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

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Wednesday 30 October 2013

Askwith Moor - 2 Buzzard,  Sparrowhawk,  15:30
Denton Hall fields - 620 Curlew - my largest count for a few years 16:00
Theo Kuechal

Timble Ings
Snow Bunting were reported flying by and over 50 Crossbills were showing well with 10 Brambling seen in the area.  In addition, there were five Mealy Redpolls, 26 Lesser Redpolls, 20 Goldcrests, one of which was ringed there in August 2012.
Andy Jowett.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Tuesday 29 October 2013

Hawksworth - Spotted Fly seen again on golf course (see yesterday's entry).
Roger Wilkinson

Scargill Reservoir area - Buzzard, 35 Lapwing, 2 Grey Wagtail plus two Fieldfare flocks of 35 & 30
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 28 October 2013

Monday 28 October 2013

Bradford Golf Course, Hawksworth - a very late record of a Spotted Flycatcher seen within 10 feet for 20 minutes.
Roger Wilkinson

A Parakeet has been frequenting a garden in Saltaire for the last few days.

Jonathan Morton

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Sunday 27th October 2013

Redwing, Fieldfare, Brambling, Little Grebe,
2 Sparrowhawk, Nuthatch, Jays, Bullfinch,
Little Owl, plus usual woodland species
26 Canada Geese, BHgulls

M Doveston

Denholme Clough
Fieldfare, Redwing, 9 Bullfinch, Goldfinch,

Doe Park Reservoir
2 Goosander, several Mallards, Sparrowhawk,
LBBGull, BHGulls

DCBarker, M Doveston

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Saturday 26 October 2013

Pennythorne Hill - pair of Stonechat
Sconce Lane - 100 Fieldfare, 4 Reed Bunting, Kestrel plus a few Mipits.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Thursday 24 October 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail, Kingfisher, Chiff-Chaff, female Blackcap plus 370 Pinkfoot flying west in three skeins at 10.00.
Fred Drake et al

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Tuesday 22 October 2013

Glovershaw - small flock of Lapwing
Birch Close Lane - 50 Fieldfare feeding on Elderberry & Holly, 2 Reed Bunting.
Sconce Lane - two Woodpigeon roosts of 62 & 60, Red Kite, 6o Fieldfare flock plus another 100 birds in a mixed flock of winter thrushes. Also a single Brambling calling in flight (tapes now checked).
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 21 October 2013

Monday 21st October 2013

Shipley Glen
A flock of 12 Fieldfares flew from east to west at 9 am.
Paul King.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Sunday 20th October 2013

Denholme Clough 0735-1030
vis-mig counts;
Pink-footed Geese x75+, Redwing x355, Fieldfare x170,
Brambling x15, Woodpigeon x257, Cormorant x3,
Meadow Pipit x23, Starling x157, Greenfinch x14,
Goldfinch x17, Chaffinch x27, Redoll x3, Siskin x7,
Common Gull x2, Jackdaw x34, Pied Wagtail x9
In the woods and bushes; Green Woodpecker, Bullfinch 8+,
Sparrwhawk 2, Kestrel 2, Jay 8+ singing Chiffchaff,
Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit,

Doe Park Reservoir
10+Mallard, 30+Black-headed Gull, Redwing
Fieldfare, Bullfinch

M Doveston

Oxenhope Watchpoint 1045-1200
200+Pink-footed Geese, 2 Skylark, 1 Golden Plover
Fieldfare, Redwing, Raven - Crossbills seen earlier

DCBarker, H Creber, M Doveston, R Proctor

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 34 species recorded this morning including 2 Kingfisher, Fieldfare, Goosander, Redwing, Siskin, Reed Bunting.
Fred Drake et al

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Saturday 19th October 2013

Wharfe Valley
A grey male Hen Harrier (passed through NW), a Red Kite, at least 2 Sparrowhawks, 7 Buzzards, 2+ Kestrels & a male Peregrine.  Also 110+ & 55+ Pinkfeet > W plus 100's of thrushes moving through (in some cases perhaps to & fro), mostly Fieldfares but some Redwings & many very, very distant!


Oxenhope Watchpoint - Day of the Fieldfare
Massive migration for most of the day of 15796 Fieldfare.

DCBarker, H Creber

Friday, 18 October 2013

Friday 18th October 2013

East Riddesden Garden
2 Goldcrest feeding among shrubs, Nuthatches,
GSWdpkr, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch,
Bullfinch, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie,
Jackdaw, 2 Collared Dove, Woodpigeon,
Robin, Hedge Accentor, Blackbird,

Crossflatts School
Grey Wagtails, Redwing, Long-tailed Tits

Keighley Town Centre
Goldcrests in trees at bottom of Oakworth Road

M Doveston

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Thursday 17 October 2013

Migration watch from Caldene Fields -  2 Shags with a Cormorant S/W,
single Red Kite east, Pink-footed Goose 89E + 102N. On 16/10 A Rose-ringed
Parakeet flew S/W.
Since the N/E winds on 9th until 15th - 17327 Redwings observed from the watchpoint.
Martyn Priestley

