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

Friday, 31 May 2013

Friday 31 May 2013

Bradup - only 2 large Lapwing chicks seen, 2 pair of Linnet, pair of Curlew with 3 small chicks, Reed Bunting, no Chats or Redshank and poor numbers of Meadow Pipits.
Upwood Farm Wood - Willow Warbler nest building using feathers and wool.
Shaun Radcliffe

Shipley Glen
A Wood Warbler was singing in the Glen this morning and there was lots of activity from other species including Treecreepers, Jays, Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Blackcaps and Willow Warblers.

For the third day running there was a female Wheatear passing through the area between Golcar Farm and the Golf Course.  A Whitethroat was singing near Crook Farm and the area was alive with the sounds of Willow Warblers.
Paul King
Whitethroat.  Photo by Stephen Lilley

Thursday 30 May 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 singing Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Reed Bunting, Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe

Surprise, surprise! Another female Wheatear.
Paul King

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Wednesday 29 May 2013

Bingley Woods
A female Blackcap was searching in a small tree above me. I thought it was for food but she was actually gathering spider's webs for nest material.
Shaun Radcliffe

The Wheatear passage is continuing, with another female this morning.
Paul King

St Ives, Bingley - second visit for Woodcock Survey produced 28 flypasts in an hour. A couple of Tawnies called.
Richard Butler, Adrian Barber & Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Monday 27 May 2013

Stockbridge 9.40-1015am
Whitethroat, Blackcap, Sand Martin, Swift,
Reed Bunting, Oystercatcher, Kestrel

M Doveston

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Sunday 26th May, 2013

On another bright and sunny morning, two rather large female Wheatears were seen (Greenland species, I wondered?).  Since the 9th May there have been 40 Wheatears seen at this location, surely we are nearing the end of the spring migration period.
Paul King

East Riddlesden Hall
Mute Swan - 1 pair on R.Aire, Sand Martin, Swift,
House Martin, Swallow, Garden Warbler, Blackcap,
Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Bullfinch,

M Doveston

Leeshaw Reservoir area evening
The evening air was alive with bird calls - cuckoo heard towards Haworth Moor, Meadow Pipits, Oystercatchers, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Curlew, Pheasant, Red Grouse and Red-legged Partridge  were all pretty vocal but  the Lapwings acrobatic calls stole the show,  at various times mobbing a Little Owl, Black-headed Gulls and a Stoat which seemed to dance across the fields "near Top of Stairs"- not sure if got any chicks. A drumming Snipe closed the show.. who needs Spring watch!

Stephen Parkes

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Saturday 25th May 2013

On a bright settled morning in marked contrast to the previous day, there were seven female Wheatears in the area of the dilapidated sheds and the riding track.
Paul King.

Barden Scale - An Osprey passed through and a Cuckoo was heard.
Brian Vickers

Dob Park Area - A Pied Flycatcher, five singing Redstarts, two pairs of Spotted Flycatchers, Siskin, plus young being fed by pairs of Treecreeper, GSW & Nuthatch.
Lindley Wood - A Garden Warbler was seen, and two singing Bullfinches.
Simon Johnson

St.Ives Estate- guided bird walk for the Friends of St.Ives
Grasshopper Warbler in the fields near the cricket pitch,
Cuckoo, Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, Whitethroat,
Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Wood Warbler,
GSWdpkr, Nuthatch, Bullfinch, Redpoll, Siskin,
Swift, Sand Martin, Swallow, Stock Pigeon
M Doveston et al

Friday, 24th May 2013.

An Egyptian Goose was seen in the fields with Canada and Greylag Geese.
Keith Moir

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

Private Wetland Site
Four Common Terns were over the fishing lake and various Warblers were present including Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler (seven), Whitethroat and a couple of Garden Warblers.
There was almost certainly two pairs of Grey Partridge here and Mute Swans were protecting their young.
Irene and John Flood.

A Grey Wagtail was seen in a Cullingworth garden.
David Ogden

Yet again there were four female Wheatears feeding in the fields by the dilapidated sheds.  A pair of Grey Partridge flew from the moorside and Swifts, Swallows and House Martins were about.
Paul King.

