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 dedicated to the study and conservation of birds within this region which is situated amongst the Pennines of Northern England.

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Friday, 30 March 2018

Thursday 29 March 2018

Barden Moor - 2 Wheatear, 2 Raven, 2 Snipe displaying
Brian Vickers

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Wednesday 28 March 2018

Nab Water Lane - female Wheatear
Trough Lane - pair of Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Barden Bridge - pair of Redshank
Barden Moor - Skylark, 4 Snipe, 80 Curlew
A pair of Greylag Geese          photo: Roger Nelson
A Red Grouse in a snowstorm              photo: Roger Nelson
Breeding Lapwing                  photo: Roger Nelson
Breeding Redshank on Barden Moor               photo: Roger Nelson
Horncliffe, Well, Hawksworth Moor - flock of 40 Golden Plover flying towards Baildon direction.
Shaun Radcliffe  

Tuesday 27 March 2018

East Otley garden - pair of Siskin on feeders.
Theo Kuechel

Knotford Nook - large numbers of winter thrushes, Sparrowhawk.
Russell King

Monday 26 March 2018

Halton Heights, Barden Moor - male Ring Ouzel, 2 Raven, Kestrel
Theo Kuechel

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Tuesday 27th March 2018

Reed Buntings, Sky Larks and Meadow Pipits have returned to moorland fringes.  photo: Roger Nelson.

Yeadon Tarn
Shoveler and 20 Tufted Ducks.
Shoveler, Tufted Duck and Mute Swan at Yeadon Tarn.    Photos: Mike Bloomfield

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Sunday 25 March 2018

Barden Moor - pair of Stonechat
Storiths Road, Barden - Wheatear
Brian Vickers  

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing Chiff-Chaff, Little Egret, Snipe flushed, classic call of a Buzzard in tree behind hide proved to be a mimicking Jay!
Above Micklethwaite Village - single Raven.
Shaun Radcliffe

Up to 12 Snipe now present in the fields by Golcar Farm.  Lots of 'chunking' and display flights.  Up to 25 pairs of Lapwings in the same area.  Reed Buntings and Meadow Pipits have now returned to the moorland and Sky Larks are performing their aerial song.
Shipley Glen
A pair of Common Buzzards overhead during the afternoon.
Paul King

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Saturday 24 March 2018

Barden Scale - Sparrowhawk, Snipe displaying
Brian Vickers

Reva Hill/Hawksworth Moor area - Wheatear, 6 Stock Dove, 5 Snipe drumming, 12 Greylag Geese, a few Meadow Pipits & Curlews.
Shaun Radcliffe

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits - pair of Oystercatchers, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Goosander, Chiff-Chaff
R. Wharfe opposite Ilkley Golf Club - 3 pair of Mandarin, 2 pair of Dipper, pair of Oystercatcher,
pair of Goosander.
Steve Parkes

Friday 23 March 2018

Seen on feeders:
Cottingley garden - male Brambling
Rob Bell

Hazlewood garden - not seen since April 2016 - Reed Bunting.
Roger Nelson

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Thursday 22nd March 2018

Moorside Lane Oxenhope - 30 plus Golden Plover, 20 Lapwing
Ian Skayman

40 Golden Plovers, 40 Lapwing on territory, a Snipe (heard), six Curlews, and on the Golf Course eight Sky Larks and three returning Meadow Pipits.
Paul King

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Tawny Owl, birds singing - Reed Bunting, Redpoll, Bullfinch, Goldfinch.
John Preshaw, Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Knotford Nook - 3 Mandarin Duck, courtship display observed.
Russell King

Barden Bridge to Hazlewood - 36 species recorded including 3 Dipper, 3 Grey Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail, 3 pair of Mandarin, pair of Goosander, pair of Oystercatcher, Woodcock, Green Woodpecker (heard & seen), flock of 150 Fieldfare, 2-3000 Starling & a single Tree Sparrow. Curlew & Lapwing now on breeding grounds.
Roger Nelson
Tree Sparrow at Hazlewood                             photo: Roger Nelson
Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 Redshank
Silsden Fields - 10 Redshank
Silsden Reservoir - 24 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler
Lower Barden Reservoir - 3 Whoopers.
Brian Vickers 

