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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 (andrew.king53[at]virgin.net)

2017 BRECONSHIRE BIRD REPORT....NOW AVAILABLE 7/12/2018. The 74-page 2017 Annual report covering the occurrence of 173 bird species in the county in 2017 is now available, priced £7 if collected. P&P rate set at £1.50 (see below). Published by WTSWW, and of fresh design, it is available through the Editor/County Recorder, and to callers at.....Mondays and Weds to the old BWT Offices, Lion Yard, Brecon (tel 01874 625708)....Thursdays & Fridays to Biodiversity Information Offices, The Watton, Brecon (tel 01874 610881 beforehand). Full of high-quality colour photos, Systematic List covering those 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 Other outlets will be arranged and publicised here............................................................................................................... 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 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 & Andrew King on Sat 15th December 18, 03:24pm Sighting location: Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 15/12/18
A couple of hours in vile conditions at the lake was rewarded with an adult Little Gull that was feeding in the middle of the lake (looking through past annual county records this is the first December record, and only the second 'mid-winter' records with a 1st-w at Scethrog on 17/1/93). 3 Scaup (2m1f) were in front of the hide along with 12-15 Pochard (10-12m3f). 1 GW and 2 Little Egret and a party of 15+ LT Tit were the other highlights.

Entry added by: Nicholas Beswick on Fri 14th December 18, 06:32pm Sighting location: Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 14/12/18
Male Mandarin near the boat jetty on a brief visit this afternoon. Shelduck with the many Mallards in that area.

Entry added by: Andrew King on Fri 14th December 18, 04:51pm Sighting location: Cwm Trawscoed/Maesmerddyn LNBran. (SN930334) Sighting date: 14/12/18
18 spp today. In CT, best were 2 Crossbill, 8 Rook, single Fieldfares and a Snipe, Buzzards and Red Kites. On Maesmerddyn, another Snipe, male Stonechat and 2 MPipits still present, 29 Goldfinch and a day-roost of 36 Golden Plover.

Entry added by: Nigel Starnes on Thu 13th December 18, 08:18pm Sighting location: Tirabad. Sighting date: 13/12/18
Barn Owl hunting by side of road just outside village at 17:30 this evening .