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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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 

Friday, 19 March 2021


                                              Kingfisher taken near Saltaire by Steve Meredith

Friday 19 March 2021

Bingley area -  A new Heronry is now situated near the town on a private lake between the Brown Cow pub & Myrtle Park. A Grey Heron is now sitting whilst three more birds are nest building. Up to six birds have been recorded over the town whilst this development takes place. A good place to view is from the car park next to Bingley Little Theatre as the birds are nesting on an island.

Also recorded today - 2 male & 4 female Goosanders up river, a singing Chiff-Chaff at the bottom of Altar Road, GSW drumming, Nuthatch & Bullfinch near the park.

Shaun Radcliffe 

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Wednesday 17 March 2021

Hunting Barn Owl in Baildon Area - Keith Allen

Tuesday 16 March 2021

 Hirst Wood area -  with the river high, no sign of Dippers at the weir, just a Grey Wagtail. Nearby Mistle Thrush, Canadas & Greylags.

Steve Meredith

Monday, 15 March 2021

Sunday 14 March 2021

Sunnydale area - flock of 45 Curlew

Penny French 

Sunday, 14 March 2021

11th & 12th March 2021

Lister Park - pair of Coot nest building, 30 plus Redwing

Joy Leach 

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Thursday 12th March 2021

Otley Wetlands;

2cy male Scaup, 2 LBBG, 24 Curlew

A Jowett

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Wednesday 11th March 2021

 Otley Wetlands

Scaup and Gadwall

A Jowett

Monday, 8 March 2021

Sunday 7 March 2021

Glovershaw - increase in Curlew, displaying Lapwings, 2 Grey Partridge, 30+ Golden Plover, active Skylarks & Meadow Pipits, Woodcock flushed near cabins.

Steve Meredith


Saturday, 6 March 2021

Saturday 6 March 2021

 Hirst Wood weir  - pair of dippers nest building.

Milner Fields area - Goldcrest, 3 GSW drumming.

Steve Meredith

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Tuesday 2 March 2021

 Sunnydale Reservoir area - flock of 60 Fieldfare, pair of Red Kites, Buzzard, single Curlew.

Shaun Radcliffe