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

Friday, 31 January 2014

Friday 31 January 2014

Fewston Reservoir - a walk around the reservoir in the rain produced 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Treecreepers,
a small flock of 5 Bullfinches plus a couple of Cormorant. At the shallow end amongst the flooded trees, a group of 22 Teal had congregated with the males displaying. For a minute the rain was forgotten.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 30 January 2014

30 January 2014

Stockbridge Reserve - 4 Reed Bunting, 4 Bullfinch, 20 Siskin flock, Sparrowhawk, Jay.
Fred Drake et al

29 January 2014

Hawksworth - Free flying Male Lady Amherst's Pheasant in dense undergrowth on Hollins Hall Golf Club today. Wherever it came from it's an absolute belter!
Maybe a female too. When I initially flushed them there were 2 birds but my attention was concentrated on the multicoloured one. The male I subsequently watched for a bit under hawthorns. Didn't see t'other one again.
In fact I think it's been there since last summer at least. I've heard some unfamiliar loud rasping calls which couldn't identify at the time.
Drake Gadwall still on Tong Park lake, Baildon most days.
Roger Wilkinson


If you haven't already done so, please let us have your 2013 sightings in our recording area before January runs out.
Send them to our Group Recorder, Stephen Lilley       stephenlilley16@gmail.com

Many thanks.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Saturday 25th January 2014

Upwood - 80+  Winter  Thrushes flying north, 4 Bramblings feeding on Beechmast.

2 Raven  Whetstone Gate
S Lilley

East Riddlesden Garden - male Blackcap
M Doveston

Friday, 24 January 2014

Friday 24 January 2014

Cononley - walk upriver. Common Buzzard flew low over fields and flushed 6 Snipe. Both Kestrel & Sparrowhawk hunting. 34 Fieldfare plus a Curlew seen. On far side of (unflooded) fields away from river, I could see about 60 Wigeon next to a drain. Later, they took off in 3 flocks and totalled 140. Lapwing number for site was low at 230.
Shaun Radcliffe

Yesterday (23rd), the Willow Tit was still visiting the feeder at Ivy Cottage (above the Trout Farm), but it  had been joined by a Marsh Tit.
Tony Gough

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Thursday 23 January 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Oystercatcher, 2 Reed Bunting, Kestrel, 2 Siskin.
Fred Drake et al

Willow Tit seen at Ivy Cottage, Farnley.  Photo: Stephen Lilley

Wednesday, 22 January 2014


Please send your 2013 sightings relevant to our recording area to the Group Recorder, Stephen Lilley by the end of this month. His contact is    stephenlilley16gmail.com
Thank you to those who have already done so.
Many thanks.

Wednesday 22nd January 2014

There was a Willow Tit visiting the feeders outside Ivy Cottage, above the Trout Farm at Farnley.  Thanks to Andy Jowett for the tip off!
Paul King and Steve Lilley

Swinsty Reservoir -   The roost contained about 4100 Black-headed Gulls (along with a considerably smaller number of Commons), an adult Mediterranean Gull, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, three Herring Gulls, and a Great Black-backed Gull.
Norwood Bottom -  About 150 Pinkfeet flew north-west late afternoon.
Keith Moir

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Tuesday 21st January 2014

Baildon Moor
There was a small flock of seven Golden Plovers and two Grey Partridge in a field below Hope Hill on the Baildon side.  At about 1.45pm a good sized skein of about 80 Pink-footed Geese flew from the east to the north west.
Paul King.

Oxenhope - At 08.10 45 Pinkfeet flew high N W.
Dowley Gap - Chiff-Chaff, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, GSW plus pair of Goosander on canal.
Brian Vickers

Bingley - Wood Duck & Shoveler (both drakes) on canal near footbridge.
Keith Moir

Monday, 20 January 2014

Monday 20 January 2014

Bingley to Saltaire along R Aire - 9 Goosander, Little Grebe, Dipper, 8 Moorhen & 65 Mallard.
Shaun Radcliffe

Higher Coach Road, Baildon.
Eight Mistle Thrush feeding in the field and in the trees.
Paul King

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Sunday 19 January 2014

Redcar Tarn - 11 Whooper Swan circled over the tarn & appeared to show interest in coming in but thought the better of it & continued NW.
Silsden Ings -  a drake Shoveler
Keith Moir

Ogden Reservoir - 3 Shelduck on the water but left SW as soon as fog lifted.
Brian Sumner

Swinsty Reservoir - 31 Brambling next to reservoir, with 23 Siskin, 70 strong mixed tit flock plus 3 Crossbill.
Jon Middleton

Friday, 17 January 2014

Friday 17th January 2014

Riddlesden  Garden.

Single Brambling, first of the winter, 6 Bullfinch (4 male/2 female),  2 Lesser  Redpoll, 2 Siskin. 

