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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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Short-eared Owl

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

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Sunday 31st January 2016

Redcar Tarn 08:45
1st Winter Yellow-legged Gull
Herring Gull 3rd W, 2x 2nd W and a 1st W
Lesser Black-backed Gull 3rd W and 1st W
100+Black-headed Gull
10+Common Gull including 1st W with no grey in mantle
Lapwing 40+ in fields, Tufted Duck 6,

Silsden Ings
10+ Golden Plover, 160+Lapwing
200+ Black-headed Gull

A629 fields midway between Silsden & Keighley
60+Greylag Geese, 24 Curlew
400+Black-headed Gull

M Doveston

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - pair of Goosander on lake, male displaying. Water Rail heard, 4 Reed Bunting, pair of Jay.
Shaun Radcliffe
A Barden Red Grouse  Photo: Roger Nelson

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Friday 29 January 2016

Ben Rhydding toll bridge - in nearby fields, large flock of 327 Curlew.
Whetstone Gate - flock of 50 Golden Plover flying west along the ridge.
Theo Kuechel

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Thursday 28 January 2016

Yeadon Tarn - 17 Tufted (13 males), 9 Moorhen, 70+ BHG, 5+ Common Gull, 90+ Mallard
2 GCG, female Goosander, 2 Mute Swan, 5 Pochard (3 males), flock of 28 Goldfinch.
Knotford Nook - 70+ BHG, 10+ Common Gull, 10 Goosander (8 females), single Wigeon,
8 Tufted (5 males), 6 Goldeneye (3 males), Red Kite, Kingfisher, 2 Cormorant, 6 Coot, single GCG
19 Canada Goose.
Phil Matthews

Hollings Farm, Haworth - Sparrowhawk
Nigel Ward

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Oystercatchers, pair of Bullfinch, 4 Reed Bunting. on the previous day, heard Goldcrest singing.
Keith Allen, John Tyson, Shaun Radcliffe.

Baildon garden - male Blackcap
John Tyson

Monday, 25 January 2016

Monday 25th January 2015

Yeadon Tarn
In blustery conditions there were five Pochards (three males and two females), 32 Tufted Ducks, two Goosanders and a Great Crested Grebe.
Paul King
Male Pochard at Yeadon Tarn.  Photo: Nigel Priestley
Bridgehouse Beck, Oxenhope - 2 Dippers, 2 Grey Wagtail
Howard Creber 

Some additional sightings received from Howard
Fly Flatts - Red-Throated Diver circled over the water before flying off SW on 21st. Also a Red Kite over Oxenhope. Buzzard also seen over the village two days earlier plus 150 Fieldfare.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Sunday 24 January 2016

Ben Rhydding Gravel |Pits - Goldeneye, pair of Goosander, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Red Kite
Steve Parkes

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail heard, single Oystercatcher circled & landed briefly, singing Mistle & Song Thrush, Jay, pair of Bullfinch, 3 Reed Bunting, Goosander, Cormorant.
John Ogden, Shaun Radcliffe

Hewenden Reservoir
"Sinensis" Cormorant with 4 other Cormorants,
Male Goosander, Raven nearby

Doe Park Reservoir
500+ Black-headed Gulls, 20+ Common Gulls
6 Herring Gulls, No waterfowl.

Cullingworth Fields
40 Feildfare, 4 Herring Gulls, Common Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull

Canal at Granby Lane, Riddlesden
Male Mandarin
M Doveston

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Saturday 23 January 2016

Bolton Abbey to Hazlewood - Grey Wagtail in Bolton Village, 20 Lapwing, 30 Fieldfare, singing Mistle Thrush, 2 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite
Roger Nelson
Red Kite in Upper Wharfedale. Photo: Roger Nelson

Appreley Bridge - 40 Redwing
Michael Wilcox

Baildon Garden - female Blackcap (third visit)
Richard Butler
Red Grouse at Bradup on 21st January 2016.  Photo: Phil Matthews

Friday, 22 January 2016

Friday 22 January 2016

Bradup - pair of Stonechat, pair of Little Owls.
Keith & Kathryn Allen, Julia & Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Thursday 21 January 2016

Coppice Pond, St Ives - 
Mute Swan (yellow ring on left leg 101), 4 Nuthatch, Treecreeper,
GSW drumming, 2 Siskin, 105 Mallard, 1 Coot, 3 Moorhen, Sparrowhawk
Simon Johnson

Seen earlier this week - pair of Ring-necked Parakeets in the Apperley Bridge area
Michael Wilcox

Male Blackcap briefly visited a Baildon garden.
John Tyson

Monday, 18 January 2016

Monday 18 January 2016

Leeshaw Reservoir - 5 Goosander, 4 Cormorant
Lee Lane - 20 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing
Brian Vickers

Riverside walk from Bingley to Saltaire.
Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail & 4 Cormorant on Myrtle Park stretch.
Cottingley to Saltaire - 4 Little Grebe, 10 Goosander, 2 Dipper (one singing), 2 Grey Wagtail,
150 Canada & 110 Greylags.
As there is no rowing just now on the Hirst Wood stretch, this is now good for Little Grebe & Goosander.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday 18th January 2016

A Red Grouse in snowy conditions atop a wall in Upper Wharfedale.  photo: Roger Nelson

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Sunday 17 January 2016

Hewenden Reservoir - 8 Goldeneye, 5 Goosander, 4 Tufted, 4 Cormorant,2 Raven, Kestrel,
8 Redwing
Nigel & Danny Priestley

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - the feeders were busy after last night's fall of snow.
Up to 4 Bullfinch, 5 Reed Bunting, flock of 25 Fieldfare flew east as did two flocks 70 and 22 Lapwing. A Peregrine flew high towards Keighley.
Shaun Radcliffe

East Riddlesden Hall
Common Buzzard flew past first thing this morning.
Several flocks of Fieldfare, Lapwing and Redwing seen
heading East down the Aire Valley.

