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

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Thursday 30 March 2017

Dowley Gap - first Sand Martins
Martin Taunton

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - pair of Goosander with female flying to the Stock Dove Nest Box. Kingfisher, Reed Bunting, Chiff-Chaff, Bullfinch amongst birds recorded. An interesting sight was of 5 Jays chasing each other for most of the morning, often screeching, but one mimicking call of Buzzard.
Left some seed on the stone wall to watch a couple of Bank Voles dash out regularly.
Brenda & Derek Parkin, Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday 28th continued

Oxenhope garden - female Brambling on feeder.
Howard Creber

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Tuesday 28th March 2017

Upper Wharfedale
New images from Roger Nelson, taken in the past few days.
Part of a flock of 27 Greylags making their way to moorland breeding sites photo: Roger Nelson
Greylag carrying orange neck-ring SNS.  photo: Roger Nelson
A female Great Spotted Woodpecker climbs a garden fence.  photo: Roger Nelson
One of two Ring Ouzels seen on Barden Moor on 25th March.  photo: Roger Nelson

Monday, 27 March 2017

Monday 27th March 2017

In the fields by Golcar Farm, a pair of Redshank were amongst the Lapwings, Snipe and Curlew which have established their breeding territories.  Two Stock Doves are using a nest box and a pair of Reed Buntings were also seen.
Paul King

Baildon Golf Course
A Ring Ouzel flew over
Rex Holt

Calverley Garden
22 Waxwings
Lee Holmes

Hazelwood area - pair of Stonechat, 24 Greylags grazing.
Roger Nelson

Sunday 26 March 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher catching, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Chiff-Chaff.
Also Comma Butterfly
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Saturday 25th March 2017

Breeding pair of Mandarins at Thackley.  Photo: Peter Hughes

 R. Wharfe   Strid area.

2 Whooper Swan flyover, 50 Fieldfare in adjacent fields.

Barden Res.

2 Ring Ouzel between Lower and Upper Res.

John Brooks

Friday, 24 March 2017

Friday 24 March continued

Bradup - 2 male Wheatear, 3 Redshank
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday 24th March, 2017

A male Wheatear on the Golf Course.  In the fields adjacent to Golcar Farm there are 25 pairs of Lapwings, four pairs of Curlew, a pair of Stock Dove and a drumming Snipe.  There were two singing Reed Buntings and Meadow Pipits have returned to the moors.
Paul King

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Thursday 23 March 2017

A newly arrived male Wheatear at Slippery Ford on 21st March.  Photo Ian Hargreaves
Silsden Floods - 6 Shoveler, 4 Redshank, 34 Oystercatcher
Cononley Ings - Shelduck, 2 Redshank
Brian Vickers

Cullingworth garden - singing Chiff-Chaff seen.
Dave Ogden

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Kingfishers in a chase. At the feeders, Redpoll, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting. Chiff-Chaff singing plus 3 Oystercatchers in the area.
Shaun Radcliffe

Yeadon Tarn
40 Tufted Duck, one male Shoveler, three Oystercatchers, two Siskin, one Chiffchaff
Shipley Glen
Green Woodpecker in the area.
Paul King

Cononley Ings   

3 Whooper Swans.

Silsden Ings.

6 Shovelers.

Keith  Moir

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Wednesday 22 March 2017

Moorside Lane, Oxenhope - 180 Golden Plover
Leeshaw Reservoir - 4 Redshank
Brian Vickers

Crossflatts -  At 09.45 -  44 Whoopers flew up the valley calling.
Steeton area - Little Egret seen from train about 1/2 mile from Steeton Station towards Keighley.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Tuesday 21 March 2017

Barden Bridge - pair of Goosander on river, pair of Mandarin flew upriver plus Blackcap singing by bridge.
Mark Williams

Slippery Ford - male Wheatear, male Stonechat
Ian Hargreaves

Oxenhope - 136 Golden Plover
Cononley Ings - 2 Redshank, 4 Shelduck, Teal & Wigeon
Barden - 3 Wheatear
Silsden Floods - 15 Redshank, 35 Oystercatcher.
Brian Vickers

Bingley Grammar School - 20 Waxwings
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday 20 March 2017

West Lane, Haworth - 6 Redwing
Nigel Ward

Leeshaw Reservoir - Little Owl, 2 Redshank, 42 Meadow Pipit, 65 Fieldfare, 6 Oystercatcher,
Fly Flatts - 3 Buzzard
Brian Vickers

Monday, 20 March 2017

Sunday 19 March 2017

Barden Moor - Ring Ouzel
Barden Scale - roding Woodcock
David Curran
Upper Wharfedale
Whooper Swans at Chelker Reservoir.  photo: Roger Nelson
Chaffinch with advanced viral papilloma.  Photo: Roger Nelson
A female Mandarin looking for a nest hole.   Photo: Peter Hughes

