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, 30 October 2015

Friday 30 October 2015

Sconce Lane area - late afternoon -  3 flocks of Fieldfare of 140, 40 & 15, Little Owl, Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Thursday 29 October 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail seen very briefly. When a Goosander successfully caught a fish, it had to move swiftly each time as six Black-headed Gulls tried to pounce on the duck to steal the stickleback. Goosander won the battle.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Five Rise Locks - 11 Fieldfare flew over in the mist, Kingfisher & Grey Wagtail on the canal.
Shaun Radcliffe

A flock of 125 Lapwings, 150 Starlings and six Redwings.
Paul King

A Black-headed Gull, photographed by Ian Hargreaves at Redcar Tarn on 21st October, was first ringed in the nest near Oslo, Norway on 12th June 2014.  It was reported from other locations in the Oslo area on 12th July 2014, 16th May 2015 and 13th June 2015.

Hen Harrier
Ian also made a comment regarding the Hen Harrier which we featured in a recent blog. The bird was seen over Keighley Moor and is a female known as 'Highlander' and was tagged in 2014 shortly after hatching. She attempted to breed in Bowland this year and twice, the males she paired with went 'missing'. She has wandered around several local moors away from the breeding season since first being tagged .

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Sunday 25 October 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail heard only. Very few birds and feeders did not require topping up from last week.
Shaun Radcliffe

On Saturday at Park Dam - 2 Gadwall, 20 Tufted, 61 Coot, 2 Little Grebe, 5 Wigeon along with other waterfowl.
Jamie Brass

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Thursday 22 October 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - A quiet day at the feeders and some Redpoll & Siskin flying about. Nice to see the Kestrel looking into the nest box a few times.
Shaun Radcliffe & John Preshaw

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Monday 19 October 2015

Keighley Moor - Hen Harrier with tracking device

Keighley Moor Reservoir to Slippery Ford - 2 Stonechat, Wheatear, Little Owl, 11 Fieldfare

Nigel Priestley 

River Aire, Bingley to Hurst Wood - 2 Kingfisher, 6 Goosander, Grey Wagtail

Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Sunday 18 October 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Water Rail seen, Kingfisher, Redpoll, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Goosander, 2 male Bullfinch.
Penny French, Keith Allen, John Tyson, Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Saturday 13th October

Garden, Riddlesden. 

Single male Brambling on feeder in my garden, along with Siskin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Tits.

Stephen Lilley

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Wednesday 14th October 2015

Park Dam
7 Little Grebe, 5 Wigeon, Pair Gadwall, 9 Tufted Duck, 2 Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, C80 Canada Geese
Jamie Brass

Seven Grey Partridge, five Red Grouse, 12 Meadow Pipits, three Lapwing, a female Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk.
Paul King
A Green Woodpecker seen at Hazlewood Moor by Roger Nelson.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Sunday 11th October 2015

Bolton Abbey to Hazlewood Moor

14 Mandarin ducks (9m, 5f) on the river, about 40 Redwings dropping down in holly/hawthorn bushes on Storiths Lane, 12 Fieldfares in two small flocks (3, 9) on Hazlewood moorside, 3 Kestrels, 2 Red Kites and 2 Buzzards in view at once; also I have seen 4 separate little owls in the last ten days.
Roger Nelson

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Thursday 8 October 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Water Rail, GSW, singing Chiff-Chaff, Jay, Redpoll.
John Tyson, Shaun Radcliffe

One Wheatear on the 7th fairway and a male Stonechat near Birch Close Lane.
Paul King

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Sunday 4th October 2015

Riddlesden area - Yellow-browed Warbler
Seen briefly a couple times in a feeding party in riverside habitat during mid-morning.
No further sightings during the afternoon.
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Denholme Clough
Virtually no vis-mig recorded. Siskin, Redpoll, 6+ Chiffchaff, Cormorant,
Lapwing, Jay, Green Woodpecker, Goldcrests
M Doveston

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 
Water Rail (heard only but both calls used),
8 House Martin, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Chiffchaff, juv Teal.
Penny French, Shaun Radcliffe
Siskin and Redpoll seen later, Teal and Water Rail still present.
A confiding Wheatear at Keighley Moor Reservoir. Photo: Ian Hargreaves

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Saturday 3rd October 2015

Fly Flatts - 2 Wheatear, SEO, pair of Kestrel
Fewston Reservoir - 12 Lesser Redpoll feeding on meadowsweet, Green Woodpecker, 12 Teal, pair of Tufted Duck.
Steve Parkes

Beecroft & Timble Plantations - in murky conditions, 31 species were recorded on the BOG walk.
Siskin were few with no Redpoll heard or seen. Between 80 to 100 Goldfinch watched whilst feeding on thistle heads & in a feeding party, 30 LTT were counted. A Kestrel was recorded and a Red Kite drifted past in the mist. A Little Owl sat on a wall with feathers puffed out to keep warm. Jay, Nuthatch & GSW recorded but only by call due to the poor visibility. Goldcrest was seen but hard to find but Coal Tits were everywhere. Just a couple of Chiff-Chaff recorded.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 2 October 2015

Friday 2nd October 2015

Keighley Moor Reservoir
Common Scoter still present

I Hargreaves

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Thrusday 1 october 2015

Keighley Moor Reservoir - Common Scoter, Short-eared Owl, Wheatear.
Ian Hargreaves

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 4 Lesser Redpoll, Willow Warbler (stayed all morning), plus 4 Swallows.
John Preshaw, Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday 1st October 2015

Long-eared Owl in the Fewston area.  Photo: Peter Curran
Lesser Redpoll in Upper Wharfedale.  Photo: Roger Nelson