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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)

Server problem - February. From 16th - 20th, server difficulties meant that some recent sightings were lost from the Sightings Page. If yours have been affected, please re-enter them. Also, many fine images have been lost from Gallery which is regrettable. Ten years on, web technology has advanced to the extent that modernisation of the blog is under consideration. We apologise for these blips, symptomatic of the site's popularity and success. ...........................................................................The Breconshire Bird Report 2015 is available from Brecknock Wildlife Trust Office, Lion House, Brecon - or from County Recorder. 80 pages packed with info on sightings in the county in 2015, photos, sketches and articles on bird-ringing at Llangorse Lake, and the finding of a County First, a singing Melodious Warbler. Great value at £7 per copy to callers at BWT Office, Lion House, Bethel Square, BRECON, Powys. LD3 7AY. Copies also available through County Recorder, as other outlets to be arranged. If requiring a copy by post, please include a cheque made out to Brecknock Wildlife Trust for £8.20 (inclusive of £1.20 for p&p). Contact Clare Morgan or BWT Staff on 01874 625708, or by mail to address above. Grateful thanks to all contributors of bird records, as without your records there can be no Bird Report! Back-copies are also available from the Trust Office............................................................................................................... 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 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: Shelley Evans on Thu 23rd March 17, 11:19am Sighting location: Glasbury garden. Sighting date: 23/03/17
Finally excited to confirm today my partner's sighting over last couple of days of what he thought was a Hawfinch. Indeed it is - on the patio feeding on spilled sunflower hearts 5ft from the window !! Clearly it has been in the vicinity for at least 3 days now - a first for our garden.

Entry added by: Nigel Starnes on Thu 23rd March 17, 07:18am Sighting location: Tirabad. Sighting date: 23/03/17
G.S.Woodpecker drumming on electricity pole box outside house again this morning .

Entry added by: Simon Allen on Wed 22nd March 17, 09:24pm Sighting location: Irfon valley upstream of Abergwesyn. Sighting date: 22/03/17
Stonechat x2 Wheatear x1

Entry added by: Brecknockbirds Admin on Wed 22nd March 17, 04:12pm Sighting location: Brecknockbirds website. Sighting date: 22/03/17
It is hoped that the vast majority of images lost from the gallery due to a server failure in February have now been restored, however in doing so it appears that the wrong captions are now with a minority of images, or wrong images with captions. This is probably because the images have been uploaded in the last couple of weeks have the same filenames as ones recovered that were uploaded further back in the past. It should only have effected images uploaded in the last couple of weeks as behind the scenes there will effectively be 2 database records pointing to the same photo. If any of your photo's are affected and you would like them corrected please contact us to delete the image on the gallery then re-upload your images. From now on when you upload a new image, the system will check for a conflict and rename the image if necessary. We hope that makes sense and please accept our apologies for the inconvenience. Thank you.