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

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Organised Walk this Saturday

We are meeting at Swinsty Reservoir car park (the one nearest to Timble Village) at 8 o'clock this Saturday. The walk takes us through Beecroft & Timble Plantations and back via Timble to finish by noon. Why not come along and bring a friend? Its a case of seeing what birds turn up but Redpoll, Siskin and Bullfinch should be there along with the odd raptor. Walking boots essential.

30 September 2015

Timble Ings - 20 Lesser Redpoll plus 200 Goldfinch.
Roger Nelson

Tuesday 29 September 2015

Fewston area - Long-Eared Owl
Peter Curran

Whetstone Gate - went to look for migrants but none anywhere. Only Buzzard & Kestrels seen.
This appears to be an unusual year for migrants moving through - no SW winds?
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Sunday 27 September 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 
Redpoll, Siskin, Cormorant, Jay, Kingfisher.
Penny French, Shaun Radcliffe

Denholme Clough - fog bound
Swallows, Siskin, Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, Blackcap, Chiffchaffs, Song Thrushes,
Goldcrests, Coal Tit, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail,
M Doveston
Greylag Geese on the move over Upper Wharfedale. Photo: Roger Nelson
A Young Osprey at Swinsty Reservoir. Photo: Peter Curran
It's been a good year for Barn Owls. Here's a distant view of a bird in Wharfedale. Photo: Roger Nelson

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Saturday 26th September 2015

River Aire near Hirst Lock - Kingfisher, Dipper
Sally Varrie

Two Whinchats on the bracken at Pennythorn Hill.
Paul King

Friday, 25 September 2015

Friday 25th September 2015

Three Wheatears feeding on Pennythorn Hill.
Paul King

Barden Scale - Buzzards, Sparrowhawks, Kestrels, Golden Plover 150, 2 skeins of Pinkfoot going west, ring-tail Hen Harrier also west, Merlin chasing Mipit.
Brian Vickers

Swinsty Reservoir - Osprey, Kingfisher
Peter Curran

Hazlewood - 70 Greylags flying west.
Roger Nelson

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Wednesday 23 September 2015

Ben Rhydding G P - Little Egret & Kingfisher on river.
Finn Lisle via Steve Parkes

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Tuesday 22nd September, 2015

A Whinchat was in the area at the end of Birch Close Lane and four Wheatears were on the Golf Course.  A flock of at least 60 Goldfinch were feeding on thistles.
Paul King

Low Snowden - 4 Stonechat, Red Kite, Buzzard, Redpoll, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaffs, Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Sunday 20th September 2015

Denholme Clough - delayed visit due to fog
10:15-11:40 - Cloudy with sunny spells
very little vis-mig and few migrants in bushes
Two groups of Crossbill 2 & 5 heading south,
Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, Siskin
Swallow, House Martin, Kestrel, Redpoll
c35+ Geese Sp. flew west.

M Doveston

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - a quiet day with a couple of Chiff-Chaff about, plus 30 House Martins fed over the water in two flocks. Jay, Redpoll & GSW recorded.
John Ogden, Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 18 September 2015

Friday 18 September 2015

Sconce Lane area - 7 Reed Bunting, singing Willow Warbler, 2 Little Owl, many Chiff-Chaffs, Stock Dove, 20 House Martin plus Swallows hanging around Faweather Farm.
Shaun Radcliffe

Keighley Moor Res
Briefly a Ring-tailed Harrier

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Thursday 17 September 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, singing Chiff-Chaff, Bullfinch,
12 House Martin plus 4 Reed Bunting.
Yesterday, Paul Croft had a Reed Warbler.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday 16th September 2015

One Whinchat and a Wheatear
Numerous Meadow Pipits, Skylark,
Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff at Golcar Farm
Paul King

East Riddlesden Hall
50+Lapwing flew over late afternoon.
M Doveston

Monday, 14 September 2015

Sunday 13 September 2015

Leeming Reservoir - 112 Lapwing counted.
Jane & Richard Topham

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - After only visiting the reserve on a few occasions during the summer, today 3 Kingfishers were on the reserve. Also a Little Grebe successfully caught sticklebacks. Other sightings - 3 Cormorant flew over, singing Chiff-Chaff, Redpoll, GSW, Swallow, Reed Bunting, 2 Kestrel displaying again, Sparrowhawk & Bullfinch.
Penny French, Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 11 September 2015

Friday 11th September 2015

Silsden Reservoir -  2 Wigeon, 10 Tufted
Barden Scale - Red Kites, Kestrels, 100 plus Swallow & House Martin, Hobby, Buzzard
Brian Vickers

Two Wheatears and a flock of over 50 Goldfinch at 8am.
Paul King

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Thursday 10 September 2015

Foreside Lane, Denholme Gate- 2 Kestrel, Snipe, 20 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark plus Hen Harrier
Ogden Reservoir -  4 Shelduck, 12 Teal, 2 Cormorant, 2 GCG
Jamie Brass

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Juv Teal, Whitethroat, singing Chiff-Chaff, pair of Kestrel displaying.
Keith Allen, Mike Bloomfield & Shaun Radcliffe

Bradup - this evening, Short-eared Owl hunting, 3 Kestrel, 9 Curlew.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 7 September 2015

Monday 7 September 2015

Scargill Reservoir area - 2 Raven, Red Kite, 3 Little Grebe, 10 Tufted Duck
John O'Gaunt Reservoir area - 3 Little Grebe, Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Grey Wagtail plus two flocks of Golden Plover of 20 & 40. No sign of migrants except Swallow & House Martin.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Sunday 6 September 2015

Redcar Tarn -    Probable Caspian Gull
K Moir

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Reed Warbler, 2 Redpoll, Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler
Chiff-Chaff, Blackcap, GSW, Juv Bullfinch & Kingfisher.
A Brimstone Butterfly settled on a raspberry leaf in the sunshine. Plenty of Speckled Woods.
Keith Allen, peter Riley & Shaun Radcliffe

Denholme Clough 0715
Redstart male, Siskin, Jay, Chiffchaffs
trickle of Swallows and Meadow Pipits,
no Willow Warblers at all. 2 Cormorant,
M Doveston

Oxenhope Watch Point
2 Swift, 2 Raven, House Martins, Swallows,
Meadow Pipits,
H Creber, C King

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Thursday 3 September 2015

Leeshaw Reservoir - Cormorant, 270 Lapwing, Buzzard
Brian Vickers