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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)

2022 edition of BRECONSHIRE BIRDS NOW AVAILABLE (20.12.23). 100-page edition priced at £8 (+£2 p&p if required) covers all species found in the county in 2022, the Llangors Lake Ringing Report and a full Gazetteer of birding sites in the county for the benefit of new residents and visiting birders. Currently available from the Editor/County Recorder Andrew King on 07967 559787, and through sales at Llangors Shop, 'Visit Brecon' on Lion Yard, Brecon and at the new Sustainable Tourism store, No 6, The Bulwark, Brecon (opp Wellington Hotel). Copies are also available for purchase at CRIC, Crickhowell, BBNP Mountain Centre, Libanus and at Talgarth TIC. 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. .......................................................... 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: Mark Waldron on Sat 2nd March 24, 04:46pm Sighting location: Llagorse Common. Sighting date: 02/03/24
42 Curlew at Llangorse Common, 4 were colour ringed (see gallery & ringing pages). Still just the same 10 Barnacle Geese and a single Oystercatcher.

Entry added by: Andrew King on Fri 1st March 24, 03:19pm Sighting location: Llangorse Common. Sighting date: 01/03/24
1.45pm, brief visit. From shelter of the toilet block counted 52 very jumpy Curlew in the field adjacent. Geese in there too, spooking them. Of those, 28 returned to feed a little closer. Saw that rt leg Black '18' was still present (see Gallery) as well as two rt-leg Yellow c-ring birds, and a left-leg Yellow c-ring bird but unfortunately just too distant for telescope to read precisely enough. Numbering less distinct on yellow background.

Entry added by: Graham Hughes on Thu 29th February 24, 05:09pm Sighting location: Llanfihangel Talyllyn. Sighting date: 29/02/24
Flock of about 20 Siskins in the hedgerows along the lane above Llanfihangel Talyllyn, Primroses in flower.

Entry added by: Andrew King on Wed 28th February 24, 07:24pm Sighting location: WTSWW Coed Dyrysiog reserve, Soar. Sighting date: 28/02/24
Single Woodcock flushed, 2 male Tawny Owls calling at 2pm in duet/territory challenge, and a pr Buzzard. Wye Valley yesterday: at Dderw Pool single Oystercatcher, 5 Coot, 4 Moorhen and 32 C Geese, and single Woodcock flushed by A470 at Tregaer Bridge.