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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Next Meeting

Golden Plover

Golden Plover
Ilkley Moor photo: Keith Allen

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Private Wetland (permit holders only) - 4 Chiff-Chaffs, GSW, Bullfinch plus a few Swallows & House Martins, 2 Buzzard, 4 Wigeon, 8 Tufted, 2 G C G.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 26 September 2016

Monday 26th September 2016


Buzzard over my house this morning.
Stephen  Lilley
Also in Riddlesden area - flock of 30+ Mistle Thrush, Buzzard, Kestrel, 40+ Goldfinch, Goldcrest, Chiff-Chaff, Cormorant.
Penny French

Whetstone Gate area - in the bracken, single Whitethroat, Stonechat and Reed Bunting plus nearby
two Little Owls.
Shaun Radcliffe

River Aire, Esholt Sewage Works - Little Egret
Casper Pottle

Monday 26th September 2016


Buzzard over my house this morning.
Stephen  Lilley

Whetstone Gate area - in the bracken, single Whitethroat, Stonechat and Reed Bunting plus nearby
two Little Owls.
Shaun Radcliffe

River Aire, Esholt Sewage Works - Little Egret
Casper Pottle

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Sunday 25 September 2016

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Chiff-Chaff, Kingfisher & Bullfinch
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Thursday 22nd September 2016

Leeshaw Reservoir - 5 Shelduck
Brian Vickers

Danefield Terrace, Otley - 3 Chiff-Chaff, 10 Willow Warbler plus mixed tit flocks. Female Sparrowhawk checking the hedges. On the two previous days, more migrants recorded with Chiff-Chaff, Willow Warbler, Swallow & 25 House Martin on Tuesday. Wednesday produced Chiff-Chaff, 4 Willow Warbler in mixed tit flock.
Theu Kuechel

Two Wheatears feeding on the Golf Course (7th and 12th fairways)
Paul King

Valley Parade
Last Saturday, during the match, a Peregrine was seen over the ground.
message from a Bristol Rovers fan!

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Tuesday 20th September 2016

Fly Flatts.


Nab Water Lane.

Whinchat,6 Stonechat,Reed Warbler.
Brian Vickers

Monday, 19 September 2016

Monday 19th September 2016

Birch Close Lane area - A flock of five birds consisted of four Wheatears and a Whinchat.
A flock of 200 Starlings at Weecher, a family of eight Red Grouse on Hope Hill, a couple of Linnets a few Skylarks and Meadow Pipits still about.
Paul King

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Sunday 18 September 2016

River Aire walk from Bingley to Hirst Wood - 
7 Goosander, 50 Mallard, Dipper, 3 Grey Wagtail,
3 Kingfisher, Grey Heron, 5 Chiffchaff
Shaun Radcliffe

John O'Gaunt's Res
No sign of RNGrebe,
12 Little Grebe, Teal, several Wigeon
1 Cormorant, GHeron, Skylarks, Chiffchaff
Pied & Grey Wagtails
M Doveston, J Flood

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Saturday 17 September 2016

Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - 
Ring-necked Parakeet, Sparrowhawk,
Common Buzzard, Chiff-Chaff
Shaun Radcliffe

Three Wheatears in fields by Golcar Farm.
Paul King

John O'Gaunt's Reservoir
Long staying Red-necked Grebe still present
12 Little Grebe, Wigeon, Teal, Tufted Ducks
A Jowett

Friday, 16 September 2016

Thursday 15 September 2016

Oxenhope - 3 Common Buzzard circling over today.
Howard Creber

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher perched in front of hide, dived in and caught a stickleback. Chiff-Chaff singing plus GSW, Bullfinch & Sparrowhawk.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 12 September 2016

Monday 12th September 2016

Two Whinchats and a Wheatear were in the paddock behind Golcar Farm this morning.
Paul King

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Sunday 11th September 2016

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 25 species recorded including the following - Common Sandpiper (stayed for 3 hours), Whitethroat (feeding on blackberries), singing Chiff-Chaff, Jay, Grey Wagtail, GSW & Sparrowhawk.

A Whinchat was feeding in the fields by Golcar farm.
Paul King.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Saturday 10 September 2016

Oxenhope Watchpoint - Common Buzzard SE at 10.20. Also Yellow Wagtail seen along with many Swallows & Mipits.
Howard Creber & Dave Barker

Baildon Moor - walk around the fringe - plenty of migrants mainly Swallows with a few House Martins, Chiff-Chaffs & Willow Warblers. 2 Wheatear on golf course, 9 Skylark on the top, a single Linnet, plenty of wandering Meadow Pipits, Red Kite & and good views of a Stoat.
Eight BOG walkers.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Friday 9 September 2016

A Whinchat around the 10th tee and a Wheatear on the 7th fairway. A flock of four Grey Herons flew over.
Paul King

Upper Wharfedale
Recent photos from Roger Nelson.
Little Owl
Distant view of Osprey
juvenile Wheatear.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Thursday 8 September 2016

Keighley Moor Reservoir- Shelduck already on water but then 3 male & 2 female Wigeon dropped in before heavy rain.
Redcar Tarn - Pintail
Pintail at Redcar Tarn.                   photo: Ian Hargreaves
Ian Hargreaves

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, Blackcap & Chiff-Chaff
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday 7 September 2016

Keighley Moor Reservoir - Cream-crown Marsh Harrier flying south at 09.15. Long distant but prolonged view of Osprey at 10.10.
Slippery Ford - 6 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat
Ian Hargreaves 

Tuesday 6 September 2016

Nab Water Lane - 4 Wheatear, Sparrowhawk
Brian Vickers

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Sunday 4 September 2016

Upper Wharfedale - Three recent photos from Roger Nelson
Little Owl                                             photo: Roger Nelson
Wheatear (juvenile)                    photo: Roger Nelson
A distant view of an Osprey near Barden on 25th August.  Photo: Roger Nelson

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Monday 5 September 2016

Barden Scale - Cream Crown Marsh Harrier, 6 Buzzard, 3 Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine plus a flock of 36 Mistle Thrush.
Brian Vickers

Monday, 5 September 2016

Sunday 4 September 2016

Hazlewood - 
4 Common Buzzard, 2 juv Wheatear, Green Woodpecker, Little Owl
Roger Nelson

Denholme Clough
plenty of Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Swallows,
Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Bullfinches, Dipper
Grey Wagtail, 6 Collared Dove East

East Riddlesden Hall
Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, House Martins,
Sand Martin x2 still at nest site, Chiffchaff
Wheatear female on Cricket Pitch,
Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail,

M Doveston

Friday, 2 September 2016

Friday 2 September 2016

Denton Moor - Raven, Merlin, 5 Red Kite. At Gawk Hall Gate - 5 Snipe, Stonechat. Meadow Pipits amounted to 38, some on the move.

Timble Ings - 11 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Siskin
John Poland

Denholme Clough
2 Spotted Flycatcher
M Doveston

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Thursday 1 September 2016

Whetstone Gate - evening visit - 2 Raven, single Wheatear, 2 Little Owls & 22 Curlew.
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Jay
Shaun Radcliffe