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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Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Monday, 19 February 2018

Monday 19 February 2018

Hirst Wood, Saltaire - plenty of Nuthatch calling, Song Thrush & Goldcrest singing. At 11.30 a flock of Whoopers flew low over going west. The weather was poor with drizzle & low cloud. The birds circled round & back over again so I could accurately count all 26 swans as they continued flying west, constantly calling.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Sunday 18 February 2018

Worth Valley - 150 Pinkfoot flew west up the valley.
Steve parkes

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Little Egret stayed for over two hours this morning. Other sighting - 6 Reed Bunting, Kestrel, Bullfinch, Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Saturday 17 February 2018

Hawksworth - 4 Crossbill over.
Roger Wilkinson

Marsh/ Upper Marsh, Oxenhope - 128 Greylag, 2 Pinkfoot, single Barnacle, Fieldfare flocks of 20 & 30 birds. Pair of Mistle Thrush, 4 Lapwing, early on site.
Steve Parkes

Bingley Bog North - this afternoon, Little Egret feeding in the small wetland.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Friday 16 February 2018

Silsden/ Keighley By-pass - 72 Curlew, 7 Oystercatchers.
Brian Vickers

Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - 12 Goldeneye, 15 Tufted, 40 Wigeon, Little Grebe, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Thursday 15th February 2018

Osprey in the Gambia
Now for something completely different!
Member Keith Allen took this photo whilst holidaying in The Gambia in January.  As you see the bird is carrying a leg ring.  Much to everyone's surprise the ring was applied when the bird was a chick in a brood of three at a site near Ardfern, Argyll, Scotland on 10th July 2013.

Tuesday 13 February 2018

Leeshaw Reservoir - 115 Greylag, 38 Canada, single Barnacle Goose, Fieldfare, Redwing & Mistle Thrush.
Brian Vickers

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Sunday 11 February 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - superb views of Little Egret as it fed behind the willows in front of the hide. The typical shifting of the feet was observed with the bird staying for about 15 minutes. Also seen 4 Oystercatchers, GSW, 5 Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Thursday 8 February 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 26 species recorded in the two hours including 5 Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk, Siskin, Bullfinch, Jay, single Snipe flushed plus Water Rail heard very briefly.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 5 February 2018

Sunday 4 February 2018

Oxenhope - 130 Fieldfare over at 13.30
Howard Creber

Ilkley Cemetery - single Hawfinch, 12 Greenfinch, 3 Goldcrest
Shaun Pickard

Silsden Reservoir - 61 Tufted Duck, single Goldeneye
Chelker Reservoir - 4 Goldeneye, 6 Oystercatchers, 50 Greylag, 2 Pinkfoot
Barden Scale - 100+  Golden Plover
Brian Vickers

Bingley Bog North - Little Egret, Kestrel, GSW, 2 Nuthatch, Kingfisher.
Phil Matthews (Egret also seen by Martyn Priestley)
Little Egret at Bingley North Bog                           photo: Phil Matthews

Friday, 2 February 2018

Friday 2 February 2018

Dowley Gap S W  - Chiff-Chaff
R Aire above Hirst Weir - 2 Little Grebe, 4 Grey Heron in nearby fields, 2 pair of Goosander
Hirst Wood - GSW drumming, 2 Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Treecreeper. Also a few winter thrushes in Coach Road.
Bingley Bog North - pair of Teal
Bingley Bog South - 2 male Teal
Shaun Radcliffe & Paul King

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Thursday 1 February 2018

Ilkley Cemetery - Hawfinch, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Greenfinch, Nuthatch.
Howard Creber

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail heard, Kestrel, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting. 
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Wednesday 31 January 2018

Lower Laithe Reservoir - 2 Shelduck
Oxenhope Village Pond - Kingfisher
Brian Vickers

Fewston Reservoir - 36 Tufted Duck (only 6 females), mixed flock of finches feeding on Alders & on path where the seed had fallen. Make up est. 40 Siskin, 10 Redpoll, 5 Goldfinch. Buzzard & Red Kite also recorded.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Tuesday 30 January 2018

Barden Scale - 3 Peregrine, Red Kites, Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel
Brian Vickers

Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - 140 Wigeon, a few male Goldeneye, 20 Tufted Duck, 3 Oystercatchers, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, a few winter thrushes flew by, small flocks of Siskin feeding on alders plus Buzzard & Red Kite seen.
Shaun Radcliffe

Yeadon Tarn
One male Pochard, 16 Tufted Duck, a flock of 70 Goldfinch, 20 Redwing and a singing Song Thrush.
Paul King

Monday 29 January 2018

Cononley Ings - 9 Shelduck, 14 Curlew, 200+ Lapwing, 100+ Teal, 100+ Wigeon
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - late evening & the lake is a place of passion! Four Goosanders displaying to three bored looking females. Sparrowhawk & 6 Reed Buntings noted.
Shaun Radcliffe 

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Saturday 27 January 2018

Stockbridge - heard a flock of Pinkfoot fly over going west at about 11 o'clock. Cloud level too low to see the birds.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday 26th - Lower Barden Reservoir - 14 Oystercatchers, 450 plus Lapwing
Brian Vickers 

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Thursday 25 January 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Sparrowhawk, 3 Reed Bunting, Bullfinch plus a flypast about 11.30 of a Little Egret down river. Shame it decided not to drop in.
Shaun Radcliffe & John Preshaw

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Street Lane above East Morton - flock of 60 Fieldfare, Kestrel, a few Mistle Thrushes plus some Red Grouse (survivors).
Shaun Radcliffe

Upper Wharfedale

Seasonal photos of Red Grouse on Hazlewood Moor, above Bolton Abbey.   Roger Nelson

Monday 22 January 2018

Ilkley Cemetery - Goldcrest, Jay, Greenfinch, Sparrowhawk & Hawfinch.
Brain Vickers
Hawfinch also seen by John Brooks.

Saturday 20 January 2018

Esholt/Apperley Bridge - 2 Greenfinch, Buzzard, Rose-ringed Parakeet, 2 Bullfinch, 15 Pied Wagtail, 4 Rooks, Nuthatch
Damian Pearson

Hazlewood Moor-side - 8 Golden Plover, 25 Lapwing, male Stonechat, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Buzzard, 6 Greylag Geese.
Roger Nelson

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Wednesday 17 January 2018

Ilkley Garden - the cold snap has brought 3 Redpoll & 3 Siskin to the feeders.
Keith Allen