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 dedicated to the study and conservation of birds within this region which is situated amongst the Pennines of Northern England.

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Monday, 30 September 2019

Monday 30th September 2019

Two Stonechats and at least 10 Sky Larks.
Paul King

Aire Valley
Two separate skeins of 200+ Pink-footed Geese moved eastwards during the morning.
Damian Pearson et al

Migration Watch - Caldene Fields - Martyn Priestley

Migration Watch - Oxenhope Watch Point - David Barker & Howard Creber

Sunday 29th September 2019

Caldene Fields, Visible Migration - Martyn Priestley

Manx Shearwater
An injured Manx Shearwater has been found at Malham.  The bird is being treated by the RSPCA and will be released at the coast.
Jon Middleton

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Saturday 28th September 2019

Leeshaw Reservoir
A female Pintail
Brian Vickers

Friday, 27 September 2019

Thursday 26th September 2019

Bolton Bridge - Bolton Abbey
A Kingfisher, three Cormorants and Common Buzzard in the area.  Seven Mandarin ducks and a good sized tit flock.

Adult Cormorant and a juvenile    photos: Roger Nelson

photos and report from Roger Nelson

Leeshaw Reservoir
Nine Goosander and four Cormorants
Brian Vickers

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Wednesday 25th September 2019

Chelker Reservoir
400+ Lapwing, 45 Golden Plover, a single Ruff and a Great Crested Grebe.
Brian Vickers

Migration Watch - Oxenhope Watchpoint (Dave Barker & Howard Creber)

Migration Watch - Caldene Watchpoint (Martyn Priestley)

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Tuesday 24th September 2019

Redcar Tarn, Keighley 13:00
A green colour ringed Lesser Black-backed Gull, N-D81, was present among other first year birds. It was ringed this summer in Bowland, Lancs
Other birds; Herring Gull 1st yr, Tufted Ducks, Lapwing, Skylarks
M Doveston

Monday, 23 September 2019

Monday 23rd September 2019

Migration Watch - Oxenhope Watchpoint (Dave Barker & Howard Creber)

Migration Watch - Caldene Fields Watchpoint (Martyn Priestley)

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Sunday 22nd September 2019

Guide Inn (Harden)
10 Herring Gull, 50+LBBGull, male Stonechat

Doe Park Reservoir
Brambling 1 heading SE, 3 groups of Song Thrush, Redpoll, Linnet, Meadow Pipits, Pied Wagtails,

Ten Yards Lane - Little Owl
M Doveston

Migration Watch - Oxenhope Watchpoint (Dave Barker & Howard Creber)

Saturday 21st September 2019

Barden Scale
Hobby, Osprey ( 1.30pm ), Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Common Buzzards, Red Kites, Swallows, House Martins, Skylarks.
Brian Vickers

Migration Watch - Caldene Fields, South Bradford (Martyn Priestley)

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Friday 20th September 2019

Migration Watch - Oxenhope (Dave Barker & Howard Creber)

Migration Watch - Caldene Fields (Martyn Priestley)

Thursday 19th September 2019

Lindley Wood Reservoir
Five Whooper Swans on Lindley Wood Reservoir (am).
Roger Wilkinson

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Wednesday 18th September 2019

A Whinchat with three Stonechats in Golcar Fields.
Paul King

European Roller flew west at 2.45pm.
Rod Proctor

Migration Watch

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Tuesday 17th September 2019

Two Stonechats and a single Whinchat at the end of Birch Close Lane. A female Sparrowhawk was hunting in the area and a juvenile Kestrel was chased by a couple of crows.
Paul King.

Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope
Three Stonechats, a Whinchat, a Green Woodpecker and a Sparrowhawk.
Brian Vickers

Migration Watch 

Warley Moor Reservoir.
An adult male Black Redstart remains in the area of Withins Farm.
Brian Summer

Upper Wharfedale
Recent images from Roger Nelson

Canada Goose, Little Owl, Spotted Flycatcher, Stonechat (male) and Meadow Pipit.

Monday 16th September 2019

Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope
Five Wheatears and two Whinchats.
Brian Vickers

A Wheatear and a Whitethroat. A small flock of eight Red Grouse flew across the eighth fairway.
Paul King.

Migration Watch

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Sunday 15th September 2019

Migration Watch

Doe Park Reservoir - 0800
2 Shelduck, female Teal, 2 Snipe overhead
M Doveston (M Pearson later)

Denholme Clough
Numerous Blackcap in bushes, few Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, (2 Roe Deer), Song Thrush
Vismig - very few birds moving;
Swallows, Meadow Pipits, Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch, Chaffinch,
M Doveston

Redcar Tarn - 12:30
Good selection of juv Gulls, mostly LesserBB, but there was also 2 Herring and 1 Great BB
Also present were a few LBB adults or near adults.
52 Lapwing in one field, Swallow, Tufted Ducks
M Doveston

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Saturday 14th September 2019

Redcar Tarn - early morning
Swallows and Meadow Pipits overhead, LBBGulls, BHGulls, Tufted Ducks
Linnets, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Lapwings in nearby fields
M Doveston

Glovershaw, Baildon
A Whinchat was feeding in Golcar Fields amongst the cattle.  Good numbers of Sky Larks were active around the Golf Course.
Paul King

