 28th August 16, 01:47pm Sighting location: Brecon. Sighting date: 28/08/16
A very probable Turtle Dove calling from the top of an Oak Tree in the Maes-y-Ffynnon estate - drawn by its repeated cat like purring call, but without any optics I could only make out a silhouetted "dove" through the branches. Difficult to describe the location but roughly at SO041295. I've just been listening to calls on Dave Farrow's "Bird songs & calls" and unless someone is keeping exotic birds in their garden I think it is a pretty good shout. Now to decide weather to head back and see if it is still there or go look for Keith's tern!!

Entry added by: Keith Noble on Sun 28th August 16, 01:16pm Sighting location: Llangorse lake. Sighting date: 28/08/16
White-winged Black Tern, juvenile, flying up and down the lake and perching on yellow bouys at west end. Dark brown mantle, light grey wings, white rump.

Entry added by: Nigel Starnes on Sun 28th August 16, 12:48pm Sighting location: Tirabad. Sighting date: 24/8/16
Sparrowhawk hunting around village , also family party of Gt.Spot.Woodpeckers ( 2 adults and 3 young ) feeding on peanut holder in neighbours garden