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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)

OUT NOW !! and selling fast. Get your copy of 2018 BRECONSHIRE BIRD REPORT. 'BRECONSHIRE BIRDS' 2018 is now for sale priced at £7 to collect, or £8.50p P&P. Copies can be purchased through the County Recorder or the local WTSWW (Brecon office), 6 The Bulwark, Brecon, Powys LD3 7LB. Telephone 01874 625708 prior to visiting the office to collect your copy, or to enquire over mailing a copy out. Also available at their talks and walks/events. Copies also available through The Hours Bookshop, Ship St, Brecon price £7. Another 80-page edition featuring the Systematic List covering 172 species found in the county in 2018, the Llangorse Ringing Group Annual Report and a paper on 'Breeding Golden Plover in Breconshire - a Review'. The Editor and local Ornithological Records Committee thank WTSWW for publishing this annual report, and the many birders that have provided records, including through this blog. Enquiries to Brecknock Group office, WTSWW, Brecon on 01874 625708....................................................... 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 Thu 22nd October 20, 09:10pm Sighting location: Garth - Upper Chapel road. Sighting date: 22/10/20
Always worth a stop in the laybys N of Drovers Arms, Epynt. Today on scanning the grasslands, a dark round head appeared among the pale tussocks at distance. Fortunately I had the 'scope with me - it turned out to be a Short-eared Owl which when it moved its head the strong wind raised its ear tufts. 3 Kestrels and 6 Ravens on the skyline.

Entry added by: Peter Seaman on Thu 22nd October 20, 06:38pm Sighting location: Llangorse Lake, Llangasty. Sighting date: 22/10/20
Interesting late afternoon walk from Llangasty with 2x Great White Egrets, 2 x Little Egrets, 4 x Fieldfares in tree tops at the Horse field, and 4 x Dragonflies, possibly Migrant Hawkers.

Entry added by: Andrew King on Tue 20th October 20, 06:56pm Sighting location: Aberyscir area. Sighting date: 20/10/20
3 female Goosander on R Usk, with 10+ Redwing and several Bullfinch nearby. On Mynydd Aberyscir, 120 Fieldfare and a few Redwing, Song Thrush and Blackbirds with them, 1 Kestrel and a Meadow Pipit.

Entry added by: Mark Waldron on Mon 19th October 20, 10:27pm Sighting location: Brecfa Pool. Sighting date: 19/10/20
Grey Grey Shrike being reported on RBA at Brecfa Pool today.[According to BirdGuides weekly summary, probably Brechfa Forest (Carms), not Pool.]