Bolton Abbey
Osprey seen flying over the river.
Susan Pritchard

Friday, 13 September 2019

Friday 13th September 2019

Glovershaw, Baildon
Seven Wheatears, a family of five Stonechats and a single Whinchat.
Paul King

Redcar Tarn, Keighley
130 Lapwings.
Josh Selfe

Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope
Six Wheatears and a Kestrel

Barden Scale
A Marsh Harrier, also Common Buzzards, Sparrowhawk and Red Kites.
Brian Vickers

Strid Wood

A male Blackcap amongst the blackberries.          photo: Roger Nelson

Dunnock                       photo: Phil Matthews
Wren on Heights Lane              photo: Phil Matthews

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Thursday 12 September 2019

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Willow Warbler, Blackcap, House Martin, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting plus Red Admiral, Common Blue, Speckled Wood & Small White butterflies.
Shaun Radcliffe

4 Wheatears on the fringes of the Golf Course.
Paul King

Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope
Two Wheatears, two Grey Wagtails.
Brian Vickers

Caldene Fields, South Bradford - Migration Watch-point
Martyn Priestley

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Wednesday 11th September 2019

Glovershaw/Pennithorne - Photo Gallery by Phil Matthews
A juvenile Goldfinch on a thistle head
A juvenile Meadow Pipit
Red Grouse
One of four Whinchats seen in Golcar Fields.

Tuesday 10th September 2019

Lister Park, Bradford
Ring-necked Parakeet
Russ King

A Wheatear on the 11th fairway and two juveniles Kestrels hunting over Golcar Fields.
Paul King

Oxenhope Watch-Point (Migration Watch)
Over 500 Swallows and four Yellow Wagtails. 
Dave Barker, Howard Creber

Caldene Fields (Migration Watch-Point)
Three Swifts moving south-westwards
Martyn Priestley

Monday, 9 September 2019

Monday 9th September 2019

Redcar Tarn
Two Common Scoters
Keith Moir

Caldene Fields, South Bradford   Migration Watch Point
85 Pink-footed Geese moving SW.  Also, two late Swifts and three Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs, a Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler.
Martyn Priestley.

Sunday 8th September 2019

A Wheatear on the 14th fairway.
Shipley Glen
Three Common Buzzards circling over (10am)
Paul King

Two Pied Flycatchers and two Little Owls by the cabins.
Steve Meredith

Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope
6 Wheatears and four Whinchats.
Brian Vickers

Denholme Clough
Chiffchaffs, Blackcap, House Martin, Swallows
Sparrowhawk, GSWdpkr, Goldcrest, Kestrel,
M Doveston

Migration Watch - Oxenhope

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Saturday 7th September 2019

Glovershaw/Sconce area -  at least 6 Whinchat, 2 distant Wheatear, 3 Little Owls, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Red Kite, Buzzard, Stonechats, Goldfinches, Linnet, Skylark, House Martin, Swallow,
2 Kestrel, Reed Bunting.
BOG organised walk
Whinchat                          photo: Keith Allen
Stonechat                           photo: Keith Allen
Common Buzzard over Glovershaw           photo: Keith Allen
Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope
Two Whinchats and two Stonechats.
Howard Creber
Later - 12 Wheatears, Whinchat, Stonechat and Short-eared Owl were seen.
Brian Vickers

Fly Flatts (Warley Moor Reservoir)
A Black Redstart
Howard Creber

Pennythorn, Baildon
Two Wheatears and ten Linnets at Golcar Farm.

Shipley Glen
Six Mistle Thrush
Paul King

Friday 6 September 2019

Great White Egret
The bird is still in the area.  Today it was seen on the canal bear Apperley Bridge.
photo: Martin West
About 45 House Martins circling over the railway station.
Howard Creber

Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope
Two Whinchat and a Stonechat
Brian Vickers

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Thursday 5 September 2019

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, 4 Jay, Chiff-Chaff, Willow Warbler, Sparrowhawk, Blackcap.
John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Pennythorn, Baildon
Three Wheatears, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel.

Shipley Glen
Three Common Buzzards circling and calling as they moved over the Glen.
Paul King

Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope
Six Wheatears, three Whinchat a Stonechat and a Buzzard
Brian Vickers

Nuthatch on feeders at Albert Terrace and Willow Warbler in school grounds.
Graham Wood

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Wednesday 4th September 2019

Fly Flatts (Warley Moor Reservoir)
A Black Redstart has been in the area for a few days.
Bird Guides

Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope
Whinchat and Short-eared Owl

Redcar Tarn
Sand Martin and House Martin
Howard Creber

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Two Wheatears on the 14th fairway, a flock of 50 Starlings and a single Sky Lark.
Paul King

Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope
A Whinchat, Short-eared Owl and 12 Wheatears.

Fly Flatts (Warley Moor Reservoir)
A Whinchat.
Brian Vickers

Monday, 2 September 2019

Monday 2 September 2019

Sconce Lane area - Redstart, Little Owl, 2 Curlew plus a flock of 50 Goldfinch.
Shaun Radcliffe

Two juvenile Kestrels, a Whitethroat, a juvenile Wheatear and a flock of 40 Starlings.
Paul King

Fly Flatts (Warley Moor Reservoir)
Three Wheatears
Brian Vickers