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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)

RSPB/RBBP National Willow Tit Survey starting soon. Please volunteer to take part in this survey running from 15th Feb - 15th April in both 2019 and 2020. Select a square (tetrad) and carry out 1-2 visits in that period in 2019 - and then select another square for spring 2020!. Selected tetrads cover most parts of the county, so there will be one available near you. The survey is based on tape playback so an MP3 or Mobile phone (with speaker) would be required. Your help really appreciated as 75 tetrads are available! Please enquire through Andy King (new email address shown above)and we can discuss taking part. 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, 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 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: Shelley Evans on Sun 17th February 19, 03:03pm Sighting location: Glasbury Fford Fawr. Sighting date: 17/02/19
WeBS count today: 97 Canada Goose, 3 Buzzard, 2 Goosander, 12 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 59 Mallard, 8 Mute Swan, 9 Teal, and of best interest for this patch 4 Oystercatcher

Entry added by: Andrew King on Sun 17th February 19, 12:03pm Sighting location: Llangorse Lake circuit. Sighting date: 17/02/19
WeBS this morning. Single Red-necked Grebe along west reed margins - only the 3rd county record, singles at Talybont Res in 1975 and 1977. Congrats to Mark H for finding/reporting it yesterday. Also 10 GCGrebe, 56 Cormorant, 2 Little and 5 Great Egrets, 29 M Swan, 265 Canada Geese, 422 Wigeon, 79 Gadwall, 28 Teal, 130 Mallard, 58 Shoveler, 8, Pochard (2 fems), 1m Scaup, 102 Tufted Duck, 7 Pintail, 1 Shelduck, 61 Goldeneye, 17 Goosander, 304 Coot and the first 2 Curlew of spring.

Entry added by: Carlton, Dawn & Ben Parry on Sat 16th February 19, 08:45pm Sighting location: Llangasty carrpark and hide. Sighting date: 16/02/19
2 m Scaup, 5+ Pochard, Tufted Duck 100+, Goldeneye c 20, Goosander 8+, Wigeon 120+, Gadwall 40+, Shoveler 20+, Teal 8, Mallard 6+. Several prs GC Greebe starting to display. Water Rail 3, Cetti’s Warbler 1, Reed Bunting 3+, Snipe 19. L Egret 2. Sparrowhawk 1.

Entry added by: Mark Waldron on Sat 16th February 19, 06:02pm Sighting location: Coed Ty-Mawr / Mynydd Illtyd. Sighting date: 16/02/19
No Willow Tits lured around Coed Ty-Mawr, Libanus today as part of the RSPB/RBBP/WOS project but the playback did get responses from Great & Coal Tit, Robin and Goldcrest. Best of the birds around the wood were 6 singing Goldcrest, a Nuthatch in song, a Woodcock flushed, 2-3 Crossbill and 5 Siskin. Later during a WeBs count on Mynydd Illtyd 3 Jack Snipe, 66 Snipe, 2 Mallard and a Grey Heron. 4 Skylark were in song, a single Meadow Pipit and 2 Crossbill. Also first frogspawn and Fox Moth caterpillar of the spring.