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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)

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........................................................................................ Back-copies of many past editions of 'Breconshire Birds' are also available at knock-down prices through the County Recorder. Contact 07967 559787 for current or past editions. Diolch yn fawr. .............................................................................................................. 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: Steve and Sue Wilce on Fri 21st January 22, 06:23pm Sighting location: North Brecon. Sighting date: 21/01/22
250 wintering thrushes, 80/20 split between Fieldfare/Redwing in a field between Llanddew and Llaneglwys, they've been in that field in varying numbers since October. Further on a flock of about 100 Siskins in the conifer plantation (Brycheiniog) also about twenty Crossbills coming to drink from a small but deep pool on the trackside, however, quite flighty. I suspect in the same area as Mark's photo.

Entry added by: Graham Motley on Fri 21st January 22, 12:07pm Sighting location: Crickhowell. Sighting date: 19/01/22
A few minor records from the last week - kingfisher on Usk just south of Crickhowell Bridge on 15 Jan. Group of 15 or so cormorant dropping onto the river Usk at Cwrt y Gollen, Crickhowell on the 19th. Male and female goosander regularly on canal at Llangynidr over the last week and very tolerant of all the people and dogs that walk by. 6 greenfinch on feeder today is probably best count I have had in my garden for about three years.

Entry added by: Mark Waldron on Wed 19th January 22, 10:15pm Sighting location: Ysgwydd Hwch, Brycheiniog Forest.. Sighting date: 19/01/22
85+ Crossbill were in three seperate groups of 40, 20 & 10 with a number of 1's and 2's in between and 3 males in full song. A large flock of probably 200 Siskin were harder to estimate and a young female Goshawk drifted through. On nearby fodder beat that had been grazed to the mud 500 Chaffinch, 100 Linnet, single Brambling & Skylark, 5 Redwing, 12 Fieldfare, 48 BH Gull, 38 LBB Gull and a Peregrine over.

Entry added by: Mark Waldron on Sun 16th January 22, 06:36pm Sighting location: Llandefalle Hill / Waun Fach. Sighting date: 16/01/22
At Llandefalle Hill 12 Stock Dove, 40 Fieldfare & 1000 Starling also 1 Jack Snipe and 10 Snipe flushed from a boggy area. In Llaneglwys Wood 13 Crossbill with one in song and a calling Willow Tit were the best. Then over on Mynydd Fforest just 2 Golden Plover and a Skylark. On Twitter today Ceri Jones @cerimj reports "Snow Bunting along path from Pen y Gadair Fawr to Waun Fach this afternoon. Last seen at Waun Fach."