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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Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Thursday 21st March 2018

40 Golden Plovers, 40 Lapwing on territory, a Snipe (heard), six Curlews, and on the Golf Course eight Sky Larks and three returning Meadow Pipits.
Paul King

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Tawny Owl, birds singing - Reed Bunting, Redpoll, Bullfinch, Goldfinch.
John Preshaw, Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Knotford Nook - 3 Mandarin Duck, courtship display observed.
Russell King

Barden Bridge to Hazlewood - 36 species recorded including 3 Dipper, 3 Grey Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail, 3 pair of Mandarin, pair of Goosander, pair of Oystercatcher, Woodcock, Green Woodpecker (heard & seen), flock of 150 Fieldfare, 2-3000 Starling & a single Tree Sparrow. Curlew & Lapwing now on breeding grounds.
Roger Nelson
Tree Sparrow at Hazlewood                             photo: Roger Nelson
Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 Redshank
Silsden Fields - 10 Redshank
Silsden Reservoir - 24 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler
Lower Barden Reservoir - 3 Whoopers.
Brian Vickers 

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Tuesday 20 March 2018

River Aire walk between Bingley & Saltaire - Kingfisher on Wagon Lane length, pairs of Grey Wagtail at Myrtle Park & Cottingley Road Bridge. Two Grey Heron flew over very high with one bird carrying a large twig.
Dowley Gap S W - Chiff-Chaff chasing off a Goldcrest. Nearby GSW drumming.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 19 March 2018

19 March 2018

Silsden Reservoir - 2 G C G, 14 Tufted Duck
Silsden Fields - 15 Redshank, 3 Shoveler, 10 Oystercatcher
Silsden by-pass - 20 Oystercatcher
Brian Vickers

Sunday 18 March 2018

East Morton - Sparrowhawk in garden, Treecreeper in village, 200 Lapwing at nearby Upwood Lane plus 50 Starling.
Sheila Barton

Saturday 17 March 2018

Silsden Fields - 8 Whoopers, 8 Shoveler, 2 Shelduck, 2 Redshank
Silsden by-pass - 48 Golden Plover, 4 Redshank, 28 Oystercatcher
Brian Vickers

Thursday 15 March 2018

Knotford Nook - over the river at 09.45, Osprey mobbed by crows.
Russell King

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Tuesday 13th March 2018

Yeadon Tarn
A male Shoveler, a female Pochard, a pair of Great Crested Grebes, 25 Tufted Ducks, 13 Mute Swans were the pick of the birds on the tarn and a Red Kite was circling over the town.
Paul King

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Sunday 11 March 2018

Esholt/Apperley Bridge area - singing Chiff-Chaff, Cormorant, 3 Coal Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Oystercatcher, Buzzard, Kestrel, Pied Wagtail 20+
Damian Pearson

Silsden Fields - 2 Black-tailed Godwit
Barden Scale - Buzzards, Red Kites, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker
Brian Vickers

Keighley/ Silsden by-pass - 2 Little Egrets together
Shaun Radcliffe

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail heard, Cormorant, Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk
Brenda & Derek Parkin, Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 9 March 2018

Friday 9th March 2017

A flock of about 25 Golden Plovers in the field along Glovershaw Lane, near the cattle grid.  Up at Dobrudden Farm, five Tree Sparrows on the feeders and in the hedges.
Paul King

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Thursday 8 March 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - filling the feeders after the snow soon brought in birds. We had 7 Reed Bunting, several Dunnock but also brought out the Water Rail into the open. It fed below the feeders from food droppings before a Moorhen saw it & chased it well away. 2 Cormorant & a Oystercatcher flew past.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Wednesday 7 March 2018

Oxenhope - early Osprey flew over village heading north-west.
Rod Proctor

North of by-pass between Silsden & Keighley - Little Egret
Bolton Bridge - Kingfisher
Steve Parkes

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - went down this evening about twilight to listen for owls. I did not expect to watch a Woodcock roding so early in the season across the football fields.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Tuesday 6 March 2018

Bradup - 3 Golden Plover (one with black belly), 6 Lapwing.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 5 March 2018

Sunday 4 March 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail heard twice, Sparrowhawk visited feeding station, 5 Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday 3 March 2018

Park Dam - 28 Tufted Duck, pair of Gadwall, Goosander
Judy Woods - Sparrowhawk, 6 Tree Sparrow
James Brass

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Thursday 1 March 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - went down to fill the feeders when that evil wind was blowing. Behind one of the islands 10 Lapwing & 60 BHG had roosted after finding a spot in shelter. 6 Reed Buntings came to the feeders. Returned home (Bingley) & during the afternoon, a Sparrowhawk checked out my feeders & later a Fieldfare ,Song Thrush & Mistle Thrush searched for food.
Shaun Radcliffe 

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Apperley Bridge area - 12 Fieldfare, 3 Goosander, Peregrine Falcon (observe with kill)
Damian Pearson

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Tuesday 27th February 2018

Otley Wetland (in the snow) 
Recorded a respectable 55 species (53 seen), including c200 Wigeon, up to 10 Teal, pair Goosander, up to 4 Common Buzzards, c100 Lapwings, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Kingfisher, at least 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming, around 16 Fieldfare, good numbers of Redwing, and half a dozen Lesser Redpoll. 
John Armstrong

Snowy scene in Upper Wharfedale  photos: Roger Nelson

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Sunday 25 February 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail heard, 6 Reed Bunting, pair of Bullfinch plus two Long-tailed Tits. The birds were pulling spider's webs from between gaps in the wall. Also pulling strips of the raspberry canes & taking them into the gorse.
Shaun Radcliffe

Eldwick - Sherriff Lane
A mixed flock of thrushes feeding in a field consisted of 50 Redwing, 20 Fieldfare and three Mistle Thrush.  Whilst approaching Brackenhall Countryside Centre a raptor with a large white rump flew up from trees and flew towards Baildon.  I strongly suspect it was a Harris Hawk (an escapee!)
Paul King

Goit Stock Wood, Harden - Harris Hawk seen (see previous) plus 2 Dippers paired up.
Ian Skayman

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Thursday 22 February2018

Lindley Wood Reservoir - 22 Whoopers trumpeting, 54 Oystercatchers in nearby field.
Knotford Nook - 2 Oystercatcher, 20 Goldeneye.
Paul Morris

Washburn area - 10 Red Kite, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel plus the above Whoopers.
Dave Curran

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 26 species recorded including Redpoll, Siskin, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting. Watched two pairs of Long-tailed Tits fighting at the feeder. No Little Egret but one was at Bingley Bog North this afternoon.
Shaun Radcliffe