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 December 2016

Friday 30 December 2016

Sandbeds - canal towpath, 5 Waxwings feeding on hawthorn berries.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Thursday 29 December 2016

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - freezing conditions brought 3 Bullfinch & as many Reed Buntings to the feeder. A few Siskin were in the alders above the hide. At 11 o'clock, a skein of 80-100 Pinkfoot flew high over the reserve going in a westerly direction.
Shaun Radcliffe

Shipley Glen
A Little Owl at Brackenhall and a female Stonechat just off the Glen Road.
Paul King

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Wednesday 28th December, 2016

A flock of 30 Golden Plovers over Baildon Moor and two Tree Sparrows on a feeder at Dobrudden Farm.
Paul King

Toads Hole Beck - pair of Gadwall. First record by the observer at this site.

Martyn Priestley

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Tuesday 27th December 2016

Whetstone Gate - pair of Stonechat, Little Owl plus a few Fieldfare.
Shaun Radcliffe

A flock of 35 Golden Plover over Baildon Moor.  Six Reed Buntings, six Red Grouse, eight Lapwings, 49 Pheasants (39 in fields adjacent to Sconce Lane), a Meadow Pipit and a Little Owl at Pennythorn.
Paul King

Monday, 26 December 2016

Sunday 25th December 2016

Anchor Farm near Timble - 2 Crossbill flew over, flock of 40 mixed winter thrushes, 80 Lapwings.
Denton - 9 Red Kite in flight.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 25 December 2016


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Thursday, 22 December 2016

Thursday 22nd December 2016

Keighley Golf Course
About 50 Waxwings seen in trees near the 6th tee at the Golf Course.
Photo and sighting by Steve Meredith

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Tuesday 20 December 2016

Keighley Golf Course - 60 Waxwings this morning feeding on berries close to 5th/8th tee.
Richard Butler

Baildon Golf Course
A female Stonechat by the 6th fairway.
Paul King

Monday, 19 December 2016

Monday 19 December 2016

Sconce Lane area - Little Owl, 3 Reed Bunting and a few Fieldfare & Redwing about. A flock of 50 Golden Plover flew towards Hope Hill.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday 18 December 2016

Leeshaw Reservoir - Little Egret
Brian Vickers

Sunday, 18 December 2016


Stockbridge |Reserve (members only) - there are access problems as the lock at the gate has been changed. Sorting matter out & will advise when matter resolved.
Shaun Radcliffe 

Saturday 17 December 2016

Barden Scale - Green Woodpecker, Woodcock, Red Kites, Buzzards
Silsden Reservoir - 12 Wigeon, 7 Goldeneye, 10 Tufted Duck
Brian Vickers

Friday, 16 December 2016

Wednesday 14 December 2016

Redcar Tarn - single Dunlin
Malcolm James

Monday, 12 December 2016

Monday 12 December 2016

Bingley to Hirst Wood along river - 3 single Dippers seen, Grey Wagtail, 30 Redwing feeding in the Beckfoot Lane area, 3 Goosander.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday 11 December 2016

Baildon Garden - 2 R N Parakeets, 3 Redwing, 3 LTT
Richard Butler

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Saturday 10 December 2016

Leeds Old Road - flying above B & Q car park, a flock of 200 Golden Plover. About 30 birds roosted on the roof of  B & M Bargains along with 50 Lapwing. (these could be the same flocks that have frequented Wakefield Road area in previous years)
Martin Millard

Yeadon Tarn - large flock of Goldfinch, single Pochard, Goldcrest, 25 Fieldfare flew over whilst Redwing feeding on holly berries, 19 Tufted Duck.
Knotford Nook - 60 plus Wigeon, over 15 Goldeneye, Kingfisher, Goosanders plus flock of 7 Curlew flew east.
Otley Wetlands ( permit holders only) - flock of 600 Lapwing, 24 Wigeon, Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, 9 Goldeneye plus the odd Siskin
BOG members morning..

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Thursday 8 December 2016

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail heard, Kingfisher, pair of Bullfinch, Redpoll.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday 6 December 2016

Caldene Fields - Little Egret seen, a site first. The bird flew down towards the pond but was harassed by corvids so it flew off south.
Martyn Priestley

Monday 5 December (catch up)

Leeshaw Reservoir - 82 Greylag, 15 Canada, 2 Cormorant, 24 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Wren, Goosander, Dunnock.
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Tuesday 6th December 2016

Keighley Golf Course.

Waxwings, 64 on Sunday, 51 yesterday.
Little Egret  yesterday by canal  between Howden Park and Lower Holden East of Silsden.

Richard Candeland

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Sunday 4 December 2016

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits
Little Egret, Redwing flock
Steven Parkes

Stockbridge Reserve.(members only).

Small flocks of winter Thrushes moving through going East. The reserve had many Finches, including a flock of 30 Siskin.  Redpolls came down to drink in front of the hide whilst Bullfinches were on the feeders.Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were both recorded.
Penny French, Shaun Radcliffe.

Thursday 1 December 2016

Leeds Road, Bradford
A Red Kite seen flying towards Bradford City Centre at 11:20.