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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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Next Meeting
3rd January - Members' Evening - Redcar Tarn, Keighley led by John Preshaw. Baildon Link at 7:30pm. All Welcome.

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl photo: Stephen Lilley

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Saturday 28 February 2015

Esholt Sewage Works - 8 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Lapwing, Cormorant, Buzzard, Kestrel, Reed Bunting, Grey Heron & singing Chiff-Chaff.
Casper Pottle

John O'Gaunt Reservoir - 28 Teal, 13 Tufted Duck, single Wigeon. Nearby, 33 Curlew.
Scargill Reservoir/ Pasture - 200 Common Gull, a few singing Skylark, 200 Fieldfare, Kestrel.
No large flocks of plovers seen. Just 35 Lapwing ground feeding plus 7 Golden Plovers flew past.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 27 February 2015

Friday 27th February 2015

Peel Park and surrounding area
2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Bullfinch, 12+Redwing, 12 Common Gulls,
Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Wren
Robin, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Chaffinch, Goldfinch
Greenfinch, Hedge Accentor, Woodpigeon,

LL Canal, Riddlesden near Granby Lane
male Mandarin, 4 Greylag, 2 Mute Swan

M Doveston


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Wednesday 26th February 2015

Bingley - Peregrine over the town centre.
Rex Holt

Bolton Abbey - Beamsley - Hazlewood Moor - 51 Oystercatcher in Bridge Field, 5 Goosander,
5 Mandarin, Green Woodpecker "yaffing", Woodcock on open moor, Lapwings in display song-flight.      Roger Nelson

Part of the flock of 51 Oystercatchers at Bolton Abbey.  Photo: Roger Nelson
Red Grouse on Hazlewood Moor. Photo: Roger Nelson
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Brambling, 5 Reed Bunting, pair of Bullfinch to feeders.
Kestrel, GSW & Sparrowhawk recorded.
Shaun Radcliffe

Glovershaw - 200+ Golden Plover, 40+ Lapwing, 2 Kestrel and 10 Greylags
Yeadon Tarn - 6 Pochard (5 males and a female), 24 Tufted Ducks, 2 pairs of Great Crested Grebes
Paul King


Monday, 23 February 2015

Sunday 22 February 2015

Leeshaw Reservoir - 3 male Teal, 2 Cormorant, 50 Lapwing, 40 Canada Geese.
Steve Parkes

Saturday continued

Ben Rydding Gravel Pits - 2 Little Egret, pair of Goosander, pair of Oystercatcher, Kestrel, 8 Lapwing plus 3 Buzzard in the area.
Steve Parkes

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Saturday 21 February 2015

Riddlesden  Garden.

By always  keeping  my feeders  topped up  I am rewarded, especially at this time of year when food is scarce, by regular visits from a good number of species. This morning I counted :- 

6 Bullfinch (3male , 3female)
4 Brambling
3 Siskin
6 Lesser  Redpoll
2 Greenfinch 
2 House Sparrow (unusual in my garden)
 As well as the usual suspects, Goldfinch, Chaffinch,Robin, Dunnock, Blackbird, Wren.

There has also been a Pheasant overwintering feeding on seed falling from the feeders.


  A handsome male Brambling seen this morning in my garden. 

Stephen  Lilley




Thursday, 19 February 2015

Thursday 19 February 2015

Granby Lane, Riddlesden - on canal, male Mandarin.
Gill Taylor

Low Moor area - 70 Redwing in cemetery, 18 Meadow Pipit in nearby fields. Kingfisher, Goosander, Cormorant & long staying Gadwall at the dam.
Jamie Brass

Baildon Garden - female Blackcap feeding on the fat column in the pouring rain.
Richard Butler

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Tuesday 17 February 2015

Barden Scale - Buzzards, Kestrel, Snipe, Redpoll, Siskin.
Silsden Reservoir - 5 Curlew, Buzzard, 6 Tufted Duck, Goldeneye.
Brian Vickers

Monday, 16 February 2015

Monday 16 February 2015

Leeshaw Reservoir - 70 Lapwing, 3 Oystercatcher, Cormorant.
Previous day - 51 Canadas, 32 Meadow Pipits, pair of Goosander, Grey Heron, Kestrel.
Lower Laithe Reservoir - single Oystercatcher.
Brian Vickers

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Sunday 15 February 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 28 species recorded this morning including -
3 Bullfinch, 5 Reed Bunting, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Siskin, Redpoll, Cormorant, GSW plus singing Song Thrush (never stopped!).
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Saturday 14 February 2015

