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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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Next Meeting
3rd January - Members' Evening - Redcar Tarn, Keighley led by John Preshaw. Baildon Link at 7:30pm. All Welcome.

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl photo: Stephen Lilley

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Saturday 31 January 2015

Royds Hall - 60 Lapwing, 60 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing, Grey Wagtail,
Treecreeper, Nuthatch.
Jamie Brass

Friday, 30 January 2015

Friday 30th January 2015

The Wood Duck reported between Silsden & Kildwick may well be the Bingley bird.
Dave Dummock

Shipley Glen
Two Little Owls were on the walls by Brackenhall Farm.

Recent Photos by Phil Matthews taken in the Bingley area on 25th January.
A Song Thrush in Myrtle Park, Bingley
A Red Kite in the Aire Valley
A Mandarin Duck at Ireland Bridge, Bingley


Thursday, 29 January 2015

Thursday 29 January 2015

Harold Park Dam- Gadwall, Goldeneye, Kingfisher, Goosander, 2 Little Grebe,
2 Cormorant.
Jamie Brass

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - male Brambling on feeders plus 5 Reed Bunting & Bullfinch. Kestrel & Oystercatcher also recorded.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Tuesday 27th January 2015

Goose Lane Hawksworth
The Little Egret seen feeding in this area yesterday was still there at 12:15pm.  It was in a field on the road between Hawksworth and Reva Reservoir (Goose Lane), by a cottage on the right, opposite the gates to Storth House Farm. Also two Red Kite in the area.
Shaun Radcliffe and Paul King

Sconce Lane area - 200 Fieldfare near the horse race track, Kestrel plus 4 Stock Dove.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 26 January 2015

Monday continued

Barden Scale -6 Buzzard, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Raven plus 100 Fieldfare.
Redcar Lane, Steeton - Bramblings with Chaffinches.
Brian Vickers

Reva Reservoir - Little Egret seen roosting nearby this morning.
Matthew Rawnsley

Monday 26th January 2015

Yeadon Tarn - The birds present this morning included: 20 Goosander, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 16 Tufted Ducks, one Pochard, one male Goldeneye and nine Mute Swans.
Paul King.

This Grey Wagtail has been a regular visitor to John Arundel's garden in Yeadon.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Sunday 25 Janaury 2015

Leeshaw Reservoir - 5 Whooper Swans, 3 Cormorant, 3 Stock Dove
Brian Vickers & Nigel Ward

Yeadon garden - regular visits from a Grey Wagtail

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, 5 Reed Bunting, Bullfinch
John Ogden at al

Shipley Glen - 10 Grey Herons were at a roost in the bottom of the Glen, a Grey Wagtail on the beck and four Nuthatch were watched.  Along the Higher Coach Road: 50+ Greylags and 30+ Canada Geese and 6 Redwings.  At the bottom of Lucy Hall Drive a flock of 32 Goldfinches settled.
Paul King

St.Ives Estate
c100 Redwing in fields alongside Blind Lane with 30+ Goldfinch, Mute Swan still on Coppice Pond, Common Gull on STRi Lawns, Several Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Treecreepers.
M Doveston et al

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Saturday 24th January 2015

Red Grouse in the Snow
Excellent photos by Roger Nelson of Red Grouse on Hazlewood Moor.



Friday 23 January 2015

Male Wood Duck has turned up again on the canal at Bingley, also 5 Goosander.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Wednesday 21st January 2015

Recent photos from Paul Croft, a Redwing in his garden on a cottoneaster bush and a male Stonechat on Barden Moor on 20th January.


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Tuesday 20th January 2015

Shipley Glen - A skein of about 150 Pink-footed Geese flew over from east to west at about 11:30am.  A female Stonechat was flitting about the dead grasses at the side of the main car park, a mobile flock of 40 Lapwings, 12 Fiedfare, a few Redwings and a Mistle Thrush were in the fields by Brackenhall.
Paul King
NB - Ian Watson saw a skein of the same number around 11.30 over Allerton Road.