Riddlesden - Leeds Liverpool Canal
Male Wood Duck present for about ten days.
M Doveston

Dowley Gap
3 Chiffchaff feeding below viaduct. Kingfisher
A Tremethick

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Thursday 14 January 2016

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail (heard), flock of 75 Lapwing flew west, GSW,
4 Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Cormorant, Jay, Sparrowhawk, Siskin, Goosander.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Wednesday 13 January 2016

Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - 16 Goldeneye with many of the males displaying,
26 Wigeon, 24 Canada Geese, 27 Tufted Duck, 2 GCG, Buzzard, Snipe flew over.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Monday 11th January 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - late afternoon, 8 Reed Bunting at the feeders plus
5 Goosanders on the water (4 males displaying to the female).
Shaun Radcliffe

Shipley Glen
A flock of 85 Greylag Geese were feeding in the fields behind Brackenhall Farm, in amongst them was a single Pink-footed Goose.
Paul King

Monday, 11 January 2016

Sunday 10th January 2016

St.Ives 0830-1030
Sleet, Hail, Rain and Sunshine
Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard,
7 Goosander, Coot, Moorhen, Pheasant
3 Redwing, no sign of Brambling

M Doveston

Saturday 9 January 2016

Leeshaw Reservoir - 70 Greylags plus single Pinkfoot.
Steve Parkes

Friday, 8 January 2016

Friday 8th January 2016

Whetstone Gate - Hen Harrier, 3 SEO, 2 Little Owl
Richard Butler, Mike Bloomfield 

Hazlewood Moor - skein of 25 Pinkfoot Geese flying west.
Roger Nelson

Sconce and Glovershaw
A walk around this area produced the following:
A pair of Common Buzzard, seven Red Grouse, two male Bullfinch, a Mistle Thrush, a female Reed Bunting, 25 Fieldfare, 18 Pheasant, two Jays, 50 + Jackdaws, 30+ Starlings, 20+ Rooks and ten Lapwings in Golcar Fields.
Paul King

East Riddlesden Hall - late evening
Tawny Owls calling
M Doveston

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Thursday 7 January 2016

Stockbridge Reserve - Oystercatcher flew west as did 2 Goosander. 3 Reed Bunting with other small birds at the feeders. Singing Song Thrush heralds another false spring!
Keith Allen, Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Wednesday 6th January 2016

Silsden Floods - 2 Shelduck
Cononley Ings - 122 Greylag, 2 Pinkfoot, Mandarin & Wood Duck.
Brian Vickers

Ben Rhydding garden - female Brambling
Helen & David Kidman

Shipley Glen
A walk through the Glen produced the following:
Five Nuthatch (two pairs and a single), three Treecreepers, two Mistle Thrush in full song, a Kingfisher was fishing in the dam, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, five Jays, eight Grey Herons in Milnerfields, ten Goldfinch and numerous flocks which included Long-tailed Tits, Great Tits and Blue Tits.
Paul King


Up to four Ring-necked Parakeets have visited Nick Tonge's garden in Shipley.

Monday 4 January 2016

Nab Wood garden - 4 Ring-necked Parakeets
Nick Tonge

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Sunday 3rd January 2016


Leeshaw - Mistle Thrush 2, Fieldfare 30, Greylag 40, 1 Pinkfoot, Cormorant 3
Oxenhope - GSW

Brian Vickers




Here's a Green Woodpecker photographed by Roger Nelson in Wharfedale at the end of last year.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Saturday 2nd January 2016

Horton Country Park - G C G, 2 Little Grebe, Goosander, plus 40 Redwing in the area.
Clayton - 4 Bullfinch, Sparrowhawk, Grey Heron, GSW
Chellow Dene - Grey Wagtail, 2 GSW, Goosander Tufted Duck

James Brass

Redcar Tarn 09:00am
Low cloud obscuring view across lake.
Tufted Duck, Canada Goose, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen,
Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull 40+
Black-headed Gull 200+
Starling 100+, Rook, Pied Wagtail

Silsden Ings 10:00am
Lots of flood water still about
Lapwing 250+, Kingfisher, Starling,
Black-headed Gull 600+

M Doveston

Friday, 1 January 2016

Friday 1st January 2016

Happy New Year to Everyone

Yeadon Tarn
38 Tufted Ducks, three Pochard (two males and a female), a female Goldeneye, six Great Crested Grebes and six Mute Swans.
Paul King
Yeadon Tarn is probably the best place to see these ducks at close quarters. Photo: Nigel Priestley

St.Ives Estate 0850-0950 Coppice Pond and Blind Lane Circuit
Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck
BHGull, Moorhen, Coot, Nuthatch, Treecreeper,
GSWdpkr, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit,
Great Tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch


Stockbridge Members Only ReserveRedpoll, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Pheasant,
Moorhen, Canada Goose,


Bradup Area - Brief visit due to Clay Pigeon Shooting
Red Grouse, Lots of Pheasant ignoring gunshot sounds


Riddlesden - 42 Pink-footed Geese NW up the Aire Valley
M Doveston