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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Great Spotted Woodpecker (juvenile)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (juvenile)
photo: Keith Allen

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Wednesday 14 April 2021

Folly Hall Woods - single male Redstart, single male Pied Flycatcher, Green Woodpecker.

Sightings & foto by Jon Budworth

Glovershaw/Sconce - Yellow Wagtail, Willow Warbler, 3 Swallow, 6 Oystercatchers

Phil Matthews

Bolton Bridge - Hazlewood - 3 Common Sandpiper,3 Sand Martin, 2 singing Blackcap

Roger Nelson


Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Tuesday 13 April 2021

Private Wetlands (permit only) - female Common Scoter

Sighting & foto by Simon Carey

Trough Lane, Oxenhope -  7 Wheatear

Nab Water Lane -  2 Wheatear

Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 pair of Teal, single Snipe, 4 Redshank

Brian Vickers

Bingley garden - Goldcrest carrying nesting material.

Shaun Radcliffe 

Monday, 12 April 2021

Monday 12 April 2021

Bridgehouse Beck - pair of Dippers collecting insects, pair of Grey Wagtails, 2 Chiff-Chaff, single Siskin & Swallow.

Howard Creber

Hazlewood - Storiths - 2 singing Willow Warblers, 3 Chiff-Chaff, 2 Green Woodpeckers, pair of Grey Wagtails, pair of Little Owls.

Roger Nelson  

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Sunday 11 April 2021

 Glovershaw area - 2 Wheatear, 100 plus Golden Plover, Stonechat, Little Owl

Sightings & photo from Steve Meredith

Saturday 10 April 2021

 Apperley Bridge - 2 singing Blackcap, GSW drumming, 30 Sand Martin over nest banks, 3 Swallow, Kingfisher.

Damien Pearson

Low Bradley - Swallow, singing Skylark.

Joy Leach

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Wednesday 7 April 2021

Barden Bridge - Strid Woods - Storiths Back Road - Common Sandpiper (earliest record for 50 years for the observer), Mandarin Ducks, 4 Grey wagtail, 3 Chiff-Chaff plus a dozen Fieldfare.

 Photo & records from Roger Nelson

Glovershaw area - flock of over 100 Golden Plover seen yesterday still in the area.

Ian Skayman

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Tuesday 6 April 2021

Baildon - an unusual site for this species - A Wheatear seen on the roof of a building at Hoyle Court.

Jeremy Taylor

And here is the proof !

 Between Glovershaw & Weecher Reservoir - flock of 120 Golden Plover this morning.

Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 4 April 2021

Sunday 4 April 2021

Raw Nook N R, South Bradford - Willow Warbler, Redshank, 4 Chiff-Chaff, 2 Lesser Redpoll.

Martyn Priestley

 Altar Road, Bingley - pair of Siskin, singing Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff. 

Myrtle Park - drumming GSW, calling Nuthatch. At nearby lake, now 6 established Grey Heron nests.

Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Saturday 3 April 2021

Caldene Fields, South Bradford - singing Blackcap, first for the site this year.

Martyn Priestley

R Aire, Wagon Lane stretch - 20 Sand Martin

Thomas Simcock  


Please note the Reserve is closed temporarily due to work being undertaken to the school entrance. 

Further advice will be provided once the school returns back from the Easter break.

Shaun Radcliffe 

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Wednesday 31 March 2021

 Eldwick Reservoir - this evening, 5 Curlew, 4 Lapwing, 2 pair of Oystercatchers, Little Owl, Little Grebe (a first sighting at site), single Sand Martin, pair of Grey Wagtail, 8 M Pipits, Cormorant.

Phil Matthews

Barden Moor - pair of Wheatear

Storith Road, Barden - Chiff-Chaff, Wheatear, Green Woodpecker

Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve - Chiff-Chaff, Bullfinch, 2 Reed Bunting plus a single Sand Martin flew through.

John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Tuesday 30 March 2021

Reva Reservoir - 7.30 in evening, Common Scoter seen preening itself. Still there when observer left.

Alan Robinson

High Royds Estate - 15 Swallows seen heading west

Ian Poole

Barden Moor - male Ring Ouzel, male Stonechat, 6 Wheatear

Storith Road, Barden - 6 Wheatear, 2 Little Owl, 20 Fieldfare

Brian Vickers

Slippery Ford & Keighley Reservoir - 6 Wheatear, 20 plus Fieldfare & small groups of Sand Martin at the reservoir.

Ian Skayman

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail heard, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Chiff-Chaff, Canada geese mating.

Also 2 Kingfishers visited the Reserve and started fishing from the willows. Both caught sticklebacks, stunned and swallowed them and stayed perched on the same branch for 10 minutes within 3 feet of each other.

John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe  

Monday 29 March 2021

Hazlewood Moor - a single Swallow

Roger Nelson

Glovershaw - Curlew, Lapwing, Snipe & Greylag

Baildon Moor - single Wheatear, 2 Little Owl

James Pieslak 

Monday, 29 March 2021

Sunday 28 March 2021

 Hazlewood Moor - single Ring Ouzel, female Stonechat, 2 pair of Oystercatchers.

          Roger's image of a Lapwing.

Reva Reservoir - 4 Redshank, a pair of Oystercatchers

Hawksworth Moor - male Wheatear, 4 Stock Dove

Burley Moor - small flock of 6 Golden Plover, male Wheatear

Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Thursday 25 March 2021

 Barden Bridge - single Sand Martin flying circuits above the sandbanks were this species usually nests.

Shaun Pickard

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Wednesday 24 March 2021

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) -  two Cetti's Warblers located, neither in song. Also two Oystercatchers landed briefly on island  (one leucistic per foto)

Jon Middleton

Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope - 2 Wheatear

Brian Vickers 

Monday, 22 March 2021

Monday 22 March 2021

 Denso Reserve, Baildon - Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, pair of Siskin, Water Rail showing.

Jeremy Taylor


           Roger Nelson's image showing the return of Oystercatchers to Wharfedale.


 Due to a change in management, the left hand of BOG did not know what the right was doing so apologies for some sightings that did not make the web-site - but please keep them coming. Shaun

Wednesday 17th  - 2 Barnacle geese with the Canadas at Fly Flatts Res. Ian Skayman

Thursday 18th -  2 Chiff- Chaff singing along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal near Bingley. Jane Robinson

      "                    25 Whoopers over Baildon. Mark Scrimshaw

Friday 19 March - 2 Chiff-Chaff singing at Toads Holes Beck. Martyn Priestley

Saturday 20 March - 60 Whoopers flying N W seen from Bingley Garden. Martin Taunton

Saturday 22 March 2021

Glovershaw - Lapwing flock of 40 on breeding ground, 4 pair of Curlew, Snipe drumming, Skylarks plus a pair of Stonechat.. Next day, recorded a Kingfisher at Shipley Glen Dam.

Steve Meredith