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

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Sunday 30 October 2016

Thruscross - 150 Pinkfoot Geese flying north.
Roger Nelson

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, Water Rail (heard twice but not seen), GSW, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch.
Thanks to the helpers today as the new Tawny Owl Box was positioned.
Shaun Radcliffe.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Saturday 29 October 2016

Pennythorn Hill - 2 Stonechat
Sconce Lane - Fieldfare flocks of 50 and 60 feeding on hawthorn berries, 4 Stock Dove, Reed Bunting plus 2 Little Owl.
Shaun Radcliffe

Baildon Moor
Four, possibly five Whooper Swans flew east to west at 10am this morning.
Mark Whitaker

Friday, 28 October 2016

Friday 28th October 2016

Aire Valley
Three recent photos of birds near Dowley Gap and Hirst Wood by Nigel Priestley.
Grey Heron
Grey Wagtail
Wood Duck

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Tuesday 25 October 20016

Yeadon Tarn - 1 phylloscopus warbler (probably a Chiff-Chaff but bird did not call), juv Goosander,
6 Cormorant.
Theo Kuechel

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Sunday 23rd October 2016

Denholme Clough - mid-morning visit.
Fieldfare c150 dropped in from out of the blue sky
Redwing 2, Chiffchaff 1 calling bird, Goldcrest,
Long-tailed Tit flock, Jay, Sparrowhawk
Common Gull 1 south

M Doveston

Sunday 23 October 2016

Dowley Gap - Wood Duck, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, 6 Redwing
Nigel & Danny Priestley

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail feeding close to reeds, Kingfisher, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch. Heard call of Green Woodpecker some way off up the valley. The call became louder & louder until the woodpecker flew over my head immediately followed by a Sparrowhawk. The intended victim found sanctuary in the local gardens.
Sandbeds - on canal bank, Blackcap.
Shaun Radcliffe & Keith Allen

Saturday 22 October 2016

Leeshaw Reservoir - female Goldeneye
Paul Clough - 80 Fieldfare south, female Sparrowhawk, pair of Buzzard
Steve Parkes

Friday, 21 October 2016

Friday 21 October 2016

Bradup - 3 Grey Partridge, Buzzard, 50 Redwing flock.
Street Lane - 15 Brambling, Treecreeper
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Thursday 20 October 2016

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Snipe, Kingfisher, GSW, Reed Bunting & Bullfinch.
At 09.50 a flock of 100 Pinkfoot flew down the Worth Valley, then turned east towards Bingley.
At 10.25 another flock of 130 came from the west along the Aire Valley towards the east.
John Tyson, Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Wednesday 19 October 2016

Bingley - 300 Pinkfoot over the area at 09.40 flying east.
Steve Parks

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Monday 17 October 2016

Caldene Fields, South Bradford - 5493 Redwing flying mainly SW, 1444 Fieldfare flying W/SW
Also 2 White Wagtails, 4 Kestrel
Martyn Priestley

Monday, 17 October 2016

Sunday 16 October 2016

Danefield Terrace, Otley - 2 House Martin feeding over the fields until dusk plus flock of 18 Siskin in the area.
Theo Keuchal 

Saturday 15 October 2016

Barden - 2 Fieldfare with other thrushes feeding in hedges.
Roger Nelson

Nab Water Lane - flock of 40 Fieldfare
Steve Parkes

Friday, 14 October 2016

Thursday 13 October 2016

Oxenhope Watchpoint - female Black Redstart at the view point. Flew off into the mist.
Previous day 5800 Redwing recorded on migration.
Howard Creber & Dave Barker

Monday, 10 October 2016

Monday 10 October 2016

A family of five Stonechats by the 11th fairway.
Paul King

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Sunday 9 October 2016

Park Dam- 3 Shovelers arrived.
Jamie Brass

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - winter visitors this morning with 2 Redwing feeding on mountain ash berries & Water Rail squeal heard. 31 species recorded included Goldcrest, GSW, Jay, 2 Buzzard circling towards Utley, Kingfisher plus a Cormorant fishing on the lake all morning. Nice to see a couple of male Reed Bunting at the feeders along with juv Bullfinches.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Saturday 8 October 2016

Oxenhope watchpoint - 3260 Redwing counted up to 13.00 hrs
Wryneck scoped flying east
Howard Creber & Dave Barker

Park Dam - 8 Little Grebe, 4 G C G, 10 Tufted, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Gadwall,Teal
Jamie Brass

Scargill Reservoir - 2 Egyptian Geese, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk
John O'Gaunt Reservoir - 2 Chiff-Chaff, 8 Little Grebe, 8 Wigeon, 12 Teal, single Snipe, a few small flocks of Redwing passing through. Also a flock of 50 Lapwing in the area.
Stainburn Forest - 4 Crossbill
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday 8 October 2016

Scargill Reservoir - 2 Egyptian Geese, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk
John O'Gaunt Reservoir - 2 Chiff-Chaff, 8 Little Grebe, 8 Wigeon, 12 Teal, single Snipe, a few small flocks of Redwing passing through. Also a flock of 50 Lapwing in the area.
Stainburn Forest - 4 Crossbill
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Wednesday 5 October 2016

Storiths- small groups of Redwing amongst the Rowan, about 30 in all.
Roger Nelson

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Sunday 2 October 2016

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 27 species recorded including 2 Chiff-Chaff, Kingfisher, GSW, 5 Bullfinch at the feeders (begging call by 3 juvs), Jay. A worrying stat. is no Reed Bunting recorded since 14 August on the Reserve.
Superb views of Weasel on wall in front of hide.
Susan & Thomas Simcock, Shaun Radcliffe