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Tuesday 15 October 2013

Denholme Clough - migration watch from 07.40 to 09.30
Fieldfare 116, Redwing 74, Chaffinch 12, Goosander 9,
Greenfinch 20 plus local GSW & Pied Wagtail.
The drizzle & rain made viewing difficult (especially through glasses!).
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 14 October 2013

Monday 14 October 2013

Caldene Fields, South Bradford - migration watch - 2036 Redwing, 2 Swallows
Previous records at this site: - 5932 Redwing on 10th, 2 House Martin on 11th, 2120 Redwing on 12th & yesterday, 4256 Redwing, 15 Whoopers plus a feeding Chiffchaff.
Martyn Priestley

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Sunday 13 October 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 35 species recorded this morning including - Redwings, Kingfisher, Teal, Cormorant, 2 Swallow, Goosander, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch.
Earlier - Water Rail on 5th & seen a few times since, Chiffchaff & Redpoll on 11th.
Fred Drake et al

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Saturday 12th October 2013

Denholme Clough 0725-0930
vis-mig count in the drizzle;
1 Brambling, 572 Redwing, 6 Fieldfare, 8 Siskin,
1 Reed Bunting, 17 Chaffinch, 6 Meadow Pipit,
12 Goosander, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Greenfinch,
In the bushes; Chiffchaff

St.Ives - Coppice Pond
Little Grebe

M Doveston
Soil Hill
This salubrious location contained a lot of fog, plus a Woodcock and a Jack Snipe.
Keith Moir

Beckfield Road Cottingley -
5 Redwing, 4 Greenfinch & a Mistle Thrush in a Rowan Tree
Robert Conderson

Friday, 11 October 2013

Friday 11th October 2013

A mega arrival of Redwing recorded, some Fieldfare too.


Thursday, 10 October 2013

Thursday 10th October 2013

Paul  Clough

1350  Redwings all heading west,  25 Fieldfare,
Peregrine Falcon,  Sparrowhawk, 6  Bullfinch.
Brian Vickers

Large arrival of Redwing witnessed

H Creber

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Sunday 6th October 2013

Denton Park 10.30am
Yellow-browed Warbler
Steve Blain  (Bedfordshire Recorder) et al managed to obtain this recording of the warbler, though it is faint, the Coal Tit-like "Sweest" can be heard.

Denholme Clough 0715-1100
Highlight was a site first - Hawfinch north at 0925.
3+11 Crossbill also north, 3 Swallow, 9 Skylark,
Meadow Pipits passing through all morning in small groups,
Pied Wagtail, Starling, 15+Redwing, Mistle Thrush,
Song Thrush, Linnet, Goldfinch, Siskin, Redpoll,
Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Grey Wagtail, Collared Dove,
1 Reed Bunting,
In the Clough;
Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel,
5+Chiffchaff (3 singing), male Blackcap,
Butterflies - Speckled Wood, Peacock, Red Admiral

Doe Park Res - 2 Raven

Aire Valley
25+Pink-footed Geese seen from Denholme Clough

Dick Hudson's area - Red Kite (pm)

M Doveston   

Upwood  Hall  -  This morning 4 Buzzard, 2  overhead , 2 some distance to the west.

Stephen  Lilley

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Saturday 5th October 2013

Paul Clough
There were four Swallows a Ring Ouzel, 69 Chaffinch, Bull finch, Reed Bunting and 160 Meadow Pipits.
Brian Vickers
A female  Sparrowhawk dries  her feathers, Stockbridge Reserve.
 Paul  Croft

Whetstone Gate
4 Stonechat, (2m, 2f) all four looked like young birds, seen  200m or so below  quarry, feeding on roadside.  Single Reed  Bunting, same  area.
Single Wheatear at  Bradup
Stephen  Lilley

Three Wheatears, one on the 11th fairway and two in Golcar Fields.  Four Red Grouse were flushed from the heather on the Golf Course.
Paul King and Richard Butler

East Riddlesden Hall
Early morning vis-mig;
4 Redwing, Pied Wagtails, Finches, Meadow Pipits.
At the feeders;
20+Goldfinch, 12+Chaffinch, Nuthatches, GSWdpkr,
4+Jackdaw, Coal Tit, 3+Dunnock, Robin, Blackbirds
M Doveston

Friday, 4 October 2013

Thursday 3 October 2013

6 Redwings at Caldene Fields, South Bradford and 4 Song Thrush south + 1 north and a
further 2 in nearby bushes all in heavy fog.
Martyn Priestley

Stockbridge Reserve -
3 Chiffchaff, GSW, Grey Wagtail, 3 Swallows
Steve Webb et al

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Tuesday 1 October 2013

Denholme Clough - 07.15 - 09.30
Meadow Pipit 39, Mistle Thrush 14, Chaffinch 7, Pied Wagtail 6, Siskin 25, Redpoll 3, Goldfinch 7, Greenfinch 4, Tufted Duck & Goosander.
On the reservoir, Cormorant.
In the Clough - 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, Bullfinch, 2 Grey Wagtail, GSW, Green Woodpecker, LTT, Sparrowhawk.
Shaun Radcliffe