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, 27 February 2017

Monday 27 February 2017

Otley garden - female Blackcap. Recent wild weather has brought Redwing & Bullfinch to the garden.
Theo Kuechel

Sunday 26 February 2017

Cononley Ings - Buzzard, Kestrel, 6 Shelduck, 30 Oystercatchers, Redshank, hundreds of Curlews, Lapwing, Wigeon & Teal.
Brian Vickers

Silsden area - still 2 Little Egret in fields close to railway line. 800 plus Starling at Kiln Hill, Silsden.
Steve Parkes

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Saturday 25th February 2017

Cullingworth. today

Second winter Iceland Gull, it left after a few minutes and couldn't be relocated.

Thruscross  yesterday,  80 Oystercatcher, 

at Cononley Ings (west), 720 Wigeon,  530 Curlew,  1 Shelduck,   Little Egret (fly through).

On Wednesday at Lindley Wood Res.   57 Mandarin Duck

Keith Moir

Friday, 24 February 2017

Friday 24th February 2017

Yeadon Tarn
A female Shoveler was on the tarn with five Pochards (four males and a female), 34 Tufted Ducks and eight Mute Swans.
Paul King.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Thursday 23 February 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - in stormy conditions, Kestrel sheltered in box. At the feeders - Bullfinches, Reed Buntings. Despite the downpour singing birds were Song Thrush, Dunnock & Siskin.
Shaun Radcliffe.

Wednesday 22 February 2017

Silsden Fields - 140 Curlew, 17 Lapwing, Oystercatcher.
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Tuesday 21st February 2017

Yeadon Tarn
Pochards at Yeadon Tarn.

Other species included 23 Tufted Ducks, Coots and Mute Swan.

All photos by Nigel Priestley.

Shipley Glen
A walk along the river and in the woods produced a variety of species including six singing Song Thrushes and a pair of nest building Dippers.
Paul King

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Sunday 19 February 2017

Steeton - seen from a train, 2 Little Egret in an area between railway lines & A629, Hawkcliffe Farm
is nearest named place.
Peter Hughes

Yeadon Tarn - 5 Pochard, 3 Mute Swan, 30 Coot, 23 Tufted Duck, 2 Song Thrush
Nigel Priestley

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 29 species recorded this morning including the following -
Cormorant, pair of Siskin, pair of Kestrel. At the feeders - Redpoll, Bullfinch, 4 Reed Bunting, Goldfinch.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 17 February 2017

Friday 17th February 2017

Yeadon Tarn
On the tarn - Seven Pochards (five males and two females), 29 Tufted Ducks.
In sycamores alongside the road - Eight Waxwings

Dobrudden Farm, Baildon Moor
Four Tree Sparrows.
Paul King

Fewston Reservoir - Teal using the reservoir to display/courtship where trees stand in the water. Three groups seen of 57 +14 +10. Also 4 Oystercatcher, Red Kite.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Thursday 16 February 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - unusual visitor, female Wigeon. Water Rail also heard.
John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday 15 February 2017

High Royds - Oystercatcher, 4 male Reed Buntings feeding on Phragmitis seeds.
Theo Kuechel

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Tuesday 14 February 2017

River Wharfe opposite Ilkley golf course - 2 pair of Mandarin, 4 Oystercatchers, singing Dipper
Denton fields near metal bridge - 120 Curlew, 3 Oystercatchers
Steve Parkes

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Sunday 12th February 2017

Riddlesden Garden.

 Single Brambling photographed yesterday, has been feeding regularly at my feeders throughout the winter. 
Stephen Lilley

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Saturday 11 February 2017

R Aire walk from Bingley to Saltaire - 6 pairs of Goosander, Little Grebe, single Dipper in Myrtle Park and a pair at Hirst Weir, cuople of Cormorant. At the railway bridge at Hirst Wood, a Sparrowhawk grabbed a Feral Pigeon but lost its grip. The pigeon dropped into the river but managed to fly up and back to the bank. After a while, the pigeon took off to fly back across the river only for the hawk to swoop again. This time there was no contact and some walkers appeared which scared the Sparrowhawk away.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday 10 February 2017

Silsden Floods - 2 Shelduck, 8 Oystercatcher, 26 Golden Plover, 38 Curlew, 300+ Lapwing
Brian Vickers

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Wednesday 8 February 2017

Hazelwood Moor - Peregrine, 2 Red Kite, 3 Buzzard, Raven, 2 Stock Dove.
Roger Nelson

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Tuesday 7th February 2017

Upper Wharfedale
Roger Nelson sent these images of bird life in Upper Wharfedale

Cock Fighting - Pheasant style

Monday, 6 February 2017

Monday 6 February 2017

Washburn Valley - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
John Polland

Cononley Ings - 750 Lapwing, 250 Wigeon, 100 BHG, 60 Golden Plover, 4 Shelduck, 2 Teal
Nigel Priestley

Golden Plover over Cononley Ings.  photo: Nigel Priestley
Shelducks at Cononley Ings.  Photo: Nigel Priestley
River Aire
Near Baildon Bridge a Kingfisher and a pair of Goosander.  On the stretch of water at Hirstwood a four pairs of Goosanders were in the process of bonding and a Dipper was at the weir.
Paul King

4 February 2017 continued

Barden Bridge - Aqueduct Bridge - 6 Oystercatchers, 5 Greylags, 2 Dippers, female Sparrowhawk,
Red Kite, 2 Buzzard plus mixed flocks of Fieldfare & Starlings.
Roger Nelson

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Saturday 4th February 2017

Baildon Moor
A flock of six Skylarks at the top of Hope Hill and four Tree Sparrows on feeders at Dobrudden Farm.
Paul King.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Friday 3 February 2017

Barden Scale - Peregrine, Buzzards, kestrel, Red Kites, 2 Hen Harriers, Lapwings, Golden Plovers
Brian Vickers

Holmewood - single Red Kite
Martin Milard

Street Lane area - Buzzard, single Skylark, 80 Lapwing flying around.
Shaun Radcliffe

On a bright sunny morning, up to eight Sky Larks were active, some of them singing.  A flock of over 60 Fieldfare were feeding in fields at Pennythorn and a few Lapwings had returned to the fields near Golcar Farm.  A pair of Stonechats were feeding at the end of Birch Close Lane and a male Reed Bunting was stationed at a usual breeding spot.
Paul King

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Thursday 2 February 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - plenty of birds around the feeders with Bullfinches, Reed Buntings & finches. What was not expected was a Meadow Pipit which perched on the willows for a few minutes. This species has not been recorded at this site for over 10 years. Water Rail very briefly heard.
Derek Parkin & Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Wednesday 1st February 2017

Black-headed Gull
Martyn Priestley found a ringed Black-headed Gull at Harold Park Lake Low Moor on the 23/1/2017 and 25/1/2017.
He did some some research and found that the bird was first ringed at Stavanger Norway on the 22/4/2016 and was aged as a 3cy bird.  It remained in and around the area of Stavanger and was sighted twice once on the 30/6/2016 and again on the 9/7/2016.  It was not recorded again until the 23/1/at Low Moor.

To me this suggests the bird (given it's age ) may be moving south in autumn to the UK and possibly returning to breed in Norway..
Martyn Priestley