Stephen  Lilley

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Tuesday 14 January 2014

Tong Park - male Gadwall, 2 Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk.
Roger Wilkinson

Lindley Wood Reservoir - Oystercatcher, 3 Great Crested Grebes, Comorant, Buzzard, Red Kite,
2 GSW plus a few Coldcrests. On private small lake - 6 Goldeneye.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 13 January 2014

Monday 13th January, 2014

Yeadon Tarn - Once more this small lake proved to be a good place to see birds at close quarters.  At noon today there were seven Pochard, 25 Tufted Duck, 23 Goosanders, nine Mute Swans, six Great Crested Grebes, six Cormorants and a flock of 45 Lapwings wheeling overhead.
Paul King

Stainburn Forest - 5 Buzzard, Red Kite, Kestrel
Silsden Floods - 600 Lapwing, pair of Shoveler
Brian Vickers

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Sunday 12 January 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - At 10.30 a skein of 300 Pinkfoot flew west over Keighley.
A small ice free pool attracted two Water Rail this morning. A total of 33 species recorded including -
Redpoll, Jay, Goosander, Cormorant, 4 Reed Bunting, Siskin. No sign of Tawny but two Curlew flew east above Riddlesden. Sparrowhawk was seen and a Kestrel gave a flight display to another.
Fred Drake et al

Fewston - 5 Brambling plus a Nuthatch in plantation at the noth end. On the reservoir - 38 Canada, 9 Teal,
102 Mallard, 9 Tufted, Cormorant, Coot, Moorhen.

Swinsty Reservoir - 3 LBB, 1000 BHG & 1300 Common Gulls.
John Poland

East Riddlesden Hall
Single Pink-footed Goose with 40 Canada Geese in the fields beyond the hall. 150+Pink-footed Goose skein flew up the aire valley then banked west at 10.30am. Sparrowhawk, 3 Goosander, Nuthatch, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Common Gull.....
M Doveston

Queensbury - 257 Pink Footed Geese flew west at 11.30.
Brian Sumner

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Saturday 11 January 2014

Royds Hall/ Judy Woods - 34 species this morning including 2 Cormorants on the Dam, 3 Meadow Pipits in fields, Bramblings seen with Chaffinch flock,Tits, Nuthatch, Treecreeper & GSW.
Jamie Brass

Pink-footed Goose with Canadas, Water Rail showed well in the evening.
4+Reed Bunting at feeders,

F Drake am, M Doveston pm

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Thursday 9 January 2014

Stockbridge Reserve ( members only) - Chiff-Chaff heard in gardens the other side of the cricket pitch, up to 3 Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Siskin, Sparrowhawk, Redpoll flew over, Cormorant followed river.
Fred Drake & Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Wednesday 8th January 2014

Shipley Glen
There were 16 Grey Herons resting and feeding at the bottom of the Glen.  11 Mistle Thrush and a couple of Redwing probe the fields on the Higher Coach Road and a flock of 20 or so Fieldfare flew over.
Paul King.

Bolton Bridge roundabout - 300 Rooks leaving roost at 07.30 a m
Stephen Parkes

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Tuesday 7 January 2014

Cononley Ings - 500 Wigeon there yesterday with still 450 today.
Keith Moir
Baildon Moor - flock of at least 80 Golden Plovers circling Dobrudden Farm.
Glovershaw - single Meadow Pipit, 70 Common Gull & 60 Fieldfare.
Near Weecher Res. - 300 Fieldfare, 500 Starling, all ground feeding.
Sconce Lane - Stock Dove, Buzzard, single Brambling with a dozen Chaffinch at Scout Camp plus 20 more Fieldfare.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Sunday 5 January 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Goosander, Reed Bunting, Kingfisher
Shaun Radcliffe et al

Bradup-  pair Stonechat  (m+f) between Bradup and Upwood feeding in pasture adjacent road.
  Goldcrest in shrubbery at side of Upwood Hall.
Stephen  Lilley

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Saturday 4 January 2014

Soil Hill - Jack Snipe, 51 Meadow Pipits, Skylark.
Brian Sumner

Friday, 3 January 2014

3 January 2014

Redcar Tarn - 110 Pinkfeet due west at 11.10
Keith Moir

Thursday, 2 January 2014

2nd January 2014

Norwood Edge -
20+Crossbill party need checking out as some look potentially good for Parrots

Sandwith Moor -
14 Golden Plover

A Jowett

Riddlesden - Leeds Liverpool Canal
Kingfisher, Goosander.

M Doveston

Silsden Res - 12 Tufted, 2 Goldeneye, 7 Wigeon, Cormorant.
Barden Scale - 5 Buzzard, Red Kite, Kestrel, Redwing, Fieldfare.
Silsden Floods - 25 Lapwing, 6 Curlew, 2 Teal
Brian Vickers

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

1st January 2014

St.Ives Estate
Little Owl, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Treecreeper,
Fieldfare, Redwing, Jay, Stock Pigeon, Bullfinch,
Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush,
70+Black-headed Gull, 95+Mallard, Moorhen,
Common Gull, Canada Goose, Greenfinch, etc

M Doveston