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

Monday, 29 February 2016

Monday 29th February 2016

Swinsty Reservoir - 5 Whooper Swan, 25 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher
Ilkley Moor - Red Kite
Cottingley garden - Siskin, Redpoll
Sally Varrie

Dowley Gap
Pair of Dippers displaying and four Oystercatchers feeding in the fields by Hirstwood Weir.
Paul King

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Sunday 28th February 2016

East Morton area - Red Kite
Tom Hubball

Cavendish Pavillion to Strid - 2 Kingfisher, 3 Dipper, 4 Mandarin, 3 Goosander, Grey Wagtail,
2 Treecreeper
Nigel Ward

Doe Park Reservoir
Small flock of Pink-footed Geese heading west.
Curlew, Skylark, Common Gull,
Black-headed Gull, Mallard, Canada Goose,
2 Greylag Geese flew up the valley north.
18 Magpie in recently muck-spread field.

Station Road, Harecroft
Little Owl

Hewenden Res
One pair of Goldeneye with male displaying,
4 Goosander, 4 Cormorant, 16 Canada Geese,
male Tufted Duck, Mallards, Kestrel,
Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Adult Herring Gull,
1st W LBBGull, 1st W Herring Gull,
100+ Black-headed Gull and Common Gull
Grey Wagtail, Skylark

Redcar Tarn 10:00am
Herring Gull 3rd W, Tufted Ducks, Skylark
plus the usual stuff but few gulls

Silsden Ings
8 Curlew, 50+Lapwing,

A629 Between Keighley & Silsden
44 Curlew, 10 Oystercatcher, numerous Black-headed Gulls

M Doveston

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Saturday 27th February 2016

Yeadon Tarn - 3 GCG, pair of Pochard
Hirst Wood - Green Woodpecker
Sally Varrie

Scargill Pasture - male Stonechat, Red Kite, 2 Skylarks.
Scargill Reservoir - 2 Goldeneye, 3 Tufted Duck, 200 BHG, pair of Grey Wagtail, single Oystercatcher.
John O'Gaunt Reservoir - 17 Tufted (11males), 120 Curlew flock, Stock Dove calling.
Beaverdyke area - Grey Wagtail, GSW drumming, 3 Stock Dove
Shaun Radcliffe

Shipley Glen
7 Grey Herons roosting, pair of Little Grebe on the river and a Green Woodpecker, heard for the first time.
Paul King

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Thursday 25th February 2016

Hawksworth Moor - female Hen Harrier, 2 Buzzard, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Lapwings, 10 Curlew, 6 Golden Plover.
Jeremy Taylor
Buzzard also sighted by Chris Binns in the same area.

The fields around Golcar Farm contained 78 Greylags and 74 Lapwings (a high number for here).  Also in the area were 11 Fieldfare and four Curlew.  Four Skylarks had returned to Baildon Moor and were on the Golf Course.
Paul King

Wednesday 24 February 2016

Bingley to Saltaire along the river - Dipper seen near new road bridge & at Dowley Gap. 3 pair of Goosander at Roberts Park, 3 Oystercatchers near Hirst Weir, no Kingfishers or Grey Wagtail on route. GSW drumming.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Tuesday 23 February 2016

Haworth area - 3 buzzards circling before drifting SE
Nigel Ward

Fewston Res. - 6 Oystercatchers, male Goldeneye, 23 Curlew.
Washburn Valley - 8 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday 22 February 2016

Leeshaw Res. - 5 Oystercatcher
Silsden Res. - 16 Goldeneye, 16 Tufted Duck, 3 Wigeon, 2 Mute Swan.
Silsden Floods - 21 Curlew
Brian Vickers

Monday, 22 February 2016

Friday 19 February 2016

Neville Road, off Wakefield Road, Bradford - Black Redstart.
Bird seen on a fence with razor-wire just beyond Cardinal House, next to brush-wash machine & portakabin. Has been in the vicinity for some months, on & off.
Please respect private property/land.
Keith Moir
The  Black Redstart seen on private land off Neville Road, Bradford.  Photo Keith Moir

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Thursday 18th February 2016

Silsden Moor - 4 Buzzard drifting S W calling, Red Kite
Bradup/Whetstone - Kestrel, Raven, 2 SEO
Theo Kuechel

Bolton Abbey to Hazlewood - 28 Oystercatcher, 60 Lapwing returning to breeding grounds,
9 Grey Partridge, Sparrowhawk, 2 Red Kite
Roger Nelson 

Yeadon Tarn
37 Tufted Ducks, three Pochard (two males and a female).
Paul King

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Tuesday 16 February 2016

East Morton/ Sunnydale Reservoir area - Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Stock Dove calling.
A few Mistle Thrushes but not a single winter thrush sighted.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 15 February 2016

Monday 15 February 2016

Knotford Nook - 12 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 15 Goldeneye (8 males), 4 G C G, 12 Wigeon
8 Cormorant
Theo kuechel

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Sunday 14 February 2016

Between Otley & Burley (A660) - ringtail seen from road at 09.30 probably a juvenile.
Theo Kuechel

Members only reservoir - adult Kittiwake, 1500 BHG, 200 Common Gull, 17 LBB Gull,
3 Herring Gull, 2 Goldeneye, female Teal. 

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail (heard), 5 Reed Bunting, pair of Bullfinch
Oystercatcher, Cormorant, now 3 Moorhen.
Shaun Radcliffe

36 Golden Plover, 42 Lapwing on territory, 66 Greylags, Red Kite and Kestrel.
Paul King

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Saturday 13 February 2016

Sconce/Glovershaw area - 2 Kestrel, Red Kite, Buzzard, 80 Lapwing, 36 Greylag Geese.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 12 February 2016

Friday 12 February 2016

Bradford City Centre - Peregrine Falcon over park. Day before, 90 to 100 lapwings flying at Laisterdyke.
Jamie Brass
A Nuthatch.   photo: Roger Nelson
Shipley Glen
A Little Owl by Brackenhall Countryside Centre.
Paul King

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Wednesday 10th February 2016

Redcar Tarn 12.30
Adult Mediterranean Gull in adjacent sheep field,
Adult LBBGull, 3rd & 1st W Herring Gulls,
300+ Black-headed Gull, several Common Gull

M Doveston
A record shot of the Adult Med Gull (furthest left).

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Tuesday 9th February 2016

Upper Wharfedale
Recent images from Roger Nelson.
Mandarin pair
Goosander pair and Mallard pair
Carrion Crow

Monday, 8 February 2016

Monday 8 February 2016

Bolton Abbey to Hazlewood - pair of Oystercatcher, pair of Mandarin, pair of Goosander,
40 Pinkfoot flying NW, 7 Stock Dove, male Bullfinch.
Roger Nelson

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Sunday 7 February 2016

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Reed Bunting, Canada & Greylag geese, Cormorant, Siskin, Bullfinch.
John Tyson, Tom Simcock, Keith Allen, Peter Riley, Martin Stone, Derek Parkin - all who also repaired the flood damage to the fencing. Many thanks
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday 6 February 2016

River Aire - Dowley Gap to Hirst Locks - 3 Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Grey & Pied Wagtails, Sparrowhawk, Nuthatch.
Sally Varie

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Wednesday February 3rd


30 Lapwing , Buzzard, Kestrel and a pair of Stonechat.

Stephen Lilley

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Tuesday 2nd February 2016

Yeadon Tarn
A trip round the tarn on 28th January and Phil Matthews took these excellent photos of some of the assembled birds.