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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)

Annual request during the breeding season.....birders should NOT report observations of Schedule 1 species that may be in the area to breed. If birds are showing signs of breeding and in good breeding habitat, observations will be removed promptly and without explanation. Thank you for your understanding, but the bird's welfare and prospect of breeding success is paramount ................................................................................................ 2020 'Breconshire Birds' was published in late-November 2021. 90 pages packed full of sightings of 163 species, a respectable total in a pandemic year. Also articles on local ringing in 2020, early history of bird ringing at Llangorse, and the history of Black-tailed Godwits in the county. Copies now available at £7 (add £1.60p if requiring mailing) from Andrew King (County Recorder/Editor), from The Hours Bookshop and Visit Brecon stores in Brecon Town, and from Talgarth Tourist Information Centre, Talgarth Square. They will also be sold at WTSWW and BIS events in the county. Grateful thanks go to all who have submitted 2020 records, photos and articles for inclusion..................................................................................................................................................... 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: John Lewis on Fri 24th June 22, 09:37pm Sighting location: Cefn Moel. Sighting date: 24/06/22
Highlights of the 2nd BBS visit on Cefn Moel on northern of fringes and just north of Bwlch village. 1 Stock Dove, 22 Swift over Bwlch Old Chapel, party of 8 Raven, juvenile Cuckoo just fledged, juvenile Wheatear, 3 singing Lesser Redpoll, party of 8 House Martins perched on the bracken fronds and then flying up briefly and returning with prey like flycatchers. ( never observed this behaviour before. Presumed breeding territories over 2 squares ( based on sites with singing birds/ adults feeding young/ agitated behaviour): 11 Skylark, 23 Willow Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff, 13 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 9 Song Thrush, 12 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 16 Meadow Pipit, 9 Tree Pipit, 5 Yellowhammer. Total Species 48

Entry added by: John Lewis on Fri 24th June 22, 09:36pm Sighting location: Llangors lake . Sighting date: 24/06/22
Brief stop at Llangasty on the way back to Llangors this evening, in the light of the change of weather. Rewarded by great views of an adult Osprey which flew in from the west about 19.00, ignoring the mobbing gulls, hovered off the point for a few minutes, caught a fish and flew round to the south. with its supper . An experienced fisher! Bonus was a full breeding plumage 'islandica' Black- tailed Godwit feeding on the point. Also counted c. 250 Sand Martins feeding offshore and 2 Stock Doves flew over the church yard.

Entry added by: Gareth Rees on Wed 22nd June 22, 11:35pm Sighting location: Crai. Sighting date: 22/06/22
On the way back from Nightjar surveys at Coelbren where one churring plus 2 Grasshopper Warblers. On the way back I was also listening briefly at two boggy sites above Crai (drumming Snipe at each) after 23:00. At the site just above Crai I heard a series of fast repeated whistling calls, uttered just once fairly low over a recent clearfell. It slowly dawned on me that this was the call of a Whimbrel, so it appears return passage has begun. I am not over familiar with Whimbrel, as I don't see them that often, but checking vocals online it is an exact match.

Entry added by: Andrew King on Wed 22nd June 22, 11:23pm Sighting location: Various. Sighting date: 22/06/22
Recent balmy evenings have encouraged Swift to fly well past 9pm; counts include 18 over Hay-on-Wye (in 4 areas), 9 around Glasbury Church and 8 at Pennorth Chapel. These counts will be submitted, with others, to Brecon Swift Group who are encouraging counts in our main towns and villages in the county.