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Pied Flycatcher

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Welcome to Brecknock Birds. This site has been set up to encourage interest in bird watching and ornithology in Brecknockshire.

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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)

BTO Heronries Census: 2018 is the 90th Anniversary of this annual survey into breeding Herons. Six heronries have been counted in recent years - Garth, Erwood Stn, Glasbury, Talybont, Garwnant and Sennybridge. A couple are single nests only. If you know of any other nesting herons in or close to Brecknock, PLEASE either email me, or place details on the sightings page. Are there none around Hay, Llanafan/Newbridge, Beulah, Llanwrtyd Wells, Grwyne valley, Coelbren or Ystradgynlais ??? Thank you......................... BRECONSHIRE BIRD REPORT 2016 is now available (3rd November 2017). Another 80 pages packed with information on sightings in the county, sketches, Llangorse Ringing Group report, finding of a County first (Avocet) and 'Ravens in Breconshire' articles. Also the usual excellent photos, including witness to some rare events in the county. Exceptional value again at £7 per copy to callers at BWT Office, Lion House, Bethel Square, BRECON, Powys. LD3 7AY. Copies also available through County Recorder, and 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, BWT on 01874 625708. Back-copies are also available via Clare................................................................................................................ 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: Andrew King on Mon 18th June 18, 10:09pm Sighting location: MOD Epynt & Llangasty. Sighting date: 17/06/18
Over the weekend.........it was nice to get back onto Epynt MOD (by permit) as I have rather overlooked it since the Atlas in 2017-12. Cefn Iolo/upper Dulas adj squares found 6 male Whinchats on terr, 3 T Pipits, Stonechat, Garden Warbler, 5 Blackcap males in song, 2 male Reed Bunts and a Grasshopper Warbler. More Kites than Buzzards. At Llangasty last night, 352 ad Canada Geese with a separate crèche of 25 ad + 55 goslings of mostly small size. One Oystercatcher, fem Shoveler, 17 + 2 coot, 2 Sp Flycatchers in separate terrs. Mute Swans - 149 adults plus broods of 1 and 2 cygnets. Again, seems like very poor productivity, and I can possibly see why. The single cygnet of 3-4 days old by Crannog Island strayed a little too far from Mum, and a Yellow-legged Gull swooped and took it up to 15ft before dropping it onto the Crannog rocks. The pen was there straight away before the gull could strike again, the cygnet having enough energy to scrabble up between Mum's wings to hide. Lesson learnt. Another non-native of questionable value to British wildlife!

Entry added by: Rhian symes on Mon 18th June 18, 04:05pm Sighting location: Brecon area. Sighting date: 16/06/18
Rose starling I have photos

Entry added by: John Lloyd on Sun 17th June 18, 05:49pm Sighting location: Waen Rydd, Llanwrtyd. Sighting date: 17/06/18
A pair of Curlew have apparently been established here for a couple of months. A visit this afternoon failed to find any youngsters in the mist and mizzle but the adults were alarm calling at my presence. .

Entry added by: Andrew King on Sat 16th June 18, 08:31pm Sighting location: Soar. Sighting date: 16/06/18
Wildlife Trust for S & W Wales (formerly Brecknock WT) woodland reserve Coed Dyrysiog. Six pairs Pied Flycatcher, including two lateish broods, appear to have had a good breeding season, pair of Marsh Tit feeding fledglings, and a large single Buzzard begging from a nest in a large oak.