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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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Short-eared Owl

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

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Sunday 21 May 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Reed Warbler still singing from main reed bed but now a Sedge Warbler is in the thin line of reeds next to the ditch. There are two singing Whitethroat on the reserve. Other birds - Blackcap, Bullfinch, Garden Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Reed Bunting, Sand Martins, Swifts & Swallows.
John Ogden & Shaun Radcliffe

Shipley Glen
The Sedge Warbler, seen yesterday, is still singing and displaying from an area of brambles on the right of the Glen Road (when travelling up the road).
Paul King

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Saturday 20th May 2017

Shipley Glen
A Sedge Warbler was calling and displaying from a bramble patch on the Glen Road.  A Garden Warbler was singing from the Glen and the Tawny Owl nest now includes juveniles.
Paul King

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Thursday 18th May 2017

Glovershaw
There was a pair of Stonechats near the quarry (2nd tee), where pairs have traditionally nested.  In the area,  around the northern area of Baildon Moor, breeding pairs included Linnets, Dunnocks, Reed Buntings and Red Grouse.  15 singing Willow Warblers were counted on the walk.  A pair of Red Kites flew over Pennithorn and a pair of Whitethroats had established themselves where the Grasshopper Warblers bred successfully last year.  A few Swifts went by, Meadow Pipits were carrying food and a small flock of Starlings with juveniles was seen near the plantation.
Paul King

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Glovershaw
Pairs of Whitethroat, Reed Bunting and Stock Dove were amongst the breeding birds. Snipe were 'drumming' and a single was seen sitting on a fence post.
Paul King

Hazlewood
Spotted Flycatcher in the village.
Roger Nelson.


Tuesday 16th May 2017

Hazlewood
A handsome Jay visited a Hazlewood garden.  photo: Roger Nelson
Shipley Glen
A Cuckoo was heard and breeding birds include Tawny Owl.
Paul King.


Sunday 14th May 2017

Otley Wetland Nature Reserve
On the reserve there were two Common Terns, Two Reed Warblers, a Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler and a Sedge Warbler.
Brian Vickers

Saturday 13th May 2017

Upper Wharfedale
Some of the action from this area as seen through the lens of Roger Nelson.
A female Goosander and Common Sandpiper on the Wharfe
A female Golden Plover


Snipe
A sub-adult Grey Heron



Friday, 12 May 2017

Friday 12 May 2017

Toad Holes Beck - Sedge Warbler
Martyn Priestley

Myrtle Park, Bingley - juvenile Grey Wagtail on riverbank.
Near Dowley Gap - Garden Warbler singing.
Shaun Radcliffe

Barden Scale
An Osprey and a Hobby were seen.
Brian Vickers

Thursday 11 May 2017

Baildon Station - evening sighting of a Peregrine being mobbed.
Jeremy Taylor

Dealburn Road woodland site, near Raw Nook - single Lesser Whitethroat
Martyn Priestley

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Common Whitethroat singing, Reed Warbler, 3 Bullfinch at feeders, Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Blackcap.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Barden Watchpoint - 2 Osprey, cream crowned Marsh Harrier.
Howard Creber

Raw Nook - single lesser Whitethroat mid afternoon.
Martyn Priestley

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Tuesday 9 May 2017

Whetstone Gate - 3 Wheatears, all females, hare.
Graincliffe Reservoir area - Cuckoo, singing Willow Warbler, Lesser Redpoll & Siskin which was singing whilst doing its flight display.
Shaun Radcliffe 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Sunday 7th May 2017

St.Ives Estate Bingley 0700-1030 - 48 species
Pied Flycatcher ♂ at Racecourse Plantation
Wood Warbler ♂ near Racecourse.
Mute Swan, Canada goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Goosander, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Kestrel, Cuckoo, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Skylark, Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Wren, Hedge Accentor, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Rook, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Redpoll, Greenfinch, Bullfinch.
M Doveston et al

Late evening at same venue - Woodcock, Tawny Owl, Cuckoo - Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 6 May 2017

BOG's Local Patch Challenge Day 2017

Best of luck to all those who are taking part in this event tomorrow.

Follow up social evening on this Monday at Brown Cow Pub, Bingley in the function room at 7pm.

 Dont forget your record sheets! 

Saturday 6 May 2017

Swifts reported today from Oxenhope, Hazlewood area, Raw Nook in South Bradford & Myrtle Park, Bingley.

Hazlewood - Beamsley Beacon -Round Hill - Garden Warbler, 3 Cuckoos, 2 Skylark, single Golden Plover & Snipe.
Roger Nelson

Friday, 5 May 2017

Friday 5 May 2017

High Royds - 22 House Martin.
Yeadon Tarn - 2 Swift
Theo Kuechel

Strid Woods - pair of Pied Fly, 2 Redstart, Chiff-Chaff, 2 Blackcap, Common Sandpiper & Dipper.
Tom Hubball

Bromley Road, Bingley - Swifts
Rex Holt

Thursday 4 May 2017

Harden Moor - Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Redpoll & Sand Martin.
Nigel Priestley

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Barden Scale - Swift, Osprey
Strid Woods - Pied Fly, Redstarts, Garden & Wood Warbler.
Howard Creber

Glovershaw
A male Yellow Wagtail flew from the fields around Golcar Farm towards Birch Close Lane.  There were four Wheatears at various places on the Golf Course.
Paul King

Bradup
Photos taken by Phil Mathews on 1st May.




Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Shipley Glen - Wood Warbler

Mike Bloomfield

Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, Gadwall, 2 G C G, Common Tern
Shaun Radcliffe 

Monday, 1 May 2017

Monday 1 May 2017

Bradup - Red Grouse 5, Stonechat displaying near quarry, Lapwing 30, 4 Wheatear, 4 Snipe displaying, Cuckoo heard (distant), single Redshank, 4 Swallow, Pied Wagtail.
Phil Matthews

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Garden Warbler, Common Whitethroat. Common Sandpiper has moved on.
Bingley Bog North - at least 6 singing Blackcap, Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe

Glovershaw
Three Wheatears on the 8th fairway and a Cuckoo calling from Pennythorn plantation.
Paul King

 Toad Holes Beck
A Jay looking for an acorn                                             photo: Martyn Priestley
                                  Here's one I left earlier!                                             photo: Martyn Priestley                                     


Sunday, 30 April 2017

Sunday 30 April 2017

Yeadon Tarn - Grasshopper Warbler still reeling.
Theo Kuechel

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Lesser Whitethroat "rattling" for 40 mins in a dense hawthorn bush. Also Common Whitethroat, Common Sandpiper (stayed all morning), Willow Warbler, Swallow, Blackcap, Sand Martin, Goosander (female came on to the water from nest box), Bullfinch, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Chiff-Chaff, Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe, Derek & Brenda Parkin

Glovershaw
A female Wheatear and a pair of Tufted Duck on Pennythorn Lake.
Paul King