Tuesday, 21st May 2013

There were two Grasshopper Warblers heard 'reeling' in the Harden area on Monday evening (20th).
Cameron Wilson

The late migration of Wheatears continues with six females seen feeding at the usual spot around the dilapidated sheds.  Five Stock Doves flew by, Skylarks sang, Snipe called and Meadow Pipits were very active.
Paul King
Stephen Lilley's superb portrait of a local Curlew.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Monday, 20th May 2013

Wheatears are continuing their passage northwards.  There were three more females in the fields beyond Golcar Farm this morning.
Paul King

A surprise bird at the Reserve on the 17th (last Friday) was this stunning male Mandarin seen and photographed by Malcolm Stones and Paul Croft.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Sunday, 19th May 2013

Barden Moor
On a walk around the moor a female Stonechat and four Common Sandpipers were seen near the Upper Reservoir, but there was a distinct shortage of Meadow Pipits in the vicinity.
Irene & John Flood.

Harden Moor
Warblers in this area included Willow Warbler, Whitethroat and Blackcap.  There were Siskins and Redpoll and a Cuckoo was heard.

St. Ives - Heather Park and Racecourse Plantation
A Wood Warbler was present at this location in addition to a Green Woodpecker.

East Riddlesden Hall
A Great Spotted Woodpecker continues to visit a feeder and 30+ Swifts, Swallows and House Martins were feeding overhead.

Starlings with young were heard at a nest site.

A Garden Warbler, a Whitethroat, a pair of Redpoll, a pair of Bullfinch and a male Reed Bunting were amongst the birds reported from the Reserve.
Mark Doveston.
This has been a week in which reports of Whitethroat have come from a few locations including St. Ives, Stockbridge and Glovershaw.  Photo: Brian Vickers

Saturday, 18th May 2013

Leeshaw Reservoir
After a morning of heavy rain, three female Wheatears, seven Oystercatchers and a Common Sandpiper were around the area.  Swallows, Swifts and House Martins were feeding over the reservoir.
Brian Vickers

Trough Lane
A Little Owl has been seen here.
David Ogden

Friday, 17 May 2013

Friday 17th May, 2013

Bingley Area
A Wood Warbler was heard in St. Ives, Bingley.
Sarah Goodwin

Three female Wheatears were feeding near Birch Close Lane.
Paul King.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Thursday 16th May, 2013

Caldene Fields
There were 12 Swifts gradually moving west over Low Moor at mid-morning.
Martyn Priestley.

Norwood Bottom between Lindley Wood and Folly Hall Wood (excluding wood)
A pair of Common Sandpipers were at the top of the reservoir, six Redstarts (including one female) and a Garden Warbler was seen and heard.  There were also three Blackcaps, five Chiffchaffs, ten Willow Warblers and four Pied Flycatchers (all male).
Irene and John Flood.

Glovershaw, Baildon.
Wheatears were again seen at this location.  There were five females, in their favoured spot by the dilapidated sheds, close to the running track.  This time they were joined by two Whinchats.
Paul King.

An Osprey passed through the valley at 11.35am.
Keith Moir.
One of the nicest sounds of spring, a Garden Warbler was heard in the Washburn Valley. Photo by Stephen Lilley

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Tuesday 14th May, 2013

A Whimbrel was at Leeshaw in the late afternoon.  It was in the same ploughed field as one in 2010.  This one left after an hour.  Two Wheatear had been seen earlier.
Keith Moir and Brian Vickers.

Trough Lane and Leeming, Oxenhope
There was a Little Owl at each of these locations.
Brian Vickers

Wheatears are continuing to pass through this area with another four females this afternoon.  Whilst hailstone pelted down a Reed Bunting sang and a couple of Grey Partridges flew from the path as I headed back to the car.
Paul King
Glovershaw, and Baildon Moor are good places to see Grey Partridge.  Here's a photo taken by David Barker in 2010.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Sunday 12th May 2013

Bolton Abbey
An adult summer-plumaged Mediterranean Gull was over the river near the Cavendish Pavilion at about 4pm.  It was very vocal and seemed to be taking an active interest in one of several Black-headed Gulls it was with.
Keith Moir 

Shipley Glen

As this cold spring continues it was no surprise to find the woods almost muted. A few Willow Warblers sang from the outer edges, but apart from a tentative Blackcap, there were no other Warblers.  A Song Thrush scurried through the undergrowth, a Sparrowhawk sailed overhead and three Nuthatches were easily heard.

