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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)

Advance Notice of Welsh Ornithological Society Annual Conference, 5th November 2016 at Myddfai Hall, Llandovery. Tickets available for what promises to be an interesting series of talks, opportunity to meet fellow birders, bookstalls, etc. It would be nice to see more Breconshire birdwatchers at this event, especially as it is local this year. Full details of programme, enrolment, etc on birdsinwales.ork.uk ................................................................................... 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: Gwil Griffiths on Fri 30th September 16, 10:39am Sighting location: Pontywal Lane, Bronllys. Sighting date: 30/09/16
a.m. Some passing activity with overhead calling Skylarks. A party of 12 Ravens in field north of Glaswain and a flock of about 30 Goldfinches.

Entry added by: Andrew King on Wed 28th September 16, 07:25pm Sighting location: Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 28/09/16
While doing some late chores, 6.50pm a Gt White Egret having a spat with a Heron over a roosting position towards 'South Africa'. GWE probably just arrived - the Heron won.

Entry added by: Nicholas Beswick on Wed 28th September 16, 07:00pm Sighting location: Mynydd Llangatwg. (SO177137) Sighting date: 28/09/16
Ringtail Hen Harrier over the moor to the north of Garnlydan Reservoir - disappeared to the north

Entry added by: Mark Waldron on Wed 28th September 16, 04:47pm Sighting location: Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 28/09/16
A Bittern flew across Llangasty flushing the resting geese and ducks before landing in the reed bed behind the church. A Ringed Plover was on the point as was the juv Common Tern. Of note around the lake were a Cetti's Warbler calling, 2 Stonechat by the hide, 14 Snipe and 14 Meadow Pipit. Blue 7CTJ and Blue 7HSN were both at the Acorn beach as was a Grey Wagtail.