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

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Toads Hole Beck - Water Rail on frozen pond.
Harold Park Lake - Black-headed Gull seen showing Norwegian colour ringing. History is that the bird returned to Norway in 2016, then migrated back to Low Moor in 2017.
Martyn Priestley

Thursday 14th December 2017

Garden Blackcaps
Watch out for Blackcaps in the garden.  Here's an image of a male Blackcap in Stephen Lilley's Riddlesden garden earlier this week.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Monday 11 December 2017

Bingley to Saltaire along River Aire - 11 Goosander, Little Grebe at Wagon Lane stretch & also on rowing length at Hirst Wood. Dippers at Cottingley Road Bridge & near new road bridge. Kingfisher at Myrtle Park, Sparrowhawk, Redwings & Nuthatch recorded. At Roberts Park it was bathing time for the 196 Canada Geese. 8 Moorhen counted on the walk indicating the attraction of the river during freezing conditions.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Sunday 10 December 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Snipe, flock of 10 Redpoll came down to drink under willows as small area ice free. Water Rail on ice, 2 Fieldfare flew east as did a dozen Lapwing. 3 Cormorants flew west. Reed Buntings to the feeder.
Shaun Radcliffe

Little Egret seen by Christine Willey near Bingley North Bog on 2nd December.

Saturday 9 December 2017

Yeadon Tarn - 13 Tufted Duck, flock of 40 Goldfinch on Alders & despite 60% iced water, Kingfisher seen. A few Redwing searched for food at the cemetery plus Sparrowhawk.
Knotford Nook - 35 Wigeon, at least 10 Goldeneye, 2 GCG, 12 Tufted, Red Kite & pair of Goosander.
Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - Buzzard, Red Kite, single Snipe flushed, 60 Lapwing circling in a flock, 20 Siskin on Alders, 6 Reed Bunting plus Little Egret on river. Same ducks as Knotford Nook.
BOG outing.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Thursday 7 December 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - a quiet morning with few birds. Nice to have 4 Reed Buntings there. As the wind became stronger, a Common Buzzard fought its way up the valley.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Monday 4 December 2017

Bingley Bog North - Little Egret sat in a tree overlooking frozen habitat.
Robert Conderson

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Sunday 3 December 2017

Pennistone Hill, Haworth - pair of Stonechat
Barden Scale - pair of Stonechat, SEO
Brian Vickers
Apperley Bridge/ Esholt - Goosander, singing Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, 4 Pied Wagtail,
4 Goldcrest, 9 Teal, 3 Coal Tit, 4 Bullfinch, GSW, LTT flocks of 11 & 9.
Damian Pearson

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, Cormorant, 8 LTT, Bullfinch, 3 Reed Bunting, Water Rail heard.
Susan & Thomas Simcock, Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Saturday 2 December 2017

Glovershaw/Sconce walk - Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Little Owl, pair of Reed Bunting, with
87 Greylag grazing at Glovershaw. Also 2 Grey Heron flew over, one with a damaged leg which trailed down below the bird.
At 10.40 a flock of Pinkfoot Geese flew towards me from the east. The leading skein held 120 birds with two trailing skeins of 30 & 20. The birds flew directly over going west.
Shaun Radcliffe

Yeadon Tarn
20 Tufted Ducks, five Goosander, four Cormorant, one Great Crested Grebe - in trees alongside there were 25 Goldfinch, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush etc.
Paul King

Friday sightings received.
Lower Laithe Reservoir - 3 Shelduck, 2 pair of Goosander, Kingfisher
Leeshaw Reservoir - single Teal, 3 Cormorant
Brian Vickers

Chevin - male Merlin flew across road near Royalty Pub.
Theo Kuechel

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Thursday 30 November 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - lake completely frozen. Water Rail slid past under the willows. Surprise visitor was a Kingfisher but soon left! A Cormorant flew up the valley. Where are all the finches? Heard a Bullfinch only but no Greenfinch, Chaffinch or Goldfinch. Siskin & Redpoll not on the feeders yet.
Later, a male Sparrowhawk glided from the riverbank trees and settled in the willows. It stayed for some time preening whilst Great Tits & Blue Tits returned to the feeder without fear.
Forgot to mention the 4 Herring Gull down on the ice searching the edges for any food. Some BHG & Common Gulls also on the ice.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Monday 27 November 2017

Caldene Ave, South Bradford - R N Parakeet on feeder.
Martyn Priestley
Ring-necked Parakeet in Martins' garden

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Thursday 23 November 2017

Whetstone Gate - pair of Stonechat, small flock of 27 Golden Plovers flying towards Burley Moor.
Stockbridge Reserve ( members only) - Kingfisher, 2 Goosanders fishing on lake, Water Rail heard.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Sunday 19 November 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - good views of Water Rail as it fed below the feeder most of the morning. Also seen, Kingfisher, 3 Reed Bunting, Jay & a single Siskin.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Thursday 16th November 2017

Hawfinch in Bingley Cemetery
Hawfinch                                                    photo: Alan Tremethick

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Thursday 9 November 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kestrel, Reed Bunting, GSW, Cormorant & Goldcrest.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Sunday 5 November 2017

Ilkley Cemetery - Hawfinch seen again.
Susan Simcock

Friday, 3 November 2017

Friday 3rd November 2016

Here are photos of the three Hawfinches seen in Ilkley Cemetery on 30th October by Darren Shepherd.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Thursday 2 October 2017

Stainburn Plantation - Green Woodpecker, Red Kite, Buzzard
Scargill Pasture & nearby fields - 500 Golden Plover, 200 Lapwing, Skylark.
Scargill Reservoir - 3 Whoopers, single Wigeon, single Goldeneye, 2 Stonechat, a few Fieldfare, 2 Reed Bunting.  Also Red Admiral Butterfly.
Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - 4 female & a male Goldeneye, 50 Wigeon, 2 GCG,
20 Cormorant, 5 Tufted Duck, 30 Lapwing. Red Kite & Buzzard.
John Preshaw, Keith Allen, Shaun Radcliffe

Barden Scale - Brambling, Siskin, Reed Bunting, Goldfinch, Goldcrest, Redpoll, pair of Stonechat, Buzzards, Red Kites, Kestrel, GSW.
Brian Vickers

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

1 November 2017

Ilkley Cemetery - At least 2 Hawfinch seen at lunchtime, feeding on Yew trees along with flighty Redwing & Blackbirds.
Jeremy Taylor

Oxenhope Watchpoint - A single flock of 4 Great Egrets headed out NNW.
Howard Creber & Dave Barker

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Tuesday 31 October 2017

Oxenhope Watchpoint - a juvenile Gannet was tracked NNW at Mountain near Queensbury & into the Aire Valley direction.
Howard Creber & Dave Barker

Apperley Bridge  - 4 Goosander, Sparrowhawk, Dipper & singing Greenfinch.
Damian Pearson