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

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Saturday 26 December 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - never seen so much water with both islands under water, the fences also submerged and the feeder next to the willows completely out of sight.
The River Aire today looked more like the River Trent with the road at Stockbridge closed due to flooding.
The one feeder did attract 4 Reed Bunting, a pair of Bullfinches, whilst on the back water, 8 Goosanders sat out the torrent of water.
Once the water falls, we shall see what damage has taken place. A heap of branches piled to attract a possible Gropper this spring, is probably now in Castleford. There is still time to build another.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Sunday 20 December 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing Mistle Thrush, displaying Dunnocks, Water Rail (heard), Kestrel in box, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Jay, Goosander, Sparrowhawk.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 18 December 2015

Friday 18 December 2015

Fewston Reservoir - pair of Raven, 2 Bullfinch
Timble Ings- Little Owl, single female Siskin
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Thursday 17 December 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 26 species recorded including Snipe flushed, Water Rail (heard), 3 Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, 78 Mallard, GSW, Goosander, Peregrine flew east.
A typical December day watching birds through the recently hatched flies!!
John Preshaw, Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Wednesday 16 December 2015

Bradford City Centre - Peregrine calling in flight and upsetting the local pigeons.
Ian Watson

Bingley Garden - male Blackcap
Paul Croft

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Tuesday 15th December

Riddlesden Garden. 

A flock of  around 20 Siskin on my feeders today, along with 5 Bullfinch and 6 Lesser Redpoll.

Stephen  Lilley

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Sunday 13 December 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - frozen conditions brought more birds to the feeders with
4 Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Goldfinch & Greenfinch. Kingfisher flew through probably coming back from canal to the river. Sparrowhawk & Cormorant recorded. 5 Siskin on nearby Alders.
John Ogden & Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Tuesday 8 December 2015

Cononley Ings - 2 Snipe flushed, 91 Wigeon, 135 Canada Geese, 21 Greylag Geese, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 10 Meadow Pipit, 14 Lapwing flock flying about plus a Hare. There are possibly more ducks nearer the railway line as my sightings were from the river bank walk.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 7 December 2015

Monday 7 December 2015

Whetstone Gate - At 13.30 skein of 80 Pinkfoot flying west towards Silsden direction plus a pair of Raven
Bradup - Short-eared Owl hunting, Mistle Thrush singing.
Shaun Radcliffe
Shipley Glen
A roost of 13 Grey Herons.
Paul King

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Sunday 6 December 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail heard only, 3 Redpoll to the feeders, Reed Bunting, Siskin, Jay, Sparrowhawk
Shaun Radcliffe 

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Saturday 5 December 2015

Yeadon Tarn - 12 Great Crested Grebe, single Pochard, a female Goldeneye, plus Tufted Duck, Cormorant.
Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - distant views of Wigeon flock grazing in the rain. A Snipe was flushed, Crows chasing a Buzzard & a Woodcock flew across fields towards cover.
The Nine BOG stalwarts.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Friday 4 December 2015

Strid Woods - just 3 Mandarin Duck
Barden Fell - Buzzards, Red Kite
Cony Warren - 50 Fieldfare flew past plus 31 R L Partridge in field (awaiting their fate)
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Tuesday 1 December 2015

Cononley Ings - 120 Wigeon
Silsden Reservoir - 25 Tufted Duck
Silsden Ings - 350 Lapwing
Bradup - 5 Short-eared Owls hunting.
Shaun Radcliffe