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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Sunday, 29 November 2020

Sunday 29th November 2020

Cullingworth Fields, Haworth Road
A 1st-winter Caspian Gull amongst a huge flock of gulls, later disturbed by farm activity.
Keith Moir

Stockbridge Reserve - Little Egret, 2 Water Rail, GSW & Bullfinch
Josh Selfe & Shaun Radcliffe

Utley to Riddlesden
A flock of 21 Redwings and a couple of Fieldfare.
Josh Selfe

Saturday 28th November 2020

Leeshaw Reservoir
A Yellow-legged Gull.
Brian Sumner      more on Brian's blog

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Wednesday 25th November 2020

Shipley Glen
A Kingfisher, a regular visitor, was fishing in Crag Hebble Dam and 11 Grey Herons were feeding in the field up above the Higher Coach Road.
Paul King

At least six Ring-necked Parakeets near the allotments at Northcliffe.
Graham Wood

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Tuesday 24 November 2020

Stockbridge Reserve - 3 Water Rail, 2 Snipe
Jon Middleton

Redcar Tarn, Keighley
The 1st-winter and 2nd-winter Caspian Gulls were both on the tarn today.
Keith Moir

Monday, 23 November 2020

Monday 23rd November 2020

Redcar Tarn, Keighley
A 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull was present on the Tarn during the afternoon.
Keith Moir

Shipley Glen
11 Grey Herons feeding and roosting in the fields at the bottom of the Glen.  A flock of 10 Long-tailed Tits on the Higher Coach Road.
Paul King.

Manningham, Bradford
Goosanders can be seen on Lister Park Lake and a regular roost Pied Wagtails has been reported on Manningham Mills.
Joy Leach

Sunday, 22 November 2020

Sunday 22nd November 2020

Redcar Tarn
A 1st-winter Caspian Gull, which was first seen yesterday, was present once more during the afternoon.
Keith Moir

Aire Valley (Utley to Riddlesden) 
A Common Buzzard in trees on the Golf Course. Elsewhere, Bullfinch, a mixed flock of Siskin and Lesser Redpoll and a Goldcrest.  
Josh Selfe

Stockbridge Reserve - 2 Water Rail, 3 Reed Bunting, GSW & Cormorant flyover.
Shaun Radcliffe, John Preeshaw

Thornton Moor Reservoir
14.50 - 400 Pink-footed Geese (two skeins close together) went over, heading south-east.  The reservoir held 5000 Black-headed Gulls, 1500 Common Gulls, 300 Herring Gulls and a bout 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
Chris King

Friday, 20 November 2020

Friday 20th November 2020

Redcar Tarn
The 2nd winter Caspian Gull, reported recently was again present on the tarn.

Report and images by Brian Sumner      see Brian's blog.

Ogden Water
Seven Crossbills by the 'Giants Tooth'.
Alan Buckley

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Thursday 19 November 2020

 Stockbridge Reserve -  2 Snipe flushed, male Siskin, Water Rail heard

Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Wednesday 18th November 2020

Redcar Tarn
The 2nd year Caspian Gull which has made frequent visits to Redcar Tarn, has once more returned.  It was seen today after being re-located at the tarn yesterday (17th).
Keith Moir

Northcliffe Woods, Shipley
A flock of 18 very squawky Ring-necked Parakeets have been seen in Northcliffe Woods.
Jane Robinson

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Tuesday 17th November 2020

Baildon Moor
At Dobrudden Farm a flock of at least 12 Tree Sparrows are over-wintering.
Paul King

Leeshaw Reservoir
9.50am - Five Wigeon
10.53am - A Yellow-legged Gull
Brian Sumner

Redwings reported in a local garden.
Jane Robinson.

Sunday, 15 November 2020

Sunday 15th November 2020

Delphwood, Shipley
A Grey Wagtail visits Steve Meredith's patio.

Soil Hill, Denholme
Four Stonechats, two male Bullfinch, a Teal and a Jay.
Stockbridge Reserve
Little Egret, Water Rail and Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 14 November 2020

Saturday 14th November 2020

Leeshaw Reservoir - Wigeons and Pink-footed Geese were present yesterday .
photo and report by Brian Sumner.  see more on Brian's blog

Friday, 13 November 2020

Friday 13th November 2020

Shipley Glen
11 Grey Herons, feeding and roosting in fields adjacent to the weir.
Paul King

Leeshaw Reservoir
278 Greylag Geese, 196 Canada Geese, four Pink-footed Geese and three Wigeon.
Brian Sumner

Above Micklethwaite - at 15.45, 2 skeins of Pinkfoot flew over of 200 & 50 birds going west.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Wednesday 11 November 2020

Bingley garden - 3 Red Kite circling our house this morning.

Shaun Radcliffe 

Monday, 9 November 2020

Monday 9th November 2020

A Woodcock flew low over Moorside, Baildon, plus there were a few Common Gulls on the rugby field.
Jeremy Taylor

Leeshaw Reservoir
Nine Teal on the water and 14 birds flew over heading west.  There were also 11 Wigeon on the water and nine birds flew over heading north-east.  Also on the water was a female Shoveler and four Tufted Ducks.  Other fly-overs consisted seven Gadwall and 26 Mallard.
Ogden Water
10 Teal on the water.
Report from Brian Sumner    see more on Brian's blog. 

Stockbridge Reserve - 2 Water Rail, Snipe flushed, single Tufted & Teal, both males.
Jon Middleton 

Sunday, 8 November 2020

Sunday 8 November 2020

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - A female & 2 male Wigeon on the water. Also Water Rail seen feeding on the edges.
Shaun Radcliffe & John Preshaw

Sandbeds - Chiff-Chaff 
Morton Beck - Dipper
Shaun Radcliffe

Aire River, Utley to Silsden: Two Kestrels being mobbed, 1 buzzard, 1 sparrow hawk, a Whooper Swan standing in a puddle (which flew off towards Silsden), three snipe (flushed), 15 golden plovers, four goosander on river, 40 redwing, 65 fieldfare.

Silsden floods: A Whooper Swan on the floods near Saxon Dene (presumably the same bird), buzzard, kestrel, 2 snipe flying over, bullfinch, meadow pipit, 50 redwing, 100 fieldfare.
Josh Selfe

Friday, 6 November 2020

Friday 6th November 2020

Baildon Moor
At least seven Tree Sparrows in the hedges and on the feeders at Dobrudden Farm.
Paul King

Thursday 5th November 2020

Migration Watch

Leeshaw Reservoir
719 Pink-footed Geese moved west in six skeins.

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

report by Martyn Priestley.

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Wednesday 4th November 2020

Migration Watch

Oxenhope watch point

Tuesday 3rd November 2020

Migration Watch

reports supplied by Dave Barker, Howard Creber and Martyn Priestley.

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Monday 2nd November 2020

Leeshaw Reservoir
Five Goosander, a Kestrel and a Cormorant.
Brian Vickers

Migration Watch

report by Martyn Priestley