BRECONSHIRE

Bird Watching (UK) - - Uk Bird Sightings August - Andrew King, Keith No­ble, Mark Wal­dron and brec­knock­birds.co.uk

HIGH­LIGHTS:

Wader pas­sage at Llan­gorse Lake (3rd-4th) in­volved one Lit­tle Stint and a Green­shank. A Black Tern was at Llan­gorse Lake (21st) and two the next day. County rar­i­ties were a ju­ve­nile White-winged Black Tern at Llan­gorse Lake (28th), and a Tur­tle Dove in Bre­con (also 28th). An Osprey flew over Crick­how­ell (23rd).

LLAN­GORSE LAKE:

Sin­gle Dun­lin and Ringed Plover were present (4th), and two Snipe (5th). Oilseed rape stub­ble at Pen­north at­tracted 1,000 Wood­pi­geons and 45 Stock Doves, with 100 House Martins (12th). The lake hedgerows held a ju­ve­nile Whitethroat and fam­ily of Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers (8th), and the mead­ows hosted two mi­grant Whin­chats (14th) that in­creased to nine (16th); 185 Mute Swan, 46 Moorhen and 43 Coot were good counts (21st), and wader pas­sage re­sumed with three Green Sand­pipers (22nd) and a Dun­lin (27th).

OTHER SITES:

Great Crested Grebe pairs at Taly­bont and Bea­cons Reser­voirs ac­com­pa­nied three and two chicks re­spec­tively. Thirty-seven Stock Doves, 150 Lin­nets and five Yel­lowham­mers were at Bron­llys (4th), and 150 House Martins over Libanus (6th). On the 9th, five Oys­ter­catch­ers, 11 Tufted Ducks and a Wil­low Tit were at Usk Reser­voir. A Shel­duck and three each of Lit­tle Egret and Yel­low Wag­tail were by the Wye at Ffordd Fawr (10th). In mid-month, 250 House Martins and a Hobby moved down the up­per Wye at Llan­wrthwl. On the 21st, six Green Sand­pipers and two Common Sand­pipers were at Taly­bont Reser­voir, while two Greens were at Dau­draeth Ill­tyd. On Garth Lake, two pairs of Lit­tle Grebe raised two young as a first brood, and four in a sec­ond. Six Yel­low Wag­tails were at Brechfa Pool (29th), and re­ports of Hobby came from three other sites.

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