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

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Saturday23 March 2019

Reva Reservoir - G C G, 4 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher plus Greylags.
Reva Hill -  80 Golden Plover, 3 Snipe drumming, Kestrel plus Meadow Pipits, Lapwings, Skylarks & Curlews.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 22 March 2019

Friday 22 March 2019

Ben Rhydding G P -  pair of Kingfisher, Little Egret, 3 Chiff-Chaff, pair of |Bullfinch, 3 Redwing.
Steve Parkes

Cononley Ings - 6 Shelduck, 8 Redshank, Teal & Wigeon
Barden Moor - single Wheatear, pair of Stonechat
Brian Vickers

Sconce Lane near cabins - pair of Stonechat
Keith Allen

R. Aire from Bingley to Hirst Wood - 2 Kingfisher (Cottingley Road Bridge & new road bridge),
5 singing Chiff-Chaff, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Goosanders.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Thursday 21 March 2019

Nab Water Lane - 2 Wheatear, 2 Snipe drumming
Leeshaw Reservoir - a Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing Chiff-Chaff, 2 pair of Bullfinch feeding on Blackthorn, Jay, Reed Bunting, pair of LTT nest building in gorse plus Little Egret flying over going up river. Frogs and frogspawn noted.
Shaun Radcliffe  

Wednesday continued

Aire Valley Floods - Little Egret.
Silsden Floods - 6 Redshank, Shelduck
Cononley Ings - 2 Whooper Swan, 2 Shelduck, 3 Shoveler, a Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Redshank, Teal & Wigeon
Storiths Raod - 3 Chiff-Chaff, 2 Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker
Brian Vickers

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Wednesday 21st March 2019

Shipley Glen
Green Woodpecker heard throughout the afternoon.
Paul King

Tuesday 19th March 2019

Lapwing's have now established their traditional breeding area, Snipe can be heard 'chipping' and a pair of Curlew were feeding in the soft ground.  Meadow Pipits and Skylarks are singing and displaying.
Shipley Glen
Both Dipper and Kingfishers are present.
Paul King

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Sunday 17 March 2019

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) -  Interestingly, 2 Little Egrets arrived together on to the Reserve. Also Reed Buntings at the feeder plus GSW on riverbank.
Linda Schofield & Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Tuesday 12 March 2019

Cononley Ings - 170 Wigeon, Teal 40
Silsden Floods - 12 Redshank, 15 Oystercatchers
Brian Vickers

Monday, 11 March 2019

Monday 11 March 2019

Moorside Lane, Oxenhope - 92 Golden Plover
Silsden Floods - 7 Redshank
Barden Scale - 100 Fieldfare plus a single Redwing
Brian Vickers

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Wednesday 6 March 2019

Keighley By-pass - Little Egret seen near Steeton. Two Egrets seen earlier in the week at Stockbridge by Linda Schofield.
Andrew Kitts

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Tuesday 5th March 2019

Chellow Dene, Bradford
A Great Crested Grebe, 11 Goosanders and 8 Tufted Ducks.  In the woods, two pairs of Nuthatch and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Paul King

Monday, 4 March 2019

Sunday 3rd March 2019

Bingley Bog North
A Little Egret at Bingley Bog North
Jon Middleton

Friday, 1 March 2019

Friday 1 March 2019

Tong Park, Baildon - 10 Gadwall, female Mandarin, pair of Goosander, pair of mating Mute Swan, plus Coot & Moorhen. Half a dozen Meadow Pipits congregated near the cattle grid next to Baildon.
Shaun Radcliffe

Waxwing flock in Menston area
On the 28th a flock of 33 Waxwings, first seen at White Cross, were later reported at High Royds, Menston.
Theo Kuechel & Andrew Jowett.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Barden - Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker seen & heard, Cormorant, 6 Oystercatcher, pair of nesting Dipper.
Hazlewood Moor - Curlew & Lapwing back on breeding grounds, Stonechat, Raven, 3 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard
Roger Nelson

Apperley Bridge - Esholt - birds singing in this mild weather - Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldcrest & Song Thrush. Other sightings - Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, pair of Teal, 2 Kingfisher, 2 pair of Goosander, pair of Grey Wagtail & GSW drumming.
Damian Pearson

Sconce Lane/ Glovershaw - singing birds - 6 Reed Bunting, 4 Skylark, Mistle Thrush. Other sightings - 3 Oystercatcher, single Golden Plover, Buzzard, pair of Kestrel, a Meadow Pipit & a pair of Stonechat.  Also Lapwings displaying & a few Curlew about. ( Comma Butterfly in Bingley garden) 
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Sunday 24 February 2019

Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 male Shoveler (uncommon here), 16 Oystercatcher, Curlew & Lapwing flocks.
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge  Reserve (members only) - Water Rail heard, Barn Owl, Jay, Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe 

Friday 22 February 2019

Barden - Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Buzzards, 210 Pinkfoot, Curlew flocks, Oystercatchers, 400 Lapwing.
Howard Creber

Barden Scale - 62 Pinkfoot, Green Woodpecker, Buzzards & Red Kites.
Whetstone Gate - SEO, Little Owl, 22 Golden Plover.
Brian Vickers

Sunday 24th February 2019

Upper Wharfedale
A collection of images from Roger Nelson.
Bullfinch (male)                                                            Roger Nelson

Oystercatchers                                                                Roger Nelson 

Mistle Thrush                                                                 Roger Nelson

Oystercatchers in flight                                                     Roger Nelson

Sparrowhawk                                                                   Roger Nelson

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