The first Lapwing chicks are about and it must have been these that attracted the ever present Kestrel.  A furious aerial battle took place and the predator left, no doubt to return later.  Four female Wheatears were feeding at the end of Birch Close Lane and a Whitethroat and another four Willow Warblers sang from near Crook Farm.
Paul King

Strid Wood
There were two Wood Warblers at Strid Wood by stone shelter this morning, one of them was ringed. They were calling occasionally and singing a couple of notes but not the full trill.  There were also 10 to 12 Pied Flycatchers, three Common Sandpiper, eight Mandarin (three females, all appeared paired).
A Barnacle Goose flew over the road as we came back into Addingham from Bolton Abbey - probable escape, given the time of year?

Phil & Hilary (back from Cornwall for the weekend).

Saturday, 11th May 2013

Leeshaw Reservoir
There were three Dunlin, three Ringed Plovers feeding on a ploughed field adjacent to the reservoir, late in the afternoon.
Two Common Sandpipers and a Little Owl had been there in the early morning.

Leeming Reservoir
Two Common Sandpipers were displaying early morning.
Brian Vickers

St.Ives 07.30-10.30
Friends of St.Ives guided bird walk.
A list of birds seen or heard Cuckoo, Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps, Little Owls, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen, Canada Goose, Mallard, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, Pied Wagtail, Siskin, Redpoll, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Wren, Goldcrest, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jackdaw, Jay, Rook, Starling, Meadow Pipit, Black-headed Gull, Swallow, Swift......to name but a few
M Doveston et al

A juvenile Mistle Thrush recently photographed by Stephen Lilley.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Wednesday 8 May 2013

I was woken up  early this morning by the very pleasant  sound  of a Blackcap singing in a tree right outside my bedroom window, here is a shot taken through the glass.

Stephen  Lilley

Heather Park, St Ives, Bingley - 2 pair of Tree Pipit, Cuckoo
Shaun Radcliffe

Timble Ings,
A picture from Mike Bloomfield showing a Willow Warbler with a growth on the base of the upper mandible.  Has anyone any suggestions?

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Tuesday 7 May 2013

Glovershaw - Whinchat, 2 Wheatear
Sconce Lane - Little Owl, 2 Wheatear, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, 5 Oystercatcher, pair of Linnet.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 6 May 2013

Monday 6 May 2013

Bingley Moor - Wheatear, distant call of Cuckoo, 2 pair of Golden Plovers.
Graincliffe Res area - yaffing Green Woodpecker, not seen as usual!
Shaun Radcliffe
Fly Flatts a.m.  - 2 Sparrowhawk..NE 3 Kestrel...NE, 12 Common Sandpiper, c 16 Wheatear,
2 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 2 Twite
Brian Sumner
Yeadon Tarn - 1 Common Tern, 2 Great Crested Grebes and 11 Mute Swans at Yeadon Tarn this morning.
Danny Priestley

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Saturday 5th May 2013

Sedge Warbler on passage, Toad Holes Beck today.  Martyn  Priestley

12 Waxwings Shipley market place Friday  evening.
 Casper Pottle

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Thursday 2 May 2013

Strid Woods – list seen by group of Ilkley birders
48 species seen on walk from Barden bridge to Cavendish and back along back road.  Following interesting sightings/counts:
  • 4 male Mandarins
  • Only 3 broods of Mallard chicks (late breeding season)
  • Goosander seen flying into hole in tree immediately in front of the shelter on the eastern bank (some of us were sure it was a male!)
  • 24 Wrens
  • 5 Redstarts (1 pair and 3 males)
  • 19 Blackcap, several seen including 1 pair but mainly singing
  • NO Wood Warblers seen or heard
  • 22 Willow Warblers
  • 2 Chiff-Chaff (both near Barden Bridge including one carrying nesting material): note species is rare in the west except on passage
  • 11 Pied Flycatchers (2 pairs and 7 males)
John Flood

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 singing Whitethroat, pair of Blackcap, 3 Redpoll
Sunnydale Res. area - Cuckoo
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

A  cracking  Black Redstart seen by Mike Bloomfield today in Ilkley

Wednesday 1 May 2013

Ilkley Lido - Black Redstart
Mike Bloomfield