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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Saturday, 31 October 2020

Friday 30th October 2020

Redcar Tarn
A photo from Keith Moir of the 2nd-winter Caspian Gull, reported on Monday (26th) and last seen on Wednesday (28th).

photo: Keith Moir

Thursday, 29 October 2020

Thursday 29th October 2020

Ogden Water area
Through the torrential rain: a female Goldeneye, a Kingfisher, two Dippers, a Grey Wagtail and three Jays.
Brain Sumner more on Brian's blog.

Wednesday 28th October 2020

Ogden Water
Three Crossbills over Ogden towards Giant's Tooth
Brian Sumner   see more on Brian's blog.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Tuesday 27th October 2020

Otley Wetland Nature Reserve
A Green Sandpiper in flight.  Otherwise pretty light: group of 5 Skylarks over, 3-4 Grey Wagtails, small numbers of Redwing and around 6 Mistle Thrush was fairly unusual.
John Armstrong

Leeshaw Reservoir

A Pink-footed Goose was seen amongst the Greyalgs.
Brian Sumner

Redcar Tarn, Keighley
The Caspian Gull first reported on Sunday, has been seen again in fields near the tran.
Keith Moir

Monday, 26 October 2020

Monday 26th October 2020

Redcar Tarn, Keighley
A 2nd- winter Caspian Gull left for a roost at 4.30pm.
Keith Moir

Sunday, 25 October 2020

Sunday 25 October 2020

Two Stonechats between 8th and 9th fairways whilst a mixed flock of about 20 Redwings and Fieldfares flew south-eastwards.
Steve Meredith

Mannywells Height, Cullingworth
A 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull.
Keith Moir

Stockbridge Reserve (members only)
- Kingfisher, 2 Reed Bunting, Bullfinch & Jay.
Shaun Radcliffe

Migration Watch

Report by Howard Creber and Dave Barker.

Saturday, 24 October 2020

Saturday 24 October 2020

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Little Egret

Sue Patchett 

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Thursday 22nd October 2020

Wharfe Valley
About 20 Whooper Swans flew south east along the valley during the afternoon.
Martin Taunton
Aire Valley, Saltaire
Two Whooper Swans flew west at 6pm.
Steve Meredith

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Tuesday 20th October 2020

Baildon Moor
Five Tree Sparrows on feeders at Dobrudden Farm.
Paul King

Bradford Road, Guiseley.
11 Ring-necked Parakeets flew across Bradford Road from the direction of Tranmere Park.
Ian Poole

Fly Flatts (Warley Moor Reservoir)
Eight Stonechats and four Wheatears.
Brian Sumner

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Sunday 18th October 2020

Migration Watch - (click image to enlarge)
Red-throated Diver, lots of Whooper Swans and the first Bramblings!

Reports from: David Barker, Howard Creber, Chris King, Brian Sumner and Martyn Priestley.

A Barn Owl was heard calling then seen hunting at about 15.30 this afternoon, over the fields in between Baildon Moor and Sconce Lane. A male Kestrel was also seen from Sconce Lane and a Stonechat heard on Baildon Moor.
Thomas Simcock

Leeshaw Reservoir
Four Teal and four Cormorants.
Brian Vickers

Saturday, 17 October 2020

Saturday 17th October 2020

Upper Wharfedale birds in pictures, by Roger Nelson.

Migration Watch (click on image to enlarge)

Reports by Brian Sumner, Martyn Priestley, David Barker and Howard Creber.

Friday, 16 October 2020

Friday 16th October 2020

Castlefields Industrial Estate, Crossflatts
Two Yellow Wagtails in the estate and a Common Buzzard went over.
Steve Meredith

Early Autumn in Upper Wharfedale

                                Newly arrived Fieldfares and a Redwing   photo: Roger Nelson

Migration Watch
Fly Flatts (Warley Moor Reservoir) & Oxenhope Watchpoint
There were 3850 Pink-footed Geese over Fly Flatts, all the skeins heading towards the south-east. There were eight skeins, the largest featured over a 1000 birds! 
Brian Sumner, David Barker and Howard Creber
click on the image to enlarge

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Thursday 15th October 2020

Allerton, Bradford
10am - 300 Pink-footed Geese passing over Allerton.                photo: Ian Watson

Shipley Glen

10am - A skein of about 150 Pink-footed Geese flew towards the east.
Paul King

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing Chiff-Chaff, Bullfinch, Cormorant & a pair of mating Mallards. At 09.50, three tightly knit skeins of Pinkfoot totalling 220 flew over going east.
Shaun Radcliffe

Apperley Bridge 
10.35am - A skein of over 100 pink-footed Geese flew NE.
Damian Pearson

Lee Lane, Leeshaw
Brian Vickers reported nine skeins of over 1000 birds moving eastwards.

Barden Scale
Four Ravens also Common Buzzards, red Kites and Kestrels.  There was also a flock of 40 Fieldfares.
Brian Vickers

Migration Watch

Reports by Martyn Priestley, Brian Sumner, David barker and Howard Creber.


Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Wednesday 14th October 2020

Leeshaw Reservoir
am - A big movement of Fieldfare and Redwing whilst on the water a Wigeon and a Teal.

