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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)

LATEST (20th December 2020) - the 2019 'BRECONSHIRE BIRDS' Annual Bird Report IS NOW available for purchase through the County Recorder. An expanded report of 90 pages includes status accounts and sightings of 174 species seen in Breconshire in 2019, the annual report of Llangorse Bird-Ringing Group and a history of Barnacle Goose in the county. Copies are selling fast, so to reserve your copy at £6 (+ 1.50p&p if mailing req'd) contact the Editor/County Bird Recorder at email address above or telephone 01874 658351. [Sales at other local outlets have been arranged but due to Xmas/January lockdown arrangements those stores will not be open]. Thanks to all bird-watchers - that have submitted records or photographs during 2019, many of which first appeared on this site. 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: Andrew King on Fri 22nd January 21, 02:14pm Sighting location: Sailing Club flood, Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 22/01/21
Ten Little Grebes - site record. Frequency of diving suggests easier feeding there than in high, cloudy rivers.

Entry added by: J Hole on Thu 21st January 21, 05:03pm Sighting location: Llanfilo. Sighting date: 21/01/21
Kingfisher hunting in the garden pond for a newt was to say the least unexpected. One positive from all the heavy rain i suspect.

Entry added by: Alan Salter on Thu 21st January 21, 11:46am Sighting location: Lower Pontwilym Farm. Sighting date: 21/01/21
105 lapwings counted today. Chaffinches and linnets still there but beyond Anod Bridge there is possibly another flock of linnets 300 or 400 strong feeding in a crop strip between swede? fields with sheep in them. Hundreds of gulls about but difficult to count as mainly hidden. Also female Sparrowhawk put lapwings up briefly.

Entry added by: Alan Salter on Tue 19th January 21, 04:58pm Sighting location: Lower Pontwilym Farm. Sighting date: 19/01/21
My upstairs landing looks north over Lower Pontwilym Farm but houses block much of the view so today I walked into Priory Groves wood to view the farm from there and I was rewarded with 200c linnet, 76 lapwing, 25 black-headed gulls, 23 herring gulls and a grey heron while in the wood were at least 50 chaffinches but no brambling.