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

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Saturday 30th November, 2013

Upwood- Whetstone Gate

3 Bramblings, GSW, Nuthatch, Kestrel around Upwood,  single Meadow Pipit  above Bradup.

Stephen  Lilley

Baildon Moor
There was a flock of 30 Golden Plovers in a field on the southern edge of Hope Hill, Baildon.
Paul King.

Shelf Moor trailer park field - 278 Lapwing, 31 Common Snipe, C200 Starling, 3 Golden Plover,
4 Reed Bunting
Brian Sumner

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Thursday 28 November 2013

Cullingworth Fields - adult Med Gull in winter plumage.
Keith Moir

Stockbridge Reserve - A Snipe still feeding opposite hide but Moorhen keeps bothering it. Quiet morning with a few Reed Bunting, Fieldfare & nice to see a Goldcrest which is not a regular here. Cormorant flew down river plus Goosander.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Monday 25 November 2013

Strid Woods - mixed flock of Chaffinch & Brambling towards Cavendish Pavillion, about 50 birds feeding on beech mast.

Brian Vickers

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Sunday 24 November 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 33 species recorded including Tawny Owl at box, single Snipe feeding on edge of lake, Water Rail, Fieldfare, 5 Cormorant flew west, Redwing, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk, small Siskin flock.
Fred Drake et al

Saturday 23 November 2013

Silsden Res - Pink  Footed Goose, Goldeneye 3, Tufted Duck 26
Chelker Res. - Greylag Geese 116, Goosander.
Barden Scale -  Red Kite, Peregrine, Buzzard
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Tuesday 19 November 2013

Hawksworth Moor - female Stonechat, 2 Snipe flushed, Red Kite, 300 Starlings.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 18 November 2013

Monday 18 November 2013

Whetstone Gate - male Snow Bunting. Bird feeding at the side of the road just up from the quarry as the road levels off.
Bradup - pair of Stonechat.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Sunday 17 November 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 33 species recorded this morning including - Water Rail, Kingfisher, Redpoll, Siskin, Redwing, GSW, Grey Wagtail, Jay, Bullfinch. Continental Blackbirds everywhere.
Fred Drake et al

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Saturday 16 November 2013

Royds Hall area/ Judy Woods -good numbers of birds in the area today;
Great Crested Grebe, 15 Common Gulls, C30 Long Tail Tits, 3 Meadow Pipits, C60 Redwings
3 Green Finches, Bullfinch, C500 Woodpigeons, C40 Jackdaws,62 Canada Geese,Rook
7 Jay, Nuthatch, Sparrowhawk,3 Mistle Thrushes, C60 Starlings,2 Buzzards
Jamie Brass

Friday, 15 November 2013

Friday 15 November 2013

Sconce Lane - 7 Grey Partridge, Little Owl, 4 Reed Bunting
Shaun Radcliffe
Yeadon Tarn
The Tarn was quiet this afternoon, but a Pochard, a couple of Great Crested Grebes and a solitary Goosander were present.
Paul King
Stephen Lilley photographed this Goosander on the River Aire

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Wednesday 13th November, 2013

Shipley Glen
An enjoyable walk with stunning autumnal colours, and there was plenty of bird activity including a Blackcap and a Kingfisher on the river at Hirst Wood.
Paul King

Strid Woods - from Cavendish Pavillion up river to Strid, 45 Mandarin. Above Strid to aquaduct, another 25 birds. With the woods full of acorns, is this count of 70 going to be beaten? Also seen by one of the observers, a single Brambling near Cavendish. (Better luck next time Malcolm!)
Fran & Malc Stones

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Monday 12 November 2013

Private Wetland (permit holders only) - Wigeon 26, Goldeneye 3 (all females), Tufted Duck 9,
Goosander 2, Coot 37, Little Grebe, Mallard 30, Cormorant 10, Mute Swan 4, Moorhen 2, Canada Geese 11, Greylag Goose, Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Reed Bunting 2, Little Owl, Buzzard, flyovers - 60 Lapwing, Fieldfare 22.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Sunday 10 November 2013

Stockbridge Reserve - the feeders were quiet this morning due to regular visits by a Sparrowhawk and the local black cat. Brief view of Water Rail plus Kingfisher & Reed Bunting.
Fred Drake et al

Shelf Moor Trailer park field - 1500 hrs
38 Common Snipe, 277 Lapwing, C200 Starling
Brian Sumner

Caldene Fields - 20351 Woodpigeon mainly S/SW plus Little Egret flew to N/E but at a distance of about eight miles away.
Martyn Priestley

Friday, 8 November 2013

Friday 8 November 2013

Visible migration observations from Caldene Fields, South Bradford watch point
included, Woodpigeons - 11,293 S/S/W + 1 Twite S +1 Crossbill N.
Martyn Priestley

Strid Woods - 41 Mandarin Duck, 4 singing Dippers.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Thursday 7 November 2013

Glovershaw Farm - in the field at the back, a covey of 7 Grey Partridge plus a Little Owl.
Sconce Lane - Little Owl
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Tuesday 5 November 2013

Ilkley Moor under White Wells. 12noon . Cool and overcast.
Ring-ouzel, Nuthatch, LTT'S x 6, Gt Tit x2, Goldcrest, Wren, Blackbird 3, Robin,
Penny French

Bradup - 2 flocks of 30 & 40 Fieldfare appear to be heading for evening roost at High Moor Plantation.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 4 November 2013

Monday 4 November 2013

Street Lane above Riddlesden - single Brambling with mixed flock. Flock of 35 wandering Lapwings.
Shaun Radcliffe.

Caldene Fields - 7378 Woodpigeon south & 39 north. Chiff-Chaff on site.
Martyn Priestley

Kingfishers - today I had three showing very well along the canal: Two near Crossflatts and one between the Three and Five-Rise Locks.
Also seen were 9 Redwing near Five Rise Locks.
Some nice flocks of House Sparrows also along the canal especially near Micklethwaite Mill.
Phil Matthews

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Saturday 2nd November, 2013

Hawksworth Golf Course
The 1st winter Spotted Flycatcher seen on Hawksworth Golf Course on 28th October by Roger Wilkinson.
Spotted Flycatcher at Hawksworth. Photo: Roger Wilkinson

Ogden Reservoir
A Firecrest was reported via Calderdale Birders.  The bird was amongst a flock of Goldcrests.
Photo: Brian Sumner
Brian Sumner