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Saturday 18th March 2017

Lower Barden Res
18+ Whooper Swans

Chelker Reservoir
8 Whooper Swans

Silsden Ings
19 Redshank minimum, 2 Shelduck
2 Little Egret
M Cunningham

Friday, 17 March 2017

Friday 17th March 2017

Bradup - 3 Redshank

Redcar Tarn - 2 Redshank

M Cunningham

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Thursday 16 March 2017

Buck Woods area next to canal - female Mandarin 20 foot up a tree.
Peter Hughes

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - on the water, pair of Teal, pair of Goosanders plus noisy Canadas. At the feeder, 3 Redpoll, Bullfinches, Reed Buntings. Water Rail heard in reed bed.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday 15 March 2017

Lindley Wood - 3 Grey Wagtail, 4 Chiff-Chaff, pair of Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant
East Chevin - Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, Siskin flyover.
Mike Bloomfield

Monday, 13 March 2017

Monday 13 March 2017

East Morton - flock of 40 Fieldfare behind Alma Terrace.
Sheila Barton

Raw Nook & Toad Holes Beck - 2 singing Chiff-Chaffs
Martyn Priestley

Dowley Gap - Chiff-Chaff, Sparrowhawk.
Wagon Lane - 2 Grey Wagtail
Hirst Weir - pair of Dippers.
Myrtle Park - singing Chiff-Chaff, calling Stock Dove.
Shaun Radcliffe

Upper Wharfedale

Grey Wagtails have returned to Upper Wharfedale.  Photo: Roger Nelson

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Sunday 12th March 2017

Bradup - 0730ish
Yellowhammer male flew around a bit constantly calling before landing in trees at the old cattery.
M Doveston

Keighley Golf Course
5 singing Chiffchaff
J Middleton

East Riddlesden Hall
Willow Tit near river bend, 2x Sand Martin,
Singing Chiffchaff, Kingfisher, Meadow Pipits on the move,
M Doveston

Redcar Tarn
female Shelduck flew around several times,
Teal dropped in, Oystercatchers, Lapwing,
Curlew, distant Buzzards, Sparrowhawk,
Skylarks moving through, 350 Starling flock
M Cunningham, M Doveston

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Saturday 11 March 2017

Redcar Tarn - Dunlin (yesterday still had Iceland Gull & Snipe)
Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 Redshank
Silsden Floods - 4 Redshank, 2 Shelduck, male Shoveler.
Brain Vickers

Friday, 10 March 2017

Friday 10th March 2017

Esholt S W -
Gadwall pair and nesting Dipper
M Cunningham

Otley, Neville Road area
c20 Waxwings
A Jowett

Silsden 0900
6 Whooper Swans heading up Aire Valley
J Middleton

65 Whooper Swans tracked up the Aire Valley being seen over Riddlesden, Keighley Golf Course and Silsden 10:05
M Doveston, J Middleton, DDimmock

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Bolton Abbey to Hazelwood - 31 Oystercatchers on riverbank, 5 Grey Wagtail, pair of Dippers with nesting material were amongst some of the birds seen.
Roger Nelson

Silsden Floods - 9 Redshank
Fly Flatts - 6 Stonechat, Raven
Chelker Reservoir - 35 Oystercatchers
Brian Vickers

Monday, 6 March 2017

Monday 6th March 2017

Unusually, four male Stonechats seen together, feeding and moving as a group.  Four pairs of Curlew, 30 Lapwings and 65 Greylags.
Paul King

Silsden Floods - 8 Redshank, 18 Oystercatchers
Cononley Ings - single Redshank, 4 Shelduck, 180 Curlew, Wigeon & Teal.
Brian Vickers

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Sunday 5 March 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 26 species recorded this morning. At the feeders, 3 Redpoll, 5 Reed Bunting, pair of Bullfinch.
Carrying nesting material - Magpie, LTT & Jackdaw.
3  Crows mobbed a Common Buzzard as it flew up the valley.
Shaun Radcliffe

Dowley Gap area - Airedale RSPB walk
8x Whooper Swan heading up the Aire Valley
2x Oystercatcher, Sparrowhawk, 30+ Redwing
Little Grebe, Kingfisher, GSWdpkr, Grey Wagtail
M Doveston et al

Redcar Tarn - Iceland Gull
K Moir

15 Whooper Swans flew west up the Sladen Valley
viewed from Keighley Moor
I Hargeaves

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Saturday 4th March 2017

Shipley Glen
Kingfisher, fishing in the dam and a Green Woodpecker calling.  Two Song Thrush in full song.
Paul King

2 March 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - the clearing out of boxes was interesting. The Kestrel Box had 3 deserted eggs whilst the Stock Dove Nest Box held 10 Goosander eggs from last year. Hoping for a more successful conclusion this year.
Plenty of evidence of Field Vole activity.
John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

1 March 2017

Nab Water Lane - Buzzard, male Stonechat
Leeshaw Reservoir - 8 Oystercatcher, 14 Meadow Pipit, 2 Cormorant, 2 Goosander
Upper Marsh Lane - 132 Golden Plover
Brian Vickers

Whetstone Gate area - pair of Stonechat, a few Lapwings displaying, the odd Curlew, singing Skylark plus a single Redshank flew past.
Shaun Radcliffe