Shelf area - Dipper, 3 Buzzard, Nuthatch, 160 Redwing
Jamie Brass

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Thursday 12 February 2015

Hazlewood Moor - 2 Buzzard, 3 Red Kite, 2 Raven, 3 Kestrel, 2 Red-Legged Partridge, 12 Greylags.
Roger Nelson

Higher Coach Road, Baildon
Three Grey Herons, 30 Goldfinch, 72 Geese (split equally between Greylags and Canadas), a pair of Bullfinch, 35 Redwing. 
Shipley Glen and Hirstwood area 
There were 11 Mistle Thrush, all on territory and many singing birds.  Three Song Thrush all singing.
Hirstwood Weir
A Dipper, three Goosander
Dowley Gap
90+ Pied Wagtails
Paul King


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Tuesday 10th February 2015

Glovershaw
Golcar Fields - 57 Greylags, 100+ Redwing and a flock of 50+ Lapwings could be seen near Weecher and a Common Buzzard was hunting over Sconce.
Baildon Moor - 5 Red Grouse and near Hope Hill 6 Golden Plover and 6 Lapwing
Paul King
Fieldfare.  Photo: Roger Nelson 
sub adult Grey Heron.  Photo: Roger Nelson
A male Red Grouse from the Barden area.  Photo: Roger Nelson



Monday, 9 February 2015

Monday 9 February 2015

Allerton Road, Bradford - at 13.30 about 100 Pinkfoot seen flying NW.
Ian Watson

Hirst Wood, Saltaire - at 11.40 a flock of Pinkfoot flew west - number not known.
Between Bingley & Saltaire - 2 Little Grebe on the river, pair of Grey Wagtail, pair of Dipper. Moorhen count was 15, easily highest number on Webs for years. Frozen ponds may have encouraged the birds to ice free river. 5 Goosander.
Shaun Radcliffe

Yeadon Tarn
23 Tufted Ducks, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 male Pochards, 25 Coot, 30 Canada Geese and a male Goosander arriving to roost.
Paul King

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Sunday 8 February 2015

Lower Barden Reservoir - Raven, Woodcock, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Cormorant,
5 Goosander, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 500 Lapwing flock.
Roger Nelson

R. Wharfe, Ben Rhydding - Little Egret still in area, plus Dipper seen.
John Brooks

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - at 10.15 this morning a skein of 140 Pinkfoot flew over, going west. Male Brambling on feeders along with 3 Reed Bunting. A Snipe was flushed.
Shaun Radcliffe & Peter Riley

Glovershaw
There was a large number of birds feeding within the running track by Birch Close Lane.  Over this vast area it was possible to estimate that there were over 200 Fieldfares, about 100 Golden Plovers, 100 Lapwings with about 80 Starlings.  On the 8th fairway of the Golf Course, there were five Skylarks.

Between Shipley and Saltaire
A Kingfisher was seen feeding, five Goosander (four females and a male) swam by and 68 Canada Geese had gathered by the boat house.
Paul King

Friday, 6 February 2015

Friday 6 February 2015

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits - 2 Little Egrets reported on nearby river stretches.
Pink-foots heard flying over the village at about 7.00 pm.
Helen Kidman

Sconce Lane area - 200 Pink-footed Geese flew over going west in 3 skeins at 10.20.
Also seen - 100 Golden Plover ground feeding with 180 Lapwing, possibly a couple of hundred Fieldfare spread out with a few Redwing feeding in fields as the sun defrosted the ground. In the area, Red Kite & Buzzard recorded, a pair of Little Owls perched close together and good views of a Stoat bringing a vole out of a wall. A Hare raced past near the horse track plus a Kestrel seen hunting.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Thursday 5 February 2015

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits - pair of Dipper, Little Egret showing well moving up & down the river but still remaining in the area.
Dimples Lane, below Penistone Hill, Haworth - 6-8 Bullfinches.
Steve Parkes

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Tuesday 3rd February 2015

A Wood Duck seen on the canal between Silsden and Kildwick.  Photo: Dave Dimmock 

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Sunday 1st February 2015

Redcar Tarn
Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 50+Common Gull,
300+Black-headed Gull, 8 Tufted Duck, Pied Wagtail

Silsden Ings
800+Lapwing, c100 Golden Plover, Fieldfare, Redwing

Aire Valley between Silsden & Keighley
Lots of winter Thrushes in the fields visible from the bypass.

M Doveston

Glovershaw
40+ Golden Plover, 30+ Lapwing widely spread across the fields inside the running tracks.
Paul King