Barden Moor - male Stonechat
Bingley Garden - 6 Redwing feeding on cotoneaster.
Paul Croft


Monday, 19 January 2015

Monday 19 January 2015

Dowley Gap - Chiff-Chaff at the sewage works plus 2 Little Grebes on river there.
Dipper on river at Bingley & plenty of Goosanders between there and Saltaire.
35 Fieldfare on Beckfoot Lane, near the tennis courts.
Shaun Radcliffe

Yeadon Tarn - There were 23 Tufted Ducks, three male Pochard, two female Goosander and 14 Mute Swans amongst the Mallards, Moorhens and Coots.  One or two of the Black-headed Gulls were developing breeding plumage.
Paul King


Sunday, 18 January 2015

Sunday 18 January 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 25 species recorded including Oystercatcher, 7 Reed Bunting & GSW.
Shaun Radcliffe
Lesser Redpolls in a Guiseley garden.                              Photo: Margaret Braithwaite

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Saturday 17 January 2015

Park Dam & Harold Park - G C G displaying, 2 Little Grebe, Gadwall,
5 Goosander, Kingfisher, Goldeneye, 40 Tufted Duck.
James Brass

Friday, 16 January 2015

Thursday 15 January 2015

Park Dam & Harold Park - 4 Little Grebe, 2 G C G, Kingfisher, 20 Tufted Duck,
7 Goosander, 5 Mute Swan, 20 Mallard.
Jamie Brass

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Wednesday 14 January 2015

Ben Rhydding - flockof 100 Pinkfoot flew west at 08.45.
Helen Kidman

Received a few messages saying Redpolls are garden feeders. S R

Monday, 12 January 2015

Monday, 12th January 2015

Between Barden Scale and Lunds
A leucistic thrush was seen by Roger Nelson over the weekend.  Here a couple of his images.


Sunday, 11 January 2015

Sunday 11 January 2015

Chelker Reservoir - first winter Med Gull plus 100 Golden Plover & 400 Lapwing.
John Brooks

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Oystercatcher on island, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch & Goldfinch at feeders whilst male Kestrel seen in box.
Shaun Radc.liffe & Peter Riley

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Saturday 10 January 2015

Cononley Ings - 3 Oysercatcher, Shelduck, 170 Teal, 120 Wigeon, 42 Canadas
Redcar Tarn - 230 Lapwing
Lower Laithe Reservoir - pair of Goosander
Brian Vickers

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Thursday 8 January 2015

Baildon Moor area - 130 Golden Plover between Hope Farm & the Moor plus 3 Grey Partridge, 12 Redwing. A pair of Stonechat situated close to 17th green.
Peter Hughes

Thursday 8th January 2015

Shipley Glen
There were 10 Grey Herons at roost, at the bottom of the Glen.  Other birds in the area included 15 Goldfinch, 12 Long-tailed Tit, two Godcrest, two Nuthatch and a fly past of 25 Canada Geese.
Paul King

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Wednesday 7 January 2015

Airedale General Hospital - at twilight there was a murmuration of Starlings estimated to be 5000 birds involved. It was still continuing at 16.00 with more birds arriving.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Sunday 4th January 2015

Fly Flatts - single Redshank. No sign of Snow Bunting.
Brian Sumner

Royds Hall area - 36 species recorded including - 2 Goosander, Goldeneye, GCG,
2 Little Grebe, 25 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 4 Cormorant, Nuthatch & Kestrel.
Jamie Brass

Stockbridge Reserve ( members only) - Water Rail seen briefly (twice), Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Siskin, plenty of Goldfinch everywhere, Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe et al

Yeadon Tarn
The tarn was about half covered in ice but in the open areas the following birds were noted:
22 Tufted Ducks, four Pochards (three males and a female), seven Great Crested Grebes, 12 Mute Swans, Coots, Moorhens and a flock of about 50 Black-headed Gulls with a couple of Common Gulls.
Paul King

Saturday 3rd January 2015

Three of Phil Matthew's latest images from the Bingley area.




Thursday, 1 January 2015

Thursday 1 January 2015

Fly Flatts - Snow Bunting this morning in thick fog on the top road, half way down.
Brian Sumner