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Tuesday 20 March 2018

River Aire walk between Bingley & Saltaire - Kingfisher on Wagon Lane length, pairs of Grey Wagtail at Myrtle Park & Cottingley Road Bridge. Two Grey Heron flew over very high with one bird carrying a large twig.
Dowley Gap S W - Chiff-Chaff chasing off a Goldcrest. Nearby GSW drumming.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 19 March 2018

19 March 2018

Silsden Reservoir - 2 G C G, 14 Tufted Duck
Silsden Fields - 15 Redshank, 3 Shoveler, 10 Oystercatcher
Silsden by-pass - 20 Oystercatcher
Brian Vickers

Sunday 18 March 2018

East Morton - Sparrowhawk in garden, Treecreeper in village, 200 Lapwing at nearby Upwood Lane plus 50 Starling.
Sheila Barton

Saturday 17 March 2018

Silsden Fields - 8 Whoopers, 8 Shoveler, 2 Shelduck, 2 Redshank
Silsden by-pass - 48 Golden Plover, 4 Redshank, 28 Oystercatcher
Brian Vickers

Thursday 15 March 2018

Knotford Nook - over the river at 09.45, Osprey mobbed by crows.
Russell King

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Tuesday 13th March 2018

Yeadon Tarn
A male Shoveler, a female Pochard, a pair of Great Crested Grebes, 25 Tufted Ducks, 13 Mute Swans were the pick of the birds on the tarn and a Red Kite was circling over the town.
Paul King

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Sunday 11 March 2018

Esholt/Apperley Bridge area - singing Chiff-Chaff, Cormorant, 3 Coal Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Oystercatcher, Buzzard, Kestrel, Pied Wagtail 20+
Damian Pearson

Silsden Fields - 2 Black-tailed Godwit
Barden Scale - Buzzards, Red Kites, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker
Brian Vickers

Keighley/ Silsden by-pass - 2 Little Egrets together
Shaun Radcliffe

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail heard, Cormorant, Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk
Brenda & Derek Parkin, Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 9 March 2018

Friday 9th March 2017

A flock of about 25 Golden Plovers in the field along Glovershaw Lane, near the cattle grid.  Up at Dobrudden Farm, five Tree Sparrows on the feeders and in the hedges.
Paul King

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Thursday 8 March 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - filling the feeders after the snow soon brought in birds. We had 7 Reed Bunting, several Dunnock but also brought out the Water Rail into the open. It fed below the feeders from food droppings before a Moorhen saw it & chased it well away. 2 Cormorant & a Oystercatcher flew past.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Wednesday 7 March 2018

Oxenhope - early Osprey flew over village heading north-west.
Rod Proctor

North of by-pass between Silsden & Keighley - Little Egret
Bolton Bridge - Kingfisher
Steve Parkes

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - went down this evening about twilight to listen for owls. I did not expect to watch a Woodcock roding so early in the season across the football fields.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Tuesday 6 March 2018

Bradup - 3 Golden Plover (one with black belly), 6 Lapwing.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 5 March 2018

Sunday 4 March 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail heard twice, Sparrowhawk visited feeding station, 5 Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday 3 March 2018

Park Dam - 28 Tufted Duck, pair of Gadwall, Goosander
Judy Woods - Sparrowhawk, 6 Tree Sparrow
James Brass

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Thursday 1 March 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - went down to fill the feeders when that evil wind was blowing. Behind one of the islands 10 Lapwing & 60 BHG had roosted after finding a spot in shelter. 6 Reed Buntings came to the feeders. Returned home (Bingley) & during the afternoon, a Sparrowhawk checked out my feeders & later a Fieldfare ,Song Thrush & Mistle Thrush searched for food.
Shaun Radcliffe 

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Apperley Bridge area - 12 Fieldfare, 3 Goosander, Peregrine Falcon (observe with kill)
Damian Pearson