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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Golden Plover

Golden Plover
Ilkley Moor photo: Keith Allen

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Monday 12 November 2018

Silsden Reservoir - Redshank
Barden Scale - Peregrine
Embsay - 120 mixed flock of winter thrushes
Brian Vickers

River Aire, Hirst Wood stretch - 2 Kingfisher, Little Grebe.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Sunday 11 November 2018

Apperley Bridge area - 2 Kingfisher, 400+ Jackdaw, Tawny Owl, Little Owl.
Damian Pearson

Lower Laithe Reservoir - G C G.
Leeshaw Reservoir - 250 Geese consisting of Canadas, Greylags & 2 Pinkfoot.
Station Road, Oxenhope - 60 Redwing
Brian Vickers

Caldene Fields - (on migration watch) - a Woodcock flew in from N, party of Redwing, Yellowhammer flew N, 11 Crossbill flew S.
Martyn Priestley

Silsden Beck - Kingfisher
Tom Hubball

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - a Water Rail swam below the willows whilst another called from the reedbed. Also seen - 2 Siskin, 5 Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk with Goosanders flying up and down the river.
Shaun Radcliffe 

10th November 2018 continued

Barden Scale - 8 Red Kite, 6 Common Buzzard, 4 Brambling, 4 Raven, 100+ Fieldfare, Kestrels.
Brian Vickers

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Saturday 10 November 2018

Barden - Little Egret flew downstream over Barden Bridge, 4 Goosander, 2 Red Kite, Common Buzzard, 3 Nuthatch, 25 R L Partridge, 19 Canada Geese.
Roger Nelson

Roger's images of birds in Upper Wharfedale: Kestrel, Red-legged Partridge, Tawny Owl, Wren and a continental type Blackbird.

Oxenhope (south of Hanging Gate Lane) - 115 Canada Geese, 135 Greylag Geese, 5 Pinkfoot
200 Starling to the north
Howard Creber

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits - 120 Lapwing & 20 Curlew in fields opposite, Common Buzzard.
Steve Parks

Addingham Moorside - flock of 100 Fieldfare, Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe 

Friday 9 November 2018

Park Dam, South Bradford - 6 Little Grebe, Shoveler, 13 Tufted Duck, 123 Canada Geese, 65 Coot, 2 G C G
Jamie Brass

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Thursday 8 November 2018

West Lane, Haworth - Sparrowhawk plus large flocks of Fieldfare seen at 08.30.
Nigel Ward

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - pair of Goosander on the water with male displaying, 2 Reed Bunting & Water Rail, heard only.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 5 November 2018

Sunday 4 November 2018

Apperley Bridge/Esholt - Dipper, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 6 Teal, 5 Common Gull, 10 Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush.
Damian Pearson

Friday, 2 November 2018

Friday 2 November 2018

Ireland Bridge, Bingley - Little Grebe
Matthew Rawnsley

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Thursday 1 November 2018

Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - male Gadwall, 6 female Goldeneye, 3 female Goosander, covey of 9 Grey Partridge, Water Rail & Kingfisher heard, single Curlew, Redwings, 5 Siskin seen plus others heard, Nuthatch.
John Armstrong

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail feeding beneath feeders, pair of Bullfinch, Jay & Reed Buntings.
John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Tuesday 30th October 2018

Tuesday 30th October: Otley
Common Crossbill: 8-10 overhead, north side of town.
John Armstrong

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Sunday 28 October 2018

On the dam wall between Fewston & Swinsty Reservoirs - single Snow Bunting being chased by a Pied Wagtail.

Peter Curran

Friday, 26 October 2018

Friday 26 October 2018

Graincliffe Reservoir - 6 Crossbill, Buzzard
Reva Hill - male Stonechat, flock of 30 Lapwing, Red Kite
Whetstone Gate - pair of Kestrel with male trying to mate (female not interested!)
Cow & Calf - flock of 40 Fieldfare, pair of Buzzard
Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - single Whooper Swan, 4 Female Goldeneye, 7 Tufted Duck, Buzzard, Kingfisher, Nuthatch.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday 25th October: Swinsty/Fewston reservoirs
Common Crossbill: 2 flocks; about 20 birds around the main car park, and a small flock by Fewston. Those birds I saw well were Commons, although always possibility of other species in with them!
Redpolls: seem to be plenty around, a couple of sizable flocks seen. Only seen in flight; presumably mostly / all Lessers, but comments as above for Crossbills!
Siskin: one aerial flock seen, plus a few other odd birds around
Brambling: single bird in flight by Fewston, plus prob others heard
Fieldfare: 15-20 in flight Swinsty.

Other birds around incl Pink-footed Goose (heard, but couldn't be seen; I think a single bird was grounded out of sight on Fewston), Common Buzzard, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, Jay and Nuthatch.  Plus Gareth Southgate out for a run!!
John Armstrong

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Tong Park, Baildon - 7 Gadwall plus a single Wigeon.
Roger Wilkinson

Monday, 22 October 2018

Monday 22 October 2018

Silsden Reservoir - single Whooper Swan
Barden Scale - male Merlin, 200 winter thrushes, Buzzards & Red Kites
Brian Vickers

Sconce Lane area - 2 Little Owl, Kestrel
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Sunday 21 October 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail, Snipe flushed, pair of Bullfinch, Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday 20 October 2018

Barden Scale - mixed flock of approx 400 Fieldfare & Redwing, Buzzards, Red Kites, & 2 Raven
Brian Vickers

A family of five Stonechats hunting from the wall through Golcar Fields.  A flock of seven Fieldfare flew over and a Snipe was flushed from the area alongside the Golf Course.
Paul King

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Thursday 18 October 2018

Thackley garden - female Brambling on bird table, Common Buzzard overhead.
Casper Pottle

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Cormorant, Reed Bunting.
John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Shipley Glen
The escaped Harris Hawk, last seen here in February, was flying over the Glen at noon, pursued by about 20 Jackdaws.
Paul King

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Wednesday 17th October 2018

Shipley Glen
A skein of 60+ Pink-footed Geese travelled east at 9am.
Paul King

Aire Valley, Keighley - pair of Barn Owls hunting early evening.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 12 October 2018

Thursday 11 October 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Chiff-Chaff, Kestrel, Cormorant, Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Woodside, South Bradford - this morning, a  flock of 80-90 Pinkfoot flew over.
Jamie Brass

Shipley Glen
Rose-necked Parakeet flew from a garden on Lucy Hall Drive.
Paul King