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 November 2016

Tuesday 29th November 2016

Yeadon Tarn
A female Pochard, 16 Tufted Ducks and three Great Crested Grebes.
Paul King

Monday, 28 November 2016

Sunday 27th November 2016

Stockbridge Reserve
Water Rail heard, Kingfisher visited many times this morning successfully catching in front of hide, Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk, Bullfinch

Penny French, Susan & Thomas Simcock, Shaun Radcliffe.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Saturday 26th November 2016

Scargill Res.

Male Mandarin with 3 Mallards, 3 female Goldeneye.  In the area 196 Lapwing, 5 Golden Plover, Red Kite, 12 Reed Bunting, all in one small tree, 2 Stock  Dove.

In wood below reservoir, hooting Tawny Owl, Treecreeper.

John O'Gaunts Res and surrounding area.

130 Canada Geese, 1 Wigeon, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, 3 Snipe, 1 Sparrowhawk, flock of 30 Fieldfare.

Shaun Radcliffe.

Snaygill Area
5 Ruff
Barden Scale
Male Stonechat
Brian Vickers

Hazlewood - Cavendish Pavilion - Bolton Bridge

37 species, including heron (4 within one mile), cormorant, goosander, dipper, grey wagtail, pied wagtail, dipper, brambling, long-tailed tit, fieldfare, redwing, jay, red grouse, green woodpecker (on open moorland) snipe, raven, red kite and buzzard.
Roger Nelson

Birds in Upper Wharfedale.  Photos: Roger Nelson

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Thursday 24th November 2016

Stockbridge Reserve
12 Waxwings, Bullfinch, Kingfisher and Reed Buntings also present.
Sean Radcliffe

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Baildon Garden.

Single male Brambling on bird table.

Jeremy Taylor.

Cononley Ings.
Shelduck, Shoveler,   6 WhooperSwans (flyover), Teal, Wigeon, Lapwings, 200 Canada Geese, 20 Redwings.
Brian  Vickers

Leeshaw Res

4 Cormorant,  200+ Starling flock.

Brian Vickers

Monday 21st November 2016


15 Waxwings by the allotments.
Andrew  Kitts

Monday, 21 November 2016

Sunday 20th November 2016

11 Waxwings on the back road between Kildwick and Skipton.  They flew off NW.
A flock of White Fronted Geese (about 120) over the Great Wood Estate and Moorview Way area of Skipton.  Assumed to be the flock seen previously at Barden.
Howard Creber
(Note these sightings were made on Friday 18th - a few technical problems caused delay)
Goldeneye (male) on Tong Park Reservoir  photo: Peter Curran
Tong Park Baildon,
A Goldeneye at Tong Park Reservoir and seven Goosander and a Cormorant.
Along the Aire at Baildon, a single Goosander and a Kingfisher was seen at the Denso-Marston Reserve.
Peter Curran

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Saturday 19th November 2016

Cow & Calf pub area
5 Waxwings
S Varrie

Friday 18th November 2016

B&Q Thornbury
100 lapwing
Jamie Brass
Keighley Golf Club
A Little Egret flew over
Jon Middleton

Thursday 17th November 2016

Caldene Fields
A Jack Snipe
Martyn Priestley
Baildon Garden
Two Ring-necked Parakeets on feeders
Richard Butler

Wednesday 16th November 2016

Ilkley Centre Car Park
17 Waxwings
Mike Bloomfield

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Tuesday 15th November2016

Ilkley Town Centre

14 Waxwings
Denton Park
93 Curlew, 150 Greylags, 200 Lapwing
Theo Kuechel

Bingley Bog North
23 Common Snipe
1 Jack Snipe
John Middleton

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Sunday 13th November 2016

Ogden Reservoir
Two Pintails on the reservoir at 8am.
Chris King

Male and female Pintails.   photo: Brian Sumner

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Saturday 12th November 2016

Keighley Moor Reservoir
Two Bewick Swans on the reservoir.  They remained until 9.05am but were disturbed by a dog walker.  The birds flew off to the west.  These are the first since 2011.
Bewick Swans at Keighley Moor Reservoir
Slippery Ford
A female Black Grouse, which has been in the area for a little while, can usually be seen in the first fields just to the right (north) of the track as you pass through the gate from the car park.  This is a first for the area.
Female Black Grouse 
Details and photos by Ian Hargreaves

Sconce Lane and Pennithorne, Baildon
A flock of 50 Fieldfare, 9 Mistle Thrush, Little Owl, Kestrel and 32 Pheasants.
Paul King

Friday, 11 November 2016

Friday 11th November 2016

Undercliffe Cemetery
3 Waxwing

Low Wood canalside (Riddlesden)
Kingfisher, Redwings, Song Thrush, Goldcrest
M Doveston

Thursday 10th November 2016

Ben Rhydding
A single Waxwing appeared in the silver birch tree just beyond our garden in Ben Rhydding at 10.40  today for just 30 seconds. It flew off in a SW direction.
 Helen and Dave Kidman

Two Waxwings at Moorfield Trading Estate.
Mike Bloomfield

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch plus Sparrowhawk on concrete post preening for 20 mins.


This afternoon - near Sainsbury's in Keighley, flock of 20 Waxwings
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Tuesday 8th November 2016

A flock of at least eight Waxwings and a few Redwings were feeding in trees by the cricket and football field.  On the tarn there were four Goosanders, 14 Tufted Ducks and four Great Crested Grebes.
Paul King

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Sunday 6 November 2016

Ogden Water - 9 Whoopers, 3 Goldeneye, Tufted, Kingfisher, Dipper plus many Goldcrests.
Brian Vickers

Saturday 6 November 2016

Thackley - 8 Waxwings
Casper Pottle

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Friday 4th November 2016

Keighley Golf Course - 13 Waxwings
Jon Middleton

Ogden Water
A first for Ogden Water - two male Mandarins.  photo: Brian Sumner 

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Thursday 3rd November 2016

Tong Park, Baildon - Jack Snipe flushed, 4 Teal, Goosanders
D & M Scrimshaw

High Royds Menston  6 Snipe  2 male Teal
Theo Kuechel

Shipley Glen
Two flocks of Pink-footed Geese passed over from west to east. One of about 100 at 8.30am and the other of about 75, two hours later.
Paul King

Wednesday 2 November 2016

Keighley Moor Reservoir - single Twite found feeding. Also several skeins of Pinkfoot seen flying east.

Ian Hargreaves

Thornbury - a flock of 30 Lapwing in the area.
James Brass

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Tuesday 1st November 2016

150 Pink-footed flying over Thruscross on 30th October.  photo: Roger Nelson

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Monday 31 October 2016

Scargill Reservoir - Raven, pair of Stonechat, 9 Wigeon, 300 Golden Plover on side of wall.
John O'Gaunt Reservoir - another pair of Stonechat, angler flushed 23 Snipe, 50 Canada Geese, 6 Greylag with a skein of 80 flying north, 2 Egyptian geese, 26 Mallard, single Tufted, 3 Wigeon, 19 Teal, 4 Little Grebe
John Poland

Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 Cormorant, 2 Goosander, a Wigeon, 3 Goldeneye.
Brian Vickers  

Park Road, Bingley - 3 Parakeets flew past.
Rex Holt

Caldene Fields - 7527 Woodpigeon counted moving through in a southerly direction. Also 339 Herring Gull seen flying south west.
Martyn Priestley