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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)

REQUEST THROUGH RSPB SOMERSET: PLEASE LOOK OUT for Colour-ringed Gt White Egrets this coming autumn and winter. RSPB report another successful breeding season in Somerset with 54 active nests, 118 chicks hatched of which 16 in 9 nests have been colour-ringed. Any subsequent reports will help them understand dispersal across the UK. Thanks. .......................................................... BRECONSHIRE BIRDS 2021 Annual Report is now available for sale at £8/copy (or £10 incl p&p). To purchase your copy, contact Andrew King on email 'andy(at)breconbirds.wales' or on 07967 559787. Sales outlets: CRIC (Crickhowell), Talybont-on-Usk Stores,'Visit Brecon'(Lion Yard in Brecon), BBNP Mountain Centre Shop (Libanus), Llangors Shop and Talgarth TIC......................................... 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: Graham Motley on Thu 7th December 23, 09:38am Sighting location: River Usk, Brecon. Sighting date: 02/12/23
Walked down river from Christ College last Saturday - two kingfisher together, two little grebe, 2 male & 1 female goosander were highlights, lots of redwing and fieldfares feeding in woodland and in sunny spots after the hard overnight frost. A few siskin and goldfinch feeding in riverside alders.

Entry added by: Peter Seaman on Tue 5th December 23, 08:58am Sighting location: Scethrog. Sighting date: 05/12/23
Although not my favourite birds, the Canada geese overflying Scethrog in very large flocks about 8am every morning are impressive. They are en route from the lake south towards either the grazings in the Usk valley here or further on to Talybont reservoir.

Entry added by: Mark Spirito on Mon 4th December 23, 03:33pm Sighting location: Talybont Res. Sighting date: 04/12/23
Great Northern Diver was present at Talybont Res at 9.00 a.m, but slightly further down from the south end, ( sorry Andy ) although tricky to observe, at least 30 common snipe, 8 pintail, 6m 2 f, 12 Little Grebe, however everything was flushed by a group of people that decided to walk out to the mud ?

Entry added by: Andrew King on Mon 4th December 23, 03:11pm Sighting location: Talybont Reservoir. Sighting date: 04/12/23
No sign of G-N Diver at 12.30pm but poor visibility for viewing. Most sp that Mark had yesterday are otherwise still there, main changes being just 1 male Pintail seen, 2 GBBGulls, 32+ Snipe flushed off the marsh by something unseen. 8 Meadow Pipit with ca 100 Chaffinch.