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 October 2014

Friday 31 October 2014

Whetstone Gate - 2 Red Kite, Buzzard & Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Barden Scale - 43 Pink-footed Geese N W, 3 Red Kite, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel & Raven.
Leeshaw Reservoir - 5 Teal
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Bolton Abbey - singing Dippers on the river
Hazlewood - covey of 9 Grey Partridge in garden.
Roger Nelson

Monday, 27 October 2014

Monday 27 October 2014

John O'Gaunts Res - 10 Teal, Buzzard & 50 Fieldfare in two flocks.
Fewston Res - 6 Teal, 35 Lapwing, Red Kite
Swinsty Res - 3 Teal
Shaun Radcliffe

Strid Wood
At least 35 Mandarin Ducks between the Strid and Cavendish.
Paul King

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Sunday 26th October 2014

Stockbridge - members only 07:15-08:40
Little Grebe, 2+Water Rail, 2 Sparrowhawk,
86+Pink-footed Geese flying down Aire valley,
Redpoll, Redwing, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch,
4 Grey Heron, Mallard, Dipper heard heading up river,
Herring Gull 1st W heading up valley

M Doveston

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Saturday 25 October 2014

Toad Holes Beck, South Bradford - 
Green Sandpiper dropped in for 5 minutes before moving on.
Martyn Priestley

Pennythorne Hill, Baildon - 2 Stonechat

Sconce Lane - 
2 Stock Dove, Little Owl, 2 Fieldfare & a Redwing but no large flocks of winter thrushes.
Chiff-Chaff at the triangle near Birch Close Lane.
Shaun Radcliffe

Royds Hall - Stonechat, Redwing 5, Mistle Thrush 2, Woodpigeons 50>W, 80 > SW C500 overall (numbers building up now), Nuthatch, GSW, Jay 3, Meadow Pipit 15, Little Grebe, Rook
Sparrowhawk, Greenfinch, Great Crested Grebe
Jamie Brass

Friday, 24 October 2014

Friday 24 October 2014

Barden Scale Watchpoint
This afternoon : 1/2 Red Kite, 1 juv. Hen Harrier, 2+ Sparrowhawk, 8/10 Common Buzzard, 3+ Kestrel, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Raven, 1 female Roe Deer.
Tony Gough

Royds Hall, South Bradford - male Stonechat this morning. Is this a site first?
James Brass

Two Stonechats in the fields by Golcar Farm.  A small flock of eight Linnets foraging on a gravel path and a Kestrel hunting over the moor.
Paul King

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Thursday 23 October 2014

Bolton Abbey - about half a dozen Bramblings in mixed tit/chaffinch flock, about 200 yds up path across river from Bolton Priory, in and under holly/beech/oak trees  (difficult to be sure of numbers with leaves still on trees, but two males and one female seen separately).
Roger Nelson
Crossflatts - at 09.10, a skein of 80 Grey Geese flying high in a V formation went east & likely to be Pink-footed.
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting plus the squealing of a Water Rail, many times but never seen!  An area similar to an Eider Duck's nest of feathers showed food preparation by a Sparrowhawk, this species was also recorded this morning.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Kingfisher flying along the by-pass near Steeton which runs parallel with R Aire.
Howard Creber

Bolton Bridge - male Blackcap feeding on Elderberry.
Roger Nelson

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Thursday 16th October 2014


  Monospecific flock of about 30 redwings feeding in holly tree in old hawthorn hedge below Storiths Lane today.
Roger  Nelson

Keighley  Tarn.  

A juvenile Red -breasted Merganser seen by Keith Moir yesterday, photographed by Stephen Lilley today.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Wednesday 15th Cctober

My Garden Riddlesden. 

7 (Seven) Bullfinch on my feeders this afternoon, 4 male 3 female.

Stephen  Lilley

Tuesday 14th October 2014

Redwings were heard overnight and four were seen during the day.
Casper Pottle

Sunday, 12 October 2014


Barden Scale Watchpoint  

Friday 10th October

3 Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, 9+ Common Buzzard, 3+ Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon.

Saturday 11th October

Red Kite, 2 juv Hen Harrier,  2 Sparrowhawk, 8+Common  Buzzard, 4 + Kestrel, Little Owl.
Tony Gough

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Saturday 11th October, 2014

A Tree Sparrow has been visiting a garden in the Hawksworth and Guiseley area over the past couple of days.
Roger Wilkinson

Friday, 10 October 2014

Friday 10th October, 2014

Two Stonechats on the gorse bushes at the end of Birch Close Lane with six Reed Buntings.
Paul King

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Thursday 9 October 2014

Caldene Fields watchpoint, South Bradford - Hawfinch flying to the north low at 09.00.
Martyn Priestley

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Wednesday 8 October 2014

Royds Hall Dam - 20 Coot, 15 Moorhen, single Wigeon, 4 Little Grebe,
4 Mute Swan, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant (south).
James Brass

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Tuesday 7 October 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 5 Grey Heron, Chiff-Chaff, Grey Wagtail, GSW, Water Rail.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Sunday 5 October 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Water Rail, Kingfisher, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Juv Bullfinch.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Saturday 4 October 2014

Royds hall Dam - 
7 Wigeon, 8 Mute Swan, 16 Coot, 10 Moorhen, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe
3 Common Gull, 4 Tufted Duck
Jamie Brass

Scargill Pasture - 2 Red Kite, GSW

John O'Gaunt Res. - 15 Teal, 5 Snipe, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, Curlew, flock of 15 Linnet. In a mix feeding flock, 19 LTT, 2 Treecreeper & 6 Goldcrest.
A few House Martin see around Ilkley near the river.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 3 October 2014

Friday 3rd October 2014

Denholme Clough 0720-0900
Very poor vis-mig. Birds seen;
Swallows, House Martins, 6+Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, 14 Linnet, 9 Siskin, Cormorant,
Bullfinches, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, GSWdpkr, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Dipper. The Blackbirds and Song Thrushes were nowhere to be seen and the flock of 50+ House Martins appear to have left Denholme.

M Doveston

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Thursday 2 October 2014

4 Tree Sparrow flew N over Caldene Fields, South Bradford - last recorded here in 1979....
Sightings from the watch point at Caldene Fields included 92 Pink footed Geese S/W ad 8 Jay also S/W
Martyn Priestley
Stockbridge Reserve - on a quiet morning, good views of Water Rail in front of hide were enjoyed, Kingfisher visited whilst the feeders had Bullfinch, Goldfinch & Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe et al

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Wednesday 1st October 2014

Two Stonechats on the gorse at the end of Birch Close Lane.  These were different birds from the two males seen at the beginning of the week.
Paul King