Fly Flatts (Warley Moor Reservoir)
pm - The movement of 1,296 Fieldfare and Redwing across the area was again apparent and eight Wigeon were present before flying off.

Photos and report from Brian Sumner.  There's more on Brian's blog.

Migration Watch -
Low Moor, Bradford
Massive movement of thrushes:  1903 Fieldfare and c2300 Redwing

Tuesday 13th October 2020

Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope
A male Stonechat.
                           A male Stonechat in the early morning light.    photo:    Brian Vickers

Redcar Tarn, Keighley
A Kittiwake seen on the tarn late in the afternoon.
Keith Moir

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Monday 12 October 2020

Fly Flatts (Warley Moor Reservoir)
A foggy and misty Fly Flatts
A Jack Snipe, two Wheatear and five Stonechat.
Brian Sumner               see more on Brian's blog

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Sunday 11 October 2020

Barden Scale
Seen from Barden Scale:  Common Buzzards, Red Kites, Kestrel, Ravens and three flocks of winter thrushes, i.e. Fieldfares and Redwings, two went west and another towards the south.

An early Fieldfare                   photo: Brian Sumner

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 3 Snipe flushed, Chiff-Chaff, Bullfinch, Jay plus 2 Cormorant & Buzzard flyover.
Shaun Radcliffe

Delph Wood, Shipley Glen
Seven Pink-footed Geese flew east at 7am
Buck Stones, Rombalds Moor
Two Ravens, 20 Grouse and a Wren.
Steve Meredith
Migration Watch 
Fly Flatts (Warley Moor Reservoir)
A Black Redstart and a couple of Wheatears.

Report from Brian Sumner        more on Brian's blog

Buckstones, Rombalds Moor
Two Red Kites and two Kestrels.
Jane Robinson


Saturday, 10 October 2020

Saturday 10th October 2020

Low Wood, Riddlesden
A pair of Mandarin ducks on the canal, also an otter seen on this stretch.  A Kingfisher flew over the Cobby, south of Saxon Dene.
Josh Selfe

Friday 9th October 2020

Leeshaw Reservoir
Four Dippers
Brian Vickers

Chellow Dene, Bradford
Three Ring-necked Parakeets flew over the golf course.
Tim Winterburn

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Thursday 8th October 2020

Raggalds Flood, Queensbury
Five Teal
Brian Sumner

Migration Watch

Reports from Martyn Priestley & Brian Sumner

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Wednesday 7th October 2020

Pennithorn, Baildon
A Barn Owl hunting over the fields, also five Stonechats, two Robins, a Jay and a Red Kite overhead.
Jane Robinson

Fly Flatts (Warley Moor Reservoir)
A Kittiwake seen during a quiet afternoon.

Shipley Glen and Glovershaw
Kestrel, Red Kite and Raven seen in the area.
Graham Wood

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Tuesday 6th October 2020

Migration Watch

Reports from Brian Sumner and Martyn Priestley

Monday, 5 October 2020

Monday 5th October 2020

High Royds, Menston
Up to 70 Pied Wagtails seen gathering before flying into the reeds to roost
Ian Poole

Chellow Dene, Bradford
A Common Buzzard, flew over the area whilst attracting the attention of local crows.
Ian Watson

Migration Watch - Low Moor, Bradford
Report from Martyn Priestley

Migration Watch - Fly Flatts

Highlights - A skein of 145 Pink-footed Geese over to the south-east, and the first signs of Fieldfare.
Report from  Brian Sumner

Sunday, 4 October 2020

Sunday 4 October 2020

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher perched on wire, 3 Chiff-Chaff (one bird smaller & wing flapping to another), Jay, Bullfinch, Cormorant.
Shaun Radcliffe

Redcar Tarn
60 Goosanders
Mark Doveston

Migration Watch

Reports from Martyn Priestley, Brian Sumner and Andrew Hanby

Friday, 2 October 2020

Friday 2nd October 2020

Taylor Top, Queensbury
A Black Redstart and Wheatear present.
Brian Sumner

High Royds Estate, Menstion
A report of two Barn Owls hunting over rough pasture.
Ian Poole

A Sparrowhawk on the Upper Coach Road, a Goosander and Cormorant on the River Aire.
Graham Wood

Migration Watch

Reports from Martyn Priestley, David Barker & Howard Creber

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Thursday 1st October 2020

Migration Watch
42 Coal Tits counted by Andrew Hanby at Weston Moor

Reports by Andrew Hanby, Martyn Priestley, David Barker, Howard Creber and Brian Sumner

Apperley Bridge to Esholt

A walk in the area produced the following: two Kestrels, two Sparrowhawks, a Red Kite, two Common Buzzards, a Tawny Owl, a Little Egret, three Siskin, a Common Gull, six Teal, three Grey Wagtail, three Jay, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Ring-necked Parakeet, five Goldfinch, approximately 30 Starlings in two groups and a Bullfinch (heard)
Damian Pearson

Barden Scale
Eight Red Kites, four Common Buzzards, a Peregrine Falcon, a Merlin, two Sparrowhawks, two Kestrels, four Ravens, two Little Egrets and six Swallows.
Brian Vickers