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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Golden Plover

Golden Plover
Ilkley Moor photo: Keith Allen

Friday, 28 February 2014

Friday 28th February 2014

Yeadon Tarn
16 Goosander, 12 Pochard, 13 Tufted Duck,
2 Great Crested Grebe,
10 Moorhen, 3 Mute Swan, 3 Reed Bunting.

Baildon Moor
11 Skylarks were feeding closely together on the Golf Course as a flock of about 100 Golden Plovers circled over.  Lapwings have begun to disperse and set up their territory in the fields around Glovershaw Lane, Hope Hill and Birch Close.
Paul King

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Wednesday 26th February 2014

Whetstone/ Bradup 70+ Lapwing, 31 Starlings, 11 BHGulls5 Curlew, 7 Red Grouse

Sconce  Lane/Birch Close150+ Lapwing ( east of Weecher)9 Curlew, 3 Oystercatcher, Kestrel,3 Pheasant

Nigel Jones

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Tuesday 25th February 2014

Nunroyd Park 
1 Willow Tit
2 Treecreeper
1 Dipper

N Jones

Monday, 24 February 2014

Monday 24 February 2014

Pennythorn Hill, Baildon - female Stonechat

Scout Camp, Sconce - 
30 Fieldfare.  a few Greylag at Glovershaw.

Large Lapwing flock near Weecher,
3 Oystercatcher, 26 Curlew
Shaun Radcliffe and Nigel Jones

Bradup & Whetstone (3 pm)
1 male Stonechat, 109 Lapwing
1 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite
14 Curlew, 17 Red grouse,
41 Starlings

Nigel Jones

Silsden Floods - 
2 Shelduck, 18 Oystercatchers, 80 plus Curlew
Brian Vickers

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Sunday 23 February 2014

Silsden Ings - pair of Gadwall plus single Dunlin
Keith Moir

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 36 species recorded this morning. To the feeders came a Brambling, 5 Reed Bunting, a Redpoll plus other finches.
Fred Drake

Pennypot Lane
326 Curlew
17 Golden Plover
31 Lapwing

Nigel Jones

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Saturday, 22nd February 2014

Adult male Bramblings visiting a Bolton Abbey garden.  photo: Roger Nelson

Friday, 21 February 2014

Friday 21 February 2014

Silsden Ings - 320 Curlew
Keith Moir

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Thursday 20 February 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 34 species this morning including - 2 Redpoll on feeders, Reed Bunting, pair of Bullfinch, Kingfisher, flock of 30 Lapwing west, Kestrel pair in box together, Curlew west.
Fred Drake et al

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Wednesday 19 February 2014

Hazlewood, Bolton Abbey - 2 Bramblings coming to feeder next to kitchen window.
Roger Nelson
Riddlesden on canal - Mute Swan with metal BTO ring - from 2009 so bird aged at least three years old. Good to see its still going in 2014 with partner.
Jon Middleton

Monday, 17 February 2014

Monday 17 February 2014

Bingley to Hirst Wood along the river - 8 Goosander and a pair of Kingfishers on the stretch before the railway bridge. On the rugby pitches, 5 Mistle & 15 Redwing took advantage of the groundsman spiking the turf.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Sunday 16 February 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 33 species recorded this morning including - pair of Kestrel, at times in the box, Sparrowhawk carrying prey, 4 Reed Bunting, 3 Cormorant, 6 Goosander ( 3 males courting a female on river). In fields close by - a single Pinkfoot with Canadas, Woodcock flushed, Bullfinch, 2 Brambling & 3 Redpoll (singing birds).
Fred Drake et al

Hope Hill and Glovershaw Lane - Baildon
Skylarks had returned to Hope Hill, there was some singing and chasing amongst the half a dozen birds.  Three Red Grouse sprung up from the heather and a flock of up to 50 Lapwings rose from the fields on Glovershaw Lane.  At 7.30am a Green Woodpecker called from a tree on Lucy Hall Drive before it headed for the Glen.
Paul King

Moorcock Farm, above Riddlesden - Red Kite seen drifting along the edge at 13.15pm.
Tom Hubball

Thornbank, Ave, Oakworth Road, Keighley - 2 Waxwings.
via Tony Gough

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Saturday, 15th February 2014

Following a female Blackcap, there was a male bird, in the same Riddlesden garden during the past few days.    Photo: Stephen Lilley.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Tuesday 11 February 2014

Riddlesden Garden
Female Blackcap visiting Stephen's feeder    photo: Stephen Lilley

Caldene Fields, South Bradford - this morning, 2 skeins of Pink-footed Geese flew N/NW.
Martyn Priestley

Yeadon Tarn - 22 Goosander, 11 Mute Swan, 5 G C G, 11 Tufted, 10 Pochard
Knotford Nook - 2 G C G, 2 Goosander, 10 Goldeneye, 12 Tufted, 24 Wigeon
Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - 164 Wigeon, 8 Goldeneye, 22 Oystercatchers, 3 Pochard,
11 Tufted, 2 Little Grebe, G C G, 44 Lapwing, 2 Grey Patridge, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 10 February 2014

Monday 10th February

Upwood    120+ Redwings feeding in field.

Bradup     25 Lapwing, 2 Meadow  Pipit

Riddlesden Garden  Pair  Blackcap (m+f) briefly,  Sparrowhawk (male)

Stephen  Lilley


Sunday, 9 February 2014

Sunday 9 February 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - pair of Kestrels regularly visiting box, 200 plus Lapwing flying east, probably leaving flooded fields further up the valley. Sparrowhawk, 4 Reed Bunting, pair of Bullfinch.
Fred Drake et al

Today & yesterday, Water Rail calling from area between Bradford & Bingley Sports Club & by-pass tip, off Wagon lane, Bingley.
Jon Middleton

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Saturday 8 February 2014

Allerton garden - on feeder this morning, a Ring-necked Parakeet.
Ian Watson

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Thursday 6 February 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - single Oystercatcher flew east, male Kestrel guarding box, Sparrowhawk, up to 4 Reed Bunting.
Fred Drake et al.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Tuesday 4 February 2014

Kingfisher sighted between 3 Rise Locks & Dowley Gap, Bingley.
Pam Pickles

Monday, 3 February 2014

Monday 3 February 2014

Baildon Bank - mid morning, everything mobbing a Red Kite. Bradford City Centre next!!
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Sunday 2 February 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Snipe landed & hid in undergrowth, 3 Bullfinch, 3 Reed Bunting, Jay, Sparrowhawk, male Kestrel around box today, female there yesterday.
Fred Drake et al

Guiseley garden - (first time ever!) - male Blackcap.
Richard Lobley

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Saturday 1st  February 

Bradup  female Stonechat in bottom  below Bradup.  60 Redwings feeding on ground at Upwood.

Stephen  Lilley