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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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Golden Plover

Golden Plover
Ilkley Moor photo: Keith Allen

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Sunday 15 July 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing Blackcap near river, Garden Warbler looked around feeder, Browncap seen, Cormorant. House Sparrows have bred well along with Blue Tits & Dunnocks.
Shaun Radcliffe  

Saturday 14 July 2018

Storiths Road, Barden - Jay, Green Woodpecker, Little Owl, Spotted Flycatcher, male Redstart feeding juvenile.
Brian Vickers 

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Wednesday 11th July 2018

Glovershaw
A Grasshopper Warbler can be seen and heard singing from bracken close by the "cabins" to the north of Pennithorn Hall.
Paul King

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Tuesday 10 July 2018

Sconce Lane area - pair of Redstart, female Stonechat, Grasshopper Warbler heard, Little Owl, Kestrel, Blackcap singing from bracken, plenty of Willow Warbler & Reed Buntings about.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Wednesday 4th July 2018

Upper Wharfedale
How to extract a snail, a juvenile Song Thrush demonstrates the process.    photos: Roger Nelson

Breeding Mute Swans on Yeadon Tarn.       photo: Mike Bloomfield
Pennithorn, Baildon
The male Redstart, first seen two days ago, was again by the "cabins".  An adult Little Owl and juvenile was by the 'old barn' and a Whitethroat was seen in a bramble patch.
Paul King.




Monday, 2 July 2018

Monday 2nd July 2018

Pennithorn, Baildon
A male Redstart was feeding by the cabins this morning and a male Great Spotted Woodpecker was also in the trees.
Paul King
Great Spotted Woodpecker and Redstart (record shot)

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Sunday 1 July 2018

Storiths - pair of nesting Spotted Flycatchers. There would appear to be less of this species this year.
Spotted Flycatcher on house roof
Juvenile Lapwing
Oystercatcher chick
Photos and sightings from Roger Nelson


Sunday, 24 June 2018

Sunday 26 June 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 singing Chiff-Chaffs, Blackcap, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, singing Whitethroat plus a pair with two fledglings. Also seen, Ringlets, Comma Butterfly & male Broad-bodied Chaser.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Thursday 21 June 2018

Leeshaw Reservoir - 6 Dunlin
Storiths Road, Barden - Little Owl, 6 Wheatear, Redstart, 2 GSW, 2 Linnet
Brian Vickers

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Fewston & Swinsty Reservoirs - both had a pair of Common Sandpiper with chicks of one & two respectively.
Beecroft Plantation - singing Willow Warblers & Garden Warbler.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Fringes of Baildon Moor - Grasshopper Warbler seen & heard in area between scout camp & old holiday homes. Also singing Whitethroat near Pennythorn Hill & another near Low Spring Farm, next to road. On walk, four pairs of Linnet, 2 singing Willow Warblers, wandering Red Kite & four singing Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe

Breeding Curlews on Baildon Moor


Adult birds protecting a juvenile which wandered across the road when disturbed by a dog which was allowed to run loose by a careless owner.                 Photos by Paul Marfell

Monday, 18 June 2018

Monday 18 June 2018

Bingley to Saltaire along River Aire - juvenile GSW in Bingley allotments, pair of Grey Wagtails with juvenile at Cottingley Road Bridge, female Goosander with 6 ducklings, singing Whitethroat near new road bridge.
Shaun Radcliffe 

Sunday 17 June 2018

Hollins Hill area - Hobby chasing swifts.
Roger Wilkinson

Saturday 16 June 2018

Leeshaw Reservoir - 4 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, Red Kite, Raven, Little Owl, previous day, Redshank, Lapwings & Curlews.
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Monday 11 June 2018

Hazlewood - 3 Cuckoos (presumably 2 males chasing a female|). One bird had a stutter in its call.
Roger Nelson
Other scenes from Upper Wharfedale
Juvenile Lapwing                                         photo: Roger Nelson
Oystercatcher                                                 photo: Roger Nelson 
Stock Dove                                                  photo: Roger Nelson

Male Wheatear                                      photo: Roger Nelson

Juvenile Woodpigeon                           photo: Roger Nelson

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Sunday 10 June 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - good views of Reed Warbler in small reed bed to right of hide. Also pair of Whitethroat still taking food to nest site. One bird seen leaving carrying white faecal sac.
Baildon Green - singing Whitethroat, probably breeding. Site almost opposite pub.
Shaun Radcliffe

Pennithorn, Baildon
Two singing Whitethroats, pair of Bullfinch, three pairs of Linnets, numerous breeding birds including Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and Reed Buntings.
Paul King

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Thursday 7th June 2018

Great Spotted Woodpeckers feeding in Shipley Glen                            photo: Paul King
Great Spotted Woodpeckers are also breeding in Ferniehurst Dell, Baildon.
Paul Marfell

Glovershaw
A Grasshopper Warbler was singing from the top of bramble patch on the Glen Road.
Sconce/Pennithorne
Whitethroat singing and three or four pairs of Willow Warblers are actively feeding in an area close to the scout camp.  Other breeding birds seen carrying food included Reed Buntings, Meadow Pipit, Skylark and Linnet.  A Little Owl was seen by the cabins.
Paul King




Wednesday 6 June 2018

Leeshaw Reservoir - Little Owl, 4 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Lapwings, Oystercatchers & Curlews.
Brian Vickers

Sconce Lane area - Gropper reeling in field between scout camp & old holiday buildings. Same species still reeling near Shipley Glen. Unusual perching position for a Snipe, on the very top of the highest power cable near Glovershaw.
Shaun Radcliffe

Strid Wood
A Nuthatch using a nesting box.     photo Phil Matthews
A male Pied Flycatcher with food                                   photo: Phil Matthews
also in the woods the following were reported by Howard Creber: Five Spotted Flycatchers, Wood Warbler, Redstart, Garden Warbler and Kingfisher.





Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Tuesday 5 June 2018

Shipley Glen area - late evening -  Grasshopper Warbler reeling from large bramble patch above Glen near to the road going uphill. Also Little Owl.
Shaun Radcliffe

Storiths Road - Garden Warbler, Tawny Owl, Cuckoo, Willow Warbler.
Brian Vickers

Monday, 4 June 2018

Monday 4th June 2018

High Royds - Reed Warbler singing - been here for 3 days.
Theo Kuechel

Barden area - Osprey, Cuckoos, pair of Mandarin, Garden Warblers, Willow Warblers, Pied Flycatchers, 5 Spotted Fly, 3 Redstart
Howard Creber





Airedale in Spring
Male Blackcap at Bingley Bog                              photo: Phil Matthews
Curlew at Bradup                                             photo: Phil Matthews
Golden Plover at Glovershaw                                            photo: Phil Matthews
Long-tailed Tit at Bingley Bog                              photo: Phil Matthews
Meadow Pipit with food at Sconce                              photo: Phil Matthews
Male Stonechat near Bradup                              photo: Phil Matthews