Welcome to the Blog of the Bradford Ornithological Group (BOG). Here you will find information about the latest sightings, an archive of information and a gallery photos of the birds of this area of West Yorkshire, England. We are an active group of 150 members dedicated to the study and conservation of birds within this region which is situated amongst the Pennines of Northern England.

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Barn Owl

Barn Owl
Aire Valley photo: Keith Allen

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Tuesday 19 February 2019

Barden Bridge to Cavendish - 9 Dippers (4pair), 7 Goosander, 4 Grey Wagtail, 2 pair of Mandarin,
2 Brambling, GSW heard.
Chuck Butler

Monday, 18 February 2019

Monday 18th February 2019

Silsden Reservoir - Great Crested Grebe, 2 Wigeon
Brian Vickers

Ireland Bridge, Bingley - pair of Grey Wagtail, 3 more birds seen on the Wagon Lane stretch.
Myrtle Park - Dipper seen collecting moss.
Shaun Radcliffe


Saturday 16 February - Cononley Ings - 400 Lapwing, 250 Curlew, 3 Oystercatcher, 4 Buzzard, 50 Wigeon, 40 Teal, Redshank.
Jamie Brass

Sunday 17th February - Thruscross - Kexgill - 50 Oystercatcher, 15 Curlew, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Barn Owl.
Roger Nelson

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits - Kingfisher, Little Egret, 12 Lapwing, 150 Curlew
Steve Parkes

Lister Park - 12 Greylag, 6 moorhen plus a female Goosander.
Joy Leach

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Sunday 17th February 2019

Goit Stock, Harden
A Harris Hawk, possibly the bird seen last February and on a few occasions since, was seen flying above the woodland.  It then flew quickly towards St. Ives.
Near the waterfall a Dipper was watched collecting moss for nesting material.
Paul King

Little Egret
We have now begun to write the 2018 Report.  The records received show that there has been a 35% increase in sightings of the Little Egret.  On some occasions two birds were seen in close proximity.  How long before the first breeding pair is reported?
Keith Moir's photo of a Little Egret in Silsden Beck on 19th December 2018.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Thursday 14th February 2019

Chelker Reservoir
21 Whooper Swans
Jon Middleton

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Wednesday 13 February 2019

Lower Barden Reservoir - 3 Whooper Swan
Barden Scale - Peregrine, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, Buzzard, Skylarks
Brian Vickers

Reva Hill - 3 Skylark (one briefly sang), Kestrel, 70 Lapwing, a Snipe flushed.
Shaun Radcliffe

Doe Park
10 Red-legged Partridge
Mark Pearson

Keighley Golf Course
Little Egret
Jon Middleton

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Upwood Farm, above Riddlesden - 40 Redwing ground feeding, 3 GSW in a chase, flock of 8 Greenfinch
Whetstone Gate- 2 Buzzard, Little Owl, 5 Stock Dove, 50 Golden Plover circling on the top, a  party of  5 Raven kronking as they flew east.
Shaun Radcliffe

Baildon Moor
At least nine Tree Sparrows on the feeders and in the hedges at Dobrudden Farm.
Paul King

A Barn Owl hunting near roundabout
Ian Court

Ilkley Moor
A ring wearing Barn Owl near Cow and Calf.
Richard Green

Monday, 11 February 2019

Monday 11th February 2019

Evidence of what you might find in an urban setting!
A Glaucous Gull on the roof of Seabrook's Crisp Factory, Brown Royd          photo: Keith Moir

A Kingfisher, seen on a light industrial site, within a mile of Bradford Centre               photo: Keith Moir
Hazlewood area - Ring-tailed Hen Harrier, 2 Peregrine, 2 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 2 Stonechat
Roger Nelson

Barn Owl, Red Grouse and Red Kite in Upper Wharfedale   photos: Roger Nelson

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Sunday 10 February 2019

Aire Valley floods - 22 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher
Cononley floods - 100+ Wigeon & Teal
Brian Vickers

Rivock Edge - Kestrel, Red Kite, Buzzard
Sheila Barton

Ilkley Water Treatment - Oystercatcher
Manor Bends, Burley - Little Grebe, 400 Lapwing, 2 Buzzard

Lister Park - pair of GSW displaying, 36 Tufted Duck, pair of Mute with female ringed (201).
Joy leach

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - GSW drumming, Water Rail heard, Oystercatcher, Sparrowhawk, flock of 30 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 2 Stock Dove, 7 Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe

Yeadon Tarn
Just one male Pochard amongst 21 Tufted Ducks.
Paul King

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Thursday 7 February 2019

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Little Egret, 8 Reed Buntings to the feeder, Jay, Bullfinch plus Goosanders up & down the valley.
John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Wednesday 6 February 2019

Fewston Reservoir - 31 Tufted Duck, 11 Teal, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, Buzzard
Swinsty Reservoir - 14 Teal plus flock of 40 Lapwing
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Tuesday 5 February 2019

Knotford Nook - 47 species recorded including single Stonechat, a Gadwall, 2 Teal, a Little Grebe & 4 Herring Gull.
Andrew Kelly

Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 Buzzard, 2 Teal, Little Owl, 3 Meadow Pipits
Lower Laithe Reservoir - 3 Teal
Brian Vickers

Monday 4 February 2019

Barden Scale -  2 Merlin, Barn Owl, 6 Buzzard, 4 Red Kite, Sparrowhawk
Brian Vickers

Monday 4th February 2019

Aire Valley
photo: Keith Allen
Kingfisher at Dowley Gap                           photo: Steve Meredith

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Sunday 3 February 2019

Dowley Gap - Kingfisher on canal, 50 Pied Wagtail on filter bed, 4 Wren in hedgerow, Goldcrest, Meadow Pipit in filter bed, LTT's by river
Steve Meredith

Cullingworth garden - 5 Fieldfare feeding on apple cores & suet pellets scattered.
Ian Skayman

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 6 Reed Bunting to the feeders, 6 Cormorant flew together going east.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Thursday 31 January 2019

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail (heard), single Snipe flew in to land in cleared area, Reed Bunting, 1 + 7 Cormorant flew through going east.
Shaun Radcliffe

Harold Park  yesterday - a B H Gull seen had been ringed. History -  was ringed on 16 June 2013 at Stravanger, Norway. Spent summers & winters in Oslo & thought this was the first sighting of the bird in U K yesterday.
Martyn Priestley

Wednesday - Barden Scale - Oystercatcher 2, Barn Owl, Buzzards & Red Kites.
Brian Vickers

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Sunday 27 January 2019

Bingley Bog North - Little Egret
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Saturday 26 January 2019

Woodside Estate, South Bradford - skein of 250 Pinkfoot Geese.
Jamie Brass

Friday 25th January 2019

Barden - R. Wharfe - Little Egret, Little Grebe, 5 Mandarin, 2 Kingfisher, drake Teal, Cormorant, Grey Wagtail, 5 Dipper, Raven, Stock Dove
Roger Nelson

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Wednesday 23 January 2019

Silsden Reservoir - 47 Tufted Duck, 4 Goldeneye
Barden Scale - 20 plus Meadow Pipits, Barn Owl, 200 Lapwing
Brian Vickers

Baildon Moor - Little Owl, 27 Fieldfare, Grey Heron, Reed Bunting.
Chuck Butler