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.

Send your recent sightings and photographs to us at this address: recorder@bradfordbirding.org Please add us to your contacts.

Please note that all images remain the property of the photographer.

Next Meeting

Golden Plover

Golden Plover
Ilkley Moor photo: Keith Allen

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Wednesday 31 December 2014

Graincliffe Reservoir - pair of Raven, GSW & Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Tuesday 30 December 2014

Thackley Garden - male Blackcap
Casper Pottle

Sconce Lane area - pair of Stonechat, Little Owl, 4 Reed Bunting, Buzzard, Kestrel plus flock of 50 winter thrushes, 15 Lapwing, 12 Greylags.
Yesterday - 2 Little Owl in Walsh Lane, above Eldwick & 2 Reed Bunting on Bingley Moor (no other bunting type seen on walk to Ilkley).
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Sunday 28 December 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 3 Snipe flew in but only stayed a few minutes. Water Rail was heard whilst the feeding stations attracted 6 Reed Bunting along with finches & other common birds. A small flock of 8 Lapwing flew west. Also the strange sound of GSW drumming on the metal pylon.
Shaun Radcliffe

Shipley Glen
A mixed flock of winter thrushes (20 Fieldfare and 10 Redwing) were feeding with Starlings by Brackenhall.  A Kestrel was hunting nearby and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was calling from the Glen.
Paul King

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Saturday 27 December 2014

Silsden Reservoir & Chelker Reservoir - single & pair of Goldeneye recorded respectively a few days ago.
Mark Dawson.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Monday 22 December 2014

Northcliffe Woods, Shipley 
seen last week in the area, up to 3 Ring-necked (Rose-ringed) Parakeets.
Chris Airey

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Sunday 20 December 2014

Cononley Ings - same number of duck as Friday. Lapwing count 300 today plus
2 Oystercatchers.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 19 December 2014

Friday 19 December 2014

Cononley Ings - 100 Teal, 50 Wigeon, Lapwings.
Brian Vickers

Strid Woods area - 62 Mandarin, 2 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 7 Goosander.
No Dippers seen, probably washed down to Boston Spa with the amount of water.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Tuesday 16th December 2014

Royds Hall Dam - 4 Cormorant, 2 Goosander, 2 Mallard, Pochard, 10 Tufted
10 Moorhen, 4 Mute Swan, 27 Coot, 40 Canadas, Herring Gull, Little Grebe, G C G
James Brass

Shipley Glen
A Great Spotted Woodpecker was calling from the highest point on one of the tallest trees and a female was also in the vicinity.  Other birds in the Glen included three Nuthatch, one Treecreeper, a couple of Grey Herons and three Redwings on the Higher Coach Road.
Paul King

Keighley Bus Station on the 12th December

At the Bus Station in the centre of Keighley it was rush hour. There was a crystal clear sky, the temperature was below freezing and it was just going dark. There are 7-8 small trees in the Bus Station itself. There was nothing to be seen at first. Then the tweet tweet call of a Pied Wagtail which landed in one of the trees. Then one or two more. Then a gradual build up as more and more flew down to the trees from surrounding rooftops. There was a lot of flying around and jostling for position for the best branches. The noise of the calls became louder and louder. Finally I managed to count approximately 300 birds. It is a spectacular sight. No-one else seemed to notice them as they rushed to get home after work. 

The roost of Pied Wagtails at Keighley Bus Station on the 12th December.  Photos and sighting by John Preshaw.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Monday 15 December 2014

Redcar Tarn - at least up to 13.10 this afternoon, a Ruff was amongst the Lapwings in the fields across from the Tarn. The bird was very active feeding most of the time but frequently harassed by BHG & takes flight to relocate in same or next field.
Ian Hargreaves

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Sunday 14 December 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only)- Water Rail, Grey Wagtail, 5 Siskin,
40 Fieldfare flying west, 3 Reed Bunting. Total of 28 species seen plus Stoat.
A bonus was watching a male Kestrel remain in the new box all morning.
John & Bridget Ogden et al

Monday, 8 December 2014

Monday 8 December 2014

Ireland Bridge, Bingley - on the river, male Wood Duck, male Mandarin. Nine Goosanders seen between there & Hirst Wood.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 6 December 2014

6 December 2014

Redcar Tarn - 3 Pink Foot Geese, 20 Golden Plover, Bramblings with Chaffiches towards Steeton.
Brian Vickers

Yeadon Tarn - 6 GCG, 10 Tufted Duck, single Pochard, 16 Goosander
Knotford Nook - C50 Wigeon, 6 Goldeneye (males displaying), 26 Tufted Duck plus a few Redwing.
Private Wetlands ( permit holders only) - 12 Tufted, 14 Goldeneye, heard Water Rail squealing, Buzzard.
BOG members outing.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Friday 5 December 2014

Barden Scale - Ring tail Hen Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, pair of Stonechat, Red Kite
Whetstone Gate - Red Kite, pair of Stonechat
Redcar Tarn - 15 Canada Geese, 2 Pinkfoot Geese.
Brian Vickers

Swinsty Reservoir - At least 6 Brambling, probably more, with a mixed flock at the bottom end of the reservoir where the beeches are. Also Red Kite, Buzzard & Grey Wagtail.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Whetstone Gate -a male Snow Bunting feeding by the masts, beyond the car park where the road ends, at 10am. The bird may stay as seed has been scattered in the area. The bird seen again in the afternoon (S. Lilley).
Also pair of Stonechat nearby.
Bradup - a pair of Raven flew towards Sunnydale.
Upwood Wood - 8 Brambling thinly scattered amongst the beech.
Shaun Radcliffe
A Snow Bunting feeding on seeds at Whetstone Gate. Photo: Stephen Lilley
Baildon Moor
A flock of 13 Golden Plovers flew around the top of Hope Hill and there were four Lapwings in the fields.
Paul King.

2 December 2014 continued

Redcar Tarn - pair of Whooper Swans, also nearby on Redcar Lane, a few Bramblings with Chaffinches.
Brian Vickers & Mark Dawson

Tuesday 2nd December 2014

Snow Bunting still present between Slippery Ford and Keighley Res.

I Hargreaves & F Drake

Monday, 1 December 2014

Monday 1 December 2014

One male Snow Bunting feeding alongside path between Slippery Ford and Keighley Reservoir about halfway between the gamekeeper's cottage and reservoir.
Ian Hargreaves and Fred Drake